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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key.

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Prepping for #BYOD ? Home-School Connection Is Key. | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When schools lift the ban on cell phones, they need to decide if they want to embrace the use of student devices for learning. If they do, it doesn't "start" with inviting devices into the classroom. 

It starts in student's homes. 
What better way to help parents understand the instructional value of cell phones than to use these devices to strengthen the home-school connection? 


Cell phones provide a terrific means for connecting with parents. Teachers can begin using phones to develop and strengthen those relationships. This can provide a foundation and help develop understanding around the benefits and value of cell phone use in general and later for use with students. 
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Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS

Yik Yak app: Why schools are concerned - CBC NEWS | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
An Ottawa school was in lockdown earlier this week because of a gun reference posted on the social messaging service Yik Yak. And Charlottetown police said this week that some local students aren't attending school because they can't take reading the comments on Yik Yak.

Yik Yak is the latest anonymous messaging app to cause trouble among teens
Be anonymous, share online with these social networking apps

The app has been linked to threats, pranks and cyberbullying at schools across North America, prompting many to block it.

But is that a good idea? Here's what you need to know about Yik Yak.
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iPad App of the Week: The Daily Cut | iPad Insight

iPad App of the Week: The Daily Cut | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Who doesn’t like great iPad apps? At iPad Insight we definitely do. With that in mind, we offer up a quick review of an excellent iPad app, or a few great iPad apps, here each week.

Our weekly picks for Best iPad App of the Week are published here every Saturday. Check out all out picks below and you’ll soon have a collection of stellar apps for your favorite tablet.

This week’s pick is The Daily Cut, a curated video library that is updated daily and promises ‘’less searching, more streaming’.
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'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal

'Soon We'll All Be Gamers' -- THE Journal | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Play is positive; gaming is good; and online engagement has begun supplying a generation with the love and feelings of connection that all humans crave.

Some 7 billion hours a week are being poured into to this alternate world of engagement through online games. And 25 percent of Call of Duty players call in sick the day a new version the game comes out.

These amazing and concerning facts paint a picture of the new world of gaming, said Jane McGonigal, who delivered the opening keynote address Wednesday at the FETC 2015 conference in Orlando, FL. The first person to earn a Ph.D. in the study of the effects of gaming, she is director of Games Research & Development at the Institute for the Future, a non-profit research group in Palo Alto, CA.
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Twitter for Educators Beginner's Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Twitter for Educators Beginner's Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I strongly believe in the educational value of Twitter as a tool to help us improve our teaching practices and enrich our learning journey. I have devoted an entire section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning to Twitter in Education. A lot of you have been regularly  following and reading this section  and I am so glad to hear that some of you have their Tweeting experience tremendously improved since they started reading those posts.Feedback such as this  does really make me happy  and encourage me to work harder because at the end of the day what remains is that beautiful feeling one feels knowing that he/she has helped somebody out.

That being said, let me now share with you one of the best guides on the use of Twitter in education. This short guide (  made up of  just 11 neat and well compacted pages ) will walk you step by step through the process of mastering the art of Tweeting. I am pretty sure you will enjoy reading it, and before sharing it with you let me just express my deep gratitude for Amber Coggin for this great work."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101 from NASA

Free Technology for Teachers: Students Can Build and Launch Virtual Rockets on Rocket Science 101 from NASA | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Rocket Science 101 is a free iPad app offered by NASA designed to help students understand how rockets work. The app also helps students understand the differences between the four types of rockets most frequently used by NASA. In Rocket Science 101 students can build all four rockets in a jigsaw-like activity then virtually launch their rockets. When the rockets are launched students see the timing of each stage of the launch from surface to orbit.
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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 1

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like - Part 1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Being a Relevant, Connected Educator is something, we believe, should be embraced by all educators everywhere. Today, with so much access to information, the way that learning is done is drastically different than it was just a handful of years ago. Professional development in many schools and districts has trouble keeping up with the latest pedagogical trends and some leaders refuse to embrace these methods as viable.
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How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi - TeachThought

How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi - TeachThought | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some extra screen size out of your MacBook or Mac computer? If you have all three of the following, you may find some use in Duet Display.

1. An iOS mobile device (iPad or iPhone)

2. An OSX laptop or computer (MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, or iMac)

3. The need (or perceived need if you have the habit of buying things because they’re interesting rather than because you’re going to actually use them) for a second screen

We just paid $14.99 for use here, and so far are intrigued with its lag-free speed.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Germ Blaster - An iPad Game for Learning About Germs

Free Technology for Teachers: Germ Blaster - An iPad Game for Learning About Germs | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Rice University offers a number of web and iPad-based educational science activities for students of all ages. Germ Blaster is one of their free iPad games that is appropriate for students in elementary school.
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Here's a new iOS app for sending personalized handwritten cards - TUAW

Here's a new iOS app for sending personalized handwritten cards -  TUAW | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are plenty of greeting card apps for iOS, but this new offering called Lovely Handwritten Cards (free with one in-app option) is tasteful, and lets you truly personalize what you send to others using your own handwriting.
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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, January 19, 1:45 PM

This would be great in the classroom for special events,  end of year projects and might even be fun for exchanges between historical or literary characters.

