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Google Launches New Gmail App for iOS

Google Launches New Gmail App for iOS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A new version of Gmail for iOS is now available.

 

Completely rebuilt from the ground up, Version 2.0 of the app brings with it a new look and feel, which Google hopes will result in a faster, sleeker and easier experience when using the app."

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These teen girls from Kenya invented an app to end female genital mutilation - Mashable.com

These teen girls from Kenya invented an app to end female genital mutilation - Mashable.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Five teenage girls from Kenya are headed to California to make their dream of ending female genital mutilation (FGM) in their country a reality. The bright teens invented an app called i-Cut, which provides girls with easy access to legal and medical assistance before and after FGM.


The app has earned them a place in the 2017 Technovation Challenge, a competition taking place in Silicon Valley later this month that helps girls around the world become tech entrepreneurs."Five teen schoolgirls from Kenya invented an app to connect girls at risk of FGM with help and resources."

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4 Excellent News Sources Apps for Young Learners

4 Excellent News Sources Apps for Young Learners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher:  9 Affirming Statements - TeachThought @jackiegerstein

Establishing A Growth Mindset As A Teacher:  9 Affirming Statements - TeachThought @jackiegerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The ability to change is among the least-appreciated professional characteristics of a teacher.

This is especially true as education systems react to both external pressure, and internal instinct to change into something closer to truly progressive learning environments.

As I was reading through Jackie Gerstein’s Education 3.0: Altering Round Peg in Round Hole Education, several slides stood out to me (one was the focus of a post earlier this week) including the image above, which offers statements teachers can use to both affirm the need for change, and “coach” themselves into a mindset for both change, and hopefully growth. (Number 5 is probably worthy of another post entirely!)
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5 Great iPad Strategy Games for Students - Educator's Technology

5 Great iPad Strategy Games for Students - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to strategy games, the educational benefits are noticeably manifest. Learners get to develop a complex set of thinking skills that include strategic, mathematical and computational thinking. They also get to practice and improve other cognitive competencies such as decision making, situational awareness, problem solving and many more. To this end, we have curated for you five of the best strategy game apps (as featured in iTunes App Store) that will help your students and kids reap the cognitive benefits of gamified learning.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 21, 8:24 AM

More Apps! #Gamification

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News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction

News Literacy as a Vehicle for Reading Skills Instruction | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
News literacy is a hot topic in the national media, not just in education. The lexicon is changing. Popular news outlets now routinely use phrases such as “different narrative,” “right version,” “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and “wrong information” to describe one another’s reporting. Six in ten Americans get their news from social media, and according to UNESCO’s Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy, that is not a bad thing so long as news consumers are equipped to read intelligently: with skepticism and empathy. In this edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan (CT) High School and Jackie Whiting, Library Media Specialist at Wilton High School, CT, share close reading exercises and activities for learners in grades 6-12.
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Giving women and girls the tech skills they need for the workforce of the future

Giving women and girls the tech skills they need for the workforce of the future | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ahead of Africa Code Week, Barbara Birungi Mutabazi explains why teaching girls coding and computer skills is so important.
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3D Printing Troubleshooting: 33 Common 3D Printing Problems | All3DP

3D Printing Troubleshooting: 33 Common 3D Printing Problems | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s amazing what your 3D printer can produce. But we’ve all had those infuriating moments when, despite everything, a seemingly simple model just refuses to print successfully.

We’ve had our fair share of print failures here at All3DP. And so, direct from our 3D printer troubleshooting experience, we’ve put together what we hope is the most comprehensive guide available to diagnose and fix common 3D printing problems.
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7 Must Have Digital Literacy Apps, Tools, and Resources

7 Must Have Digital Literacy Apps, Tools, and Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Teaching in a digital world, while essential, can be a difficult task. The digital world is constantly evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with new trends. And while students often enter the classroom with a high degree of digital awareness, it is often confined to the world of social media. How then, do educators learn about digital literacy, so they can model and teach it to their students? 


 Thankfully, there are tons of apps, tools, and resources that can help. We decided to profile the best ones. DigitialLiteracy To get help with digital literacy, it is important …"

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The Problem Is Wasted Time, Not Screen Time

The Problem Is Wasted Time, Not Screen Time | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

More than ever, we need to be intentional about how and when young people use technology in order to make it productive time.


 


Are today’s students spending too much time in front of computer screens? The more important question is: are students engaged in powerful learning experiences and, whenever possible, given voice and choice in what, how, and when they learn? Digital technology can powerfully facilitate this process, if thoughtful adults deploy it wisely. Otherwise, it can be mind-numbing, or worse.


Via Mel Riddile, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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The Problem Is Wasted Time, Not Screen Time
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Typito: Your post production buddy — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Typito: Your post production buddy — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"More and more we communicate through video. And I’ll bet you know the feeling when you record that very effective screencast or tutorial, and it just doesn’t feel ready for primetime.


