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How to Create Innovative Technical Illustrations with iPad

How to Create Innovative Technical Illustrations with iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I’ve written about Paper (by FiftyThree) in the past but nothing in-depth. But despite the lack of coverage, I’m starting to develop a keen sense of how Paper can be used in business."

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20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About

20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
YouTube remains one of the best resources for educational video content to use with students in class. Over the past few years we reviewed and shared several YouTube channels that offer educational content for teachers and students and today we are re-featuring this list of the most popular YouTube channels for math teachers.
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Six Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion (and Purpose) @ajjuliani

Six Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion (and Purpose) @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A few years ago, during the school year, my students and I had a similar problem: There wasn’t an opportunity for me to find out what they really enjoyed doing, and most of them did not know what they were interested in. They had been conditioned to do what is asked of them in school – and that was it.

We decided it was time to change the content, while still focusing on the skills they needed to learn. That January we began our Genius Hour (20% time projects), and my teaching career changed forever.

What I didn’t expect to change was also my mindset. You see, I’m the type of person who is interested in a million different things (maybe not a million, but close!). However, although I’m interested in Icelandic elves, the different types of cheese steaks, hacking Kickstarter projects, and fantasy football…none of those interests are my passions. I spent time on all of those interests in some way yesterday. But I may not spend time on any of those this entire week. This was a huge revelation to me:
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28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area -

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Critical thinking isn’t a skill, nor is it content knowledge or even evidence of understanding. While it involves and requires these ideas, critical thinking is also very much a state of mind — a willingness and tendency to sit with an idea and ‘struggle wonderfully’ with it.

In critical thinking, there is no conclusion; it is constant interaction with changing circumstances and new knowledge that allows for broader vision which allows for new evidence which starts the process over again. Critical thinking has at its core raw emotion and tone. Intent.

The purpose of this product is to help students practice this slippery ‘skill.’ By having dozens of questions written generally enough to be widely applicable, but with an inherent rigor that challenges students to think, the ability to practice thinking critically is always available.
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11 Must-Have Meal Planning and Nutrition Apps [Infographic]

11 Must-Have Meal Planning and Nutrition Apps [Infographic] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Eating healthy and staying fit can be a challenge. You want to eat right without sacrificing deliciousness or spending a fortune. You want to stay motivated to exercise and stay in shape.

The good news is that tech can help. Handy apps can help you plan meals that are healthy, delicious and nutritious. Using these apps you can find recipes, check out nutrition information, plan grocery lists, schedule meal plans, track your exercise and more.

This infographic shows 11 highly rated apps that can help you eat healthier and stay fit more easily."

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9 Features of ClassDojo's Digital Portfolio Platform - Coming Soon

9 Features of ClassDojo's Digital Portfolio Platform - Coming Soon | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
About this time last year ClassDojo introduced a digital portfolio platform that they call Student Stories. Since its initial launch ClassDojo has steadily added new features to Student Stories. Today, ClassDojo announced nine features that will be available for the start of the new school year.
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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
But in an increasingly connected and digital world, the things a student needs to know are indeed changing—fundamental human needs sometimes drastically redressed for an alien modern world. Just as salt allowed for the keeping of meats, the advent of antibiotics made deadly viruses and diseases simply inconvenient, and electricity completely altered when and where we slept and work and played, technology is again changing the kind of “stuff” a student needs to know.

Of course, these are just starters. Such a list really could go on forever.
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Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t is wonderful to see that SAMR is a great place to start. It provides the teacher with some definitions and an understanding of how technology can both facilitate learning while also expanding it. In fact, teaching teachers about the line in between SA and MR allows teachers to see if they are on the road to transformation. This is often referred to as teaching above… or below… the line.

I am certain you are waiting for that “however”… so here it comes. SAMR is one model, and perhaps a first step, in helping teachers understand technology integration and transformational learning. Do not stop with SAMR! Try to understand that a lesson at the top of SAMR may not be the ultimate learning opportunity in technology integration. As you facilitate teachers on a best practices journey it will be important to look at lessons with some other filters, SAMR, after all, is only one. Let’s take a look at some other concepts we must keep in mind as we help educators understand SAMR. Please enjoy the ideas below, and by now you must know that in future posts I will be building upon these important ideas.
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How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat @ajjuliani

How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Makerspace movement has been steadfastly gaining traction in education, and rightly so; what better way to incite creativity, encourage inventiveness, and just generally let kids have fun than by giving them Things and asking them to Make Something?

