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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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Mobile MakerSpaces in Action (Video) - Adjusting Course #makered

Mobile MakerSpaces in Action (Video) - Adjusting Course #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The entire concept is really quite simple.  The Mobile MakerSpace carts that line the hallway leading into our Media Center are capable of transporting new opportunities and tools to virtually any space in our school.  Whether it’s high-tech 3D printing and modular robotics or low-tech knitting and plastic construction blocks…the carts contain tools that elicit collaboration and unleash student creativity.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Things I Learned While Re-reading Invent to Learn

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Things I Learned While Re-reading Invent to Learn | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While book publishers send me many books to read throughout the year, very few ever get mentioned on this blog because I am not in the business of writing book reviews. That said, when I do find a book that I think many of you will enjoy, I'll share it.

When Sylvia Martinez and Gary Stager published Invent to Learn a couple of years I quickly read it on my Android tablet through the Kindle app. Then in March of this year I had a chance to talk with Gary for a while at a conference that we were both invited to in Sydney. While there I bought a paperback copy of Invent to Learn. I have now read it two more times and filled it with notes in the margins of the pages (scribbling notes is the best part about having a physical copy of a book). In no particular order, here are five highlights from the notes I've taken while reading Invent to Learn.
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Are You Starting a K5 Library MakerSpace? LifePractice Learning

Are You Starting a K5 Library MakerSpace?  LifePractice Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

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A librarian in our district has been asked to build a library makerspace with k-5 students who they come into her library once a week!


How do I help her organize her activities, materials, and time? In my very limited experience I see two options:


same theme with different tools for K-5stations rotated every other week or month?
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9 Amazing iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Phonemic Awareness ~ EdTechand MLearning

9 Amazing iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Phonemic Awareness ~ EdTechand MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The purpose of today’s post is to provide you with a set of useful iPad apps to help you with your phonemic awareness instruction. The apps target different phonemic areas from segmentation to blending.
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What can educators expect from iOS 9? - That #EdTech Guy's Blog

What can educators expect from iOS 9? - That #EdTech Guy's Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
With the announcement today of an Apple Special Event scheduled to take place on September 9th 2015, rumours have been making the rounds on the Internet for months as to what new products we can expect to see unveiled. One thing we can be pretty certain about is the release of iOS 9. It was first unveiled and demoed at WWDC 2015, with a full release touted for fall of this year.

I’ve been playing with with the iOS 9 beta on a secondary iPad Air for a couple of weeks now to get to grips with it ahead of this. It’s not radically different in the way iOS 7 was, however what it does is make the operating system feel even more polished and refined. In the main, there are lots of features which have each been made a bit better. However this adds up to make a noticeable difference! Rather than focus on all of them (there are just too many), I’ll focus on some of the key new features and improvements and in particular what they may bring to iPad classrooms.
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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.
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Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 3, 9:48 AM

Help your child gain an interest in the latest technology that could lead to a well paying job. Many opportunities exist even without a college education. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 28, 4:59 PM

#STEM #Education #Teachers #CTE #SkillsGap #Training

Marianne Hart's curator insight, August 29, 8:39 PM

Excellent resource for P-BL.

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. The tools are changing… quickly. So making the best choices, based on the resources available in your school, or through your board, is critical. Here are some top sure-fire picks to ensure your goal has real purpose, not just an introduction of technology for the sake of looking tech-savvy. These are easy to use teaching tools–about as grab-and-go as it gets.

How about starting with lesson creation?
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How to Save for STEM Education - Left Brain Craft Brain

How to Save for STEM Education - Left Brain Craft Brain | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’m guessing that if you follow Left Brain Craft Brain, you care about STEM education.  Our kids need science, technology, engineering and math to help round out their education and prepare them for our modern world.  But that’s easier said than done, right?  Budget issues, testing concerns, maybe even an intimidation factor all get in the way.  Left Brain Craft Brain tries to help parents and teachers make STEM education fun.  And General Mill’s helps break through budget concerns with their Box Tops 4 Education program.  I’m doing a little math today to show that collecting Box Tops is worth your kid’s while.
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Classify It! - A Fun App for Learning to Classify Plants and Animals - iPad Apps for School

Classify It! - A Fun App for Learning to Classify Plants and Animals - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Classify It! is a free iPad app designed to help elementary school and middle school students learn to classify plants and animals. In the app students are given a question and shown a selection of plants and animals. Respond to the question students have to correctly identify the plants and animals that answer the question.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 26, 11:26 PM

Elementary school tool for science outcomes using iPad app learning to classify plants.

