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Free Books for Kids - Kathy Cassidy

Free Books for Kids - Kathy Cassidy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"As a teacher, I value choices for my students in both how they learn and in how they demonstrate that learning. I try to give my students choices about as many things as I can each day, including whether to use technology in their learning or to use more traditional methods. Because I am fortunate enough to now have a classroom set of iPads, I am able to offer the choice of using technology much more often."

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How to Make the Most of the World’s Top Photo Feeds in the Classroom | Edudemic

How to Make the Most of the World’s Top Photo Feeds in the Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
From the smartphone Annie Leibovitzes to the Instagram Ansel Adams, it seems that everybody is a photographer these days. This is a fact teachers can and should take advantage of in the classroom – and for many reasons more than to expand the student photo repertoire beyond the selfie (though that is certainly an admirable goal). While a good lesson in photography itself is a fruitful place to start, digital photography can be a launching point for lessons in writing creatively, thinking critically, expanding the student worldview and building empathy that extends far outside the classroom.

Let’s take a look at a few of the best photo sites out there today and discuss a number of ways you can make the most of them in your classroom.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Clyp.it - Create Short Audio Recordings Online, on iOS, or Android

Free Technology for Teachers: Clyp.it - Create Short Audio Recordings Online, on iOS, or Android | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Earlier this week Larry Ferlazzo wrote a good post about how he is using Clyp.it to have his ELL students create and share short audio recordings. His post even includes an example from a student. I had not heard of Clyp.it prior to reading Larry's post so I had to try it out.
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Using Showbie with the SAMR Model - Showbie

Using Showbie with the SAMR Model - Showbie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Since I began using iPads in my teaching 4 years ago, choosing the right tools for a lesson becomes even more important. This is simply down to the number of apps that are targeted at education. It could be the case that a teacher would look at their weekly planning and type each lesson keyword into the App Store to find an app for every lesson. What the teacher may be left with is very little space on the school iPads, very little space left in the school budget and very little confidence left in the school teachers who are unfamiliar with using iPads in their lessons and are presented with an iPad with hundreds of apps installed. The question is: how many of the education apps out there actually improve upon existing teaching and learning resources? This is where the SAMR model comes in. Every classroom in the world has resources: books, tools, posters and often technology. Technology in my opinion is another classroom tool that does not replace other resources, rather co-exist with them. Choosing technology for every lesson can be tempting but often, it is not required."

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iPad in PE, an obvious decision - matpullen.com

iPad in PE, an obvious decision - matpullen.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Having taught PE using iPad since it first came out in 2010 I have seen it grow rapidly as a tool to support teaching and learning.


Having purchased one for personal use I could straight away see the opportunities it lent for me as a teacher with no fixed classroom.  All of a sudden I had access to information wherever I was round the school.  iPad 1 had its limitations though, namely the lack of a camera, but even without this it allowed me to make notes on learning, share videos with students about model technique and numerous other things to support my teaching, even simply planning and evaluating lessons on the go.

 

Then came iPad 2 and the camera.  This changed everything and I knew straight away that this was the way forward for the whole of the department."

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Top 15 apps for Educators in 2014 | Mr Kemp

Top 15 apps for Educators in 2014 | Mr Kemp | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"To end 2014 in style, I have decided to compile my favourite (and most used) educational iPad apps from this year. These are from my point of view and I am sure there are other apps that people love. They are in no particular order and I would love for you to comment below with any additional apps that you recommend."

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The one major problem in working effectively on your iPad has now been solved - enterpriseappstech

The one major problem in working effectively on your iPad has now been solved - enterpriseappstech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Take a look at the TextBlade. This keyboard, from Santa Monica-based startup WayTools, aims to provide greater typing functionality for iPads, iPhones and Android devices.

The TextBlade is certainly an intriguing piece of kit, one third the size of an iPhone and weighing in at just 1.5 ounces. It utilises Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) to connect to the device – which can be an iPhone or Android device – and is able to stick to surfaces by utilising magnets.
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Students use iPads to illustrate Earth's age - TimesHerald

Students use iPads to illustrate Earth's age - TimesHerald | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
MARYSVILLE – More than 150 iPads lit up the gym at Marysville Middle School on Thursday.

The eighth grade earth science students created a large geological timeline of the earth by lining up their iPads side-by-side.

Ben Horner, eighth grade earth science teacher, used technology in his classroom by having each iPad represent a different geological stage.

