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Free Books for Kids - Kathy Cassidy

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"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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Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year One - Digital Promise

Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year One - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"During the 2016 National Week of Making, as a part of President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, Digital Promise and Maker Ed announced the Maker Promise. A commitment made by school leaders, in-school and out-of-school educators, and community advocates to bringing quality making experiences to all students. By signing the Promise, individuals commit to becoming champions of making, supporting spaces for making, and showcasing what students have made. As this year’s Week of Making comes to a close, we are excited to publish our first annual Maker Promise report, which shares what we have learned about the state of making in schools and how this is shaping our future efforts.

This year, our work focused on understanding how maker learning is being implemented at Maker Promise schools and identifying areas where the Maker Promise could offer support and resources. To develop our understanding, we interviewed K-12 school leaders who had signed the Maker Promise and surveyed the “maker champions” most responsible for integrating making into their school or district. Here are a few highlights from our findings:"

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The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. X

The Weekly Edtech Smackdown: Vol. X | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to the weekly edition of The Edtech Smackdown—a collection of digital resources containing a few of my most favorite activities, tools and articles curated from various social media spaces throughout the past week.

Check out some super cool edtech gems right here, right now and get ready to use these ideas to support learning and to engage students in your classroom!
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8 teacher guides for free tech tools (including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest)

8 teacher guides for free tech tools (including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I am a fan of free educational technology for teachers. This is why I created the following 8 teacher’s guides to free educational technology. The aim is to offer teachers some of the best tips concerning the most popular educational resources available today. Enjoy, and do not hesitate to contact me if I can be valuable to you.
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What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like

What a School District Designed for Computational Thinking Looks Like | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Through computational thinking, schools are developing ways to apply problem solving principles to everyday learning.

Via EDTECH@UTRGV, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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Easy-to-Use Guide: The Instruction and Technology Integration Model

Easy-to-Use Guide: The Instruction and Technology Integration Model | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In order to meet the needs of all students–and to equip teachers with a consistent process to do so–Superintendent Dr. Philip Hickman created a new instructional model. The K-16 Instruction and Technology Integration Model, or “K-16 ITI” is transforming teaching and personalizing learning for students in Mississippi and beyond.

We teamed up with Dr. Hickman to design an easy-to-use guide so that educators across the country can benefit from this model.
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Evolving Our Makerspace: The Conclusion - Teched Up Teacher

Evolving Our Makerspace: The Conclusion - Teched Up Teacher | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The year ended with a bang. We were featured in a host of local papers for our work with Slack, which caught the attention of the regional buyer of Barnes & Noble who said she was interested in working with us. We also finished the year working with Mrs. Daverso, Phlebotomy Supervisor for Riverview Hospital. She taught students about the phlebotomy process as we tried to make the blood drawing experience better for children. Barnes & Noble and Mrs. Daverso will be back in in September to continue our work together. The future’s looking bright!


Finished S-shaped fidget spinner for Slack (plugs not included, yet)
Further, as we end the year on these high notes, I have a much clearer idea on the final evolution of our makerspace. After a lot of networking, calling in favors, and support from my board and Superintendent, we’ll be turning our makerspace into an amazing new program called Fair Haven Innovates.
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5 New Ways to Watch YouTube and Find Videos - Make Use Of

5 New Ways to Watch YouTube and Find Videos - Make Use Of | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
YouTube still has more videos uploaded to its website for public consumption than anything else on the internet. But finding those videos is not as fun an experience as it once was. Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a bit bored with the same old YouTube interface.

Not too long ago, YouTube unveiled a redesign for its website. It also included a secret Dark Mode. But even these aren’t doing the trick. What you sometimes need is a completely new way to browse YouTube or watch the videos on it.
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How to Thrive in the 21st Century - Harvard Graduate School of Education

How to Thrive in the 21st Century - Harvard Graduate School of Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As Chung suggests, the 21st-century global citizen’s cognitive skill set includes traditional, testable basics such as math and literacy, but extends beyond that to encompass a particularly strong emphasis on the world in which we live. “Current events highlight some of the fears around otherness,” she says. The key to informed citizenship is getting to know other cultures — and valuing them.