One great way to introduce the concept of making to your school is through a Maker Madness Tournament.  This structured, guided, tiered competition gives faculty and students some great exposure to what it means to be a Maker while cashing in on the inherent joy that children find in some friendly competition!
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Elementary Makerspaces - Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Teacher Librarians

Elementary Makerspaces - Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Teacher Librarians | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A Makerspace is a place where kids can explore, create, make mistakes, and learn. It is a place of crafting, technology, inquiry, and challenge. 

There is no ONE way to run a Makerspace: 


​Design one that works for your school, your budget, and your students! "

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12 Excellent Chemistry Apps for High School Students

12 Excellent Chemistry Apps for High School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Another collection of good educational iPad apps specifically curated from iTunes App Store for high school teachers and students. These are apps to help students with chemistry learning from understanding the elements, molecules and atoms to exploring chemical reactions.They provide students  with activities, video lessons, simulated experimentations,  periodic tables and several other materials to boost their chemistry learning.
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MIT’s Scratch Program Is Evolving For Greater, More Mobile Creativity

MIT’s Scratch Program Is Evolving For Greater, More Mobile Creativity | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mitch Resnick has been working on how to give students new avenues of creative expression for over a decade. His Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab develops Scratch, one of the most popular coding programs for kids, which is based on the seminal work of Seymour Papert, who died in 2016. When Resnick thinks about the guiding philosophy behind Scratch, he thinks of one of its users — Ipzy.

Ipzy started using Scratch at age 11. Ipzy — who goes by the gender neutral pronoun “they”* — loved to draw and heard that Scratch might help them animate their art. Ipzy’s first Scratch project was a simple animation where the eyes and ears of a drawing moved subtly. “You can almost see [Ipzy] here dipping [their] toe in the water of something new,” said Resnick during a presentation at the International Society for Technology in Education conference.
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Apple shows off some of its new emoji on World Emoji Day

Apple has revealed a few of the emoji it’ll be releasing on iOS, watchOS and macOS later this year, a little gift just in time for World Emoji Day. The new expressive icons include a T-Rex and an Elf for Jurassic Park and LOTR fans tired of typing out the names of their heroes, as well as some new emoji that encourage more diverse communication, including a women a wearing a headscarf, and an emoji for breast-feeding.

The emoji are all part of the Unicode Emoji 5.0 standard release, which was finalized in March and released to the public in May. The total list includes 69 more emoji, and Apple is showing over a dozen of its interpretations of the new standardized icons today.
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Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient

Apple aims to get an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has made great strides in health in the last few years and if it gets its way, there will be an iPad in the hands of every hospital patient.

It’s already started with a smattering of hospitals around the U.S. including Jacobs Medical Center at UC San Diego, MetroSouth Medical Center in Chicago and about a year ago at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles.

Earlier this week, I went down to L.A. to take a tour of Cedars-Sinai‘s pilot program allowing patients direct access to their vitals, care team and educational tools through iPads.

Doctors are already adept at using mobile devices and many have been using iPads in their practices for a number of years now, but allowing patient’s access to their own information is still a novel idea in the medical world. Cedars has been somewhat ahead of the curve with the creation of its EHR software My CS-Link, which allows patients to look up their information online, including notes from their doctor.
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Word Booster

Word Booster | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

It gives you a list of words you are likely to look up in the dictionary as far as the given text is concerned, guesses a good dictionary definition for the words along with example sentences. And finally, it also makes a quiz for the words using both the definitions and example sentences. (Of course we give you the answer key too.)


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This is a great free tool for creating word lists and vocabulary quizzes from online text. It works within minutes. A great time saver.

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Cardboard Whirligig using Stop Motion

Cardboard Whirligig using Stop Motion | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t's an object that spins or whirls through some form of kinetic energy transfer. Weather vanes and pinwheels  are whirligigs since they move in the wind. The history of whirligigs can be traced back over a thousand years. In the US colonial days, whirligigs evolved into more complicated designs and are considered an art form (folk art).
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Plotagon now free for educators — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Plotagon now free for educators — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A couple of years back I was thrilled to discover Plotagon and posted about it here.


Today, I was thrilled to discover that free one-year teacher licenses are now available at Plotagon Education. (Currently, students may sign up for 30-day trials.)


Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies are built from series of scenes, featuring customizable characters and complete with text-based dialogue, emotions, sound effects, and actions. Dialogue can be read by either computer text-to-speech voices or by recording your own voice."

