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5 Simple Tricks for a Better Reading Experience with iBooks for iOS

5 Simple Tricks for a Better Reading Experience with iBooks for iOS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch make excellent digital readers, and the iBooks apps is where most people will spend their time reading books on the iOS platform. iBooks is deceptively simple though, and though it works great on it’s own, taking the time to learn a few things and adjust a few simple settings can make a world of difference in the readability of ebooks or anything else in your digital library. With that in mind, here are 5 simple tricks to get a better reading experience in iOS with the iBooks app.``

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Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes

Bill Gates Says Job Stealing Robots Need to Pay Taxes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s possible that robots will take over some human jobs. In fact, it seems like it could be only a matter of time before they do. Increasing automation will lead to massive job displacement, and less people working means less employed citizens paying taxes. So, the question is, how will communities make up the difference if automation is inevitable in the future of employment?

Co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates suggests that robots that take human jobs should pay taxes.
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3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM

3 Tips on Connecting Social Studies and STEM - Defined STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Just because the “s” in STEM does not stand for “social studies” does not mean that social studies does not have a place. Economic, geographic, and civic knowledge are crucial components to good citizenship and deserve an equal place in terms of emphasis in curriculum, as early as preschool.


The “doing” of social studies is the most important part. Students need to be able to analyze information and establish arguments supported by evidence across all the domains of social studies"

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The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps

The Tech Edvocate’s 2017 List of 116 of the Best Teaching and Learning Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology is changing the way we teach and learn at a rapid speed. So, how can teachers make learning more interactive and more fun with technology? True, teachers can make up games to teach a concept that involves every student. But, when teachers need to help students in small groups or one-on-one, how can they make sure that other students are actively practicing subject-area skills?

One of the great aspects of having tablets, laptops, and desktops in the classroom is the availability educational apps. With these apps, students can individually learn, practice, study, and have fun with different subjects and concepts. Luckily, there are many good, quality apps for students of all ages. It is important to note that this list is separated into categories, and the apps in each category are not in rank ordered. Here are 116 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2017.
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Using Star Wars to Teach Biomes and Ecosystems Play Like a Pirate

Using Star Wars to Teach Biomes and Ecosystems Play Like a Pirate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A big part of "Playing Like a Pirate" is using pop culture to teach. Whether it's music, video games, movies or television, you'll get kids on board if you indulge in pop culture from time to time. Or if you're me, all the time. One of the many things I love about the Star Wars movies is the planets. With few exceptions, each world in that far away galaxy is a single biome. It's simplistic, but you've gotta admit, if you're going to be going from planet to planet in a movie, it's nice to be able to look out the window and see snow, sand, or forest and know where you are.
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Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It - School Library Journal

Why Kids Need Data Literacy, and How You Can Teach It - School Library Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Photo courtesy of Samatha Viotty Data is all around us, from the output of your Fitbit to interactive maps that track voters to the latest visualization of the New York Times front page. With the rise of mobile devices and wearable technology, data is more available to general audiences, and the amount being generated has also exploded. According to IBM, 90 percent of the world’s data has been created in the last two years. This vast pool of information is being used to advocate for change, justify decisions, and suggest personal action plans—such as the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard, which offers students data to help them choose a college. It is vital that our students understand and interpret the data, infographics, and visualizations they encounter.


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5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research

5 ways teachers can improve student learning based on current brain research | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The brain is an experience-dependent organ. From our very earliest days, the brain begins to map itself to our world as we experience it through our senses. The mapping is vague and fuzzy at first, like a blurred photograph or an un-tuned piano. However, the more we interact with the world, the more well-defined our brain maps become until they are fine-tuned and differentiated. But each person’s map will vary, with some sensory experiences more distinct than others depending on the unique experiences and the clarity and frequency of the sensations he or she has experienced.

Educators can positively influence students’ learning by understanding how the brain is shaped by their early experiences—and how it can be rewired and reorganized to work more quickly and efficiently.
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ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World

ASCD Express 12.20 - Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Jerry Blumengarten, Billy Krakower, and Paula Naugle
Imagine students working on a science project and being able to connect with an actual scientist to get answers to their questions. Imagine students studying a country and connecting with a class there to ask questions and share learning. Imagine students being able to talk with older students and their teachers about the best ways to adjust to new grade levels. Today, there are a multitude of platforms we can use to connect and engage our students globally. Here are just a few.
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Coding on iOS Is More Feasible Than Ever Before

Coding on iOS Is More Feasible Than Ever Before | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a series of tweets yesterday, one of the developers behind Codea announced that a new version of the iPad coding app had been approved for release, and this update would enable code sharing for the first time.

