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Primary Digital Book Reports - TECHCHEF

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"In preparation for this week’s Tech Forum Austin presentation entitled, “Technology in the Early Grades”, I have been gathering some resources and examples to share that exhibit evidence of learning."

 

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Makey Makey Hacked Poetry Month Part I

Makey Makey Hacked Poetry Month Part I | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week, Aaron Graves and I signed a 3rd book contract and announced that we will be writing a Makey Makey for the Evil Genius project book for the McGraw Hill imprint TAB Electronics! It was great timing as I was also pushing my high school students to learn how to use the Makey Makey…
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Is Design Thinking the same as “making”?

Is Design Thinking the same as “making”? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
People often ask me two questions about Design Thinking. First, is the same as making, and second, do I like it. It’s obvious there are similarities and overlaps, and similar ways that they can be implemented well (or not so well). I think design is the key to modern STEM education, but it’s a mistake to think that using Design Thinking methodology is the same as teaching design. Design Thinking gets the “big D, big T” treatment because it’s a methodology invented at the Institute of Design at Stanford University (also known as the d.school) with assistance from ideo, a product design and consulting company.
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3 Most Common 3D Printer Errors and Their Fixes |

3 Most Common 3D Printer Errors and Their Fixes | | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"One day, we will be able to press a button and a nearly perfect 3D printed object will appear a few hours later. No fuss, no muss. Sounds great, right!? Although 3D technology has come a long way, there is no magic button yet and every maker will run into a challenge once in a while. But you’re a maker, so you tinker and always figure out a fix. 


To help you find fixes a little faster, here’s a few of the common errors you might run into and possible adjustments to solve these problems." 

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iPad Use Helps Teachers in Math Instruction, Study Finds

iPad Use Helps Teachers in Math Instruction, Study Finds | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Using an iPad for mathematic lessons may not make much difference in student performance, at least initially, but it can help teachers in managing and differentating instruction, according to a recent study.
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How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool

How to use the App ‘Socrative’ As A Fantastic Assessment Tool | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Socrative is an App (or you can use a Web browser) in which quizzes, tests and assessments can be easily created by educators and subsequently completed by students. What’s so great is that as a teacher, you get instant feedback and results.
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3D Printing for the Art Classroom @designmaketeach

3D Printing for the Art Classroom @designmaketeach | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is a story in which a hobbyist prepares to talk to Art students about 3D printing, a task for which he is totally unqualified. As a teacher by trade, he starts with definitions.

-Design is a series of choices that lead to a product. A design can fulfill it’s function without an audience.

-Art is a process that fills a need of the artist. Art requires an audience. The purpose of art is to create a change in the audience.

-A 3D printer is a tool and plastic is the medium.
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The Real Fight To Learn @KrissyVenosdale #makered #makerspaces #elemaker #creativity

The Real Fight To Learn @KrissyVenosdale #makered #makerspaces #elemaker #creativity | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"Crazy journey, right?  Almost 14 years of fighting for creativity and learning, just so that I could provide it to my learners.  I’m sure it’s quite similar to others’ journeys through education and I’m thankful for every. single. step.   It’s made me know that I am home. I will spend the rest of my education career helping others get to the magical place I’ve seen when learning isn’t about a THING or an ACRONYM, where learning is about authentic experiences, removing ceilings, and engaging with the world.  While the world argues about whether or not gifted ed is fair, starts movements like #CS4All, and marvels at the obvious idea that art belongs in STEM, I’m just going to focus on my own mission…..   Let’s MAKE school more, pun totally intended. Making, dreaming, doing, designing, and becoming a better version of ourselves.  Teachers and students.  ALL of them, ALL of us. Learners."

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Microsoft Clip Art has finally got a proper makeover

Microsoft Clip Art has finally got a proper makeover | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Pickit is now integrated into Office and Windows 10 so you can use its legally-cleared, crowdsourced images to spruce up your dull documents.

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Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom

Ways to Use Lego in the Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When I'm not busy working on our teaching websites, I can usually be found playing Lego with our children! It's an incredibly creative toy, but it can also be used to support work in a number of different curriculum areas. Here is our HUGE list of ways to use Lego in the classroom. Many of these ideas have been contributed by our wonderful Facebook community. If you have any other suggestions, please add a comment at the bottom of the page.

