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# Geometry101 by Zientia

"Geometry101 allows you to study the properties of the most representative polyhedra of the mathematical world.

Thanks to Augmented Reality you can examine, from different points of view, various features of these geometric structures."

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# iPads, MakerEd and More in Education

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## How to use a breadboard - The MagPi Magazine

"Most of our projects are tested using a small piece of plastic known as a breadboard. Officially, it’s known as a ‘solderless breadboard’ because it enables you to use circuit parts without soldering them together.

Electrical components are connected by pushing them into the holes in a breadboard. These holes are connected in strips, as shown in the main image. If you push a wire, or a different component, into one hole in a strip, and another wire into the hole next to it, it’s as if you’d physically joined (or soldered) the two wires.

In the old days, people would either solder wire components together on an actual breadboard, or they’d wrap wires together around nails in a pinboard.

For a lot of Raspberry Pi fans, using a breadboard is part of life. But for many newcomers this quirky piece of kit is baffling: a smorgasbord of holes arranged in rows and columns that seem to make little sense.

So we think it’s high time we had a beginner’s guide to how a breadboard works. In this tutorial, we’ll explain how these holes are arranged, and how to set up a circuit on your breadboard.

If you already know all this, feel free to move on. If not, stick around and learn about one of the most fun things you can do: building your own circuits and hooking hardware up to your Raspberry Pi.

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## Resourcing a Junior Makerspace - TinkeringChild

hroughout my blog I have spoken about materials available in our space to stimulate making in the Makerspace. Sometimes the making and creating comes from literature, other times from KLA’s and many times from challenges and interests of the students. We provide a wide range of craft materials as well as technology.

I thought I’d explain what we have available, the suppliers I have found to be very helpful and inspirational sites and people.
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## Interactive Storytelling and Coding

Knowing that coding is an important skill for students to learn, I knew I had to come up with ways to teach coding skills. However, I knew nothing about coding, so I needed to learn a few basics. With my new found knowledge, I came up with so many fun ideas for integrating coding into my literacy lessons. Which is why I am so happy I get to share one of the first ever coding lessons I incorporated into the literacy curriculum AND it is just in time for the Mentor Text Lessons to Warm Up Your Winter Link-Up using the book Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner.
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Sounds like a marriage made in #Makerspace & GEEKY heaven!

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## 7 hidden iPhone tricks that only power users know about - Business Insider

There's no doubt that Apple's iOS software is a robust operating system that can do nearly everything you'd ever want your phone to do. But because the software is packed with so many features, some tricks and tools get buried in the software. Here are 7 tricks that you probably didn't know your iPhone could do.
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## How to Save Photos from Messages on iPhone and iPad

Many iPhone users send and receive pictures in Messages app for iOS, but have you ever wanted to save a photo from Messages app to your iPhone or iPad? Maybe it’s a picture you received from someone else that you want to save locally, or perhaps it’s a photo you took with the camera directly from Messages app.
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## A Better Way to Access the Camera from iPhone Lock Screen in iOS 10

"Ever since Apple redesigned the iOS lock screen to remove swipe-to-unlock and require users to press the Home button instead, some iPhone users have discovered that accessing the Camera from the lock screen might be a challenge. The potentially difficult scenario is this; if you press the Home button to show the locked display which you would then swipe to access the iPhone Camera from, pressing the Home button also unlocks the iPhone and skips the lock screen with the camera access. I recently ran into someone who was convinced this set of actions meant their iPhone lock screen camera wasn’t working or no longer existed, so the behavior can lead to some degree of confusion as well.

Fortunately there’s a better way to access the iPhone camera from the lock screen in iOS 10 and newer, and it doesn’t involve using the Home button at all."

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This is pure genius!!
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This is pure genius!!
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## 25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.
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Une petite liste sympathique, à retenir.
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Neato!

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Check these out! Recommended by teachers for teachers.
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## 18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing - MindShift

Teachers in Littleton, Colorado — like teachers in many places — are increasingly asking students to read and write online. Free tools like Google Docs have made it easy for students to work on the same piece of writing at home and at school, and have allowed teachers to explore collaborative writing assignments and synchronous editing with students. There are also many digital tools that can support students as they learn how to read deeply, take well-cited notes, and navigate the writing process.

While many teachers are finding efficiency in allowing students to write and submit assignments online, not all students or teachers want to use the exact same set of tools. That’s why Littleton’s Instructional Technology Specialist, Dana Levesque, started compiling resources on a site that both teachers and students can access to find the tools that fit their needs.
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## Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I’ve watched students grow up in what I lovingly call the “worksheet generation.” In this environment, students are accustomed to a very structured style of learning, where they are handed a worksheet, then asked to turn to page five in their math book and solve problems one through 15. This approach, however, often teaches students there is only one right answer and limits meaningful engagement and creativity.

