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Create Great-Looking Christmas Cards with your iPad | PadGadget

Create Great-Looking Christmas Cards with your iPad | PadGadget | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Want to share some holiday cheer with your friends and family, and maybe even have a little fun doing it?
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What do great makerspaces have in common? via @NMHS_lms

What do great makerspaces have in common? via @NMHS_lms | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

What do you great #makerspaces have in common? Add your thoughts to this @padlet & then RT, pls :) 


https://t.co/7eimcFKhwD ;

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Kid President - How To Be An Inventor! via @AmandaCipps

It's easy to make fun of stuff - it's cooler to make stuff! Kid President has a life-long wish fulfilled when he gets to see how jet engines are made and is ...
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6 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for Science Teachers ~ EdTech and MLearning

6 Outstanding Augmented Reality Apps for Science Teachers ~ EdTech and MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Augmented Reality (AR) technologies are making some huge leaps into the educational landscape transforming the way teaching and learning are taking place. Educators and teachers are increasingly adopting AR technologies in their classrooms. As extensions of the physical world,  AR technologies amplify its dimensions and bring life to its static constituents. There are a variety of ways you can use AR in your class. For instance, you can use them to take your students into virtual field trips, visit world museums, animate and enrich textbook content and many more.
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Google for Education: Exploring Computational Thinking

Google for Education: Exploring Computational Thinking | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Exploring Computational Thinking (ECT) is a curated collection of lesson plans, videos, and other resources on computational thinking (CT). This site was created to provide a better understanding of CT for educators and administrators, and to support those who want to integrate CT into their own classroom content, teaching practice, and learning.

 

ECT includes:


     * 130+ materials, including lessons plans, demonstrations, and programs, aligned to international education standards


     * Videos demonstrating how Google uses CT and the 7 Big Ideas from the CS Principles course


Computational thinking (CT) is a problem solving process that includes a number of characteristics, such as logically ordering and analyzing data and creating solutions using a series of ordered steps (or algorithms), and dispositions, such as the ability to confidently deal with complexity and open-ended problems. CT is essential to the development of computer applications, but it can also be used to support problem solving across all disciplines, including math, science, and the humanities. Students who learn CT across the curriculum can begin to see a relationship between subjects as well as between school and life outside of the classroom.

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basil60's curator insight, Today, 3:41 PM

Some good resources here for Digital Technologies curriculum in Australia.

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Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make:

Pixar and Khan Academy Release Free Online Course for Aspiring Animators | Make: | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you've ever wanted to know how the animators at Pixar do it, then you need to check out the Pixar in a Box classes from Khan Academy.
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Fausto Cantu's curator insight, Today, 8:13 AM

Cursos gratis de Pixar?

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How to Add RSS Feeds & Sites to Apple News in iOS - OSXDaily

How to Add RSS Feeds & Sites to Apple News in iOS - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The News app is bundled in modern versions of iOS, accessible from the home screen as a standard app icon and from the Siri Suggestions screen in Spotlight under the News section on an iPhone or iPad. While News app includes a handful of curated Apple-approved sites, users can customize the app on their own by adding websites they like, and also use the News app as an RSS reader. This allows you to add just about any site or feed to News app yourself, including great sites like this one.
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You may have to turn Apple News on in your iCloud settings in order to see Apple News after the initial changes are made for it to appear. - JE

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How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Adilene Rodriguez admits she has always struggled with academics. Especially in middle school she hated getting up early, found her classes boring and didn’t really see where it was all going. When she started her freshman year at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, just south of Oakland, she was a shy student who rarely spoke up in class and had little confidence in herself as a scholar.

Rodriguez is now a senior and her approach to school has changed dramatically over her high school career. She attributes her shift to her freshman science teacher, Jim Clark, who taught the class about growth mindset from the very beginning and backed up the discussion with action.

“He would tell me, ‘You need to push yourself, that’s how you’re going to grow. Be confident. You’re not always going to be successful on your first tries, but you can get there,’ ” Rodriguez said
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J A Jones's curator insight, February 10, 10:24 AM

Carol Dweck"s book Mindset is a great resource for teachers who want to learn more about this topic.

