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Breaking New Ground - Winnipeg School Division Coding Challenges @kstrachan_bng

Breaking New Ground - Winnipeg School Division Coding Challenges @kstrachan_bng | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I have been throwing some coding challenges up on my Twitter steam lately using the #WSDHSchallenges hashtag as a kind of test to see what kind of response I had to this sort of thing. The response has been fairly strong and so I am exploring the next step.

I really can't take credit for this whole idea actually. It's really modelled after the Hour of Code activities, and the Twitter challenge connection was suggested by the incredibly smart cookies that attended my coding session at this year's CHARGE 2016 conference for preservice teachers at the University of Winnipeg I had the honour of being asked to participate in.
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Join Our Video Project: #ShowUsYourMakerSpace - EdWeek.org

Join Our Video Project: #ShowUsYourMakerSpace - EdWeek.org | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"“Maker spaces”—facilities designed to encourage hands-on activity and experimentation—have become an increasingly exciting part of many schools’ digital-learning and career-tech offerings. With their focus on inventiveness and collaboration, they also offer new ways of looking at classroom or learning-space design.


To showcase the composition and variety of these facilities, Education Week is asking educators to post short videos of their schools’ maker spaces to YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram over the next month, using the hashtag #ShowUsYourMakerSpace. (Photos are OK, too.)"

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9 Incredibly Useful LEGO Hacks

From Charging your phone to starting an indoor Garden: Here are 9 extremely useful LEGO Hacks for you to use around the house! Check out Audible For Free
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Why Stop with Basic HTML? The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic

Why Stop with Basic HTML? The Call for Coding Education in Schools | Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For years, students around the world took typing classes, first with typewriters then with computer keyboards. This class was designed to help students develop the real world skills they needed to thrive after graduation. However, now knowing home row is less important than understanding HTML, and an employer will be much more excited to see “Java” on a resume than “types 120 words per minute.”

As computer technology becomes more ingrained in every aspect of students’ lives, and likely in their future careers, many are advocating for basic and advanced computer coding courses to be taught in schools just like typing classes were.

Aside from developing students’ computer science skills, teaching coding in elementary, middle, and high school may help children better understand the world around them.
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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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All teachers should make sure there's more than a pinch of this in their performance!
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Very interesting subject to be considered and discussed. I will disclose the post to my contacts and subscribers in http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last night I watched the conclusion of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. A recap of the finals is available on the Associated Press YouTube channel. Like many others who watched the finals, I have to admit that there were some new-to-me words in the final rounds. That reminded me that I have a bunch of sites and apps in my archives that can help students learn new vocabulary words and practice spelling new words.
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Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning

Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In education, we have a way of taking a “thing” and reframing it to be something else…to fit our ideas or the latest trend of the moment but making isn’t new. Making has been the fabric of mankind since we existed. It’s not just technology and specifically coding. It’s not about devices. It really is about the synergy and application of ideas and passionately bringing them to life or even the need for a project to be real and the ability to create it.

The “new to us” part though, is not just making a horse and carriage of wood and glitter but maybe one that twinkles on command or moves through some animatronic lens. It’s making the wooden “President Obama” recite some of his famous quotes/speeches or even tweets from his twitter account because it was coded to do so. It’s my nephew, the puppet maker, creating puppets that respond to buttons that he has coded to its appendages or a prom dress drenched in LEDs programmed to dance to the music. To be clear, knowing my mother, her creations would have definitely done these things if she had the skills to do so. She has definitely created her share of pieces with integrated lighting. (Christmas lights were her “LED” of choice)

The “new to us” part is this idea of being a maker who takes advantage of accessible technology, embedding skills that could foster even greater potential and pathways in its creators. Technology in making has lead to some of the greatest innovations and in schools, providing pathways to create in this way can be a game-changer as our students craft the future of innovation.
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Librarian in Cute Shoes: Legos in the Library

Librarian in Cute Shoes: Legos in the Library | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Legos were definitely a library staple this year! Sometimes they were part of our Makerspace, and sometimes they were stations for use after checkout. During our #geniushour, Legos were especially popular!

