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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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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week

School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The term "maker space," Ms. Fontichiaro said, has no single definition. The spaces can be high-tech, low-tech, part of the school curriculum, or part of an after-school program. Some aren't even called maker spaces. The only central theme is that of creation and innovation." 

 

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""People think, 'Oh, I need a 3-D printer that's $2,300. I can't afford that,' " said Ms. Fontichiaro of the University of Michigan. "You can afford a junk box. You can afford a ream of paper. You can afford a white board that you can make out of [materials] from the home-improvement store."For Ms. Rosheim, the bulk of her $8,000 grant was spent on storage needs, high-tech materials ranging from $50 to $400, and organization of those materials. The space's most expensive item—the 3-D printer—came as a donation from the school's PTA."

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 1, 12:20 PM

Maker spaces and learning commons is here to stay!

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WMKR: Movers and Makers - Laura Fleming #BAM #Radio

WMKR:  Movers and Makers - Laura Fleming #BAM #Radio | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

I am very excited to announce the launch of my new makerspace radio show on the BAM Radio Network!  BAM Radio is the largest education radio network in the world offering programming from the nation's top education organizations and thought leaders and reaching a wide audience of people passionately committed to quality education. 

The show is called WMKR, Movers & Makers. Embarking on this journey with me, I am lucky enough to have a fabulous co-host in educator, Travis Lape.   Each episode of our show, will focus upon expanding upon the chapters of my makerspace book, allowing for readers/listeners to be immersed further in each topic.

 

As of today, our first show has launched.  The topic is the Maker Movement and the show is called Helping Students Learn with the Head, the Heart and the Hand.  Our first guest is the gracious, Sylvia Martinez."

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St. Paul schools bring iPads into the classroom - Star Tribune

St. Paul schools bring iPads into the classroom - Star Tribune | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
To get a sense of the iPad’s potential to change teaching and learning in the St. Paul School District, just walk the halls of Mississippi Creative Arts School on the city’s North End.

 

Outside a classroom recently, four fifth-graders sat on a hallway floor using an iPad to record themselves in a book club conversation that they and their teacher could review later to gauge their understanding of the material.

The teacher, Susan Kreidler, a 21-year veteran, “wasn’t so sure” of her district’s all-in embrace of the device as a means to enhance learning. But kids are inspired, reading levels are up and, Kreidler said, “I’m on board.”

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12 Beautiful Green Grass Field HD Wallpapers - OSXDaily

12 Beautiful Green Grass Field HD Wallpapers - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Fresh wallpaper is always a welcome addition to Mac desktops and iOS device backgrounds, and photographer Radoslav Holan, who provided us with some amazing bokeh wallpapers before, has offered us a new fantastic collection wallpapers to share. These twelve beautiful high resolution images are of green grassy fields, grass blades, some with flowers, some with dew, and all equally gorgeous, making them perfect for any device screen.
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Drawp for School- A Great Collaborative Tool for Teachers and Students ~ EdTech & MLearning

Drawp for School- A Great Collaborative Tool for Teachers and Students ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Drawp for School is an excellent creativity and collaboration tool for teachers and students. It provides students with an intuitive blank canvas and a variety of drawing and painting tools to use for visualizing thoughts and for creating rich mixed media content. Students can collaboratively work on a drawing, add sticky notes, text,  or even record audio clips and share them with teachers who, in their part, can provide feedback in the form of comments.
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Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News)

Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You see it everywhere in K-12. Kindergarteners design toys for their friends to practice empathy, while learning to use a saw and glue-gun along the way. Second graders deepen their understanding of character traits while designing and sewing puppets to represent a character in a folk-tale. In high school physics, students make wind turbines in order to internalize an understanding of how magnetism can create electricity.

The “it” I’m referring to is “Making,” and simply put, Making is any activity where people create something, often with their hands.

I often define Making by looking at what people bring to the Maker Faire, which does include more technical aspects like 3D printing, physical computing and programming. But Making also includes woodworking, growing food, making art and crafts.
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Making for All: How to Build an Inclusive Makerspace (EdSurge News)

Making for All: How to Build an Inclusive Makerspace (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
"The Maker Movement has crept into the consciousness of schools in the past few years. For some, it’s a wake up call that over-tested, over-scheduled young people are not going to become the creative, enthusiastic learners we all hope to nurture. For others, it’s a personal reconnection to our collective, deeply-felt human impulses to create, invent, and shape the world. Makerspaces, genius hour, design thinking, and other frameworks can help make these ideas come to life in classrooms, libraries, museums, and community centers. But are these innovations accessible to everyone, to every child?"
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How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily

How to Straighten Photos on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Just about everyone has taken a picture that isn’t lined up quite straight, but iOS offers a nice simple way to quickly straighten any photo by tilting the image by a small degree. Whether an image is completely askew or just slightly tilted, you can can quickly correct the image and straighten it right within the Photos app on iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite

Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories. In some cases I’ve had students create collages to represent elements of a story. In other cases I’ve had them choose five pictures and write two hundred words about each. Being asked to write two hundred words about five pictures feels a lot less daunting than being asked to write one thousand words in one shot.
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Helping teachers find ways for students to write fluently

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Sphere 360 for Panoramic Picture Taking and Exploration - @ClassTechTips

Sphere 360 for Panoramic Picture Taking and Exploration - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
 Technology helps teachers bring the world to their classroom.  This includes virtual field trips that are accessible through mobile devices.  Sphere 360 is a very cool app that lets users take panoramic pictures from their iPhone or iPad.  If you’re traveling on a school break and plan to bring pictures back to your students, this is an awesome option.
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flea palmer's curator insight, May 29, 7:36 AM

Worth a look!