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Tackling TouchDevelop in Grade 1 via @LeahO77 #CSforALL @MrAspinall

Tackling TouchDevelop in Grade 1 via @LeahO77 #CSforALL @MrAspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Since starting the Kids Who Code project, I have introduced my students to a number of different coding tools through classroom activities, Code-a-thon events and coding club.   I feel pretty comfortable with several tools, such as Kodable, Scratch Jr. and Lightbot.

As a new year begins, I’m stepping outside that comfort zone and trying out a new coding tool with my students –Microsoft’s TouchDevelop.
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11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer

11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in many different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer coding.
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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 9, 6:42 PM

Coding is really important for the Australian Curriculum. 

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17 Apps for Science Experiments: Instructions, Inspiration & Publishing Tools - @ClassTechTips

17 Apps for Science Experiments: Instructions, Inspiration & Publishing Tools - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I recently hosted a webinar for the folks at SimpleK12 highlighting apps teachers can incorporate into science experiments. On this list you’ll find apps that offer inspiration, include step-by-step instructions and provide a way for students to publish lab reports.
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Kid Builds BB-8 Robot Out of Beach Ball, Deodorant Rollers, Speaker Magnets | Make:

Kid Builds BB-8 Robot Out of Beach Ball, Deodorant Rollers, Speaker Magnets | Make: | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A 17 year old builds a very impressive Star Wars BB-8 out of household and hardware store items
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Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Stewart Middle Magnet is a STEM magnet school, and part of our curriculum comes from Project Lead the Way, including classes in engineering, robotics and aerospace.  The Design Process is an important part of that curriculum.  It also ties in beautifully with what we do in our makerspace.  So it made sense for me to partner up with one of our Project Lead the Way classes to teach our students about the basics of the design process.  While this was a lesson with a specific class, it could easily work with small groups, after-school clubs, or any group that you bring into your makerspace.
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A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room (The Art of Education)

A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room (The Art of Education) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I was first inspired to explore stop-motion when I met influential art ed dude Mark Jones. He’s the genius behind some of the best stop-motion animation videos designed, written, and created by kids. I was lucky enough to see him at my state art ed conference a few years back. If you haven’t seen these videos – watch them before you go any further!

The Robot and the Butterfly
      * Stand Up Tall
      * Stand Up Tall: Behind the Scenes (to help visualize the process)

 

See more on Mr. Jones’ YouTube channel. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMK9DyYTDCZxKf3ILjx98Dg ;


After seeing the potential, I asked myself: How do I do this with MY kids?"

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What the Heck Is All the Whoop-Dee-Do With 3D Printing? - Edutopia #makered

What the Heck Is All the Whoop-Dee-Do With 3D Printing? - Edutopia #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Now, I've never been one to caress a new Apple product in admiration of its beauty. I'm embarrassed to say that I don't even know how to change a tire. I've always been a Shakespeare geek, moved to tears by words, and moved to tears by having to hang a leveled picture in my hallway.

Cut to three years later, and I have my first 3D printer and have just pitched my district for four more for next year. My friends, I have drunk the Kool-Aid.
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Learning is Awesome Like That - @KrissyVenosdale

Learning is Awesome Like That - @KrissyVenosdale | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We don’t need to know the definition of engagement to “get it.”  A colleague recently called it, “In the zone.”  That zone.  Learning.

It’s partly an organized chaos, partly a buzz of questions balanced with spurts of ideas, and partly something that I can only equate to… a kind of magic like seeing a fireworks show or watching a balloon pop in slow motion.  It’s a calm in the air that you can feel the storm of learning brewing right beneath.
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Breaking Down Barriers to Learning with Making - BAM! Radio Network

Breaking Down Barriers to Learning with Making - BAM! Radio Network | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Tune is as we highlight the collateral benefits of making and makerspaces. Our guest is committed to enable every child to be a maker.

