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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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20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About

20 YouTube Channels Every Math Teacher Should Know About | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
YouTube remains one of the best resources for educational video content to use with students in class. Over the past few years we reviewed and shared several YouTube channels that offer educational content for teachers and students and today we are re-featuring this list of the most popular YouTube channels for math teachers.
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The Best iPad Apps of 2017 - PC Mag

The Best iPad Apps of 2017 - PC Mag | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
According to Apple, more than a million dedicated iPad apps have been released worldwide. The right app can transform the iPad, regardless of its size, into nearly anything you desire. Want to look for a job? Download the LinkedIn app. Want to whip up phat beats during the subway commute? Download GarageBand. Any task you want to do, there's probably an app for that.

However, there's a downside: app discovery. How do you navigate all the iPad-optimized apps to find those worth downloading? Easy. Read PCMag.com's picks. Our staff has tested hundreds of iPad apps and highlighted the best of the best. If you're a glutton for punishment, you could dig through the depths of the App Store for user reviews, but that demands a lot of time. Plus, little-known apps of high quality may have only a handful of reviews. Just sit back and let us deliver the gems to you.
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4 Good iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia - Educator's Technology 

4 Good iPad Apps for Learners with Dyslexia - Educator's Technology  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today’s post features some very good iPad apps to use with your dyslexic learners. The first app helps students understand dyslexia through a video comic and subsequent quiz. The second app is a detector that allows you to detect different types of learning difficulties including dyslexia. The third app provides learners with a variety of engaging games to help them ‘assess working memory, phonological awareness, processing speed, visual memory, auditory memory and sequencing skills.’ The last app is a Dyslexic dictionary for explaining unknown terms.
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Preparing Students for Careers in Computer Science - STEM JOBS

Preparing Students for Careers in Computer Science - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Students in the United States are being left behind in the great race of the technological revolution. The reality is our country’s students are not competing with talent from other nations, whose students pursue careers in computer science more often. A projection of computer and information technology career growth by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reveals this sector will expand 12 percent between 2014 and 2024. With an estimated 488,500 new roles expected to be introduced, the median salary for these roles is also expected to grow from an already high $82,860 in May 2016.

Another alarming trend is the tendency for women and people of color to bypass careers in computer science. In January 2016, under Barack Obama’s presidency, The White House revealed its plan to increase student engagement for girls and young students of color who were underrepresented in computer science and noted, “…in the fewer than 15 percent of all high schools that offered any Advanced Placement (AP) CS courses in 2015, only 22 percent of those who took the exam were girls, and only 13 percent were African-American or Latino students.” To ensure students are prepared for careers in computer science, start education in this subject early and use the following strategies to ignite interest in this field.
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Six Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion (and Purpose) @ajjuliani

Six Simple Strategies to Help Find Your Passion (and Purpose) @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A few years ago, during the school year, my students and I had a similar problem: There wasn’t an opportunity for me to find out what they really enjoyed doing, and most of them did not know what they were interested in. They had been conditioned to do what is asked of them in school – and that was it.

We decided it was time to change the content, while still focusing on the skills they needed to learn. That January we began our Genius Hour (20% time projects), and my teaching career changed forever.

What I didn’t expect to change was also my mindset. You see, I’m the type of person who is interested in a million different things (maybe not a million, but close!). However, although I’m interested in Icelandic elves, the different types of cheese steaks, hacking Kickstarter projects, and fantasy football…none of those interests are my passions. I spent time on all of those interests in some way yesterday. But I may not spend time on any of those this entire week. This was a huge revelation to me:
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28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area -

28 Critical Thinking Question Stems For Any Content Area - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Critical thinking isn’t a skill, nor is it content knowledge or even evidence of understanding. While it involves and requires these ideas, critical thinking is also very much a state of mind — a willingness and tendency to sit with an idea and ‘struggle wonderfully’ with it.

In critical thinking, there is no conclusion; it is constant interaction with changing circumstances and new knowledge that allows for broader vision which allows for new evidence which starts the process over again. Critical thinking has at its core raw emotion and tone. Intent.

The purpose of this product is to help students practice this slippery ‘skill.’ By having dozens of questions written generally enough to be widely applicable, but with an inherent rigor that challenges students to think, the ability to practice thinking critically is always available.
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11 Must-Have Meal Planning and Nutrition Apps [Infographic]

11 Must-Have Meal Planning and Nutrition Apps [Infographic] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Eating healthy and staying fit can be a challenge. You want to eat right without sacrificing deliciousness or spending a fortune. You want to stay motivated to exercise and stay in shape.

The good news is that tech can help. Handy apps can help you plan meals that are healthy, delicious and nutritious. Using these apps you can find recipes, check out nutrition information, plan grocery lists, schedule meal plans, track your exercise and more.

This infographic shows 11 highly rated apps that can help you eat healthier and stay fit more easily."

