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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 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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Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc

Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The last few weeks of the 2014-15 school year, I set up a makeshift Maker Space in my classroom. We spent the last few minutes of the day as often as possible making. Students designed and created their own classrooms after we read about students in Chad who have to build their school each year. Another week, after reading about family traditions, including knitting, students experimented with weaving and yarn. One week, we had an open ended Maker Space where their only guideline was: Make something for your mom for Mother’s Day.

My favorite part of my beginning Maker Space:  taking a step back. Just stopping and taking a mental picture of what was happening in my classroom. It may have just been 15 minutes of the day, but I promise they were 15 of the most meaningful minutes I had seen. Ever. There was collaboration. There was planning. There was failure and trying again and then success. It is A.MAZ.ING what 4 first graders will do with a cardboard box if you JUST LET THEM!

So, now I’m hooked.
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This is SO COOL! Congrats on the first blog post Megan! 


"My first ever blog post. I'm beyond excited about it! Check it out! #makerED   myteachervoice.edublogs.org " 

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Notes for iPad on iOS 9 | iPad Insight

Notes for iPad on iOS 9 | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I stopped using Notes on my iOS devices very early on. This was partly due to the hilarious Marker Felt fonts of previous iterations of the app, but mainly due to the lack of flexibility. It took a long time for Notes to mature as a modern note-taking app, but that time is here.

To start, there are a few big advantages to using the Notes app. you can create or append to existing notes using Siri. Holding the Home button and saying “note that I watched Pacific Rim and loved it” will create a note saying as much. “Add Spider-Man to my Movies note” will append that text to a note I have specifically for movies I’ve seen.  Given the most recent speed upgrades to Siri, this has become a really fast and reliable way to add new notes in a hands-free setting.
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From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School - graphite

From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School - graphite | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After-school clubs offer both students and teachers the freedom to explore alternative approaches to learning.
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ISTE 2015: 3D Printing in the Classroom (Resources) - @DesignMakeTeach

ISTE 2015: 3D Printing in the Classroom (Resources) - @DesignMakeTeach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are the materials to go with my 3D Printing in the Classroom presentation at ISTE 2015 in Philadelphia.
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Build your own iPad charging cart out of office supplies - Innovation: Education

Build your own iPad charging cart out of office supplies - Innovation: Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It really all started with the 20+ iPads we loan out to educators. Those suckers are constantly in demand and constantly in need of charging. They’re each firmly encased in Fintie Kiddie cases, which, laugh all you want, those things can stop a bullet. And they stand up. And they recline, have carrying handles and come in neon colors, perfect for locating 20+ loaned out units during the chaos of an event, but that’s a whole other blog post.

Anyway, we’ve been loaning these iPads out in tote bags, and just tossing the chargers in higgledy-piggledy. Mainly because if you have done any shopping around for charging carts you likely have needed to be resuscitated at least twice when looking at the prices. The cheapest we could find that works with our beloved Fintie cases started at $399.00, and there was no guarantee everything would fit. We’ve borrowed another department’s iPad charging tray a couple times, but a) it cost them closer to $1,000.00, b) weighed close to 25 lbs and c) had no wheels, thus entailing that their tech guy** lug it four blocks each way.

The thing about the Fintie cases is that part of their magic durability is that they surround the iPad in thick molded foam rubber — perfect for tossing in bags and bike panniers (guilty!) but problematic for trying to buy a pre-made charging cart, as the slots in those are generally cut for slimmer, uncased iPads. Plus can we get back to the whole cost thing? Are school districts really running around with so much cash? I know I’m not.

And thus, with no more rambling, I present: How to Build Your Own iPad Charging Cart Out of Office Supplies
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How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects | Make:

How to Use Cardboard to Prototype Your Projects | Make: | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This tutorial is meant to show ways of easily figuring out tolerances for simple items with cardboard instead of using 3D printing or other time consuming processes. This process is more responsible, and more efficient. Each model will take no more than 15 minutes start to finish and the materials can be found in your recycling receptacle.

As a furniture-maker and designer I am often looking to house specific items. Fitting items can be a tricky task. Measuring the dimensions of your item is a great place to start. However, you can not simply make the housing for the object the same size as the object itself. There is always a period of trial and error where you are adding and subtracting dimensionality in order to find the perfect fit for your object.
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iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Creating a Global Classroom

iPaddling through Fourth Grade-Encourage...Engage...Enlighten...Empower: Creating a Global Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It is so important as educators, who connect daily with a classroom full of 21st Century Learners, that we provide global learning opportunities for our students.  Teaching in a "World Classroom" makes learning relevant and engaging for our students. Breaking down the walls of our classroom helps students develop a respect for different cultures and ideas. There are many simple and easy ways for educators to connect globally. You don't have to be a 1:1 Classroom to go Global!!
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A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart

A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Year 1 Copy | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 6, 1:35 PM

