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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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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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Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking - Edutopia

Teaching Empathy Through Design Thinking - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In an age of creators, makers, and innovators, we hear of the concept design thinking too often. What is design thinking? More importantly, can design thinking help you as an educator in your classroom?

Design thinking is a concept that centers around applying creativity and innovation to our actions, decision making, and problem solving as human beings. More significantly, it focuses on the impact that this creative and innovative thinking has on individuals. As a concept, design thinking can be used pedagogically to enhance our teaching practices. As a tool, it can be used to foster and teach empathy in the classroom.
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Making and Innovation: Balancing Skills-Development, Scaffolding, and Free Play @JackieGerstein

Making and Innovation: Balancing Skills-Development, Scaffolding, and Free Play @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This post discusses some of the challenges and proposed solutions for implementing maker education activities into a learning setting.  Several trends drive this post:

*    The Play Deficit – diminishing amount of free play in which kids engage


*    Lack of creativity and innovation in children’s lives and toys

 

*    The Maker Movement -Maker Education"

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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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David W. Deeds's curator insight, June 1, 11:07 AM

Good stuff! 

Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, June 2, 8:47 PM

Schools need to lead the “makerspace” movement. It makes learning relevant. Plus, kids love the chance to create something with their own hands. And so do their parents and grandparents!

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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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Cathy Jo Fisher's curator insight, May 30, 5:25 PM

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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Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers @ClassTechTips

Reading Rainbow eBook Library for Early Readers @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Reading Rainbow has inspired young readers long before an iPad entered any classroom.  This powerful iPad app gives students access to hundreds books in a variety of genres.  Within the app are over 100 educational video field trips hosted by Reading Rainbow favorite LeVar Burton.  Students can listen to books read aloud to them or read independently as they turn the page.  Each book has animations that are sure to grab your students’ attentions."

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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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Norton Gusky's curator insight, May 29, 7:21 PM

Passion or a strong interest in learning is what is most important. How do we get learners to become passionate about something? We have to stop thinking about academic interests and think about the whole person. 

Tom Perran's curator insight, Today, 6:55 AM
Important perspective!
Mary Getzke's curator insight, Today, 11:33 AM

Love this statement in article "what's important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have". ...priceless!

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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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Craig Crossley's curator insight, June 2, 7:59 PM

Curriculet and Visme!

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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

Helpful tips...

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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