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Educator Innovator - Powered by the National Writing Project

Educator Innovator - Powered by the National Writing Project | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For the past 17 years, Techbridge Girls has been working to break down barriers that often keep young women, particularly those of color from low-income communities, out of STEM careers and the maker movement. We work to craft a new narrative that centers this population and gives them space not just to engage with STEM and making, but to believe that they can transform the maker movement to reflect their experiences and interests. Techbridge Girls supports an ecosystem for girls from grades four through 12 to experience the full breadth of STEM education and works to ignite in them the courage to pursue a STEM degree and career.


Our model is not rocket science, but it is intentional. As the Maker Movement continues to grow and expand we also need to be intentional about what voices and perspectives are represented. As educators and thought leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that all voices and perspectives have an opportunity to come to the table, and have their voices heard. In order to support educators in their work to develop more equitable, inclusive maker education programs and practices, we are excited to share a set of 6 strategies we’ve used at Techbridge to redefine making, and create new space and opportunities for girls."

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11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom

11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Classroom learning can be AWESOME! Check out these 11 killer tips for quick and amazing ways to use PowToon in your classroom.

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Some nice examples and templates for using PowToon with students.

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Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive - Mind/Shift 

Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive - Mind/Shift  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Design is an artistic endeavor that values the creative and human centered application of math, science and technology. Using design to help others learn science is not intuitive, however, once practiced you will see how humanistic and authentic it is to incorporate design in any subject. Below is a list of the most promising benefits that I have noticed in the past six years for using design as a framework and making as the engine to empower students as they gain and apply their scientific literacy.
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8 Elements Good Maker Projects Have in Common - WeAreTeachers

8 Elements Good Maker Projects Have in Common - WeAreTeachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The maker movement is gaining steam in classrooms across the country. Why? Maker projects are massive cross-curricular opportunities that allow kids to explore the curriculum using their hands instead of staring at a whiteboard — and that’s something that keeps event the wiggliest of students engaged.

The beauty of maker projects is that they can take on many different forms, from crafting with scissors and paper to engineering with robotics. But all good maker projects still need direction. Ensure your maker lesson plans have these eight elements.
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17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on STEM early, and via their toys.
Since there are so many more STEM toys on the market these days, it can be difficult to figure out which ones will be the most worthwhile. Below, Working Mother's picks for the best toys and games that teach the basics of coding. Your kid will be building her own robot in no time.
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Top 10 Productivity Apps for iPad Users

Top 10 Productivity Apps for iPad Users | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below are the top 10 paid productivity apps as rated by iTunes App Store. You may want to go through them and see which ones work for you. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: take notes, annotate PDFs, mark-up images, effectively manage your tasks, open and view SketchUp models, take handwritten notes,  read all forms of documents on the go, stamp and merge PDFs, and many more.
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A Florida school district is banning homework — and replacing it with this

A Florida school district is banning homework — and replacing it with this | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Elementary school students in one Florida school district are going to find a welcome new - but controversial - policy when they return to school for the 2017-18 school year next month: no traditional homework.

They are being asked to do one thing to help them academically: Read for 20 minutes a night."

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iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on iPhone and iPad

iOS 11: How to easily free up storage space on iPhone and iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 11 has new recommendations for managing storage that are quick and easy to use. Follow along after the jump to check out this new feature.




Last year macOS Sierra gained user recommendations (found by going to About this Mac → Storage → Manage) and this year iOS is getting some of its own. Recommendations are an easy way to not only know what’s eating the larger chunks of your storage, but they also provide super simple ways to free up space (really nice for friends and family who aren’t tech savvy).
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10 Strategies For Successfully Using #PeriscopeEdu at Your Next #EdTech Event

10 Strategies For Successfully Using #PeriscopeEdu at Your Next #EdTech Event | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Innovative educators who are fortunate enough to present at, or attend an education event, have a moral imperative to share what they are learning beyond that day and that building. There is a whole community out there thirsty for the knowledge that you had the opportunity to share and/or receive.


I've shared the ABCs of Livestreaming, a comparison of livestreaming on Google, Facebook, and Periscope, and some tips specifically for Facebook Live. This post focuses on how to livestream using Periscope.TV. Downloading the app and hitting the broadcast button (if you don’t know how to do that, read this) are just the beginning.


Here are ten strategies you can use to successfully livestream with Periscope.tv at education conferences.
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