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7 Must-Have Apps for Elementary School Teachers

7 Must-Have Apps for Elementary School Teachers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Elementary school students have short attention spans. Teachers must change gears every 15-20 minutes, which means having multiple activities and resources at their fingertips.
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These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos - GIGAOM

These iOS tips will help you take better iPhone photos - GIGAOM | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"It has been said that the best camera in the world is the camera you have with you when you want to take a photo, because life keeps moving forward even if you are not ready to capture it. Hopefully the following tips, accessories and app suggestions will make taking photos this holiday season a little easier and a lot more fun."

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The best iPad apps of 2014 - Mashable

The best iPad apps of 2014 - Mashable | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Between iOS 8 and a new lineup of tablets from Apple, iPad users got some pretty big updates in 2014.

Of course, major hardware and software updates also means a slew of new and better-than-ever apps. With all-new ways to tell stories, shoot and edit photos and create documents, iPad users can get more done than ever before.
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Yahoo Weather for iPad Updated: New Animated Effects | iPad Insight

Yahoo Weather for iPad Updated: New Animated Effects | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Yahoo Weather iPad app was recently updated, to Version 1.6.5. It’s a nice little update to a very nice iPad weather app.

The star features of this update are new animated effects for lightning and frost, and updated designs for the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus.
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Geography Drive Arcade - Four Fun U.S. Geography Games - iPad APps for School

Geography Drive Arcade - Four Fun U.S. Geography Games - iPad APps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Geography Drive Arcade is a great iPad app from the same people that developed Geography Drive USA. Within Geography Drive Arcade students will find four fun review games. Those games are State Shape Challenge, Flagstaff State Flag Game, State Capital Challenge, and Honolulu Spelling Bee.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs

Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Bioman Biology is a nice resource that I learned about from David Andrade. On Bioman Biology you will find dozens of educational games and virtual labs designed to help students learn about topics related to biology. The games and virtual labs are organized into eight topics; physiology, cells, ecology, genetics, classification, life chemistry, respiration, and scientific methods. Most the games are Flash-based but a handful of them are available as free iPad apps. The games and virtual labs are appropriate for middle school students.
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Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom - ClassTechTips.com

Drawing in the Science & STEM Classroom - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Drawp for School is a great tool for managing workflow in a one-to-one classroom and can be used across the content areas.  With this app students complete tasks designed by the teacher.  This can include drawing a picture or labeling a diagram.  Drawp is as flexible as paper – it can be used with any subject.
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Creating sign language books in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog

Creating sign language books in Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The inspiration – History ebook


Back in April 2014 I worked with Hill Country Middle School in Austin on a collaborative ebook between 8th grade and 3rd grade students.

8th grade students composed books using Book Creator and Scrap Pad based on historical topics covered in the year. The books took on a familiar repetitive children’s storybook theme to make the concepts easier to digest and comprehend for their 3rd grade audience.

Once the framework of the book was set, 8th grade students used a Google Doc to provide 3rd grade students with a list of images they would need to complete the book. On the day of the field trip, the whole project really came together.

The History ebook project became the inspiration for another collaboration. ..."

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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling product that demonstrates their understanding of a concept.
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TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School

TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

iTinyTap is a great iPad app for developing your own educational games. I’ve been a big supporter of the app since it launched a couple of years ago. TinyTap has always been targeted toward the K-3 crowd, but it can certainly be used with older students too. To reflect that TinyTap has uses in older grades, the developers gave the app a bit of a facelift and added some new features.

TinyTap still works the way that it always has, but some of the decorations and animations that were included to appeal to young students are optional rather than default settings.

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5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu

5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

This blog post however does not focus on the apps, but the features that are built within the iPad. Take some time to explain these features in the iPad’s settings to make your students aware of how they can benefit their language learning.

 

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My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories

My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the past four years, I've been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year will only feature my must-have iPad and iPhone apps. As with last year, I want to start from the iPad.
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10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch - TED.com

10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch -  TED.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Color bravery. A headset for brainwaves. His/hers healthcare. 10 big, bold talks from female speakers.
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The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius

The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"If you’re a parent or teacher, you’ve probably had to deal with deciphering the gibberish-looking text and numbers students are sending to one another. It’s like learning a new language. Seriously. In an effort to help you identify some of the most important and must-know online acronyms, we put together this handy visual guide that’s designed to get you some of the little-known but most-used terms being texted and shared on a daily basis.

Do you know all these acronyms already? Then you probably have what it takes to share your knowledge on Daily Genius! "

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Not really a "Means and Methods" post, but I certainly did not know most of those - did you?

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Do you have ‘text neck’? And five ways to deal with it if you do... - Daily Genius

Do you have ‘text neck’? And five ways to deal with it if you do... - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"By definition, you are reading this on an electronic device. More than likely a tablet or a phone. And if that’s the case, then it’s more than likely that you’re hunched over a little, head forward.

Did you just sit up straighter? Thought so…

The noises from medical researchers are increasingly shrill on the damage done to us by technology  and the back pain it causes – slumped postures, ‘text neck’ caused by leaning over our devices is causing wear and tear from the extra pressure the unnatural postures put on our spines. The warnings are, more and more, that this is reaching ‘epidemic’ proportions, with ‘significant’ numbers looking like they will need corrective surgery.

So are you going to give up your mobile and tablet? No, of course not, that would just be silly, wouldn’t it?

