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Learning In Burlington: 7 Reasons iPads Rule?

Learning In Burlington: 7 Reasons iPads Rule? | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Some impressive facts from ign.com on the impact of iPads:

 

* Over 100 million sold

* iPad sales topped all other PC Manufacturers in the second quarter of 2012

* 94 percent of Fortune 500 companies use iPads "in an official capacity."

 

Despite these mind-blowing numbers, I am always interested in the discussion of what device is best in an educational setting. Audrey Watters wrote a post this week asking, "Why Tablets?" that got me thinking about this a bit more, especially given the fact that we currently have over 1,200 iPads in Burlington, a number that will soon be over 2,000 as we deploy iPads at the middle school level."

 

 

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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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5 Ways Teachers Can Use their iPads Professionally - iPad Apps for Schools

5 Ways Teachers Can Use their iPads Professionally - iPad Apps for Schools | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
iPads are powerful tools for teachers in the classroom. In addition to being robust, mobile creation devices for students, they help you to stay organized, be on top of your classes, create content and lessons, focus on continued learning, and build your PLN. Here are five ways to turn your iPad into a robust, education machine!
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Create Fantastic Videos with Wideo! ClassTechTips

Create Fantastic Videos with Wideo! ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Wideo is fantastic video creation tool that lets educators and students make their own tutorials, in-class presentations, and so much more.  Users create animated videos that are perfect for students of all ages.  It’s a great way to breakdown complex topics, explain an idea, or demonstrate understanding.  Not only will you get the information across to your students but you’ll grab their attention thanks to the easy to use templates for teachers.
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New Collaborative Portfolios Added to WeLearnedIt - iPad Apps for School

New Collaborative Portfolios Added to WeLearnedIt - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Back in August Adam Bellow launched a new iPad app called WeLearnedIt. Through the WeLearnedIt iPad app you and your students can create digital portfolios. This week a collaborative portfolio creation option was added to WeLearnedIt. WeLearnedIt portfolios can contain files from Google Drive, Dropbox, links from the web, images and videos captured with your iPad, and whiteboard videos created within the WeLearnedIt app. Watch the video below to see how the new portfolio option works.
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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration - TeachThought

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. Any smartphone or tablet is media incarnate–video, animation, eBooks, essays, blog posts, messages, music, games. The modalities of light, color, and sound all arranged just so to communicate a message or create an experience.

But there is a difference, claims this graphic from teachbytes, between using technology and integrating it deeply into the learning experiences of students. This is, of course, what models like the SAMR model are based on–that idea of mere use to automate, to redefining what’s possible.
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Scott Besterman's curator insight, Today, 8:54 AM

So true! It's all about the planning. True integration, where the kids really benefit and come to see how learning is all connected, requires significant organized planning.

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3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Powerful Web Tools to Create Whiteboard Animation Videos for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whiteboard animation videos are videos that draw themselves. They involve an animated use of images, shapes, characters, sounds and voice-overs to create a clip. This form of video production has been very popular recently and is widely used by some leading educational YouTube channels such as TED Ed and RSA Animate. Creating a whiteboard animation video is no longer a graphic designer's job. There are actually several web tools that allow you to easily put together an animated video with as simple tools as drag and drop. As a teacher, you can  use these animations to create and share tutorials,  presentations, step by tsp guides, and many more. Below are three  of my favourite tools I would recommend for you:
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TRANSFORM YOUR LIBRARY WITH MAKING -Google Hangout - Oct. 22, 2014 ISTE Librarians Network

TRANSFORM YOUR LIBRARY WITH MAKING -Google Hangout - Oct. 22, 2014  ISTE Librarians Network | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Be sure to join us for a Google+ Hangout and Twitter chat on October 22 at 8 PM EST. Our guest will be Diana Rendina and the topic will be makerspaces in your school library. The hashtag for the...
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Google Released Two New Updates to iPad Google Drive Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Released Two New Updates to iPad Google Drive Apps ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Today, Google announced through its Google Drive page on Google Plus some new features to its iOS apps : Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Now, when you open these apps on your iPad you will be able to access all the files and docs shared with you through a tab labelled "Incoming". The second update to these apps is about enabling users to easily and seamlessly edit docs on iPad and also allowing them to apply headings and use shortcuts when typing with bluetooth keyboards.
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Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help - OSXDaily

Did iOS 8.1 Reduce Your Battery Life? This May Help - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Though the iOS 8.1 update includes many bug fixes that resolve some of the frustrating annoyances that popped up in earlier versions, a handful of users have experienced something else with iOS 8.1; quickly reducing battery life. No, we’re not talking about shaving a few minutes off how long your iPad or iPhone lasts, we’re talking dramatically reduced battery life with rapid draining.
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Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom | Edudemic

Ultimate Guide to the Paperless Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Many top educators and administrators view the idea of a paperless classroom as an inevitability in education. In today’s digital age, these educators believe that a paperless classroom promotes a more efficient and organized classroom while preparing students for the practical world outside classroom walls. In other words, if every facet of life is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, then why not equip students accordingly?

