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Apps for Autism Spectrum Disorder

Apps for Autism Spectrum Disorder | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"When looking for apps for students on the autism spectrum (ASD), it is important to look at all educational apps and not just those that are tagged as autism apps.They have many of the same learning needs that other students have. This list was developed to provide apps based on common learning characteristics and traits that are typical for students with ASD. It is important to remember that all students learn differently and selecting apps should be based on the unique learning needs of the student. This list is only a sampling of apps available for each skill area. This is not, nor is it meant to be a definitive list. This list is intended to give you a starting place and a rationale for picking."

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Kid Builds BB-8 Robot Out of Beach Ball, Deodorant Rollers, Speaker Magnets | Make:

Kid Builds BB-8 Robot Out of Beach Ball, Deodorant Rollers, Speaker Magnets | Make: | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A 17 year old builds a very impressive Star Wars BB-8 out of household and hardware store items
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Inventors! by Dominic Wilcox builds 'bonkers' kids inventions for real (Wired UK)

Inventors! by Dominic Wilcox builds 'bonkers' kids inventions for real (Wired UK) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"A self-hovering skipping rope; an umbrella for ladybirds; a pneumatic lift to hoist homes out of the path of war-mongering dictators and a 3D printed hook that can lift out the very last malingering Pringle from the tube.

If CES was this good, WIRED would never come back from Las Vegas.

But rather than the "ideas labs" of the world's tech giants, each of these inventions was designed entirely by children as young as five, and then turned into real products as part of Dominic Wilcox’s INVENTORS! project  commissioned by arts organisation The Cultural Spring http://theculturalspring.org.uk/ "

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Meet The Girls Who Code Founder, Reshma Saujani #makereducation

Meet The Girls Who Code Founder, Reshma Saujani #makereducation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Fun feature on Reshma Saujani of Girls Who Code in Teen Vogue! For decades, there has been a major gender diversity gap in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The tech world a…
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Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech - NYTimes

Wood Shop Enters the Age of High-Tech - NYTimes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You remember wood shop. You made that swan-shaped planter your parents pretended to like. And then you moved on.

These days, tinkering is a bit more high tech. The blending of technology and craft in tools like 3-D printers and laser cutters has made it possible for ordinary people to make extraordinary things. And many ordinary people, living as they do, more and more in their heads and online, are yearning to do something with their hands.

So the “maker space” movement — D.I.Y. communities to get people creating, be it for fun, for art or for entrepreneurship — is booming. Maker Faires are held around the world. Commercial operations like TechShop have popped up across the country. And tinkering is being promoted on college campuses from M.I.T. to Santa Clara University, as well as in high schools and elementary schools.
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13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text - @ClassTechTips

13 Apps & Sites to Find Informational Text - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 Students need to have a balance of literature and informational text.  If you’re looking for sites that include nonfiction passages or high-interest articles here are a few worth exploring:

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A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

A Class on #Coding and #Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. It is a week long (5 days) class that will meet for 2.5 hours each morning. The description is:

Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, Ollie, mBot, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills.

Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:
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basil60's curator insight, February 8, 3:41 PM

Some great insights here - whether you have access to the commercial products described or not.

It's more about the pedagogy than the edtech.

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Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

Teaching the Design Process in Makerspaces | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Stewart Middle Magnet is a STEM magnet school, and part of our curriculum comes from Project Lead the Way, including classes in engineering, robotics and aerospace.  The Design Process is an important part of that curriculum.  It also ties in beautifully with what we do in our makerspace.  So it made sense for me to partner up with one of our Project Lead the Way classes to teach our students about the basics of the design process.  While this was a lesson with a specific class, it could easily work with small groups, after-school clubs, or any group that you bring into your makerspace.
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A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room (The Art of Education)

A Complete Guide for Stop-Motion Animation in the Art Room (The Art of Education) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I was first inspired to explore stop-motion when I met influential art ed dude Mark Jones. He’s the genius behind some of the best stop-motion animation videos designed, written, and created by kids. I was lucky enough to see him at my state art ed conference a few years back. If you haven’t seen these videos – watch them before you go any further!

