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10 STEM Apps To Teach About The Environment - Edudemic

10 STEM Apps To Teach About The Environment - Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The following STEM apps were put together in a handy visualization by NeefUSA and is filled with some very useful (and quite popular) apps to help learn about STEM and the environment.
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Teachers' Guide to Computational Thinking - CodeBC

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A BC Teacher’s Guide to Computational Thinking will provide an introduction and overview to computational thinking and help you identify areas where computational thinking already exists within your curriculum.

This course will take approximately 1 hour to complete.
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Google CS First

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Over 4,600 schools have used CS First clubs to introduce computer science to students. The CS First curriculum is free and easy to use — no computer science experience required!

Kids love CS First clubs. Clubs are available in a variety of themes, such as music, art, and game design, that are designed to capture a student's existing interests.

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40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms

40 Key Computer Science Concepts Explained In Layman’s Terms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To make learning more fun and interesting, here’s a list of important computer science theories and concepts explained with analogies and minimal technical terms. It’s like an ultra-fast-track computer science degree program for everyone, just to get you to understand the general concepts.
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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson discusses where good ideas come from, and TeachThought offers takeaways for teachers.

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 21, 2:19 PM
For me, the key take away was not to get to caught up in the packaged curriculum and policy i.e. using computers. How do the experiences of students and their problems help a teacher? How does a teacher's lived-experiences, their own curriculum, inform them and their teaching
Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 23, 6:26 PM

Make them short, sharp and shiny. 

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50 Apps In 50 Minutes - Spring Summit | Listly List

"You are NOT the father!" -- The Maury Povich Show of Edtech conferences is back! Sit back and veg out as @jonsamuelson gives you some apps that will amaze and disgust you. Some of them are educational apps for your classroom, some are for your personal life, and some are just...downright strange. You will come away with a list of 50 apps for your iPad or iPhone, and maybe you can even use 1 or 2 of them.
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MakeyMakey + Scratch + Makeblock + Cardboard + Recycled Stuff

A very cool project I did with 4K. All the lessons plans are available here
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Students Develop 3D Printed Eco-Sneakers You Can Customize | All3DP

Students Develop 3D Printed Eco-Sneakers You Can Customize | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Polish students developed eco-friendly shoes for their graduation project using a 3D printer and now hope to start a dedicated business.

Did you know that the shoes on your feet could be made up of over 30 different materials? Many of these have a high carbon footprint and cannot be recycled.

As well as this, up to 25,000 liters of water are used to make one pair of shoes. On hearing this, Polish design students Zuzanna Gronowicz and Barbara Motylinska decided to try find a better way.

With the aim of developing eco-friendly shoes, they earmarked 3D printing as a viable means of production. By using a 3D printer, they can quickly develop customized shoes using biodegradable filaments.

The concept is the pair’s graduation project at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. However, the execution could be something much bigger as they plan to turn these custom 3D printed kicks into a business. 
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7 Actively Engaging Ways of Developing Critical Thinking Skills

7 Actively Engaging Ways of Developing Critical Thinking Skills | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We talk to many educators in our travels. Everywhere we go, we ask what they feel are the most important skills for modern learners. Teachers, school leaders, and educators of all kinds have many shared goals. No matter where they hail from, one of the most common among them is effectively developing critical thinking skills.
Thinking critically is the pinnacle of the accumulation of knowledge and experience. How can we start developing our learners’ critical thinking skills rather than teaching to the test? What strategies will bring out the critical thinkers inside all our learners?
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Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning

Dissecting the Un-Makerspace: Recycled Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It starts with a twist, a squeak, and a cheer. Watch out, 1980s cassette player, broken computer mouse, old monitor -- my fifth graders and I are looking for you! Your future doesn't hold a dumpster in it, at least not yet. You, my memory of past innovation, get a second life. Why? For an "un-makerspace" inspired by a journey to the Bay Area Maker Faire two years ago. This Steampunk Mad-Scientists event with its many innovations, creative geniuses, and 100,000s of onlookers descended on San Mateo, California with such a wide array of inventions and innovations that it would be hard not to be inspired!
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 20, 7:49 AM

Frente a la creciente ola de creación de makerspaces en instituciones educativas aparece una pequeña variante: los Un-makerspaces, es decir lugares donde en vez de armar cosas, las desarmas para aprender a repararlas o aprovechar componentes usados en otros proyectos. Economía circular puesta en práctica.

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5 Formative Assessment Tools to Invigorate Your Classroom via @Sunsetparktech

5 Formative Assessment Tools to Invigorate Your Classroom via @Sunsetparktech | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Inspired to turn useful tips, tricks, and ideas into infographics, #NYCSchoolsTech specialist, Joe Santiago created his first infographic. The focus is on how teachers who want to update their practice can use technology when doing formative assessments.
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Turtle Academy - learn logo programming in your browser free programming materials for kids

Turtle Academy - learn logo programming in your browser free programming materials for kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Turtle Academy makes it surprisingly easy to start creating amazing shapes using the LOGO language Here are some examples for easy and fun programming
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The Next Step In 3D Printing Is...Knitting?

