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With Just One iPad, Teachers Improve Classroom Lessons

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While K-12 schools around the country search for funding to provide iPads to every student, an education researcher in North Carolina has found that even a single iPad can make a huge difference in the classroom.

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A Strong Case for #Uncommon #Learning - #bookreview @esheninger

A Strong Case for #Uncommon #Learning - #bookreview @esheninger | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today’s schools are challenged with new demands of a global economy and with students who are more connected than ever before. While the world has changed, schools have remained relatively the same in their structure and pedagogical delivery methods. In Eric Sheninger’s newest book, Uncommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids, he not only explores the necessary changes needed in our schools to be more relevant and responsive to our students’ needs today, but he also shares strategic processes and ideas to turn theory into reality.
Throughout his book, Sheninger provides concrete examples from his former school, New Milford High School, as well as others from throughout the country. Each chapter provides rationale, research, and/or models for change, with comprehensive examples and resource links sprinkled throughout to highlight how these change have been done by today’s educators. At the end of each chapter, Sheninger highlights implementation tips before a summary of the chapter. Every school and every classroom can explore these ideas in order to build uncommon learning opportunities for all students in our schools.

While there are many initiatives that can be implemented in our schools to begin to offer opportunities for our students to grow and learn in different ways, these just scratch the surface of the more important theme of the book – shifting the culture of our schools to utilize technology as a tool to enhance learning and achievement. Sheninger emphasizes this aspect continually throughout the book, putting sound pedagogy above technology in every strategic process. “Pedagogy always trumps technology” (Sheninger, 43). Technology is a tool to enhance learning outcomes, and when used appropriately, it is not the tool that matters, but the learning and experiences we can provide for our students that matter most.
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6 Good Alternatives to Google Calendar App for iPad ~ EdTech & mLearning

6 Good Alternatives to Google Calendar App for iPad ~ EdTech & mLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those of you looking for some good alternative apps to Google Calendar the collection below is a good place to start with. The apps integrate interesting features to enhance your productivity and boost your workflow. These include managing events and tasks, planning and appointment making, creating reminders and to-do lists, emailing events and tasks and many more. Additionally,some of these Calendar apps integrate with other iOS apps (e.g iOS built-in calendar, Trello, social media apps…etc) so you can keep all your events and tasks up to date:
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The Best Free Resources for Getting Started With 3D Printing - Life Hacker

The Best Free Resources for Getting Started With 3D Printing - Life Hacker | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Despite many people understanding the concept of 3D printing, few know the 3D design and printing process well enough to try it out for themselves and take the step towards creating physical objects from scratch–be it a personal design or a replacement part for an appliance. But there are plenty of free resources for experimenting with before taking the deep dive.

To help get you started, here’s a breakdown of some of the most fundamental resources to consider when starting out with 3D printing–no experience or spending required. By using the tools outlined here once or twice, you will have a better understanding of 3D printing terminology, how 3D designs are created, and where to get your 3D prints made.
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Build And Donate A Prosthetic Arm For Children Who Desperately Need It

Build And Donate A Prosthetic Arm For Children Who Desperately Need It | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The prosthetic design is open source, which allows anyone to print and assemble from anywhere in the world.
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Design Challenge Learning

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What is Design Challenge Learning? It’s a combination of project-based learning, design thinking and the engineering design process that develops the innovator’s mindset through iteration. It’s a method of learning for which The Tech is best known. 

The lessons on this page, developed over the years by educators at The Tech, will help teachers lead their students through science and engineering challenges. They also make fun and effective team-building activities for groups of teachers.
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Curriculum experts say coding is essential in a digital economy - FT.com

Curriculum experts say coding is essential in a digital economy - FT.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Many of us happily drive a car without understanding what goes on under the bonnet. So is it necessary for children to learn how to program computers? After all, some experts say coding is one of the human skills that will become obsolete as artificial intelligence grows. 


Nevertheless, governments believe coding is an essential skill. Since 2014, the principles of computer programming have featured on England’s curriculum for children from the age of five or six, when they start primary school."

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Mobile Maker Spaces - School Library Journal

Mobile Maker Spaces - School Library Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The concept was pretty straightforward, but the logistics were a bit complicated. We wanted to create four mobile maker space carts that could rotate among four middle school libraries in the Knox County School district of Knoxville, TN. It all started when our director of instructional technology, Theresa Nixon, encouraged us to apply for a TeacherPreneur Grant to fund a traveling maker space program. Our funding goal was approximately $50,000. Requesting  this much money meant that we needed a
an idea that dazzled. 