Post-production is what makes your media feel professional and done. But not everyone has access to, or the chops to use, a robust video editor like Final Cut Pro or Adobe After Effects. And not everyone wants to spend the arduous time it sometimes takes to make a video product feel professionally spiffy.


Typito is a relatively new video editing tool designed to be your time-saving, affordable, post-production friend.  It allows even rookie editors to create a little magic on top of the videos they shoot or collect."

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Typito is an affordable, time-saving video editing tool for creating better videos.
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7 Must Have App and Tools for Students With Learning Disabilities

7 Must Have App and Tools for Students With Learning Disabilities | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Good edtech apps can make a real difference to any child’s learning, and they can be particularly helpful for students with learning disabilities. Finding the right app is important: different apps are targeted at different learning needs and styles, and matching the app to the student will always be important.

Happily, there are now apps available to help with challenges that simply weren’t available a generation ago, and a well-chosen app can have a wide-reaching impact on a student’s performance and enjoyment of school. Edtech is changing lives, and student-facing apps can do this in a way that is empowering and improves self-confidence. Here are 7 essential apps for students with learning disabilities:
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No. Your 3D Printer Does Not Make You Innovative.

No. Your 3D Printer Does Not Make You Innovative. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Few will disagree that over the past few years the notion of 3D printing in schools has gained incredible steam. It’s certainly one of the latest bandwagons. Scan social media on any given day and you’ll find end users pridefully holding the latest “cool” print in the palm of their hand, hashtagging some synonyms of “innovation.” Many times, the social sharer touts their own innovative ideas, how the tool is a “game changer,” or how their printer is “revolutionizing” learning. Continue to observe, and one can easily see the notion or the “understanding” that because they’re 3D printing, innovation is thriving in their classroom, school, or district. Simply put, using a 3D printer (even daily) does not make one “innovative”.

Let me be clear. 3D printers can absolutely be a conduit to providing students with high level, personal and authentic learning experiences. They can also be a colossal waste of money. 

Which type of printer is in your school or district?
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4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom - eSchool News

4 fresh approaches to coding in the classroom - eSchool News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
’ll admit I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out on coding tools. Coding is one of the most crowded categories in edtech. And while there are a ton of great tools for students of any ability level, many of these tools have hit on the same winning formula.

So does that mean coding is over? Not quite yet. In fact, the coding genre of edtech seems to be evolving.

One of the bright spots at this year’s International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference has been how many developers are not just iterating on the tried-and-true coding formula but exploring new frontiers that offer students new ways to learn — from VR and hardware hacking to monthly subscription boxes to courses and curriculum that blend technical skills with “soft” skills.
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Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors - EdSurge News

A decade ago professors complained of a growing “epidemic” in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largely laughed it off as inaccurate and saw their students as lazy, or worse. As one writing instructor posted to an e-mail list in 2005: “Am I being a stick-in-the-mud for for being horrified by students’ use of this source?”

How things have changed. Today, a growing number of professors have embraced Wikipedia as a teaching tool. They’re still not asking students to cite it as a source. Instead, they task students with writing Wikipedia entries for homework, exposing the classwork to a global audience (and giving students an outside edit by an army of Wikipedia volunteers). There’s even a new peer-reviewed academic journal about using Wikipedia in higher education.
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Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning - Mind Shift

Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning - Mind Shift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Most of us can remember a moment like this from our school years: the teacher poses a question – maybe it’s math, maybe history. You raise your hand, you give your answer with full assurance. And then? You’re shot down. You got it wrong.

We remember moments like this because they brim with some of our least favorite emotions: shame, humiliation, self-recrimination, and that gutting sense that you want to melt into the floor. Ah yes, I remember it well.

As it turns out, though, such moments are ripe with learning opportunity. Contrary to what many of us might guess, making a mistake with high confidence and then being corrected is one of the most powerful ways to absorb something and retain it.

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Mark Cottee's curator insight, October 22, 5:35 PM
I am currently in the middle of a MOOC around the science of teaching and just happened across this article through one of my other professional learning networks. Made me think about social media and platforms such as Facebook and LinkedIn for example which are generally filled with posts celebrating success - (self posts that is), and wondering about a platform where we celebrate our failures?
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8 Great Apps for Mobile Learners - Educator's Technology

8 Great Apps for Mobile Learners - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mobile learning is a relatively recent learning trend that has seen the light  due to the widespread of Internet-enabled mobile devices and the rise of what is known as ‘Apps Culture’. More and more learners are using the power of apps to connect, share, and learn on the go. From entertainment to navigational services, there is almost an app for anything you want to accomplish. In today’s post, we are featuring 8 of the best educational apps you can use on your iOS device to enrich your learning experiences and expand your intellectual growth. These are apps that provide you access to a diversified wealth of educational resources that include recorded lectures from leading universities, instructional videos covering different topics, best selling nonfiction books, courses on different specialization and many more. Have a look and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list.
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Who doesn't like a good list of Apps? No one I know!

