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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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Do mobile devices in the classroom really improve learning outcomes? - THE CONVERSATION

Do mobile devices in the classroom really improve learning outcomes? - THE CONVERSATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Mobile devices as teaching tools are becoming a more and more common part of the American education experience in classrooms, from preschool through graduate school. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that 58% of U.S. teachers own smartphones — 10 percentage points higher than the national average for adults. Those teachers are building that tech-savviness into their lesson plans, too, by embracing bring-your-own-device policies and leading the push for an iPad for every student. In 2013, an estimated 25% of U.S. schools had BYOD policies in place and it’s reasonable to assume those numbers have risen in the past two years.

What do these mobile devices really add, though? Is there more to this tech trend than just grabbing the attention of students? Is mobile technology boosting classroom instruction, or is it all just a flashy way to accomplish the same things as analog instruction?
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Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads - ITEACH WITH IPADS

Building Early Literacy Skills With iPads - ITEACH WITH IPADS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am on spring break this week. It has been such a luxury to linger over coffee and the newspaper in the mornings. That has been about all of the luxury I’ve been able to enjoy because even though I’m on spring break from my job, I am not on spring break from doctoral classes. I have been immersed in scholarly articles on early literacy. So, while this is all fresh on my mind, I am going to share a few work samples from some of our recent literacy activities on iPads.
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WeAreTeachers: 10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom

WeAreTeachers: 10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Move over, Facebook! If you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom.
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First Aid App for iPads from the American Red Cross - ClassTechTips.com

First Aid App for iPads from the American Red Cross - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The American Red Cross has a handful of apps on weather safety for iPad users looking to plan and prepare for natural disasters.  They also have a great iPad app to help students of any age stay safe.  With First Aid children can learn about different ways to act in situations that require first aid.  There are photographs, informational text, and diagrams to help students understand the best steps to take in an emergency.  First Aid includes extra features including the ability to switch from English to Spanish and a quiz to check for understanding.
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How To Write and Publish Your First iBook Using iBooks Author - makeuseof.com

How To Write and Publish Your First iBook Using iBooks Author  - makeuseof.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"As the self-publishing industry grows larger, Apple’s iBooks Author (free) exists as a unique tool for publishing e-books than can reach a large audience of iPad, iPhone and Mac users. The iBooks format is also useful for showcasing and distributing content independent of the iBooks Store.


Apple first released iBooks Author back in 2012, and it was and still is largely geared to the textbook and education community. iBooks has introduced many ways to present and display content, with an audience of over 800 million iPad users across the world. It’s been reported that since mid-September 2014, over one million customers visit the iBooks store every week, which makes for a huge potential market for authors and publishers."

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What Can You Invent? Exploring the Makey Makey in Grade 7 & 8 - Brian Aspinall

What Can You Invent? Exploring the Makey Makey in Grade 7 & 8 - Brian Aspinall | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Today the buses were not running due to the early morning snow. As such we had about 40% in attendance between our four intermediate classes so we decided to conduct an impromptu maker fair.

Here are some of our inventions. If you have any questions, please ask!
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Educational Technology Guy: Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources

Educational Technology Guy: Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Tomorrow,(TODAY) 3/31, is World Backup Day. Keeping your files and data safe is very important. Here is an infographic with more information and some great resources.

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Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight - Mind/Shift

Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Game-based learning, and the developers who identify with it today, have come a long way since then and gotten much closer to closing the gap. And there’s still a need to communicate core content through games, a need that the consumer market just doesn’t have incentive to fill. Yet at Common Sense Graphite, when we evaluate games for learning, what we find is that many of the highest scoring ‘learning’ games aren’t aimed at the educational market. They’re more at-home, consumer-oriented games. Because these games are free from the constraints of school standards and traditional curriculum, they flourish, featuring rich cross-disciplinary and truly 21st century learning experiences.

Here are just a few favorites that reviewed well on Graphite this year:
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Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com

Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After reading this article in the New York Times yesterday I started thinking about one of my favorite coloring apps for children.  No matter how old or young you are coloring requires a combination of skills that can be applied in various situations.  Combining coloring with augmented reality is an easy way to introduce this exciting technology to students.  The colAR Mix app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a super fun choice with plenty of free options.
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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a follow-up to that post, I am amplifying my call to action to say that I believe it is the responsibility of every educator in this era of learning to share . . . resources, ideas, success, challenges, ahas, student insights, anything education related.

Sharing takes on many forms. Educators can talk to colleagues, write blogs, tweet, present at conferences – both virtually and face to face, talk to the media, and/or create a media product – video, podcast, photo essay – and post online.
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Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable

Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying and threats of violence to American high schools.

The same reviewer goes on to say, "The app has become popular at my school and is specifically targeting a small group of people. I wish I could repeat the evil things that were posted so I could get my point across, but I cannot bring myself to spread those gruesome things even further."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever.
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USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools - Overview | MediaSmarts

USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE: A Digital Literacy Framework for Canadian Schools - Overview | MediaSmarts | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Young Canadians need to be able to make good choices about privacy, ethics, safety and verifying information when they’re using digital media, and they need to be prepared to be active and engaged digital citizens. Based on our research on digital literacy education in Canada, USE, UNDERSTAND & CREATE provides a road map for teaching these skills in Canadian schools. The framework draws on six key aspects of digital literacy (listed in the grid below) and provides teachers with supporting lessons and interactive resources that are linked to curriculum outcomes for every province and territory. The home and school connection is supported by parent tip sheets that are linked to from each resource."

