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My Top Picks For Content Creation iPad Apps ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog

My Top Picks For Content Creation iPad Apps ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I recently saw a picture that was posted on twitter by George Couros.  I sent it to my principal because it sums up what we have been talking about for weeks about Apps that we are using with the iPads. "


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So true!!! A++

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I love this post - I have shared this with our staff - great!

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Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes

Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s possible that robots will take over some human jobs. In fact, it seems like it could be only a matter of time before they do. Increasing automation will lead to massive job displacement, and less people working means less employed citizens paying taxes. So, the question is, how will communities make up the difference if automation is inevitable in the future of employment?

Co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates suggests that robots that take human jobs should pay taxes.
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Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of

Download Thousands of Free Ebooks Formatted for Modern E-Readers - Make Use Of | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Project Gutenberg is the oldest digital library in the world. You might even be reading a classic from there right now in your e-reader.

But don’t you hate how it’s formatted?

Gutenberg is a worthwhile effort, but as a true book lover you just might be turned off by the poor formatting of those old books, crippled by archaic typesets that strain your eyes. The absence of attractive book covers might also irk you.

Standard Books promises to change all that. This volunteer effort is bringing the oomph back to these old classics.
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Cash Strapped Schools Integrating #Travelling #Makerspaces to Support STEM

Cash Strapped Schools Integrating #Travelling #Makerspaces to Support STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cash-strapped school systems are turning to traveling teaching teams to help supplement their course offerings, especially in science, technology, and math.

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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom
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3D Printed House - World's 35 Greatest 3D Printed Structures | All3DP

3D Printed House - World's 35 Greatest 3D Printed Structures | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
3D printing has been used to build houses, cabins, offices, bridges, pavilions, large-scale structures, and much more. Even though they only existed for a handful of years, there are a vast number of completed projects, ongoing construction jobs, and unique concepts that are driving the industry today. Before we get started with the greatest 3D printed houses and structures in the world, take a glance at the top five advantages that 3D printing can offer the construction industry.
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3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM

3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Just because the “s” in STEM does not stand for “social studies” does not mean that social studies does not have a place. Economic, geographic, and civic knowledge are crucial components to good citizenship and deserve an equal place in terms of emphasis in curriculum, as early as preschool.


The “doing” of social studies is the most important part. Students need to be able to analyze information and establish arguments supported by evidence across all the domains of social studies"

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The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps

The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. So, how can teachers make learning more interactive and more fun with technology? True, teachers can make up games to teach a concept that involves every student. But, when teachers need to help students in small groups or one-on-one, how can they make sure that other students are actively practicing subject-area skills?

One of the great aspects of having tablets, laptops, and desktops in the classroom is the availability educational apps. With these apps, students can individually learn, practice, study, and have fun with different subjects and concepts. Luckily, there are many good, quality apps for students of all ages. It is important to note that this list is separated into categories, and the apps in each category are not in rank ordered. Here are 116 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2017.
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Using Star Wars to Teach Biomes and Ecosystems Play Like a Pirate

Using Star Wars to Teach Biomes and Ecosystems Play Like a Pirate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A big part of "Playing Like a Pirate" is using pop culture to teach. Whether it's music, video games, movies or television, you'll get kids on board if you indulge in pop culture from time to time. Or if you're me, all the time. One of the many things I love about the Star Wars movies is the planets. With few exceptions, each world in that far away galaxy is a single biome. It's simplistic, but you've gotta admit, if you're going to be going from planet to planet in a movie, it's nice to be able to look out the window and see snow, sand, or forest and know where you are.
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Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It - School Library Journal

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It - School Library Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Photo courtesy of Samatha Viotty Data is all around us, from the output of your Fitbit to interactive maps that track voters to the latest visualization of the New York Times front page. With the rise of mobile devices and wearable technology, data is more available to general audiences, and the amount being generated has also exploded. According to IBM, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. This vast pool of information is being used to advocate for change, justify decisions, and suggest personal action plans—such as the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which offers students data to help them choose a college. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they encounter.


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5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research

5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The brain is an experience-dependent organ. From our very earliest days, the brain begins to map itself to our world as we experience it through our senses. The mapping is vague and fuzzy at first, like a blurred photograph or an un-tuned piano. However, the more we interact with the world, the more well-defined our brain maps become until they are fine-tuned and differentiated. But each person’s map will vary, with some sensory experiences more distinct than others depending on the unique experiences and the clarity and frequency of the sensations he or she has experienced.

Educators can positively influence students’ learning by understanding how the brain is shaped by their early experiences—and how it can be rewired and reorganized to work more quickly and efficiently.
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ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World

ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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Imagine students working on a science project and being able to connect with an actual scientist to get answers to their questions. Imagine students studying a country and connecting with a class there to ask questions and share learning. Imagine students being able to talk with older students and their teachers about the best ways to adjust to new grade levels. Today, there are a multitude of platforms we can use to connect and engage our students globally. Here are just a few.
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Coding on iOS Is More Feasible Than Ever Before

Coding on iOS Is More Feasible Than Ever Before | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a series of tweets yesterday, one of the developers behind Codea announced that a new version of the iPad coding app had been approved for release, and this update would enable code sharing for the first time.

