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The EdAdmin minute 116: Google Drive App On iOS Now Includes Spreadsheet Editing - EdReach

The EdAdmin minute 116: Google Drive App On iOS Now Includes Spreadsheet Editing - EdReach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
"In today’s daily dose of The EdAdmin Minute I share some thoughts about the recent update to the Google Drive app that made editing Google Spreadsheets a reality in ios."
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1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review - Te@chThought

1:1 iPad Initiative: A Four Year Study & Review - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Franklin Academy High School implemented a 1:1 iPad deployment a the beginning of the 2010-2011 school year. Over the course of the next two school years, the pilot was expanded to include all grades 9-12 in the high school. This deployment has reached 475 high school students and all teaching staff. Our K-8 program deployed iPads across the grade levels in the form of class sets and mobile carts.

This study targeted our 1:1 deployment at the high school to investigate the impact the device has had on teaching and learning. The survey used to gather the student data was administered in April of 2014. Students included in the survey used the device anywhere from 1 to 4 years. The students use the iPad while at school and home.

Results of the survey hope to shed light on the impact the use of the iPad has had on academic gains as well as the development of the most important non-cognitive skills our program is founded upon.
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The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube - GeekDad

The 10 Best Kid-Friendly Minecraft Channels on YouTube - GeekDad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If Minecraft has taken over your kids and you hardly know who they are or what they’re talking about anymore, you’re in good company. But, although you may love that the game helps build 21st-century skills such as creativity, innovation, and collaboration, your kids’ obsession can be overwhelming. Perhaps most puzzling is that every waking moment they’re not playing Minecraft, they’re in front of YouTube watching Minecraft.

For fans — and they are legion — Minecraft YouTube videos are a huge part of their enjoyment of the game. There are tutorials (for ideas on new things to create), “Let’s Play” videos (footage of people playing the game), challenges (new gameplay ideas to try), mod showcases (which show off cool thing kids can download to modify their Minecraft worlds), and more.
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Flickr, Finally On IPad - Better Photography

Flickr, Finally On IPad - Better Photography | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The long wait is finally over, Flickr is now available on iPad. The photo sharing website rolled out the update on Saturday, and it comes optimised for iOS 8 and iPad Air 2.

The update comes after several users’ demand to access the facility on their iPads, because of its ease of use and of course, the stunning retina display. On the iPad, Flick can display images in high resolution by pushing up to 30,00,000 pixels per photo."

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Easily Create Classroom Posters and Flyers Using Canva for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Easily Create Classroom Posters and Flyers Using Canva for iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The popular web platform Canva has recently released a great free app for iPad users. For those of you who are not yet familiar with Canva, this is a web tool that allows you to create beautiful visuals, posters, and flyers. The simplicity of Canva is what makes it a viable tool for using in class with students. You do not need to be a graphic designer to use Canva. All you need is a computer or iPad and internet connection. Canva provides you with a variety of pre-made templates and layouts that you can choose from to create your poster. It also provides numerous images and illustrations to use on your layout.
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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, October 18, 1:02 PM

new tools for teachers and teacher candidates 

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iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius

iPads + project based learning = limitless possibilities - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.

My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .
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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, October 18, 1:05 PM

Ideas for PBL in elementary classrooms!

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Minecraft in the classroom - GeoVation

Minecraft in the classroom - GeoVation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"GeoCraft enables schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft,  a hugely popular video game set in virtual 3D worlds made up of cubes of different materials. Using Ordnance Survey data, it would stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, and could be fed back to the local business to implement. Zoe tells us what’s been happened since winning funding form GeoVation."

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5 iPad Apps for Every Learner - catastrophic blog

5 iPad Apps for Every Learner - catastrophic blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Below I have compiled a list of what I think are the best FREE iPad apps for children in preschool through third grade with disabilities. This list focuses mainly on autism and building social skills as well as children with low fine motor skills, but the skills acquired from these apps can be beneficial to a wide variety of students, with and without disabilities.
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Check this blog post out from Cat Hoyt, a senior at Burlington High School! 