In addition to rounding out kids’ knowledge base to include a nuanced understanding of world geography and cultures, schools must teach them the skills to use this knowledge as active and engaged citizens.”

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What the maximum amount of caffeine you should be drinking in a day looks like - Business Insider

What the maximum amount of caffeine you should be drinking in a day looks like - Business Insider | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
And you thought Red Bull was bad.

It turns out that while a can of the energy drink has 80 milligrams of caffeine, a small cup of Starbucks drip coffee has more than three times that amount.
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While this looks at caffeine consumption, we need to also take into account the sugar content of each of these beverages! It's really a double edged sword of non-nutritional consumption!
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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom
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3D Printed House - World's 35 Greatest 3D Printed Structures | All3DP

3D Printed House - World's 35 Greatest 3D Printed Structures | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
3D printing has been used to build houses, cabins, offices, bridges, pavilions, large-scale structures, and much more. Even though they only existed for a handful of years, there are a vast number of completed projects, ongoing construction jobs, and unique concepts that are driving the industry today. Before we get started with the greatest 3D printed houses and structures in the world, take a glance at the top five advantages that 3D printing can offer the construction industry.
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3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM

3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Just because the “s” in STEM does not stand for “social studies” does not mean that social studies does not have a place. Economic, geographic, and civic knowledge are crucial components to good citizenship and deserve an equal place in terms of emphasis in curriculum, as early as preschool.


The “doing” of social studies is the most important part. Students need to be able to analyze information and establish arguments supported by evidence across all the domains of social studies"

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The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps

The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. So, how can teachers make learning more interactive and more fun with technology? True, teachers can make up games to teach a concept that involves every student. But, when teachers need to help students in small groups or one-on-one, how can they make sure that other students are actively practicing subject-area skills?

One of the great aspects of having tablets, laptops, and desktops in the classroom is the availability educational apps. With these apps, students can individually learn, practice, study, and have fun with different subjects and concepts. Luckily, there are many good, quality apps for students of all ages. It is important to note that this list is separated into categories, and the apps in each category are not in rank ordered. Here are 116 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2017.
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This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds

This Computer Language Is Feeding Hacker Values into Young Minds | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Last year, I went to Nigeria with Mark Zuckerberg. One of the first stops on the trip was a program that taught kids how to code. When Zuckerberg entered the room, many of the young students had a hard time pulling themselves away from their projects, even to gawk at one of the world’s richest men. Facebook’s founder instead came to them. “What are you making?” he’d ask. And they would proudly say, “A game!” or whatever it was, and begin showing him how it works. Zuckerberg would stop them. “Show me the code!” he’d say, because, well, he’s Zuckerberg, and any occasion is ripe for an ad hoc programming review. And that’s when the kid would click on a menu that toggled from the game to the LEGO-like building blocks of a Scratch program.


This happened several times, with kids ranging from ages 8 to 15. In every instance, the maker of a cool project could clearly show this famous visitor how he or she had methodically implemented a plan. Zuckerberg was clearly impressed. As we headed up the stairs to leave the building, Zuckerberg called out to me, “Scratch! Have you heard of this?”


Oh, yes I had. Though it was not yet released to the world when Zuckerberg left Harvard to launch his quirky little startup, Scratch (developed just a couple of T stops away) is quickly becoming the world’s most popular computer language for kids taking their first bite of programming. Last year, over 120 million people came to its site, and many of them built and shared projects, at a rate of a million a month. “It’s the gateway drug for Silicon Valley engineering,” says Fred Wilson of Union Square Ventures, a Scratch supporter."

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Can this $14 matchbox-sized device fire up America's kids to get coding? - TechRepublic

Can this $14 matchbox-sized device fire up America's kids to get coding? - TechRepublic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A matchbox-sized, programmable device launches in the US and Canada today, aimed at offering children a gentle introduction to the world of computers. 


 Already used in schools across the UK, the BBC micro:bit is designed to make it easy for kids to write simple programs to control the board's hardware, with creations to date including basic games and animations. 


