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Technochalkie: First Apps for the iPad

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"As I write this there are half a million apps available in the App store. With limited funds, how do you choose the best apps for your students?

 

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Careers with Code: A CS Magazine for High School Students

Careers with Code: A CS Magazine for High School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
From the programmers behind Pokemon Go to the creators of chatbots, the impact of computer science (CS) is ubiquitous in our daily lives. This is because computer science education provides a way of thinking that focuses on problem solving, teamwork and a powerful way to express yourself - important skills for any career. And with a projected 1 million jobs going unfulfilled in computing-related roles by 2020, we need computer scientists from all backgrounds to bring their unique perspectives to solve real-world problems.

That’s why today, we’re excited to announce Careers with Code in the US, a free high school “CS + X” career magazine that shows how to combine your passions, your “X”, with computer science. We partnered with STEM specialist publishers Refraction Media to create a CS career magazine that illuminates the range of computer science careers and highlights the impact they have across industries. Readers can get to know people who use CS in their daily work in sometimes unexpected ways, such as Jonathan Graham.
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Lessons Learned as a Maker Educator – Medium

Lessons Learned as a Maker Educator – Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

It’s tough to be amazed when everyone in the class is churning out the same project. Conversely, I’ve found it impossible to not be constantly amazed by the work students do when given choice and the opportunity to create something new! One of the most rewarding experiences for me is to see the moment when the synapses fire and a student suddenly sees something that hadn’t been there before.


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The Top Tech Tool Infographic

The Top Tech Tool Infographic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Nowadays, there are numerous platforms, web tools and apps that can be utilized to engage students in the learning process. Although this can be a good problem to have, choosing the right device and corresponding resource to meet educational needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task.

But thanks to Clay Reisler, a technology integrator at the Pulaski Community School District in Wisconsin, teachers can easily locate a variety of tools for classroom use by referring to the infographic shown below.
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I turn 40 next month and, for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I’m not. @AliceKeeler

I turn 40 next month and, for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I’m not. @AliceKeeler | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I turn 40 next month and for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I struggled with math. Let me rephrase; I struggled with memorizing procedures without understanding the context and concepts.


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If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral

If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“Children go out in the world, they look, they see—and a camera is another way for them to capture that,” says Tovah P. Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive. “You were putting him in the world to look around.” And the stamps and games? “Those took him out of it.” The digital add-ons are a distraction that pulls their focus (literally) away from picture-taking and into a world of silly hats and goofy effects. And developmentally, little kids are very bad at filtering out distractions. “The more simple the toy they’re given,” Klein says, “the more they discover for themselves.”
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10 New iOS 10 Settings You Should Change

10 New iOS 10 Settings You Should Change | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 10 is here, and it’s packing a number of very cool new features. To activate some of those features — like sending read receipts in Messages or having Siri announce calls — you’ll need to tweak a few settings. A few other new options will change how your device behaves with iOS 10.
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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Check out these 14 great ways students can use their amazingly powerful smartphone cameras for all kinds of classroom applications.
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5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Professional Development With Screencasting - Daily Genius

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Professional Development With Screencasting - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Screencasts are typically short video recordings of what is taking place on the screen of a computer or mobile device. They provide students with a dynamic way to make thinking visible, as they can demonstrate what they know through a variety of modalities such as drawing, typing, voice narration, and video. However, what is sometimes overlooked is the power of the screencast in the hands of teachers. As the new school year begins, consider these three ways to utilize screencasting to facilitate communication and foster a stronger home-school connection.
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Screen casting is a great way to share ideas. They can make useful PD learning.
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Book Creator for iPad is 50% Off This Week

Book Creator for iPad is 50% Off This Week | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The popular Book Creator iPad app turns five years old this week. To celebrate its birthday the developers are discounting the app by 50% all week (September 19 – September 25, 2016). The discount even applies to those using the volume purchasing program.
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Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators @GravesColleen @Edutopia

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators @GravesColleen @Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Future-ready librarians are transforming traditional school libraries into bustling makerspaces where creativity and learning go hand in hand. The maker environment has the potential to teach our students to work collaboratively in ways that our curriculum often does not. Many of our students leave school lacking the abilities to solve problems, work in groups, act as leaders, and deal with failure because these skills aren’t covered in the curriculum. The good news is that these are all skills that can be gained through collaborative making and participatory learning in a makerspace. I find that combining making and research is beneficial to students because making is inquiry driven.

When you start out embedding making in the curriculum, it is essential to share with teachers the relevance of making as problem solving and the importance of process so that they don’t end up with glitter catapult assignments or extra crafty English language arts assignments that turn out more like craft experiments than true project-based learning. Sit down with teachers and look through the curriculum for places where a hands-on project could create learning across disciplines.