The Next Step In 3D Printing Is...Knitting? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
3D printers may have started as a high-tech novelty, but they're becoming increasingly powerful. These days, they can print everything from rhino horns to self-driving cars. Which is why it may be surprising that one company is using similar technology for a decidedly lower-tech purpose: knitting. Kniterate is a digital knitting machine that can whip up wearable fashion at the touch of a button
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Kids Learn Better When #Playing with #Robots 

Kids Learn Better When #Playing with #Robots  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For many students, math and science have always been boring subjects, too bogged down with technical details to ever be fun or exciting. Teachers have long tried a variety of strategies to get students excited about STEM. It turns out, one of the best ways to get kids pumped about STEM is through the use of robots.

Robots are naturally fun and exciting for kids. When they think of robotics, they might think of their favorite cartoons or superheroes. Learning how they can actually build and use robots is a great way to incorporate STEM into the curriculum without losing students’ interest.

The use of robotics is on the rise in today’s world, and allowing students to play with robots and learn how they work can have huge benefits for them. Not only does it give them a head start in subjects like computer programming, math, and science, it can also spark an interest in careers students may have never considered before.
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Competencies vs. Skills

Competencies vs. Skills | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The 21st Century skills discussion and debate has waged on even prior to the onset of this century.  The ensuing conversations have provided an opportunity for schools, districts, and organizations to critically evaluate what students need to know and be able to do in order to succeed in the new world of work.  As we have moved further into this century the number 21 has less of a meaning, but the skills are still important.  Thus, many educators, including myself, now refer to these as essential skills.  Over time they have evolved beyond just communication, collaboration, creativity, and global awareness to include entrepreneurship and emerging technological proficiency.
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Redefining Failure

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As educators, we understand conceptually how failure can help students learn, but do we really believe it? I think if we did, we might build failure—in a significant way—into the scope and sequence of our curriculum. (It's true that state testing season is upon us and the word failure is hardly permissible right now, but let's talk about it anyway.) What would our classrooms perhaps look like if we were to allow for more failure, even embrace it?
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Bea Mérida-Nicolich's curator insight, April 23, 12:47 PM

Es totalmente innovador el hecho de que se hable de aplicar el "fracaso" en el aula como una forma de aprendizaje cuando normalmente se teme a fracasar. Me resulta un tema muy a tener en cuenta y que puede ser realmente útil para dar otro enfoque distinto a la forma de enseñar y aprender.

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To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation

To Boost Higher-Order Thinking, Try Curation | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. We hear about it in PD. We’re even evaluated on whether we’re cultivating it in our classrooms

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 20, 1:33 AM

Good short article on curation.

Gust MEES's curator insight, April 23, 6:59 AM
Higher-level thinking has been a core value of educators for decades. We learned about it in college. We hear about it in PD. We’re even evaluated on whether we’re cultivating it in our classrooms

 

In an educational setting, curation has a ton of potential as an academic task. Sure, we’re used to assigning research projects, where students have to gather resources, pull out information, and synthesize that information into a cohesive piece of informational or argumentative writing. This kind of work is challenging and important, and it should remain as a core assignment throughout school, but how often do we make the collection of resources itself a stand-alone assignment?

 

That’s what I’m proposing we do. Curation projects have the potential to put our students to work at three different levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy:

 

  • Understand, where we exemplify and classify information
  • Analyze, where we distinguish relevant from irrelevant information and organize it in a way that makes sense
  • Evaluate, where we judge the quality of an item based on a set of criteria

 

If we go beyond Bloom’s and consider the Framework for 21st Century Learning put out by the Partnership for 21st Century Learning, we’ll see that critical thinking is one of the 4C’s listed as an essential skill for students in the modern age (along with communication, creativity, and collaboration) and a well-designed curation project requires a ton of critical thinking.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/learn-every-day-a-bit-with-curation/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/curation-tips-and-tricks-with-scoop-it-rescoop-and-tags/

 

Kim Flintoff's comment, April 23, 8:35 PM
Identified some of this years ago in: http://clt.curtin.edu.au/events/conferences/tlf/tlf2014/refereed/flintoff.html
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72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today

72 stunning things in the future that will be common ten years from now that don’t exist today | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How many things do we own, that are common today, that didn’t exist 10 years ago? The list is probably longer than you think.

Prior to the iPhone coming out in 2007, we didn’t have smartphones with mobile apps, decent phone cameras for photos/videos, mobile maps, mobile weather, or even mobile shopping.

None of the mobile apps we use today existed 10 years ago: Twitter, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram, Snapchat, Uber, Facetime, LinkedIn, Lyft, Whatsapp, Netflix, Pandora, or Pokemon Go.

Several major companies didn’t exist a decade ago. Airbnb, Tinder, Fitbit, Spotify, Dropbox, Quora, Tumblr, Kickstarter, Hulu, Pinterest, Buzzfeed, Indigogo, Udacity, or Jet.com just to name a few.