My teaching experience has taught me that it is no longer possible to prepare students with the 21st century skills they will need for the workforce without moving away from this paint-by-numbers approach. Instead, teachers must develop curriculum that inspires students to not only find new solutions, but to also test their solutions, and improve on them, through trial and error. This can be done using hands-on learning tools like robotics, which intuitively teaches students how to problem solve using critical thinking.

Via Jim Lerman
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This is a thought provoking article. It talks about grit, and learning to fail. About try, and try again!
And it highlights the difference from Computational Thinking, where you might what students to work methodically through a process to arrive at a solution.
You simply need to be clear about what your objectives are!
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## 9 Ways to Inspire Student Inventors - Vicki Davis @CoolCatTeacher @Edutopia

"There’s an old saying that the things that change your life are the books you read, the places you go, and the people you meet. But I’d like to add a fourth: the challenges you face (and how you face them) will always change your life. If we want our students to respond to challenges with creativity and inventiveness, we must create the conditions in which innovation is not only possible but encouraged. You don’t help students learn to invent by giving worksheets or cookie-cutter assignments. In fact, these one-size-fits-all approaches may actually take up the time that could be used for such creativity.

According to the Torrance Test—which measures CQ, or creativity quotient—the United States has been declining in creativity since 1990. There has to be a reason.

Perhaps it is because we focus on students’ weaknesses instead of their strengths. In many schools, we’ll put a math genius who struggles with grammar into extra English classes. Should we not give this math genius access to college-level advanced math work, and figure out the basic English requirements he or she needs for a basic understanding of grammar? Why do we think that all students should be good at everything?

We can either be average at everything or exceptional at something. With this in mind, here are some things we need to do to encourage student inventors as we nurture student passions, interests, and strengths."

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## Aurasma - Create Augmented Reality

Aurasma is changing the way we interact with the world. Turn everyday objects, images, and places into new opportunities for engagement through striking augmented reality experiences.

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Love aurasma!! Great for fieldtrips.
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Check this out! Thanks to Filomena Gomes.

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Augmented Reality - something to consider.
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## How to tell fake news from real news TED ED Blog

Want to strengthen your own ability to tell real news from fake news? Start by asking these five questions of any news item:
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## 5 Ways to Celebrate Kid Inventors Day - STEM JOBS

Kid Inventors Day falls on Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (January 17, 1706) and celebrates the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of kids. To encourage your students to dream about their own inventions, try some of these activities in your classroom.
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## Teaching Kids to Debug Code Independently (EdSurge News)

During my early days of teaching coding to sixth graders, my immediate reaction was to feel apologetic for a lesson that was not going smoothly for students. I would rush over and show them exactly what they did wrong. They would fix it, the code would run and there would be satisfied smiles as they moved to the next part of the project.

As you can guess, this is not a sustainable or a desirable approach to teach coding. A large part of learning to code is “debugging,” fixing mistakes in the code written so that it runs as desired. Debugging is difficult. It requires patience, persistence and an almost scientific approach—skills that are not easy to teach in one class.

Debugging is particularly challenging for young students who are driven by the end product, such as a game. They often do not perceive the intermediate debugging stage as a learning opportunity; they just want to fix the bug and move on!
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## Three Ways to Create Stop-motion Videos @rmbyrne

Creating stop-motion and time-lapse videos can be a good way for students to tell a story that they have developed. Stop-motion and time-lapse videos can also be helpful when teachers are trying to help students see how a lengthy process like osmosis works. The following free tools make it relatively easy to create stop-motion and time-lapse videos
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## McNally Robinson Booksellers & Scholastic Canada present the Grade 5/6 Writing Contest

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## Kindergarten Makerspace Exploration

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 11-12:30, we have an open makerspace time for students to sign up to explore the world of making.  This time supports students from many of our grades, but it doesn’t support all students.  In addition to weaving makerspace into projects, I’ve been trying to host times for grades who can’t come at our normal makerspace hours to come and explore

Kindergarten is one of these grades. The Kindergarten teachers came to a maker professional learning session I did in the new year, and they really wanted to work out times for small groups of students to come to makerspace. We made a plan to have a couple of days each week where 3 students from each class came for a 30-minute maker time.  That equals 12 students.  For now, the students are different each time until we see the students who really get hooked into some of the maker tools. That means I have to offer the same experience multiple times so that all students get to try it.
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## Where Do AirDrop Files Go? Locating AirDrop Files on Mac and iOS

AirDrop is the excellent wireless file transfer feature available to Mac, iPhone, and iPad, and with it you can easily and quickly transfer pictures, movies, documents, and whatever else between any iOS or Mac OS device. Being on the receiving end of AirDrop, have you ever wondered where AirDrop files go on a Mac or on an iPhone or iPad? Wonder no more, we’ll show you exactly where AirDrop files are saved to and how you can access their location in iOS and Mac OS.
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## ﻿LEGO Desk - Marcia R. Porter - Book Bytes Blog @booksbytesblog

A few years ago I read a blog post by media specialist extraordinaire Diana Rendina about how she had built a LEGO wall for the makerspace in her media center. I was, of course, completely taken with the idea and wanted one for my students.

