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The AppAdvice Week In Review: Time To Shop Edition -- AppAdvice

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Start Making in YOUR Classroom | Venspired

Start Making in YOUR Classroom | Venspired | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve gotten several emails after my last post and they all ended with the same line, “Where do I start?”  It can be overwhelming to start by Googling “makerspace.”  What do you most often see?  That stark modern space with expensive 3d printers. But that? It’s not the reality of what making in the classroom can be. I know the constraints faced by many of us in education, and I’ve lived them before.  You make do with what you have, get creative, and repurpose existing materials to MAKE making happen in your classroom.  You gotta start somewhere, right?
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Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

Making Doesn't Have An Age Limit - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
“Makerspaces are too complicated for elementary students.  You can only get in depth with middle and high school students”

“High schoolers are too jaded for making.  They’ll roll their eyes at you if you give them LEGOs”

I’ve heard variations of these criticisms so many times.  Placing some kind of age restriction on when students are capable of/will be interested in making seems to be one of the most popular excuses educators have for not even considering creating a Maker environment in their school.

We need to smash these notions and assumptions.  That creativity is tied to a certain age group.  That we outgrow our desire for play.  That young children aren’t capable of serious making.  That adults will never have an interest in expressing themselves.
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The Daring Librarian: Wonder More - Fear Less

The Daring Librarian: Wonder More - Fear Less | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You know, my brand is sometimes a lot to live up to. I'm not always daring. I won't buy a 3D printer until I know I can get projects kiddos create cranked out in a timely fashion or that we can reliably afford the materials and upkeep supplies. You don't ALWAYS have to be daring in BIG ways, but you can dare everyday something. Dare to keep smiling to that kid who never smiles back. It's easy to smile to the kiddos you adore & have a connection with. But try to smile consistently, to that kiddos who is all prickles and burs. You will be surprised at the results. It took me 8 months once to get a reluctant grin back.

When thinking about the next school year -I'd like to suggest we keep in mind that we should be ready to try new things without letting fear stop us. To go beyond our comfort zone. Even if you choose only one thing that makes you squirmy inside, that's good for your practice and our profession. This way, we can truly say to our kiddos that we are pushing ourselves to fail/win and try again just like we ask them to do every day!
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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup - Edutopia

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
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Imagination Playground 3D Builder App - @ClassTechTips

Imagination Playground 3D Builder App - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
On tablets students have the opportunity to create their own worlds.  With the 3D Builder App for iPads and Android devices, students can play with an endless supply of blocks and tools.  This app from Imagination Playground was designed to help students increase their play time and support child-directed play.  Students can work freely and use their creativity as they explore the 3D Builder App.
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Make a Stylish Flashlight Out of Kitchen Trash | Make: DIY Projects Ideas for Makers

Make a Stylish Flashlight Out of Kitchen Trash | Make: DIY Projects Ideas for Makers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You could call it a trashlight, a handy and handsome AA flashlight made out of little more than a soda can and a cereal box (plus a bulb and two AA batteries). Before you say anything, yes, of course you can buy super-cheap penlights like this. But that would be largely missing the point here. This is about making something yourself, something out of nothing. And I guarantee you that if you take the time to do this project, to render literal garbage into an useful everyday tool, you will get the warmest, fuzziest feeling every time you illuminate some dark corner of your world with it.
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8 things every teacher can do to create an innovative classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

8 things every teacher can do to create an innovative classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Innovation is a trait that I desperately want to instill in my students, and many teachers I talk to seem to share that goal. In the current climate of high stakes testing, state standards, and prescribed learning outcomes, it can be incredibly difficult to foster an atmosphere of innovation and creativity that inspires students. But rest assured, it is possible.

Here, I outline eight basic principles for the “Innovative Classroom,” around which I designed a middle school course called Physical Computing. Some of the projects and tools are specific to that course, but I think the fundamental ideas could be applied to almost any course at any level.
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Coding Camp for Minority Boys Where Mentors Make a Big Difference - Mind/Shift

Coding Camp for Minority Boys Where Mentors Make a Big Difference - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
On the second floor of Morgan State University’s engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he’s just created.