Great example of transforming a library into a digital media Maker Space

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4 Tips to Record Amazing Video of Fireworks with iPhone or iPad - OSXDaily

4 Tips to Record Amazing Video of Fireworks with iPhone or iPad - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We’ve shared some tips to take great pictures of fireworks with iPhone before, but fireworks are obviously in motion, so perhaps the best way to capture a firework show is with some great video. Fortunately, the iPhone and iPad have a wonderful video recording camera built right in, and with a few tricks, you’ll be able to capture stunning video of a firework reports, explosions, or even the entire show, using nothing but the iPhone and it’s built-in feature set.
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Why & How to Green Screen in class - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Why & How to Green Screen in class - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Finding interesting ways to evaluate, reflect and report on work and projects can be tricky. Many students struggle to engage with the reflection properly as it is often a dry, unentertaining end to any unit or project. But that’s where the Green Screen App can help. (How-to help sheet below)

 

Remember:


People don’t learn from experience.
People learn when reflecting on experience.
People learn more when they can witness their own reflection."

 

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, July 5, 7:39 AM

Ik heb de app al, nu nog een groen scherm.

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The Design Essentials: iPad Apps for the Creative - Design Milk

The Design Essentials: iPad Apps for the Creative - Design Milk | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Quietly and almost covertly, Apple’s iPad has become a common tool in every realm of professional design. Fashion designers sketch on it, designers collect and curate ideas using it, digital artists paint with it in stunning realism, and architects even prepare 3D models before going to production all from the 9.7″ screen. The device is a near ubiquitous sight inside studios, design shops, and most noticeably at trade shows, an ideal compromise when the pocketability of the smartphone is too little and a laptop is just too large. For a demographic regularly relying upon composing, showing, and sharing projects, the iPad is Goldilocks perfect. Here are several of our favorite iPad apps for creatives with content creation and collaboration in mind.
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Makered Presentation 2015 Maker Ed 2015 Maker Ed 2015 Pippa Davies @PippaDavies, Natalie Sing @rnsing and Jessie Davis @jdavislc HCS Learning Commons Team @PippaDavies @rnsing @jdavislc

Makered Presentation 2015  Maker Ed 2015 Maker Ed 2015 Pippa Davies @PippaDavies, Natalie Sing @rnsing and Jessie Davis @jdavislc HCS Learning Commons Team @PippaDavies @rnsing @jdavislc | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Maker Ed 2015 Pippa Davies @PippaDavies, Natalie Sing @rnsing and Jessie Davis @jdavislc HCS Learning Commons Team

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Josh Burker's Blog of Musings: MaKey MaKey Scratch Operation Game

Josh Burker's Blog of Musings: MaKey MaKey Scratch Operation Game | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I have been designing an Operation-type board game that uses the MaKey MaKey to interface with a computer running Scratch.

I started with a simple prototype left over from my squishy circuit Operation game. I was curious whether the MaKey MaKey would read a closed circuit on this hardware. Good news: it works! Connect an alligator clip cable from the MaKey MaKey to the game board's foil "game port." Connect the MaKey MaKey board's Earth port to another alligator clip cable.
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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education

The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education | 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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Why the #Maker #Movement Should Be Here to Stay - IntoEduPassion #makered

Why the #Maker #Movement Should Be Here to Stay - IntoEduPassion #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I recently had the opportunity to take part in a two-day professional development session with the Children’s Museum Makeshop in collaboration with Kickstarter.  Here there were a variety of different of teachers and administrators who had varying levels of experience with making in education.  The commonality: all teachers and administrators wanted to incorporate making into their instruction in a more meaningful way.

Led by Teresa DeFlitch, we were engaged in a take-apart activity.  In this activity, we were to take apart an everyday item.  Our team selected a children’s toy.  During this process, I was reminded of what drew me to making in the first place: the awakening of a curiosity for how things work.
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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 

"In an attempt to get at what actually works for boys in education, Dr. Michael Reichert and Dr. Richard Hawley, in partnership with the International Boys' School Coalition, launched a study called Teaching Boys: A Global Study of Effective Practices, published in 2009. The study looked at boys in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, in schools of varying size, both private and public, that enroll a wide range of boys of disparate races and income levels. 

The authors asked teachers and students to "narrate clearly and objectively an instructional activity that is especially, perhaps unusually, effective in heightening boys' learning." The responses--2,500 in all--revealed eight categories of instruction that succeeded in teaching boys. The most effective lessons included more than one of these elements: 

     * Lessons that result in an end product--a booklet, a catapult, a poem, or a comic strip, for example. 
     * Lessons that are structured as competitive games. 
     * Lessons requiring motor activity. 
     * Lessons requiring boys to assume responsibility for the learning of others. 
     * Lessons that require boys to address open questions or unsolved problems. 
     * Lessons that require a combination of competition and teamwork. 
     * Lessons that focus on independent, personal discovery and realization. 
     * Lessons that introduce drama in the form of novelty or surprise."