Just one problem, no walls. Our media center is the last vestige of the 1970s open space renovation. Two sides of it are defined by hallways, the other two sides are actual walls, but are lined with bookcases and doors. No room for LEGOs.

Over time, I toyed several ideas - a LEGO easel, LEGO spaces on the endcaps of the low bookcases, gluing LEGO baseplates to the top of an old cafeteria table, but none of them had the same type of “come hither” appeal of the LEGO wall. Then one day last Spring, as I picked up yet another piece of laminate that had chipped off of my circulation desk, the brainstorm hit - why not turn my circ desk into a LEGO wall?
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## e-Textiles-in-a-Box

Use the e-Textiles-in-a-Box tutorial and get ready to teach young people about electronics and computing. Based on the Computational Textiles Curriculum and Sew Electric from MIT, e-Textiles-in-a-Box provides instructions for sewing soft circuits and programming an Arduino microprocessor on the way to creating a bookmark book light and an interactive felt monster that lights up and sings. NCWIT is pleased to offer e-Textiles-in-a-Box in cooperation with the MIT High-Low Tech Group, and with funding from the National Science Foundation.

Via Sylvia Martinez
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Free 122 page PDF for getting started with e-textiles. Sew soft circuits and learn programming with fun projects!
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## 22 Virtual and Augmented Reality Education Apps - Infinityleap

Virtual and Augmented Reality apps are starting to hit the market in force. While most of the buzz for these technologies has been for immersive gaming, many companies are getting involved in realizing the potential that Augmented and Virtual Reality may have as educational tools. The fraction of projected VR and AR market value taken up by education may seem small, but considering how large whole market is, this “small fraction” still represents Billions of Dollars.

This article will discuss 22 virtual and augmented reality apps for education that are already available, in beta, or still in the testing process. Some of the apps are aimed at parents and preschool teachers, while most are for primary school teachers. Others will interest anybody, including higher education students, and even non-students.
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## Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources

While other parts of business and marketing are becoming increasingly automated, content creation is still a very manual job.

That being said, there are plenty of tools out there to make creating content much easier.

Below, you'll find a list of 36 fantastic tools and resources to help you research, write, edit, and design content more easily.

(You'll notice there are a lot of design tools in here -- that's because visual content is often the part of the content creation process where people get the most nervous and frustrated. So don't worry, we've got a ton in there for you.)...

Via Jeff Domansky
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Make content creation easier (and more fun) with these 35 free tools and resources from Lindsay Kolowich at HubSpot. I thought I knew all the tools but she's updated the list and you'll find several social media tools you didn't know before. Christmas comes early. Highly recommended! 11/10. ;-)

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I use several of these tools regularly, and can recommend every one of them. I suspect I'll be investigating some of the visual/design options heading into the new year. Use this list to expand your reach in 2017!

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Ultimate List of Free Content Creation Tools & Resources
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## 5 Tools to Help Evaluate Sources in a World of Fake News - Daily Genius

Whether you call it “fake news”, “misinformation” or the more innocuous “spin,” and whether you see this as an entirely new problem or the continuation of an already existing problem (think “War of the Worlds,” “Yellow Journalism” and “Dewey Defeats Truman”), one thing is clear: there is a powerful and pressing need to prepare our youth to make sense of the constant flow of media information that they consume everyday.
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## #Design #Challenges - @JackieGerstein

This year I have been focusing on design challenges and design thinking with my gifted elementary students, grades 2nd through 6th. Last semester I introduced a series of activities to have them explore, learn about, and interact with design thinking principles and strategies. For a description of those activities, see https://usergeneratededucation.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/introducing-design-thinking-to-elementary-learners/

To re-introduce design thinking again for this spring semester, this week I asked them to do the Extraordinaire Design Studio:
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## Country Mouse and City Mouse - Interactive iPad Story

McGraw Hill has put the classic Country Mouse and City Mouse into an interactive format for iPads. The Country Mouse and City Mouse iPad app gives students the option of having the story read to them or to read the story to themselves. Each page in the story includes a simple animation. Students can make the mice in the story move around by touching them on their iPads.
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