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Here is how to Take A Screenshot of Your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Here is how to Take A Screenshot of Your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"How to take a screenshot on iPad ? This is a question I have been asked so very often and the only answer I have is the traditional way I have always been using on my iPad 4. I have tried some apps before but they turned out rubbish so no need to share them here and until a good screenshooting app appears here is the easy way to snap a copy of what your iPad screen is displaying, this could be a picture from a blog post or news article, part of an email, an app you want to show others...you name it. Here is how to do it:"

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Make Something! Cultivating a Makerspace Frame of Mind w/Elementary Students @Michelle_Colte

Make Something! Cultivating a Makerspace Frame of Mind w/Elementary Students @Michelle_Colte | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Our Makerspace serves students in kindergarten through grade 5 for class projects, weekly makerspace activities and family events. I received a small, local grant and advertised a list of requested items from our school community. This interview with Mitch Resnick from the MIT Media Lab & Dr. Jackie Gerstein's makerspace presentations/research inspire the philosophy & practices of my elementary makerspace. 


1. Process > product 


2. Copying is okay. 


3. FAIL = first attempt in learning 


4. Constraints lead to creativity (Students don't have free reign; they follow rules & with some projects, specific steps to get started)

 
5. Students, & teachers, need time to explore, discover, create & share."

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Making an Impact: One District’s Approach to Deeper Learning - Deeper Learning 4 All

Making an Impact: One District’s Approach to Deeper Learning - Deeper Learning 4 All | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As part of the Alliance for Excellent Education’s (the Alliance’s) ongoing series about how districts and schools are fostering deeper learning outcomes for students, the Alliance contacted Chad Ratliff, director of instruction for Albemarle County Public Schools (ACPS) in Virginia, to discuss his efforts to bring Maker-centered work to the district and its connections with deeper learning. ACPS is one of the first school districts nationally to recognize the value of Maker-centered learning, an instructional approach that encourages students to solve problems by tinkering, building, inventing, or otherwise creating physical or digital artifacts. ACPS started its efforts three years ago when the district’s Monticello High School converted its library to a Makerspace. The district also reimagined the elementary remedial summer school programs as Maker academies. Below is an excerpt from the discussion with Ratliff.
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Seven Ways to Affirm the Creativity in Every Student – John Spencer

Seven Ways to Affirm the Creativity in Every Student – John Spencer | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Although creativity is an internal drive, it is also something that needs to be nurtured. We need affirmation to fan the flames of our creative passions. Encouragement is the life vest that keeps us afloat when we are drowning in a sea of self-doubt. It’s the hand that pulls us up when we are beat down by failure, mockery, or the indifference of the world.

It has me thinking about the ways we can affirm the creativity in our students. I’ve found the following things to be helpful in my experience as a middle school teacher and now as a professor:
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Entering the LAUNCH Cycle: LAUNCH Book Study Part 2 - Mo Physics Mo Problems 

Entering the LAUNCH Cycle: LAUNCH Book Study Part 2 - Mo Physics Mo Problems  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I have dived into reading the next 3 chapters (Chapters 4 - 6) of LAUNCH by John Spencer and A. J. Juliani which cover the first three steps of the LAUNCH Cycle. The book does a great job going into depth about what each step entails and what it looks like with specific examples.  I would be doing the work of the authors a great disservice trying to create a Cliff’s Notes version of their text, because what resonates with me for my classroom practice may not resonate with others.  Also, the text is so rich that it needs to be read.  It’d just be retyping the book. I think that’s plagiarism. In lieu of that, I hope to provide some of my highlights below.
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Minecraft: Education Edition World Library - Minecraft Education Edition

Minecraft: Education Edition World Library - Minecraft Education Edition | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Download exciting starter worlds provided here, and request ones you’d like us to build at the feedback link on this page.
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Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect

Building a STEAM Maker Network - Corwin Connect | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I recall walking past the door of our school makerspace and noticing a crowd of kids surrounding a table. Inside a group of 5th and 6th graders were hovering around someone, listening intently to directions. As I inched closer I heard the quiet voice of a parent demonstrating how to do several hand stitches. The mom, a PTA regular and all-around super volunteer, was showing our students some basics in sewing. Both boys and girls watched as she shared tips and tricks. Soon the students dispersed and moved back to their workspaces around the room working on their pillows, shirts, purses, and other sewing projects.

