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How to Create Innovative Technical Illustrations with iPad

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"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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On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On teens, their phones & shifting communications landscapes (new from Pew) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This week Pew Research Center released Teens, Social Media & Technology Overview 2015, http://tinyurl.com/mrf2cxw ;

a report that should have relevance to all of us who work with young people.  Unlike Pew’s previous surveys, which involved representative samples of teens interview by phone, this one was conducted online.


These data are useful for us in deciding how we reach the young people we love and in understanding how they themselves manage their lives online."

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Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily

Use the Camera Self Timer on iPhone & iPad for Better Group Photos or Selfies - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

""The iPhone Camera app includes a self timer function, a great feature for any camera that allows you to set a countdown timer before a picture is snapped. There’s many uses for the timer function, but it often allows for the photographer or camera owner to be in the picture frame as well, rather than just shooting pictures from behind the lens."

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Makey Makey Math - Coding Probability Simulators #makerED - Brian Aspinall

Makey Makey Math - Coding Probability Simulators #makerED - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As I gear up to present student work at ETFO’s ICT Conference in Toronto, I’d like to share some ideas:

1. Coding allows for students to learn across math strands instead of in isolation.

2. Coding is a place for students to fail safely.

3. Coding allows students to take risks and solve problems.

4. Computational thinking is a form of problem solving not accomplished with textbook work.

5. “Making” is creative. Creativity is fun.

Here is a student application coded to support our Grade 8 probability strand. We extended our projects with Makey Makeys so users had a physical interaction.
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Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom - the guardian

Three ways to use Minecraft imaginatively in the classroom - the guardian | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Excited shouts of “left, left, left”, “knock down that tree” or “pick up that stone” can only mean one thing: your students have discovered the virtual world of Minecraft.

Since its launch in 2011, children and adults worldwide have spent hours creating unique environments. The video game generates a blank landscape of different terrains that players explore. They construct buildings, mine for useful materials and, depending on what mode you’re in, may have to defend yourself from attacks or stave off hunger
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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace @DIANARENDINA

"Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools."

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Here's a slide deck that outlines the key issues for moving forward with a Maker space. In the Pittsburgh area Maker Spaces are popping up in schools, libraries, community centers, and wherever kids are building and creating. 

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How Are Teachers Using Tablets? [INFOGRAPHIC] - FRACTUS LEARNING

How Are Teachers Using Tablets? [INFOGRAPHIC] - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most versatile devices in the history of… well… devices. The tablet has changed the landscape of classrooms around the world, from flipped learning to augmented reality.

A much needed balance between function and affordability, tablets of all shapes and sizes are being embraced by teachers in millions of different ways. In the below infographic from Early Childhood Education Degrees present an overview of how this shift is taking place.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet

Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Monday's post about Parapara Animation was quite popular and prompted questions from readers looking for similar tools that either work on tablets or offer more features than Parapara Animation. Here are some other sites and apps for creating animations.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens Free iPad App Reviews Arranged by Grade

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens Free iPad App Reviews Arranged by Grade | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago when I started iPadApps4School.com I did something that I wish I had done when I started FreeTech4Teachers.com. That is I created a structure for categorizing my app reviews according to grade level. I was also smarter about my use of tags. Both of those decisions have made it relatively easy to find things on iPadApps4School.com

If you visit iPadApps4School.com and click on the "free iPad apps" tag in the right-hand column it will pull up all of iPad apps I've reviewed that are free. Below the headline of each review you will see a category tag of "pre-K," "elementary school," "middle school," or "high school." Ten reviews are listed on each page. Below the last review you will see a link to view older posts.
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100’s of Android App Recommendations for Teaching and Learning — Emerging Education Technologies

100’s of Android App Recommendations for Teaching and Learning — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We’ve combed and curated the Web to find collections of the best apps for students and for teaching and learning, specifically for Android-based tablets and smartphones. Following are hundreds of recommendations from respected sources:
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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I believe that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The maker movement has created opportunities for all educators to give students authentic learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom experiences and to rethink traditional learning environments to include those that nurture the kinds of creativity and innovation that will benefit our students both in school and beyond. We know children learn by exploring and playing and doing and making and that these kinds of things lead to deeper engagement. The maker movement embodies opportunities for experimentation and innovation to occur across all grade levels and all content areas.

Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful student learning, as well as help cultivate a culture of innovation within a school. My makerspace inspires innovation, passion, and personal motivation and interests, and has encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects and careers.
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6 Good iPad Apps to Turn Pictures Into Cartoons and Comics - EdTech & MLearning

6 Good iPad Apps to Turn Pictures Into Cartoons and Comics - EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I spent sometime this weekend curating and working on  the list of iPad apps below. These are apps that students can use to create beautiful cartoons to use in their multimedia projects or in activities that involve comic strips, digital storytelling, presentations and many more. All of these apps are easy to use and do not require any advanced technical skill. Some of the things students can do with these apps include: take pictures and turn them into cartoons, capture cartoon videos,  draw cartoon sketches, customize and add different effects to pictures, convert photos into cartoon avatars, and many more."


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The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go - TeacherswithApps

The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go - TeacherswithApps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Technology is Brilliant but the Magic Happens When Teachers Learn to Let Go – I focus on the power of the iPad to increase students’ growth and development, self-reliance and independence, with a strong emphasis on study skills. Yes, content is a covered also, and I choose apps accordingly, yet always knowing that this powerful tool needs the guidance of an instructor who is willing to let go.  I wrote this blog quite awhile back, still seems relevant: I Know My Way Around an iPad. Here I discussed the distinction between knowing how to use an iPad and knowing how to teach lessons to a class of students with iPads in hand.

Actually teaching a class of students with iPads, is a very different scenario than any other tech integration. As comfortable as I am with technology, it is new territory teaching kids when they have the world at their fingertips and the majority of them are way more tech savvy than you or I will ever will be.
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12 must-have apps for supply teachers - Innovate My School

12 must-have apps for supply teachers - Innovate My School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
On supply, normal rules don’t apply. You may be left a set of plans, fully resourced, for the day. Or you may turn up with five minutes (10 minutes after you received the call to go) before the children arrive, to an empty desk, a missing laptop, and no password for the photocopier. You don’t know that the children have some work to finish off in any spare five minutes. You need to make sure that the children are fully occupied and engaging with their task to help minimise fuss and poor behaviour. You may be warned assembly is a 9:30 sharp, only to arrive and discover that it has been cancelled for today. In short, you need help! From five minute time fillers, to whole session activities ideas on the hop, apps are an essential tool for supply teachers.
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Kimberly Heaton's curator insight, Today, 1:31 PM

Some great ideas for all teachers!  The app "Class Break" gives ideas for physical activities both in the classroom and in the gym.

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9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning

9 of the Best iPad Cases for Schools- Fractus Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is a lot take into consideration when trying to find the best iPad cases for schools. What age group will be looking after the devices? How will students be using their iPads? What kind of budget is available (or not as the case may be)? It’s important to take all of these factors into consideration as well as the needs of your students, and all going well you should have iPads that can handle even the toughest environments.

So before we jump into the list, here is my number one top tip… Regardless of what case you decide to go with, if you have any fears of screens getting scratched, cracked or even just unusably filthy, I would highly recommend investing a small amount in getting clear screen protectors. These microscopically thin films will not only protect your iPad screens, they will also repel dust and will reduce many signs and impediments of daily wear. For the small price, these have saved many an expensive iPad display.
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How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies

How Your Students can Know WHAT’S DUE, 2015 Style — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is a great free app, although be forewarned that your colleagues might get a little frustrated when your students start asking them, “Why don’t you use the WhatsDueApp too?”!

The process for the teacher is a snap – just go to whatsdueapp.com) click on the  Teacher Sign Up Button and sign up. Then enter assignments, tests, etc., … anything that has a due date that you want your students to be aware of. It literally took me less than 3 minutes to sign up and enter a couple activities. Here’s the screen you do it on … super simple to use:
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Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8 - Brian Aspinall

Coding Fractal Art Using Mathematics #csk8 - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Although this was an Art task, our Art teacher (@MrsPDU) allowed my students to code their fractal piece. Check out the Geometry expectations this also covered, besides the Art component.

Grade 8 – Students Will:

*demonstrate an understanding of the geometric properties of quadrilaterals and circles and the applications of geometric properties in the real world;


r*epresent transformations using the Cartesian coordinate plane, and make connections between transformations and the real world.


*Patterning and Algebra also appear in this project. Data is stored in variables and there are multiple repeating patterns."

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4 ways Apple may soon solve the iPad deployment headache | eSchool News | eSchool News

4 ways Apple may soon solve the iPad deployment headache | eSchool News | eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The ultimate goal of technology deployment is for device use to become “invisible,” where students create and communicate with their devices as easily as they might pick up a pen.

