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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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Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing

Robotics Can Get Girls Into STEM, but Some Still Need Convincing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When her high school in Grosse Ile, Michigan, started a co-ed robotics team dubbed The Wired Devils, Maya Pandya thought she’d give it a try. The 17-year-old already excelled in math and science, and had considered going into engineering as a career. But while the team was part of a larger initiative meant to “inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology,” her first interactions with other team members left her frustrated.

“When I first walked in, the guys on the team acted like I didn’t really want to do engineering,” says Maya, who will be a senior next year. “It felt like they assumed things automatically. Once I pushed people out of that mindset, they accepted me and started listening to my ideas.”

It wasn’t until the last few weeks of the team’s 6-week build session, when students came together to construct a robot for an upcoming competition, that things seemed to click. Maya recalls working on her team’s robot one day, and realized that hours had passed. “I was enjoying it so much that time just flew by,” she says. “It was that moment that I realized I could actually go into robotics.”

Maya is part of a growing number of girls who are trying out robotics—through school clubs or regional organizations, and in co-ed or all girls teams—and finding out that they have a knack for it. FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology), the nonprofit that helped spark the girls-in-robotics moment and is behind The Wired Devils, now boasts more than 3,100 teams nationwide and over 78,000 student-aged participants."

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The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning

The Benefits of Paper Prototypes in Games and Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Tracy Fullerton, director of the University of Southern California’s Game Innovation Lab, wrote the textbook Game Design Workshop, now in its 3rd edition. Paper prototyping and iterative design is something that The Game Innovation Lab has done for over a decade. Many academic institutions use the methodology to create innovative games. In March 2014 I asked Fullerton how teachers could apply techniques such as paper prototyping and iterative design in the classroom. She pointed out how similar the process was to constructivism, or learning from doing. She said, “It’s a version of constructivist education, more focused on systems thinking than just making.”
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Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows

Meaningful Making: Projects and Inspirations for FabLabs and Makerspaces | FabLearn Fellows | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Project ideas, articles, best practices, and assessment strategies from educators at the forefront of making and experiential education.

Meaningful Making is available for free as a downloadable PDF, or in print at major online retailers. Proceeds of the print edition will be used to fund FabLearn Fellow activities.

About this book

A learning revolution is in the making around the world. Enthusiastic educators are using the new tools and technology of the maker movement to give children authentic learning experiences beyond textbooks and tests. The Stanford University FabLearn Fellows are a group of K–12 educators working at the forefront of this movement in all corners of the globe. They teach in Fab Labs, makerspaces, classrooms, libraries, community centers, and museums—all with the goal of making learning more meaningful in the modern world.

In this book, the 2014–2015 FabLearn Fellows share inspirational ideas from their learning spaces, assessment strategies and recommended projects across a broad range of age levels. Illustrated with color photos of real student work, the Fellows take you on a tour of the future of learning, where children make sense of the world by making things that matter to them and their communities. To read this book is to rediscover learning as it could be and should be—a joyous, mindful exploration of the world, where the ultimate discovery is the potential of every child."

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How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life

How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It might have been the banana piano. Or perhaps the bongos, made from lemons that students had plucked from the citrus tree at school. Elizabeth Little, who teaches middle school math and science, doesn’t know exactly which of the hands-on projects she introduced to her remedial math class turned the class around. But by the end of the school year, all her math students, not just those needing extra support, were clamoring for more math.

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5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys

5 Engineering Challenges with Clothespins, Binder Clips, and Craft Sticks - Frugal Fun For Boys | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Five engineering challenges for kids – with wooden clothespins, binder clips, and craft sticks!  It’s a simple STEM activity that kids of all ages will love.

Move over, expensive building sets!  These simple materials were a huge hit with my boys.  The first time we got them out, Owen (almost 7) spent well over an hour busily creating all kinds of designs.  And that’s saying something, because out of all of our kids he has the shortest attention span by far.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users

Free Technology for Teachers: Google Expeditions Will Soon Be Available to iPad Users | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week Google released another round of updates to their Expeditions program. Expeditions is the virtual reality program that lets students experience immersive views of more than 200 places including the International Space Station, coral reefs, the Taj Mahal, and the White House.

Currently, to experience Expeditions you must have a Google Cardboard viewer and a supported Android device. According to last week's Google for Education blog post, soon you will be able to experience Expeditions on iPads. On your iPad you will be able to use full screen mode to view the Expeditions virtual field trips.
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Virtual field trips...more ways to explore
Lee Hall's curator insight, Today, 9:34 AM
Google has added to Expeditions. Cardboard viewers are not very expensive and there are instructions on line for making your own. 
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Reading, writing, arithmetic — and don't forget coding

Reading, writing, arithmetic — and don't forget coding | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching kids to code isn't just about preparing them for a changing workforce. In addition to reinforcing skills like math, science, and language, learning programming can be empowering, as students gain insight into how things work.

