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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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On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, http://tinyurl.com/mrf2cxw ;

a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people.  Unlike Pew’s previous surveys, which involved representative samples of teens interview by phone, this one was conducted online.


These data are useful for us in deciding how we reach the young people we love and in understanding how they themselves manage their lives online."

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Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone - MakeUseOf.com

Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone  - MakeUseOf.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Nowadays, kids want to use smartphones. Of course, most parents aren’t willing to actually buy their kids a device, but plenty have no problem letting them play with one. Of course, when a child uses a cell phone they can potentially be exposed to all kinds of dangerous things that aren’t meant for young eyes.

But the risks aren’t just for the children, but they can affect you, the parents, too. Kids could make unwanted in-app purchases, make calls to people you don’t want to talk to, they could even share photos you don’t want the world to see, and they can do plenty of other bad things. So what can you do? Check out the infographic below for the answers."

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Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius

Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Occasionally you come across a kind of theological divide in EdTech around whether to focus on learning through the  iPad or via the laptop. Which is like wondering whether to have fish or vegetables for your dinner. Both are fine, but they don’t fill the same need.
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Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | FabLearn Fellows

Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | FabLearn Fellows | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what qualities would a teacher possess in a constructionist environment and how would these superheroes behave? Thank you to FabLearn Fellows Mark Schreiber and Erin Riley for their feedback for this post. They are quoted below from our small group meeting on April 7th. Here is a list of top five qualities and behaviors to keep in your tool kit for fostering a constructionist learning environment.
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4 things to think about when designing a staff Training Needs Analysis with mobile learning in mind - Educate 1-TO-1

4 things to think about when designing a staff Training Needs Analysis with mobile learning in mind - Educate 1-TO-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

As almost every second post on this site hammers home, the difference between successful and unsuccessful mobile learning initiatives in schools is almost always the extent to which staff have been prepared for and embraced the change. For new readers: it’s an enormous change. Don’t believe those who say that teachers don’t need to be trained to use ‘intuitive’ devices, some will need precisely that. More pertinently, every member of staff will need support, time, space and collegiate exemplars to reimagine how their practice, and student activities, will look once everyone has a device. How will pedagogies adapt to take advantage of these new affordances? It is this latter process that is too often skated over, with inch-deep training on a couple of apps purported to be enough to give staff a feel for the 1:1 experience. Unsurprisingly, the benefits realised are equally transient and superficial.

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Hacking Evernote on iPads

The History 2.0 Classroom: Hacking Evernote on iPads | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am an avid Evernote user (iPad, iPhone, Mac, Chromebook...)

I especially enjoy using the platform on my iPad.  That being said, the only glaring drawback at this point is that one can't draw directly in a note as if they were using Notability or any other digital paper tool.

Time for an Evernote on iPad Hack!
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Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily

Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

""The iPhone Camera app includes a self timer function, a great feature for any camera that allows you to set a countdown timer before a picture is snapped. There’s many uses for the timer function, but it often allows for the photographer or camera owner to be in the picture frame as well, rather than just shooting pictures from behind the lens."

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Makey Makey Math - Coding Probability Simulators #makerED - Brian Aspinall

Makey Makey Math - Coding Probability Simulators #makerED - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As I gear up to present student work at ETFO’s ICT Conference in Toronto, I’d like to share some ideas:

1. Coding allows for students to learn across math strands instead of in isolation.

2. Coding is a place for students to fail safely.

3. Coding allows students to take risks and solve problems.

4. Computational thinking is a form of problem solving not accomplished with textbook work.

5. “Making” is creative. Creativity is fun.

Here is a student application coded to support our Grade 8 probability strand. We extended our projects with Makey Makeys so users had a physical interaction.
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Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom - the guardian

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom - the guardian | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Excited shouts of “left, left, left”, “knock down that tree” or “pick up that stone” can only mean one thing: your students have discovered the virtual world of Minecraft.

Since its launch in 2011, children and adults worldwide have spent hours creating unique environments. The video game generates a blank landscape of different terrains that players explore. They construct buildings, mine for useful materials and, depending on what mode you’re in, may have to defend yourself from attacks or stave off hunger
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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, Today, 2:24 AM

Excellent ideas for teachers who are into gaming for education!!

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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace @DIANARENDINA

"Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools."

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 18, 8:03 AM

Here's a slide deck that outlines the key issues for moving forward with a Maker space. In the Pittsburgh area Maker Spaces are popping up in schools, libraries, community centers, and wherever kids are building and creating. 

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How Are Teachers Using Tablets? [INFOGRAPHIC] - FRACTUS LEARNING

How Are Teachers Using Tablets? [INFOGRAPHIC] - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most versatile devices in the history of… well… devices. The tablet has changed the landscape of classrooms around the world, from flipped learning to augmented reality.

A much needed balance between function and affordability, tablets of all shapes and sizes are being embraced by teachers in millions of different ways. In the below infographic from Early Childhood Education Degrees present an overview of how this shift is taking place.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet

Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Monday's post about Parapara Animation was quite popular and prompted questions from readers looking for similar tools that either work on tablets or offer more features than Parapara Animation. Here are some other sites and apps for creating animations.
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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom - Technology Erin*tegration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This post is not meant to be judgey!  Even the best techie teacher started somewhere and most likely made one of these common mistakes.  I think I made all five during the same lesson when I first started to integrate iPads.

