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Drink Too Much Coffee? Jawbone's UP Coffee App for iOS Can help

Drink Too Much Coffee? Jawbone's UP Coffee App for iOS Can help | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Coffee always gives me quite a jolt. It's fantastic when I'm feeling a little lethargic, but the effects often linger even after I've turned in for the nig
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Coffee and teaching just naturally seem to go together! Now you'll be able to tell when you're on the brink of having too much! JE

 

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Podcast: Flying by the Seat of Your Pants with Laura Fleming | Table Top Inventing

Podcast: Flying by the Seat of Your Pants with Laura Fleming | Table Top Inventing | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What is the best strategy for starting a makerspace in your school? How long should you take to plan your makerspace before you get started? Is flying by the seat of your pants a good idea or a bad one? What are the key features of an 8 foot tall DIY teeter totter? Stay tuned for the answers in today’s podcast. 

Our guest today is Laura Fleming.  Laura is a librarian and media specialist at New Milford High School in Jew Jersey.  A little over a year ago, she started a makerspace in her library, and the results have been unbelievable.  I’m not a big fan of spoilers, so let’s get straight to the interview.
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This is very nice
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Thats really good..
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Knights of Make-a-lot - shared by @Learn21Tech @DianeLRendina @DesignMakeTeach @LBlanken @nathan_stevens #ISTE2015

Knights of Make-a-lot - shared  by @Learn21Tech @DianeLRendina @DesignMakeTeach  @LBlanken  @nathan_stevens #ISTE2015 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Awesome Presentation shared  by @Learn21Tech @DianeLRendina @DesignMakeTeach  @LBlanken at #ISTE2015

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The Three Most Important Things You Need to Start a Makerspace - BAM! Radio Network

The Three Most Important Things You Need to Start a Makerspace  - BAM! Radio Network | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Wondering about makerspaces and what it takes to set one up? If so, this is the segment for you. Tune in to learn the ABCs of what is required to get started. 
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A Principal's Reflections: The Philosophy Behind Maker Success

A Principal's Reflections: The Philosophy Behind Maker Success | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These courses represented a lifeline and a glimmer of hope in what has become a day fraught with relentless preparation for college and careers.  However, the powers that be found that they consumed precious time from the school day that could have been spent on more important curricular endeavors.  In the end, students, especially those most at-risk based on learning needs, have immensely suffered.  They desperately need an outlet during the long school day.  If not, their motivation to learn in all their other classes will wane resulting in either a lack of effort or desire to even attend school.  The bottom line is that many schools have deprived students of real-world learning experiences that are needed now more than ever. 

This might seem like a bleak scenario that I describe above and it should.  Our students deserve activities that will not only prepare them for vital trade careers, but also allow them to openly explore the solving of problems that are relevant to them.  During my tenure as New Milford High School Principal our district cut wood and metal shop.  Over the years I have also seen recess time dwindle for my own kids and others who attend the New York City Public School System.  All hope is not lost though for any school looking to create a better learning environment that works for kids.  The solution for all schools comes in the form of makerspaces. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: SeeSaw - Easily Create Digital Portfolios on iPads, Chromebooks, and Android Tablets

Free Technology for Teachers: SeeSaw - Easily Create Digital Portfolios on iPads, Chromebooks, and Android Tablets | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
SeeSaw, a powerful and popular iPad app for creating digital portfolios, is now available as a Chrome web app and as an Android app. The new apps allow students to create and add content to digital portfolios.

Through SeeSaw students can add artifacts to their portfolios by taking pictures of their work (in the case of a worksheet or other physical item), by writing about what they've learned, or by uploading a short video about things they have learned. The SeeSaw apps students can add voice comments to their pictures to clarify what their pictures document. Students can create folders withing their accounts to organize content from multiple subject areas.
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Natalia Zhukova's curator insight, June 29, 8:38 PM

I urgently need such a portfolio ..

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Meeting of the Minds: ReMaking high school classrooms

Meeting of the Minds: ReMaking high school classrooms | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Traditional classrooms have fallen out of favor across America. Educators, students, parents, and administrators all know there is SOMETHING that must be done differently, but they are unsure of where to start & where to begin.

 

The #makered & maker education movement is an excellent place to start. There are many aspects to developing a Maker movement, whether that starts with your class, your students, or eventually your school. Incorporating the ideas of the Maker movement to a larger forum such as an entire school requires innovation on a wider-scale."

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2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed! — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

2015 AASL Best Apps and Best Websites revealed! — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I was honored to serve on the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning Committee this year. Over the course of the year we tested hundreds of contenders and selected a list of 25 apps “best of the best” for the Committee’s third list.


Our committee vetted apps in five categories connected to AASL’s learning standards and in support of our instructional roles relating to inquiry-based teaching and learning.  The Committee recognized free and cost effective apps that foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration and are user friendly to encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
Here are those fabulous apps with tips for their use in your schools and libraries:

 

     * Books
     * Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)
     * Organization & Management
     * Social Sciences
     * Content Creation"

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What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread - Mind/Shift

What Schools Hope to Achieve by Making Computer Science Widespread - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — Many children in San Francisco do not have regular access to computers in school, let alone computer science classes. The school district is about to change that as it plans to become the first large urban school district in the country to commit itself to exposing every child to computer science starting in pre-kindergarten all the way through 12th grade.