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7 Areas In Which 3D Printing Is Surprising Us All - 3DPrint.com

7 Areas In Which 3D Printing Is Surprising Us All - 3DPrint.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When 3D printing was first introduced over 30 years ago it felt like something more likely to appear in a Star Trek episode than reality. Today, more companies than ever are utilizing this technology to take their concepts from the boardroom to the design table in a matter of hours.

The first step of every “solid imaging” project – as the name was originally dubbed by inventor Chuck Hull – is using 3D printing software, or computer aided design (CAD) software, to create your digital blueprint and send it off to the 3D printer to have it created layer by layer. The first thing Chuck ever printed was a tiny cup for washing the eye, something boring yet innovative in that it would spawn objects that even good ol’ Chuck probably never thought possible.

Below is a list of many of these items that can be created by a 3D printer that you wouldn’t think would be. These items were selected for this list because you’d probably not think of them as manufacturable items and because some of them cannot be produced with a single process while employing traditional manufacturing processes.
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iPad Apps For Film Editors

iPad Apps For Film Editors | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a editor it was essential you bought an iPad, you know for “work stuff.” Now that you’ve got iPad just lying around, isn’t it about time you did something more productive with it than surfing online and watching TV shows? Here are some useful apps that might just assist your day to day film editing workflow, some of which I’ve been experimenting with recently.
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Maker Club: 3D Printing with a Chromebook (or just a browser)

Maker Club: 3D Printing with a Chromebook (or just a browser) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Given the prevalence of Chromebooks in schools, and the momentum with 3D Printing as a school science activity, it seems logical that people would ask "How can we do 3D Printing with just Chromebooks?". Here's some ideas for tools that will all work on the web - on your Chromebook (or in your other computer's browser with no downloaded software).

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Finding purpose for 3D printers in schools - District Administration

Finding purpose for 3D printers in schools - District Administration | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"A 3D printer company with a strong education background can be invaluable to school leaders hoping to help students turn abstract concepts into working models, says Johan Broer, a MakerBot spokesman.

Each printer company has its own school-focused offerings. A hands-on learning guide and bundled kits along with a curriculum could integrate engineering concepts with core academic knowledge in science, math, art and 3D printing technology.

No matter what printer manufacturer is chosen, CIOs have to do their homework. Things to consider include:"

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21st Century Learning with Explain Everything - Daily Genius

21st Century Learning with Explain Everything - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A great tool for assessment in the 21st Century is the app Explain Everything (iOS, Android, Windows, & ChromeOS). Explain Everything is a unique, interactive screencasting whiteboard app that can be used as a tool for ongoing assessment. It is an effective application with both general education students and special education students and can be used in a variety of content areas. It creates opportunities for dynamic assessment by incorporating audio, drawing, and video functionality.
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Valuable #Lessons from My First #Makerspace Year | Knowledge Quest @DianaLRendina

Valuable #Lessons from My First #Makerspace Year | Knowledge Quest @DianaLRendina | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When I first started my makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School back in January of 2014, I was figuring everything out as I went along.  The term was still brand new, I couldn’t find any maker sessions at conferences, and there were only a handful of other school libraries sharing about their makerspaces.  Armed with a couple of books on the growing Maker Education Movement and a dream to create an engaging environment in my library,  I gathered some supplies, put them out there, and waited to see what would happen.  My ideas and philosophy were constantly growing and evolving as we tried new activities and formats at my school.  Some experiments worked; some failed miserably.  But I learned from each and every one as our makerspace grew into an integral part of our library culture.  Looking back on the last year and a half, I’ve realized that there’s several essential lessons I’ve learned in getting our makerspace going. Hopefully they can help save you some stress (and reassure you that everything will be awesome).
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How to teach … robotics - the guardian

How to teach … robotics - the guardian | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Design a mechanical arm, explore robots in space and debate whether machines can be creative. Here’s how to give your robotics lessons the kick of life
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Come insegnare la robotica

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A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup - Edutopia

A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I always felt trapped in school, with teachers telling me what to do and feeding me information that did not make sense. Honestly, I hated school and rarely paid attention or did homework. Obviously, I was mad when my mother forced me to go to my middle school's Summer Maker Camp. It sounded extremely boring. More school in the summer? I think not.