"I wanted to demonstrate the enormity of geological time," Horner said. "I struggle in the classroom to teach something that is so long on a single piece of paper or on a video screen — we are talking about 4.6 billion years."
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REVIEW: Give Classroom Photos Some Flair with the Moldiv Collage App - FRACTUS LEARNING

REVIEW: Give Classroom Photos Some Flair with the Moldiv Collage App - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It wasn’t too long ago that photo editing was the business of dedicated professionals and cashed up amateurs. It would take hours of work and a studio of expensive equipment to turn flat photos into creative and beautiful works of art. Now, all we need is the phone in our pocket! Moldiv Collage Photo Editor is one of the most popular free photo editing apps, and with its amazingly simple interface comes a powerful and fun tool that both teachers and students can use to create collages, patterns and unique designs.
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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children - Mind/Shift

No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks in part to STEM education initiatives and the tech boom, coding in the classroom has become more ubiquitous. Computer programming tasks students to persistently work to solve problems by thinking logically. What’s more, learning how to code is a desired 21st century career skill.

There are several digital games designed for kids as young as 5 that turn coding into a fun activity, such as Kodable and Scratch Jr. But some game designers are going further back to programming’s fundamentals by creating physical games that can’t be found in any app store.
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Redefining learning with iPads - Innovate My School

Redefining learning with iPads - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The fatal mistake schools make when deploying mobile technology is thinking that by purchasing the hardware, that’s the hard part done. In fact, the easiest step in a school’s iPad journey is buying the technology; the successful use of the technology is determined by what schools do after this.
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 29, 9:54 AM

The instructor uses the SAMR model and  provides examples of how he uses MineCraft PE app on iPad, app Panorama 360 Citiesprogram Airserver, and app Thinglink with students. 

Kelly Sibley's curator insight, January 31, 7:54 PM

Great articles. Requires you to sign for some resources.

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EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides!

EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Get your FREE user guide for the new Google Classroom iPad App!
Google just released an Android & iOS app for Google Classroom. It's not full featured (yet) so it's important that teachers and students understand exactly what you can and can't do with the app. 
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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 29, 9:49 AM

Looks like an easy to use guide you can download and/or print.

teachintechgal's curator insight, January 29, 7:47 PM

I Can't Love this enough!

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Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Technology very well supports a 21st century educator in her instruction, which is why technologies like iPads have also made their way in the elementary classroom.

So if you are an elementary teacher looking for iPad apps for your classroom, then here is a perfect list of apps for you, which will fill your classroom with fun and a great learning experience.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 27, 6:47 PM

Very nice!

Diane Therrien's curator insight, January 27, 8:40 PM

Thank you John!

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Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING

Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners.

At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development. How does this research manifest and present itself in the real world? Well programming robots of course!
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The SAMR Model In 120 Seconds - teachthought

The SAMR Model In 120 Seconds - teachthought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is not a post about the SAMR model (a way of thinking about how to teach with technology that uses an acronym as a mnemonic device)–well, not in any way that’s going to further the conversation around it, or push your thinking about the ins and outs of using it.

In December, we shared a post that used Starbucks as an analogy to illustrate the SAMR model. We also shared a post about using the SAMR model for more effective teaching with apps. We’ve even offered a kind of alternative to the SAMR model with our Stages of #edtech Disruption.

So why share a simple video of the same model we’ve already covered in more detail elsewhere? Because, in lieu of the slightly murky analogy involing cheese and tennis balls, the video does a pretty good job of explaining the idea in less time than it takes to watch Apple make another $18-billion-of-profits-in-a-single-quarter announcement.
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20 premium productivity apps actually worth paying for - Daily Genius

20 premium productivity apps actually worth paying for - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Figuring out which apps are the best for your needs is a tiresome process. Wouldn’t it be great if someone else went through the headache(s) to identify which ones are worth trying? This is doubly important if you’re debating purchasing an app.

Because let’s face it – paying for an app feels like such an investment whilst just downloading a free app feels like no investment at all. In other words, if you’re looking for a better to-do list, calendar, or notepad, then these are the apps for you.

The best part? They’re all heavily discounted by Apple at the time of this writing. Depending on when you read this article, actual prices may vary. In any case, check out these Apple-picked and Daily Genius-approved productivity apps.
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How to Use iTunes U in the Classroom - Daily Genius

How to Use iTunes U in the Classroom - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When I first heard about iTunes U, I was unsure of how it all worked or how it would fit into my classroom. Today, I cannot imagine teaching without it. iTunes U is a free app that allows teachers to put all course materials, iBooks, apps, and links to submit work in one place for students to access. So instead of a website for my class, students subscribe to my iTunes U course. Once subscribed from their iPads, students have access to all course material, receive notifications when I update content, and check off assignments as they complete them.
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The Insanity of the New Humanity: Put Away the Phone and Be There - Edutopia

The Insanity of the New Humanity: Put Away the Phone and Be There - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Restaurants and public places in Ireland are loud. They looked so different from the United States -- full of people laughing and talking to one another -- that it took me several days to figure out just what I was seeing. Actually, it was what I wasn't seeing. As we traveled through Ireland, families and friends met each other for dinner or coffee just like we do here in the States, but without one thing. Their cell phones weren't out. No one was texting. No one was taking selfies. They were with each other. . .