Ten years ago very few people were talking about crowdfunding, the sharing economy, social media marketing, search engine optimization, app developers, cloud storage, data mining, mobile gaming, gesture controls, chatbots, data analytics, virtual reality, 3D printers, or drone delivery.

At the same time we are seeing the decline of many of the things that were in common use 10-20 years ago. Fax machines, wired phones, taxi drivers, newspapers, desktop computers, video cameras, camera film, VCRs, DVD players, record players, typewriters, yellow pages, video rental shops, and printed maps have all seen their industry peak and are facing dwindling markets.

If we leapfrog ahead ten years and take notice of the radically different lives we will be living, we will notice how a few key technologies paved the way for massive new industries.

Here is a glimpse of a stunningly different future that will come into view over the next decade.
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10  Music Apps for High School Students curated by Educators' Technology

10  Music Apps for High School Students curated by Educators' Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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100 #STEAM #Projects for Teachers - Instructables

100 #STEAM #Projects for Teachers - Instructables | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is a collection of 100 STEAM Projects created for teachers and educators to do with youth. Each project encourages exploration, modification, and students to pursue their own ideas and curiosities. They are also meant to be accessible, both in approach and availability and cost of materials. Feel encouraged to adapt them to your local learning space.
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Teachers as Makers - NC STATE University

Teachers as Makers - NC STATE University | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When it comes to being a maker, teachers and students have always created items using inexpensive tools. For many years paper, pencil, gluesticks and popsicle sticks have been the standard creative medium for students. Students would be given activities to build a solution based on the tools that they have access to using. Now adding computers to the mix with reusable materials, there are so many options to create. We teach so many student about creating in physical from and capture into digital, we need to complete the circle by creating digitally and processing that design into a physical format.

Being able to teach students how to be entrepreneurs is critical to the future of our country. Maker education is about the journey of learning to begin the path to innovation."

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Want to inspire kids to learn STEM? Get them to build a robot

Want to inspire kids to learn STEM? Get them to build a robot | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The music is pumping, the crowd is cheering and people are dancing. This is science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), but not as you know it. I’m at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre as an invited judge for the 2016 Australia Regional FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition. The competition is for students aged around 14-18 who, with the help of mentors and teachers, have six weeks (or significantly less in several cases) to design, build and program a robot for a designated challenge. This would be a difficult task even …"

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 21, 7:50 AM
Great story from DownUnder about FIRST competition.
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3 Useful #MediaLiteracy Resources You Might Not Know

3 Useful #MediaLiteracy Resources You Might Not Know | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
During the #NYCSchoolsTech monthly Twitter chat Kelly Mendoza, Common Sense Education's #MediaLiteracy expert, shared ideas and resources including Common Sense Education's comprehensive Media Literacy Toolkit. However, Kelly wasn't the only one with great ideas and resources to share. Participate, where the chats are archived has a handy dandy feature where all shared resources are collected. This chat had a collection of 24 resources contributed by participants which you could view here.  Here are three resources that stood out to me as one's innovative educators could put to use right away.
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Apple makes iWork and iLife apps free for all | Cult of Mac

Apple makes iWork and iLife apps free for all | Cult of Mac | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The best apps made by Apple for iPhone and iPad are finally available for free to all users.

As part of an update to its iWork and iLife apps this morning, Apple changed the price for both the Mac and iOS versions, giving customers access to a suite of apps that can be used for music and video or getting work done.

iMovie, GarageBand, Numbers, Keynote and Pages are all free now. Apple previously gave the apps away to customers who bought a new iOS device or Mac."

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The KUBO Robot Teaches Kids To Code

The KUBO Robot Teaches Kids To Code | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Once considered the skill of the future, coding is now a necessity for most emerging career fields. If learning to code is like learning a foreign language, then it follows that it might be easier to learn when you're young. And now there's a robot for that.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, February 19, 9:41 AM

Como la tecnología, cuando es desarrollada sobre bases pedagógicas centradas en la persona que aprende, puede producir enormes resultados en los niños, incluso en temáticas aparentemente tan áridas, como lo podría ser la programación.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 20, 1:53 PM

Robotics via Kubo for the early grades teaching coding skills.

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Ultimate Teachers' Resource: #iPad Apps for Teachers and more 

Ultimate Teachers' Resource: #iPad Apps for Teachers and more  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Nowadays teachers are encouraged to use technology in the classroom given that it brings numerous benefits to both students and professors. On the one hand, by using technology teachers are able to manage their classes much easier, to engage their students with creative materials, to make interactive and interesting lessons and many other things. While on the other side, students will acquire knowledge faster since it is transferred in active and fun manner.  Therefore, one of the best ways to use technology in everyday teaching is to start taking advantage of many perks that iPad offers. It is small, light and easily portable in every occasion. Moreover, with its various useful apps, iPad will help you enhance and enrich teaching and learning experience. For this reason, here is a comprehensive list of different iPad apps for teachers that will improve and facilitate each aspect of your teacher’s life.
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