Within the first hour of camp, the teachers presented us with a challenge: Create a project related to something you love, incorporate some type of technology, and possibly start a business around it. I never did anything like this in school before. It was open-ended, and I could do it my own way, instead of sitting at a desk and being told to open to page 84. This excited me. I could work on a project that I chose!
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Salad Selfies & Art History | iPad Art Room

Salad Selfies & Art History | iPad Art Room | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Providing an opportunity for students to connect with portraiture through the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593) is engaging stuff.
This Italian painter is most famous for his imaginative faces made up entirely of fruit, vegetables, meat and other objects of significance, and they continue to be a source of wonder for children of all ages.

Students can use the Pictoboldo app to create their own digital collages.
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LEDs for Beginners - Instructables

LEDs for Beginners - Instructables | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This instructable shows how to wire up one or more LEDs in a in a basic and clear way. Never done any work before with LEDs and don't know how to use them? Its ok, neither have I.


***If you have wired up LEDs before, this explanation might seem overly simplistic. Consider yourself warned.***È

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, August 28, 10:05 AM

Thanks to reporter David Hall for this basic tutorial on how to "wire up" LEDs.  Good, useful information.

Daniela Poggi's curator insight, Today, 3:43 AM

Esperimenti con i led

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Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You've heard some good stuff about the maker movement such as how making helps students learn through embodied cognition, creates a mindset that's empowering, and builds creative confidence. You're interested in crafting some maker lessons but don't know where to start or how to do something that works in your classroom. Or perhaps you're worried that you don't have time to do a long, involved project. How do you still teach the Common Core or cover the required curriculum? These simple steps will get you started.
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How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily

How to ‘UnTrust’ All Computers from iPhone & iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When you connect an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a computer, you’ll see a familiar “Trust This Computer?” pop-up on the iOS device screen with two options “Trust” and “Don’t Trust”. If you intend to use the computer with the iOS device users will tap on “Trust”, which gives the computer access to the device. Now, given how easy it is to accidentally tap on “Don’t Trust” which can be reversed, it’s a little frustrating that there isn’t an obvious simple way to ‘UnTrust’ a computer that you accidentally trusted from the iPhone or iPad too, right? Well it turns out you can undo the ‘Trust’ selection when an iOS device is connected to a computer.
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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools - Edutopia

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Good teachers in every subject will adjust their teaching based upon what students know at each point. Good formative assessment removes the embarrassment of public hand raising and gives teachers feedback that impacts how they're teaching at that moment. Instant feedback. We can do this now. Here's how.
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How to Take a Screenshot on an iPad Mini — Get a Screenshot

How to Take a Screenshot on an iPad Mini — Get a Screenshot | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In this guide, you’ll learn how to take a screenshot on your Apple iPad mini. To take a screenshot on an Apple iPad mini, press the following buttons: home
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Here's How to Use the Two New iPad Multitasking Features in iOS 9 - PASTE

Here's How to Use the Two New iPad Multitasking Features in iOS 9 - PASTE | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you have an iPad, then you are in luck. With the iOS 9 public beta and the public release this fall, you’ll be able to take multitasking on the iPad to the next level.

Before iOS 9, multitasking on the iPad was a hassle. Users had to switch from app to app in order to get work done. Reading something in Safari and want to make notes? You needed to double tap on the Home button and then switch over the Notes app to jot them down.

Now, Apple has made it easier to do so with Split View and Slide Over.
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31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds - BuzzFeed

31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds - BuzzFeed | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Who needs an iPad when you've got a cardboard box?
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Daniela Poggi's curator insight, Today, 3:42 AM

Idee da realizzare con uno scatolone

Supartois Université d'Artois's curator insight, Today, 3:53 AM

Interessant pour les parents et les profs de primaire :)

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, Today, 7:32 AM

No doubt about it.  This is just some pretty cool stuff. It will put a smile on your face and get the creative juices going. 

 

Could one of these projects be used with a group of kids?  Could older ones build for younger ones?

 

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