Whether you are teaching librarians or teachers, your professional development needs to get all educators to understand that the process and meaning a student gets from making are the most important aspects to making and education. The final product may be faulty, and that’s okay. At my campus, I work on explaining to all of our students that persevering after failure is what leads to innovation. Making stuff is cool, but the real learning happens from the meaning you get from making.
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Coding: Developing Rigorous Thinkers

Coding: Developing Rigorous Thinkers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Countless articles and blogs are being written on a daily basis pushing back on the coding movement suggesting “not all kids will be professional coders!”

Totally!


But that isn’t why we teach certain subjects. As a phys ed teacher, I don’t anticipate every student playing in the NBA (but I don’t discourage it either!). A well rounded approach to education is the best fit and by today’s standards, coding should be included."

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The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project | Agency by Design

The Promises, Practices, and Pedagogies of Maker-Centered Learning: An Updated Preview of the Findings from the Agency by Design Project | Agency by Design | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When we launched the Agency by Design website early last year, we also released a white paper previewing the findings from our investigation of the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. At the time, we had developed the two key concepts of maker empowerment and sensitivity to design, and we had also conceived of the three maker capacities that lie at the heart of our framework for maker-centered learning: looking closely, exploring complexity, and finding opportunity. But we had not yet finished analyzing the data we had collected in a way that allowed us to answer our primary research questions.

A year and a half later, we are happy to report that we have completed that work. In our forthcoming book Maker-Centered Learning: Empowering Young People to Shape their Worlds, we fully describe what we have come to understand as the most salient benefits of maker-centered learning, as well as the practices and pedagogies that maker educators use to bring about those effects. In the spirit of sharing new ideas, here we present a preview of our findings in response to our first two research questions:

How do maker educators and leaders in the field think about the benefits and outcomes of maker-centered learning experiences?
What are some of the key characteristics of the educational environments and instructional designs under which maker-centered learning thrives?
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Feed Their Minds and Their Hearts – Every Little Maker

Feed Their Minds and Their Hearts – Every Little Maker | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last year, when the classroom space was new, we started with making broth.  I was pouring things onto the tables and kids were stirring.  It felt so good to get going, but we kept working toward a more satisfying meal.  It was a good way for us to learn to use the stove, navigate the kitchen, and begin to eat together.  But we were still just making broth together.  Our starting point.

Now, this? The turkey dinner?  The kids are doing the cooking. Their ideas. Their designs. Their spices in the mix.  And honestly, when I look around our messy kitchen and watch the cooks share their meals with each other, there is so much joy.   It’s not because of anything I added to the dish, it’s because we had the courage the courage to let them cook it up themselves and we navigated to elevate their thinking, to stoke the collaborative fires, to question their ingredients, and to support them in their struggles. We celebrated with them and reminded them of resilience when the time was right. Feeding their minds and feeding their hearts at the same time.
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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. Her experience was very different from elementary school librarian Andy Plemmons, whose makerspace started with a 3-D printer obtained through a grant and blossomed into a core teaching resource at his school.
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The Hiccups and Hurdles of Makerspace Planning (and How to Avoid Them)

The Hiccups and Hurdles of Makerspace Planning (and How to Avoid Them) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
With all the great things about makerspaces, it can be easy to overlook some of the small hiccups and larger hurdles that might come up when making if educators and youth don’t make time for designing and planning.  At the reMAKE education conference (#remakeedu) this past week, Stephanie Chang and I engaged educators in some planning exercises that can help bypass those hiccups and hurdles and streamline the design process. (Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and their framework for helping us focus our efforts).
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20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now

20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There’s a good chance you’ve done the “write on a sticky note and put it on the wall” activity — or have seen it happen before.

Padlet lets those sticky notes have images, links and videos AND be available with practically any Internet-ready device.
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Stream Demco #Makerspace Projects Webinar and Make ScribbleBots @GravesColleen #makered

Stream Demco #Makerspace Projects Webinar and Make ScribbleBots @GravesColleen #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks to Demco for hosting this free webinar! You can now stream anytime and take a gander at how Aaron and I went live during the webinar to showcase how easy it is to make a scribblebot.  (And somehow busted the casing off of a toothbrush motor in the process! Just goes to show that you really to have to be ready for anything in a makerspace!)