As we prepared the grant application, the librarians representing the middle schools (Farragut, Vine, Carter, and Karns) discussed rotating maker space carts that would dock in each library for nine weeks. We hoped to optimize accessibility to high-ticket items such as 3-D printers and keep our libraries dynamic with new projects."

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Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access - MindShift

Tinkering Spaces: How Equity Means More Than Access - MindShift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspaces are much less common in low-income schools where the academic focus remains on raising test scores, often through drill and practice. However, many communities of color have long traditions of using their hands for work and play that get left out of the discussion around making. Existing inequities play out when adults engage with kids around tinkering or making. And, while makerspaces are a unique kind of learning space, many of the techniques thoughtful educators are using to improve their interactions with students could be used in other venues.
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Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission

Creativity: A Choice, a Gift, and a Mission | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When we define and embrace our own creativity, we thrive. And when their teachers thrive, students will learn to thrive as well. We can take responsibility for thriving by giving ourselves the powerful gift of being creative.
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What does “making” have to do with learning? @smartinez

What does “making” have to do with learning? @smartinez | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the biggest issues I have with many descriptions of “making” in education is that it’s about students just being creative with tools or materials.  I strongly disagree. Making is not just the simple act of you being the difference between raw materials and finished product, as in “I made dinner” or even “I made a robot.” I don’t think we always need to ascribe learning to the act of making — but the act of making allows the maker, and maybe an outsider (a teacher, perhaps) to have a window into the thinking of the maker.
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Wonderful Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now to Learn From Internet

Wonderful Websites You Should Bookmark Right Now to Learn From Internet | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The internet can be a wonderfully, immense place for interesting content. If you’ve ever wanted to learn a new skill or to accomplish a seemingly monumental task, you need look no further than the internet. There is basically a site for every interest under the sun. It is also a great place to connect with people who share interests similar to your own. However, the vastness of the internet also means that while there are lots of great sites worth mentioning, there are a lot of sites that also go largely unknown. This means that you can potentially miss out on a lot of great content. However, great content can be found on a wide variety of sites, whether well-trodden or completely unknown. So what are some of the great, informative sites out there that you may be missing out on?
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Why #Pedagogy #First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future - @esheninger

Why #Pedagogy #First, Tech Second Stance is Key to the Future - @esheninger | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
While I am a huge advocate for the purposeful integration of technology in schools, we must resist the temptation to think that this is the solution to solve all the ills in our current education system.

What concerns me most is how many districts and schools are going all in with one-on-one or bring-your-own-device (BYOD) initiatives with no real plan for implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. This lack of planning and support will likely result in devices never achieving the outcomes that they were designed to achieve. It’s foolish to think that students will learn just by putting a device in their hands.

What’s needed is a shared vision and strategic plan for how mobile technology will be utilized to improve student learning outcomes that are aligned to higher standards.
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5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward

5-Minute Film Festival: Freedom to Fail Forward | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Failure is an inevitable part of life, but it's often accompanied by shame -- most people do everything in their power to avoid it. But to paraphrase educational philosopher John Dewey, a true thinker learns as much from failures as from successes. What if educators worked to take some of the sting (and the stigma) out of failing, and encouraged reflection and revision to build upon the lessons learned? Perhaps there's a goldmine of opportunities if we can re-frame failure as a valuable learning experience, an essential step along the path to discovery and innovation. Check out this list of videos to help start the conversation about embracing failure.
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Learn About Depth of Field: 5 Easy Lessons to Improve Your Photos

Learn About Depth of Field: 5 Easy Lessons to Improve Your Photos | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to learning basic photography concepts, depth of field (DOF) is one of the most important for beginner photographers looking to make the jump to “intermediate.” Understanding what depth of field is, how to alter it in your photographs, and some of the different artistic things you can do with it will all help you progress your photography to the next level.
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Junk to Genius: An Interview with Donna Sangwin of Recreate

Junk to Genius: An Interview with Donna Sangwin of Recreate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Donna Sangwin, founder and director of ReCreate, speaks to Maker Ed program coordinator Justin about trash, tech, reuse, and education. ReCreate is a creative reuse non-profit based in Roseville, CA and has been committed to reducing waste “through art, education, and imagination” since 2009, offering a full menu of maker education programming, both in partnership with local schools and at their drop-in center.
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How to Find a Router IP Address from iPhone or iPad - OSXDaily

How to Find a Router IP Address from iPhone or iPad - OSXDaily | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Getting the IP address of a connected router or default gateway is pretty simple in iOS, so if you find yourself in a situation where you’re using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch and need to get a connected router or gateway address, you won’t have to leave iOS to do so. This is frequently necessary for networking purposes, perhaps to access a routers admin settings page or to manually configure some networking options.
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Maker Club: 3D Printed Piggy Bank - a Journey in Problem Solving

Maker Club: 3D Printed Piggy Bank - a Journey in Problem Solving | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"If at first you don't succeed - call it Version 1.0.


