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Earth 101 for iPad

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3Planesoft has released a beautiful app called Earth 101 for iPad. This app enables users to look at stunning aerial views of the entire globe.
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Kids Are Using Minecraft To Design A More Sustainable World

Kids Are Using Minecraft To Design A More Sustainable World | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

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"If you're going to communicate effectively with young people, it helps to do it in a language and format they understand. Like Minecraft, for instance. One hundred million people already play the Swedish-born game, and even those who haven't played can soon appreciate its build-it-with-blocks vernacular.

 

UN-Habitat, the UN's agency for sustainable urban development, has a program to improve public space in developing world cities. It helps build new parks, squares, sports fields, and sidewalks, and promotes the value of public space to local people. Recently, it's used Minecraft to engage young people."

 


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Funding School Makerspaces | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

Funding School Makerspaces | Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Your Makerspace may not need much of a budget to operate, if you have a space you can use for free, tools to borrow, and materials found or donated. For some Makerspaces, the ones with lots of parental involvement, many of the projects are self-funded. But if your Makerspace takes place at a school without as much family support, or if you simply do not have this all in place, you may need to research community or family foundation grants to fill in the gap.
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Google Offers A Free Online Computational Thinking Course for Educators ~ EdTech & MLearning

Google Offers A Free Online Computational Thinking Course for Educators ~ EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Google in collaboration with representatives from leading educational and scientific platforms have put together this free online course entitled 'Computational Thinking for Educators' introducing teachers to the importance of computational thinking. The course is particularly intended for educators working with students between the ages of 13 and 18 who are interested in enhancing their teaching with creative thinking and problem solving.’
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More than half of toddlers can use iPad when they are ONE - Daily Mail

More than half of toddlers can use iPad when they are ONE - Daily Mail | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While parents may struggle to use the latest in technology, toddlers have no such problem.

Researchers have analysed hundreds of videos of babies trying, and quickly mastering, technology.

They found half of toddlers can use an iPad when they are just one, with 90 per cent mastering the gadget by their second birthday.
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The Next Tech Thing: A Big Bang for Your Buck: The iPad for $0.44/day: Less than a Chromebook

The Next Tech Thing: A Big Bang for Your Buck: The iPad for $0.44/day: Less than a Chromebook | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Five years ago when we started our iPad 1:1 program, we were anticipating that an iPad would last three years. The device itself was so new no one really knew how long it would hold up. At the time iPads were introduced, people worried that a mobile tablet device with glass in the hands of children in a classroom would not last. They also worried about how long the inner parts and pieces would function.

We were very pleased last month to finish a fourth year with our original batch of 16GB iPad2s, and even more pleased to be able to use them once again this coming school year, getting a fifth year of use out of these iPads. These iPads have continued to function well, allowing students to annotate digital work, create iMovies, and so much more. At WWDC a few weeks ago it was announced that iOS9 will work on our five year old iPads, too, still allowing our students to have the latest functionality needed for learning.

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An iPad with case costs us about $400.  If you divide that out over five years, you end up with a cost of only $0.44/day! That's less than one Starbuck's medium cup of coffee a week!
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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education

The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are some graphics, Thinglinks, and the slideshow I created for my Mindset of the Maker Educator Workshop:  
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Jackie Gerstein does a wonderful job developing graphics and a slide deck to explain how a Maker Educator needs to rethink his/her role and take on new mindsets. 

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Why the #Maker #Movement Should Be Here to Stay - IntoEduPassion #makered

Why the #Maker #Movement Should Be Here to Stay - IntoEduPassion #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a two-day professional development session with the Children’s Museum Makeshop in collaboration with Kickstarter.  Here there were a variety of different of teachers and administrators who had varying levels of experience with making in education.  The commonality: all teachers and administrators wanted to incorporate making into their instruction in a more meaningful way.

Led by Teresa DeFlitch, we were engaged in a take-apart activity.  In this activity, we were to take apart an everyday item.  Our team selected a children’s toy.  During this process, I was reminded of what drew me to making in the first place: the awakening of a curiosity for how things work.
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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 

"In an attempt to get at what actually works for boys in education, Dr. Michael Reichert and Dr. Richard Hawley, in partnership with the International Boys' School Coalition, launched a study called Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practices, published in 2009. The study looked at boys in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, in schools of varying size, both private and public, that enroll a wide range of boys of disparate races and income levels. 

The authors asked teachers and students to "narrate clearly and objectively an instructional activity that is especially, perhaps unusually, effective in heightening boys' learning." The responses--2,500 in all--revealed eight categories of instruction that succeeded in teaching boys. The most effective lessons included more than one of these elements: 

     * Lessons that result in an end product--a booklet, a catapult, a poem, or a comic strip, for example. 
     * Lessons that are structured as competitive games. 
     * Lessons requiring motor activity. 
     * Lessons requiring boys to assume responsibility for the learning of others. 
     * Lessons that require boys to address open questions or unsolved problems. 
     * Lessons that require a combination of competition and teamwork. 
     * Lessons that focus on independent, personal discovery and realization. 
     * Lessons that introduce drama in the form of novelty or surprise."