This week (the second-to-the-last week of school), I once again set out three boxes of Legos as an invitation. I have three boxes of donated Legos on a table, and when students spot them, their eyes light up like the brightest of lights. Sometimes they ask if they can play. When I say "yes", it's like I've given them a key to unlock a door!!
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What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides)

What's Next for Maker Education (EdSurge Guides) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Confession. We at EdSurge are a bit in love with what may be America’s favorite new pastime: making. Indeed, it’s been a busy two years since we published our first guide on making, during which makerspaces have spread into classrooms and curriculum far and wide. But for many, issues of budget and b
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Clean Minecraft Videos

Clean Minecraft Videos | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Not all Minecraft videos are created equal.


Approximately 90% of the top-rated Minecraft videos found on YouTube and other popular video streaming sites contain inappropriate content not suitable for children.


Clean Minecraft Videos offers more than 200 videos from the YouTubers kids know and love that are free of all inappropriate content."

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Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing

Fred the Tortoise Gets New Shell, Thanks to 3D Printing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A tortoise in Brazil just received a unique gift: a 3D printed shell. The tortoise, named Fred, was found with 85% of its shell burnt in a forest fire.

The group who came to Fred’s rescue, called the “Animal Avengers,”  is a volunteer animal group consisting of a 3D designer, four veterinarians, and a dental surgeon. They had to virtually reconstruct all of the creature’s shell, due to the extensive damage.
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For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable

For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
BROOKLYN, New York – I’m sitting on the floor at The Academy of Talented Scholars (PS 682) in Bensonhurst, watching kindergarteners create robots on an iPad.

It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I don’t even like children.

The exercise is part of the curriculum led by co-teachers Stacy Butsikares and Allison Bookbinder, focused on helping the 5- and 6-year-old students come up with ways to solve problems.

The first step is to identify a problem happening in the school. The kindergarteners come up with ideas like kids horsing around in the lunch line, or not throwing trash away properly, or making too much noise at recess. Students are instructed to create a robot that could solve the problem, and draw the robot on a piece of paper.

Once the robot is sketched out, the real fun begins. Using the app The Robot Factory, these pint-sized problem-solvers bring their robot ideas to life.
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the iPad is the perfect device for children because it’s tailor-made for the visual, touch-centric nature of a drag-and-drop programming interface.
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9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech 

9 of the Best Snap Circuits Electronics Kits for Bright Sparks | #Maker #MakerED #MakerSpace #EdTech  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 


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If your child has shown an interest in electronics, they will love snap circuits. A wonderful educational toy, there is also a lot of fun to be had.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/

 

 

Heraclio Muñoz Cruz's curator insight, May 26, 9:10 AM
9 mejores kits de circuitos electrónicos
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5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews

5 tips for creating a makerspace for less than the cost of an iPad - eSchoolNews | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Where others see trash, I see treasure. Reusing, repurposing, and recycling items that can be found in the kitchen garbage can, on the curb, or collected by friends and families helps educators to save money while protecting the environment.

Today, our library makerspace has developed into a 21st century learning laboratory, with funding from grants and through the generosity of individuals and organizations that support our DonorsChoose projects. But it wasn’t always this way.
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Let's make it in TK.
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40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students

40 Of The Best Elementary Learning Apps For Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looks like this mobile learning thing might actually take off, eh?

Just as we recently looked specifically at some of the best educational apps for iPad, now we give some love specifically to elementary students (and teachers) who have devices and want to separate the digital wheat from the digital chaff.

The following listly collection is an excellent starting point for elementary teachers looking for elementary apps for elementary students in the most elementary way possible: a collection of 38 possibilities. This is a diverse collection of apps, from games to digital media software to math and literacy apps.
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Oristand: An Affordable Standing Desk Solution [WIN ONE!]