Not yet an actual ruler. One he’s designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials — then it’s time to produce it on a 3-D printer.

Jacob starts seventh grade in the fall and has big dreams. Building this ruler is all part of the plan.

“When I was a child,” he says, “I loved to play with Legos, and it inspired me to be an engineer when I get older.”

Jacob is one of some 50 boys in this free, four-week camp at Morgan State. It’s called the Minority Male Makers Program — paid for by Verizon.
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Turn your Smartphone into a 3D Hologram | 4K - YouTube

Bored of New Apps? This is my tutorial on how to turn your phone into a Hologram Projector!
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This video tutorial shows you how to make holograms with some simple tools and your smart phone.

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Free Technology for Teachers: An Easy Way to Create Your Own iPad & Android Games

Free Technology for Teachers: An Easy Way to Create Your Own iPad & Android Games | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Tiny Tap is one of the free iPad and Android apps that continues to stay in my Best of the Web presentations. Whenever I show it off there is always a great response to it.

Tiny Tap allows you to create simple games based on pictures that you take. The purpose of the games you build is to help young students (pre-K through grade 4) practice identifying objects and patterns.
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Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps - Mind/Shift

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them.
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Why I use Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog

Why I use Book Creator in the classroom - Book Creator app | Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Many schools I have spoken to about buying iPads are under a mistaken belief that iPads need to be filled with apps to be useful. I can honestly say that there are about 4 or 5 I use on a regular basis and Book Creator is used on a daily basis in my classroom. It is a simple to use app which allows for the creation of a digital book which can include text, images, video, sounds and music and with the latest update the opportunity to actually freehand draw or write on the page.
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How to protect your tech with a duct tape iPad case - Mashable

How to protect your tech with a duct tape iPad case - Mashable | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Everything is better with duct tape, especially your back to school supplies.

If you're planning on downsizing your textbook load this year, an iPad or tablet is a great way to go. Of course, one drawback of getting a fancy device is that they can cost you a pretty penny even without all the special accessories you need to keep it looking shiny and new.
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Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries | Knowledge Quest @DianaLRendina

Advocating for Makerspaces in Libraries | Knowledge Quest @DianaLRendina | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Since I first started my Makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School in January 2014, I have received a lot of positive feedback. I’ve given talks, presented at conferences, and shared about our experiences through my blog and through social media.  Some of the questions I am most frequently asked are: Why should makerspaces be in the library?  Why not just convert a classroom into a STEM lab?

In a similar vein, I often hear from librarians who are struggling to get their administration/teachers/community to understand the rationale for having a Makerspace in their library.  Aren’t those kids just playing?  Shouldn’t libraries be quiet and clean?  How does this tie in with the curriculum?

How we react to these types of questions are crucial in our advocacy for our spaces.  Here’s some ways to respond.
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Up Periscope? New Rules for the Latest Social Media Tool - HookED on Innovation @mrhooker

Up Periscope? New Rules for the Latest Social Media Tool - HookED on Innovation @mrhooker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I’ve always been a fan of sharing openly.  I sometimes tell people that my life is an open book that no one wants to read.  The nature of my job and my position is one that interacts regularly with social media as both a way of learning and a means of sharing.

 

Recently, I’ve been captivated by the phenomena of Meerkat  and Periscope.  As I’ve seen throughout my many years in Ed Tech, whenever a new tool hits the market there are usually a slew of early adopters running out to grab it, figure out what it does, then figure out how we can use it for education.  I’m usually one of those first-adopters, but I’ve purposefully taken a more measured approach to the world of mobile live video streaming and becoming a “Digital Broadcaster”."

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Kleinspiration: When Students Design Their School: If You Give a Kid a LEGO, He's Going to Ask For...