Learning code helps kids see the world algorithmically, in patterns, and in cause and effect. Ray Feraday, a special education teacher with the Toronto Catholic District School Board, says, "Coding is all about problem solving and critical thinking. You take what may be a large problem and systematically break it down into smaller, solvable parts. This technique develops confidence and self-reliance."

Teaching kids how the digital tools they use are made also makes them more critical thinkers.
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Invention Literacy Research – Part Two

Invention Literacy Research – Part Two | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is the second post in a series describing the Invention Literacy Research Project that I worked on collaboratively with one of my English Teachers last school year- April Feranda. About 6 months ago, I watched this video by Jay Silver defining the term. I immediately loved this concept because it perfectly describes what I’ve been attempting to do in my library makerspace since May of 2013.  After writing lessons for Makey Makey last year, I realized I went through the ultimate training on Invention Literacy. I wanted to share that journey with you to help you become invention literate as an educator. April Feranda and I would love for your students to become invention literate. Therefore, we are putting this out there for you to hack and personalize and make your own. Read post one here. https://colleengraves.org/2016/06/07/invention-literacy-research-part-one/ "

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The Teacher’s Guide: Using Shared iPads on iOS 9.3 and later – from Ben Sondgeroth

The Teacher’s Guide: Using Shared iPads on iOS 9.3 and later – from Ben Sondgeroth | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is part four of a five part series addressing what teachers should know about iOS 9.3. If you’ve missed the beginning of the series and need to catch up, you can read 


part 1 here: http://edtechteacher.org/4-reasons-why-ios-9-3-is-a-game-changer-from-ben-sondgeroth/  


part 2 here: http://edtechteacher.org/what-is-apple-school-manager-and-how-does-it-work-from-ben-sondgeroth/


and part 3 here: http://edtechteacher.org/what-are-managed-apple-ids-and-what-should-teachers-know-from-ben-sondgeroth/  "


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5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The selection we curated for you today contains some  useful iPad apps to use with elementary students to help them with their writing. Some the things your kids will get to learn from these apps include: learning how to write letters, learning phonics and spelling, composing syllables by combining vowels and consonants, and several other basic literacy skills. Some of these apps also include tracking features which allow teachers and parents to keep updated about the progress of their kids.
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Coding and computer science should be mandatory in Canadian schools

Coding and computer science should be mandatory in Canadian schools | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"According to the report, the most in-demand positions will include information systems analysts and consultants; computer and network operators and web technicians; computer programmers and interactive media developers; software engineers; graphic designers and illustrators; computer and information systems managers; database analysts; and data administrators. These jobs will be available in virtually every industry and field – from health care and education to entertainment and technology – and will provide challenging, varied and highly satisfying work.

Why the shortfall? Not enough Canadians are graduating with computer science degrees. The Conference Board of Canada found in 2010 that the proportion of overall graduates with degrees in math, science, computer science and engineering disciplines was 21.2 per cent, a number that is on the decline. Of those graduates, the fewest were enrolled in computer science and engineering programs.

With the promise of gainful – and frequently lucrative – employment at the completion of a degree in computer science, it seems counterintuitive that students aren’t clamouring for acceptance into these programs. The problem, it seems, starts much earlier than the time students begin filling out university applications: Canadian kids just aren’t exposed to coding."

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10 Useful Math Practice Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Useful Math Practice Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some good iPad apps to help  elementary students with their Math? The list below features some of the most popular iPad apps in this category. These apps have been endorsed by a larger base of teachers and educators and are ideal for classroom inclusion. Using these apps, kids will get to practice and develop different mathematical skills through a variety of games, activities, and interactive lessons. Some of these apps also integrate speech functionalities to help students with sight problems.
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News)

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, m
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8 Best Coding Games For Kids

8 Best Coding Games For Kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Help children become active rather than passive users of technology with these exciting coding games for kids. It’s much easier to teach kids programming when you offer them games that are interactive, entertaining and educational. Kids love playing games, so game based learning is a natural evolution and a perfect environment for coding games. Coding doesn’t have to be hard and boring, it can be fun if taught in the right way. Kids are growing up surrounded by technology so learning to program will be an essential part of their educational agenda and open up many opportunities for jobs in the future. Have a look at these eight best learn to code games for kids and choose the one your kid will love the most.
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Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers

Why It’s Critical for the Next Gen to Be Tech Creators Not Consumers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ACCORDING TO AYAH Bdeir, technology is the language of our time. The 33-year-old founder and CEO of littleBits likes to compare the engineers of today to the clergy of the Middle Ages, who controlled access to knowledge and power via their monopoly over the use and understanding of the written word. Today’s engineers have a special kind of social and technological influence, which derives from their understanding of the stuff that makes our everyday gadgets work. If our lives today depend on technology, then those who truly understand it have an outsized influence over the rest of us.
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How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop

How to Run a SUPER Circuit Bracelet Workshop | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How a circuit bracelet workshop runs in your space will vary greatly.  For me, I found that it worked best when I had at least one other adult helping me and a ratio of one adult for every five students.  Learning how to sew circuits requires a lot of one-on-one help, and if you have too many students at once, many start to get frustrated and give up.