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Why iPads are magic and why that may (not) matter - Teaching with iPad

Why iPads are magic and why that may (not) matter - Teaching with iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post from colleague Dr. Guy Trainin, a professor of Literacy at the University of Nebraska. Dr. Trainin is a very avid YouTube author with very helpful iPad videos.

A few weeks ago I created two of my favorite episodes on me podcast iPads in the Classroom. One was about viruses and cells and the second was about the future of the book. (The videos are embedded below). These episodes show off the magic that iPads can create. This is not just a book splashed on a page, or games that drill a basic math skill. Instead, these are apps that show how much more can you get when you use a mobile devices to get a different kind of information.
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Top 5 Android Apps for Teaching Kids Coding Skills ~ EdTech and MLearning

Top 5 Android Apps for Teaching Kids Coding Skills ~ EdTech and MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This post is a response to the repeated requests we keep receiving from teachers asking for suggestions on the best Android coding apps out there. Admittedly, the iOS app store has a richer and more diversified variety of good coding apps that are not available in Google Play app store (e.g Hopscotch, Code Academy, Daisy the Dinosaur to mention a few). However, the list below embeds some really great alternatives to use on Android. Using these apps students and kids will get to learn coding skills while engaging in funny and enjoyable games and activities.
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Makerspaces in the Media Center | Edudemic

Makerspaces in the Media Center | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For most people when they hear the words location, location, location they think real estate.  I think of school library media centers.  In almost all schools the media center occupies the largest amount of real estate on the campus.  And just like a piece of real estate, there should be flexibility in the staging, products, services, and use of the space. This place, above all others, should be a dynamic space that allows for self expression, exploration, discovery, curiosity, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving.
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Inexpensive making in the classroom - ISTE

"Maker education programs are cropping up in schools across the nation as the maker movement gains momentum. Making relies heavily on skills such as problem solving, innovative and creative thinking, and perseverance — and it promotes positive mindsets and attitudes. What could be better for our classrooms, schools and society than confident, determined, innovative youth? Making empowers youth and amazing things can happen when we get out of their way!"

"Here are three inexpensive ways to start making in your classroom:"

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5 iPad Accessories for Every PE Teacher - The PE Geek

5 iPad Accessories for Every PE Teacher - The PE Geek | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
’s true that the iPad has been a truly revolutionary device, that has enabled me to take my classes to an entirely new level. However, a big part of this has been made possible by a collection of what I call my ‘Must Have iPad Accessories’. See the list below for a collection of tools I use in just about every session that make my iPad an even more powerful member of my classroom.
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An Interesting Collection of Visual Learning Tools for Students ~ EdTech & MLearning

An Interesting Collection of Visual Learning Tools for Students ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then perhaps a lesson that engages a student's visual perception is worth a thousand lectures. Here are some tools to help craft visuals to augment your next lesson.
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8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News)

8 Questions to Ask When Designing STEM for Girls (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My colleague and I walked into a room filled with a dozen fifth-grade girls snacking on pretzels and huddling around a LEGO robot they had named Kitty. Two of them were laughing about the goggles they had made out of robot wheels, while another small group crowded around a laptop to program wheel rotations. The rest attempted to drive Kitty through what looked like an obstacle course.

It was our first glimpse into life as mentors for the Girl Scouts of Western Washington's LEGO League, a competition that combines programming LEGO Mindstorms robots, team project planning, and creative problem solving to get kids excited about science and technology.
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What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge

What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.  
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How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning - School Library Journal

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning - School Library Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, May 31, 7:52 AM

Well written article that looks at two forms of research to highlight when learners need direct instruction and when learners need more inquiry-based opportunities.

Allyson Panksep's curator insight, May 31, 10:01 AM

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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, May 31, 2:08 PM

We are hearing lots about the "Maker Movement" and how libraries are central to making it happen. 

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Maker Movement: Let Them Build it & They'll Learn! - Catlin Tucker

Maker Movement: Let Them Build it & They'll Learn! - Catlin Tucker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
At first, I was not sure how to introduce elements of the Maker philosophy into my English classroom. Much of the conversation around this movement focuses on technology and STEM subjects, but I see value in getting students to design and create in all subject areas. Since I don’t have any actual technology in my classroom, I had to get creative in my approach.

We were reading (performing is more accurate) Shakespeare’s play, Othello. I usually do a mini-lesson on the Globe Theatre to introduce its design, layout, symbolic spaces, and genius construction. That’s when I had an idea! Why not ask students to build replicas of the Globe Theatre? To build a model of the Globe, they would have to complete research, get creative with their materials and work collaboratively in groups. I realized that through the act of making their replicas they would probably learn more and have more fun.
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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.
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How Maker Faires Are Inspiring Young 'Makers' All Over the World - TIME

How Maker Faires Are Inspiring Young 'Makers' All Over the World - TIME | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the truly bright lights in tech education is the Maker Faire. The granddaddy of the Maker Faires celebrated its tenth anniversary this weekend at the San Mateo, California Events Center, drawing around 150,000 kids and their parents who went to explore the world of making things.
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Some Great Tools for Transcribing Audio and Video Content ~ EdTech and MLearning

Some Great Tools for Transcribing Audio and Video Content ~ EdTech and MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Transcription softwares can be costly and hard to operate. This is particularly the case with those pro tools employed to transcribe lengthy audio and video recordings. Researchers use them to transcribe their data into textual input for analytical purposes. Examples of such tools are provided in at the end of this post.

For teachers and educators looking for simple and easy to use transcription tools, we would suggest the following: automated speech to text apps or audio players designed for transcription works.
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flea palmer's curator insight, May 29, 7:47 AM

A list of free Chrome apps - I shall have to try these as we are frequently asked about transcribing software - very timely!