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Count Down to Christmas With These 5 Free Apps

Count Down to Christmas With These 5 Free Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These five apps offer different ways to count down to Christmas, including advent calendars and an app that marks how many "sleeps" until the big day.
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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.
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ChristopherBell's curator insight, January 25, 8:33 PM

I was just looking for something like this!  Awesome.

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Attention Online Students!  Want to  make their online teacher' happy campers?   

 

Learn how to take screen shots to illustrate any questions you have. 


The flip side: Online teachers create quick job aides illustrated with screenshots! 

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Review: Due 2.0 for iPad | iPad Insight

Review: Due 2.0 for iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the world of increasingly cross-platform services, there are very few apps that really tether me to iOS. If I left for Android land (or perhaps Windows 10? Hah!), I know that my 2000+ Evernote notes would follow me. My photos and videos could go into Dropbox and my calendar and contacts would sync through Google. However, if I left iOS, I’d be leaving Due behind, and that would really suck. A lot.

If you aren’t already familiar with Due, here’s the elevator pitch: it’s a gorgeous system designed to bug the crap out of you until you finish what you said you’d do. One of the awesome things about Due is that it usually gives you a few ways to manipulate its UI.
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JuniorTube for Video Curation - ClassTechTips.com

JuniorTube for Video Curation - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A very cool solution for getting videos in the hands of students, JuniorTube (formerly YoouKids) helps parents and teachers curate and share a YouTube playlist.  Users can pick out educational videos for kids to watch remotely and safely so they can easily be viewed on children’s iPads and iPhones. JuniorTube makes it simple to put quality content on their devices without worrying about navigating YouTube by themselves. Parents and teachers can suggest to each other their own YouTube playlists that they curate, so they can forward to their kids other recommended safe playlists and videos to watch.
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ISTE - 6 elements of a successful iPad implementation

ISTE - 6 elements of a successful iPad implementation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - As more districts across the United States move to 1:1 initiatives, a common barrier is financial resources, and a common temptation is to regard these initiatives as technology enterprises rather than instructional transformations. In a three-year pilot project, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) addressed these challenges by implementing a creative approach designed to entice public funders by providing all students with equitable access to digital devices.

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Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, January 24, 10:49 PM

Rings very truw with our experience in iLearn Program - Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta 

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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.
 

The app enables students to manage their time, monitor their GPAs, and adopt effective study habits. Thanks to its educational-psychology-based learning and motivation strategies, Study Habits is unparalleled in the productivity app market. Read on to find out what Study Habits can do and why no other student planning app compares.
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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, January 25, 2:59 PM

iStudiez Pro app for iOS has generally been the recommended app for the post secondary and secondary students. Edudemic reviews a new student planner app that monitors use of time, grades and schedules. It has received good recommendations for post secondary students. Time to check it out and reconsider app recommendations!

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Top 5 Apps For Dance Teachers - AVATAR GENERATION

Top 5 Apps For Dance Teachers - AVATAR GENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Teachers across the United States are constantly finding new technology to bring to their classroom and assist with the teaching process. Similar to other subjects, dance teachers have a variety of mobile apps to choose from. From ballroom style dance and ballet to teachers who focus on young students, the following 5 mobile apps for dance instructors will help both improve classroom focus and alleviate much of the work involved with teaching a dance class:"

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key. | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When schools lift the ban on cell phones, they need to decide if they want to embrace the use of student devices for learning. If they do, it doesn't "start" with inviting devices into the classroom. 

It starts in student's homes. 
What better way to help parents understand the instructional value of cell phones than to use these devices to strengthen the home-school connection? 


Cell phones provide a terrific means for connecting with parents. Teachers can begin using phones to develop and strengthen those relationships. This can provide a foundation and help develop understanding around the benefits and value of cell phone use in general and later for use with students. 
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Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS

Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An Ottawa school was in lockdown earlier this week because of a gun reference posted on the social messaging service Yik Yak. And Charlottetown police said this week that some local students aren't attending school because they can't take reading the comments on Yik Yak.

Yik Yak is the latest anonymous messaging app to cause trouble among teens
Be anonymous, share online with these social networking apps

The app has been linked to threats, pranks and cyberbullying at schools across North America, prompting many to block it.

But is that a good idea? Here's what you need to know about Yik Yak.
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iPad App of the Week: The Daily Cut | iPad Insight

iPad App of the Week: The Daily Cut | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is The Daily Cut, a curated video library that is updated daily and promises ‘’less searching, more streaming’.
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'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal

'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Play is positive; gaming is good; and online engagement has begun supplying a generation with the love and feelings of connection that all humans crave.

Some 7 billion hours a week are being poured into to this alternate world of engagement through online games. And 25 percent of Call of Duty players call in sick the day a new version the game comes out.

