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Apps in Education: iDevices controlling robots in the Classroom

Apps in Education: iDevices controlling robots in the Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"iDevices used as remote controls are not new but many teachers are now looking at how some of the new robotic devices can be used as part of their normal teaching and learning."

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An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION

An education for the 21st century means teaching coding in schools - THE CONVERSATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is merit in school students learning coding. We live in a digital world where computer programs underlie everything from business, marketing, aviation, science and medicine, to name several disciplines. During a recent presentation at a radio station, one of our hosts said that IT would have been better background for his career in radio than journalism.

There is also a strong case to be made that Australia’s future prosperity will depend on delivering advanced services and digital technology, and that programming will be essential to this end. Computer programs and software are known to be a strong driver of productivity improvements in many fields.
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Maker Education Initiative – Every Child a Maker

Maker Education Initiative – Every Child a Maker | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth." 

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, Today, 2:11 PM

Wonderful!  I would love to have an organization like this supporting the Maker Movement in Canada!

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13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING

13 of the Best Minecraft Books for Kids - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Given the amazing freedom and creativity involved in this virtual playground, the best Minecraft books take on so many different forms. From handbooks to crafts to novels to activities, there there are so many different books to blow the mind of young Minecraft fans. So, to get things in order, we have gone exploring and found thirteen of the best minecraft books for kids!
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Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting

Coding: 123...Doodle! #SketchNoting | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
 I have been exploring sketch-noting and brain-doodling lately and thought it would be a great vehicle my students to think, process, and organize information.  I started off with a class discussion and asking my students what they find challenging about note-taking.  Many of them shared that they found it hard to keep up with the speaker, and others said that they sometimes wrote so furiously that they couldn't understand their own handwriting when it came time to study for the tests.  Others shared how they found it difficult to make sense of their notes.  Sketch-noting seemed a great way to address some of these issues.  Introducing it through sample images of sketchnoting from Google images and sites like Sketchnote Army was a great way to start.  For more tutorials and ideas of places to start with doodling, I went to Brain Doodles.
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Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, Today, 9:37 AM

Liens vers des sites insipirants !

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Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes

Making Computer Science More Inviting: A Look at What Works - NYTimes | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When Sonja Khan started college, she’d never thought of studying computer science. But when she heard from friends that the intro class was good, she decided to give it a try — and then ended up majoring in it.

Four years later, she has just graduated with a computer science degree, is pursuing a master’s degree and is headed to a summer internship at Facebook.

“I didn’t even know anything about the field before; I had never considered it,” she said. “I signed up for it pretty much on a whim and really enjoyed it.”

Ms. Khan’s story reads like a dream for universities and technology companies — where only about 15 percent of computer science graduates and technical workers are women. The industry has been under pressure to recruit more. The difficult question, though, is how to encourage more women on paths like Ms. Khan’s
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4 Ways Makers Are Changing the World - HUFFPOST Impact

4 Ways Makers Are Changing the World - HUFFPOST Impact | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hackathons, tech shops, makerspaces: These terms are increasingly prevalent in today's vernacular, and for good reason. They represent a burgeoning global movement with people of all ages developing, designing, and often marketing their creations. In the age of the maker, anyone can be an inventor. Their potential impact on the world is enormous. Innovations and discoveries are no longer produced exclusively by scientists in white lab coats or research and development departments of major corporations. Thanks to affordable technologies and online environments, individual makers can launch small companies to manufacture and market their goods. This shift in industry is influencing the way we learn, shop, sell, and interact. Here are four ways this movement is changing our world.
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Making MAKEing More Inclusive - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Making MAKEing More Inclusive - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The maker movement and maker education, in my perspective, are such great initiatives – really in line with what student-centric education should be in this era of formal and informal learning.

Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought [at least in terms of having an “official” educational label – JG] that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn’t just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects. (9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers)


Social media has helped me gain a more global perspective and become aware of some of the problems associated with the maker movement. The two I discuss in this post are:

1. Maker movement initiatives are often driven by more affluent white males.


2. The maker movement is too often being associated with the tech stuff – Arduinos, Littlebits, Makey-Makeys – stuff that less affluent schools and community programs can afford."

