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Hidden Creek Software Releases iMathGenius iPhone/iPad Application

Hidden Creek Software Releases iMathGenius iPhone/iPad Application | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Hidden Creek Software has released its latest version of iPhone/iPad application called iMathGenius.
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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.
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Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

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Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Dash and Dot Robots During Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So what were kids up to during the Hour of Code? MakeWonder have shared with us how kids as young as 5 participated in the Hour of Code last week. Jake Lee, from Honolulu, Hawaii created this video to show how his first graders participated in the Hour of Code with the robots. They used Dash & Dot robots for programming activities to teach spatial reasoning and then moved on to Blockly (a visual programming tool developed by Google) to program robots through mazes. If you are lucky enough to have access to the amazing Dash and Dot, MakeWonder have created some great ideas to get you started.
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Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Haiku Deck's Premium Presentation Templates Are Now Free ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I just learned through Tony Vincent that the popular presentation tool Haiku Deck is now offering its premium presentation templates for free. This offer is only valid through the holidays. Go ahead and grab some of these beautiful templates to use in your next presentation. For those of you not yer familiar with Haiku Deck, here is a short review of it.
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Happy Holidays from Haiku Deck: Free New Fonts and Filters!

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Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom

Digital Kindergarten: Getting iPads into Your Classroom | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
One of the most common questions I am asked is "How did you pay for your iPads" or "Do you know of any grants to get iPads (or other technology) into my classroom?"

I was lucky enough in 2010 to have administration whose priority was to update and increase technology in our district.  I wasn't in on the process so I'm relatively clueless on how they got them- I do know they applied for grants and used general budget funds to purchase our iPads, initially for a 1:1 program in our high school.  Once I saw how perfect the iPads for Kindergarten I begged and pleaded and justified how I would use them in my classroom.  
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Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral

Tinkering and Thinking with Maker Kylie Peppler | DMLcentral | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Some enthusiasts of digital media in learning and inclusion of making/tinkering as a learning activity — including myself — believe that talking about tinkering while doing it, in person and online, can enhance social contexts for peer learning and for learning thinking skills.
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6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com

6 Christmas Stories Brought To Life On The iPad - MakeUseOf.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are a few traditions that are crucial to the full Christmas experience: listening to Christmas music, putting up Christmas lights, making your favorite Christmas desserts, and, of course, reading Christmas stories.

The following six stories are sure to make your family smile at Christmas — especially now that they’ve been brought to life like never before on the iPad. So sit around the fire, pour yourself some mulled wine or hot chocolate, and enjoy these Christmas classics!
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Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com

Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Gepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements."

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Foos: Code for an Hour is a super fun free iOS app that teaches beginning programming concepts to students.  It's very similar to Scratch where users connect blocks to form commands.  There are 24 levels that students can complete to unlock new characters and abilities.  Some of the concepts covered in Foos are: problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, and more.
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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.

With The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels.  Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature.  Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.
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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Last year, Edudemic published a list of the most essential and popular educational tools used in modern classrooms across the globe. While many of 2013′s contenders retain top spots for 2014, there are a few new and noteworthy tools that made it onto this year’s list, and some of last year’s mentions have shifted in the rankings. We highly recommend taking a look at these “battle-tested” teaching tools; some of them may be a perfect fit for your modern classroom.
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iPad Coding Apps for Students | Listly List

A list of iOS apps that can help your students learn to code. Some fun games to try, for ages 3 and up. | Hopscotch -- Hour of Code Edition! Programming for kids. Make games, stories, animations and more!, Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks and build your own games, Treehouse: Learn Programming and Design, ScratchJr, Codecademy: Code Hour, Codea, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Lightbot - Programming Puzzles, and Cargo-Bot

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Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering

Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans, more than 100 of them, are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be downloaded as PDFs.

The games section of Try Engineering features 36 online games. Some of the games were developed specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.

The games section of Try Engineering also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that students can use to learn about engineering and programming.
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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool - Edutopia

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In classrooms, smartphones are slowly shifting out of the toy-and-liability-to-attention category, and into the tool-and-engaging-students category. It's part of the movement to "meet students where they are" that's being embraced by teachers who believe in a non-standardized approach to education. Jeremy Mettler, social studies teacher at Batavia (New York) High School, puts it this way: "Students all have them and they love using them, but they don't realize they're walking around with a computer in their pocket."

Yet computers, helpful as they are, can be a distraction. So how do you incorporate smartphones into the teaching process without compromising the learning process?

