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7 Great Dictionary and Thesaurus Apps - Avatar Generation

7 Great Dictionary and Thesaurus Apps - Avatar Generation | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Words on the go… this has to be one of the best uses for smart phone apps out there. Having words, definitions, pronunciations, and synonyms at your fingertip
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Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable

Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - Mashable | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying and threats of violence to American high schools.

The same reviewer goes on to say, "The app has become popular at my school and is specifically targeting a small group of people. I wish I could repeat the evil things that were posted so I could get my point across, but I cannot bring myself to spread those gruesome things even further."

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Educational Technology Guy: Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources

Educational Technology Guy: Infographic about World Backup Day (3/31) with some great resources | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Tomorrow,(TODAY) 3/31, is World Backup Day. Keeping your files and data safe is very important. Here is an infographic with more information and some great resources.

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Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight - Mind/Shift

Three Awesome Educational Games Hiding in Plain Sight - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Game-based learning, and the developers who identify with it today, have come a long way since then and gotten much closer to closing the gap. And there’s still a need to communicate core content through games, a need that the consumer market just doesn’t have incentive to fill. Yet at Common Sense Graphite, when we evaluate games for learning, what we find is that many of the highest scoring ‘learning’ games aren’t aimed at the educational market. They’re more at-home, consumer-oriented games. Because these games are free from the constraints of school standards and traditional curriculum, they flourish, featuring rich cross-disciplinary and truly 21st century learning experiences.

Here are just a few favorites that reviewed well on Graphite this year:
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Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com

Augmented Reality Coloring Pages- ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
After reading this article in the New York Times yesterday I started thinking about one of my favorite coloring apps for children.  No matter how old or young you are coloring requires a combination of skills that can be applied in various situations.  Combining coloring with augmented reality is an easy way to introduce this exciting technology to students.  The colAR Mix app (available for iOS and Android devices) is a super fun choice with plenty of free options.
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Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator - User Generated Education @jackiegerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a follow-up to that post, I am amplifying my call to action to say that I believe it is the responsibility of every educator in this era of learning to share . . . resources, ideas, success, challenges, ahas, student insights, anything education related.

Sharing takes on many forms. Educators can talk to colleagues, write blogs, tweet, present at conferences – both virtually and face to face, talk to the media, and/or create a media product – video, podcast, photo essay – and post online.
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9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach

9 Best Note Taking Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose via @Wpgteach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here are the best note taking apps for your iPhone and iPad. You can choose to any of these note taking apps for your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch according to your needs.
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Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, Today, 2:21 AM

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Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages

Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube.
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5 Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose - Best Apps for iPhone and iPad

5 Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad - AppsDose - Best Apps for iPhone and iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The list of the Best Password Manager Apps for iPhone & iPad is here.  In this list, you can see 7 best password manager apps for iPhone & iPad. Now see the best iOS password manager apps-
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 12:06 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 12:01 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 30, 9:44 AM

In this short article and video advertisement learn how you can leverage a texting free tool to obtain Internet info. This is a great tool for anyone with limited data plan, or no data plan.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 -UPDATED - Edutopia

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8 -UPDATED - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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Maths in SLD Classroom - SEN - iPads

Maths in SLD Classroom - SEN - iPads | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My class are a wonderful group of individuals, all with their own gifts and challenges. They range in ability from p5/6 to p8. The area of study for this lesson… The vocabulary of shape.

We have, in previous lessons, experienced using 2d and 3d shapes and the children were to work both digitally and non digitally.
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iPad vs Chromebook battle plays out in Amish country | PBS NewsHour Extra

iPad vs Chromebook battle plays out in Amish country | PBS NewsHour Extra | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The battle over the $13-billion market for educational technology has spread to Ohio’s Amish country, where many students live without electricity, television or phones.

Many Amish families live a traditional lifestyle without modern devices, but in the last few years, the local schools have embraced technology with a White House initiative aiming to connect 99 percent of classrooms to the Internet by 2018.
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10 Spring Break Apps and Features for your kid's iPad - MrLosik.com

10 Spring Break Apps and Features for your kid's iPad - MrLosik.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The calendar is about to flip to April and with that comes Spring Break, at least here in West Michigan. It’s been another brutally cold and long winter and I personally can’t wait to get to some warmth, relaxation, and time with my family away from the daily school routine. As families prepare to hit the road or just enjoy some time off here are ten great iPad apps and features for Spring Break 2015.
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Maker Education Activities - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Maker Education Activities - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"This coming summer I am getting the opportunity to teach a maker education camp for three weeks, half-days at a local elementary school.  The descriptions for the three one-week workshops are:

Circuit Crafts: Build glowing, sensing, and interactive circuit projects; make electronic stickers, circuit sketchbooks, circuit cards, and sewn circuits.