Kleinspiration: When Students Design Their School: If You Give a Kid a LEGO, He's Going to Ask For... | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When I arrived at Blackboard World, I knew the first stop I had to make, the student maker space.  Blackboard invited students from all ages to participate in a day of creating their ideal learning environments.  The company partnered with the Smithsonian to provide resources and guides to help facilitate the activities.  Children would rotate between 5 stations throughout the day - each station lasting roughly thirty minutes.  
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The Techie Teacher: Static vs. Dynamic QR Codes

The Techie Teacher: Static vs. Dynamic QR Codes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A Dynamic QR code allows you to place a short URL into the QR code and then EDIT/CHANGE it to something different at a later time! For instance, if I had a big QR code hanging on my classroom wall that would take my students to a specific website all about the Water Cycle, I could keep the SAME QR code taped to my wall throughout the year and just change the URL that is linked to that code. So the next day when my students scan the QR code, it could take them to a different website. Save the earth people! Save your ink! Dynamic QR codes can change your world :P
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How to use Sphero the Robot in STEM and Beyond - From Courtney Pepe

How to use Sphero the Robot in STEM and Beyond - From Courtney Pepe | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As someone who primarily taught math and science when I was a classroom teacher, I associated robots, robotics curriculum, and robot apps as things that were only used in those subjects. However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website. They also have a number of STEM challenges  in the form pre-designed engineering projects designed for collaborative group work with students and are helpful for teachers using the robots in their classes.

Sphero is a robotic ball that can pair with an iPad, tablet, iPhone, or smartphone through Bluetooth, and getting started is relatively easy. Once you are ready to use Sphero, you take it off the charger stand and give it a “tap-tap” to “wake it up.” When the robot wakes up, it starts to flash three different colors until it pairs with the device you are using it with via Bluetooth. Once it turns blue, then you know that it is paired and ready to go. There are at least 14 different education related apps that are available with Sphero: some of them use augmented reality technology, some of them teach the basics of coding, while others allow students to draw on a tablet to manipulate the color and movement of the robot.

During the last week of June, I did a presentation at the ISTE conference with many other educators from all over the country who also received the robot grant. What amazed me was that people who taught subjects like language arts and social studies found incredible ways to integrate robotics into their curriculum to create some really engaging lessons for their students.
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Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects - ISTE

Enough tchotchkes! Get students making meaningful 3D projects  - ISTE | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As 3D printers increasingly find roles in schools, libraries and even homes, it is vital that educators provide challenging and meaningful projects. School administrators, trustees, superintendents and parents will not be impressed by an iPhone case downloaded from the internet to roll off the expensive new 3D printer. Instead, educators should encourage students to use these printers to create original designs that are more than just tchotchkes.

Projects that allow students to create something “bigger” than the design itself are the most appealing. The 3D printer then becomes a tool that enables students to craft works they would otherwise be incapable of producing.
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Supporting Maker Education District-Wide - Edutopia

Supporting Maker Education District-Wide - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The maker movement has gained momentum over the last year, especially with the Call to Action from the White House and the President's second annual Nation of Makers event and proclamation. This year, Maker Ed, Digital Promise, and AASA (the School Superintendents Association) gathered commitments (PDF) from school leaders to expand making in districts and schools throughout our nation. In order for the maker movement and maker education to take shape and become truly embedded in schools and classrooms, district and site-level administrative leadership and support are essential.
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The Best Apps for Your Local Life! - Wonder of Tech

The Best Apps for Your Local Life! - Wonder of Tech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As you go through your day, you may use apps for email, Facebook, text messages, photos, games and more. But what apps do you use in your daily life to save you time and money?

You may not think to use apps for your daily life but you may be missing out on discounts and rewards even though you’re one of the store’s best customers. You may be running into traffic congestion or public transit delays that could have been avoided with an app.
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iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Digital Citizenship Resources

iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Digital Citizenship Resources | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As the beginning of a new school year approaches, we need to remember to include lessons on the importance of Digital Citizenship in our classrooms. As I begin my second year of being 1:1, I know this is important to incorporate. Listed below are sources that can be used to teach Digital Citizenship in the classroom.
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Seesaw and Shadow Puppet - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts

Seesaw and Shadow Puppet - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
hen working with students it is clear to see how engaged they get when they create new things and have the opportunity to share it with others.

Two apps that are fast becoming favourites of mine are Shadow Puppet and SeeSaw.  Both made by the same people they provide a great opportunity for students to make great products and also have a place for collaboration and a safe audience for sharing.
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