The Robot and the Butterfly
      * Stand Up Tall
      * Stand Up Tall: Behind the Scenes (to help visualize the process)

 

See more on Mr. Jones’ YouTube channel. 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMK9DyYTDCZxKf3ILjx98Dg ;


After seeing the potential, I asked myself: How do I do this with MY kids?"

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Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners - TinkerLab

Easy Stop Motion Animation for Beginners - TinkerLab | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While my girls have been in a little bit of camp this summer, it’s mainly been Camp Mom for our family: local adventures, crafts, and lots and lots of unstructured play. We’re lucky to have some great neighbors with kids, and our girls have been lost in imaginative play that expands beyond the reach of anything I could possibly fabricate for them.

However, we’ve had a few mornings filled with creative projects and this stop motion animation project is a winner. 

If you’re looking for a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) project, this is for YOU!
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My iStick, a review

My iStick, a review | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - ICTEvangelistI was contacted by MyiStick following my presentation at Liz Allton’s TeachMeet Solihull and a recommendation from Liz. Further to a conversation, they said they’d be happy to send me one of their iSticks.

Now, if you haven’t heard of them, an iStick is a two way lightning to USB memory stick which enables you to transfer files from your iOS device to the USB stick to then copy on to whatever other device you’re using. It does this via a native App which you can download from the App store.

As someone who has been used to making good use of the cloud for a long while now to capitalise on sharing and collaborating with others using my iPad, I really didn’t think I’d have much use for it. I don’t accept offers of endorsements for products I get sent either and am frank and honest in what I say. With that in mind, it wasn’t looking to hopeful for the iStick.

That said, I have to say – despite thinking I’d have no real use for it, I’ve been finding it incredibly handy. I’ve used it to share large files quickly and effectively from my iPad to my Mac or across to other devices of people I’m working with locally. I was presenting last week and my Mac wouldn’t mirror (don’t ask me why) so I was able to quickly share my 300mb Keynote file quickly from my Mac to my iPad via my iStick far more quickly than I would have been able to whilst waiting for the presentation to copy across to Google Drive and then back down to my iPad.

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The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel

The next wave in storytelling is short-form video :: Anish Patel | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

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This interesting article explains how many companies are using the affordances provided by Meerkat and Periscope on social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram in order to win customer attention. The techniques themselves are interesting and creative educators will surely find ways to harness this delivery system in service to their students.


Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Suvi Salo
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Are Students Getting the Chance to Develop Creative Endurance? | John Spencer

Are Students Getting the Chance to Develop Creative Endurance? | John Spencer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
But when you're new at something, it's slow. It's painful, even. You suck at it. And when you realize you suck at it, you feel defeated. You second-guess every move. You are thinking so intentionally about every step that you sometimes feel like you are going nowhere. Over time, though, it becomes the backdrop. You've moved past the mechanics and you know what you're doing.

It's a bit like driving a car. Remember when you sucked at driving? Remember when your heart would race if you went on the freeway? Remember when you had to tell yourself to turn on the turn signal? Well, that's what it's like when you are new at a creative process. You're suddenly the pimple-faced new driver trying to avoid an accident.

I mention this, because I notice students who have never hit a place of creative fluency. They have no creative endurance. They give up quickly. They get frustrated too easily. They need too many instructions. But, honestly, it's because creativity has always been icing on the cake (which, honestly, is precisely what makes carrot cake a cake and not a loaf of zucchini bread). It's always been a "when we get to it" activity. It's been the culminating project. Then suddenly you have students who struggle to get anything done. However, it's not laziness. It's actually the byproduct of rarely getting the chance to make anything.
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery - Mind/Shift #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Math teacher Laura Kretschmar gave students a rubric with specific goals around collaboration, communication and instructions to use various functions in the program, but not a lot else. She’s intentionally giving them a lot of freedom to play with the program, create cool designs and figure out what the functions do.