 

Sweet Robotics: Make simple robotics using Popsicle sticks and LED lights; play with and build some robots with Makey Makey, littleBits, Hummingbird, and Modular Robotics.

 

Toy Hacking: Take apart simple electronic toys to see how they work & then put them back together again creating a new toy; make an operation game."

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ways to Publish Audio Recordings | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Publishing your podcast through iTunes will probably give it the best opportunity to reach a large audience. People are familiar with the process of subscribing to podcasts through iTunes which will help you help them subscribe to your podcast. The drawback to using iTunes to publish your podcast is that the set-up process is confusing the first time you do it. WordPress can make the process a little easier. But if you're only publishing occasionally or only looking to share your audio recordings with a specific audience (let's say students, their parents, and perhaps another classroom or two) then you might be better served by using a simpler method of publishing your audio recordings.
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How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org

How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad - teachingwithipad.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These days, the world is at your fingertips wherever you are. Anyone with a data connection and a smartphone has literally the entire Internet in his/her pocket. However, not all apps are created equally, in terms of the amount of data that they use in order to run. This is a quick tip on how to save your data usage (and potentially quite a bit of money). The following will be especially helpful if you do not have a large data plan (more than 1Gb per month).
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5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math - TeacherTech @AliceKeeler | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I taught high school math for 14 years. My last years I went paperless. There are many digital tools that support teaching math and Google Docs is one of them. If your school has Google Apps for Education (GAfE) here are 5 ways to have students use Google Docs in math:
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Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our “go to” application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever.
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Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister

Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, March 30, 9:41 AM

Libraries are growing in great ways.  The development of makerspaces in libraries opens learning up to explore the varied means of UDL.  Exploration is the key!!

Elizabeth Dalton's curator insight, March 30, 9:45 AM

Makerspaces are not just for kids!  Public libraries are developing makerspaces so that ALL community members can explore the possibilities.  One great example @CranstonLibrary #ALLACCESS

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, March 30, 11:53 AM

The Maker movement is pretty powerful and open to all.

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“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.”

“It’s vital your Makerspace reflects the culture of your school.” | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
“What is the most unique item your students have created in their Makerspaces?” I asked our SXSWedu panel charged with sharing details about their Schools’ Vortex: Innovative Library Makerspaces.

A giggling Darcy Coffta, Upper School Librarian and Innovation Director at Berwick Academy in Maine, explained the most memorable creation she’s stumbled upon was a nuclear reactor.  We laughed too.  But she was serious! One of Coffta’s high school students literally built a nuclear reactor.

Much like that student’s creation, Makerspaces are sparking a transformation in the nuclei of a school—the library.  Librarians, like Coffta and our other SXSWedu Makerspace panelists, are tearing out their circulation desks; building work tables; designing Lego walls; and soliciting parents and visiting yard sales for treasures and donations like sewing machines, drills, and hot glue guns.
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Change the language on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support

Change the language on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch - Apple Support | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Learn how to change the language setting on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch if it's incorrect or if you've accidentally changed the language to one you don't understand.
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Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog

Get your copy of the Book Creator Teacher Guide - Book Creator app | Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Adam Foster, the teacher behind @iPadTeachers, has written an excellent guide to Book Creator.
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Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk - EduTech for Teachers

Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk - EduTech for Teachers | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
And so the good news is… Stuff just got a little “tackk-y” on the edtech scene. What am I talking about? Well, according to the latest scoop, ThingLink just hooked up with a pretty nifty cool tool called Tackk, a free service that can be utilized to quickly create simple webpages similar to a digital flyer or poster to announce important events, classroom or school information and/or to highlight digital projects and media.

But that’s not all… By establishing a new partnership with ThingLink, Tackk has taken its coolness to the next level by providing users with the option to embed interactive images into a “Tackkboard”. Sounds like an app smashers dream come true, eh?
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5 minute CPD - A Green Screen Workflow - Educate 1-to-1

5 minute CPD - A Green Screen Workflow - Educate 1-to-1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Using the tools you have to hand with an iPad effectively is hard if you don’t have a good workflow. That is as true when you’re dealing with productivity tools as it is multimedia ones. In this video though, I focus on how to combine stop motion, green screen and iMovie together and consider briefly why you might want to try this.
The content of the video I have made is not educational, but hopefully it does give you an idea of what could be achieved if the right sort of task was set.
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