I also wanted to share this how-to video for making scribblebots on my Youtube channel to help you get started making this simple tinkering machine with everyday materials. In our book The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, we’ve written step by step instructions, included a parts lists, and even shared our classroom tips for working with groups!
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There’s Magic in That Sound: How to Engage Students With Digital Music Making Tools (EdSurge News)

There’s Magic in That Sound: How to Engage Students With Digital Music Making Tools (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Electronic music making allows kids to express themselves and their individuality through a genre they are familiar with. Instead of handing students a method book or user’s manual and asking them to produce exactly the same thing as the student sitting next to them, they can compose or remix some of their favorite artists or genres—or create something totally new on their own. Then, by sharing their music online and enlisting feedback, they connect with their peers in a meaningful way.
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App of the Week: Free science and math simulations for all ages

App of the Week: Free science and math simulations for all ages | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of ways to use PhET simulations in (or out of) the classroom. Effectively, any time you’d use a static PowerPoint slide or textbook image to demonstrate a concept, it’s worth checking PhET to see if there’s an interactive version. Chances are high there is already one on the site. There are also virtual versions of common lab experiences, and it might be worth using the simulation if you’re short on class time or resources. Even if you have really great videos of experiments, the interactivity of these simulations will contribute so much to your lessons that it’s hard not to use both.
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6 Steps to Media Creation in the Classroom - Daily Genius

6 Steps to Media Creation in the Classroom - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As we prepare students for the unknown work environment of the future, it is important that we, as teachers, work with them to develop a foundation of skills that will help them become successful in avenues beyond our school’s walls. While we may not know exactly what the future skills in the workplace may be, we can foster this particular skill set in our current classrooms. According to a report by The Economist Intelligence Unit, employers desire workers with an increasingly demanding skill set including: problem-solving, digital literacy, leadership and creativity. To that end, creating media content in our classrooms can foster all of these skills. By having our students create content using voice, images, video, or any combination of the three, we are allowing them the opportunity to express themselves in ways that may not be possible in a written assignment, while developing the skills necessary for the future.
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Virtual Reality in Schools Becomes Something Real

Virtual Reality in Schools Becomes Something Real | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In one local district, students can travel to Ancient Egypt and back, sans time machine or permission slip.

Montour High School in Robinson, Penn., is home to a “virtual immersion lab” where computers come equipped with simulation software and styluses. Students need only throw on some 3D glasses—the kind that make animated characters jump at you in movie theaters—to plunge into a world where they can dissect dinosaurs, examine a human eye, or explore the pyramids up close.
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Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace

Create an Amazing Low-tech Library Makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Unless you live under a rock or are completely off the grid when it comes to technology, you’re probably aware of the maker movement. However, if you need a refresher, I made an infographic. The maker movement is such an exciting time for students and teachers alike! Yet, while a part of you is excited, the other part of you is flooded with the reasons why you just can’t start a makerspace right now.

“I have no money.”
“I’m just not super comfortable with technology.”
“We don’t have devices at my school.”
“I don’t have the space.”
“I don’t have the schedule that allows me to teach the kids how to do the stuff.” 


I find this to be incredibly unfortunate. Not unfortunate in that I wish you had more money and were more comfortable with technology (although I sympathize), but unfortunate in that you think you need both of those to start a makerspace. With the massive amount of information out there about makerspaces, somewhere along the way, the term “maker” became synonymous with words like “3-D printing” and “robots.”

My husband loves woodworking and I like building computers. Am I more of a “maker” than he is? Am I being less of a maker when I use zip-ties and soda caps to fix my son’s toy car rather than 3-D printing a replacement part? Absolutely not!

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The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids

The Best Outdoor Activity Apps for Kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If your kids spend more time than you’d like on smartphones and tablets then why not take advantage of their love of technology and introduce them to some apps that will help them spend more time outdoors. 

There are loads of apps that can help kids have more outdoor adventures. We’ve picked a few of our favourites.
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Next Gen Makerspaces: NGSS & Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU

Next Gen Makerspaces: NGSS & Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I recently began giving away a FREE Makerspace Planning Cheat Sheet on my Worlds of Making site.  One of the the steps on that Cheat Sheet suggests unpacking the standards and using them to inform your makerspace planning.  This includes the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), which many states have adopted.  These standards offer a new vision on what teaching and learning should look like that speak directly to the K-12 Maker Movement.
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5 #Considerations for #Designing #Makerspaces – @DavidJakesDesigns @djakes – Medium #makered

5 #Considerations for #Designing #Makerspaces – @DavidJakesDesigns @djakes – Medium #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Makerspaces are a really hot commodity in schools and the focus of a lot of the conversation that surrounds improving learning spaces. That’s exciting, and an opportunity to provide new spaces that add capability for students and teachers is always a good thing.


So, given this interest, what are some design questions to consider when thinking of adding a space that has maker capabilities? Here are my top five which focus on the design of such a space:"

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