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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, May 21, 9:39 AM

Students need to stop playing video games and create things!

John G Mandziuk's curator insight, May 21, 11:51 AM

In making like anything else if you want to help someone listen.

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Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones | Dangerously Irrelevant

Option 3: Actually USE the smartphones | Dangerously Irrelevant | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Murphy & Beland’s recent study is making the rounds online, particularly among those who are eager to find reasons to ban learning technologies in classrooms. The economists found that banning mobile phones helped improve student achievement on standardized test scores, with the biggest gains seen by low-achieving and at-risk students. Here are my thoughts on this…

The outcome measure is standardized test score improvement. Is that all you care about or do you have a bigger, more complex vision for student learning? For instance, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving are difficult to assess with a standardized test. Most schools I know didn’t adopt their learning technology initiatives for the sole purpose of test score improvement. (if they did, how sad is that?)
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Why iPads in Education? - Ideas Out There

Why iPads in Education? - Ideas Out There | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Michele Daniel-Shenk's curator insight, May 21, 11:52 AM

The right way to talk about why we need iPads in Education.

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The Most Amazing Things We Saw at Bay Area Maker Faire Last Weekend - Gizmodo

The Most Amazing Things We Saw at Bay Area Maker Faire Last Weekend - Gizmodo | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What’s one part country fair, one part art festival, a side of Burning Man and an educational, geek-filled fun-fest? Maker Faire, of course. We went the Bay Area Maker Faire this past weekend, and overdosed on creative, inspiring DiY technology. Here’s what we saw.
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Are your kids always staring at screens? IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Are your kids always staring at screens? IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Yes, as a parent or teacher you might feel you are in a constant fight and you may win some and loose some battles but if we are careful, I believe we will win the war. With some thought and a positively mindset, this screen time might create a generation of thinking, creative and collaborative people. By setting up structures to help the children self-manage their screen time, I am hoping that I can already see the benefits of what these apps have to offer transferred to ‘real-life’ with two girls who are happy to help, keen to solve problems and create projects of their own design. Make sure you make some time to showcase the results of their more productive device use and it will encourage more.
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A Great New App to Help Kids Practice Math Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great New App to Help Kids Practice Math Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
MathSmash: Animal Rescue is a free game based on the popular collapse gaming mechanic that kids love, but driven entirely by students ability to answer math questions correctly.
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Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology - Learning In Hand

Spruce Up Your Centers with Technology - Learning In Hand | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learning in Hand Show #31 is about giving your learning centers or stations a makeover. The collection of activities teachers provide their students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet...

Via Cindy Rudy
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So many great resources shared in this one post! Be sure to check it out!

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Stephanie Sapp's curator insight, May 19, 8:33 PM

QR codes are great for centers.  Tony also mentions Wonderopolis which is a really fun website for students to gain knowledge and do follow up activities on the same website.

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Creatubbles for global galleries (time to retire the refrigerator?) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Creatubbles for global galleries (time to retire the refrigerator?) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Creatubbles is a global platform for sharing and interacting with children’s visual art. I believe this is a tool many of us having been looking for a long time.

Designed for elementary through middle school-age kiddos, the platform allows young artists to safely showcase, archive and share their creative work.

It also allows them to discover, to be inspired by, and to interact with the work of others.
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Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning

Coding with Paper: Printable Space Race Game for Students - Fractus Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are thousands of different ways to introduce programming to your class in fun and interactive ways for the upcoming Hour of Code (December 8-14). While most apps and tutorials do require internet connected computers or mobile devices, it does not mean that schools without this level of technology cannot get involved. In fact, coding with paper can be an even more engaging and meaningful way to introduce students to early programming concepts.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Classkick - Distribute Assignments and Give Feedback Through Your iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: Classkick - Distribute Assignments and Give Feedback Through Your iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Classkick is a free service for creating, distributing, and assessing students' work through iPads. Through Classkick you can create an online classroom through which you distribute assignments to students. Students join your class by enter the class code into the Classkick app on their iPads. Once they've joined your classroom you can start distributing assignments.
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TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource - ClassTechTips.com

TIME Edge: Engaging Nonfiction and Digital Literacy Resource - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
TIME For Kids is a well-known K-6 classroom resource and TIME Edge extends this to middle school students exploring informational text related to current events.  Articles are written specifically for 7th and 8th grade students, with lower-level reading options for teachers looking to differentiate instruction.  TIME Edge also features Common Core-aligned assessments that highlight where students may need more support.  Teachers will also get access to the TIME Vault with over 90 years of TIME content.
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The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy."