“We need technology in every classroom and in every student’s and teacher’s hand, because it is the pen and paper of our time,” said esteemed author and educator David Warlick. “It is the lens through which we experience much of our world.”

This sentiment is shared by many educators, administrators, and parents in the educational community, and for good reason. However, implementing a plan through technological mediums still necessitates the same care and mindfulness of creating a conventional lesson plan, and transitioning to online platforms isn’t without its own unique hurdles.
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Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com

Every child should learn to program, but not necessarily how to code - theguardian.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am a proud geek and father of three young children. I taught myself to code Basic at the age of 12 on my father’s Commodore 64, and I actively encourage my children to be enthused by the notion of building with digital tools. But I don’t necessarily agree with the notion that every child must learn how to code.
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asli telli's curator insight, October 23, 5:22 AM

Code, Program or both?

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, October 23, 7:25 AM

Have been reading a lot about coding lately. "programming" as opposed to "coding"

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Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com

Doctor Who's new web game aims to teach children programming skills - theguardian.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Doctor Who’s latest adventure sees him teaming up with a Dalek and trying to save the universe, but also teaching children some early computer programming skills.

This isn’t a TV show, however: it’s a game due to launch on Wednesday 22 October on the broadcaster’s CBBC website. The Doctor and the Dalek includes voice narration from current Doctor Peter Capaldi, and a new story by Phil Ford, who has written for the TV show.
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Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs - Edutopia

Makerspaces for Students With Special Needs - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Maker education is a new school of educational thought which strives to deliver constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units. Makerspaces can be full high school workshops with a bevy of high-tech tools, or as small and low tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. What defines a makerspace isn't just the tools and equipment, but the learning that happens as students begin making and creating projects. Educators need to design these spaces to reach a diverse set of learners, particularly populations underserved in STEM subjects, and students with neurological differences, learning differences, and special needs. Makerspaces provide a number of benefits and opportunities for typical students. It just so happens that the type of learning Makerspaces promote best is also the type of learning that students with learning challenges need most.
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The teacher's guide: 50 resources for using tech in the modern classroom | ZDNet

The teacher's guide: 50 resources for using tech in the modern classroom | ZDNet | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A roundup of educational articles, apps and tutorials for educators looking to integrate technology into the classroom, updated for 2014.
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Tony Guzman's curator insight, Today, 10:08 AM

An updated list of technology integration options. Using any of these?

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Halloween Party App for iPads - ClassTechTips

Halloween Party App for iPads - ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here’s a fun app for classrooms getting ready for Halloween!  Halloween Party App lets up to four players work together on one device to answer trivia questions related to Halloween.  Perfect for elementary schoolers, this app is also completely customizable.  I love apps that allow a couple of users to share the screen and Halloween Party app is perfect for a few kids working with one device.  Whether you add this app to a station this week or recommend it for an at home download it’s a good choice for celebrating Halloween with your students.
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How to Set Up Web Clips for Websites in Safari on iPad or iPhone | iPad Academy

How to Set Up Web Clips for Websites in Safari on iPad or iPhone | iPad Academy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Bookmarks are one way to save your websites in Safari on your mobile devices. However, for those sites you visit frequently, there’s a better solution. You can get speedy access to your favorite URLs by saving them as web clips. Web clips resemble app icons on the home screen of your iPad or iPhone, but instead of launching an application, a web clip takes you directly to a website. Here’s how to create a Safari web clip in iOS 7 or iOS 8.
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REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic

REVIEW: TeacherKit: Favorite Classroom Management App of October | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Used by more than one million teachers worldwide, TeacherKit is a classroom management app that easily organizes classes and manages grades and students. The app comes in 13 languages and is compatible with all Windows devices as well as the iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch.
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Craig Crossley's curator insight, October 23, 6:09 PM

Must check this!

