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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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Primary Preoccupation - Listening To Reading in a One iPad Classroom

Primary Preoccupation - Listening To Reading in a One iPad Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When I speak about using iPads in a primary school classroom, I am often asked about how it would work if I only had one iPad as is the case in many classrooms. This post is the first of what I hope will be several with suggestions as to how to make that work effectively.
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Announcing K12 Online 2014 Presenters

Announcing K12 Online 2014 Presenters | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Please join the organizers of the 2014 K12 Online Conference in congratulating our selected presenters for this year’s conference! As in past years, our conference is organized into four strands. Each strand has an invited keynote speaker and  additional selected speakers. Our conference begins October 13th with a pre-conference keynote presentation. Strands for 2014 are:


Week of Oct 20 – 24: Stories for Learning and Games and Gamification


Week of Oct 27 – 31: Passion Driven Learning and STEAM"

 

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K12online is a fantastic learning opportunity. Everything from past conferences can be found online as well at  http://k12onlineconference.org/

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Apps and Games That Help Kids Think Critically

Apps and Games That Help Kids Think Critically | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media editors help you choose Apps and Games That Help Kids Think Critically. Encourage kids to experiment and consider the shades of gray in problems.
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Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom with @kathycassidy

Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom with @kathycassidy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Kathy Cassidy has been a pioneer  leading the way with student digital portfolios. In this episode, she discusses how she gets her grade one students to create digital portfolios using edublogs. This practical EduSlam will help you get started on using Student Digital Portfolios with your students!"

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Group work is overused in schools, and in my experience it stifles good ideas - theguardian

Group work is overused in schools, and in my experience it stifles good ideas - theguardian | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What happened to quiet reflection? Teacher Diana Senechal talks to Holly Welham about how too much group work and teaching to exams crushes intellectual thought
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iOS 7… that ship has sailed… - TECHCHEF

iOS 7… that ship has sailed… - TECHCHEF | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"It has been a very busy month of iPad deployments with the new enrollment system and getting campuses up and running (stay tuned for an upcoming Do’s and Don’ts blog on that process).

 

When you find yourself with a deficiency of time to create content, a simple thing to do is curate content. And what better day to do so then “Talk Like a Pirate” 2014 or as I have coined it “Update Like a Pirate.”"

 

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Use iPads In The Classroom? This Acceptable Policy Poster Is For You. | Edudemic

Use iPads In The Classroom? This Acceptable Policy Poster Is For You. | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Chances are, if you’re teaching a group of younger students (elementary or middle school, though high schoolers are certainly not known for being super careful with their devices either), you’re likely concerned about how they’re handling your expensive classroom iPads. There are a ton of “tough” tablet cases out there designed to save your device when it is dropped/banged/slammed/smacked/otherwise injured, but just trying to protect them for when that happens isn’t getting at the root of the problem. Teaching students how to properly handle their devices so that they don’t get broken (or are less likely to, since obviously accidents happen) is a necessary approach (though I’d still recommend padding those iPads to high heaven in whatever case is most appropriate for your classroom needs)."

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Five iPad Apps for Learning to Create Music - iPad Apps for School

Five iPad Apps for Learning to Create Music - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Last week’s post about Piano Maestro prompted a couple of people to write to me with questions about other apps for helping students learn to play music. Here are some iPad apps for that purpose."

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DailyTimes.com - New smartphone app gives sight to the blind

DailyTimes.com - New smartphone app gives sight to the blind | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO: Jonathan Mosen, who has been blind since birth, spent his evening snapping photos of packages in the mail, his son’s school report and labels on bottles in the fridge. In seconds, he was listening to audio of the printed words the camera captured, courtesy of a new app on his
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Hack the Classroom - iOS8 on school iPads is a total bummer

Hack the Classroom - iOS8 on school iPads is a total bummer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
New iOS8 review and reflections by 1:1 iPad classroom teacher. Tips for installing on 16G iDevices. Thoughts on the state of tablets in education.
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An excellent, must-read article!

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Top 26 Hidden iOS 8 Features That You Should Try Right Now | Redmond Pie

Top 26 Hidden iOS 8 Features That You Should Try Right Now | Redmond Pie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here's a complete list of 26 top hidden features for iOS 8 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch which you should try out right away.
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Mashable - iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Should You Buy?

Mashable - iPhone 6 vs. iPhone 6 Plus: Which Should You Buy? | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Debating between and iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus? Our guide helps you choose.
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Seven privacy settings you should change immediately in iOS 8 | ZDNet

Seven privacy settings you should change immediately in iOS 8 | ZDNet | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Before you sync your iCloud or reinstall your apps, you need to lock down your iPhone or iPad. Here are seven important tweaks (and more) you can set to bolster your privacy.
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5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology

5 Tips For Keeping Students On Task While Using Technology | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

One of the things I hear most often from teachers who are reluctant to put technology into the hands of their students is that they have visions of students goofing off constantly behind their screen instead of focusing on their work.