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Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital - Class Tech Tips

Multimedia Enhanced “ME” Journal Turns Traditional into Digital - Class Tech Tips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - Class Tech TipsIt’s no secret how much I love QR codes and here’s a super cool product you’ll want to check out.  The Multimedia Enhanced ME Journal lets users add visual or audio files to each page of their written journal entries.  Each page has a unique QR code preprinted at the bottom of the page and a free app that makes it easy to connect digital content.  Using the iOS or Android companion app students and teachers can easily add photos, videos, audio and more to each page.

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New iPad Line up and price points from the Live Stream

New iPad Line up and price points from the Live Stream | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool - Class Tech Tips

Pattern Shapes: A Must-Have Virtual Tool - Class Tech Tips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Math Learning Center has so many fantastic free apps that make it easy for students to interact with virtual manipulatives.  I absolutely love their Pattern Shapes app which give students the six classic shapes at their fingertips.  Distributing buckets of hexagons, triangles and squares can be a logistical challenge in many classrooms.  With Pattern Shapes all of your iPad carrying students have access to an endless supply of shapes.
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Two Excellent Resources to Find iPad Apps that Go Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Excellent Resources to Find iPad Apps that Go Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Each time I post on an iPad app that has gone free I receive few emails asking about the sources I use to learn about these deals. Well, often times I stumble upon these deals in my social media feeds particularly on Twitter. However, I do have two excellent apps on my iPad that keep me updated with special deals in the iTunes App store ( sorry I don't have any for Android users). These apps are free and once you install them you will be able to access and learn about the apps that go free on a daily basis.
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App #55: Make it! [Promo Codes Available!] - teachingwithipad.org

App #55: Make it! [Promo Codes Available!] - teachingwithipad.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Are you a teacher that has lots of ideas for review games for your students? Here is an app where you can begin building your collection. There is a large selection of templates to help you along. You can import your own pictures/images. Make it is an original app that fosters individual creativity, both of the teacher and of the student.

Planet Factory Company announces their new app, Make It, ($4.99, iTunes link) a powerful new iPad tool for teachers, parents and students to quickly and easily create their own individual educational games and activities. Users can then share these with family, friends, colleagues, classes or individuals through social media or email. An advantage for Make it is that the activities can be played on any device or operating language. Make it for Teachers & School was awarded by the Association of American Publishers as Innovation Finalists.
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Morfo + Aurasma = Augmented Reality Book Trailers - iPad Apps for School

Morfo + Aurasma = Augmented Reality Book Trailers - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Last week at the ACTEM conference I showed some folks possible uses for the Morfo 3D Faces app and the Aurasma iPad app.

Morfo 3D Faces is an iPad app that you can use to create a talking picture of person’s face. You can take a picture of a person or you can take a picture of a picture of a person (for example, taking a picture of a picture of a person in a book). Once you’ve captured the picture you can customize the face by altering the eyes, mouth, and nose to move as you talk. After customizing the picture you can record yourself talking.

Aurasma is a free app for iPads, iPhones, and  Android devices. Using Aurasma you can create augmented reality layers, Aurasma calls them “auras,” that pop-up when you scan objects with your phone or tablet. The layers that you create can include image or video files that are stored on your iPad.
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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 15, 6:52 AM

Terrific!!!!!

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Computational Thinking with Scratch - Harvard.edu

Computational Thinking with Scratch - Harvard.edu | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Computational thinking has received considerable attention over the past several years, but there are many perspectives on what computational thinking entails. We are interested in the ways that design-based learning activities — in particular, programming interactive media — support the development of computational thinking in young people. This site and its collection of instruments are designed for K-12 educators and researchers interested in supporting and assessing the development of computational thinking through programming.
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You Can Now Create Your Classroom Website on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

You Can Now Create Your Classroom Website on iPad for Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Weebly, the popular website creation platform, has now a powerful app that works on iPad. Besides Google Sites, Weebly is one of the best free web tools I have been recommending for teachers to use for creating classroom websites and students portfolios. Weebly has a very simply and easy to use editor that allows you to create your website within a couple of minutes. You can simply drag and drop different elements into your template and add your content and share your website with the world. I have already written a couple of guides on Weebly which you can check from the links below:
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Julio Hinojo Lopez's curator insight, October 19, 12:49 PM

La página de mi casa está hecha con Weebly... Es un servicio genial, super fácil y completo. Genial que ahora esté disponible para el iPad... Os la recomiendo!!! (y)

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An End to "21st Century" Learning Tools - IPAD4SCHOOLS