 The device packs a 25 LED matrix display, a motion sensor, accelerometer and two buttons onto a tiny 4cmx5cm board. It can be programmed using easy-to-grasp tools, such as the drag-and-drop programming environment Scratch, or if the user is more confident, by coding in a variety of languages, including JavaScript or MicroPython."

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Your Guide To The Raspberry Pi

Your Guide To The Raspberry Pi | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this introduction to Raspberry Pi, all the basics are covered so you can start your own DIY computing journey with ease.

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7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
An increasing number of K-12 schools are transforming classrooms, libraries or other spaces into Informal workshop environments where students can tinker or invent, and with good reason. According to The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report: 2016 K-12 Edition, "Makerspaces are also increasing student exposure to STEM subjects and technical disciplines. Learners are applying maker skills to address some of the world's pressing challenges with innovative solutions."

But how do makerspaces get started? THE Journal spoke with several experts, who shared their insights into the makerspace planning phase — not just designing or equipping the space itself but preparing the students and staff so that they're able to make the best possible use of it.
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The clueless parent's guide to understanding Snapchat

The clueless parent's guide to understanding Snapchat | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Confused about Snapchat? You’re not the only parent. Snapchat is perhaps the most misunderstood of all social media apps. Is it a social network? A photo platform? A means for frustrated millennial expression? The short answer is yes, to all of those things. The longer answer, well…
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App of the Week: A go-to literacy source

App of the Week: A go-to literacy source | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Checkology® Virtual Classroom is a news- and media-literacy learning platform created by the News Literacy Project. Checkology’s aim is to help students more critically navigate today’s ever-changing media and digital landscape. The site boasts four modules that each contain lessons, student challenges, and discussions. The lessons’ panelists are journalists from the New York Times, Buzzfeed, and the Washington Post, to name a few. There’s also a “check tool” that allows students to evaluate the credibility of any piece of news they may be uncertain of, following the news-literacy principles they learned throughout checkology’s lessons
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Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of

Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library in the world. You might even be reading a classic from there right now in your e-reader.

But don’t you hate how it’s formatted?

Gutenberg is a worthwhile effort, but as a true book lover you just might be turned off by the poor formatting of those old books, crippled by archaic typesets that strain your eyes. The absence of attractive book covers might also irk you.

Standard Books promises to change all that. This volunteer effort is bringing the oomph back to these old classics.
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Cash Strapped Schools Integrating #Travelling #Makerspaces to Support STEM

Cash Strapped Schools Integrating #Travelling #Makerspaces to Support STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cash-strapped school systems are turning to traveling teaching teams to help supplement their course offerings, especially in science, technology, and math.

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10 Best Marble Run Toys (Crazy Building Fun)

10 Best Marble Run Toys (Crazy Building Fun) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ready for a challenge parents? Yes, we mean you, as ultimately it will be you at the heart of the instruction manuals, multiple pieces and lost balls. Marble run toys can be tough to build, but once your child gets the hang of it, it they can begin to build on their own.

Designing and building is an excellent way for kids to have fun while learning important STEM skills. Marble runs are based on building long or short tracks, then you drop a marble down and watch as it goes through obstacles to reach the bottom.

Marble sets teach the process of trial and error, as kids can see what is needed to keep the marble in motion and the tracks level, so the marble won’t jump out.

We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best, and included some cool marble run toys a little outside of the norm. From wooden marble runs, to plastic runs, to tracks you can stick on your fridge, there is something for all ages.
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language. But is coding preoccupying the hearts and minds of students after school hours? This is the question that researchers at the MIT Media Lab are asking.
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10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"If you have performed a recent search you may have found there is a countless number of social studies resources on the internet. In this post the goal was to find ten sites that addressed the area of Social Studies across all the diversified areas found in the discipline. Below, you will find the results of some extensive searching! You will discover a wide variety of materials including readings, OER (Open Education Resources), primary documents, textbooks, lessons, activities,  interactives, videos, audios, and some great blog readings. There is bound to be something for any teacher. Best of all many of these resources will help build a Social Study Classroom e-curriculum while facilitating those important 21st century skills and engaging students! Enjoy your journey!"

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