The parent volunteered an hour each Tuesday around lunchtime to work with our students during our “open studio” time. She served as a facilitator and mentor to young makers in our elementary school for several years. The connection that she made with students helped to demonstrate the link between hands-on learning and its purpose in the real world, as well as the value that parents and community bring to the school setting. This type of active parent involvement is one effective way to begin building a network of creativity and innovation in your school
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Getting parents involved is always a challenge. Here's a great way to make this happen.
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Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code?

Can Learning to Knit Help Learning to Code? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“Thinking is like cosmic knitting,” Waldorf school founder Rudolph Steiner wrote nearly one hundred years ago. Steiner  developed a comprehensive handwork curriculum for Waldorf students based on this idea, filled with knitting, sewing and woodworking, believing that “a person who is unskillful in his fingers will also be unskillful in his intellect, having less mobile ideas and thoughts.”

Today’s Waldorf students still knit socks and whittle kitchen spoons and many Waldorf schools shun the use of technology. Those two things — handwork and technology — might seem at first glance to be at odds. But there’s a case to be made that handwork and computing  — and the kind of process that links the two — are more closely related than one might think.
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A Teacher's Guide to Long Distance Tutoring | Edudemic

A Teacher's Guide to Long Distance Tutoring | Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There are only so many hours in a school day — and for some students, it’s just not enough. Whether they’re preparing for standardized testing or trying to catch up to their grade level, students today often need help outside of traditional classroom hours. In many cases, staying after school for tutoring sessions just isn’t an option, which results in vulnerable students getting left even further behind.

Luckily, new distance learning technologies are changing that. Now, teachers can connect with students virtually using a bevy of virtual tutoring tools. For example, teachers can use the software application Skype to connect with students via video for online tutoring sessions. In addition, more advanced tools like Scribblar are tailored specifically for distance tutoring and include helpful features like online quizzes and a virtual “whiteboard,” which makes distance learning feel very similar to the real thing. The result? Students get the extra help they desperately need without having to leave home, while many teachers can help students further succeed while perhaps enjoying another revenue stream.
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Genius Hour & Makerspace

Genius Hour & Makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As the school year draws to a close, many reflections are running around in my brain. The biggest one though stemmed from a question I have asked myself about our school mascot, the penguin. Why a penguin? They are cute, and fun to observe; but where is the value in having this little formal wearing bird as a mascot? After much reading and many discussions all via twitter chats, I have come to discover that being a penguin is an amazing feat...maybe even more amazing than one may realize. I have observed and interacted with my students in new, scary, unchartered, and sometimes crazy fun waters this year (Genius Hour, Maker Space, STEAM, getting ipads, etc.) and through it all have come to  realize what it means for my students to Live Like a Penguin. 


I am sure many of you educators out there have heard of the author, Dave Burgess, who wrote "How to Teach Like a Pirate", "How to Learn Like a Pirate", etc. In his books he assigns term to each letter of PIRATE that encourage innovation, risk taking, and determination.  Taking inspiration from him, I have come up with an acronym for our mascot, the PENGUIN that seems to truly fit how my students and I lived this year of teaching and learning and how I hope we both continue to so in our futures.
​Live like a PENGUIN:"

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Thoughts On The iPad & iOS 10 

Thoughts On The iPad & iOS 10  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s been over a week since the announcement of iOS 10, and I remember feeling a little disappointed in the lack of iPad-specific features they announced. The only obvious iPad-specific features we know of so far are:

Three-panel views in Mail and Notes (not bad…)
Side by side windows in Safari (yes!)
Music now works in Split View (about darn time)
Given that this is Apple’s major release for the year, that just doesn’t seem like a lot of iPad love when you compare it to last year’s iOS 9 announcement, where “iPad Experience” was one of the highlights of the release. This is especially true if iOS 9 encouraged you to invest in an iPad Pro, in the hopes that the specialized hardware was a sign that Apple would be taking the tablet even more seriously as a computing platform going forward.
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Piper raises $2.1m to leverage Raspberry Pi and Minecraft to teach coding

Piper raises $2.1m to leverage Raspberry Pi and Minecraft to teach coding | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"What’s the best tool to help teach the next generation of K-12 students how to code? If you guessed ‘Minecraft’, you’re agreeing with a $2.1m bet made by Princeton University, 500 Startups and others into Piper.


