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Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup

Digital Learning Day: Resource Roundup | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The second annual Digital Learning Day is on February 6, 2013. We've compiled some useful resources on digital learning to help you celebrate the day with your class.
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Makers in the Making: Kindergarten Problem Solving with Lego Mazes - Amber Mazur

Makers in the Making: Kindergarten Problem Solving with Lego Mazes - Amber Mazur | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some fun and engaging ways to have kindergarten kids participate in problem solving (and creating), I turned to my trusty friend, Lego. Like many division one teachers, I use Lego often because it has so many applications. But as the 2014-15 school year came to a close, I was looking for a challenge. So, what I did was created a maze with Lego that a marble would travel to and showed this to the kids. I then challenged the kids to make a maze that would fit the marble (there had to be three empty spaces for width at all times).
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Inventing 101 | Chase Lewis | TEDxUNC - YouTube

n his TEDxUNC 2015 talk, Chase Lewis, a 15-year-old inventor, talks about taking any tools around us — any inspiration that we can find — to stop waiting, to take action and to do something. Chase uses his personal experience doing just that for the past several years, and conveys that we ALL can do it.
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Teacher Play - 6 Apps to Explore This Summer - FRACTUS LEARNING

Teacher Play - 6 Apps to Explore This Summer - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Summer is a great time to play–but not just for kids! If you’re a teacher on vacation, the months of July and August are a golden opportunity to explore new apps and tools that you don’t have time to test during the busy school year. Devoting a few rainy afternoons to “teacher play” can pay off big in the fall: you can update your curricula or even develop new activities and assessments, and you can also test-drive apps to determine which ones would work well for your students to use.

Here are six apps and tools that I’ll be playing with this summer:
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Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite - WhiteBoard Blog

Learn 3D Design with TinkerCAD and Project Ignite - WhiteBoard Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Project Ignite https://projectignite.autodesk.com/ enables learners of all ages to gain practical hands-on experience with new software and hardware to build literacy in design, 3D, electronics, programming and more.


Project Ignite integrates project content directly into Tinkercad https://www.tinkercad.com/  and 123D Circuits https://123d.circuits.io/ , which are both free from Autodesk. Tinkercad is an easy to learn tool to create and print 3D models whilst 123D Circuits enables you to visualize and simulate circuits.


These two apps provide a compelling combination to “make things real, and make them go!” Both of these tools are browser-based so there is no need to install anything. Children can carry on with their projects at home!

 

 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 22, 10:55 AM

Apps to help your student learn CAD so they can use 3D printing in the learning commons!

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Krissy Venosdale @Venspired on Twitter

Krissy Venosdale @Venspired on Twitter | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Create conditions for invention;Not just #STEAM! art, music, PE, math, language arts, reading... every day. #MakerEd pic.twitter.com/W77xLtm1Nr
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Hackathons as a New Pedagogy - Edutopia

Hackathons as a New Pedagogy - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Students are coming out of school expected to solve 21st-century problems and enter into occupations that haven't even been imagined yet. Schooling is not designed in this manner, so we wanted to give students an opportunity to solve problems in authentic contexts, using 21st-century skills and collaboration techniques. We wanted to break down walls between classrooms and have students use interdisciplinary skills to solve problems with teams of their peers, with mentors, and with industry professionals.
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How to set-up iCloud on your iPad - iPad Insight

How to set-up iCloud on your iPad - iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the more useful ways to get the most out of your iPad is to set-up iCloud during the initial set-up process.  Although if, for whatever reason you don’t, you can always come back to the set-up procedure at anytime in the Settings app on your iPad.
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iPad, the Photographer's Friend | Enlight Blog

iPad, the Photographer's Friend | Enlight Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The iPad isn’t famed for its photographic abilities. But in reality, it is one of the most useful devices a photographer could own.

Everyone who takes pictures has a favored digital workflow. For some, it is entirely iPhone-based, using filters and careful framing in preparation for the latest Instagram triumph. For others, it is a laptop operation which takes hours of patient sorting, followed by adjustment and layering. But there is a third way. The iPad’s processing power cannot compete with that of a computer, and its photographic credentials are less celebrated than those of a smartphone, and yet, you could argue that it combines the best of mobile and desktop.
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100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered

100 Free LEGO Learning Printables - Great Peace Academy #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Find resources for FREE LEGO Learning Printables in this 100 Things Post.
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lalita pradeep's curator insight, July 22, 10:37 PM

I really dunno anything about its high order potential, but my sister prefers lego for her two small children.....And she is a committed teacher by passion.

Mick Huiet's curator insight, July 23, 11:09 AM

I hope my new classroom has plenty of Legos!

