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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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Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart

Too Many Kids Quit Science Because They Don't Think They're Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For most students, science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) subjects are not intuitive or easy. Learning in general—and STEM in particular—requires repeated trial and error, and a student’s lack of confidence can sometimes stand in her own way. And although teachers and parents may think they are doing otherwise, these adults inadvertently help kids make up their minds early on that they're not natural scientists or “math people,” which leads them to pursue other subjects instead.

So what's the best way to help kids feel confident enough to stay the STEM course? To answer this question, I spoke with Carol Dweck, a professor of psychology at Stanford University in California. Over the past 20 years, Dweck has conducted dozens of studies about praise’s impact on students’ self-esteem and academic achievement. Here is a transcript of our conversation, which has been condensed and lightly edited.
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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 27, 11:15 AM
Carol Dweck's work on growth mindset is key to so much of what is important in schools!Lou
 
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Doodle 4 Google Canada National Contest - Canada 150

Doodle 4 Google Canada National Contest - Canada 150 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest inviting students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for the Google.ca homepage for a day.*

As Canada blows out a whole lot of candles for its 150th birthday this year, what better way to celebrate than by asking students to imagine what the next 150 years will look like? Google believes our youth hold the key to a bright future for Canada, and can't wait to see what their optimism, creativity and imagination give rise to.

The winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.
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BreakoutEDU On A Budget - Adventures of Library Girl @jenniferlagarde

BreakoutEDU On A Budget - Adventures of Library Girl @jenniferlagarde | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the things I love most about BreakoutEDU is how freely its creators share resources. There are tons of people creating and sharing digital breakouts that are for you to use with students. And if you can't afford the fabulous official BreakoutEDU boxes, (which run $125 each), they generously provide you with links for purchasing your own materials. Still, putting together a few sets (and you will need a few) can be a little pricey. That said, recently I received a question on Facebook about how I put together my own BreakoutEDU boxes - each of which cost me around $35.00. Depending on the number of locks you purchase, you might be able to put them together even cheaper. The document below lists all the items I purchased for my own boxes and how much they cost.
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10 Apps to Help Students Study Better and Learn Faster by Josh Sears

10 Apps to Help Students Study Better and Learn Faster by Josh Sears | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"‘Tis the season for final exams! If ever there was a time to take advantage of all tools imaginable to help your students get the best grades possible, it is now. Fortunately, the app market has exploded with useful assistance, and here are some of the best apps I recommend to help your students study better and learn faster:"


By Josh Sears


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Google Image Search Tips via Educators' Technology

Google Image Search Tips via Educators' Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 19, 9:20 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Filomena Gomes.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 28, 7:19 PM

Ah...search tips!

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One Reason Young People Don't Go Into Science? We Don't Fail Well

One Reason Young People Don't Go Into Science? We Don't Fail Well | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Four weeks into my first semester of college, my academic confidence was completely shredded. I had back-to-back tests in cell biology, chemistry, and calculus, and my time management skills weren’t quite there yet. I failed my calculus exam, and suddenly I wasn’t sure I had the intelligence or the ability to get a degree in science.


My story has a happy ending—at least to me. Through stress eating, meltdowns, and support from my professor and older students, I studied my way to an A-minus in that calculus class. But, even better: I learned how to fail, something I keep learning and relearning as I come to the end of my second semester in graduate school. It’s the fundamental underpinning of scientific resilience—failing repeatedly, and picking yourself up to try again.

It’s what I think is missing from many young Americans’ educational experiences, and, in part, why I think so many of us, as smart and creative and technically adept as we are, shy away from scientific research as our careers."

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Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/ ability to manually create classes & more

Apple releases Classroom iPad app version 2.0 w/ ability to manually create classes & more | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Alongside public releases for iOS 10.3, macOS 10.12.4, watchOS 3.2, and tvOS 10.2 today, Apple has officially released version 2.0 of its Classroom app for iPad previously in beta.
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These 2 Women Quit Corporate America to Tackle STEM Education

These 2 Women Quit Corporate America to Tackle STEM Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This after-school STEM camp looks like an Apple store where kids can get their hands dirty while learning and having fun.
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"Naslausky and Gazal, who now serve as co-presidents of the Zaniac company, oversee Zaniac franchises on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York and another two in Greenwich and Westport, Connecticut. Collectively, the three campuses employ about 80 people. Each site offers after-school and summer camp curriculums designed to help K-8 students fall in love with math and science – an opportunity the two women (who have five children between them) identified while trying to supplement their own kids’ education." 