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9 Features of ClassDojo's Digital Portfolio Platform - Coming Soon

9 Features of ClassDojo's Digital Portfolio Platform - Coming Soon | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
About this time last year ClassDojo introduced a digital portfolio platform that they call Student Stories. Since its initial launch ClassDojo has steadily added new features to Student Stories. Today, ClassDojo announced nine features that will be available for the start of the new school year.
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63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World

63 Things Every Student Should Know In A Digital World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
But in an increasingly connected and digital world, the things a student needs to know are indeed changing—fundamental human needs sometimes drastically redressed for an alien modern world. Just as salt allowed for the keeping of meats, the advent of antibiotics made deadly viruses and diseases simply inconvenient, and electricity completely altered when and where we slept and work and played, technology is again changing the kind of “stuff” a student needs to know.

Of course, these are just starters. Such a list really could go on forever.
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Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas

Part One: Going Beyond SAMR… 5 Ideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t is wonderful to see that SAMR is a great place to start. It provides the teacher with some definitions and an understanding of how technology can both facilitate learning while also expanding it. In fact, teaching teachers about the line in between SA and MR allows teachers to see if they are on the road to transformation. This is often referred to as teaching above… or below… the line.

I am certain you are waiting for that “however”… so here it comes. SAMR is one model, and perhaps a first step, in helping teachers understand technology integration and transformational learning. Do not stop with SAMR! Try to understand that a lesson at the top of SAMR may not be the ultimate learning opportunity in technology integration. As you facilitate teachers on a best practices journey it will be important to look at lessons with some other filters, SAMR, after all, is only one. Let’s take a look at some other concepts we must keep in mind as we help educators understand SAMR. Please enjoy the ideas below, and by now you must know that in future posts I will be building upon these important ideas.
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How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat @ajjuliani

How to Run a Maker Madness Tourney at Your School by @AnnemarieCat @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Makerspace movement has been steadfastly gaining traction in education, and rightly so; what better way to incite creativity, encourage inventiveness, and just generally let kids have fun than by giving them Things and asking them to Make Something?

One great way to introduce the concept of making to your school is through a Maker Madness Tournament.  This structured, guided, tiered competition gives faculty and students some great exposure to what it means to be a Maker while cashing in on the inherent joy that children find in some friendly competition!
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Elementary Makerspaces - Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Teacher Librarians

Elementary Makerspaces - Iowa City Community School District (ICCSD) Teacher Librarians | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A Makerspace is a place where kids can explore, create, make mistakes, and learn. It is a place of crafting, technology, inquiry, and challenge. 

There is no ONE way to run a Makerspace: 


​Design one that works for your school, your budget, and your students! "

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12 Excellent Chemistry Apps for High School Students

12 Excellent Chemistry Apps for High School Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Another collection of good educational iPad apps specifically curated from iTunes App Store for high school teachers and students. These are apps to help students with chemistry learning from understanding the elements, molecules and atoms to exploring chemical reactions.They provide students  with activities, video lessons, simulated experimentations,  periodic tables and several other materials to boost their chemistry learning.
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Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources

Made With Play: Game-Based Learning Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Edutopia's Made With Play series takes a look at game-like learning principles in action and commercial games in real classrooms -- and offers tips and tools for bringing them into your own practice.

Via JackieGerstein Ed.D., Made Hery Santosa
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Seems like a hands on, structurized partial introduction to game based learning in action: what is already improving classrooms and why.

Kasey Howard's curator insight, September 21, 2016 10:21 PM

Videos that show game based learning in action in the classroom. Classroom management and formative assessment are among the topics of the various videos. 

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Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools

Together, technology and teachers can revamp schools | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

IN 1953 B.F. Skinner visited his daughter’s maths class. The Harvard psychologist found every pupil learning the same topic in the same way at the same speed. A few days later he built his first “teaching machine”, which let children tackle questions at their own pace. By the mid-1960s similar gizmos were being flogged by door-to-door salesmen. Within a few years, though, enthusiasm for them had fizzled out.

Since then education technology (edtech) has repeated the cycle of hype and flop, even as computers have reshaped almost every other part of life. One reason is the conservatism of teachers and their unions. But another is that the brain-stretching potential of edtech has remained unproven.


Today, however, Skinner’s heirs are forcing the sceptics to think again (see article). Backed by billionaire techies such as Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates, schools around the world are using new software to “personalise” learning. This could help hundreds of millions of children stuck in dismal classes—but only if edtech boosters can resist the temptation to revive harmful ideas about how children learn. To succeed, edtech must be at the service of teaching, not the other way around.

