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6 Minecraft lessons offer a motherlode of learning

6 Minecraft lessons offer a motherlode of learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
News that Microsoft is buying MinecraftEdu and beefing up the classroom version of the insanely popular game got us thinking about all the great ways educators use Minecraft to teach everything from math and social studies to team building and cell biology.

"As an educational tool, Minecraft is a wonderful platform for learning," says Pam Simon who runs an after-school program called Fidgets2Widgets that has incorporated Minecraft since 2013. "You have to have mathematical understanding to build sound structures. Architecture and design features allow for innovation. Redstone in the game acts as the electrical circuitry system, so you can run minecarts, light torches, and create pressure plates."

Read these six articles to get ideas for using Minecraft to engage students in deep leaning in your classroom, school or program
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Flipping Assessment in a Makerspace on Its Head - Worlds of Learning @lflemingedu

Flipping Assessment in a Makerspace on Its Head - Worlds of Learning @lflemingedu | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many educators and school leaders alike often wonder how students can be appropriately assessed in maker environments. One of the questions that I am asked most frequently is:

How do we assess in a makerspace?
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The Benefits of Being Goofy – John Spencer @spencerideas

The Benefits of Being Goofy – John Spencer @spencerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"William Chamberlain is one of my favorite teachers on Twitter. He is bold, humble, relentless, and unabashedly curious. The other day he tweeted this out, so, as a joke, Philip Cummings and I both turned these into “inspirational” quote images for tweets.

As I think about my oldest son moving into middle school, my hope is he has a few teachers like William Chamberlain. I hope he runs into teachers who go the extra mile in something beyond just the teaching to the standards. I hope he has teachers who take learning serious enough to not take class so seriously.

Which has me thinking about the benefits of being goofy in class. Here are a few that come to mind:"

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How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code - WallStreetJournal

How Wooden Toys Teach Kids to Code - WallStreetJournal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Is an old-school marble run better than an iPad for teaching young children to code? Why educational toys that focus on the physical world rather than the computer screen are so effective
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This Week in Science: May 21 - 27th, 2016

This Week in Science: May 21 - 27th, 2016 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Using Gene Editing to Remove HIV From Live Animals, A Link Between Dark Energy and the Direction of Time, And More
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3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding

3 Reasons Why You Should Pick Up Coding | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
t’s official: coding is all the rage today. We are living in a world where apps dominate every aspect of our lives and are disrupting the way we do things. And creating these apps require—you guessed it—coding know-how.

With the rising prominence of ‘superstar’ programmers such as Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg, coding has captured the attention and imagination of many youth, who are beginning to recognise its value. According to this Microsoft study, a resounding majority of students in Asia Pacific want to see coding as a core subject in school, believing it is instrumental to helping them acquire essential 21st century skills necessary to thrive in the fast-changing world of tomorrow.

While some may argue that being a programmer is not for everyone, we can all agree that coding has some life lessons that we can benefit from, especially children and young people. Here are three reasons why you should get started coding
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The Techie Teacher: 10 Things Siri Can Do for Teachers & Students

The Techie Teacher: 10 Things Siri Can Do for Teachers & Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Hey Siri!" My husband continues to roll his eyes every time he hears me call my girl. However, I have to be honest...I haven't always used Siri. This is more of a recent habit that I have fallen into, quickly. Every day it seems like I learn something new about what Siri can do. She is one smart cookie!

Have you ever thought about using Siri in the classroom? I use her occasionally on my iPhone; however, why couldn't we use her on our classroom iPads or iPods?
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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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School Library Makerspace Strategies Webinar with Colleen Graves @GravesColleen 

School Library Makerspace Strategies Webinar with Colleen Graves @GravesColleen  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Ashley Kazyaka and the Colorado State Library invited me to speak to Coloradans/school librarians about makerspaces in affluent communities versus makerspaces in lower socio economic schools. I had a great time today discussing my passion for inclusive makerspaces and in case you missed it, here are the slides for my webinar and here is the Webinar recording! " 

http://bit.ly/25xh3Kt ;

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Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school via LA Times

Math. Science. Recess. Minecraft? Twitch club brings gaming to school via LA Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Brayden Foxhoven and his Viewpoint School classmates are getting an education in Twitch, the app that lets anyone stream their gameplay for the world to watch.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Season 2: Episode 38 – Interview with Laura Fleming – Worlds of Making [Podcast]

Season 2: Episode 38 – Interview with Laura Fleming – Worlds of Making [Podcast] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this episode we’re talking to Laura Fleming. Laura has been an educator in the state of New Jersey for 20 years.  She has been both a classroom teacher and media specialist in grades K-8 and currently as a Library Media Specialist for grades 9-12.  Laura is a strong advocate of using New Media and Vanguard Techniques for Interactive and Transmedia (multi-platform) Storytelling. She is also the author of the best-selling Worlds of Learning:  Best Practices for Establishing a Makerspace for Your School (Corwin, 2015).
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The Maker Movement's Influence: Photos From San Francisco's Brightworks School (EdSurge News)

The Maker Movement's Influence: Photos From San Francisco's Brightworks School (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kids have always been creators, but the sort of structured making at Brightworks heralds new intention in the idea of allowing natural curiosity to guide instruction. The Maker Movement's influence is palpable in everything, from the classrooms constructed from plywood to the metallic cardboard chandeliers. To investigate what being a student maker looks like, we paid Brightworks a visit. 
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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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I Left My Law Career To Be A Lego Artist

Watch the next video to learn more about Mike Basich and his mobile tiny home: https://youtu.be/dbEupay_Ix8 Subscribe
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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.
Via Dean J. Fusto
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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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