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Students Should Learn to Code Because it is the Language of the Future

Students Should Learn to Code Because it is the Language of the Future | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computers and software are taking over the world. Programming is now required in many jobs, and most students have free access to PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Many of the projected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs involve computers, and there is an increasingly high demand for employees who can write computer programs. This means that students should learn to code while still in school because it is the language of the future. But what can we do to encourage and support computer science in our schools?

Today, the schools teach students how to utilize ICT (information and communications technology) as a consumer, rather than using it as a programmer. On the other hand, the tech-savvy world tends to develop technological innovations by building and encouraging literacy in keeping with modern living. For that reason, we must teach our students to use code. The market changes really quickly, and those who know how to code will have an advantage when looking for a job.
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"Computer sciences and technological innovations are rapidly progressing these days, and that’s why new STEM skills need to be obtained concurrently. The fastest and simplest way possible is certainly via the Internet. Coding tutorials can’t wait for translations.

Science requires the setting of new trends by stimulating like-minded people and companies to cooperate in developing new technologies. Without computer software and applications, nothing much works. Therefore, we must teach our students to code. This is the future, and so are our children."

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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

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Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Gamification

 

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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Here Is A Wonderful Tool to Annotate Images and Videos and Create Interactive Content to Use in Class

Here Is A Wonderful Tool to  Annotate Images and Videos and Create Interactive Content to Use in Class | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ThingLink Edu is one of the best web tools you can use to annotate images and videos and create media rich visuals to share with your students in class. ThingLink enables you to add different layers of interactivity to your content. There are actually over 70 call to action tags to layer your content with including; web links. text, video, image, audio, maps and many more. The process to add Rich Media Tags to your content is ‘as simple as copying the URL into the Link field of the ThingLink tag editor.’
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3 Very Good Apps for Creating and Sharing 3D Models

3 Very Good Apps for Creating and Sharing 3D Models | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below are three good iPad apps students can use to create and share 3D models and animations. Some of these apps support 3D printing. Students can use the apps to engage in a wide variety of creative tasks from creating simple designs to constructing complex objects. They can create figures, build modules, design  pixel arts and bring them to life through 3D technology. Check out the featured apps below and if you have other suggestions to add to the list, share with us in our Facebook page. Enjoy
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How augmented reality helps manufacturing enter a new phase - Daily Genius

How augmented reality helps manufacturing enter a new phase - Daily Genius | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Augmented reality may sound like something out of a science fiction film, but the technology is changing manufacturing across the world. From aerospace to automotives, AR is not only increasingly being used on the factory floor, it´s revolutionising it. AR overlays virtual reality over real objects, providing all the necessary data a technician needs to make an assessment or perform a task
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What I Learned By Recording My Classes - MiddleWeb

What I Learned By Recording My Classes - MiddleWeb | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
New technology is making it easier than ever to create informal classroom recordings of teachers teaching and students learning. Why do it? For me, the opportunities to improve my practice are worth the extra effort.

I have recently purchased a SWIVL thanks to a grant a co-worker and I wrote, and I’m using my iPad to record my classes. If you haven’t used a SWIVL before, you simply put your iPad into the SWIVL base, wear a SWIVL marker device around your neck, and the iPad will follow you and record the visual and the audio.
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Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You've read about the maker movement. You've seen the posts with 3D printers, laser cutters, and three-axis mills in shiny new labs. And you want your students to start making, too. But you've got one big problem: you don't have a full lab -- or even a 3D printer -- because, like many educators, you don't have the biggest budget. Maybe you have no budget at all.

But what if you could get started making tomorrow and didn't need all the fancy tools to join this movement? Making starts with a mindset, and simple materials are all that you need to get started. There are resources all around you, materials hidden in plain sight, tools just waiting to be used for a creative purpose. And with a little dose of ingenuity, you'll have your students making in no time.

One perfect way start making on the cheap is through upcycling, the intentional transformation of hard-to-recycle materials into new products, thus saving them from the landfill. This type of real-world project not only teaches making skills but also helps you integrate making into your subject area. Study material science, explore industrial design, or dig into environmental education. As an added bonus, a project like this ignites your students' entrepreneurial spirit.
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Teaching about Mars - your students should see this film created using real NASA photos

The anaglyph images of Mars taken by the HiRISE camera holds information about the topography of Mars surface. There are hundreds of high-resolution images of this…

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9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers

9 must-read blogs for innovative teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Blogging gives educators a platform to share best practices, pose questions to their peers, and explore new ideas.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 28, 8:46 AM

Honored to be lsited w/ such amazing #EDChat peeps!