Don't forget that many of these activities could use Duplo too!
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How to manage background activity on your iPad

How to manage background activity on your iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, one of the easiest ways to chip away at battery drain is to examine background activity–process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t forward facing.  By managing the background activity you will be better prepared to understand how your battery life is adversely affected by what’s going on behind the scenes.  Every time you launch an app on your iPad, you begin the process of draining the battery.  In addition, many apps continue to run in the background.  Luckily, iOS has a process where you can manage this background activity, and selectively reduce the amount each app is allowed to utilize.
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How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven - MindShift

How to Turn Your School Into a Maker Haven - MindShift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the best ways for frustrated parents, students and teachers to convince school leaders that it’s time for a reboot is with amazing student work. An unconventional learning community of “makers” — people who like to figure out and fix problems with their hands — stands ready to demonstrate a hands-on learning style in which students engage problems that matter to them, taking agency and displaying creativity along the way. The Maker Movement is slowly infiltrating schools across the country with the help of dedicated educators and inspirational students proving with their creations that they can do incredible things when given a chance.

“People are seeing through the eyes and the hands and the screens of children what’s possible, and it’s re-energizing progressive views of education,” said Gary Stager, co-author with Sylvia Libow Martinez of  “Invent to Learn,” a book about the Maker Movement.
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How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos

How to Make a Paracord Lanyard: Step-by-Step Instructions with Photos | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Instructions how to make paracord lanyard necklace. How to make a paracord lanyard using the cobra knot? How to make a paracord lanyard belt? How to make a paracord lanyard bracelet?
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Arduino Learning Board With Mini-Projects And Online Lessons (video) - Geeky Gadgets

Arduino Learning Board With Mini-Projects And Online Lessons (video) - Geeky Gadgets | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Anyone looking to learn more about the Arduino platform or just start learning about electronics in general might be interested in a new Arduino Learning Board and lesson plan that has been created by Jeff Shapiro.

The Arduino Learning Board has been launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week, and provides 15 mini projects together with step-by-step video instructions that have been specifically created to guide you through the basics of using Arduino and the board.

Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the project which is looking to raise $15,000 via Kickstarter over the next 43 days. Its creator explains more about its inspiration and what you can expect by placing a pledge from just $29."


Just backed this project on Kickstarter!! - JE



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Stop Thinking and Start Doing -- A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach!

Stop Thinking and Start Doing -- A Makerspace Is Within Your Reach! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You've no doubt read countless blogs and articles about the incredible impact makerspaces can have in schools. You may even have started rearranging your space, or perhaps you've created an Amazon wish list. But after being a maker-librarian for nearly two years, I can assure you that you should really stop thinking about starting a makerspace ... and just do it. 

I spent a solid year planning my makerspace. I developed a vision statement and set goals. I made an infographic for my administration, listing standards that would be addressed. I weeded my library like crazy and made mock-ups using Google Drawings to help them envision the new space.

At conferences I went to everything with the word "maker" in the title. I set up a filter on TweetDeck to see everything posted on #makered and #makerspace. And while I learned a ton and met a lot of amazing people, I really regret not having my own space already established before going into all these learning experiences.

Which is why I strongly recommend you stop thinking about starting your makerspace and just get started.
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Top 10 STEM Educators To Follow on Twitter · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury

Top 10 STEM Educators To Follow on Twitter · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Did your favorite Educational STEM educator not make todays list? Leave us a comment below sharing your favorite STEM educator today.
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App Smash Your Classroom into Digital Storytelling

App Smash Your Classroom into Digital Storytelling | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Giving students choice in the way they produce and publish their writing can give voice to the creativity that cements learning. And letting students tell their stories in different ways doesn’t have to be a lot of extra work for the teacher, either. With some academic guidelines, some expectations, and a few boundaries, it's safe to turn students loose to explore different ways of telling a story.

A great way to get started tapping into students' creativity is to implement "tech choice boards" and "app smashing" in your classroom. Simply put, app smashing is when students use multiple apps to guide the creative process or showcase their work. App smashing also makes it easy to evaluate the skills and techniques being used by students. By introducing your students to a core of key apps (tech choice boards), giving them the parameters of the project, and supporting them as they learn and create, you will very quickly be facilitating app smashing in your classroom!
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Apple Releases New 'Classroom' for iPad

Apple Releases New 'Classroom' for iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has released a new 'Classroom' app for the iPad.

