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Algebra Touch – K-10 Math iPad iOS App – Fun & Easy Algebra | Tap Into Teen Minds

Algebra Touch – K-10 Math iPad iOS App – Fun & Easy Algebra | Tap Into Teen Minds | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"If you are looking for an iPad app to help your child or students with learning basic rules and concepts of algebra, the Algebra Touch app by Regular Berry is a must-have! Simple user interface allows even an inexperienced iPad user to jump right into the app and begin learning the foundation of algebra and the concepts required to build a strong base in mathematics."

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Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd

Edible and Stackable DIY LEGO Gummy Candy - ThisIsColossal.com #MakerEd | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Grant Thompson of the King of Random just shared a great tutorial on how to make completely edible gummy LEGO bricks and figures using a mixture of corn syrup, Jello, and gelatin. Using the right molds, the pieces are so precise you can actually build with them.
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Perceptions of BYOT

Perceptions of BYOT | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibilities…

* conducting research
* creating a project
* texting a parent, friend, or teacher
* watching a video
* playing a game
* reading a news article


As educators, we could argue the instructional merits of what is happening with the smartphone that the student is holding. Many of our initial thoughts and concerns are framed by our own perceptions and experiences of how we personally use technology.

I read a heavily circulated article this week that detailed some research from the UK on the banning of students personal technology tools. This research revealed that students perform better on standardized tests when their schools ban the use of personal mobile devices. Apparently, this improved performance was due to the lack of distractions. Obviously, I can’t argue with the research, but I do have several questions and thoughts related to the focus of this study and the topic of banning students’ technology tools."

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Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall

Coding French Games Using Geometry - Homemade Zelda - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Myria Mallette (@MmeM27) is one of our French teachers who is busy learning, teaching and coding alongside her students. Recently she engaged a grade 8 student into creating this Zelda recreation to teach directions en francais.
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The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News)

The Importance of Maker Education for Girls (EdSurge News) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 

As the director of a maker lab at Castilleja School, an independent all-girls school for grades 6-12, I, along with my team, have witnessed dramatic changes in skills and confidence that can occur when we give young women not only the opportunity but also a safe space to make, build, tinker, and create. In line with multiple articles calling for empowering a more diverse and inclusive community of makers, we strongly believe that maker programs and inclusive maker spaces are particularly important in girls’ education.

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Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: PicCollage for Kids - Create Visual Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
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Facebook helps makerspaces expand in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

Facebook helps makerspaces expand in the classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Robert Pronovost, the science, technology, engineering and math coordinator at the Ravenswood City School District (Calif.), has a mission: to spark student interest in those topics by bringing tech-filled “makerspaces” to low-income schools.

Now with the help of Facebook and the Ravenswood Education Foundation, he’s come close to reaching that goal.

By the end of this week, five out of seven of the district’s public schools will have spaces filled with 3D printers, Legos, laptops, robots and more for hands-on learning. Castano and Willow Oaks schools are expected to open their makerspaces in the fall.
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4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Each spring my dear friend, Lori Keitt, and I have been bringing the outside world into our classrooms in an effort to hook our students those last few weeks. Nature, in the form of ladybugs, caterpillars, praying mantis egg cases, tadpoles and more overflows our the rooms. It’s sometimes messy, and it does take a bit of time and effort, but the payoff is worth it! All throughout April and May students rush into our classrooms to check on chrysalises and tadpoles each morning. The critters inspire our writing, inquiry projects and even math problems.

Here are just a few reasons and examples to inspire you to bring the outside world in!
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Mystery Word Town - Sight word Spelling - Teachers With Apps

Mystery Word Town - Sight word Spelling - Teachers With Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hey Pardner….hmmm or is it Partner? No more scratching your chin in wonderment of how to spell something correctly after playing Artgig Apps’ newest entry into the App World with Mystery Word Town – Sight Word Spelling. Artgig Apps have always produced the highest quality apps that engage through cleverly designed gameplay, and Mystery Word Town does not disappoint. It’s a mix of western style fun and silliness, but also has serious educational chops. It seems the Huevos Rancheros Gang is hiding out in Word Town and the Sheriff and his trusty deputy – a ghost, need help finding all of these notorious gang members and the gold.
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Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ EdTech & MLearning

Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We received an email a few days ago from a teacher asking about a good iPad app for creating simulated TV shows with students. The apps we suggest below are both from Launchpad Toys which have been acquired by Google a couple of months ago. These are probably among the most popular apps among teachers and educators. Students can use them to unleash their creativity and delve into a world of imagination creating scenes, designing characters, animating cartoons and telling their own stories through beautifully recorded shows.
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Maker movement drives the future - TechSpot

Maker movement drives the future - TechSpot | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Walking the packed grounds of the San Mateo County Fairgrounds this past weekend with my son to attend the 10th anniversary edition of the Bay Area Maker Faire, I couldn’t help thinking I was seeing a vision of the future.

Via David W. Deeds
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Inspiring stuff! 

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Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @ShakeUpLearning @SylviaDuckworth

Top 10 Tech Tips for Teachers #SketchNote - @ShakeUpLearning @SylviaDuckworth | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am super excited to share this update with you! My Top Ten Tech Tips for Successful Technology Integration were originally shared last July (2014). These are the tips that I often refer to when helping teachers dip their toes into the technology integration waters. It's easy to become overwhelmed by technology and planning. These tips will make the process so much easier!
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Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School

Edtech: Mastering the device vs mastering the pedagogy - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What separates the successful mobile learning projects from the unsuccessful? This is a ‘million dollar’ question, and I’ve thought long and hard about it. From the 17 large 1:1 projects I’ve worked on, only three have been truly successful in producing transformational learning. In your own experience, how many schools do you know who have transformed learning vs how many you know rely on iPads as laptop placements, focusing on web browsing and research functions only? I’m sure you’ll draw similar conclusions to my own, but if a handful of schools can transform learning with mobile devices, how do we replicate it across more schools? I believe I’ve found the answer.
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Amazon math app aims to slow kids' summer learning loss - CNET

Amazon math app aims to slow kids' summer learning loss - CNET | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My sixth-grader has challenges with math during the school year, so I can only imagine what a three-month break is going to do to his already tenuous grasp of the subject.