“We are not trying to produce an army of software engineers,” said Bryan Twarek, SFUSD’s computer science coordinator. “We want to open all doors to this industry, and right now those doors aren’t open to everyone.”
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10 educational apps you haven’t used before, but should -- AppAdvice

10 educational apps you haven’t used before, but should -- AppAdvice | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
We’ve created a list of the top apps for parents and teachers you haven’t used before, but certainly should.
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Makerspace Starter Kit - Design Make Teach

Makerspace Starter Kit - Design Make Teach | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

Directions: Please read the Makerspace Welcome Letter then download and print the Makerspace Starter Kit (pdf) and the Mini Maker Notebook. The Makerspace Starter Kit (pdf) should be folded with a hamburger fold then a second hamburger fold so the words in bold are on the outside. Folding instructions for the Mini Maker Notebook can be found at http://www.pocketmod.com/howto. Find out more about the Mini Maker Notebook here.

Why a Makerspace Starter Kit? I have spent much of the last year spreading the word about makerspaces in workshops, webinars, Twitter conversations and on this blog. Teachers and librarians often tell me that they are thinking about creating a makerspace. I leave these conversations wishing that I could help with the hardest part, getting started. In fact, one of my earliest blog posts was encouraging teachers to simply start MAKING in the classroom. The Makerspace Starter Kit is my solution.

Deluxe version of the Makerspace Starter Kit that includes designs for laser cutting and 3D printing a Makerspace sign is at http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:297759.

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Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog

Makerspaces: Beyond Tools and Products | UpNext: The IMLS Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As maker fever hits America’s makerspaces, libraries, museums, and schools, the focus is often on tools and products: what we bought, and what people made with it. These are important data points that validate purchases and provide tangible evidence that our efforts have borne fruit. But, there are more maker stories to be told: about access, diversity, and agency.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 28, 10:43 AM

Fun #makerspaces in learning commons.

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about my Wheel of Autism Apps | DART

about my Wheel of Autism Apps | DART | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This is a quick post in response to some comments and questions about my app wheel, which has been doing some alarmingly extensive rounds on Twitter and the like.
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7 Apps for Student Creators - Edutopia @ClassTechTips

7 Apps for Student Creators - Edutopia @ClassTechTips | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Because Millennials and digital natives live in a creation-based world, apps like Adobe Voice, Thinglink, and Pages promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and invite real-world learning.
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Minecraft For Teachers Introduced By Microsoft (video)

Minecraft For Teachers Introduced By Microsoft (video) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Microsoft has today introduced a new Minecraft Educational portal which has been specifically designed for teachers to be able to use the block building game to help their students learn.

The new Minecraft for teachers portal is still currently in the final stages of development but any teachers interested in signing up for updates can do so over on the Education Minecraft website which has been launched by Microsoft this week.
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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.
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Monika Macias's curator insight, June 9, 4:50 AM

STEM experiences abound! Sites, challenges, even camps! Sections for Elementary, Middle, High School and a section aimed at STEM experiences for Girls - who, at over 48% of the workforce, make up less than 24% of STEM workers.

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, June 9, 12:37 PM

Let's be STEM advocates!

Chris Carter's curator insight, June 30, 9:15 PM

Wow!

 

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Building a Common School Vision For Your Makerspace - Getting Smart

Building a Common School Vision For Your Makerspace - Getting Smart | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As more and more educational institutions are incorporating tinkering and “maker mindset” into their educational programs, the processes leading up to that incorporation vary broadly. In some schools, spaces for “making” and tinkering are outfitted before any programmatic discussions take place among the faculty (top-down). On others, a few teachers band together and develop a makerspace with little institutional support (bottom-up).
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Stop Motion Animations with KomaKoma

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Stop Motion Animations with KomaKoma | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Stop Motion was one of the original video creation techniques. By stringing together a series of single images and displaying them quickly in order, film was born. Now on iPad, Stop Motion can be used as a technique for capturing learning as it happens, making drawings, models, science projects, or counting exercises come alive. Consider the power of creating a digital flipbook that could later be viewed as a video.

Introduction to KomaKoma
KomaKoma is a FREE Stop Motion iPad App that can compile together a series of photos taken in the app and then export them to the Camera Roll as a video. With a simple user interface consisting of only a few buttons, KomaKoma is very intuitive. The app launches the camera automatically (first time app users will have to allow the Camera access). A big red record button captures each image in sequence, and a big green play button plays the images back as a video. The only other 2 editing buttons are a blue “X” to delete the last image taken, and a yellow arrow for saving the video to the app’s Gallery.
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NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition #byod #makered #makerspaces

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition #byod #makered #makerspaces | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions? These questions and similar inquiries regarding technology adoption and transforming teaching and learning steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 56 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). The NMC also gratefully acknowledges ISTE as a dissemination partner. The three key sections of this report — key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology — constitute a reference and straightforward technology planning guide for educators, school leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in K-12 education across the globe. View the wiki where the work was produced.
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The Maker Mindset - Lisa Palmieri, Ph.D. (@Learn21Tech) | Twitter

The Maker Mindset - Lisa Palmieri, Ph.D. (@Learn21Tech) | Twitter | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
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Rocio Watkins's curator insight, June 29, 12:53 PM

Very relevant pedagogy for each way of innovating learning.  Great summer read.