Oristand: An Affordable Standing Desk Solution [WIN ONE!] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Standing desks have increased in popularity over the last little while. Its ergonomic nature appealing for people who sit in front of a computer all day long. Studies show that the damage to your back over years of improper posture at a desk is often irreversible. The Oristand is a unique, no-frills creation aimed at addressing the need for an inexpensive standing desk. The cost of the Oristand is $25 USD plus shipping.
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Hacking Directions - ginaseymour #makered

Hacking Directions - ginaseymour #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To follow or not to follow. That is the question we ask ourselves when embarking upon a new project.
This past month students at Islip High School created wind tubes and marble runs in our library makerspace. Like all good ventures we sought out instructions, purchased supplies, cleared a work space, and got busy.

Instructions, like recipes, are sometimes spot on and other times well, let’s just say not so good. I’ve posted pictures of our creations and many have contacted me inquiring about the materials we used. So here’s a summary of our success and failure.
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Virtual Summer Camp - The Next Step in Connected Learning

Virtual Summer Camp - The Next Step in Connected Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Fact: Kids love Minecraft. The unique and ridiculously popular game is often compared to digital LEGO’s, and at it’s core, allows players to place and break blocks in a 3D world. With more than 22 million users in 40 countries, the Minecraft craze is only growing and kids can’t seem to get enough.

The draw of Minecraft?

For kids, it’s a blank slate and gives them the opportunity to let their imagination run wild. For educators, it is a perfect opportunity to fully integrate technology with learning. Minecraft is being recognized as an incredibly powerful, educational tool that acts as a medium for educators and students, alike, allowing them to unleash their creativity and fully integrate technology with learning opportunities. Because the game lives online, the multiplayer format can be utilized to emphasize digital citizenship and collaboration all through integrated project based-learning.


Meet Connected Camps, an online summer camp for Minecraft that is breaking the rules in all the right ways. Yes, you read that right, Connected Camps is a virtual summer camp, that connects kids from around the country (and even the world) through a dedicated, monitored and secure Minecraft server.
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Watch the Recorded Webinar - Designing and Creating Maker Spaces 

Watch the Recorded Webinar - Designing and Creating Maker Spaces  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Most educators think robotics, 3D printing and construction when they envision maker spaces, so how does this concept fit into the curriculum? By using design thinking as a framework for instruction, we will explore the possibilities for students to engage in empathy, seek new problems to solve, then prototype and test their solutions. When students start to create material for a larger audience, they ultimately need a way to make their ideas into physical realities. We will look at the pedagogy and the process to help make this happen.
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Osmo Turns Blocks Into Code to Teach Kids Programming

Osmo Turns Blocks Into Code to Teach Kids Programming | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Osmo's latest iPad game lets kids use modular, magnetic blocks to create sets of executable instructions.
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3D Printing in Early Childhood - Ms.Pana Says @PanaAsavavatana

3D Printing in Early Childhood - Ms.Pana Says @PanaAsavavatana | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Integration into the Kindergarten curriculum was a rather loose connection, but definitely a great introduction to 3D printing. One of the Kindergarten writing units revolves around “Looking Closely” at different things and writing about them like a scientist. Many of the Kindergarten teachers like to choose leaves as one of the objects students write about, so I decided to expand this idea into the design of a 3D printed leaf. To support students looking closely at small details as well as develop fine motor skills, each class worked together to make a blown up drawing of a leaf. In order to avoid having the whole class fighting over space to observe and draw around one piece of butcher paper, I set up the class so that I had three stations for the students to rotate around. The other two stations were a Bee Bot coding station and an Engineering Design challenge with Legos (design a bridge strong enough to hold a water bottle).
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Oh, these are cool!

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What’s a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One?