The company focuses on products powered by Raspberry Pi 3 to facilitate lessons in electronics, programming and engineering, teaching pupils to assemble their own computers and building gadgets to help them solve Minecraft challenges.

“The Piper computer kit is like a Trojan horse for learning,” Piper co-founder Joel Sadler laughs, “It combines a familiar video game with physical building. Ultimately we want to boost everyone’s creative confidence with technology, programming and engineering in a playful way.”

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Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking @jackiegerstein

Maker Camp: Toy Making and Hacking @jackiegerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For the past two summers, I have gotten the marvelous opportunity to teach maker education camps to elementary level students, ages 5 to 12. Each week has a different theme and each theme meets for the five weekdays from 9:00 to 12:00 with a half hour break. Our first week’s theme was on Toy Making and Hacking. Here are the webpages of resources I aggregated on these maker activities:

DIY Science Toys – http://www.makereducation.com/diy-science-toys.html


Toy Take Apart – http://www.makereducation.com/toy-take-apart.html


Below is a list of activities completed with the students along with descriptions and my reflections on the degree of success with these activities."

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Getting Girls Started with Making — A Nation of Makers — Medium

Getting Girls Started with Making - A Nation of Makers - Medium

"Five years ago when I started DIY Girls, I envisioned a community for girls driven by an interest in making. I was inspired by the maker movement. The movement was making equipment and resources that were formerly only available in engineering labs more accessible and I wanted to teach girls to use and create with them. I was excited.


Then reality hit. I started in the Los Angeles community I grew up in and I quickly ran into what I thought were barriers of working in an under-resourced public school. The classroom space where I was going to run the program for girls didn’t have wi-fi, there were no computers and I didn’t have enough money to buy the equipment I thought would make this a real maker program. People also thought I would prepare the girls to compete in expensive engineering and robotics competitions. That couldn’t happen."

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Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms

Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Placing devices in the hands of students can transform their experience in the classroom. Easily accessible content consumption and content creation tools change the way that we think about helping students meet learning goals. As a former 1:1 iPad teacher, my thinking about technology integration has changed over the past several years. Moving up the ladder of SAMR and getting students moving with portable devices are just two areas where I've shifted my initial thinking about technology tools in educational settings.

A 1:1 learning environment is a powerful sight. All students with access to their very own device can alter the way that we've always thought about classroom instruction. Students can work through individualized curriculum on their own device and search to find answers to their questions. Although the personalization of a student experience in a 1:1 environment is powerful, it's important that students don't lose those necessary moments of collaboration and critical thinking that come from working together with their peers.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stop Motion Studio is a great app for creating stop motion videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems. The basic (free) version of Stop Motion Studio lets you take as many pictures as you like and string them together in a sequence that plays back at a frame-per-second rate of your choosing. Each frame can be edited individually before you produce the final video. You can also add narration to your video in the basic version of the app. Completed projects can be saved to your device and from there you can share them on YouTube or on your favorite social network.
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From Failure to Launch: LAUNCH Book Study Part 3 - Mo Physics Mo Problems

From Failure to Launch: LAUNCH Book Study Part 3 - Mo Physics Mo Problems | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ell, I was planning on just dealing with 2 stages of the LAUNCH Cycle in this post, but I burned through the rest of the book yesterday.  The book itself is a very engaging read.  My post may reflect the nuts and bolts of the cycle, but the book is filled with practical applications and stories from the authors lives that show what the LAUNCH Cycle looks like.  That is the power of their work. It is based on experience and data.
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LAUNCH is the How of Creation.

LAUNCH is the How of Creation. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the weekend, I finished George Couros’s Innovator’s Mindset.  I highly recommend reading it to understand why we should foster a culture of innovation in our schools and where to start.  A culture of innovation makes everyone a creator in our schools, unleashing the creativity that is in all of us. The Innovator’s Mindset frames the steps to create that culture of innovation in a school and it gives some powerful examples of creation in the classroom.  That’s where the new book by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani picks up.  The book LAUNCH is focused on the importance of a clear framework for the creative process.  I’ll dig into that process in later posts as I get deeper into the book.  But, let’s start with the why of creation in the classroom.
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Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code

Apple's new Swift Playgrounds for iPad is a killer app for teaching code | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At WWDC, Apple introduced Swift Playgrounds as a "revolutionary new app for iPad that makes learning Swift interactive and fun." A closer examination shows the new app is a powerful authoring tool any developer can use to teach critically important software coding skills.
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Building a Nation of #Makers - USNEWS #makered

