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20 Must-use Education Technology Tools

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Here are 20 of the most promising new apps, websites and online education technology tools or services every teacher should be using to help improve classroom learning.
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. (What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?)

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. The ultimate goal is for the learners to work on their own, self-selected problems in which they will apply the design thinking.

Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process:
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Pokemon Go QR Code Library Scavenger Hunt @GwynethJones

Pokemon Go QR Code Library Scavenger Hunt @GwynethJones | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
OK!  I wanted to engage my kiddos with a new kind of

QR Code scavenger hunt involving, of course, PokémonGo! First, I took pictures of 10 different locations around our Library Media Center, then using a Photoshop template I super-imposed 10  Pokémon (some VERY RARE!) as if they were crouching, hiding, or sleeping there, and then created a QR code using Google URL Shortener that linked to that photo on Flickr that they would scan and "capture" with their BYOD devices and five of my own.  
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How to Take Screen Shots in iOS 10

How to Take Screen Shots in iOS 10 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Have you noticed taking a screenshot is harder in iOS 10 and with iPhone 7? Maybe you tried to take a screen shot in iOS 10 only to discover that you either locked the device, sent it to the Home Screen, or summoned Siri instead? This is a fairly common occurrence when taking a screenshot with an iOS 10 device, whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, and has led some users to think that the mechanism for how to take a screenshot with iOS 10 was changed. Well, screenshots have not changed, but the sensitivity seems to be slightly different which requires a minor adjustment for some users to successfully capture screenshots in iOS 10.
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A Collection of Some Very Good iPad Apps for Creating Story Books in Class

A Collection of Some Very Good iPad Apps for Creating Story Books in Class | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A great way to engage students in productive literacy practices is to provide them with the tools and opportunities to help them compose and narrate stories through the use of  a mixture of multimedia materials that include pictures, text, audio, and video. Besides enhancing their writing skills, this form of composition helps them express themselves multimodally and develop complex ways  of communicating their ideas. In the list below, we are sharing with you a sampler of some of the best apps students can use on their iPads to create beautiful story books. Most of these apps are ideal for all grades from elementary to high school.
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#MakerSlowChat Sept. 19 - 26 Integrating Purposeful Uses of #makered into current frameworks

#MakerSlowChat Sept. 19 - 26 Integrating Purposeful Uses of #makered into current frameworks | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own - Mind Research 

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own - Mind Research  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In some instances, research illuminates a topic and changes our existing beliefs. For example, here’s a post that challenges the myth of preferred learning styles. Other times, you might hear about a study and say, “Well, of course that’s true!” This might be one of those moments.
Last year, Dr. Karlsson Wirebring and fellow researchers published a study that supports what many educators and parents have already suspected: students learn better when they figure things out on their own, as compared to being told what to do.  
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Team Building Activities That Support Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM @JackieGerstein #makered #PBL 

Team Building Activities That Support Maker Education, STEM, and STEAM @JackieGerstein #makered #PBL  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Working as a productive and sensitive member of a team is looked upon by STEM-based companies as being a requirement to being an effective and contributing employee:

As technology takes over more of the fact-based, rules-based, left-brain skills—knowledge-worker skills—employees who excel at human relationships are emerging as the new “it” men and women. More and more major employers are recognizing that they need workers who are good at team building, collaboration, and cultural sensitivity, according to global forecasting firm Oxford Economics. Other research shows that the most effective teams are not those whose members boast the highest IQs, but rather those whose members are most sensitive to the thoughts and feelings of others. (http://fortune.com/2015/03/05/perfect-workplace/)

In academia, the majority of research in STEM fields is conducted through collaborations and working groups, where a diversity of ideas need to be proposed and analyzed to determine the best strategy(ies) for solving a problem. In the technology sector, product development is done as a team, with specific roles for each individual but its success is predicated on each member of the team providing a different skill set / perspective. Thus, students who are interested in both academia and industry will benefit from learning how to successfully work in a diverse team. (https://teaching.berkeley.edu/diversity-can-benefit-teamwork-stem#sthash.mHRBJQtV.dpuf)

What follows are some team building activities that use collaboration to explore and solve STEM-related challenges. Note that most of them require minimal supplies – costs."

