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20 Amazing iPad Apps for Educators

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With these iPad apps, teachers discover creative ways to incorporate the iPad into teaching with educational & organizational applications.
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20 Of The Best Study Apps For The Plugged-In Student - Te@chThought

20 Of The Best Study Apps For The Plugged-In Student - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching and learning through technology is a complex thing. Learning what, from whom, and why?

But in terms of pure academic preparation–practicing skills and the application of concepts for traditional classroom projects and assessments? Technology like Android and Windows tablets, iPads, and smartphones become even more useful. Why? Because they’re, by nature, “me” devices–a personal screen to display exactly the content you need, exactly when you need it.
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REVIEW: Too Noisy: The Best App to Quiet Your Classroom | Edudemic

REVIEW: Too Noisy: The Best App to Quiet Your Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Educators typically aren’t strangers to sonic chaos. Spend 30 seconds in my classroom of 27 ten-year-olds on a Friday before the bell rings, and you’ll see what I mean. I’ve tried everything to quiet the cacophony that is Room 5, but nothing worked until I discovered a silencing savior called Too Noisy Pro. This app relies on a visual display and peer pressure to keep classroom volumes at appropriate levels.
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How to Publish Your Book to the iBooks Store. | ipadders.eu

How to Publish Your Book to the iBooks Store. | ipadders.eu | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This summer I published five of my iBook textbooks to the iBook Store. Since then I have gotten some questions on how to do this after your iBook is finished. The main hurdle for non-American writers is that you need to fill in a fax a form to the US. It takes a couple of weeks for this to be processed so it’s best to do it first. If your books are free you can skip this first step as you will not have to deal with the US Tax authorities. "

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REVIEW: Auxy Is The Best Piano Roll Editor for iPad Yet - And Not Much Else - By Design - Create Digital Music

REVIEW: Auxy Is The Best Piano Roll Editor for iPad Yet - And Not Much Else - By Design - Create Digital Music | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"It’s been asked over and over again: can a simpler software tool attract more people to music making? But the next question is, invariably – what’s the right stuff to leave out?


Auxy, released today, is an extreme exercise in app minimalism. It radically reduces what’s in the UI by focusing on making and cueing patterns — and leaving out the rest.


It’s also free."

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3D Printing Technology in the Classroom: Year 2 - Mrs. D's Flight Plan

3D Printing Technology in the Classroom: Year 2 - Mrs. D's Flight Plan | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This week, my teaching partner, Marc Westra, and I introduced lessons to create excitement and interest around the 3D printer. Similar to last year, we wanted our gr. 8 students to see this piece of technology as being something beyond printing toys, jewellry and pizza (yes, it can do that). While these students had tinkered with the software and printer as a gr. 7 student, time had not permitted an indepth study since it was so new to us. We want our students to see what a 3D printer is capable of, and then some. How can innovators use a 3D printer to meet the diverse needs of society, to help those in need?
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This Week’s App Store Editor’s Choice: Pixelmator | PadGadget

Pixelmator for the iPad is an imaging editor that lets you add a plethora of enhancements, effects, and filters to your pictures. From frames and basic shading to multiple layers and painting tools, this app has just about everything you would need to turn your snapshots into something spectacular.


With the available tools and effects you can either start with a template, or create a new project using pictures from your photo library. Chose from dozens of templates with frames, light leaks, filters, text overlays, and paintings. Or start from scratch.
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Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students -- THE Journal

Report: Teachers Better at Using Tech than Digital Native Students -- THE Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It's time to give up the notion that "digital natives" are more tech savvy than their teachers. According to a recent study of middle school science students and teachers, the teachers tended to have greater technology use.
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Linda Alexander's comment, October 28, 10:26 AM
Thought-provoking, John. I think their sample size is way too small to draw any conclusions, however. Nevertheless, it is an interesting twist for further exploration.
Sunrising Avenue's comment, October 29, 2:17 PM
http://www.sourcetune.com/
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iPaddiction: Assessment Ideas At Your Fingertips Using the iPad

iPaddiction: Assessment Ideas At Your Fingertips Using the iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
During our inservice day, teachers were involved with the topic of assessment.  With Mrs. Schmidt, I led two sessions on assessment using the iPad.