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 11:18 AM

Some of the links in the list no longer work, but there are still plenty available. 

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School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz - Edutopia

School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn't guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive and feel overwhelmed when faced with real-world problems or design challenges. Academic passivity is common in schools where students swallow content and regurgitate it on multiple-choice tests. Students simply want to know how to get the "A." This type of learning does not stick.

Teachers may find the role of facilitator (or "guide on the side") uncomfortable if they are used to being the "sage on the stage." New technology in these spaces may be intimidating. Teachers need encouragement and professional development to change their mindsets and become facilitators of learning.

How do you change your culture and ensure that your shiny new makerspace will empower students to acquire 21st-century skills? How do you change the culture of student apathy to encourage a mindset of doing? Follow these steps and design tips to build a culture of making and active learning.
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40 Important STEM Resources For Women - TeachThought

40 Important STEM Resources For Women - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
According to findings by the Economics & Statistics Administration, less than 25% of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) jobs are held by women — even though they make up more than half the workforce and college degrees. An undeniable glass ceiling hovers over these industries, and women and men alike do their best to start lugging stones at it. While plenty of progress has been made over the past few decades, more efforts need undertaking to ensure a more equitable place for females in these traditionally male-dominated industries–a goal the following essentials share.
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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace - Laura Fleming @NHMS_lms eSchool News

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace - Laura Fleming  @NHMS_lms  eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"When schools talk about the maker movement and creating makerspaces, they often focus on purchasing the tools and materials first. While a physical room stocked with tools is an important part of the process, even more significant is the process used to plan your space. Paying close attention to how you design and formulate your space within the very specific context of your own school and its community will ensure that the resulting space is authentic and meaningful to the whole school community.


The following approach to planning will help ensure that your makerspace is a vibrant and thriving one."

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john dimitriou's curator insight, April 20, 6:20 AM

Authentic learning - Makerspaces are important for students to build, assemble, create and test.

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Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel - @ClassTechTIps

Age of Explorers: iPad Game from the History Channel - @ClassTechTIps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are lots of great educational apps from the History Channel, and I’ve shared a few I like earlier this year.  The new app Age of Explorers lets students navigate the seas alongside famous historical figures.  Completely free and plenty of fun, Age of Explorers asks students to follow the journey of different explorers from Christopher Columbus to Vasco Da Gama.  They’ll earn points and unlock new levels as they make their way across the world.
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8 Fun Free Online Creativity Tools for Students - global digital citizen foundation

8 Fun Free Online Creativity Tools for Students - global digital citizen foundation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Special projects require special highlights, and those can only come from special creativity tools. Use these with your students to add unique creative flair to projects of all kids!


It’s always a treat when a student can express themselves creatively in a way they’re never tried before, with a tool they may not have used. Discovering how to use such a resource—and what you can create with it—is very rewarding. The creativity tools we have listed here are great little online resources that will develop creativity in all sorts of ways.


Using these creativity tools, students can add artistic personal touches to their work in so many ways. They can build fonts; make themselves into a robot or a Picasso painting; draw with fire; and turn pictures into words and textures, to name a few things. These are fun tools to explore and engage your students with, so everyone can have fun!"

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Learn to Code - Do it For the Kids -Teacher Tech @alicekeeler

Learn to Code - Do it For the Kids -Teacher Tech @alicekeeler | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"There is a shortage of people who know how to program. These are high quality, high paying jobs. How do we encourage students to learn how to code? Learning to programming not only is a skill that is in high demand, it is also incredibly useful. We have all wished we had an app or a program that would do a particular thing that is specific to ourselves. I know some HTML and some JavaScript and Google Apps Script and it is amazing what you can do with just a little knowledge"

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An Excited Educator : Computerless Coding with Lego

An Excited Educator : Computerless Coding with Lego | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I am in a privileged position as I teach students in an iPad 1:1 school, so have always been able to teach coding using our iPads. However I know there are a wealth of fantastic computerless coding lessons and wanted to explore these, to see if students would gain a better understanding of coding!
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 23, 7:26 AM

Great ideas for young children to develop an understanding of key computational thinking concepts such as algorithms, looping, and iteration. 

Lee Hall's curator insight, July 27, 11:23 AM

Coding even without a  computer is fun and very thought provoking.