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6 Essential Tips for Designing Your Makerspace’s Layout | Make:

6 Essential Tips for Designing Your Makerspace’s Layout | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When planning a makerspace, most think about designing for creativity. It’s important to think about the types of projects that will be completed in the space, how many people will use the space at any given time, and the equipment on your must-have versus nice-to-have lists.

However, there are also a few considerations that often go overlooked.
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Lessons Learned as a Maker Educator – Medium

Lessons Learned as a Maker Educator – Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

It’s tough to be amazed when everyone in the class is churning out the same project. Conversely, I’ve found it impossible to not be constantly amazed by the work students do when given choice and the opportunity to create something new! One of the most rewarding experiences for me is to see the moment when the synapses fire and a student suddenly sees something that hadn’t been there before.


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The Top Tech Tool Infographic

The Top Tech Tool Infographic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Nowadays, there are numerous platforms, web tools and apps that can be utilized to engage students in the learning process. Although this can be a good problem to have, choosing the right device and corresponding resource to meet educational needs can sometimes be an overwhelming task.

But thanks to Clay Reisler, a technology integrator at the Pulaski Community School District in Wisconsin, teachers can easily locate a variety of tools for classroom use by referring to the infographic shown below.
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I turn 40 next month and, for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I’m not. @AliceKeeler

I turn 40 next month and, for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I’m not. @AliceKeeler | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I turn 40 next month and for pretty much my whole life, I have felt dumb. I struggled with math. Let me rephrase; I struggled with memorizing procedures without understanding the context and concepts.


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If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral

If You Want Creative Kids, Hand Them Something Simple - Wired.com via @wterral | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“Children go out in the world, they look, they see—and a camera is another way for them to capture that,” says Tovah P. Klein, director of the Barnard College Center for Toddler Development and author of How Toddlers Thrive. “You were putting him in the world to look around.” And the stamps and games? “Those took him out of it.” The digital add-ons are a distraction that pulls their focus (literally) away from picture-taking and into a world of silly hats and goofy effects. And developmentally, little kids are very bad at filtering out distractions. “The more simple the toy they’re given,” Klein says, “the more they discover for themselves.”
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10 New iOS 10 Settings You Should Change

10 New iOS 10 Settings You Should Change | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iOS 10 is here, and it’s packing a number of very cool new features. To activate some of those features — like sending read receipts in Messages or having Siri announce calls — you’ll need to tweak a few settings. A few other new options will change how your device behaves with iOS 10.
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Made With Code: A Project By Google To Encourage Girls To Code -

Made With Code: A Project By Google To Encourage Girls To Code - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Somewhere in this kind of social context comes Made With Code, a project by Google, Mozilla, Girls Inc, MIT Media Lab, and others to encourage girls to use code meaningfully to address problems and express ideas that are important to them.

We started Made with Code because increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, yet women aren’t represented in the roles that make technology happen.

If we can inspire teen girls to see that code can help them pursue their passions, whatever they may be, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their voices to the field of technology for the benefit of us all. (DOWNLOAD PDF)
Interested? Read more at madewithcode.com
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How to use the Google Translate app in the classroom - Daily Genius

How to use the Google Translate app in the classroom - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You might think that Google Translate would be a way of replacing language lessons, rather than supplementing them. Thankfully, you’d be wrong. And here’s some tips as to why.

Mike Reading, of the Using Technology Better YouTube channel talks first about how to use the app, with a few tips on how to get the best out of it.

Then, perhaps more usefully, he talks about the ways you can use it in the classroom – not to encourage laziness amongst students, but to get them to discuss accuracy – give them some text, let Google translate it and then have a discussion about is accurate or not, where’s the grammar wrong, and so to learn to understand that translation can be more art than science, and that technology can help them interact with information in a different kind of way.
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At and Away From Your Desk: Free Apps That Are Essential for Busy Educators - Teachers With Apps

At and Away From Your Desk: Free Apps That Are Essential for Busy Educators - Teachers With Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Any educator understands that a lot of their time is spent working on lesson plans and grading outside of the classroom. That lecture or long school day is only the beginning of a long work day. But the outside work is just as important to making sure students are receiving the best education they can get. The process outside of school doesn’t have to be a grueling affair. Now that the school year has begun, it’s time to look at some of the proven IOS/Android apps for anyone who’s in the business of teaching young minds.
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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The ideal future of U.S. STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team.