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Classroom Coding With Tickle for iPad - GRANTWOODAEA DIGITAL LEARNING

Classroom Coding With Tickle for iPad - GRANTWOODAEA DIGITAL LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When you find something cool that Adam Bellow likes, the chances are high that you will like it too! For me, this truism manifested itself recently in the form of a tweet Adam sent declaring his love for the recently released Tickle app for iOS. Tickle is a free coding app for the iPad that lets students create programs to control Spheros, Air Parrot Drones, and even Philips Hue Lights. Intrigued? I thought you might be! Here's what you need to know.

Tickle started as a Kickstarter campaign, and uses block coding elements that were inspired by the likes of Scratch, Tynker, Blockly and Hopscotch. The simple coding interface is accessible enough to be used with early elementary students, but it has enough potential to challenge middle school students and beyond. Programs can be written and tested in the app without connecting to any other devices, but connecting to a Sphero or an Air Parrot Mini Drone is where the real fun begins.
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Essential Skeleton App for the iPad - The Whiteboard Blog

Essential Skeleton App for the iPad - The Whiteboard Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Essential Skeleton 4 is a great free app that lets you explore the human skeleton. The app allows you to pan and move around the skeleton, zoom in on different bones and get information about each one.


The ability to hear the name of each bone being read aloud is a nice feature. Teachers will also like the annotation and notes facility."

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25+ EDU Lesson Plans and Resources for Canva - TechChef4U

25+ EDU Lesson Plans and Resources for Canva - TechChef4U | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So… I was minding my own business… drinking my triple grande iced vanilla latte… when Terri Eichholz (@terriechholz) tweeted me that Canva had 27 FREE EDU PDF Lessons… and everything after that is kind of a blur…
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Stickyboard2- A Wonderful Sticky Note App (Free Today It was $9.99) Grab It -- EdTech & MLEarning

Stickyboard2- A Wonderful Sticky Note App (Free Today It was $9.99) Grab It -- EdTech & MLEarning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

h & MLEarning"Stickyboard2 is a very good iPad app for creating sticky notes and mind maps. Actually, Stickyboard2 turns your iPad into a giant whiteboard with a never-ending stack of sticky notes. The regular price of the app is $9.99 but it is on sale today for free, at least here in Canada and also in the States. Not sure if it’s free in other places.

Taking notes and creating sticky notes on Stickyboard2 is super easy.The app supports a number of coloured markers you can use to write your notes. Arranging and organizing notes is also another powerful feature provided by this app. You can easily select a bunch of notes, then swipe with 3 fingers to instantly arrange them into neat piles or fan them out into a grid, columns, or rows. And the best thing of all is that you can export and share your stickies in text or PDF format."

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44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work - TeachThought @TonyVincent

44 Diverse Tools To Publish Student Work - TeachThought @TonyVincent | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Educators are often admonished to design work that “leaves the classroom.”

This is partly a push for authenticity. Work that is “real world” will naturally be more engaging to students because it has more chance to have credibility in their eyes, and usefulness in their daily lives. This kind of work has value beyond the current grading period and culminating report card.

But work that is made public has other benefits as well. If someone besides the teacher is actually going to read it, students may be more willing to engage their hearts and minds in their work. This kind of work is also often iterative–done in stages, with drafts, revisions, collaboration, and rethinking. It’s design work, and as design work, it gives students a chance to show what they know. This is one of the gifts of digital and social media, and an idea we’ve approached before with 7 Creative Apps That Allow Students To Show What They Know.

Tony Vincent from learninginhand.com revisited that idea with the following graphic that clarifies another talent of education technology–shared thinking.
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10 Spring Break Apps and Features for your kid's iPad - MrLosik.com

10 Spring Break Apps and Features for your kid's iPad - MrLosik.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The calendar is about to flip to April and with that comes Spring Break, at least here in West Michigan. It’s been another brutally cold and long winter and I personally can’t wait to get to some warmth, relaxation, and time with my family away from the daily school routine. As families prepare to hit the road or just enjoy some time off here are ten great iPad apps and features for Spring Break 2015.
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Maker Education Activities - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Maker Education Activities - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This coming summer I am getting the opportunity to teach a maker education camp for three weeks, half-days at a local elementary school.  The descriptions for the three one-week workshops are:

Circuit Crafts: Build glowing, sensing, and interactive circuit projects; make electronic stickers, circuit sketchbooks, circuit cards, and sewn circuits.

 

Sweet Robotics: Make simple robotics using Popsicle sticks and LED lights; play with and build some robots with Makey Makey, littleBits, Hummingbird, and Modular Robotics.

 

Toy Hacking: Take apart simple electronic toys to see how they work & then put them back together again creating a new toy; make an operation game."

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People are familiar with the process of subscribing to podcasts through iTunes which will help you help them subscribe to your podcast. The drawback to using iTunes to publish your podcast is that the set-up process is confusing the first time you do it. WordPress can make the process a little easier. But if you're only publishing occasionally or only looking to share your audio recordings with a specific audience (let's say students, their parents, and perhaps another classroom or two) then you might be better served by using a simpler method of publishing your audio recordings.
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How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org

How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These days, the world is at your fingertips wherever you are. Anyone with a data connection and a smartphone has literally the entire Internet in his/her pocket. However, not all apps are created equally, in terms of the amount of data that they use in order to run. This is a quick tip on how to save your data usage (and potentially quite a bit of money). The following will be especially helpful if you do not have a large data plan (more than 1Gb per month).
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5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I taught high school math for 14 years. My last years I went paperless. There are many digital tools that support teaching math and Google Docs is one of them. If your school has Google Apps for Education (GAfE) here are 5 ways to have students use Google Docs in math:
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9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach

9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are the best note taking apps for your iPhone and iPad. You can choose to any of these note taking apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch according to your needs.
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