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iPad Apps and Other Resources to Teach Students about Mandela's Life ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

iPad Apps and Other Resources to Teach Students about Mandela's Life ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"One of the most iconic freedom fighter has just left us a couple of days ago leaving behind him a huge legacy for next generations to learn from. Nelson Mandella's life was a genuine fight for human rights and justice and it was thanks to his civil activism that apartheid was abolished in South Africa. The fight for freedom cost Nelson so dearly, 27 years of his life was spent in prison. The lessons we can draw from  Nelson's eventful life experiences are inestimable and here are some of the teaching resources I have curated fro you to help yu teach your students about this legendary man."

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rwestby's curator insight, December 8, 2013 12:24 PM

February, African-American History Month, would be a great time to implement these resources for teaching students about this iconic human rights activist. 

andrew mulinge's curator insight, December 9, 2013 3:37 AM

This caught my attention because of the icon associated with the title --- Nelson Mandela. A few days ago, my cousin who is a special education teacher in Richmond, posted his frustrations on Facebook about how a student said "Who is Nelson Mandela and why the hell should we care"? My cousin found this quite disturbing but at the same time, he used it as a teaching moment for him and the student. 

 

At my middle school, every student has an ipad that they use daily. The usage of the ipad vary from warm-up activities to homework assignments. Students of this generation coincide more and more with technological innovations like the ipad. This particular app celebrating Nelson Mandela is another example of how learning can can be done through apps in exchange for books. Students love to play games and love to use their ipads. Incorporating critical information in the apps not only allow the student to learn a great deal but it's also fun. I would suggest that my cousin consider using different techniques through the internet to teach students like that about Madiba. 

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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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What We Learn from Making - Digital Promise

What We Learn from Making - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.

In a white paper [PDF] marking the end of its second year, Agency by Design (AbD) finds that among the benefits that may accrue along the maker ed path, the most striking is the sense of inspiration that students take away — a budding understanding of themselves as actors in their community, empowered “to engage with and shape the designed dimensions of their worlds.”

The report offers a glimpse of the emerging findings of AbD’s multiyear research initiative, exploring the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning. In tandem with a new website that offers important educational resources, including thinking routines to stimulate learning, the paper solidifies Agency by Design’s efforts to shape a set of research-based, educator-tested practices and to invite the broad community of maker educators into a conversation about the ideas driving and shaping the movement.
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5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft)

5 ways to engage students in real coding this summer (hint: it’s not by playing Minecraft) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A coding expert shares how to get students truly invested in computer science that goes beyond drag and drop
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Digital Storytelling: Children’s App Trends in Technology

Digital Storytelling: Children’s App Trends in Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When observing public places and playgrounds, it has become common to recognize more and more children holding tablets and mobile phones in their hands. It seems that technological devices are finding growing acceptance in the everyday life of children. This development is not only true for entertaining purposes but also for learning and skill development. Unsurprisingly, many companies have started exploring the field designing apps specifically for children. Here are some key trends worth exploring over the next months.
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How to Record Audio from a Bluetooth Mic on the iPhone or iPad - How To Geek

How to Record Audio from a Bluetooth Mic on the iPhone or iPad - How To Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recording audio from a Bluetooth microphone isn’t something that iOS can do out of the box, but that doesn’t mean it’s not entirely possible. With a little help from a third-party app, you can use a wireless headset and record your voice through that if you need to.
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Maker, DIY - Pinterest Board by Clif Mims @clifmims

Maker, DIY - Pinterest Board by Clif Mims @clifmims | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Explore Clif Mims's board "Maker, DIY" on Pinterest, the world's catalog of ideas. | See more about Play Based Learning, Education Posters and Cell Model.
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4 Tricks to Maximize the Usefulness of Touch ID on Your iPhone or iPad

4 Tricks to Maximize the Usefulness of Touch ID on Your iPhone or iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Touch ID has stumbled upon its fair share of legal drama over the years and was fairly limited in terms of what it could do right out of the gate. However, Apple continues to develop, expand, and solidify its biometric fingerprint-reading platform, which was the byproduct of the Apple’s 2012 acquisition of AuthenTec for a cool $356 million.

So, what can you actually do with Touch ID? Has the technology really evolved so substantially over the years? Well, yes, Touch ID has evolved quite a bit — it’s now blazingly fast, and particularly useful as 3rd party app developers have increasingly implemented the feature.