These amazing and concerning facts paint a picture of the new world of gaming, said Jane McGonigal, who delivered the opening keynote address Wednesday at the FETC 2015 conference in Orlando, FL. The first person to earn a Ph.D. in the study of the effects of gaming, she is director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, CA.
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Twitter for Educators Beginner's Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Twitter for Educators Beginner's Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe in the educational value of Twitter as a tool to help us improve our teaching practices and enrich our learning journey. I have devoted an entire section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning to Twitter in Education. A lot of you have been regularly  following and reading this section  and I am so glad to hear that some of you have their Tweeting experience tremendously improved since they started reading those posts.Feedback such as this  does really make me happy  and encourage me to work harder because at the end of the day what remains is that beautiful feeling one feels knowing that he/she has helped somebody out.

That being said, let me now share with you one of the best guides on the use of Twitter in education. This short guide (  made up of  just 11 neat and well compacted pages ) will walk you step by step through the process of mastering the art of Tweeting. I am pretty sure you will enjoy reading it, and before sharing it with you let me just express my deep gratitude for Amber Coggin for this great work."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101 from NASA

Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101 from NASA | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Rocket Science 101 is a free iPad app offered by NASA designed to help students understand how rockets work. The app also helps students understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their rockets. When the rockets are launched students see the timing of each stage of the launch from surface to orbit.
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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 1

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Being a Relevant, Connected Educator is something, we believe, should be embraced by all educators everywhere. Today, with so much access to information, the way that learning is done is drastically different than it was just a handful of years ago. Professional development in many schools and districts has trouble keeping up with the latest pedagogical trends and some leaders refuse to embrace these methods as viable.
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Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help

Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Think back to your experiences learning Shakespeare when you were in high school. Rather than simply reading the play, the teacher probably told you that you would be performing it in class. While this sounds like it might be fun, it probably devolved into a few apathetic students standing at the front of the room reading in monotone voices.

Students learn Shakespeare when they perform Shakespeare. They understand his words when they can truly interact with them. Unfortunately, most of our students aren’t actors, and they really aren’t comfortable performing in front of their classmates. How can we get our students to engage with Hamlet & Macbeth in ways that won’t bore or embarrass them?

There are some amazing tools available for iOS devices that will allow your students to create projects that force them to connect with the text in fun and exciting ways.
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The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The iPad really shines as a powerful media consumption device.  It’s also a great tool for finding and interacting with information on the internet as well as a repository for offline browsing of articles and links saved to your Reading List.  But how well are you really acquainted with all the benefits Safari for the iPad has to offer?  In no particular order, here are the (5) most useful features that make interacting with Safari on the iPad an enjoyable and productive experience.
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Capture Student Work with Seesaw - The Learning Journal - ClassTechTips.com

Capture Student Work with Seesaw - The Learning Journal - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’m very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work.  Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school.  It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning.
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New App "Seesaw" Is A "Learning Journal" For Students - @LarryFerlazzo

New App "Seesaw" Is A "Learning Journal" For Students - @LarryFerlazzo | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve previously posted several times about how much I love the Shadow Puppet app — there isn’t anything out there that’s an easier tool for creating a quick audio-narrated slideshow. It’s perfect for English Language Learners.


Today, the company behind Shadow Puppet has just released another new and free educational app that looks like it could be very useful. It’s called Seesaw, and basically lets students easily create digital portfolios that can be shared with teachers and parents. It’s free for teachers and students, and has a free and paid version for parents."

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How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #BYOD Toolkit Provides Resources Necessary for Success

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #BYOD Toolkit Provides Resources Necessary for Success | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becomes and option for more and more schools, it is important to get the right pieces in place. A good place to start is the BYOD Toolkit which is part of the K-12 Blueprint for implementing successful technology initiatives.  The Toolkit includes case studies, checklists, step-by-steps, program frameworks, forms, and presentations to help in planning and implementing a BYOD program at the school or district level.
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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.
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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.
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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

AnnC's curator insight, January 25, 9:51 PM

Khan Academy just keeps getting better!

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What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight

What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So you created an awesome passcode for your iPad.  You were extremely proud of this passcode, too.  For once, you selected one that wasn’t a birthday, or anniversary or special day that was easy to remember.  You finally listened to all the published articles about how important it is to use arbitrary info with a combination of numbers _and_ letters.  However, for some reason one day you simply forgot it or lost the “cheat-sheet” you typically use to save all your passwords?  For the sake of this tutorial, let’s just assume that you didn’t set-up Touch-ID, no one else knows your code, and you have no other known way to retrieve it.  Now what?
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Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) - mattBgomez

Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) - mattBgomez | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is another 50 readers from Unite For Literacy (find the first 50 here)

They work on the iPad, read to the kids, and are available in various languages.
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Free online textbooks from top school - BBC News

Free online textbooks from top school - BBC News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A leading private school, with some of the best results in England, is publishing digital textbooks which are available to download free online.

The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge is publishing 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology.

They are being made available on Apple's iBooks online store to use on iPad tablet computers.
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Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You've heard some good stuff about the maker movement such as how making helps students learn through embodied cognition, creates a mindset that's empowering, and builds creative confidence. You're interested in crafting some maker lessons but don't know where to start or how to do something that works in your classroom. Or perhaps you're worried that you don't have time to do a long, involved project. How do you still teach the Common Core or cover the required curriculum? These simple steps will get you started.
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