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

The AppAdvice Week In Review: Time To Shop Edition -- AppAdvice | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The holiday shopping season is almost here and AppAdvice has it covered.
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Ten Makerspace Curriculum Wins from 2014-2015 - The GCAA Makerspace

Ten Makerspace Curriculum Wins from 2014-2015 - The GCAA Makerspace | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This past year was swamped with curriculum design for four new Makerspace courses. Though there are many aspects in each of the courses that need to be tweaked, some of our projects were immediately and massively successful. For a GCAA Makerspace project to be successful, it should engage students while furthering their understanding of design thinking.

In the spirit of my guiding star for 2015-2016 being #documentation, here are my top ten curricular wins from 2014-2015.
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The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide to Gamifying Your Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Gamification is the process by which teachers use video game design principals in learning environments. The effects are increased student engagement, class wide enjoyment of academic lessons, and high levels of buy-in, even from your most reluctant learners.

When gamifying a classroom there are several things you’ll need to consider. The first is content, as in what are you trying to teach? Like any lesson or unit plan, you’ll need to figure out how to organize and assess new material. You’ll also need to consider your students. What kind of learners are they? What information do they already know? You’ll need to have a basic understanding of your students’ technology skills and how much support each student may need. You’ll want to consider putting together a training manual or some other support system for students who may need extra help. You’ll also need to consider your own comfort level with technology and the actual technology available to you. These considerations may lead you to designing your own game, or relying one a template or already built quest.
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Code talkers: Education's new literacy

Code talkers: Education's new literacy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the record, I am not a coder and I have never played one on TV. I am, however, fascinated and sold on the fact that coders are the inevitable lifeblood of our future workforce.
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Integrated activities for grades K-5 from my classes at @MarymountNYC's #STEAM camp. #edtech #MakerEd

Integrated activities for grades K-5 from my classes at @MarymountNYC's #STEAM camp. #edtech #MakerEd | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
From June 22 – July 24, I led technology projects at Marymount’s Summer STEAM Camp in the awesome FabLab Makerspace at their 5th Avenue campus. It was quite an experience to gather, develop, and run projects for campers with varying skill sets in grades K-5 for five weeks. Also, each grade level had a different and unique theme almost every week, and I challenged myself to plan integrated projects that correlated with their themes.
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STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World

STEM Everywhere: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math in the Real World | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Explore STEM education in settings beyond the classroom walls, and see how opportunities to learn science, technology, engineering, and mathematics are all around us. From science-based internships, to student-run makerspaces, to after-school activities, STEM is everywhere. 

The videos in this series were produced by Mobile Digital Arts, and were made possible through generous support from the Noyce Foundation.
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Rewriting History with Book Creator - The Tech Rabbi

Rewriting History with Book Creator - The Tech Rabbi | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the challenges of teaching history is that it doesn’t change much. While there may be a discovery here and there, it is rare that any sort of drastic discovery might alter the learning experience of a student in history class. Thanks to various technology innovations like the internet and computing technology, this challenge can also be turned into history. That is if as an educator we are willing to be open to the possibility that we are not the all knowing fountain of knowledge, and that our 20-year old textbook might need an upgrade? But who can afford textbooks?!!?

Worry not! We have a classroom of historical researchers and thinkers and the tools to empower them to create their own history book.
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10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers - Daily Genius

10 New Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Several summers ago, I wrote 10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers in response to a request from a Summer Workshop participant. Over the past few weeks, this post has been re-circulated on Social Media, so I decided that it needed an update.

My original post was inspired by Suzy Brooks’ use of her SMART Board as a learning center. For this update, I would like to credit the fantastic work of Kristen Wideen and Meghan Zigmond. While many of the concepts from the original post are certainly still applicable, here are 10 new ideas for creating learning centers.
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Makerology - Krissy Venosdale @Venspired

Makerology  - Krissy Venosdale @Venspired | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve always been obsessed with all things creative.  I’ve always assumed I was just a Sharpie collecting, cardboard building, Lego designing girl who never grew up.  What was this relentless urge to create?  It’s really been about being a maker, all along. The Maker Movement is making it’s way into education and these are my favorite resources.  Join the conversation about making on Twitter by adding the hashtag #MakerEd, or the new hashtag just for resources for youngest learners, #Elemaker.  You can also add your name to a growing list of educators looking to collaborate!
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Stages of Being a Maker Learner - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

Stages of Being a Maker Learner - User Generated  Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what is making? I’ve proposed that the heart of making is creating new and unique things. I also realize that in order for this type of making to occur, there needs to be some scaffolding so that maker learners can develop a foundation of knowledge and skills. The end result, though should be maker learners creating new things by and for themselves. The ideas in this post have been sparked by the SAMR model. I see a similar pattern or progression with maker education:
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10 Tips to Differentiate using 21st Century Assistive Technology - Learning Bird

10 Tips to Differentiate using 21st Century Assistive Technology  - Learning Bird | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Differentiated instruction is not necessarily a new approach to meeting the unique learning needs of all students, but it has certainly been enhanced through assistive technologies. The advancements with assistive technologies have been astronomical in providing teachers even more ways to reach out to their students (Dove, 2012) and differentiate the way they learn, practice, and explore concepts (Ciampa & Gallagher, 2013).