Classroom turns your iPad into a powerful teaching assistant, helping a teacher guide students through a lesson, see their progress, and keep them on track. With Classroom, you can easily launch the same app on every student device at the same time or launch a different app for each group of students. Classroom helps teachers focus on teaching so students can focus on learning.
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Save Pictures Automatically from Facebook Messenger - OSXDaily

Save Pictures Automatically from Facebook Messenger - OSXDaily | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re an avid Facebook Messenger user who sends a lot of pictures back and forth, you may appreciate having the app automatically save those photos and images directly to your iPhone, without having to manually do so yourself. With the help of a simple settings switch, you could do exactly that.
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The 'Maker' Movement: Understanding What the Research Says - Market Brief

The 'Maker' Movement: Understanding What the Research Says - Market Brief | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Few trends in K-12 ed tech are as hot–or as under-researched–as “Maker” education.

The term generally refers to using a wide variety of hands-on activities (such as building, computer programming, and sewing) to support academic learning and the development of a mindset that values playfulness and experimentation, growth and iteration, and collaboration and community.

Typically, “Making” involves attempting to solve a particular problem, creating a physical or digital artifact, and sharing that product with a larger audience. Often, such work is guided by the notion that process is more important than results.

The Maker Movement has its roots outside of school, in institutions such as science museums and in the informal activities that everyday people have taken part in for generations. It began exploding about a decade ago, thanks in large part to the enthusiastic audience of Make magazine and the popularity of public events such as Maker Faires (the most well-known of which was hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House in 2014.) The rise of cheap digital tools, including microcontroller platforms such as Arduino and rapid-prototyping tools such as 3-D printers, has in recent years lent the movement a decidedly techie flavor.

Efforts to bring Making and “Maker spaces” into K-12 schools are still “nascent,” said Erica Halverson, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a leading researcher into Maker education.

But that’s changing fast.
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9 of the best iPhone and iPad apps from April 2016

9 of the best iPhone and iPad apps from April 2016 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The best iPhone and iPad apps for your iOS devices from this month.

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4 Great Digital Curation Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Digital Curation Tools Created by Teachers for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Access is one of the key elements in the process of  leveraging the power of EdTech in your teaching and for your professional growth. It’s true the web is teeming with all kinds of educational content, and like fishing in an ocean, to access the riches of the web you need the right strategies to help you search for, curate and access what you need when you need it and with the minimum time and effort possible. This is where digital curation techniques come in handy. There are multiple strategies you can use to curate EdTech resources to use in your instruction popular among these is the use of social media  websites such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and Pinterest, to mention a few.

 One of the strengths of these websites for digital curators is the use of hashtags. Anyone can easily search for curated content related to any topic by simply typing in the relevant hashtag. For instance, try out typing the hashtag #edtech in any of the social media platforms mentioned above and you will have access to hundreds of user-curated links of resources covering different EdTech topics. Alternatively, you can use web platforms that are specifically designed to facilitate and enhance digital curation. Besides empowering you with the tools to curate, organize and save relevant web content, these platforms will also provide you with access to great  digital collections other educators have curated. The list below features four excellent digital curation platforms created by teachers for teachers. We invite you to check them out and, as always, share with us your feedback. Enjoy
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5 Top Free CAD Packages - about tech

5 Top Free CAD Packages - about tech | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We all love the word "free" but if what you get free doesn't do what you need it to, then it's still overpriced. Here though, I've got five of the very best free CAD software packages out there for you to take a look at.
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Everything you need to know about makerspaces - Joachim Cohen - ABC Splash 

Everything you need to know about makerspaces - Joachim Cohen - ABC Splash  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There's been a lot of buzz in the media about building a nation of innovators. But how can we at home and at school provide the inspiration to nurture young visionaries? Why not create a makerspace!


While running Teacher Professional Learning for Intel in 2015, I travelled to makerspaces across Australia and found hotbeds for an innovative future.

I put together this guide to give you quick and dirty tips to help you create your own makerspace and a culture of innovation.
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64 places you can learn to code online for free - Business Insider #coding #hourofcode #makered

64 places you can learn to code online for free - Business Insider #coding #hourofcode #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re brand new to the world of web design and web development, it makes sense to get started learning to code by utilizing all the free resources available online.

This way, you can discover what you like (and more importantly don’t) before financially investing in a certain set of courses.

However, there are so many free resources, classes, and books to pick from! It’s easy to become overwhelmed. (Ever hear of too much of a good thing?!)

To make things easier, I compiled a list of 64 FREE web design and development resources.
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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we've tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.
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