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4 Apps for Taking Notes | iPad.AppStorm

4 Apps for Taking Notes | iPad.AppStorm | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"A notepad test: take a pen and a piece of paper or notepad and write a few words or your name. Easy, isn’t it? Now what about doing that on your iPad, but add the ability to carry with you many pens and paper types, preprepared perfect shapes, highlighter pens and a virtually unlimited reference book that you could cut and paste from (the Internet). Sound a little bit better than the pad and pencil? You’d like to think so."

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Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING

Coding is the New Literacy - Think Playgrounds, Not Playpens - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There is no denying that coding is snowballing in importance across schools all around the world. Whether it’s Scratch, Programming Games or the Hour of Code, an understanding of software and the ability to code is fast becoming an essential skill for all 21st century learners.

At a recent TEDx event in Jackson Mississippi, Professor Marina Bers discussed her research into the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children’s positive development. How does this research manifest and present itself in the real world? Well programming robots of course!
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Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Technology very well supports a 21st century educator in her instruction, which is why technologies like iPads have also made their way in the elementary classroom.

So if you are an elementary teacher looking for iPad apps for your classroom, then here is a perfect list of apps for you, which will fill your classroom with fun and a great learning experience.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 27, 6:47 PM

Very nice!

Diane Therrien's curator insight, January 27, 8:40 PM

Thank you John!

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How to set-up and use iCloud Drive on the iPad | iPad Insight

How to set-up and use iCloud Drive on the iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
iCloud Drive was first introduced with the release of iOS 8 & Yosemite last fall.  Once set-up on your iPad it replaces Documents and Data, where, up to this point, you stored your saved iWork documents.  All documents currently stored in iCloud will automatically be moved to iCloud Drive when you decide to upgrade.  One word of caution before proceeding–once you upgrade your iPad to iCloud Drive, you won’t be able to open any documents stored in iCloud Drive from your Mac, iPhone or any other device until those devices are also upgraded to iOS 8 or Yosemite.
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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?
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How To Add Twice As Much Music On iPhone, iPad Using This Trick | Redmond Pie

How To Add Twice As Much Music On iPhone, iPad Using This Trick | Redmond Pie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Tired of your iPhone or iPad running out of storage space? If you’re an avid music listener and use your iPhone or iPad as such with an extensive list of songs packed into your device, head on after the jump to check out how you can easily shrink the footprint of your audio files on your iOS device’s internal storage.

You may already know that higher the bit rate of an audio file, the larger the file size will be. Typically iTunes purchases max out at 256 kbps, with CD rips topping out at 320. On average, a user is likely to find all kinds of bit rates in their library and chances are that the average Joe wouldn’t even notice the quality difference, until or unless you have a God gifted ability to differentiate between the slightest change
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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.
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ChristopherBell's curator insight, January 25, 8:33 PM

I was just looking for something like this!  Awesome.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 26, 1:40 AM

Attention Online Students!  Want to  make their online teacher' happy campers?   

 

Learn how to take screen shots to illustrate any questions you have. 


The flip side: Online teachers create quick job aides illustrated with screenshots! 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

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Review: Due 2.0 for iPad | iPad Insight

Review: Due 2.0 for iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In the world of increasingly cross-platform services, there are very few apps that really tether me to iOS. If I left for Android land (or perhaps Windows 10? Hah!), I know that my 2000+ Evernote notes would follow me. My photos and videos could go into Dropbox and my calendar and contacts would sync through Google. However, if I left iOS, I’d be leaving Due behind, and that would really suck. A lot.

If you aren’t already familiar with Due, here’s the elevator pitch: it’s a gorgeous system designed to bug the crap out of you until you finish what you said you’d do. One of the awesome things about Due is that it usually gives you a few ways to manipulate its UI.
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JuniorTube for Video Curation - ClassTechTips.com

JuniorTube for Video Curation - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A very cool solution for getting videos in the hands of students, JuniorTube (formerly YoouKids) helps parents and teachers curate and share a YouTube playlist.  Users can pick out educational videos for kids to watch remotely and safely so they can easily be viewed on children’s iPads and iPhones. JuniorTube makes it simple to put quality content on their devices without worrying about navigating YouTube by themselves. Parents and teachers can suggest to each other their own YouTube playlists that they curate, so they can forward to their kids other recommended safe playlists and videos to watch.
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Cheryl Smith's curator insight, January 27, 8:54 AM

This looks like really great way to curate videos for students safely...and it says it is an answer to Youtube videos being blocked in schools...

Cheryl Smith's curator insight, January 27, 9:02 AM

looks great

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ISTE - 6 elements of a successful iPad implementation

ISTE - 6 elements of a successful iPad implementation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - As more districts across the United States move to 1:1 initiatives, a common barrier is financial resources, and a common temptation is to regard these initiatives as technology enterprises rather than instructional transformations. In a three-year pilot project, the Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) addressed these challenges by implementing a creative approach designed to entice public funders by providing all students with equitable access to digital devices.

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Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, January 24, 10:49 PM

Rings very truw with our experience in iLearn Program - Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta 

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Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic

Study Habits: New App Helps Students Get Organized and Motivated | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After testing the app for a month with two classes of students, I can endorse Study Habits as the best student productivity app for iOS. Compared to its competitors, Study Habits provides the richest array of features and augments its planning capabilities with proven study aids.
 

The app enables students to manage their time, monitor their GPAs, and adopt effective study habits. Thanks to its educational-psychology-based learning and motivation strategies, Study Habits is unparalleled in the productivity app market. Read on to find out what Study Habits can do and why no other student planning app compares.
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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, January 25, 2:59 PM

iStudiez Pro app for iOS has generally been the recommended app for the post secondary and secondary students. Edudemic reviews a new student planner app that monitors use of time, grades and schedules. It has received good recommendations for post secondary students. Time to check it out and reconsider app recommendations!