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Great STEM Conversations About Perimeter in MinecraftEDU - Moving at the Speed of Creativity

Great STEM Conversations About Perimeter in MinecraftEDU - Moving at the Speed of Creativity | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Today was a great day in our grade 4-5 STEM classroom. Last year I used MinecraftEDU with my students for several different lessons, and I tried a “perimeter and area building challenge,” but this year I’m much more pleased with the quality of conversations I’m having with students about these geometric concepts in a simplified and modified version of that lesson I’m calling our “Geometry MinecraftEDU Challenge.” These photos of whiteboard math from today’s classes may look messy, but they represent some SUPER conversations with my students who were figuring out the different ways they could build a corral in MinecraftEDU that has an EXACT perimeter of 24 blocks.
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5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers - East Bay Maker Faire

5 Reasons I Want My Kids to Be Makers - East Bay Maker Faire | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 "My interest is not only as a parent, but as an educator. I work at the George Lucas Educational Foundation, and our mission is to help improve the learning process by sharing “what works” in education. Over the years I have seen a lot of solid and innovative practices that are transforming how our kids learn. But the one that I am the most excited about is making. Here are 5 reasons why."

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asli telli's curator insight, October 23, 5:16 AM

Who is interested in making marvelous mistakes?

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Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms

Joan Ganz Cooney Center - Busting Barriers Or Just Dabbling?: How Teachers Are Using Digital Games In K-8 Classrooms | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This recent example aside, the idea that games can be fun and educational is starting to take hold in the educational community.  That these fun learning games can come in the form of games like Minecraft, rather than “skill and drill” games is icing on the cake for students and teachers.  The number of recent popular press articles heralding a rising trend of digital game use in the classroom has made the team at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center wonder: just how common is this practice?  And further, which teachers are choosing to use digital games in their teaching, what particular goals do they have for that game use, and what kinds of outcomes are they observing among their students?

With these questions in mind the Joan Ganz Cooney Center surveyed nearly 700 K-8 teachers about their use of digital games in their teaching (a follow-up to a similar survey we conducted in 2012 with BrainPop). I wanted to share a few of the highlights from our full set of findings.
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Canva - Poster Making on iPads - Class Tech Tips

Canva - Poster Making on iPads - Class Tech Tips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve shared how Canva is one of my favorite web tools and now it’s available on iPads!  Canva is a great example of how a website can transfer its high quality user experience to an iPad app.  You’ll love how quickly you can make posters for your classroom and how easily students can demonstrate their understanding of a topic through visual art.  Not only is this app simple to use, it’s also completely free!
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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic

The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Although Evernote already is a fairly well-known app, very few educators realize its potential building and sharing student portfolios. Having a well-organized e-portfolio is important: It can follow students from one grade to the next and prepare them to record their future accomplishments.

There are plenty of ways to create an e-portfolio, and we feel Evernote is the best. Not only is it a feature-rich platform, but its free price tag also makes it a cost-effective solution for even the most frugal classrooms.
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The Best Way to Build Student E-Portfolios: Use Evernote I Edudemic

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A Simple iPad Model For Teaching - Te@chThought

A Simple iPad Model For Teaching - Te@chThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Summary: What Am I Looking At?

The model identifies four primary pieces of teaching.

1. Activities

2. Content

3. Assessment 

4. Personal

As communicated, it defines the function of the iPad in education as sitting somewhere in the overlap between Activities, Content, and Assessment. Resting between Activities and Content is course materials–the learning experiences designed by teachers for students to access content. The iPad–with apps like The Elements, Waste Land, The Alice App, and more–certainly excels here.
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How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift

How Standing Desks Can Help Students Focus in the Classroom - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The rise of the standing desk may appear to be a response to the modern, eat-at-your-desk, hunched-over worker chained to her computer, but history paints a different picture: Hemingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Thomas Jefferson all stood while they worked. Donald Rumsfeld had a standing desk, and so did Charles Dickens. Workplaces are moving toward more standing desks, but schools have been slower to catch on for a variety of reasons, including cost, convenience, and perhaps the assumption that “sit down and pay attention” is the best way to learn.
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Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, October 21, 5:42 PM

Easy fix for some kids, not everyone can sit for 84 minutes. What ever it takes for kids to learn, I am all for it!

LET Team's curator insight, October 22, 4:27 AM

Timely article. 

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Apps to discover and learn more about classical music- Macworld

Apps to discover and learn more about classical music- Macworld | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Classical music is proving to withstand the tests of time, so you might be wondering how an app can help get you more in touch with this rich, inspiring art form. Sure, you may already consider yourself a classical music buff, but there’s always more you can learn about how orchestras work, or how certain classical works are constructed. Or perhaps you enjoy classical music and want to immerse yourself into the genre some more, but you don’t know where to start. Maybe you have kids, and you want to introduce them to classical music in a fun way.

I looked at a number of apps—and some books—that can help you with any of those scenarios. Whether you’re a novice to the genre, or a seasoned musician, you’ll find something that will help you discover and learn more about great music.
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