To begin we talked about Assessment For/Of Learning, how assessments look differently with Smarter Balanced in the picture, benefits of iPad Creation Apps for assessment, and how the four C's are required for assessment using certain apps on the iPad.
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Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 60 iPad Apps for Teaching STEAM Organized by Grade Level ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some good iPad apps to teach STEAM in your classroom? This collection created by We Are Teachers is definitely a must see. It provides about 60 iPad apps categorized under different subject areas, all of which are geared towards enhancing your kids' STEAM knowledge. The app recommendations are also arranged in such a way that you will be able to access apps for different grade levels (k-12). I have spent sometime going through this collection and find it really worth sharing with you here. Have a look and share with us what you think of it.
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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 28, 7:05 PM

Thx! John Eavans

Scott Langston's curator insight, October 28, 8:28 PM

Taking the steam out of STEM? I like this approach...

ayuso.salva's curator insight, October 29, 10:58 AM

Un buen listado.

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How to Record a Video of Your iPhone or iPad’s Screen From Your Mac - How-To Geek

How to Record a Video of Your iPhone or iPad’s Screen From Your Mac - How-To Geek | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you have an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch and a Mac, you can now record a video of your device’s screen thanks to a new feature in Mac OS X Yosemite. Android users can also record an Android device’s screen.

This feature was designed for app developers, but it can be used by anyone else. Record a tutorial and upload it to YouTube, or capture a video of your mobile gaming prowess and share it with your friends.
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Using Kodable to Teach Programming - EdTech You Should Know

Using Kodable to Teach Programming - EdTech You Should Know | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This episode of ETYSK features the app Kodable, which aims to teach primary grade students how to code by means of an incredibly appealing game. Gretchen, one of the apps founders, explains what Kodable is, how teachers are using it in the classroom, why they target the age of kids that they do, and more.

Here is a basic description of Kodable as it is listed on their website:

“Kodable starts your child’s programming education off right. They learn lessons on sequence, conditions, and loops by dragging and dropping commands to program their fuzzy character. You can also learn with your child by using the Smeeborg Learning Guide, which explains each of the concepts taught in the first 45 levels of Kodable.”

Kodable is also great to teach programming because they have many resources already available for teachers – and the app allows for progress saving across any iPad – so it is perfect for those classrooms that have computer carts. Here is what is offered to teachers:
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Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Edcamp: Teachers Take Back Professional Development

Educational Leadership:Professional Learning: Reimagined:Edcamp: Teachers Take Back Professional Development | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"How can participant-led, one-day events open up new possibilities for professional learning?

 

"I have heard more positive feedback on this day than any other professional development I have ever been a part of. I keep wondering why we didn't take our professional development in this direction a lot earlier. If we want classrooms where we are teaching students to be collaborative and more proactive in their learning, don't we have to set up a culture where we trust teachers to do the same?"

—Patrick Larkin (2010), assistant superintendent" 

 

Hundreds of quotes like this one have been circulating within the Twittersphere and Blogosphere since May 2010. What's all the buzz about? Edcamp."

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Top 10 Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Tech&Learning

Top 10 Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Tech&Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Jon Samuelson's comment, October 28, 9:50 PM
This is a pretty outdated and weak list. IMHO - Not a very good effort at all, even the screenshots are blurry. #fail
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Making Classroom Annotation Easy with Skitch - FRACTUS LEARNING

Making Classroom Annotation Easy with Skitch - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Skitch is an amazingly simple desktop and mobile app used for marking up images, PDFs and all sorts of digital documents. As a native app available on nearly every device type, it is a tool that can prove immensely useful to both teachers and students. Whether you are looking for a quick and elegant way to annotate your own documents, or searching for a world class app that students can add to their digital toolbox, Skitch has a multitude of applications across every discipline, duty and device."

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Coding/Making/Writing with Connected Learners - K12ONLINE 2014

Coding/Making/Writing with Connected Learners - K12ONLINE 2014 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An overview of how to use Mozilla’s Thimble with students for creative approaches to writing. Thimble allows for easy website building and fun remixing of existing website templates. Following the success of Webmaker events with teens at the public library, Melissa Techman shares her forms, templates and methods so you can experiment with Thimble in the classroom. This creative approach to writing builds interest in coding and allows students of all abilities to have fun and experience collaborative and connected learning. While intended for grades 6 and up, the approach and the templates can be simplified for younger students.
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Team Shake and Other Ways to Group Partners- Engage Their Minds

Team Shake and Other Ways to Group Partners- Engage Their Minds | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have been using Class Dojo to randomly make teams or select partners, but it isn’t exactly the fastest way to do it.  Last week, I heard about an app called, “Team Shake,” which is so much faster!  It does cost .99, so I just downloaded it to my phone rather than a school iPad.  Once I input the names of the students for a class (or a club), all I have to do is choose the number of groups I want and shake to sort everyone immediately.  Since I have multiple classes and clubs, I am able to save each one separately and load them whenever I need them.
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App pour vous aider à choisir des équips en classe

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It's not always quick and easy to pick groups for projects or class games.  This App can help!