As a researcher studying assistive technologies and a program facilitator for the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region, I have gained valuable insight to help support educators with high-tech assistive technologies. For the most part, my experience with assistive technology has generally revolved around using Apple iPads and Chromebooks. With this in mind, the following tips will be coming from the perspective of a teacher very passionate about mobile devices in 21st century learning spaces.
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What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought

What Classrooms Can Learn From Informal Learning - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I spent more than 5 years in public school classrooms, both urban and suburban, and while I saw a lot of educators working their behinds off and engaging kids in valuable, essential learning, I also saw a lot of kids that were disenchanted by what school had to offer. After years in the public school system, many of the students that need school the worst had been taught one irrevocable truth: learning was not for them. And not just because school was too hard or too easy, but because it was often at odds with their interests and desires.

And then, in just the past few months, I’ve had my eyes opened to the world of schooling that happens beyond the walls of the traditional brick and mortar education. Suddenly, I saw living rooms, parks, co-ops, libraries, churches, and community centers as steady, stimulating learning environments. I saw parents confidently addressing the educational needs of their children without necessarily having the formal training to do so (my good friend, Becky, is among them). I saw how certain learning methods and perspectives could yield the type of student that regularly scores above the national average on an array of standardized tests and feels empowered as a lifelong learner. But what exactly were these families able to do that was so different? And what could we as public educators borrow from these homeschool classrooms–or any non-traditional or informal learning environment–that would be of benefit in our own? Here are the five things that stand out.
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Elizabeth Walton Coleman's curator insight, August 1, 11:19 PM

These are the things I've learned that the half is never greater than the whole.

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Good article

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A Great App for Kids with Reading Difficulties ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great App for Kids with Reading Difficulties ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Visual Reading is a great reading app for kids having difficulty reading with just words and also for those suffering from autism and dyslexia. As a teacher or parent, you can create storyboards and use your won videos and images to associate with words. Your kid can then read the story either through words or with the help of the visual cues you provided.
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Inventing 101 | Chase Lewis | TEDxUNC - YouTube

n his TEDxUNC 2015 talk, Chase Lewis, a 15-year-old inventor, talks about taking any tools around us — any inspiration that we can find — to stop waiting, to take action and to do something. Chase uses his personal experience doing just that for the past several years, and conveys that we ALL can do it.
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A Principal's Reflections: Leading With Video

A Principal's Reflections: Leading With Video | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Digital leaders know full well the power of video. As principal I routinely used video tools to improve communications, enhance public relations, and create a positive brand presence.  Leaders today can harness mainstay video tools to build better connections and relationships with all stakeholders while telling the story of their school/district in a way that was never possible. Video tools can also be used as pivotal learning tools that save precious time and money.  Below I break down four main categories of digital tools:
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4 Important Guides to Help Teachers Effectively Use iPad in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Important Guides to Help Teachers Effectively Use iPad in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is the third post in a series of posts covering some very good guides to help teachers make the best of emerging technologies in education. After writing about technology tips and flipped classroom, this post presents some of our favourite reads for teachers looking for ways to better use iPad in their instruction. We invite you to check them out and as always share with us your feedback. Enjoy.
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Before We Periscope From Our Schools, Let's Think For a Moment - Pernille Ripp

Before We Periscope From Our Schools, Let's Think For a Moment - Pernille Ripp | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I fell in love with Periscope, the free live-streaming app created by Twitter, this summer while at ISTE.  Free, instant access to events happening around the world – finally!  The myriad of ways I could see implementing it in my classroom overwhelmed me in a good way.  Kids could periscope our class at any time to bring the world in.  Students could interact with other students around the world.  Students could have a real-time audience at any time we needed.  We could explore every day moments in cultures around the world.  On and on, the ideas went.