. . . except in one place -- the McDonalds.
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Stanford Launches Free Course on Developing Apps with iOS 8 - Open Culture

Stanford Launches Free Course on Developing Apps with iOS 8 - Open Culture | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Quick note: Whenever Apple releases a new version of iOS, Stanford eventually releases a course telling you how to develop apps in that environment. iOS 8 came out last fall, and now the iOS 8 app development course is getting rolled out this quarter. It’s free online, of course, on iTunes.
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Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
n today’s post I am sharing with you two important web tools that you can use with students in class to create interactive timelines. These timelines can include a wide variety of multimedia materials including: text, images, video, maps and many more. And in the case of Silk, there is even the possibility to invite collaborators to help with editing. Also, both of these apps are available for iPad users.
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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 30, 3:43 PM

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The Real Benefit of iPads in Education: A Catalyst for a Critical Change in Pedagogy

The Real Benefit of iPads in Education: A Catalyst for a Critical Change in Pedagogy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I say this categorically: iPads are not magic. On their own, they do not transform stale and outdated pedagogies. They do, however, vastly improve engagement. Unfortunately, if this enthusiasm for learning is not channeled towards a more student-centered, twenty-first century approach to pedagogy, the adoption of key skills in the learning is seriously jeopardized.


The challenge, then, is to plan teaching as carefully as we do infrastructure and to invest as much in fostering twenty-first century teaching methodologies as we do in hardware. If we do not do these things, we simply end up with devices which are fun to have but not worth very much in the classroom."

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ReGina Anne Pino's curator insight, January 30, 3:41 PM

I believe in everything you stated in your post about iPads in the classroom, but believe you have to go back one step. If teachers are not provided with the opportunity to engage in professional development classes concerning the use this new teaching technique, the proper use of the technology will never correctly reach the classroom. The desire is not enough..the know-how has to come first. 

Corrie Martin's curator insight, January 31, 7:02 PM

Curiously, my daughter's school just made a huge investment in iPads this year ($150,000).  Too soon to tell the long term merit there, but it has increased engagement in educational-social interaction (group projects, shared story writing).

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The (5) most useful accessibility features on the iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) most useful accessibility features on the iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the lesser know features of iOS that adds an incredible amount of functionality to the iPad is Accessibility. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the many benefits gained with Accessibility–and even fewer are aware of how to access them on their iPad even if they wanted to.  For the sake of narrowing the focus of this post somewhat, I decided to list and give a brief overview of what I believe are the (5) most useful features found in accessibility on your iPad.  Obviously, if you have special needs that require assistance to use your iPad, you might have a very different list of features.  Luckily Apple breaks this feature into several sections that include additional help with Vision, Hearing, and Interaction with your iPad.
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Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study - HealthDay

Kids With Bedroom Smartphones Sleep Less: Study - HealthDay | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A smartphone in a child's bedroom may undermine good sleep habits even more than a TV, new research suggests.

A study of more than 2,000 elementary and middle-school students found that having a smartphone or tablet in the bedroom was associated with less weekday sleep and feeling sleepy in the daytime.

"Studies have shown that traditional screens and screen time, like TV viewing, can interfere with sleep, but much less is known about the impacts of smartphones and other small screens," said study lead author Jennifer Falbe, of the School of Public Health at the University of California, Berkeley.
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Book Writer One - A Creation Tool for iPads - ClassTechTips.com

Book Writer One - A Creation Tool for iPads - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The new update to Book Writer includes a presentation feature that gives students a chance to show off what they’ve made.  Their new app Book Writer One is free to download and designed for education institutions.  The kid-friendly interface lets young students tell their own stories, document a field
trip, or explain what they’ve learned.  Teachers can also use this app to make picture books to share with their students.
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How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac

How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful iPhone that has zero GB of storage left. Especially when you see that a lot of room is actually taken up by a mysterious “other” section that just seems to grow bigger over time.


In today’s handy video, I’m going to show you a few quick methods to clear your phone of unnecessary files, giving you more room for favorite albums, pictures and apps."



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How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie

How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

Recently I was reminded of the ability to do green screen photography when I read a blog post by Dr. Wesley Fryer. He did a green screen photo booth at the Fall Festival of the school he works at in Oklahoma. Great idea. So how do you do it? It all starts with the Green Screen app by DoInk. The rest is easy! Here’s how it works.
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