Amazon company TenMarks is hoping to combat this kind of "summer learning loss" with its Summer Math Program, a personalized course tailored to nearly all grade-school students. Normally priced at $39.95, the program is free for the summer.
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Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips

Todo Math for the Classroom: FREE Trial Offer - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Todo Math is a fantastic iPad app that supports Common Core Math instruction.  It includes exercises and activities to help students master pre-Kindergarten through second grade math skills.  This iPad app has bright and colorful features that will grab the attention of young learners and support them as they work to master math content.
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Life's Work - Official Series Trailer

Breakwater Studios Ltd. presents LIFE'S WORK, a series of short documentaries that follows the stories of six master makers, exploring their craft, their process, and ultimately, their lives.
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100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies

100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Why is STEM important? In short, the future job market will revolve around science. This includes all forms of technology, engineering and math. 80% of jobs in the future will require technology skills. Statistics today show that there will be a drastic shortage of job applicants in the next decade with the skills and knowledge to fill these new positions. While only 4% of the nation’s workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, this group creates jobs for the other 96% of the workforce (source). The average professional with a STEM-related degree earns more than double the average national wage. About 3 million jobs are currently unfilled because Americans lack the basic STEM skills needed for the positions (source).
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Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories

Free Technology for Teachers: ABCya Story Maker - Draw and Type Stories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
ABCya's latest online tool is a tool for drawing and typing stories. ABCya Story Maker is a free tool on which students can draw pictures then write text to support their pictures. Story Maker provides lots of drawing tools for students to pick from. After drawing a picture students can click the text icon to type. Stories can be one page or multiple pages. When students have finished writing they can print their stories and or save them as PDFs.
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Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life - ISTE

Making allows students to learn by doing and solve problems by tinkering, trial and error. Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, which has made its way into classrooms because it engages students across a range of subjects. Imagine the learning that happens when these two popular education movements are combined.

The outcome is a powerhouse of student engagement, says Mike Washburn, head of computer science at Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In his mind, games shouldn’t be relegated to the fringes in classrooms. Educators should leverage them to engage students and drive new ways of thinking.

And when it comes to teaching social studies, a subject that often gets a bad rap when supported by only worksheets and textbook reading, incorporating Minecraft can create an explosion of learning. Game playing takes the “boring” right out of it and can be a highly successful way to teach social studies, Washburn argues.
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Allow Free App Downloads Without Password Entry in iOS - OSXDaily

Allow Free App Downloads Without Password Entry in iOS - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You have likely noticed that downloading a free app from the iOS App Store triggers the ‘Enter Password’ dialog screen on an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. While this is a valid precaution to prevent unauthorized users from installing apps onto an iOS device, it’s not always desired, particularly for shared iPads and iOS devices used by multiple users and kids.
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The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students - @TechChef4U

The Do’s and Don’ts of Slide Design for Students - @TechChef4U | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have spent most of educational technology career supporting secondary students. Projects and Presentations are always a plenty… but what I noticed is typically students have great presentations and poor content or great content and poor presentations.

 

“Rarely, are students able to deliver a compelling message in a visually stimulating and engaging way with purposeful use of media and graphics.” – Lisa Johnson


So… being Type A, a perfectionist, and someone that relies on visuals to communicate… I went a googling in order to create a comprehensive guide (and yes, I also staged a few Lego Minifigure pics in my back yard for emphasis too.)"

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MadLibs: Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills - @ClassTechTips

MadLibs: Two Tablet Apps to Engage Students with ELA Skills - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Engaging students in lessons on sentence structure, parts of speech, and punctuation can be a challenge.  MadLibs is not a new product, however their iPad app makes story creation and English Language Arts instruction exciting for students.  Perfect for stations, partner work or a transition activity, MadLibs asks students to plug in different parts of speech to create a story.  It’s a great springboard for conversations on sentence structure and introducing students to adverbs, adjectives, and more.
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Making Room for Making - Edutopia

Making Room for Making - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, the library has always been an important, almost sacred place for me to go with my students. It was an opportunity to use the computer lab once in a while and look for books to help support research. Over the past few months, the library has taken on a new and different role for all students and teachers.

Our library has become a place where I hang out during my prep period and brainstorm with my amazing teacher librarian, Courtney McGuire. We have been looking at our space and trying to think of ways to bring more students in during their study period. We have students who are interested in many different topics but don't have the access to the resources for fully exploring them. As Courtney and I looked over the underutilized resource section, we thought about turning the area into a makerspace.
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18 Apps for Summer Reading - ClassTechTips.com

18 Apps for Summer Reading - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re getting ready to send students home for the summer you may want to share a list of mobile apps that can help families combat the summer slide.  Here are a handful of my favorite apps for readers of all ages:
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14 Math Edugames for Students - ClassTechTips.com

14 Math Edugames for Students - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of 14 Math Edugames!  Whether you use these for enrichment, intervention, in stations, or simply recommend a favorite to families, you’re sure to find something to meet the needs of your students.
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