The report, STEM 2026, pulls from the work of experts in science, technology, engineering and math, and the authors point out that current conditions do not ensure equal access to STEM teaching and learning.
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Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Take a casual flip through this year’s trend-predicting Horizon Report, released today, and you’ll find plenty to get excited about.

The end of the report is stuffed with tantalizing promise about how future learners will engage with robots, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and wearable tech (think data-collecting headbands and skill-tracking sensors) that could explode into classrooms in as little as four to five years. By contrast, the report’s short-term developments, online learning and makerspaces, have a distinct yesterday’s news vibe about them. But make no mistake, they still hold some of the biggest long-term promise in the report.
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How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad

How to quickly filter emails on iPhone and iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Starting with iOS 10, you can easily filter out the contents of any of your email inboxes from the stock Mail app on your iPhone or iPad to find what you’re looking for. You no longer have to sort through your inbox by yourself, which is a real pain when you receive a ton of emails.
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What High Tech Urban Farms Can Teach Kids About #Tinkering - MINDSHIFT #makered

What High Tech Urban Farms Can Teach Kids About #Tinkering - MINDSHIFT #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
BOSTON – On the cramped urban campus of Boston Latin School, high-school students grow an acre’s worth of vegetables in an old shipping container that’s been transformed into a computer-controlled hydroponic farm. Using a wall-mounted keyboard or a mobile app, the student farmers can monitor their crops, tweak the climate, make it rain and schedule every ultraviolet sunrise.

In a few decades, nine billion people will crowd our planet, and the challenge of sustainably feeding everybody has sparked a boom in high-tech farming that is now budding up in schools. These farms offer hands-on learning about everything from plant physiology to computer science, along with insights into the complexities and controversies of sustainability. The school farms are also incubators, joining a larger online community of farm hackers.
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Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library

Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Excitement about school makerspaces has been in the air, but many educators eager to create hands-on learning spaces in their schools still aren’t sure how to get started or why it’s worth the effort. New Canaan High School librarian Michelle Luhtala recently jumped headfirst into creating a makerspace in her library and documented what she learned, how her space changed and how it affected students along the way. Her experience was very different from elementary school librarian Andy Plemmons, whose makerspace started with a 3-D printer obtained through a grant and blossomed into a core teaching resource at his school.
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The Hiccups and Hurdles of Makerspace Planning (and How to Avoid Them)

The Hiccups and Hurdles of Makerspace Planning (and How to Avoid Them) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
With all the great things about makerspaces, it can be easy to overlook some of the small hiccups and larger hurdles that might come up when making if educators and youth don’t make time for designing and planning.  At the reMAKE education conference (#remakeedu) this past week, Stephanie Chang and I engaged educators in some planning exercises that can help bypass those hiccups and hurdles and streamline the design process. (Thanks to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh and their framework for helping us focus our efforts).
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20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now

20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There’s a good chance you’ve done the “write on a sticky note and put it on the wall” activity — or have seen it happen before.

Padlet lets those sticky notes have images, links and videos AND be available with practically any Internet-ready device.
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Stream Demco #Makerspace Projects Webinar and Make ScribbleBots @GravesColleen #makered

Stream Demco #Makerspace Projects Webinar and Make ScribbleBots @GravesColleen #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks to Demco for hosting this free webinar! You can now stream anytime and take a gander at how Aaron and I went live during the webinar to showcase how easy it is to make a scribblebot.  (And somehow busted the casing off of a toothbrush motor in the process! Just goes to show that you really to have to be ready for anything in a makerspace!)


I also wanted to share this how-to video for making scribblebots on my Youtube channel to help you get started making this simple tinkering machine with everyday materials. In our book The Big Book of Makerspace Projects, we’ve written step by step instructions, included a parts lists, and even shared our classroom tips for working with groups!
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There’s Magic in That Sound: How to Engage Students With Digital Music Making Tools (EdSurge News)

There’s Magic in That Sound: How to Engage Students With Digital Music Making Tools (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Electronic music making allows kids to express themselves and their individuality through a genre they are familiar with. Instead of handing students a method book or user’s manual and asking them to produce exactly the same thing as the student sitting next to them, they can compose or remix some of their favorite artists or genres—or create something totally new on their own. Then, by sharing their music online and enlisting feedback, they connect with their peers in a meaningful way.
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