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Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners

Why Trust Is A Crucial Ingredient in Shaping Independent Learners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Preparing students to be “college and career ready” is a catch phrase in many schools, but those same institutions often block large swaths of the internet in an attempt to protect students from acting inappropriately online. While well-intentioned, blocking useful digital tools prevents educators from guiding students through appropriate online behavior while still in the relative safety of school. College and job recruiters are seeking students who are creative problem solvers, collaborative workers and independent thinkers, but in many cases, rules prevent students from practicing those skills online.

‘If we trust them to engage with the content then we have the power to teach them the digital citizenship.’
“When you try to use a computer in a school, it’s shocking what is blocked,” said Michelle Luhtala, head librarian at New Caanan High School in Connecticut during an edWeb webinar. “That is not 21st century learning.” Luhtala doesn’t believe schools can make good on their promise to prepare kids for the world that awaits them outside school walls if they don’t first prepare them to use the tools to operate online in safe ways. She acknowledges that letting students direct their own learning in virtual spaces can be scary and that it takes a lot of trust.
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Learning Creative Learning: It's not a MOOC, it's a community – MIT Media Lab

Learning Creative Learning: It's not a MOOC, it's a community – MIT Media Lab | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"On Wednesday, October 18, a team from the Media Lab’s Lifelong Kindergarten group is launching a new, experimental online course: Learning Creative Learning. Free, open to anyone, and supported by the Learning Initiative at the Media Lab, the six-week course aims to create a global community of like-minded educators and learners. Unlike a traditional MOOC, the course emphasizes collaboration over instruction; the goal is to foster the same environment of creative learning that it's teaching to participants.


While Learning Creative Learning is open for anyone to join, the focus is on education—on cultivating kids’ creativity in a learning environment.  There are currently 12,000 people signed up, from more than 50 countries. The course is being led by Mitch Resnick, head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group, recent grad Carmelo Presicce, and learning resources developer Moran Tsur. They will lead the community in readings, hands-on activities, and videos, while providing the participants with opportunities to work on independent and collaborative projects."

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The women of NASA Lego set blasts off November 1 | Fast Company

The women of NASA Lego set blasts off November 1 | Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The women of NASA are finally getting the recognition they deserve. First there was Hidden Figures, then Katherine Johnson got a NASA building named after her, and now the women of NASA are getting the ultimate honor—a Lego set of their own.
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Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards

Why Can’t Girls Code | The Webby Awards | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Best in Public Service & Activism 2017
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How 5 girls are restoring hope with an app to fight female genital mutilation | Compassion Canada

How 5 girls are restoring hope with an app to fight female genital mutilation | Compassion Canada | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Synthia, a Compassion beneficiary from Kenya, joined with four classmates to develop an app to end female genital mutilation—and won second place at Google’s 2017 Technovation Challenge.
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7 iOS 11 Features for the iPad Classroom

7 iOS 11 Features for the iPad Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 11 has dropped and with it comes some amazing new features that will surely benefit you and your students in the iPad classroom. Dig in to this blog post for a free downloadable and printable poster of 7 of my favorite new iOS 11 features. I've also shared some ideas and sample use cases as well as quick video tutorials for each new feature!
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This Three-Part Video Teaches You Everything You Need to Know About Multimeters 

This Three-Part Video Teaches You Everything You Need to Know About Multimeters  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Using a multimeter for your electronics projects isn’t terribly complicated, but really understanding how they work takes a much deeper understanding. YouTuber Martin Lorton’s three-part video guide is that exact kind of deep dive.
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7 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources That Develop Critical Thinking Skills

7 Must Have Apps, Tools, and Resources That Develop Critical Thinking Skills | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Gone are the days where children were expected to memorize facts and recite them at any given time. Instead, it is hoped that children will develop critical thinking skills so that they can analyze situations, think about different outcomes, and present well-reasoned conclusions. To help children develop critical thinking skills, there are some apps, tools, and resources. Here is a list of the top seven.
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Five Guidelines to Make School Innovation Successful - Mind/Shift

Five Guidelines to Make School Innovation Successful - Mind/Shift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Eleven years ago Chris Lehmann and a committed team of educators started Science Leadership Academy (SLA), a public magnet school in Philadelphia that focuses on student inquiry through projects in a community that cultivates a culture of care. The school has been so successful over the last decade that the district has tapped Lehmann to help other schools get started or transform themselves.

“We’ve learned a lot and it’s been fascinating for me thinking about what it was like to go through the SLA process and then working with people who have different missions, different visions,” Lehmann told a room full of educators at the school’s yearly conference, EduCon. SLA is now part of an Innovation Network of eight district schools that each have their own take on transforming the traditional model of education. Throughout the process of opening or transforming schools, training staff and sustaining the work, Lehmann and others working on the Innovative Schools Network have gained some clarity on five areas that leaders need to consider for change to be successful.
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