 

Whether you are just starting out with iPads or are a seasoned iPad integrator, let’s look at the 8 mistakes most teachers make when using iPads in the classroom and how to avoid them:"


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius

Your Guide to Shareable Content Creation: Top Tools for Bloggers and Content Writers - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Great writers don’t rely solely upon their talent. They are characterized with discipline and great focus. If you lack these fundamental skills, your talent won’t help you write outstanding posts and articles on schedule. Wait; that doesn’t mean you should give up!

There are many online tools, apps and websites that will help you achieve your full potential as a blogger or content writer. Start exploring these tools:
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Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired

Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I get caught up in things. Informercials. New gadgets. New shades of Sharpie. Every kid I’ve ever taught has said, “You say EVERYTHING is your “favorite thing.” It’s true. Life? It’s my favorite. I grew up, but my internal excitement level has stayed at a five year old’s level. So, I’ll just preface this post with that. I will also say that I’ve held off on writing this. Long enough to figure out if this whole “maker movement” was another “thing I love,” or more. It’s more. So much more.
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The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning

The Top 10 Best Robots for Kids: Games, Fun and Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for a toy that provides educational value, a gift that gives a little bit more or a digital companion that can teach logic and programming, these robots for kids are some of the most cutting edge gadgets around. With companion smartphone apps, voice control, advanced mechatronics and even xylophones, these amazing pieces of electronic kit will keep your kids entertained, engaged and educated for years to come.
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6 Great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills - EdTech & MLearning

6 Great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills - EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s post we have curated for you a collection of some wonderful iPad games to boost students critical thinking skills and enhance their cognitive abilities. Playing these games, students will be able to engage with a variety of mental and abstract forms of reasoning where they will need to use their strategic and problem solving skills to find answers. While they are so much fun to play they are also a great way to help students approach the world from a critical thinking perspective. Have a look and share with your colleagues.
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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, April 20, 9:22 AM

Here are 6 great iPad Apps to Enhance Students Critical and Strategic Thinking Skills.  Do you know any others you could share?

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An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist

An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m quite a fan of the iPad (the Lollipop Nexus 9’s not too bad either). Not because of its design or because its by Apple or any of that, but because of its keen heritage in the learning arena. Any one who knows me will tell you that I am not one for using tech for tech’s sake, despite my evangelist moniker. Use of technology in a cross curricular sense should be measured and done with consideration for the best potential learning outcomes.

With all that said, I’ve been doing this for quite some time now and I thought it time that I shared some of the Apps that have stuck by me or have struck me for their ease of use and impact upon learning in the classroom
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9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning

9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is a lot take into consideration when trying to find the best iPad cases for schools. What age group will be looking after the devices? How will students be using their iPads? What kind of budget is available (or not as the case may be)? It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration as well as the needs of your students, and all going well you should have iPads that can handle even the toughest environments.

So before we jump into the list, here is my number one top tip… Regardless of what case you decide to go with, if you have any fears of screens getting scratched, cracked or even just unusably filthy, I would highly recommend investing a small amount in getting clear screen protectors. These microscopically thin films will not only protect your iPad screens, they will also repel dust and will reduce many signs and impediments of daily wear. For the small price, these have saved many an expensive iPad display.
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How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies

How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is a great free app, although be forewarned that your colleagues might get a little frustrated when your students start asking them, “Why don’t you use the WhatsDueApp too?”!

The process for the teacher is a snap – just go to whatsdueapp.com) click on the  Teacher Sign Up Button and sign up. Then enter assignments, tests, etc., … anything that has a due date that you want your students to be aware of. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to sign up and enter a couple activities. Here’s the screen you do it on … super simple to use:
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Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8 - Brian Aspinall

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8 - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Although this was an Art task, our Art teacher (@MrsPDU) allowed my students to code their fractal piece. Check out the Geometry expectations this also covered, besides the Art component.

Grade 8 – Students Will:

*demonstrate an understanding of the geometric properties of quadrilaterals and circles and the applications of geometric properties in the real world;


r*epresent transformations using the Cartesian coordinate plane, and make connections between transformations and the real world.


*Patterning and Algebra also appear in this project. Data is stored in variables and there are multiple repeating patterns."

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4 ways Apple may soon solve the iPad deployment headache | eSchool News | eSchool News

4 ways Apple may soon solve the iPad deployment headache | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The ultimate goal of technology deployment is for device use to become “invisible,” where students create and communicate with their devices as easily as they might pick up a pen.

That goal unfortunately remains a distant vision for most schools regardless of the technology students are using. Device deployment has been a particular challenge for schools with iPads. In fact it’s been such a headache that iPad sales into schools have started to lose momentum over the last year. Apple has taken steps recently to make device management somewhat simpler and rumors are circulating that significant changes might be on the way in the next year.
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Writing on the iPad: 6 Reasons Why Evernote is Brilliant - Teaching with iPad

Writing on the iPad: 6 Reasons Why Evernote is Brilliant - Teaching with iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the ongoing quest to promote Content-Creation on the iPad, I am going to write a short series of posts focusing on writing with the iPad. I will explore a few different apps to use when you want to write.
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4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today- EdTech & MLearning

4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today- EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In today's post we are sharing with you some  excellent iPad apps that have gone free today. You might be already familiar with them for we have reviewed them here several times in the past. Again, this deal is  available to our readers in the United States and Canada. We are not sure if these apps are free elsewhere but we hope they are.
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