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, June 29, 7:29 PM

Im not sure this is so innovative but it does help us think about the issues.

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, June 30, 4:55 AM

Tellement vrai !

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5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Learning over Summer Break - graphite

5 Fun Ways to Keep Kids Learning over Summer Break - graphite | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An ever-present worry for teachers through the summer months is that students will relax a little TOO much over the break. While it can be tempting to try to micromanage students’ summer learning with packets and reading lists, there are tons of resources available online that can keep your students’ brains active and their enthusiasm high. Take a step back and let students drive their own learning this summer. Here are five ways you can help students' excitement, motivation, and passion for engaging activities fuel their learning through the summer months.
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Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It Could Also Help Them Learn

Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It Could Also Help Them Learn | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Gone are the days when kids would get in trouble for passing notes in class. Today’s youngsters are much more sophisticated, technologically speaking, than those who grew up in the days of flip phones and CD players — let alone those whose only access to a phone growing up was a spin-dial one. This means there’s a lot more texting, tweeting, and Facebooking on smartphones in your average high school or college classroom than ever before.

Does this also mean that kids today are way more distracted by the bombardment of information reaching them via their tablets and iPhones? A new study out of the National Communication Association wanted to find out whether increased smartphone and social media use in class impacted student learning — and what they found was that it had both negative and positive effects.

In the study, researchers analyzed kids who were using phones in class to respond to text messages — both relevant and irrelevant to the class material. They measured the type of messages and the frequency of them, and found that students who were texting about the material actually scored higher on multiple choice tests about the subject than those who were texting about non-class related things.
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It is time to make decisions on what we want to do for kids who are going to be on their social media devices during class time. After looking at this insightful article, I agree that being able to discuss class work with other students while class is in session is only going to help. Interestingly, the study showed that discussing materials through social media lead to greater test scores. I think that a big problem is that kids are trying to hide their devices while in class, and this is the part that is distracting them. Maybe if we implemented new technology, which allowed for students to have a built in I pad in his or her desk, allowing group chats, and online public discussions to take place, this would be beneficial. Staying on topic, posting to friends and family about what you are learning is only going to lead to a better understanding of the topic. Changing what many might view as a negative action, to a positive idea might be key when thinking about the future of our education system, and all of the social media available. Higher grades will be the reward, while lower grades will be the consequence for kids who reject using this new feature the proper way.

JoanHughes's curator insight, June 30, 5:58 AM

This article gives food for thought.  Are mobile phones being used to engage learners or do teachers see it as a distraction?

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Top 10 Geography EdApps for Kids - Balefire Labs

Top 10 Geography EdApps for Kids - Balefire Labs | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"When we're reviewing educational apps, we find that the toughest academic subject to find high quality educational apps for is Social Studies. It seems like there must be a million drill-and-kill flag apps, but really strong instructional content is much more rare than we'd like. To make your hunt for high quality geography apps a bit easier, today we're sharing our 10 top rated geography apps.

These apps have stronger instructional design than the bulk of the geography apps on the market that we've seen. Hope they're helpful to you in finding resources and helpful to your kids for learning geography!

Here we go, starting with number 10...."

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Innovative classrooms, collaborative & mobile with #makered & #stem

Creating innovative inquiry-based learning spaces for our students today and tomorrow. Explore spaces that work with MakerEd, STEM, and coding and robotic programs for kids K-12. Share in this hands-on session’s new tools enhancing spaces for teaching and learning!
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What is MakerEd? And why math teachers should take notice... Valerie Weage's 810 & 811 Blog

What is MakerEd? And why math teachers should take notice... Valerie Weage's 810 & 811 Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As I look back, it has been a crazy and wonderful learning experience in CEP 811 over the last few weeks. With a focus on the Maker Movement and maker education, I have read articles, blog posts, sections from books, and even watched videos to learn more about the Maker Movement. I even had a chance to try my hand at making by creating a Lego robot using the NXT program and then turning my project into a great lesson about slope I can use with my math students. In addition, I considered what inspires a maker and how I might be able to turn my own classroom into an inspirational and supportive makerspace.

This week, I organized all of the ideas I have gathered about the maker movement and maker education into a helpful infographic using easel.ly that addresses two important questions: What is the Make Movement? Why should math teachers start incorporating it into their classrooms? 
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Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom | Edudemic

Tips for Using iPads in the Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While some teachers and school districts are finding that iPads aren’t for them, we’ve seen enough evidence to suggest that teachers will continue to encounter them in their classrooms in the years to come. For that reason, we want to address some of the main concerns about tablet use in the classroom, as well as offer some tips that may serve useful if iPads do come to play a larger role in your classroom.
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