Previously we covered the revised App Store guidelines that now permit downloading and executing code inside of apps, but we haven't seen those changes put into practice before now. With version 2.3.7 of Codea you can now import projects from both .zip files and .codea bundles, making it easy to share code with others.
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5 New Ways to Watch YouTube and Find Videos - Make Use Of

5 New Ways to Watch YouTube and Find Videos - Make Use Of | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
YouTube still has more videos uploaded to its website for public consumption than anything else on the internet. But finding those videos is not as fun an experience as it once was. Let’s face it, we’ve all gotten a bit bored with the same old YouTube interface.

Not too long ago, YouTube unveiled a redesign for its website. It also included a secret Dark Mode. But even these aren’t doing the trick. What you sometimes need is a completely new way to browse YouTube or watch the videos on it.
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How to Thrive in the 21st Century - Harvard Graduate School of Education

How to Thrive in the 21st Century - Harvard Graduate School of Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As Chung suggests, the 21st-century global citizen’s cognitive skill set includes traditional, testable basics such as math and literacy, but extends beyond that to encompass a particularly strong emphasis on the world in which we live. “Current events highlight some of the fears around otherness,” she says. The key to informed citizenship is getting to know other cultures — and valuing them.

In addition to rounding out kids’ knowledge base to include a nuanced understanding of world geography and cultures, schools must teach them the skills to use this knowledge as active and engaged citizens.”

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What the maximum amount of caffeine you should be drinking in a day looks like - Business Insider

What the maximum amount of caffeine you should be drinking in a day looks like - Business Insider | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
And you thought Red Bull was bad.

It turns out that while a can of the energy drink has 80 milligrams of caffeine, a small cup of Starbucks drip coffee has more than three times that amount.
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While this looks at caffeine consumption, we need to also take into account the sugar content of each of these beverages! It's really a double edged sword of non-nutritional consumption!
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Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year One - Digital Promise

Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year One - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"During the 2016 National Week of Making, as a part of President Obama’s Nation of Makers initiative, Digital Promise and Maker Ed announced the Maker Promise. A commitment made by school leaders, in-school and out-of-school educators, and community advocates to bringing quality making experiences to all students. By signing the Promise, individuals commit to becoming champions of making, supporting spaces for making, and showcasing what students have made. As this year’s Week of Making comes to a close, we are excited to publish our first annual Maker Promise report, which shares what we have learned about the state of making in schools and how this is shaping our future efforts.

This year, our work focused on understanding how maker learning is being implemented at Maker Promise schools and identifying areas where the Maker Promise could offer support and resources. To develop our understanding, we interviewed K-12 school leaders who had signed the Maker Promise and surveyed the “maker champions” most responsible for integrating making into their school or district. Here are a few highlights from our findings:"

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10 Best Marble Run Toys (Crazy Building Fun)

10 Best Marble Run Toys (Crazy Building Fun) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ready for a challenge parents? Yes, we mean you, as ultimately it will be you at the heart of the instruction manuals, multiple pieces and lost balls. Marble run toys can be tough to build, but once your child gets the hang of it, it they can begin to build on their own.

Designing and building is an excellent way for kids to have fun while learning important STEM skills. Marble runs are based on building long or short tracks, then you drop a marble down and watch as it goes through obstacles to reach the bottom.

Marble sets teach the process of trial and error, as kids can see what is needed to keep the marble in motion and the tracks level, so the marble won’t jump out.

We’ve compiled a list of the best of the best, and included some cool marble run toys a little outside of the norm. From wooden marble runs, to plastic runs, to tracks you can stick on your fridge, there is something for all ages.
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language. But is coding preoccupying the hearts and minds of students after school hours? This is the question that researchers at the MIT Media Lab are asking.
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10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"If you have performed a recent search you may have found there is a countless number of social studies resources on the internet. In this post the goal was to find ten sites that addressed the area of Social Studies across all the diversified areas found in the discipline. Below, you will find the results of some extensive searching! You will discover a wide variety of materials including readings, OER (Open Education Resources), primary documents, textbooks, lessons, activities,  interactives, videos, audios, and some great blog readings. There is bound to be something for any teacher. Best of all many of these resources will help build a Social Study Classroom e-curriculum while facilitating those important 21st century skills and engaging students! Enjoy your journey!"

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3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Customized tech, the LMS and video conferencing are all tools today’s younger gen parents like to use for communicating.

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A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals

A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
WWF Together is a beautiful iPad app and Android app that features interactive stories about endangered animals around the world. Each of the interactive stories includes beautiful images and videos, facts about the animals and their habitats, and the threats to each of the animals. Some of the animals currently featured in the app are pandas, marine turtles, elephants, tigers, polar bears, bison, whales, gorillas, rhinos, and snow leopards.
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12 Good iPad Coding Apps for Middle School Students

12 Good iPad Coding Apps for Middle School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some good iPad coding apps we curated for you from iTunes App Store. These are apps you can use with your middle school students to teach them everything related to coding and programming.  These include tutorials, guides, interactive games and several other materials ideal for use with students in class
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Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever

Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (Google’s parent company), is optimistic about the future. “We’re entering what I call the age of abundance,” he says. “And during the age of abundance, we’re going to see a new age … the age of intelligence.

“By 2020, most human beings will have access to the internet. When you have everyone harnessed with this information, the world gets more inter-connected. It gets stronger. There’s more knowledge sharing. There’s more freedom and there’s more openness.”
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5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others — and it’s also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work. While it’s still too early to know if this is the most effective way to teach, it’s important to stay-to-update on these innovations in education and see what we can learn from them. In these TED talks, students and educators share their …
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