This has become my motto as I have leapt headfirst into the world of 3D printing with my 7th graders. One thing I have tried to share with my students is that it’s not all about the end product, but the journey you take along the way. There is often more learning that takes place through failing than if you get it right the first time around. "

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Destination Imagination – Resource Library

Destination Imagination – Resource Library | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Check out the Instant Design Challenges from Destination Imagination!!
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35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!
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Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot

Teach your toddlers how to code with Cubetto, the wooden robot | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The educational acronyms of the 21st century look a bit different from those of previous generations. The “Three R’s” (which, confusingly enough, weren’t even R’s to begin with) have since largely been replaced by STEM, and parents of the newest generation are doing everything they can to better prepare their progeny for success in an increasingly digitized world.

Key to that success appears to be an early start — an extremely early start — when it comes to learning important skills like computer programming and other technical talents. Here to help is Cubetto, and adorable little wooden robot that is specifically designed for pre-literate children ages 3 and older that teaches the basics of computer programming and STEM, sans screen. "

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Tech It Up Tuesday: Locate Public Domain Images with PixaBay

Tech It Up Tuesday: Locate Public Domain Images with PixaBay | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to another edition of Tech It Up Tuesday, a weekly series in which I share a an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting.

OK, so what teacher or student living in this century doesn’t need a cool photo or two for a school-related activity? If you’re that person, then you’re going to love, love Pixabay, a site that hosts over 630,000+ high quality public domain photos, illustrations, vector graphics and videos free of charge for any purpose (the legal kind, of course).
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Is Minecraft a Legit Education Tool?

Is Minecraft a Legit Education Tool? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There are many people who are using Minecraft in there classrooms. There are probably even more who question its validity as an education tool. Is it a powerful tool for learning or is it just replacing the tri-fold project board?

I am at the point in the year where I start reflecting on some of my practices and the use of Minecraft in my class is one that I am evaluating. Students have been using Minecraft all year in my class and the results have been mixed.

Before I get into the results let me explain how I integrate Minecraft into my 6th grade Ancient World History class. In my class we cover the ancient cultures of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, China, and India.
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Top Tips from 17 Amazing Makers | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

Top Tips from 17 Amazing Makers | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For our 50th issue of Make: (April/May 2016), we decided to talk to a number of people who have contributed to the magazine, shown at Maker Faire, written for the website, and who have basically been a huge part of the success of Maker Media, to share some of what they’ve been up to recently. We asked them about current projects they’re working on, some of their favorite tips (on everything from practical shop workings to a maker pro’s bottom line), and any inspiring memories they’ve had during their time in the maker movement. You can see the full feature piece in the magazine.

We got responses from 28 people. As you can imagine, we received way more material than we could fit in the magazine. Since many of the tips were too good not to share, we decided to share the rest of them here on the website. Enjoy.
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For Elementary Schools, the Search for an Ideal Coding Curriculum Is Far From Over (EdSurge News)

For Elementary Schools, the Search for an Ideal Coding Curriculum Is Far From Over (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Part of the President’s recent announcement of the CS For All initiative calls for “expanding access to high-quality instructional materials.”At the primary grade level, however, I am having a hard time finding any materials that qualify.

This may seem hard to believe. After all, there are hundreds of resources for young coders. I can’t update my rated list of resources fast enough. However, as we expand from a few classrooms learning computer science when it’s convenient to coding in every classroom every day, we’re realizing an ideal coding curriculum does not exist.
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7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab - Fast Company

7 Essential Lessons From The Harvard Innovation Lab - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it



"Now, she heads up the Harvard Innovation Lab (I-lab), a collaboration and education space launched in 2011 to help develop students’ interest in entrepreneurship and innovation. A Harvard MBA herself, it’s her job to get students to develop bold creative ideas and bring them to fruition. She uses a cross-disciplinary approach—her bosses are the deans of all 12 schools within the university, so no pressure there—to foster new ways of thinking.

"The diversity of ideas is pretty profound," she says. Current I-lab entrepreneurs are working on projects that range from creating snack foods from insects to improving the lives of those in the military. The lab has been the incubator for more than 600 startups since its launch.

Over the years, Goldstein has learned some important lessons about how to create an environment where innovation thrives. Here are seven essentials."

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