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News-O-Matic - Daily News for Kids in English and Spanish - iPad Apps for School

News-O-Matic - Daily News for Kids in English and Spanish - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
News-O-Matic is a service that offers daily news stories for elementary school students. Along with the news stories News-O-Matic provides videos, games, and quizzes to help students learn about the world. The latest update to the News-O-Matic iPad app introduced an option to quickly switch between an English and a Spanish version of the app.
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Create Halloween Movies With Magisto for iPad - iPad Apps for School

Create Halloween Movies With Magisto for iPad - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Earlier today I published a post on FreeTech4Teachers.com in which I mentioned using Magisto to create videos online. This afternoon I tested out the Magisto iPad app.

The Magisto iPad app works in a manner that is very similar to the web app. To create a movie with the Magisto iPad app you simply select videos and images that are on your iPad’s camera roll, select some music (Magisto has a large selection of royalty-free music) to serve as your video’s soundtrack, and choose a theme for your movie. Magisto is currently offering a Halloween theme that you can apply to your movie. Magisto handles all of the mixing of your media to generate a movie for you. See the app in action in the video embedded below.
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How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius

How to pick the best education apps for your classroom - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Figuring out which apps work best in your particular classroom is not easy. There’s a painstaking process of trial and error that teachers must go through (usually during the summer break or professional development sessions)."

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10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The 10 Signs You Are a Tech-Savvy Teacher Infographic helps you find out just how much technology has become integrated with your teaching life.
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Using AirDrop in the Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk

Using AirDrop in the Classroom - Instructional Tech Talk | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the new version of OS X, Yosemite, AirDrop helps you quickly transfer files between your Mac and nearby Mac computers or iOS devices using Wi-Fi. The best part, especially in the school setting, is that your devices do not need to be on the same Wi-Fi network for AirDrop to work as they will create their own directly connected network to allow for file sharing.
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AirDrop is a simple tool that is often faster than emailing pictures and is excellent for sharing video files.

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8 Positive Findings from 4 Year 1:1 iPad Initiative - EmergingEdTech

8 Positive Findings from 4 Year 1:1 iPad Initiative - EmergingEdTech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Franklin Academy High School in North Carolina initiated a 1:1 iPad program at the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the following two years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades (9-12) in the high school. In April, 2014, the Academy released results of a study that sheds light on the impact that the use of the iPad has had on academics, and the development of the vital non-cognitive skills that their program is founded upon.
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The pros and cons of the iPad, as said by teachers - Innovate My School

The pros and cons of the iPad, as said by teachers - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"If you’re a teacher working in the UK, there’s a good chance that you use a tablet as part of your work. While we originally set out to publish an article on the different tablet devices available to educators, the response to our questions was so Apple-oriented, we’ll begin with iPads for now.

 

This article is comprised of the opinions of ten different education professionals, either teachers or former teachers. Twitter profiles are linked to the first use of a contributor’s name."

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Goldieblox and the Movie Machine App - Engage Their Minds

Goldieblox and the Movie Machine App - Engage Their Minds | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Our Maker Club has transitioned from making cardboard games to making movies, and one of the apps the students explored last week was Goldieblox and the Movie Machine.  They quickly figured out what they needed to do to create their own short animations, and they were too busy having fun to ask for help from me.  The club is still testing out different options for movie creation, so we haven’t worked our way up to making final products, but I think this app will definitely be a contender for most popular movie-making tool (along with the Lego Movie Maker app).
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Microsoft Opens Up On ‘Minecraft’ Acquisition And Possible Game Sequel - DESIGN&TREND

Microsoft Opens Up On ‘Minecraft’ Acquisition And Possible Game Sequel - DESIGN&TREND | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Phil Spencer, head of Microsoft's Xbox division, discussed the tech giant's plans for the "Minecraft" game series, according to Game Spot.


In mid-September of this year, it was reported that Microsoft purchased "Minecraft" developer Mojang AB for $2.5 billion. Although the deal is not yet final, the acquisition caused fans of the game to worry about the franchise's fate, Wall Street Journal reported.

According to Spencer, Microsoft purchased the developer because it thinks "Minecraft" will be a great addition to its roster of games."

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