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Coding Across the Curriculum - Edutopia

Coding Across the Curriculum - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I think everybody in this country should learn how to program a computer because it teaches you how to think." - Steve Jobs

"The above quote is on the homepage of the coding website Tynker. Coding, formerly known as programming (I still remember teaching myself BASIC on my Commodore 64 back in the '80s!), has once again returned to classrooms nationwide. A range of high-profile individuals, including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Dr. Oz and Ashton Kutcher, among others, have lent their support to Code.org, a non-profit that advocates a return to coding in the classroom."

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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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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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Weekend Watch: “Layer By Layer” Teaches Design for 3D Printing | Make:

Weekend Watch: “Layer By Layer” Teaches Design for 3D Printing | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Designing your own 3D printed parts is a skill that every person who owns a printer should have or be actively acquiring. The power to design exactly what you want feels incredible when you actually have it, and the lack of those skills is incredibly frustrating when they present themselves.

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Noe Ruiz over at Adafruit has an ongoing educational series called “Layer by Layer”. If you skim back through the playlist, there are over 40 videos about designing for 3D printing.
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Are We Cultivating or Killing Creativity? - Fractus Learning

Are We Cultivating or Killing Creativity? - Fractus Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creativity and imagination have long been associated with personality and character instead considered a learned skill. However, whether needed for writing poetry or for running a multinational corporation, creativity is an integral skill for career success and can be learned and developed. Creativity is ultimately a method to think and communicate in a way that ask questions, challenge conventions, is open to new possibilities, and can generate solutions that are not obvious to others. So a serious question we should be asking is whether we as a society cultivate or kill creativity.
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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge

Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Greetings and welcome to “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week features an ex…

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Wonderful ways to engage students to show what they know. My students love many of these tools and we look forward to exploring more.
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"With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student work, here’s an awesome visual collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!"

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Tablet stands for the classroom - Erintegration

Tablet stands for the classroom - Erintegration | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The tablet stands for the classroom you purchase will depend on the devices you have, the ways you use them, the ages of your students, and your budget.  Or if you are like me, you will buy all of them and realize you have an unhealthy collection of tablet stands.
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3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms

3 MORE Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Some time ago I wrote a blog post entitled 3 Top Tips for Green Screen Classrooms. It proved to be a popular post, so I thought it was time to do a follow up with three MORE top tips that you can use in your classroom when embarking on multimedia green screen projects. So, take a look at the ideas below, and feel free to submit your top tips in the comments below.
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Why Just Say It When You Can Blabberize It?

Why Just Say It When You Can Blabberize It? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recently, the elementary principal and I developed and facilitated a workshop for several K-4 teachers in our district along with their students interns from Penn State Altoona. The session, entitled The EdTech Game Show, focused on making IT (instructional technology) R.E.A.L. (Relevant, Engaging, Authentic and Lifelong) with 16 digital resources that can be utilized to engage and motivate students in the learning process.

Following the training, first grade teacher Jennell Miller teamed up with middle school teachers Brandon Hescox and Tom Partner to create a cross-curricular project combing science, writing, art and technology.

After drawing a picture of an insect, the first graders researched their assigned “nature’s helper” with an eighth grade buddy to write a mini-report. The pairs then accessed the Blabberize web tool to create a talking animation using original illustrations and facts learned from the research.
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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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How to use Google Cardboard

How to use Google Cardboard | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The era of virtual reality is upon us, and while there a growing number of solutions aiming to bring VR into the home, Google Cardboard’s approach is unique in that it is an extremely affordable way to get your VR fix using nothing more than a simple VR headset, your existing smartphone, and any Google Cardboard compatible app.

So what exactly is Google Cardboard, where do you get it, and how do you use it? Those are the questions this guide aims to answer.
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5 Maker Podcasts You Should Be Listening To | Make:

5 Maker Podcasts You Should Be Listening To | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makers are a passionate bunch, and when we’re not in the shop, we like to watch other people in the shop or listen to other people talk about being in the shop. Here, in no particular order, are five podcasts about makers and making that are absolutely worth your time.
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How To Use ‘Erase All Kittens’ To Teach Coding and HTML

How To Use ‘Erase All Kittens’ To Teach Coding and HTML | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Erase All Kittens is an absolutely fantastic website in which code and HTML are taught through gaming. My students absolutely LOVED it.
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Four Tools to Help Students Uncover Hidden Histories - MindShift

Four Tools to Help Students Uncover Hidden Histories - MindShift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The rise of digital media is significantly changing how we teach and learn about history. Take a look at Twitter during an international crisis, and you’ll see we now have instant access to a diversity of firsthand accounts as history is made. And with the click of a mouse, we can browse digital archives with text, images, audio, video, and other media that have been socked away in attics, art museums, and library basements for decades — even centuries.

Mobile technology, social media, and digital-archiving capabilities help bring to light perspectives and experiences that have been ignored, overlooked, or unknown by previous generations. And firsthand accounts, along with the intimacy of multimedia, help students make personal, relevant connections to history.

Give your students a chance to learn about multiple perspectives on historic events with these compelling websites:
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10 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using WonderBox In The Classroom

10 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using WonderBox In The Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of our favorite things about Twitter is that it gives us the chance to see the incredibly creative ways that teachers are engaging their students through technology. Recently, we’ve received some fantastic classroom examples from teachers that are using WonderBox EDU beta with their students. Here are ten of our favorite examples!
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Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize - DitchThatTextbook

Game show classroom: Comparing Kahoot!, Quizizz, Quizlet Live and Quizalize - DitchThatTextbook | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Now, teachers can bring that experience into the classroom when students aren’t home sick.

Several digital tools created for the classroom bring those exciting experiences to students with learning as the focus.

Here are some of the ones I’ve found that I think are the best, along with pros, cons and what makes them different:
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