Follow:  @sdavee @MakerEdOrg @travislape  @nmhs_lms @bamradionetwork 

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The Case For Teaching Your Kids To Code - FastCompany

The Case For Teaching Your Kids To Code - FastCompany | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Problem solving, critical thinking, and even spelling improves when kids start coding. But one of the most important skills that students pick up is how to fix mistakes. "You find plenty of bugs in code," says Sims. "How do you go through a systematic process of finding and eliminating error? In coding, you learn that it's okay how to make mistakes, as long as you know how to fix them.""

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Maybe a Few More Labels: Organizing an Elementary MakerSpace @KrissyVenosdale

Maybe a Few More Labels: Organizing an Elementary MakerSpace @KrissyVenosdale | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"There are photos that float around the internet these days of new, shiny makerspaces that are starkly decorated rooms with bright colors and fresh paint.Um, I may have even taken some photos like this of our maker space when we opened it.   The floors are spotless, the tables sparkly, and the materials are no where to be seen.   Nobody is talking about managing a space filled with stuff.  I know, I know. Making is NOT about the stuff.  But at the end of the day, the details do matter.  It’s like an art room combined with a science room, mixed with an engineering space.

But then reality sets in.  There is STUFF.  Cardboard. Fat markers. Thin markers. Permanent markers. Dry erase markers. Duct tape. Masking tape. Clear tape.  Cardboard. More cardboard. More cardboard. And that?  It’s the tip of the iceberg."

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Inventors! by Dominic Wilcox builds 'bonkers' kids inventions for real (Wired UK)

Inventors! by Dominic Wilcox builds 'bonkers' kids inventions for real (Wired UK) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"A self-hovering skipping rope; an umbrella for ladybirds; a pneumatic lift to hoist homes out of the path of war-mongering dictators and a 3D printed hook that can lift out the very last malingering Pringle from the tube.

If CES was this good, WIRED would never come back from Las Vegas.

But rather than the "ideas labs" of the world's tech giants, each of these inventions was designed entirely by children as young as five, and then turned into real products as part of Dominic Wilcox’s INVENTORS! project  commissioned by arts organisation The Cultural Spring http://theculturalspring.org.uk/ "

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Meet The Girls Who Code Founder, Reshma Saujani #makereducation

Meet The Girls Who Code Founder, Reshma Saujani #makereducation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Fun feature on Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code in Teen Vogue! For decades, there has been a major gender diversity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The tech world a…
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Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech - NYTimes

Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech - NYTimes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You remember wood shop. You made that swan-shaped planter your parents pretended to like. And then you moved on.

These days, tinkering is a bit more high tech. The blending of technology and craft in tools like 3-D printers and laser cutters has made it possible for ordinary people to make extraordinary things. And many ordinary people, living as they do, more and more in their heads and online, are yearning to do something with their hands.

So the “maker space” movement — D.I.Y. communities to get people creating, be it for fun, for art or for entrepreneurship — is booming. Maker Faires are held around the world. Commercial operations like TechShop have popped up across the country. And tinkering is being promoted on college campuses from M.I.T. to Santa Clara University, as well as in high schools and elementary schools.
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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text - @ClassTechTips

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 Students need to have a balance of literature and informational text.  If you’re looking for sites that include nonfiction passages or high-interest articles here are a few worth exploring:

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A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. It is a week long (5 days) class that will meet for 2.5 hours each morning. The description is:

Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, Ollie, mBot, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills.

Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:
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basil60's curator insight, February 8, 3:41 PM

Some great insights here - whether you have access to the commercial products described or not.

It's more about the pedagogy than the edtech.

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Coding and Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Coding and Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. The description is:

"Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills."

Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:"

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How to monitor battery usage on your iPad - OSXDaily

How to monitor battery usage on your iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Check this feature off in the very helpful, but wish I would have discovered it sooner category.  Perhaps you were searching for how to turn your battery percentage on in your iPad status bar and were lucky enough to stumble across it sooner than me. No matter how you might, or might not have gotten there, knowing how you spend your valuable iPad battery charge can be very empowering.
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