“I think “y” means, like, going up,” says Juritzy Maldonado. “So to pull it up, I’m going to try to change the number.” She punches in 200 for “y” and watches the image she’s creating shift upward. Another group discovers that if they hit “repeat” multiple times, they can create a parachute-like design that they’ve figured out how to color in various ways. That wasn’t their original plan, but they’re running with it now.
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Languagenut's curator insight, February 9, 3:11 AM

Great article on how to incubate creativity at School through making and discovery #edchat #education

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How to Add RSS Feeds & Sites to Apple News in iOS - OSXDaily

How to Add RSS Feeds & Sites to Apple News in iOS - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The News app is bundled in modern versions of iOS, accessible from the home screen as a standard app icon and from the Siri Suggestions screen in Spotlight under the News section on an iPhone or iPad. While News app includes a handful of curated Apple-approved sites, users can customize the app on their own by adding websites they like, and also use the News app as an RSS reader. This allows you to add just about any site or feed to News app yourself, including great sites like this one.
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How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Adilene Rodriguez admits she has always struggled with academics. Especially in middle school she hated getting up early, found her classes boring and didn’t really see where it was all going. When she started her freshman year at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, just south of Oakland, she was a shy student who rarely spoke up in class and had little confidence in herself as a scholar.

Rodriguez is now a senior and her approach to school has changed dramatically over her high school career. She attributes her shift to her freshman science teacher, Jim Clark, who taught the class about growth mindset from the very beginning and backed up the discussion with action.

“He would tell me, ‘You need to push yourself, that’s how you’re going to grow. Be confident. You’re not always going to be successful on your first tries, but you can get there,’ ” Rodriguez said
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Tackling TouchDevelop in Grade 1 via @LeahO77 #CSforALL @MrAspinall

Tackling TouchDevelop in Grade 1 via @LeahO77 #CSforALL @MrAspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Since starting the Kids Who Code project, I have introduced my students to a number of different coding tools through classroom activities, Code-a-thon events and coding club.   I feel pretty comfortable with several tools, such as Kodable, Scratch Jr. and Lightbot.

As a new year begins, I’m stepping outside that comfort zone and trying out a new coding tool with my students –Microsoft’s TouchDevelop.
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11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer

11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in many different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer coding.
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Ness Crouch's curator insight, February 9, 6:42 PM

Coding is really important for the Australian Curriculum. 

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17 Apps for Science Experiments: Instructions, Inspiration & Publishing Tools - @ClassTechTips

17 Apps for Science Experiments: Instructions, Inspiration & Publishing Tools - @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I recently hosted a webinar for the folks at SimpleK12 highlighting apps teachers can incorporate into science experiments. On this list you’ll find apps that offer inspiration, include step-by-step instructions and provide a way for students to publish lab reports.
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Coding and Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Coding and Bots - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I have been asked to return to teach summer enrichment classes on maker education for elementary-aged learners at a local school during the summer of 2016. One of the new classes I am designing is called Coding and Bots. The description is:

"Learn how to code first by playing games and then by coding some bots including Sphero, OZOBOT, and Dash and Dot. All ages are welcome but the child should have basic symbol recognition/reading skills."

Two things to note about this class are, first, I learned last summer not to underestimate the learning potential of very young kids. These classes are mixed ages ranging from 4 to 10 year old kids. For most of the maker education activities, the very young ones could perform them, sometimes better than the older kids. Second, I am a strong proponent of hands on activities. Although I like the use of iPads and computers, I want elementary aged students to have to directly interact with materials. As such, I am designing Coding and Bots to include using their bodies and manipulating objects. This translates into having all activities include the use of objects and materials excluding and in conjunction with the iPad – not just using the iPad and online apps/tools to learn to code. The activities I plan to do follow:"

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How to monitor battery usage on your iPad - OSXDaily

How to monitor battery usage on your iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Check this feature off in the very helpful, but wish I would have discovered it sooner category.  Perhaps you were searching for how to turn your battery percentage on in your iPad status bar and were lucky enough to stumble across it sooner than me. No matter how you might, or might not have gotten there, knowing how you spend your valuable iPad battery charge can be very empowering.
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Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips

Explore the Underground Railroad on iPads - Class Tech Tips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"National Geographic has tons of fantastic apps and The Underground Railroad: Journey to Freedom is a great choice for upper elementary and middle school students.  This interactive app introduces children to the Underground Railroad by placing them in first person experiences.  They’ll have to make decisions on how to proceed from on step to the next while they learn about this period in history."