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This app makes staying in touch with your professional contacts easier than ever

This app makes staying in touch with your professional contacts easier than ever | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

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Why do people get so anxious about math? - Orly Rubinsten TED-ED

Why do people get so anxious about math? - Orly Rubinsten TED-ED | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Have you ever sat down to take a math test and immediately felt your heart beat faster and your palms start to sweat? This is called math anxiety, and if it happens to you, you’re not alone: Researchers think about 20 percent of the population suffers from it. So what’s going on? And can it be fixed? Orly Rubinsten explores the current research and suggests ways to increase math performance.
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10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
AJ Juliani, is an educator I have worked closely with over the past few years, and I greatly admire his work.  Soon (April 2), he will be launching “The Innovative Teaching Academy“, which is an amazing opportunity to further your own learning with a cohort of innovative educators from around the world.

If you are interested in purchasing this program, here is a link that will provide a discount for your purchase. This link will also provide you a description of the course.  The deadline to sign up is April 2.

Below, is a post from AJ, so you are able to see his thinking on “innovation in education”. I am looking forward to doing a “launch webinar” (more information coming soon) tp help kick this off.  Please let me know if you have any more questions.
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How to use Gboard dictation to improve iOS dictation | Cult of Mac

How to use Gboard dictation to improve iOS dictation | Cult of Mac | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google's Gboard is a great alternative iOS keyboard, and now it lets you dictate messages. Here's how to set up and use Gboard dictation.
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When (Virtual) Reality Meets the Classroom

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Spurred by a new era of affordable, mainstream virtual reality tools, Indiana University is incorporating VR into high-tech classrooms called Reality Labs.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 24, 9:10 PM
I particularly like the ability of non-VR google wearing students to "see" what the VR students see.
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10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their Productivity

10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their Productivity | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to organizing one's workflow and enhancing productivity iPad can do wonders. There are a wide variety of wonderful apps you can utilize to transform your digital experiences and be more productive. The collection below features some of favourite picks in this regard. These are apps that can help facilitate your workflow, manage your tasks and to-do lists, create, share  and sync your files and documents across different devices and platforms. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.
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20 Top Virtual Reality Apps that are Changing Education

20 Top Virtual Reality Apps that are Changing Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
*The Edvocate is pleased to produce its “Best of the Best” resource lists. These lists provide our readers with rankings for education-related blogs, twitter accounts, influencers, products, etc. These lists are meant to be fluid, and for that reason, they are regularly updated to provide up to the moment information.* Virtual reality is one of the hottest edtech trends. Not only are students allowed the opportunity to emerge themselves into a subject but can travel the world from their desk chairs. While not readily available in every classroom, programs such as Google Cardboard aim to make VR headsets cheap and …
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These lists provide our readers with rankings for education-related blogs, twitter accounts, influencers, products, etc. These lists are meant to be fluid, and for that reason, they are regularly updated to provide up to the moment information.* Virtual reality is one of the hottest edtech trends. Not only are students allowed the opportunity to emerge themselves into a subject but can travel the world from their desk chairs.These lists provide our readers with rankings for education-related blogs, twitter accounts, influencers, products, etc. These lists are meant to be fluid, and for that reason, they are regularly updated to provide up to the moment information.* Virtual reality is one of the hottest edtech trends. Not only are students allowed the opportunity to emerge themselves into a subject but can travel the world from their desk chairs.
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16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom

16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google announced yesterday that Google Classroom is now open for users without G Suite for Education accounts. With this new update Classroom will be available for more teachers and students. We have already published a wide variety of materials, tips and guides on how to make the best of Google Classroom in teaching and learning, check out our archive to learn more. Today. we are sharing with you some of the applications that work with Google Classroom. These apps, featured in Google for Education Products section, will help you add a number of excellent functionalities to Classroom and facilitate your workflow.
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App recommendations for Google Classroom
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Food for thought: Let's talk Tomatosphere™ with astronaut Thomas Pesquet

Food for thought: Let's talk  Tomatosphere™ with astronaut Thomas Pesquet | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
2017-03-21 - In this video about the Tomatosphere™ educational project, European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut Thomas Pesquet explains the importance of growing fresh fruits and vegetables in space to nourish future travelers embarking on long-duration missions to the Moon, Mars and beyond.

Tomatosphere™ is a blind study in which Canadian and American students in 20, 000 classrooms grow tomato plants stemming from seeds that either travelled to space or stayed on Earth—but the seeds’ history remain a mystery until the end.
Typically, the space-faring tomato seeds spend four weeks aboard the International Space Station.

Tomatosphere™ engages students in real scientific processes that teach and reinforce inquiry skills, while they explore concepts related to plants, space, careers, nutrition and agriculture.
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