So instead, try some corrective actions:"

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Best Apps of 2014: Photography & Video - Today's iPhone

Best Apps of 2014: Photography & Video - Today's iPhone | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We’re approaching the end of the year, so what better time to bring together all of the best apps from the last twelve months? We’ve been racking our brains and asking our lovely readers for help in order to try and whittle down all the App Store had to offer in 2014 to a few simple lists.

You’ve seen our picks for the best Games, Utilities, Social, Productivity and Media & Entertainment apps and now we’re bringing you the best photography and video apps!

The best camera is the one you have with you — namely your iPhone! — and the App Store is full of great apps for making your photos and videos look incredible, so compiling this list was no mean feat. Regardless, here are the best photography and video apps of 2014…
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How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily

How to Turn Off Keyboard Click Sounds on iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A little clicking sound is made every time you type on the iPhone keyboard. Some users really like that sound effect and find that it helps them to type on the virtual keyboard easier, but other users find it to be annoying and obtrusive. If you don’t want to hear the clicky sound effects when typing in iOS, you can quickly turn the feature off and have the key taps stay quiet, leaving you with completely silent hitting any keys on the iPhone keyboard.
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A Comprehensive List of Educational iPad Apps for Autistic Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Comprehensive List of Educational iPad Apps for Autistic Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a very good resource of apps specifically curated for autistic learners. This is a spreadsheet created by a parent, an autistic adult and an SLP and features a very big collection of iPad apps for autism. The apps are arranged into different categories that include : art, books, communication, earliest learning, file sharing, games, general development, geography, history, language, math and pre-math, multiple activities, music, reading and spelling, puzzles, science, social skills, speech, and many more. Every app is supplemented with a short description, a video if available, review if available, and iTunes link.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools for Creating Last-minute Holiday Cards

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Tools for Creating Last-minute Holiday Cards | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In typical form I have done all of my Christmas shopping and card mailings in the last 24 hours. I know I am not the only one that waits until the last minute to get these things done. You may have students in the same boat. You may also find yourself looking for a way to help students create some last-minute holiday greeting cards of their own. The following three popular tools offer options for creating holiday cards.
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Curious Words for Visual Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com

Curious Words for Visual Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - ClassTechTips.comCurious Words is a visual storytelling app from the makers of Oh No Fractions! and Curious Ruler.  Random words stimulate the child to explore the world around them, illustrating such words with what they see. Instead of drawing the word with a still picture, they can shoot a one second video – just the right length to capture a gesture, a movement, a shadow, or a smile.  A final movie is assembled with voice over and music once the child has “illustrated” up to 12 words.  The final results are unique mini films that capture the way a child sees the world.

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Winnipeg school division charts new territory in computer coding for kids - CBC.CA

Winnipeg school division charts new territory in computer coding for kids - CBC.CA | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Ben Safiniuk is seven years old, and he knows how to write computer code – sort of.

“Well, I have made a stickman. He’s like, ‘Hello’ and then he got sucked up into a ship,” said Ben.

He’s a student in the Pembina Trails School Division in Winnipeg who can make a blue dog dance across a stage or build a game with disappearing red blocks. And he’s not the only one.

The school division is diving head-first into uncharted territory in Canada – teaching coding to young kids.

“As I get to travel around our 33 schools, I’m now noticing I’m being asked more and more from younger and younger grades, ‘Can you teach me Java?’” said David Wall, Pembina Trails’ educational technology consultant.”

The only problem? Many teachers don’t have any idea how to teach kids code. And it isn’t a failing on their part – there’s no curriculum or framework in Canada for how to teach kids from Kindergarten to Grade 8 how to code. "

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Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what were kids up to during the Hour of Code? MakeWonder have shared with us how kids as young as 5 participated in the Hour of Code last week. Jake Lee, from Honolulu, Hawaii created this video to show how his first graders participated in the Hour of Code with the robots. They used Dash & Dot robots for programming activities to teach spatial reasoning and then moved on to Blockly (a visual programming tool developed by Google) to program robots through mazes. If you are lucky enough to have access to the amazing Dash and Dot, MakeWonder have created some great ideas to get you started.
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Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I just learned through Tony Vincent that the popular presentation tool Haiku Deck is now offering its premium presentation templates for free. This offer is only valid through the holidays. Go ahead and grab some of these beautiful templates to use in your next presentation. For those of you not yer familiar with Haiku Deck, here is a short review of it.
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Check out Haiku Deck's Blog for all the information -

Happy Holidays from Haiku Deck: Free New Fonts and Filters!

 https://blog.haikudeck.com/new-fonts/ ;

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Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom

Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions I am asked is "How did you pay for your iPads" or "Do you know of any grants to get iPads (or other technology) into my classroom?"

I was lucky enough in 2010 to have administration whose priority was to update and increase technology in our district.  I wasn't in on the process so I'm relatively clueless on how they got them- I do know they applied for grants and used general budget funds to purchase our iPads, initially for a 1:1 program in our high school.  Once I saw how perfect the iPads for Kindergarten I begged and pleaded and justified how I would use them in my classroom.  
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Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills.
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6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com

6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are a few traditions that are crucial to the full Christmas experience: listening to Christmas music, putting up Christmas lights, making your favorite Christmas desserts, and, of course, reading Christmas stories.

The following six stories are sure to make your family smile at Christmas — especially now that they’ve been brought to life like never before on the iPad. So sit around the fire, pour yourself some mulled wine or hot chocolate, and enjoy these Christmas classics!
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