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Top 8 Apps for Geometry

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If angles and planes confuse you or you have trouble finding volume and area, there’s an app for you.
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Demco Post: 3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace

Demco Post: 3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Design challenges are a favorite tool of mine for inspiring student creativity in makerspaces (that’s why I co-wrote a book about them).  And by using low-tech materials in combination with design challenges, you can easily and affordably inspire student creativity.  Low-tech materials remind us that a makerspace is not defined by the specific materials and tools they contain, but rather by the learning experiences they create for students.

3 Design Challenges for the Low Tech Makerspace
To help make it easier for you to try out low-tech design challenges, I’ve written up prompts (based off the format in the book), supply lists and recommended resources.  Many of the supplies are things you may already have in your makerspace. If you don’t, you can easily source them.
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Copper Pipe Glockenspiel: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Copper Pipe Glockenspiel: 14 Steps (with Pictures) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Build a great-sounding glockenspiel out of copper pipes!  The pipes, when correctly mounted, have a lovely bell-like tone.  This glockenspiel (a glockenspiel is like a xylophone, but with metal slats or tubes) is based on a project in this book, but with a larger range and tuning information based on theory from this excellent article.  

This is potentially a very educational project.  Several learning objectives are possible, depending on the subject area of interest:


Mathematics: Solve simple equations to match pipe length to notes.


Physics: Learn about the relationship between length and first-mode vibrational frequency.


Music theory: Learn about the relationship between frequencies and notes.


Shop: Learn how to measure and cut wood, join it with nails or glue, and work with metal pipe.


I built this project with my six-year-old son.  The exact amounts of material you need depend on what musical coverage you want the instrument to have.  After consultation with my nine-year-old daughter as to what music she wanted to play on it, I opted for nine notes, covering a C-major octave, plus an extra D at the top, namely from C6 to D7.  The lower the notes, the longer the copper pipes will need to be, and hence the more copper pipe you will need.  On the other hand, the higher the notes, the more precisely the cuts will need to be made.  "

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I made one of these in University music class many, many years ago. Everyone wanted one for Christmas! 
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15 of the Best Apps for Teachers in 2017 by @Sarah_Darren

15 of the Best Apps for Teachers in 2017 by @Sarah_Darren | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every teacher knows, or quickly learns, that their job is much much more than teaching. Lesson planning, classroom management, communication, and keeping records are just some of the things that require hours of extra work, but can be simplified through the use of some very user-friendly apps. Here are some of the best apps teachers …
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Who needs a plane when you can go skydiving from a drone

Who needs a plane when you can go skydiving from a drone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is the world's first drone jump. A 28-rotor drone lifted a man about 1,000 feet in the air before he let go. 

The stunt shows the drone's potential in rescue operations, where they could be used to save lives.
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ELA + STEM = A Formula for Better Student Reading Skills - STEM JOBS

ELA + STEM = A Formula for Better Student Reading Skills - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We often think of them as separate subjects, but you can use STEM as an inspiration and foundation for building reading skills in your classroom.

By the time students reach middle and high school, reading for pleasure is a rarity. Seldom do I see a student pull out a book when they have free time in the classroom. Reading has become limited to quick texts, emails, Twitter feeds, and hashtags. If there is a novel in their hands, it is usually one that is the new hit blockbuster on the big screen. This may have large impacts on student literacy, vocabulary, confidence, and overarching reading skills. How can we as STEM teachers help turn this around? The answer may lie in a partnership with your language arts teacher.
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Issue 2 - Hello World

Issue 2 - Hello World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In issue 2 of Hello World magazine we talk to Mitch Resnick about ten years of Scratch, the visual programming tool that revolutionised learning for an entire generation. We also offer practical advice and inspiration for education beyond the classroom, and much more…
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How Can Your School Create Content Rich-MakerSpace Lessons - TeacherCast

How Can Your School Create Content Rich-MakerSpace Lessons - TeacherCast | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On this episode of the TechEducator Podcast, we discuss several things you can do in your school to create simple Makerspace projects.

How can you make relevant and engaging content-rich makerspace lessons? Build great relationships so teachers feel free to collaborate. This and other (2 more) secrets of success in makerspace lesson design.
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Why STEAM Education Is Important for both our Teachers and Students

Why STEAM Education Is Important for both our Teachers and Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As a parent or an educator, you may have heard the term' STEAM' being used to describe a new way of learning. What is it though, and what does it mean for students today? Here's exactly what STEAM means for the future of learning.
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6 Digital Tools To Engage Students - TeachThought

6 Digital Tools To Engage Students - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Are you looking for some new ways to keep students engaged through the end of the school year?

Here are 6 tools that I have found to be quite helpful as this school year winds down. More importantly, these are also some of the student favorites, in no particular order.
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5-Minute Exercises That Will Help You Break Out of a Creative Rut

When working on creative projects, it's natural to run into a creative rut. It's likely rare, however, to be able to take a break until whenever inspiration strikes again . Still, there ways to quickly boost creativity so that you can produce good work while staying on track to meet deadlines. The following seven exercises are scientifically proven to make you creative, and can be done in five minutes or less.
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The Maker-Mindset is a powerful catalyst for learning. Here's how to foster it in your students.