Check out our list of 4 cool things you can do — and likely didn’t know you could do — using Touch ID in its current capacity.
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Sharing the Screen in 1:1 Classrooms

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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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Comprehensive Guide to Making in the Classroom

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Wise educators are always on the lookout for new pedagogies and materials that expand classroom learning opportunities and amplify student potential. The global maker movement poses exciting opportunities to transform the classroom.
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Making, inventing, the classroom or library as a lab... time to remake it all into true hands-on learning.

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#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered

#Makerspace for Education - University of British Columbia MET #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Despite the popularity and trend of the term “makerspace”, educators have to search hundreds of articles, websites and books to determine what this term is, how to begin, where to locate materials and determine the educational significance. Another complication is that the resurgence of this DIY movement found its grassroots in the public population and is just starting to make its way back to education. This makes navigating materials from an educational lens even more challenging.  Makerspace for Education, is a collaborative digital space for educators to explore how to create and use makerspaces in their own environments and will help to transform pedagogies of individual educators through immersion in the context and the support of a community of practice.
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Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids

Google's Project Bloks tinker toys teach coding to kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There has been a big push in computer-science education in the last few years. The UK has made it part of its national curriculum, President Obama has pledged $4 billion toward a national computer-science initiative and a slew of toys and games designed to teach kids how to code have come to market. Even Apple got into the spirit with the introduction of Swift Playgrounds, an iPad app that instructs kids on the basics of the company's Swift programming language. Today, Google detailed its own big investment in computer-science education. It's called Project Bloks, an open hardware platform that anyone can use to create physical coding experiences for kids.
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"Vance Maker" and the Joys of Making with Kids | Make:

"Vance Maker" and the Joys of Making with Kids | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you are a parent, you have likely experienced the great joys of doing projects with your kids. I still remember lessons I learned from my dad (how to swing a hammer, how to properly stroke a cross-cut saw through wood, power tool safety) and I count the many projects and hobbies I did with my son as some of the most gratifying moments of my life.

Everything I remember about being a kid working with my dad and being a dad teaching my kid are captured in the wonderful, often touching, sometimes very funny series, Vance Maker, that YouTuber Tim Sway does with his 6 year old son, Vance. The distracted kid, the mildly frustrated parent, the breakthrough teaching moments, the truly hysterical moments, the fun, the challenges, the pride in a job well done and a skill and a sense of empowerment passed down to a child — it’s all beautifully on exhibit here.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Best Ways to Use Padlet - Examples from Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Padlet's Best of Education wall features twenty-seven Padlet walls created by teachers. One of my favorites in that collection is 100 Picture Books to Read and Share. All of the books in that Padlet wall are linked to Goodreads pages. Another good wall in Padlet's Best of Education is a collection of student blogging prompts
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Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson

Meet 'Medical Minecraft,' An Educational Experience Powered By IBM Watson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
IBM's Watson gained global fame as a “Jeopardy!” master that beat former all-time winner Ken Jennings at his own game. While the superprogram is no longer dominating the game circuit, IBM has put the computer system to use in a wide range of applications from tennis to weather.

Now Watson is also powering a modified version of “Minecraft” that makes learning about the human body as fun as crafting a house. “Medical Minecraft” was created by high school educators to teach students about infectious diseases. Normally, that would be a topic that would completely bore teens or to be too complex to the point of alienation. The teachers behind the modification figured the best approach to teaching the subject was applying lessons learned from games.
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8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace

8 questions to ask before creating a makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You wouldn’t just randomly choose a tool from your toolbox and feel confident it was the right one to cut a board or attach a hinge. Same goes for school makerspaces.

Like everything in ed tech, it’s not enough to have a bunch of shiny gadgets in your makerspace. You need to have the right materials to meet your goals.

Vinnie Vrotny, director of technology at The Kinkaid School in Houston, Texas, understands how tempting it is to fill a space with the latest devices. But before you do, here are eight questions you should ask to determine if you’re choosing wisely.  
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, June 27, 7:17 AM

Preguntas claves que todo responsable del desarrollo de un futuro makerspace debe hacerse para que este pueda estar integrado a la experiencia educativa que pretende impulsar.

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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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Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 25, 7:29 AM
Getting parents involved is always a challenge. Here's a great way to make this happen.
Lihi Telem's curator insight, June 27, 7:19 AM
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