 

Playing games, chatting with their friends, and browsing the internet are all likely suspects drawing your students’ attention away from whatever the task at hand happens to be, but just because students have access to technology doesn’t mean you have to transform into device police and forget about teaching. Even if your students would much rather be watching videos on YouTube than learning about the Roman Empire, you still have the upper hand: they want to be using the device. Period.

So how can you leverage that into students who are actually working on what they should be? Here are a few tips. Tell us what you do in your classroom to keep your students from goofing off while they have devices in hand! Share with the Edudemic community by by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page.


Via Deb Gardner, Dean J. Fusto
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iOS 8 Accessibility Overview

iOS 8 Accessibility Overview | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has released iOS 8, the latest version of its operating system for mobile devices such as the iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This update is not as dramatic an update as iOS 7 was, with its completely overhauled user interface, but in terms of accessibility it continues to refine the user experience so that it works  even better and for more people.
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6 Must-Have Apps for Tech Leaders -- THE Journal

6 Must-Have Apps for Tech Leaders -- THE Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These tablet tools will help technology directors and coordinators make the most out of their mobile devices.
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Technology with AMY BP - Moving away from "There is an app for that"

Technology with AMY BP - Moving away from "There is an app for that" | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
 With mobile devices being integrated into special needs classrooms, it’s tempting to want an app for everything, including every IEP goal and objective.  By doing this, however, educators and parents can easily overlook the full range of possibilities for tablet devices.  Rather than looking at a single subject app, there is amazing potential for apps that focus on consumption, curation and creativity.  These types of apps grow with your students, rather than your student “outgrowing” the app.  In choosing curation and creativity apps, you don’t lose money by purchasing “disposable” apps, which are only good as long as the student needs practice on a very specific objective or goal.  Once that short-term objective has been attained, the app is no longer useful for the student.  So, what types of apps grow with your students?  There are many, but here are just a few.
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New in iOS 8 for Teachers & Students - Learning in Hand

New in iOS 8 for Teachers & Students - Learning in Hand | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Learning in Hand Show #28 is about some of what's new in Apple's iOS 8.  Instead of showing you the major features you might already know about, I demonstrate the lesser known additions that teachers, students, and parents will be interested in."

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4 Quick iOS 8 Tips To Get To Know Your New Mobile OS - TeachThought

4 Quick iOS 8 Tips To Get To Know Your New Mobile OS - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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5 Tools for Helping Students Find Creative Commons Images - FRACTUS LEARNING

5 Tools for Helping Students Find Creative Commons Images - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
To help navigate the often confusing space that is digital copyright, here are five tools that we recommend to help students find Creative Commons images.
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John Pearce's curator insight, Today, 2:54 AM

Though I already used 3 out of five of these, this post brings things together quite nicely.

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, Today, 3:27 AM

Images ter inspiratie

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, Today, 11:01 AM

Provides great tools/sites to recommend and show to staff and students.

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The ideal app for enriching my literacy lessons - Innovate My School

The ideal app for enriching my literacy lessons - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Both teaching and marking can take up a huge amount of a teacher’s day; the latter, in particular, especially tends to eat into supposed ‘free time’. Here, Manchester-based primary school teacher and blogger Amy Kingsley discusses one app that’s been invaluable for her literacy lessons.
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Toby Grosswald's curator insight, Today, 8:34 AM

Explain Everything app

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Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report

Los Angeles iPad rollout for schools slowed by technical challenges: report | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
By Alex Dobuzinskis LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - An ambitious $1.3 billion program to provide an iPad or other device to every Los Angeles public school student has been slowed by technical challenges, with curriculum that was supposed to be built into the technology often incomplete, an independent report has found. The report marked a potential setback for a program that Superintendent John Deasy last year heralded as a civil rights initiative to help his district's largely disadvantaged students,
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iOS 8: annoying features and how to turn them off - Telegraph

iOS 8: annoying features and how to turn them off  - Telegraph | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple's latest software iOS 8 is now available to download, but there are some new features you might wish to live without
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MakeUseOf - iOS 8 Is Here: 10 Reasons To Install It Right Away

MakeUseOf - iOS 8 Is Here: 10 Reasons To Install It Right Away | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple issues an update to the software that powers its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices once a year, and this year's update is finally upon us in the form of iOS 8. You should routinely update your software and devices for security reasons above all else, but if you're putting off the iOS 8 upgrade, here…
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teachingwithipad.org - Where did My Camera Roll and Photo Stream go in iOS8?

teachingwithipad.org - Where did My Camera Roll and Photo Stream go in iOS8? | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"People who downloaded iOS8 this week were surprised to find something very familiar missing from their Photos app. Gone is the Camera Roll that we have been so accustomed to. Also gone is the Photo Stream folder that contained the last 1000 photos taken on all our devices. These have been replaced by a Recently Added folder. Looks pretty messy, in my opinion. I enjoyed having the distinction between the two."

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Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, September 21, 4:05 AM

This will probably be something to do with the new photos app that is set to replace iPhoto and Apertur. I'm not really keen on the 'recently deleted' album.