The Maker-Mindset is a powerful catalyst for learning. Here's how to foster it in your students. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Most teachers have probably come across occasional student who is a maker. There was a girl in my year 8 English class who made the most adorable jewellery out of tiny, perfect, sculpted baked goods and sweets ('Get thee to Etsy!' I may or may not have cried, 'get thee to Etsy!). There was a boy in my year 10 media class who saved up his pocket money for years to buy a video-capable DSLR camera and was teaching himself to make films. He has an incredible, artistic eye. A girl in year 7 wrote pitch-perfect sci-fi genre prose.

All of these makers have really important traits in common - they are highly motivated, resilient and independent learners (all things we desperately want students to be), but these traits are a product of something deeper and more powerful - the maker-mindset."

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Putting Math and Science Back into STEM Projects @ajjuliani 

Putting Math and Science Back into STEM Projects @ajjuliani  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many teachers have done the spaghetti and marshmallow challenge in the classroom and called it a STEM project. It’s a great activity, but is it really a STEM activity? Sure there’s an engineering aspect to it, but what about the other components? Looking back, these types of activities are what we refer to as surface-level STEM activities.
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FULL STEAM AHEAD! End your school year with fun projects now! OR....get a great start for next year!

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As the introduction states, STEM is integrated, it is not and either/or approach to learning. It overcomes the silo effect, in which we impose artificial barriers between each of the sciences and resist any areas of overlap.
This approach means that students' learning is authentic, genuine problems do not recognise boundaries, and a truly wicked problem requires a holistic approach to its solution.

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Kids Invent Stuff

Kids Invent Stuff | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kids Invent Stuff is the YouTube channel where 5-11 year olds have the chance to get their invention ideas built by real engineers. We do this to give more primary school kids the chance to engage with real engineering projects.

Kids are encouraged to submit their ideas for inventions to solve a different challenge each month. Ideas can be submitted as drawings or videos uploaded below. The most creative inventions are showcased on our channel and each month one idea is built and tested on camera, with hilarious consequences.
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15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns

15 Fantastic Virtual Reality in Education Resources - curated by Monica Burns | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I wanted to share some of my absolute favorite resources for virtual reality in education. Here are tools for teachers looking for new educational VR apps.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders - Engadget

Apple launches free courses for the next generation of app coders - Engadget | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has unveiled a free curriculum designed to teach high school and community college students app coding schools. The Swift language course has already been adopted by six US community college systems that will distribute it to half a million students this fall. While it's generous on Apple's part, Tim Cook acknowledged that it needs to address an industry-wide shortage of coders, especially for enterprise apps. "That's really in its infancy, in terms of explosion, and so there's just a ton of opportunity here," he told USA Today.

The course entails around 180 hours of training with lesson plans, instruction and exercises for teachers. Students will "learn to code and and design fully functional apps, gaining critical job skills in software development and information technology," writes Apple. The program is an extension of Apple kindergarten to grade 12 "Everyone Can Code" curriculum that helps students get comfortable with code.
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Learn To Teach #Coding Over The Summer - @JonSamuelson

Learn To Teach #Coding Over The Summer - @JonSamuelson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"SERIOUSLY


It is super simple with CodeCampus! Watch the video below for a 2 minute description of what the site can do for your teaching. 

This is a great opportunity! CodeCampus gives you FREE easy to follow tutorial videos, so you can learn the basics of Scratch in about 4-5 hours."

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The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app

The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to choose their favourite apps for smashing with Book Creator. Here's their top choices.

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we’ve heard from many teachers that Book Creator is a great app for ‘app smashing’. Because you can pull in content from other apps so easily, it’s often the last step in the workflow – where students collate all their content from other apps into one place, to showcase their work. So we thought we’d delve a little deeper to find out which apps were the top choice at the moment when it comes to working with Book Creator. We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to give us their top 5 choices for apps they love to use in conjunction with Book Creator. We then rated their choices (5 points for no.1, 4 points for no.2 etc.) and came up with the list below. These 11 were the only apps that scored double figures. Do you agree with the list?
 
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Book creator
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Que ce soit le logiciel Book Creator ou un autre, les e-books vont être utilisés de plus en plus, même si la progression est lente.
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8 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials

8 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Educational Video Tutorials | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those of you asking about video lesson tools, below is a collection we published a few months ago featuring some of our favourite tools in this regard.  You can use these tools  to  create instructional videos and tutorials in a simple and easy way without the need for an advanced technology knowledge. All of these tools are web based, no software download is required.
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Design Thinking & Book Creator - Book Creator app

Design Thinking & Book Creator - Book Creator app | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
hen employing Design Thinking in the classroom, documenting each step in the process presents a challenge to teachers as well as students. However, the multimedia capabilities of Book Creator offer up a robust solution to this problem.

