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An iPad Today Makes the Pain Go Away? Hospital Gives iPads to Kids in the ER | PadGadget

An iPad Today Makes the Pain Go Away? Hospital Gives iPads to Kids in the ER | PadGadget | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s no secret that kids love the iPad, but it turns out that using the iPad during times of stress, such as a visit to the emergency room, may help kids feel less pain.
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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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3 Basic Digital Citizenship Standards All Educators Should Know and Teach

3 Basic Digital Citizenship Standards All Educators Should Know and Teach | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching students digital citizenship can be a baseline of their understanding of how to stay safe online — from cyberbullying to phishing to navigating the plethora of online news options.

“Teachers have long understood the importance of instilling good citizenship in their students, focusing on social etiquette and how to treat people with respect in the course of their daily lives,” reads an article on Edudemic. “Today, though, it’s just as important that students understand what kinds of behaviors are acceptable online.”

When it comes to making sure students are being the best digital citizens, educators can turn to a blend of guidance and tech tools.
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10 Summer Learning Ideas for Teachers | Getting Smart

10 Summer Learning Ideas for Teachers | Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Summer is here, and we have some great ideas for how to “blend” your summer break time with fun and effective learning opportunities. Don’t fall down that summer slide–with these ten suggestions, you’ll have so much fun learning you’ll never want summer break to end!"

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How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms

How Silicon Valley Pushed Coding Into American Classrooms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At a White House gathering of tech titans last week, Timothy D. Cook, the chief executive of Apple, delivered a blunt message to President Trump on how public schools could better serve the nation’s needs. To help solve a “huge deficit in the skills that we need today,” Mr. Cook said, the government should do its part to make sure students learn computer programming.

“Coding,” Mr. Cook told the president, “should be a requirement in every public school.”

The Apple chief’s education mandate was just the latest tech company push for coding courses in schools. But even without Mr. Trump’s support, Silicon Valley is already advancing that agenda — thanks largely to the marketing prowess of Code.org, an industry-backed nonprofit group.
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With iOS 11, using your iPad has never been easier - CNET

With iOS 11, using your iPad has never been easier - CNET | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
After installing iOS 11 on an iPad, you're undoubtedly going to notice things are way different. For starters, there's a tried and true app dock now. Also, multitasking has been completely redone. Here are a few tips and tricks for navigating your upgraded iPad.
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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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NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition

NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition is a collaborative effort between the New Media Consortium and the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) and made possible by mindSpark Learning (formerly known as Share Fair Nation).

The preview provides summaries of the trends, challenges, and important developments in educational technology which were ranked most highly by the 2017 expert panel and will be featured in the official NMC/CoSN Horizon Report > 2017 K-12 Edition set to be released in August, 2017. View the Panel of Expert’s work and discussions in the 2017 Horizon.k12 Workspace.
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ISTE 2017: Students Put These Drones Together And Code Them

ISTE 2017: Students Put These Drones Together And Code Them | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Robolink is debuting their CoDrone Lite at ISTE 2017. Their newest product is literally fresh out of the factory, as they just arrived in the robotics and drone company’s headquarters last week. The brand new educational drone for everyone is extremely popular. The CoDrone Lite saw 400% funding on their Indiegogo campaign that ended this past spring.

CoDrone Lite is more than just a small quadcopter drone, that idea is sooooo 2015. The super smart team at Robolink took their idea for the original CoDrone which required text based coding, and scaled it down for use in schools across the globe. Now, users can program CoDrone light using Snap. Snap is a language very similar to Block where users arrange the partially put together code pieces in ways that make sense to them, to complete whatever mission they want.
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3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A major generational clash is underway, says a foremost expert, and it’s affecting all industries, including education. The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent.

So what does that mean for educators? Well, buckle up and hold on.
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How Do You Use Projects Within The Classroom? via @TeacherToolkit

How Do You Use Projects Within The Classroom? via @TeacherToolkit | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Projects can enhance the curriculum that you teach, encourage logical thinking skills and promote cross-curricular links. Pupils work in a similar style to how they would in the workplace, collaborating with their peers and supporting one another.
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Wow In the World: A New NPR Podcast for Curious Kids and their Grown-Ups

Wow In the World: A New NPR Podcast for Curious Kids and their Grown-Ups | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Wow in the World is a place where we can tap into the crazy cool things that are happening all around us, every day!" says Thomas. "We want to help spark conversations between kids and other kids and also with their grown-ups that will ultimately lead to their own big discoveries."

Each episode begins with a series of questions that lead to an explanation about a new amazing scientific discovery or finding. For example, "How long would it take to get to the closest star outside our solar system?" or "How did we Homo sapiens come to dominate the planet?" or "How do astronauts poop in space?" Through comedy and conversation, along with voices from real kids, Mindy and Guy make the news fun and interesting."

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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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