Previously we covered the revised App Store guidelines that now permit downloading and executing code inside of apps, but we haven't seen those changes put into practice before now. With version 2.3.7 of Codea you can now import projects from both .zip files and .codea bundles, making it easy to share code with others.
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Custom Holograms - Dryden Art - Tricia Fuglestad @fuglefun

Custom Holograms - Dryden Art - Tricia Fuglestad @fuglefun | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

A year ago I learned about using a smartphone to view holograms. The idea definitely interested me but it needed to be tweaked to work for my art room.


First, I needed the idea to work on iPads since that is what students have access to. Secondly, I wanted my students to be makers, not just consumers, so I needed a way for them to make their own hologram videos in the style of these examples. 

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The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism -

The Difference Between Instructivism, Constructivism, And Connectivism - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So while viewing a presentation from Jackie Gerstein recently, I was stopped at the very simple distinction she made between instructivism, constructivism, and connectivism. These differences dovetail behind broader differences between pedagogy, andragogy, and heautagogy–fundamental assumptions about how and why people learn that have to be considered if our end goal is not to make students better at school, but rather to improve literacy and critical thinking for global citizens everywhere.

So as you focus in your PLC or staff meetings on better “research-based instruction,” you’re looking at ways to improve how to better deliver instruction–more to understand how to better “give learning” than to cause it.
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Three Good Ways to Create Stop Motion Videos - Tutorials @rmbyrne

Three Good Ways to Create Stop Motion Videos - Tutorials @rmbyrne | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week I published a blog post about creating stop motion videos on Chromebooks. That post led to some emails from readers who were wondering about other options for creating stop motion videos. Here are three tutorials on three free tools that you and your students can use to create stop motion videos.
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An Excellent Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators

An Excellent Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some of our favorite books specifically curated for teachers. These are books we have reviewed in in the past and are stored together with other amazing book collections in our ’Books for Teacher' section here in EdTech and mLearning. From learning how to unlearn bad habits to discovering the secrets of public speaking, the collection below is  a great place to start your search look for insightful books to read in the summer holiday.
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Simple Homemade Robot Car - ResearchParent.com

Simple Homemade Robot Car - ResearchParent.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do your kids think robots are cool? I know mine do. We started off with our wigglebot and wobblebot which both moved in fun ways while more or less staying in the same spot. Then I made a propeller car which moved in a straight line by pushing air with a propeller. The supplies for all of these projects are fairly inexpensive EXCEPT the propeller we used was around $4. Since I’m pretty cheap, I wanted to find a new method of getting a bot traveling without a propeller. This new “robot car” directly attaches the motor to the wheels with a rubberband, so it’s definitely cheaper to make. Also, the googly eyes are really what sell my kids on thinking this is a robot. :)
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding For Life - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding curricula is sweeping into classrooms across the country, thanks to programs such as Code.org. According to the Education Commission of States, about 20 states now require that districts allow students to apply specified computer science courses toward completion of mathematics, science or, as a foreign language. But is coding preoccupying the hearts and minds of students after school hours? This is the question that researchers at the MIT Media Lab are asking.
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10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom

10 Engaging Digital Education Sites For Any Social Studies Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"If you have performed a recent search you may have found there is a countless number of social studies resources on the internet. In this post the goal was to find ten sites that addressed the area of Social Studies across all the diversified areas found in the discipline. Below, you will find the results of some extensive searching! You will discover a wide variety of materials including readings, OER (Open Education Resources), primary documents, textbooks, lessons, activities,  interactives, videos, audios, and some great blog readings. There is bound to be something for any teacher. Best of all many of these resources will help build a Social Study Classroom e-curriculum while facilitating those important 21st century skills and engaging students! Enjoy your journey!"

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3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement

3 ways to use technology for amazing parental engagement | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Customized tech, the LMS and video conferencing are all tools today’s younger gen parents like to use for communicating.