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After reading this, I thought a #maker approach would definitely address many f these issues. 

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5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class - Brilliant or Insane

5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class - Brilliant or Insane | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Are  your students texting in class? Of course they are. A better question is, are you allowing your students to send text messages? If not, why?

The picture above is what happens in most classes. Students hide their mobile devices and surreptitiously send text messages to their friends. In many cases they may be texting peers in the same room. Teachers fear this secret texting in class and, in many cases, ban the use of mobile devices entirely.

A better practice is to embrace the mobile devices and the text messaging.
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Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom - THE CONVERSATION

Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom - THE CONVERSATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you know children aged between about six and 14, then you have probably heard of Minecraft.

Minecraft is a digital game, a popular cultural phenomenon and a powerful platform for learning. It is one of the most successful digital games of all time and continues to grow in popularity.

Educators have a great interest in Minecraft because children and young people seem to be driven to learn new knowledge and skills to play the game with a passion that they often lack for their everyday schooling.
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Using MaKey MaKey and Scratch to Teach Properties of Materials

Using MaKey MaKey and Scratch to Teach Properties of Materials | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
School holidays are a great time to get stuck into techie projects! Today I had a play around with MaKey MaKey and Scratch to program two games with links to the science and technology curriculum.The intent is that students could code their own games, providing them an innovative, challenging and engaging way of demonstrating their knowledge of materials and properties.
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Learning to Read with Tiggly Words- Mommy University

Learning to Read with Tiggly Words- Mommy University | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My 6-year old son who is learning to read was so excited when he saw the 5 interactive vowel toys (a,e,i,o and u) in the Tiggly Words box. Just like the Shapes and Counts toys, these vowels are durable and colorful making kids excited to learn and play. Tiggly Words also comes with 3 apps that can be downloaded for FREE using the code provided. Tiggly Words offers hours of learning fun!

Tiggly Words is easy to use so it allows for independent play. To begin, just download the apps then tap on the app you want to play. The child will be prompted to match the letters on the screen which means the learning begins immediately! Once the letters are matched, the game begins! It’s that easy. Each app offers a different learning experience that focuses on a variety educational skills. Kids will focus on fundamental letter skills to decoding to problem solving. It’s a wonderful way to get children started on their reading journey!
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Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc

Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The last few weeks of the 2014-15 school year, I set up a makeshift Maker Space in my classroom. We spent the last few minutes of the day as often as possible making. Students designed and created their own classrooms after we read about students in Chad who have to build their school each year. Another week, after reading about family traditions, including knitting, students experimented with weaving and yarn. One week, we had an open ended Maker Space where their only guideline was: Make something for your mom for Mother’s Day.

My favorite part of my beginning Maker Space:  taking a step back. Just stopping and taking a mental picture of what was happening in my classroom. It may have just been 15 minutes of the day, but I promise they were 15 of the most meaningful minutes I had seen. Ever. There was collaboration. There was planning. There was failure and trying again and then success. It is A.MAZ.ING what 4 first graders will do with a cardboard box if you JUST LET THEM!

So, now I’m hooked.
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This is SO COOL! Congrats on the first blog post Megan! 


"My first ever blog post. I'm beyond excited about it! Check it out! #makerED   myteachervoice.edublogs.org " 

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14 Tools to Turn Game-Obsessed Kids Into Genuine Game Designers - HuffPost Parents

14 Tools to Turn Game-Obsessed Kids Into Genuine Game Designers - HuffPost Parents | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When you look at your kids playing video games, you might worry they're wasting time and energy passively staring at a screen and pressing buttons. But what if their play time was actually a creative outlet that fostered their imaginations? More and more games, apps, and websites are letting kids as young as kindergartners create anything they can think of -- and it doesn't have to take a ton of time. Even better, most of these tools don't require kids to be skilled programmers or computer experts to design and build creative, entertaining experiences.

Whether your kids enjoy creating fun new game elements, editing existing game content, or fully designing their own games from scratch, these programs can help bring their ideas to the screen.
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Makers Gonna Make: The Rise of Makerspaces in Libraries - CEA

Makers Gonna Make: The Rise of Makerspaces in Libraries - CEA | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Folks who haven’t spent a lot of time in their local libraries this century might still be under the impression that they are just repositories for musty books and shushing staffers.
 
But library use is on the rise, thanks in part to modern institutions reimagining themselves as places for creating, not just accessing, information. High-speed internet access and public computers are just the tip of the iceberg: Many libraries are now providing their patrons with tools including 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC routers, audiovisual gear, sewing machines and more.
 
A 2013 study by the Information Policy and Access Center at University of Maryland College Park found that nearly 17 percent of public library systems have some kind of makerspace. Clive Thompson’s recent piece in Wired further piqued my interest about the rise of makerspaces in libraries, so I set out to talk to some of the experts in the field.
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Sharing iPads in Kindergarten Can Mean Higher Test Scores - PsychCentral

Sharing iPads in Kindergarten Can Mean Higher Test Scores - PsychCentral | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Kindergartners who shared iPads with their classmates got significantly higher scores on achievement tests compared to kindergartners in classes with no iPads or in classes with an iPad for each student, according to a new study by a researcher at Northwestern University.