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Coding: Maker Summer - Janice Mak #makered

Coding: Maker Summer - Janice Mak #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Back in the spring, I was asked to direct a STEM summer academy.  I was thrilled to have the opportunity to create a summer experience for grades 4-8 learners that would be the best STEM experience they could ever have!  As I was brainstorming ideas, I decided it would have to be all about the kids having a maker experience in every sense of the word - three strands all centered on making and creating.
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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - @JackieGerstein

The Mindset of the Maker Educator - @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are some graphics, Thinglinks, and the slideshow I created for my Mindset of the Maker Educator Workshop:  
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iPad App of the Week: Paper by FiftyThree - iPad Insight

iPad App of the Week: Paper by FiftyThree - iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every week. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is Paper by FiftyThree.  Everyone likes to doodle, but not everyone is an artist.  With Paper you don’t have to be.  Just launch the app and start sketching out your ideas and designs, or formulate a product design.  You can take advantage of all the tools with Paper, as they are all available for free.  There are the five original tools that you can use to Outline, Draw, Sketch and Color, all your ideas as they come to you.  With the recent addition of Think Kit, you can do even more.
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Teaching with Sphero the Robot in Math, Science, and Beyond - Daily Genius

Teaching with Sphero the Robot in Math, Science, and Beyond - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As someone who primarily taught math and science when I was a classroom teacher, I associated robots, robotics curriculum, and robot apps as things that were only used in those subjects. However, this past year my school received a robot grant that provided ten robots for us from the company Sphero. Sphero emphasizes the power of play in education and has a variety of lessons that are aligned to the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards on their website. They also have a number of STEM challenges in the form pre-designed engineering projects designed for collaborative group work with students and are helpful for teachers using the robots in their classes.
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Mary Majkowski @ The Language Ctr's curator insight, July 24, 11:09 AM

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This teacher realized the power of learning through play.  This is something we start with the early childhood programs and soon forget about upon entering elementary school.

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Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers @ClassTechTips

Stop Motion Studio Lesson Ideas for iPad Teachers @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Stop Motion Studio is a filmmaking app that can be used across the content areas.  Similar to the Lego movies you may have seen made by filmmakers on YouTube or claymation characters moving across the screen.  In the classroom teachers are using this app to have students demonstrate their understanding of content in lots of subject areas.
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Like Minecraft? Try these 7 engaging world builders, too - eSchool News

Like Minecraft? Try these 7 engaging world builders, too -  eSchool News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
With the popular explosion of Minecraft among middle schoolers and beyond, it’s worth noting that it isn’t the only open world virtual environment with educational value. Nor is it always the most ideal game for teaching every concept, leading other games to pick up the slack. As a result, inspired educators and students are taking notice and branching out.

“Nobody stays with with one game forever,” said Marianne Malmstrom, an advocate for the use of virtual environments in education and a technology teacher at The Elisabeth Morrow School in New Jersey. “Who plays only solitaire?”

We spoke with several educator gamers about the current landscape of virtual games and what players can expect of the future. What follows is a list of their top picks for the Minecraft generation
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What Is All This STEM Stuff? | Parent Toolkit Blog

What Is All This STEM Stuff? | Parent Toolkit Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These days, you can’t turn around without hearing something about STEM. Schools are adding STEM courses and STEM summer camps are popping up across the country. A well-publicized public-private partnership aims to develop 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade. But what is all this STEM stuff anyway? Technically, STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. STEM programs typically blend together at least two of these subject areas. However, STEM is much more than the sum of its individual parts.
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Why 3D Printing Needs to Take Off in Schools Around the World - 3DPrint.com

Why 3D Printing Needs to Take Off in Schools Around the World - 3DPrint.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

."Where 3D printing has yet to really make a huge impact, but provides an ample amount of opportunity, is within educational institutions. These range from elementary schools to high schools, universities, and maker spaces around the globe. One reason that 3D printing has been quite slow in making its impact in these institutions is simply because of the lack of knowledge of the technology by the decision makers in charge.

Because the technology is so relatively new, the greatest impact may come via the introduction of 3D printing into public and private grade schools. The younger a person is, the easier it usually is to introduce new ideas and methodologies. This is why young children are so quick to learn new languages, when compared to their older adult counterparts. This is what makes elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools the perfect place to begin really introducing a curriculum based around 3D printing.

Just about every subject within a school curriculum could benefit from 3D printing technology. We will outline a few of these below:"

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, July 21, 6:59 AM

Robert Frost Middle School, NY, pooled their grant $$ to get theirs. Looking forward to the creations!!

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4 Cool Science Apps for your iPad - makkajai blog

4 Cool Science Apps for your iPad - makkajai blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Recently a teacher asked me on twitter if I can recommend any Science apps. I promised to do some research and share my findings with her.

These are some of the coolest, free, iPad apps amongst the several ones I tried.
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Marianne Hart's curator insight, July 21, 7:14 AM

Great ideas for the tentative teacher. Good starter apps.

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