That goal unfortunately remains a distant vision for most schools regardless of the technology students are using. Device deployment has been a particular challenge for schools with iPads. In fact it’s been such a headache that iPad sales into schools have started to lose momentum over the last year. Apple has taken steps recently to make device management somewhat simpler and rumors are circulating that significant changes might be on the way in the next year.
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Writing on the iPad: 6 Reasons Why Evernote is Brilliant - Teaching with iPad

Writing on the iPad: 6 Reasons Why Evernote is Brilliant - Teaching with iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the ongoing quest to promote Content-Creation on the iPad, I am going to write a short series of posts focusing on writing with the iPad. I will explore a few different apps to use when you want to write.
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4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today- EdTech & MLearning

4 Great Educational iPad Apps Are Free Today- EdTech & MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In today's post we are sharing with you some  excellent iPad apps that have gone free today. You might be already familiar with them for we have reviewed them here several times in the past. Again, this deal is  available to our readers in the United States and Canada. We are not sure if these apps are free elsewhere but we hope they are.
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Create Dinosaur Stories With Foldify Dinosaurs - iPad Apps for School

Create Dinosaur Stories With Foldify Dinosaurs - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Last year Foldify introduced Foldify Zoo for designing and printing animals. This spring Foldify released Foldify Dinosaurs for designing, printing, and constructing dinosaur models."

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Maker Ed Community - Maker Education Initiative

Maker Ed Community - Maker Education Initiative | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Join a network of fellow maker educators on our Google+ Community. We welcome your ideas, successes, stories, and challenges as you engage in making experiences with the youth in your community. Anyone interested in topics surrounding making and education are encouraged to participate. Please spread the word! "

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Tech It Up Tuesday: WhatTheFont!

Tech It Up Tuesday: WhatTheFont! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Ever seen a cool font in a magazine ad, poster or on the web and wondered what font it is? Well, now you don’t have to ponder all that any longer because there’s a web tool that can identify mystery fonts. What the what?

Well, almost. It’s actually called WhatTheFont, a really swell site that assists users with discovering the names of unknown typefaces. So, the next time you catch a glimpse of some must-have text, then simply snag a screenshot of it, upload it to the WhatTheFont interface and wait for the result. Yep, it’s that simple—and that nifty.
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Research: Shared iPads in Class Scored Higher on Achievement Tests in Early Years | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community

Research: Shared iPads in Class Scored Higher on Achievement Tests in Early Years | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education Community | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Using tech, like iPads, in schools has turned into a heated political debate. Los Angeles infamously spent $1.3 billion on a program to give iPads to each student that has subsequently been plagued with problems. In the United Kingdom the head of the National Association of Head Teachers claimed he was dubious about using tech as a teaching aid in non-IT classes. One solution could be using shared tech in classrooms. A promising study by a researcher at Northwestern University found that kindergartners in classes with shared iPads significantly outscored their peers on achievement tests who were in classes that had no iPads or classes with iPads for each student (1:1)."


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Why, and how, schools should be using Instagram - Daily Genius

Why, and how, schools should be using Instagram - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Instagram is huge. As in 300 million users huge. As in, your students, and probably their parents, are on it. Already, 30 billion photos have been shared on the platform. There’s a lot going on there.

So while Facebook is dead and buried for the cool kids, and the likes of Snapchat don’t really work for an institution, Instagram still has kudos as well as scale. If you want to be reasonably sure that the people you want are on board, then Instagram it is.

So should a school use it? Should a school start to use the fastest growing, and already one of the biggest, social media platforms in the world? There’s a certain amount of leading-the-witness in the question, but sheer scale doesn’t necessarily mean there is educational value. Unless you use it right, of course.

So how, and why should you be using Instagram in your school? Here’s some suggestions:
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Sports Journalism to develop literacy and engagement - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts

Sports Journalism to develop literacy and engagement - Teaching and Learning nuts and bolts | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
s part of the PESS programme in South Wales I have been working with two great schools, Chepstow Comprehensive and Eastern High.  These two schools have engaged in a joint project to look at developing literacy through PE and in working together are trying out new methods in engaging students.

Last thursday saw Chepstow host Eastern in a multi sports event with the focus of giving their sports journalism teams something to write about.  Throughout the event the two teams of reporters filmed the action, interviewed players and wrote match reports.  This was all then taken back into the classroom to create their final report.
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