Carol

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Top 5 Apps For Dance Teachers - AVATAR GENERATION

Top 5 Apps For Dance Teachers - AVATAR GENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Teachers across the United States are constantly finding new technology to bring to their classroom and assist with the teaching process. Similar to other subjects, dance teachers have a variety of mobile apps to choose from. From ballroom style dance and ballet to teachers who focus on young students, the following 5 mobile apps for dance instructors will help both improve classroom focus and alleviate much of the work involved with teaching a dance class:"

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key. | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When schools lift the ban on cell phones, they need to decide if they want to embrace the use of student devices for learning. If they do, it doesn't "start" with inviting devices into the classroom. 

It starts in student's homes. 
What better way to help parents understand the instructional value of cell phones than to use these devices to strengthen the home-school connection? 


Cell phones provide a terrific means for connecting with parents. Teachers can begin using phones to develop and strengthen those relationships. This can provide a foundation and help develop understanding around the benefits and value of cell phone use in general and later for use with students. 
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Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS

Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An Ottawa school was in lockdown earlier this week because of a gun reference posted on the social messaging service Yik Yak. And Charlottetown police said this week that some local students aren't attending school because they can't take reading the comments on Yik Yak.

Yik Yak is the latest anonymous messaging app to cause trouble among teens
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The app has been linked to threats, pranks and cyberbullying at schools across North America, prompting many to block it.

But is that a good idea? Here's what you need to know about Yik Yak.
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How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac

How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful iPhone that has zero GB of storage left. Especially when you see that a lot of room is actually taken up by a mysterious “other” section that just seems to grow bigger over time.


In today’s handy video, I’m going to show you a few quick methods to clear your phone of unnecessary files, giving you more room for favorite albums, pictures and apps."



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How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie

How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

Recently I was reminded of the ability to do green screen photography when I read a blog post by Dr. Wesley Fryer. He did a green screen photo booth at the Fall Festival of the school he works at in Oklahoma. Great idea. So how do you do it? It all starts with the Green Screen app by DoInk. The rest is easy! Here’s how it works.
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Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a wonderful new app released by Evernote a few days ago. Scannable is an app that allows you to easily scan papers and save them to your Evernote or share them with others via email or text. The way Scannable works is pretty basic: simply point your iPad or iPhone camera at the document you want to scan (this could be a post-it note, information on a business card or notes on a whiteboard), Scannable immediately captures it and make it available to you in the form of a shareable document.
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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, January 27, 9:39 AM

One more way to assist iPad and iPhone owners involved in learning activities.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Protect Student Privacy by Using Skitch

Free Technology for Teachers: Protect Student Privacy by Using Skitch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In yesterday's post about creating digital records of physical items I mentioned using Skitch to take pictures and annotate them. One of the things about Skitch that I failed to mention in that post is that along with drawing and typing on a picture you can crop and blur items in a picture.
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Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn’t interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text.
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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 26, 9:09 PM

A useful tool for differentiation perhaps?

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Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help

Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Think back to your experiences learning Shakespeare when you were in high school. Rather than simply reading the play, the teacher probably told you that you would be performing it in class. While this sounds like it might be fun, it probably devolved into a few apathetic students standing at the front of the room reading in monotone voices.

Students learn Shakespeare when they perform Shakespeare. They understand his words when they can truly interact with them. Unfortunately, most of our students aren’t actors, and they really aren’t comfortable performing in front of their classmates. How can we get our students to engage with Hamlet & Macbeth in ways that won’t bore or embarrass them?

There are some amazing tools available for iOS devices that will allow your students to create projects that force them to connect with the text in fun and exciting ways.
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The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) most useful features in Safari on the iPad | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The iPad really shines as a powerful media consumption device.  It’s also a great tool for finding and interacting with information on the internet as well as a repository for offline browsing of articles and links saved to your Reading List.  But how well are you really acquainted with all the benefits Safari for the iPad has to offer?  In no particular order, here are the (5) most useful features that make interacting with Safari on the iPad an enjoyable and productive experience.
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Capture Student Work with Seesaw - The Learning Journal - ClassTechTips.com

Capture Student Work with Seesaw - The Learning Journal - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’m very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work.  Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school.  It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning.
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New App "Seesaw" Is A "Learning Journal" For Students - @LarryFerlazzo

New App "Seesaw" Is A "Learning Journal" For Students - @LarryFerlazzo | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve previously posted several times about how much I love the Shadow Puppet app — there isn’t anything out there that’s an easier tool for creating a quick audio-narrated slideshow. It’s perfect for English Language Learners.


Today, the company behind Shadow Puppet has just released another new and free educational app that looks like it could be very useful. It’s called Seesaw, and basically lets students easily create digital portfolios that can be shared with teachers and parents. It’s free for teachers and students, and has a free and paid version for parents."

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How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The idea of dissection in the classroom is nothing new. Science teachers have been delighting (and occasionally sickening) students for decades by giving them hands-on experience with organisms and tools. What is new, however, is the movement to create un-making spaces in the classroom. Giving kids access to old, broken-down electronics and a safe place to take them apart as they seek to answer why and how things work is an effective and environmentally-friendly teaching technique.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #BYOD Toolkit Provides Resources Necessary for Success

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: #BYOD Toolkit Provides Resources Necessary for Success | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) becomes and option for more and more schools, it is important to get the right pieces in place. A good place to start is the BYOD Toolkit which is part of the K-12 Blueprint for implementing successful technology initiatives.  The Toolkit includes case studies, checklists, step-by-steps, program frameworks, forms, and presentations to help in planning and implementing a BYOD program at the school or district level.
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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.
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