First, with Book Creator, students can use a variety of media to document their work. Next, teachers can create multimedia templates to guide and scaffold their students through the Design Thinking process. Finally, completed design books can be published in a number of ways, allowing students to showcase not only their completed work but their thinking along the way.
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Innovate My School - Four ways to support Music lessons with iPads

Innovate My School - Four ways to support Music lessons with iPads | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Google ‘iPads in education’ and you’ll find two types of result. The first cohort will be teachers exclaiming how innovative and engaging Apple’s tablet can be. The second will caution you of the lack of evidence suggesting that iPads make a measurable difference to pupils’ learning outcomes. 


The latter is fair caution. Despite the national challenges of school funding, more and more schools appear to be purchasing iPads for use in the classroom. Many are even introducing a one-to-one ration where every child has their "Music teachers are accustomed to using a wide gamut of tools - instruments."own device.

As with any tool, the outcomes are only as good as the planning that you put in. You can teach fantastic lessons with or without an iPad. Unfortunately, you can also teach awful lessons with or without an iPad. This is just as true in Music as it is in other subjects.

Perhaps, however, Music teachers have an advantage. While other subject teachers are more accustomed to books, videos and websites as resources, Music teachers are accustomed to using a much wider gamut of tools - instruments. If we can encourage Music teachers to view the iPad as another instrument and a vehicle by which children can make genuinely music progress, then we are well on the way to making the most of this 21st century resource.

So, how can music teachers deliver real learning with the Apple iPad?"

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Don't Look for a Great Idea. Look for a Good Problem - INC.

At the center of every significant innovation is always an idea. Clarence Birdseye's idea about freezing fish revolutionized the food industry and American diets. Charles Schwab's idea about flat commissions changed investing forever. Steve Jobs's idea about creating a device that could hold 1,000 songs in your pocket turned around Apple's fortunes.

Yet we shouldn't confuse a great idea with where it came from. Truly useful ideas don't arise from out of the ether or through fancy techniques like brainstorming or divergent thinking. The best ideas come in response to an important problem and thrive under constraints.

In researching my book, Mapping Innovation, I found that the most innovative firms aren't necessarily any more creative or even better at solving problems than most. Rather, what set them apart was how they aggressively sought out new problems to solve. The truth is that if you want to create a truly innovative culture, it isn't ideas you should glorify, but problems.
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Documenting and Reflecting on Learning @JackieGerstein

Documenting and Reflecting on Learning @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I am a strong proponent of encouraging learners of all ages to engage in reflective practice.

Learners do not just receive information only at the time it is given; they absorb information in many different ways, often after the fact, through reflection. The most powerful learning often happens when students self-monitor, or reflect. Students may not always be aware of what they are learning and experiencing. Teachers must raise students’ consciousness about underlying concepts and about their own reactions to these concepts. ETE Team
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Reflecting is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience, in that you think about what you did, and what happened, and decide from that what you would do differently next time. Is the best way to learn more and in an effective way, to find methods and possible solutions in learning process problems and doubts. Tools like blogs and forums are helpful to students in their cooperative learning and to feel support in some learning areas due to they can share their learning outcomes, projects, problems that they are facing and its possible solutions.
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Computational Thinking – The Journey From Skepticism

Computational Thinking – The Journey From Skepticism | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few years, I have taken a critical stance on the role of coding in schools.  Whenever I read an article with a strident declaration like “all kids must learn to code”, I immediately ask “why”?  It doesn’t help that a lot of articles on coding and schools will set up obviously false dichotomies like, “should we learn plumbing, or learn to code?” On the face of it, plumbing obviously affects more people than coding, namely, all of us, each and every day, if you want to think of it like that. Likewise, we interact with computing devices every day, but we don’t necessarily think about “‘where the pipes go”, and how they are made. Maybe we should, in both cases. The truth is, I’d like to know both coding and plumbing.
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40 STEAM Apps and Websites

40 STEAM Apps and Websites | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We’re dubbing 2017 the Summer of Creativity and we want you to join in.  What better way to do that than with some new STEAM apps and websites to explore?  We’ve found 20 apps and 20 websites that you can use to integrate the arts everywhere.  So whether you’re using Arts Integration, STEAM, PBL or any other maker-centered approach, these resources will make that process so much easier.

Want to download these as a single PDF for reference later?  We’ve broken these into two pages.  One for apps and one for websites.  We’ve also suggested which grade levels each app or website is most successful with.  Just click, print and away you go!
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#Rotoscope in a Retro Mutoscope - DrydenArt @fuglefun

#Rotoscope in a Retro Mutoscope - DrydenArt @fuglefun | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I'm super excited to have found the Flipbookit in my Twitter feed a month or so ago.  The discovery came at a time where I was thinking about how to display our class animations as I was preparing for rotoscope animations lesson with my 5th graders. What a perfect solution. The flipbookit is a DIY kit that creates a retro styled mutoscope, an early motion picture hand cracked flipbook device. This box has a crank that spins a rolodex of cards that you can customize through their online tool printed on labels. It took me 1 hour to put the box together and 1/2 hr to print, stick, and load the art. They are too expensive to have each student make their own, but because of their design, they make for a really simple all class rotoscope collaborative project. I'll try to explain.
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