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After reading this, I thought a #maker approach would definitely address many f these issues. 

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5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class - Brilliant or Insane

5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class - Brilliant or Insane | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Are  your students texting in class? Of course they are. A better question is, are you allowing your students to send text messages? If not, why?

The picture above is what happens in most classes. Students hide their mobile devices and surreptitiously send text messages to their friends. In many cases they may be texting peers in the same room. Teachers fear this secret texting in class and, in many cases, ban the use of mobile devices entirely.

A better practice is to embrace the mobile devices and the text messaging.
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Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom - THE CONVERSATION

Tapping into kids' passion for Minecraft in the classroom - THE CONVERSATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you know children aged between about six and 14, then you have probably heard of Minecraft.

Minecraft is a digital game, a popular cultural phenomenon and a powerful platform for learning. It is one of the most successful digital games of all time and continues to grow in popularity.

Educators have a great interest in Minecraft because children and young people seem to be driven to learn new knowledge and skills to play the game with a passion that they often lack for their everyday schooling.
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añada su visión ...

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Using MaKey MaKey and Scratch to Teach Properties of Materials

Using MaKey MaKey and Scratch to Teach Properties of Materials | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
School holidays are a great time to get stuck into techie projects! Today I had a play around with MaKey MaKey and Scratch to program two games with links to the science and technology curriculum.The intent is that students could code their own games, providing them an innovative, challenging and engaging way of demonstrating their knowledge of materials and properties.
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Learning to Read with Tiggly Words- Mommy University

Learning to Read with Tiggly Words- Mommy University | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My 6-year old son who is learning to read was so excited when he saw the 5 interactive vowel toys (a,e,i,o and u) in the Tiggly Words box. Just like the Shapes and Counts toys, these vowels are durable and colorful making kids excited to learn and play. Tiggly Words also comes with 3 apps that can be downloaded for FREE using the code provided. Tiggly Words offers hours of learning fun!

Tiggly Words is easy to use so it allows for independent play. To begin, just download the apps then tap on the app you want to play. The child will be prompted to match the letters on the screen which means the learning begins immediately! Once the letters are matched, the game begins! It’s that easy. Each app offers a different learning experience that focuses on a variety educational skills. Kids will focus on fundamental letter skills to decoding to problem solving. It’s a wonderful way to get children started on their reading journey!
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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space - @sljournal

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space - @sljournal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.


A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.


One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."

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MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch -@ClassTechTIps

MindNote Mind Mapping App for iPads and Apple Watch -@ClassTechTIps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Recently I shared some of my favorite apps for the writing process and here’s another to add to the list.  MindNote is a mind mapping app for iPads that lets users organize their ideas.  It can be used for a variety of tasks including character mapping, story brainstorming, and study support.  You might have students color code their outline to match a specific task or give students the freedom to organize their thinking as they conduct research or respond to a prompt.
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8 Kids' Apps for the 4th of July - Balefire Labs

8 Kids' Apps for the 4th of July - Balefire Labs | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
It's that time of year again for thinking about the origins and history of the United States. Here in the Boston area we have daily reminders of the American Revolution, but the 4th of July is always something extra special. Today we're sharing 10 apps that focus on the United States' history and civics. Great for the kids, but good for a refresher for the grown ups too! Have a great weekend!
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Stargazing app Star Walk 2 goes free as Apple’s new Free App of the Week

Stargazing app Star Walk 2 goes free as Apple’s new Free App of the Week | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Star Walk 2 by Vito Technology Inc. is one of the best—if not the best—stargazing apps in the App Store. Thursday, Star Walk 2 got slashed to zero bucks as part of Apple’s Free App of the Week promotion in the App Store.

Winner of Apple Design Award, the app taps your iPhone’s sensors and the GPS to determine the exact position of stars, planets, constellations, comets, ISS, satellites, star clusters, nebulae and meteor showers in the night sky.
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Digitally Interfaced Book: Paper, Graphite, Makey Makey, Scratch, and Imagination - Digital Is

Digitally Interfaced Book: Paper, Graphite, Makey Makey, Scratch, and Imagination - Digital Is | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
s a professional artist, deepening the ways in which seemingly disparate objects and processes are interconnected through locating, and mapping their intersections has been one of the main elements of my studio practice. The Fab Lab tools and working processes create an environment that is well suited to investigating those types of intersections.

In an effort to integrate Fab Lab tools centered on craft, and studio-based processes into the classroom, I have been working to implement a Mobile MakerCart at a project-based K-8 charter school. In addition to introducing craft-based physical computing projects to the children, a guiding principle behind the MakerCart is to give teachers the opportunity to develop familiarity with the MakerCart’s tools and processes in order to be able to envision the ways in which they might be able to develop their own curriculum for use in the classroom.
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ed alvarado's comment, July 4, 12:22 AM
Thats very good...