An End to "21st Century" Learning Tools - IPAD4SCHOOLS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Digital learning tools are seen by many people as those tools that are in some way different to other learning tools and need to be treated and discussed as such. “Let’s go to the digital learning zone” or “Now it’s time for class to use their iPads” are common announcements in many schools. Maybe we should stop saying digital, 21st Century and modern. I wonder if this mindset might be damaging to learning.
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10 Great iPad Apps for Creating Concept Maps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great iPad Apps for Creating Concept Maps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After the list of the web based tools for concept mapping, we went ahead and compiled another list for iPad users. We have included the best apps out there for brainstorming and concept mapping which you can use on the go . We hope you like this selection and if you have other good suggestions to add to this list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy
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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, October 18, 1:03 PM

Aligning teaching with Common Core

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Basic Tip: Upload Multiple Files to the Cloud from your iPhone/iPad

Basic Tip: Upload Multiple Files to the Cloud from your iPhone/iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Here is another basic tip for collecting assignments over email and uploading them to your cloud service provider.

 

My 75 fifth grade students were given an assignment to create projects using either PowerPoint or Keynote. It was a home assignment, and not one that we did in the computer lab.

 

To collect the presentations, I told them I did not want everyone giving me a USB, as handling that many different USB keys would be a logistical mess. Email was the best option. Most of them were able to email me without any problems. Handing in a USB would be an available option if they didn't have an email account."

 

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GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App | TechCrunch

GoldieBlox, The Toymaker Trying To Get Girls Hooked On Engineering, Goes Digital With New iOS App | TechCrunch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
GoldieBlox, the San Francisco Bay Area startup focused on building toys for girls aimed at getting them hooked on engineering, has this morning taken its..

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 19, 11:17 AM

Check this out! Thanks to R. Conrath. 

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REVIEW: The New iPad Air 2: What it Means for Teaching - teachingwithipad.org

REVIEW: The New iPad Air 2: What it Means for Teaching - teachingwithipad.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There was another Apple Keynote today, and the iPad Air 2 was announced. Although it may not have had the same fanfare as the iPhone event a few weeks ago, there are definitely some exciting changes for the iPad. For those of us thinking of getting one, I wanted to share some thoughts as to how the improvements shared today will effect the future of iPads in education.
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How to use App Smashing on the iPad to create an iBook - Daily Genius

How to use App Smashing on the iPad to create an iBook - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
iPads can be powerful teaching tools. In classrooms around the world iPads are mainly used by teachers and students for consumption, curation, and creation of information. Naturally, due to its simplicity, consumption of information is the most common way in which iPads are used in and out of the classroom. Also, many people use iPads for curating and organizing content. However, creation of information is one of the most powerful ways students can use iPads in the classroom because it allows them to unleash their creativity and illustrate their knowledge in multifaceted ways.
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The Hour of Code is coming - CODE.org

The Hour of Code is coming - CODE.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.Ages 4 to 104."

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Every school should get involve with this project. Say YES to the Hour of Code.

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The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 30 languages. No experience needed.Ages 4 to 104.


JOIN IT!


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Live blog: Apple's 2014 iPad, Retina iMac, and (maybe) Apple TV event

Live blog: Apple's 2014 iPad, Retina iMac, and (maybe) Apple TV event | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
New iPads are a given, so what else will Apple introduce at its October event? Join us and find out with a live blog of the news, along with commentary and insight, as the event takes place at 10am PT.
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Carve A Pumpkin: App-tivities for Fall - FRACTUS LEARNING

Carve A Pumpkin: App-tivities for Fall - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Some fun fall ideas to use in your classroom with the Carve A Pumpkin app. Get your students creating and sharing their learning.
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11 Tips for Managing iPads in the Classroom - TECHCHEF

11 Tips for Managing iPads in the Classroom - TECHCHEF | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I am starting to see the light… and somewhat emerging from the fog of iPad enrollment and technical logistics. After a full weekend of ACL (yes, the TechChef does find time to enjoy in the Austin music scene), I spent half a day with Randolph ISD sharing some timely tips for managing iPads in the classroom. As I am never one to hoard resources and I imagine that there our other teachers and districts that might benefit from some tried and true management techniques, I thought I would crank out a blog to share these with the greater edusphere."

 

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