I talked to a number of teachers around the country to see how they're addressing this challenge.
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Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia

Digital Storytelling and Authentic Assessments - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Digital storytelling is a powerful way to engage students in the writing process. Whether they are telling stories from a summer vacation or writing a persuasive essay on a community issue, technology tools can help motivate reluctant writers. Students can use their writing, audio recordings, video creations, illustrations, and images to create a digital storytelling product that demonstrates their understanding of a concept.
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TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School

TinyTap Gets a Facelift - Create Your Own iPad Games for Older Students - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

iTinyTap is a great iPad app for developing your own educational games. I’ve been a big supporter of the app since it launched a couple of years ago. TinyTap has always been targeted toward the K-3 crowd, but it can certainly be used with older students too. To reflect that TinyTap has uses in older grades, the developers gave the app a bit of a facelift and added some new features.

TinyTap still works the way that it always has, but some of the decorations and animations that were included to appeal to young students are optional rather than default settings.

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5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu

5 hidden iPad features for language learning. | ipadders.eu | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

This blog post however does not focus on the apps, but the features that are built within the iPad. Take some time to explain these features in the iPad’s settings to make your students aware of how they can benefit their language learning.

 

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My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories

My Must-Have iPad Apps, 2014 Edition - MacStories | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
For the past four years, I've been running a series called My Must-Have Apps that, once a year, collects all the apps I find indispensable to get work done on my iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Considering changes to my daily life and workflow, this year will only feature my must-have iPad and iPhone apps. As with last year, I want to start from the iPad.
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10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch - TED.com

10 TED Talks by women that everyone should watch -  TED.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Color bravery. A headset for brainwaves. His/hers healthcare. 10 big, bold talks from female speakers.
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The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius

The parent and teacher's guide to online acronyms - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"If you’re a parent or teacher, you’ve probably had to deal with deciphering the gibberish-looking text and numbers students are sending to one another. It’s like learning a new language. Seriously. In an effort to help you identify some of the most important and must-know online acronyms, we put together this handy visual guide that’s designed to get you some of the little-known but most-used terms being texted and shared on a daily basis.

Do you know all these acronyms already? Then you probably have what it takes to share your knowledge on Daily Genius! "

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Not really a "Means and Methods" post, but I certainly did not know most of those - did you?

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Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School

Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - iPadApps for SchoolEndless Wordplay is a great new app from the same people that brought us the popular Endless Alphabet, Numbers, and Reader apps. In Endless Alphabet students help a friendly monster navigate a make believe world by spelling words correctly. At each stop in the adventure students have to spell a series of three rhyming words. The app reads the word to students and provides them with hints when they get stuck on a spelling. Endless Wordplay doesn’t award points. Instead of earning points the incentive is just to keep moving forward in the game at your own pace.

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Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand

Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My iPad app, Stick Around is free for two days only! The app’s regular price is $2.99 (or $1.49 through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program).
DOWNLOAD STICK AROUND FROM THE APP STORE
Stick Around empowers teachers, students, and parents to design, play, and share labeling, sorting, and matching games. It has been used in hundreds of classrooms and is often mentioned by students as their favorite educational app. 

Stick Around has been in the App Store for exactly a year. Before that, it took a team of people almost two years to design, code, and test. In fact, I started working with the geniuses at MorrisCooke, the app design studio that makes Explain Everything, in May 2011. You can read the story behind Stick Around.
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Apple Releases Annual Holiday Commercial for 2014: The Song - OSXDaily

Apple Releases Annual Holiday Commercial for 2014: The Song - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has released their annual holiday commercial, titled “The Song”. The advertisement plays out like a short film, following a girl who discovers an old record of her grandmother singing, and then proceeds to use a Mac and iPad to create and share a duet with herself and her grandmothers old recording.
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REVIEW: Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students | Edudemic

REVIEW: Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to crafting individualized instruction for your students, ExitTicket tops the class. Tested against other apps in its category, this app emerged as the fullest-featured piece of exit ticket software I’ve seen. Although indispensable for offering individualized instruction, it also offers the additional advantages of being aligned with national Common Core and Science Standards initiatives. After using it over the course of a week for lesson-planning and student assessment, I found that Exitticket’s features and continuity with educational standards create a seamless experience.    
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REVIEW: GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry - AVATARGENERATION

REVIEW: GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry - AVATARGENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
GeoCon Math is a new iPad app for students, teachers and math enthusiasts to study plane geometry in an interesting and exciting way. GeoCon HD re-invents the study of plane geometry by empowering users to create various geometric constructions with the touch of a finger. The app also offers easy tutorial steps that provide instruction on setting and moving points, constructing lines and circles, and creating intersection points.
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10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany

10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 -FastCChances are you know someone who likes to code, build things, hack things, or make, break, and fix things. Chances are also good that you have no idea what to get them for a gift. But don't worry: Co.Labs has you covered. Whether they're into hardware or software, stuff you wear or stuff you fly, still in elementary school or retired from IBM, we have just the thing for the hacker in your life.

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