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, Today, 11:46 AM

This article shares some web tools you can use to create posters for your classrooms. I only had heard of a couple of them so some new tools to consider here.

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PicCollage for Kids - Create Multimedia Collages - iPad Apps for School

PicCollage for Kids - Create Multimedia Collages - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
PicCollage is one of my favorite apps for creating multimedia collages on my iPad. Creating those collages is a great way to visually summarize a trip, to tell a story, or showcase the highlights of research. I’ve shown PicCollage to hundreds of teachers over the last couple of years. The only complaint I’ve heard about it is that there is a public gallery of collages. I just discovered this morning that PicCollage for Kids removes that gallery. PicCollage for Kids also removes all social media connections to the app. Students do not need to create accounts in order to use PicCollage for Kids.
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Donna Rosenberger's curator insight, May 21, 9:47 AM

Schools that have many Ipads need to learn how to teach kids about great apps.  This looks like a good one. 

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How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com

How-To: Link Images to QR Codes - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them!  If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.
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Teach your kids (and yourself!) how to code with these iPad apps - MacWorld

Teach your kids (and yourself!) how to code with these iPad apps - MacWorld | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Move over, Space Camp: Coding is quickly growing as a popular activity for kids, and not just for those who dream of being programmers when they grow up. The logical thinking required to code can help kids succeed in school and other day-to-day activities—it’s no wonder why big companies are getting behind the effort to help students learn the needed critical thinking skills. 

If you want to help them get started, there are a number of visual, kid-friendly apps that teach users how to build games and code other simple activities on their own.
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10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some very good iPad apps to help teachers with  classroom management. Some of the tasks you can do with these apps include: conduct instant formative assessments in class, create seating charts, record class attendance, randomly pick students for classroom participation, create and share permission slips, visualize and assess students understanding, set timed tasks in class, improve students behaviour by providing real-time feedback, poll your students and many more. The apps featured in this list are among the best titles you can find in the category of classroom management. Enjoy
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Patricia Thomson's curator insight, May 21, 9:12 AM

Easy to use apps to help with classroom management.

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What's The Value Of Appsmashing? - Musings From The Island

What's The Value Of Appsmashing? - Musings From The Island | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The key to a great appsmash is not the number of apps that you manage to smash together into a final product but the pedagogical thought behind the smash itself. Ask  yourself why are we completing this activity? What is the educational purpose of it? If your answers are simply the students will enjoy it or it will greatly enhance collaboration in my class I would ask you to have a rethink.   Many multi app appsmashes are very complex, way too complex in my humble opinion.  In schools we are time poor and an incredibly complicated appsmash can suck hours out of your teaching time. For me, the best appsmashes are those with learning at their heart and by learning I mean intrinsically linked to that which you are teaching and learning in class.
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Word Cloud App Smashing - Engage Their Minds

Word Cloud App Smashing - Engage Their Minds | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When I first learned about Word Clouds, for example, I thought they were fun but really couldn’t think of too many applications for their use.  Fortunately, I network with many other people who can think outside the cloud.

For example, someone tweeted the other day about using Word Clouds with Thinglink.  I wish I remember who.  Great idea!  If you are using iOS, you can use the ABCya Word Cloud app along with the Thinglink app.  On the web, there are plenty of word cloud generators such as Tagxedo and Wordle, and Thinglink has a web application as well.
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Resources to teach coding in the classroom -EDTECH for AESD

Resources to teach coding in the classroom -EDTECH for AESD | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A list of resources to teach and learn coding in the classroom.
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