 

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, November 23, 2015 5:07 AM

Vanochtend een gesprek met iemand die games kan genereren voor elke lesstof...

Tom Cockburn's curator insight, January 20, 4:37 AM

A good way to promote empathy and a better understanding in an age where a third of the world is on the move,many migrants refugees from war,poverty or eco destruction etc

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Screen time in the 1:1 classroom - Erintegration

Screen time in the 1:1 classroom - Erintegration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Concerns about the negative effects of too much screen time are often directed towards video games, mobile devices, and screens used for entertainment.   NPRed explores the idea that there are different types of screen time and that screen time used for educational content is different then passively watching a television.  Boston Children’s Hospital Pediatrics blog expands this idea and reiterates that we cannot consider “screen time” a single entity.  At the same time, Edutopia reminds that screen time that substitutes for real world interaction – regardless of the use – should be limited.

My takeaway: if you are teaching in a 1:1 classroom or close to it, you need to be mindful of the time your students are in front of a screen and more importantly, the way your students are using screens.
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Dare To Be… Different. @KrissyVenosdale

Dare To Be… Different. @KrissyVenosdale | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Education doesn’t need billions of identical teachers doing identical things in identical ways. Education needs YOU. It needs ME.  It needs the crazy mismatched unique patchwork of people that make up a school.  It needs people who speak quietly and people who shout.  It needs people who love to learn in a hands on way and people who love to take notes.  It needs them all.  Because it’s only in that fiber of differences that we are able to reach each and every single kid who passes through our doors.

Most of all? It needs people who have the courage to follow their hearts, dreams, goals, and desires to be exactly who they are, no matter what.  And that would have been a great tip in my early days of teaching.  But nevertheless, a great tip that’s never too late to learn.
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Squish the Boredom and Power Up Play with #Squishy #Circuits - @KrissyVenosdale

Squish the Boredom and Power Up Play with #Squishy #Circuits - @KrissyVenosdale | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Full disclosure: I’m embarrassed of the way I taught circuits in my classroom many years ago.  I was bored with the topic.  I mainly lectured to my 10 year old students and asked them to draw a circuit. Then we moved on faster than I could grade the tests and check their regurgitation. I’m sharing this because I know I’m not alone in feeling that way.  We weren’t taught how much fun circuitry can really be, nor were we encouraged in our teacher training to veer off the path of the textbook and engage kids with Playdoh.  But everything has changed in my mind.

Squishy Circuits are featured in this amazing TED Talk by AnnMarie Thomas.    It takes the intimidation of wires out of learning about circuitry, conduction, and electricity, and puts the focus on clay, colorful lights, and your imagination.   While this activity primarily makes it way through younger maker crowds, it’s great for makers of all ages.
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I LOVE Krissy's closing of this post:

 

"But these questions will be even more powerful if you start with one thing….


Play.  Explore.  Let them try things.  Try things yourself. See what happens.

 

And Playdoh becomes the foundation for playing, learning, and reimagining science in the classroom.  Design, dreaming, and doing.  The way it was meant to be."

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Dash & Dot Show 14: Fancy Pants Dance Advance via @KrissyVenosdale

Watch Dash & Dot show off some fancy dance moves! https://www.makewonder.com/apps/wonder #makewonder

 

Let us know what types of adventures you’d like see in future shows by posting a comment or emailing us at ideas@makewonder.com."

 

Watch all the episodes of the Dash & Dot Show here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1v8L1Jzl24&list=PLXSgvv3NnVuSYP9aZJOWPnkbVkxIAuoTX ;

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The vast amount of creativity and learning that has gone into the creation of these videos is astounding! Awesome work everyone!! - JE

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