Building a Nation of #Makers - USNEWS #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Making" can play an important role in ensuring that school is a relevant and engaging experience for our children – one that inspires them to become life-long learners. Making can:

*Empower students to solve real-world problems;

*Motivate and inspire young people to excel in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) and the arts, and prepare students for careers in design, advanced manufacturing and entrepreneurship;

*Foster a "maker mindset" – dispositions and skills such as curiosity, collaborative problem-solving and confidence that are vital to the modern innovation economy; and


8Increase student engagement, which is critical for academic success.

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How to be as awesome as me | Yumi Lee | TEDxKitchenerED #makered

Yumi is a grade 7 student who is maker at her core. She shares her passion for creating things through her experiences of blogging, baking, and starting her own successful online business, encouraging all of us to explore our creative sides and become makers ourselves.
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Awesome video by Yummi Lee as she shares the environment it takes to be a maker!  Well done mum and dad for giving her the freedom to be a maker!

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What to do when your iPhone or iPad is stolen

What to do when your iPhone or iPad is stolen | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On the night of Monday, June 13, someone stole my 12.9-inch iPad Pro from my bag during the annual Beard Bash event. I won't go into the gritty details, but suffice it to say my valuables (as well as those of my colleague Serenity Caldwell) were in a secure location. Unfortunately, secure doesn't always mean nothing bad will happen, and in this case, something bad did happen: My iPad Pro was removed from my bag, Serenity's belongings were stuffed into my bag to make it look full (I guess), and the iPad Pro went bye-bye.

The night of the theft, long after Serenity and I had stashed our belongings, she approached me and asked why I'd put her coat inside my bag (which, of course, I hadn't done). After a minute or two of self doubt: "Had I put her coat in my bag? Maybe I just don't remember," I was certain I hadn't misremembered. I ran to our belongings to check out what happened and flew into a bit of a panic when I realized my iPad was definitely gone. I took a minute to pull myself together and got to work tracking down my missing iPad Pro.
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When You’re Constructing Your Makerspace – @krissyvenosdale

When You’re Constructing Your Makerspace – @krissyvenosdale | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Did you ever watch a kid figure something out? It’s magic.  Engagement is obvious.  Mentally and physically the kid is “all in.”  There is something so great about a kid creating with a pile of raw materials, solving a problem in his or her own way, or inventing something that doesn’t yet exist.

All of these thoughts have sent me back to reading the work of Seymour Papert.  His legacy is well defined in this article.  It amazes me to think  that before I was born, Logo was invented to be used by children. The vision of knowing that the benefits of having children program the computers, rather than having computer teach them was alive in the group creating Logo before schools were even filled with computers.

And here were are. Fast forward years and schools are embracing the idea of the makerspace.  But are they embracing the ideas of Seymour Papert and Constructionism?
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Pittsburgh: Providing the Blueprint for Citywide Maker Education (EdSurge News)

Pittsburgh: Providing the Blueprint for Citywide Maker Education (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Remake Learning is a professional network of educators and innovators working together to shape the future of teaching and learning in the Greater Pittsburgh Region. Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, often referred to by others as the “Maker Mayor,” credited the Remake Learning Network with fueling Pittsburgh's transition from “the City of Steel to the City of Learning.”

Representing more than 250 organizations, including early learning centers and schools, museums and libraries, after school programs and community nonprofits, colleges and universities, ed-tech startups and major employers, philanthropies and civic leaders, Remake Learning is collaborative effort to inspire and empower a generation of lifelong learners in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, and beyond.
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Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning

Legos, oobleck, and school: College for Kids uses hands-on learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
MUSCATINE, Iowa— Legos, oobleck, and school have more in common than meets the eye at College for Kids, a two-week summer program held at Central Middle School and Jefferson Elementary.

First through sixth grade students from eight different school districts participated in the program, which is organized by co-coordinators Laurie Schroeder and Troy Kulland.

The program, Kulland and Schroeder said, is designed to give students hands-on learning experiences they may not have time or resources to have during the regular school year.

"We fill in the gaps that a normal school year can't do, it gives them a chance to be creative, use their imaginations, think outside the box," Kulland said.

Teachers love being creative in the classes as well.
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.
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