Note: I’d like to mention early on that I first learned how to sew a circuit from The Tinkering Studio, who has an AMAZING and detailed set of instructions here.  Print those out and refer to them.  They’re awesome.
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The 7 C’s of Minecraft: Education Edition

The 7 C’s of Minecraft: Education Edition | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Minecraft in Education is on the cusp a new era.  A new dawn of integration into classrooms and learning environments across the globe and we eagerly await the launch of the full, licensed product that schools will stump up valuable cash for.  The marketing has been done, the conferences have been spoken at and the webinars delivered.  You’ve experienced the “wow”, so what about the “How”?  While for many will mean “How do I get started?” or even “How do I do X?”, for me it has led me to ask…

…”How would I do Minecraft Education Edition?”.  With a blank canvas to work on and a bottomless pit of resources, what would my Minecraft Education Edition look like?  For me there are 7 C’s that are at the very core of my vision of Minecraft in Education.  Read on and let’s reignite this discussion of growth and development starting, as every learning experience should, with the curriculum.
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Can Non-makers Lead Maker Spaces and Education? – MakerJawn

Can Non-makers Lead Maker Spaces and Education? – MakerJawn | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
First, we should discuss what a, “Maker” is in the first place. All of us have the potential to be Makers. Adam Savage worded it perfectly, saying, “Humans do two things that make us unique from all other animals; we use tools and we tell stories. And when you make something, you’re doing both at once.”

However, in our recent globalized, hyper-consumer culture less and less people have been taught the skills that enable them to make things. We’re able to buy everything we need – why should we make it ourselves? Making was once a core component of the American middle class. Home Economics was a required class in high school. Times have changed though and being able to make things is a unique skill. But being a Maker is more than technical skill, it is also a mindset.
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Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web

Happy 25th birthday to the World Wide Web | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Internauts, today we celebrate this glorious technology that brings us all together! On August 23, 1991 -- 25 years ago today -- the public gained access for the first time to the World Wide Web, designed and deployed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee at CERN in Switzerland.

It gave rise to the internet as we know and use it today.
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Co-Use and Technology: A Magic Mix

Co-Use and Technology: A Magic Mix | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Through student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and student-to-parent interactions, you can expand the 1:1 model to enhance the learning benefits of digital devices.  
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The Ultimate Guide To Gmail Productivity: 25 Must-Have Tips, Tricks, And Time Savers

The Ultimate Guide To Gmail Productivity: 25 Must-Have Tips, Tricks, And Time Savers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"From its not so humble beginnings as a non-prank released on April Fool's Day in 2004 to its billion-plus users today, Google’s illustrious email offering has proven indispensable for most of us.

And sure, you may use it all day, every day, but are you really getting the most out of it? Here are 25 tips, tricks, and time-savers for even the most seasoned of Gmail pros."

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Which One Doesn't Belong? #math #puzzles 

Which One Doesn't Belong? #math #puzzles  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is Which One Doesn't Belong?, a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong. Enjoy!
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basil60's curator insight, August 21, 4:40 PM
Problem solving is at the heart of 21st Century Learning and Computational thinking. These will will be great examples for kids to work through. The fact there may not be a definitive answer adds to their power - thinking outside the box.
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.

Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)
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Para ponerse a trabajar en ellas.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 22, 8:09 AM
Some of these tools would be awesome to use with students for social emotional learning. The choose your own adventure idea would be great to teach about consequences. Creating the story would lead to rich discussions. The blogging feature might be nice for journaling.  What if students could tell their story in the format of a magazine? These tools allow for unlimited options for self-expression and socio-emotional learning. 
suzanne b's curator insight, August 22, 12:39 PM
Useful tools for practitioners and educators. Let's keep the kids going in the most productive and fun direction.
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6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s selection we curated for you some useful apps and web tools to  use to add text to pictures and create classroom posters. Students can use these tools for different educational purposes including visually explaining a given topic, creating greeting cards, designing inspirational quote posters and many more.
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Tips for Architects from Maker Educators — Medium

Tips for Architects from Maker Educators — Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In addition to the light, acoustic, aesthetic, and comfort considerations central to good space design, educators who embrace learning by making urge architects to be mindful of specific needs. While some maker spaces may require ventilation, wet areas, and floor space for heavy equipment, making should permeate every corner of the school. Therefore, the following recommendations are suitable for the design of all learning spaces.
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