The findings suggest that it’s the collaborative learning around the technology, and not necessarily the technology itself, that increased learning among kindergartners. School districts may want to reconsider the way they use technology in the lower grades."

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iOS Apps on the iPad to support Coding and Robotics - edgalaxy

iOS Apps on the iPad to support Coding and Robotics - edgalaxy | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

#The iPad is a great tool for coding.  Particularly for developing the skills and concepts in the junior years around directional language, understanding sprites and developing the building blocks of coding before moving onto traditional desktop coding software.

Here is a list of great apps on the iPad to assist coding and robotics in the classroom.  If you would like to learn a great deal more about coding and robotics in the classroom I an strongly recommend getting a copy of this excellent eBook.

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10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology - edtecteacher

10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology -  edtecteacher | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Combine Jenn responding that she has iPads, iPods, laptops, and SMART Boards, with a 2-hour layover in the Dulles airport followed by a two hour flight, and you have a recipe for 10 ways to create literacy centers with technology.
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Notes for iPad on iOS 9 | iPad Insight

Notes for iPad on iOS 9 | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I stopped using Notes on my iOS devices very early on. This was partly due to the hilarious Marker Felt fonts of previous iterations of the app, but mainly due to the lack of flexibility. It took a long time for Notes to mature as a modern note-taking app, but that time is here.

To start, there are a few big advantages to using the Notes app. you can create or append to existing notes using Siri. Holding the Home button and saying “note that I watched Pacific Rim and loved it” will create a note saying as much. “Add Spider-Man to my Movies note” will append that text to a note I have specifically for movies I’ve seen.  Given the most recent speed upgrades to Siri, this has become a really fast and reliable way to add new notes in a hands-free setting.
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From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School - graphite

From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School - graphite | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After-school clubs offer both students and teachers the freedom to explore alternative approaches to learning.
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ISTE 2015: 3D Printing in the Classroom (Resources) - @DesignMakeTeach

ISTE 2015: 3D Printing in the Classroom (Resources) - @DesignMakeTeach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are the materials to go with my 3D Printing in the Classroom presentation at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia.
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Build your own iPad charging cart out of office supplies - Innovation: Education

Build your own iPad charging cart out of office supplies - Innovation: Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It really all started with the 20+ iPads we loan out to educators. Those suckers are constantly in demand and constantly in need of charging. They’re each firmly encased in Fintie Kiddie cases, which, laugh all you want, those things can stop a bullet. And they stand up. And they recline, have carrying handles and come in neon colors, perfect for locating 20+ loaned out units during the chaos of an event, but that’s a whole other blog post.

Anyway, we’ve been loaning these iPads out in tote bags, and just tossing the chargers in higgledy-piggledy. Mainly because if you have done any shopping around for charging carts you likely have needed to be resuscitated at least twice when looking at the prices. The cheapest we could find that works with our beloved Fintie cases started at $399.00, and there was no guarantee everything would fit. We’ve borrowed another department’s iPad charging tray a couple times, but a) it cost them closer to $1,000.00, b) weighed close to 25 lbs and c) had no wheels, thus entailing that their tech guy** lug it four blocks each way.

The thing about the Fintie cases is that part of their magic durability is that they surround the iPad in thick molded foam rubber — perfect for tossing in bags and bike panniers (guilty!) but problematic for trying to buy a pre-made charging cart, as the slots in those are generally cut for slimmer, uncased iPads. Plus can we get back to the whole cost thing? Are school districts really running around with so much cash? I know I’m not.

And thus, with no more rambling, I present: How to Build Your Own iPad Charging Cart Out of Office Supplies
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How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects | Make:

How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects | Make: | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This tutorial is meant to show ways of easily figuring out tolerances for simple items with cardboard instead of using 3D printing or other time consuming processes. This process is more responsible, and more efficient. Each model will take no more than 15 minutes start to finish and the materials can be found in your recycling receptacle.

As a furniture-maker and designer I am often looking to house specific items. Fitting items can be a tricky task. Measuring the dimensions of your item is a great place to start. However, you can not simply make the housing for the object the same size as the object itself. There is always a period of trial and error where you are adding and subtracting dimensionality in order to find the perfect fit for your object.
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iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Creating a Global Classroom

iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Creating a Global Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It is so important as educators, who connect daily with a classroom full of 21st Century Learners, that we provide global learning opportunities for our students.  Teaching in a "World Classroom" makes learning relevant and engaging for our students. Breaking down the walls of our classroom helps students develop a respect for different cultures and ideas. There are many simple and easy ways for educators to connect globally. You don't have to be a 1:1 Classroom to go Global!!
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A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart

A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Year 1 Copy | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 6, 1:35 PM

Great example of transforming a library into a digital media Maker Space