What’s a Laser Engraver, and What Can You Do with One? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you ask any DIY fanatic what’s on top of their wish-list, chances are pretty high they’ll say a laser cutter or engraver. As you might expect, these exotic pieces of kit use high-powered lasers to cut through materials, or to engrave them with a design. Like a 3D printer, they’re controlled by a computer, and work autonomously once provided with a design.

Laser cutters aren’t terribly new technology, and haven’t quite captured the public attention like 3D printers have. However, they are incredibly cool, and much like 3D printers, prices have crashed to the point where they’re now affordable for DIY enthusiasts.

Which brings us on to a really interesting question: What one should you get? What can you make with it? And crucially, what should you do to ensure that you use them as safely as possible?
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The Great Make: Rocketry Round-Up | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers

The Great Make: Rocketry Round-Up | Make: DIY Projects and Ideas for Makers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many a Make: reader, especially those of us of a certain age, cut our teeth on building and flying model rockets. This one hobby required you to gain at least a basic aptitude in model construction (and all of the skill sets involved there), basic design and engineering skills, understanding the science and aerodynamics of flight, rudimentary electronics, ballistics, and much more.

Given the importance of rocketry for many of us in developing as makers, it’s no wonder that Make: has covered a ton of rocketry projects of varying stripes over the years, from kiddie water and stomp rockets to serious high-powered efforts. Here is a selection of some of these projects and articles from the past ten years.
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Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids - TIME.com

Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids - TIME.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Maker Faires’ true importance lies in its focus on getting kids interested in making things. Over the last few years, I have written multiple pieces on STEM focusing on how companies around the world are backing STEM-based programs. All of them see how important these disciplines will be in the future. Still more germane to them is the real concern that if we cannot get kids trained in the sciences, we will not have the engineers and scientists to run our companies in the future.
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IT MAY NOT BE EPIC, BUT IT'S STILL AN AWESOME LEGO WALL!  Kristina Holzweiss  @lieberrian 

IT MAY NOT BE EPIC, BUT IT'S STILL AN AWESOME LEGO WALL!  Kristina Holzweiss  @lieberrian  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To be honest, I had longed for the epic Lego wall that has graced so many makerspace blogs and websites.  But I didn’t have the wall space for it, and I prefer furniture and resources that can serve dual purposes. Being a proponent of Theodore Roosevelt’s motto of “Do what you can with what you have where you are” I became resourceful.  So with my Scholastic Book Fair points, I chose a metal cabinet from the rewards catalog to serve as both makerspace storage and a movable awesome Lego wall. With some heavy-duty magnets affixed to the back with a hot glue gun, our baseplates could be used both horizontally and vertically.  Bound by limitations, I was able to find a away to create something new that would fit the needs of our library and our students.
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How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News)

How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant. When you're building a makerspace on a budget, you learn that resources are everywhere—and they aren't always what you expect. 

Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant.
For three years I and my fellow cofounders Kim Martin and Beth Compton, have created, developed, and run Canada’s first mobile makerspace—the MakerBus. As an entirely community-driven (pun intended) makerspace, we have had to master doing a lot with very little. As we have learned, while money is extremely useful, no amount of it can replace the value of an engaged, creative community. Below I share some ideas for creating makerspaces at various price points, offering advice for building a $100 and a (nearly) $0 community makerspace.
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TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects — Emerging Education Technologies

TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes find yourself thinking about how you can spice up a lesson with some engaging visuals, a pop culture reference, some humor or drama, or something else that gives it that extra “pop!”? Or … have you ever been watching a good movie and thought, “Wow! This totally relates to one of my lessons”?

Well if you’ve experienced either of these notions, this site is for you (and even if you haven’t, you’ll probably want to check it out anyway).

TeachWithMovies.org offers a collection of lesson plans and curriculum materials using movies to inspire, inform and motivate your students. There are subject-specific sections for English, Social Studies, Sciences, and Other Subjects (which include Math, Health, Music, and numerous other subjects). These subject areas are often broken down into sub-categories (for example, Social Sciences is broke down into US History, World History, and Civics).
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