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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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Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them.
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This sounds wonderful! Students will love them and they will make perfect trading items for FLL competitions.
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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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A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement

A Principal's Reflections: Leading the Maker Movement | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past year more and more schools across the globe have embraced the concept of making to learn.  This phenomenon trickled into schools as the Maker Movement became more popular and natural connections to learning became quite evident.  To begin to understand the educational value of making we must look at the roots of this movement.  A recent article in Newsweek sums it up nicely: 

 

"THE MAKER MOVEMENT is a global community of inventors, designers, engineers, artists, programmers, hackers, tinkerers, craftsmen and DIY’ers—the kind of people who share a quality that Larry Rosenstock says “leads to learning [and]…to innovation,” a perennial curiosity “about how they could do it better the next time.” The design cycle is all about reiteration, trying something again and again until it works, and then, once it works, making it better. As manufacturing tools continue to become better, cheaper and more accessible, the Maker Movement is gaining momentum at an unprecedented rate. Over the past few years, so-called “makerspaces” have cropped up in cities and small towns worldwide—often in affiliation with libraries, museums and other community centers, as well as in public and independent schools—giving more people of all ages access to mentorship, programs and tools like 3-D printers and scanners, laser cutters, microcontrollers and design software".

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Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School

Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Little Story Creator (not to be confused with the similar sounding Little Story Maker) is a free iPad app that students can use to create multimedia stories on their iPads. The app was designed with students in mind and is therefore rather easy to use. On the app students can create multiple page stories. On each page of their stories students can add images and videos, type text, draw, and apply digital stickers. Students can also record audio on each page to narrate their stories.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Banning Cell Phones Prepares Students for The Past http://t.co/w88i6CPTtl #flippclass #edchat

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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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5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration

5 ways to utilize iPad backgrounds & lockscreens | Technology Erintegration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You may not have thought much about the iPad background screens of student iPads.  Whether you share a cart with your grade level or have a small set to use or even have 1:1 iPads in the classroom, the iPad background screen is key real estate that you want to integrate into your iPad management plan.  Students look at the lock screen every time they open their iPads and the background whenever they switch apps.    Here are 5 ways to utilize that space:
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Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the past couple of weeks, I have been preparing to teach a summer school/camp on maker education (see http://www.makereducation.com/summer-camp-schedule.html ). As part of my preparation, I decided compose a list of promises to my learners as a maker educator.
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Perceptions of BYOT

Perceptions of BYOT | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibilities…

* conducting research
* creating a project
* texting a parent, friend, or teacher
* watching a video
* playing a game
* reading a news article


As educators, we could argue the instructional merits of what is happening with the smartphone that the student is holding. Many of our initial thoughts and concerns are framed by our own perceptions and experiences of how we personally use technology.

I read a heavily circulated article this week that detailed some research from the UK on the banning of students personal technology tools. This research revealed that students perform better on standardized tests when their schools ban the use of personal mobile devices. Apparently, this improved performance was due to the lack of distractions. Obviously, I can’t argue with the research, but I do have several questions and thoughts related to the focus of this study and the topic of banning students’ technology tools."

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Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall

Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Myria Mallette (@MmeM27) is one of our French teachers who is busy learning, teaching and coding alongside her students. Recently she engaged a grade 8 student into creating this Zelda recreation to teach directions en francais.
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The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News)

The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 

As the director of a maker lab at Castilleja School, an independent all-girls school for grades 6-12, I, along with my team, have witnessed dramatic changes in skills and confidence that can occur when we give young women not only the opportunity but also a safe space to make, build, tinker, and create. In line with multiple articles calling for empowering a more diverse and inclusive community of makers, we strongly believe that maker programs and inclusive maker spaces are particularly important in girls’ education.

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Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
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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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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week

School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Angela Rosheim, a library media specialist, faced a problem: Her elementary school students were requesting materials during genius hour—a time in which teachers provide resources for students to study topics of personal interest—that the school didn't have.


"They wanted to learn robotics, they wanted to learn to create apps," said Ms. Rosheim, who has worked at Lewis and Clark Elementary School in Liberty, Mo., for more than 20 years.


In response to her students' needs, she applied for and received an $8,000 grant from the Liberty school district to create a "maker space" in the school's library. The grant, along with donations and her budget, allowed Ms. Rosheim to stock the space with craft supplies, sewing machines, snap circuits, Lego sets, and a 3-D printer."

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9 EduApps for Animal Lovers - @ClassTechTips

9 EduApps for Animal Lovers - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Educational apps can include games that engage students with content and resources that provide information on a topic.  These nine iPad apps are perfect for animal lovers of all ages.  Watch meerkats on a live video feed, learn about endangered species, and play games that feature favorite animals!
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Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning

Some Very Good iPad Apps for Fighting Writer's Block ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Writer's block is  a crippling condition in which one's creative process slows down to the minimum. It's a symptom of 'creativity blockage' which hits writers. People differ in how they deal with their writer's block but one effective way we have at our hands is the use of technology. There are several iPad apps that can provide writers with all kinds of prompts and incentives to write creatively.  Below is a sample of some of the best iPad apps to help you with writer's block. We invite you to check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions:
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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.
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How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu - Zig Zag Tech

How To Writing: App Smashing With A Publishing Menu - Zig Zag Tech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After our collaborative How To writing project, everyone was quick to get started on their own “expert” stories. Making lists of things we’re experts at helps generate ideas, then the stories start to flow!



We’ve published our writing several different ways this year, so I offered an idea menu of apps to publish with to my class. This is by no means a comprehensive list of tools. I just wanted to provide them a jumping off point to get started when they were ready to publish. Please feel free to download the menu here.
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30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist

30 essential iPad Apps for the paperless classroom (infographic) - ICT Evangelist | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I make no apologies for making this an iPad focused post. So many of the schools that I work with have iPads both for students and for educators. The majority of the 30 Apps I’ve chosen are ones I have used extensively myself in the classroom with some new additions which I have seen being used by others to great success.
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Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips

Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Todo Math is a fantastic iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content.
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Life's Work - Official Series Trailer

Breakwater Studios Ltd. presents LIFE'S WORK, a series of short documentaries that follows the stories of six master makers, exploring their craft, their process, and ultimately, their lives.
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100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies

100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Why is STEM important? In short, the future job market will revolve around science. This includes all forms of technology, engineering and math. 80% of jobs in the future will require technology skills. Statistics today show that there will be a drastic shortage of job applicants in the next decade with the skills and knowledge to fill these new positions. While only 4% of the nation’s workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, this group creates jobs for the other 96% of the workforce (source). The average professional with a STEM-related degree earns more than double the average national wage. About 3 million jobs are currently unfilled because Americans lack the basic STEM skills needed for the positions (source).
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Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
ABCya's latest online tool is a tool for drawing and typing stories. ABCya Story Maker is a free tool on which students can draw pictures then write text to support their pictures. Story Maker provides lots of drawing tools for students to pick from. After drawing a picture students can click the text icon to type. Stories can be one page or multiple pages. When students have finished writing they can print their stories and or save them as PDFs.
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