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A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals

A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
WWF Together is a beautiful iPad app and Android app that features interactive stories about endangered animals around the world. Each of the interactive stories includes beautiful images and videos, facts about the animals and their habitats, and the threats to each of the animals. Some of the animals currently featured in the app are pandas, marine turtles, elephants, tigers, polar bears, bison, whales, gorillas, rhinos, and snow leopards.
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12 Good iPad Coding Apps for Middle School Students

12 Good iPad Coding Apps for Middle School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some good iPad coding apps we curated for you from iTunes App Store. These are apps you can use with your middle school students to teach them everything related to coding and programming.  These include tutorials, guides, interactive games and several other materials ideal for use with students in class
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Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever

Google's Eric Schmidt: We need #critical #thinking now more than ever | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of Alphabet Inc (Google’s parent company), is optimistic about the future. “We’re entering what I call the age of abundance,” he says. “And during the age of abundance, we’re going to see a new age … the age of intelligence.

“By 2020, most human beings will have access to the internet. When you have everyone harnessed with this information, the world gets more inter-connected. It gets stronger. There’s more knowledge sharing. There’s more freedom and there’s more openness.”
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5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education

5 Awesome TED Talks On How Technology Is Changing Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the last ten years, technology has changed the way we work and communicate with others — and it’s also changed how we interact in the classroom. In fact, some educators argue that technology can improve the classroom by eliminating the need for a physical one, and allow students to learn remotely, from wherever they do their best work. While it’s still too early to know if this is the most effective way to teach, it’s important to stay-to-update on these innovations in education and see what we can learn from them. In these TED talks, students and educators share their …
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Beers/Probst: Fake News & Responsible Reading

Beers/Probst: Fake News & Responsible Reading | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Regardless of their age, students are not too young to learn to defend their position when it is defensible and to change it when new information, insight, or reasoning persuades them.

The apparent increase in what has come to be called “fake news” makes the issue of responsibility to others even more important. It has perhaps always been easy to allow ourselves to be led astray by inaccurate or dishonest texts, especially when our emotions are aroused.

If we find that a text angers us, or, on the other hand, greatly pleases us, then we are likely to react quickly, perhaps without checking to see 
if either the anger or the pleasure is warranted. Now, however, not only can we be led astray by irresponsible texts, but we have the capacity, through social media, to help that text lead hundreds or thousands of others astray."

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All-Girl Engineer Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless

All-Girl Engineer Team Invents Solar-Powered Tent For The Homeless | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
After witnessing the increasing number of homeless people in their community, a team of high school girls with no previous DIY experience joined forces to find a solution. It took a year, and over the weekend, they presented their invention at MIT’s young inventors conference.

The twelve girls attend San Fernando High School, which is 20 miles outside of Los Angeles. According to a story on Mashable, homelessness in the area increased 36% last year.
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Great ideas from girls who want to give back and help the world go green!

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 134 YouTube channels that will make you smarter

 134 YouTube channels that will make you smarter | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The 60 YouTube channels that will make you smarter were selected from this master list. In here you can find many captivating channels that for some reason or other didn’t quite reach the shortlist…

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Captivating channels for your students
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Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp

Cardboard Creations: A Maker Education Camp | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cardboard Creations Maker Education Camp utilized no technology (except for projecting images of example projects on the whiteboard) and low/no cost materials. Many of the discussions about and actions related to integrating maker education into educational environments center around the use of new technologies such computer components (Raspberry Pis, Arduinos), interactive robots for kids (Dash and Dot, Ozobots, Spheros), and 3D printers. These technologies are lots of fun and I facilitate Robotics and Computer Science with my gifted students and at one of my summer camps. The learners engaged in these high tech learning activities with high excitement and motivation. Such high excitement, engagement and motivation, though, were also seen at my low tech/low cost maker education camps: LED crafts, Toy Hacking and Making, and Cardboard Creations.
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The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play - Fast Company

The Case For Letting Kids Design Their Own Play - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The ideal toy for a child is not a toy at all but something that they’ve appropriated for play. Enter: sticks and rocks! Imagination transforms a stick into a magic wand, a sword, or a tool to poke a dead thing. A rock becomes a car or a whale. Because these found objects have no assigned story (they are “un-designed”), they shift identities as needed.


Later, the rock that was once a car becomes a tool to smash leaves when the play changes. This isn’t likely to happen with a toy car that has four wheels and a plastic body. That car can only be a car. The stick that was previously imagined to be a sword and helped slay a dragon (a tree) will shift to become a superhero flying through the air with jet-shoes. This can’t happen with a pre-defined action figure. Superheroes have specific physical characteristics which, along with the movie, comic book or TV show plot, provides the story of how that toy will behave. In play these are the equivalent of instructions, limiting the potential for the child to invent the narrative. "

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