Yet, when I thought about it some more, I started to second-guess my love for it a little bit.  I didn’t fall out of love, but I did start to question my own ideas, as well as the professional responsibility that I carry not just as a teacher, but also as an active conference goer/speaker.  So what has made me slow down?
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WeAreTeachers: Making Matters! How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education

WeAreTeachers: Making Matters! How the Maker Movement Is Transforming Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education. New tools and technology, such as 3D printing, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computing, e-textiles, “smart” materials, and programming languages are being invented at an unprecedented pace. The Maker Movement creates affordable or even free versions of these inventions, while sharing tools and ideas online to create a vibrant, collaborative community of global problem-solvers.
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Remake Learning Playbook - RemakeLearning.org

Remake Learning Playbook - RemakeLearning.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Since 2007, a diverse group of Pittsburgh’s educators, funders, academics, and citizens—known as the Remake Learning Network—has emerged to exchange ideas and implement strategies to enhance the region’s learning ecosystem. These efforts have provided the region’s children and youth with novel, engaging, and relevant learning opportunities that help them thrive in school, college, and the workforce. Indeed, what began with small, informal discussions has blossomed into a full-fledged movement that is yielding notable results and earning national recognition.

In the spirit of open innovation, the Network is building the Remake Learning Playbook, a field guide full of ideas and resources for supporting learning innovation networks. Filled with practical and actionable information to help other communities build on the Pittsburgh model for learning innovation.
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5 ways teachers can foster creative thinking with technology - Daily Genius

5 ways teachers can foster creative thinking with technology - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Why do we teach? For me personally, it is the moment my students come up with original ideas, innovations, inventions. Simply put, a different way of thinking. How can we utilise technology to foster diverse, creative thinking?
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Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We are living in an age of advanced user-driven technologies, information abundance, and networked, participatory learning. It should logically follow, then, that education should take advantage of these amazing developments. As many of us in education know, it has not. This theme has permeated many of my blog posts:
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Always learning!

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Paper Roller Coasters :) - Biodynamic - Instructables #makered

Paper Roller Coasters :) - Biodynamic - Instructables #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a science teacher, this is the best project I do all year.  I have yet to come across a project where students are more engaged.  They want to come after school to work on it, they ask to take the project home to work over the weekend, students are shocked when the class period has come to an end, and they all want to skip their next class to continue working.

The purpose of this project is to reinforce Newton's Laws of Motion through roller coaster physics.  The objective is to have a marble take the GREATEST amount of time to get from the top of the first hill to where the coaster ends. 

This instructable has also been submitted into the paper contest.  I know the competition is fierce so please vote for me!
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Coding for Kids - 3 FREE & Fabulous Apps - appydazeblog

Coding for Kids - 3 FREE & Fabulous Apps - appydazeblog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Why teach kids to code? Coding is what makes computer software work. Understanding the basics of programming will help your child be prepared for the jobs of the future. And, in the process your child will be using logic, solving problems, and having fun! Check out these apps and try coding yourself. Then try it with your students. We are living in creative, exciting times – be part of it!! :)

Here are fabulous FREE resources to use:
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4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science - The Whiteboard Blog

4 Great Augmented Reality Apps for teaching Science - The Whiteboard Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Augmented Reality is the term used by apps which overlay content on top of real world objects. Imagine viewing a textbook page through your iPad and the pictures come to life with sound and animations.
This can have some great educational uses. From bringing spacecraft or animals into the classroom, to bringing worksheets to life with interactive 3D models.
The tech is still in its infancy. At the moment you still need to view things through some kind of device – a tablet, phone or webcam. Can you imagine what this would be like when viewed through something like Google Glass? But that’s something for the future.
There’s many different apps out there, but here are a few of my favourites that could be used to teach Science.
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EdTechTeam: Five Great Reasons to Use Canva in the Classroom

EdTechTeam: Five Great Reasons to Use Canva in the Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"What is Canva you ask?


In the companies own words “An amazingly simple graphic design tool”"

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OFFICIAL ANDREASCY's curator insight, August 2, 3:47 AM

Maak ook eens een infographic met je leerlingen met Canva. 

 

Stephania Savva's curator insight, August 2, 6:33 AM

Maak ook eens een infographic met je leerlingen met Canva. 

 

judyhaar's curator insight, August 2, 6:10 PM

I use Canva and find it a very useful tool.

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8 Fun Free Online Creativity Tools for Students - global digital citizen foundation

8 Fun Free Online Creativity Tools for Students - global digital citizen foundation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Special projects require special highlights, and those can only come from special creativity tools. Use these with your students to add unique creative flair to projects of all kids!


It’s always a treat when a student can express themselves creatively in a way they’re never tried before, with a tool they may not have used. Discovering how to use such a resource—and what you can create with it—is very rewarding. The creativity tools we have listed here are great little online resources that will develop creativity in all sorts of ways.


Using these creativity tools, students can add artistic personal touches to their work in so many ways. They can build fonts; make themselves into a robot or a Picasso painting; draw with fire; and turn pictures into words and textures, to name a few things. These are fun tools to explore and engage your students with, so everyone can have fun!"

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