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8 Handy Google Drive Search Tips for Teachers - Educator's Technology

8 Handy Google Drive Search Tips for Teachers - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, here is a handy visual featuring 8 important Google Drive search tips for teachers. More specifically, you will get to learn how to: search for a document that contains a specific phrase, search for files that contain at least one of the words, find documents that do not contain a particular word, find documents owned or shared by or with a particular person, search your Drive by document type, search for documents edited before or after a specific period of time, find documents by title, and finally find items that can be opened by only certain apps.
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Word Booster

Word Booster | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

It gives you a list of words you are likely to look up in the dictionary as far as the given text is concerned, guesses a good dictionary definition for the words along with example sentences. And finally, it also makes a quiz for the words using both the definitions and example sentences. (Of course we give you the answer key too.)


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 19, 12:43 AM

This is a great free tool for creating word lists and vocabulary quizzes from online text. It works within minutes. A great time saver.

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Cardboard Whirligig using Stop Motion

Cardboard Whirligig using Stop Motion | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t's an object that spins or whirls through some form of kinetic energy transfer. Weather vanes and pinwheels  are whirligigs since they move in the wind. The history of whirligigs can be traced back over a thousand years. In the US colonial days, whirligigs evolved into more complicated designs and are considered an art form (folk art).
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Plotagon now free for educators — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Plotagon now free for educators — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A couple of years back I was thrilled to discover Plotagon and posted about it here.


Today, I was thrilled to discover that free one-year teacher licenses are now available at Plotagon Education. (Currently, students may sign up for 30-day trials.)


Reminiscent of Xtranormal, Plotagon encourages writing skills as users craft professional-looking animated movies. Plotagon movies are built from series of scenes, featuring customizable characters and complete with text-based dialogue, emotions, sound effects, and actions. Dialogue can be read by either computer text-to-speech voices or by recording your own voice."

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Educator Innovator - Powered by the National Writing Project

Educator Innovator - Powered by the National Writing Project | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For the past 17 years, Techbridge Girls has been working to break down barriers that often keep young women, particularly those of color from low-income communities, out of STEM careers and the maker movement. We work to craft a new narrative that centers this population and gives them space not just to engage with STEM and making, but to believe that they can transform the maker movement to reflect their experiences and interests. Techbridge Girls supports an ecosystem for girls from grades four through 12 to experience the full breadth of STEM education and works to ignite in them the courage to pursue a STEM degree and career.


Our model is not rocket science, but it is intentional. As the Maker Movement continues to grow and expand we also need to be intentional about what voices and perspectives are represented. As educators and thought leaders, it is our responsibility to ensure that all voices and perspectives have an opportunity to come to the table, and have their voices heard. In order to support educators in their work to develop more equitable, inclusive maker education programs and practices, we are excited to share a set of 6 strategies we’ve used at Techbridge to redefine making, and create new space and opportunities for girls."

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11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom

11 Quick & Amazing Ways to Use PowToon in Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Classroom learning can be AWESOME! Check out these 11 killer tips for quick and amazing ways to use PowToon in your classroom.

Via Nik Peachey, WebTeachers
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Some nice examples and templates for using PowToon with students.

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Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive - Mind/Shift 

Five Ways Design and Making Can Help Science Education Come Alive - Mind/Shift  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Design is an artistic endeavor that values the creative and human centered application of math, science and technology. Using design to help others learn science is not intuitive, however, once practiced you will see how humanistic and authentic it is to incorporate design in any subject. Below is a list of the most promising benefits that I have noticed in the past six years for using design as a framework and making as the engine to empower students as they gain and apply their scientific literacy.
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8 Elements Good Maker Projects Have in Common - WeAreTeachers

8 Elements Good Maker Projects Have in Common - WeAreTeachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The maker movement is gaining steam in classrooms across the country. Why? Maker projects are massive cross-curricular opportunities that allow kids to explore the curriculum using their hands instead of staring at a whiteboard — and that’s something that keeps event the wiggliest of students engaged.

The beauty of maker projects is that they can take on many different forms, from crafting with scissors and paper to engineering with robotics. But all good maker projects still need direction. Ensure your maker lesson plans have these eight elements.
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17 STEM toys that teach kids to code

17 STEM toys that teach kids to code | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In response to concern over kids' interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), companies have been churning out cool toys that teach them coding and logic skills. The idea: get kids hooked on STEM early, and via their toys.
Since there are so many more STEM toys on the market these days, it can be difficult to figure out which ones will be the most worthwhile. Below, Working Mother's picks for the best toys and games that teach the basics of coding. Your kid will be building her own robot in no time.
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Top 10 Productivity Apps for iPad Users

Top 10 Productivity Apps for iPad Users | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below are the top 10 paid productivity apps as rated by iTunes App Store. You may want to go through them and see which ones work for you. Some of the things you can do with these apps include: take notes, annotate PDFs, mark-up images, effectively manage your tasks, open and view SketchUp models, take handwritten notes,  read all forms of documents on the go, stamp and merge PDFs, and many more.
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