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ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

ReadWriteThink rocks: with free apps — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If it’s been a while since you’ve returned to ReadWriteThink, I urge you to consider a visit today.


The quality portal, rich with free resources and sponsored by the International Reading Association (IRA), the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and the Verizon Foundation has grown even more interactive.


So what’s new?  There’s an array of simple, elegant mobile apps available for iOS and Android that may be discovered by browsing grade level, type, learning objectives and theme."

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BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 20, 9:17 AM

This site has been included in several training sessions we have had and we have always found it useful.  Check it out!

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Recognize and Discuss Bullying with the KnowBullying App

Recognize and Discuss Bullying with the KnowBullying App | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
 The KnowBullying app by SAMHSA is based on years of research and expert input and is an excellent free resource for dealing with bullying in schools.
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Really good
BI Media Specialists's curator insight, January 20, 9:20 AM

In conjunctions with our county initiative this year, this might be a good site to check out and use with your students.  It might make for some eye-opening and interesting discussions.

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Two Great Lego Tools to Enhance Students Creative Thinking (Work on Chromebooks too) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Lego Tools to Enhance Students Creative Thinking (Work on Chromebooks too) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Below are two useful apps that allow students to engage in creative activities through building and experimenting with Lego bricks.These apps are easy to use and students will definitely enjoy working on them. They are also compatible with Chromebooks.
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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, January 19, 2:30 AM

Webapp to test in the Art class!!!

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.
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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.
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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

AnnC's curator insight, January 25, 9:51 PM

Khan Academy just keeps getting better!

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 26, 10:00 AM

Excellent new, please enroll anyone in your family, this is an can't miss 

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What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight

What to do if you lost or forgot your iPad passcode | iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
So you created an awesome passcode for your iPad.  You were extremely proud of this passcode, too.  For once, you selected one that wasn’t a birthday, or anniversary or special day that was easy to remember.  You finally listened to all the published articles about how important it is to use arbitrary info with a combination of numbers _and_ letters.  However, for some reason one day you simply forgot it or lost the “cheat-sheet” you typically use to save all your passwords?  For the sake of this tutorial, let’s just assume that you didn’t set-up Touch-ID, no one else knows your code, and you have no other known way to retrieve it.  Now what?
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Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) - mattBgomez

Another 50 Online Readers (with audio) - mattBgomez | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is another 50 readers from Unite For Literacy (find the first 50 here)

They work on the iPad, read to the kids, and are available in various languages.
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Free online textbooks from top school - BBC News

Free online textbooks from top school - BBC News | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A leading private school, with some of the best results in England, is publishing digital textbooks which are available to download free online.

The Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge is publishing 12 multimedia textbooks for IGCSE biology.

They are being made available on Apple's iBooks online store to use on iPad tablet computers.
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Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia

Capture the Learning: Crafting the Maker Mindset - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You've heard some good stuff about the maker movement such as how making helps students learn through embodied cognition, creates a mindset that's empowering, and builds creative confidence. You're interested in crafting some maker lessons but don't know where to start or how to do something that works in your classroom. Or perhaps you're worried that you don't have time to do a long, involved project. How do you still teach the Common Core or cover the required curriculum? These simple steps will get you started.
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Is Social Media ruining students? - Mr. Kirsch's ICT Class Blog

Is Social Media ruining students? - Mr. Kirsch's ICT Class Blog | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This infographic paints a very interesting picture on the relationship between social media and our students. This provides more justification on why we need to teach the proper ways of using social media to our students.
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The Distraction Myth of Learning with Technology - BYOT Network

The Distraction Myth of Learning with Technology  - BYOT Network | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
By developing a positive learning community within a classroom, a teacher can take the initial steps necessary to begin integrating technology tools and resources. With consistent perseverance and practice, soon these teachers can find new ways to transform learning experiences while dispelling the myth of distraction while learning with technology.
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Why the modern world is bad for your brain - theguardian

Why the modern world is bad for your brain - theguardian | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient
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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, January 20, 3:34 PM

More to worry about?!

Debra Walker's curator insight, January 21, 2:40 PM

Not just another reason to not drive (walk, talk, etc) & text.  Fascinating read, full of information

 

Tom Van Looy's curator insight, January 23, 12:36 PM

Scary ! I've always hated the humongeous number of emails except in the really early days at uni. Google's new Inbox is also something that I find eases the pain ...

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Make Collaborative Class Discussion Meaningful with TodaysMeet REVIEW - FRACTUS LEARNING

Make Collaborative Class Discussion Meaningful with TodaysMeet REVIEW - FRACTUS LEARNING | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Collaborative discussion is an extremely valuable exercise for students to share, challenge and debate their opinions and ideas with their peers. As a facilitator to this discussion the teacher’s role is often to guide, focus and document the class conversation to ensure the discussion is shared evenly among students and that the whole class is gaining from the experience. TodaysMeet is a valuable free tool that can be used to add a meaningful backchannel to this conversation, providing opportunities to share thoughts in a live forum and gain immediate class feedback.
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Awesome Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Technology Integrators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Technology Integrators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Here is an interesting visual that has been making rounds online.The Pencil Metaphor outlines 6 types of how people react to technology. This work reminds me of Rogers theory of Diffusion of Innovation which I covered in a post I published two years ago. Rogers classified people into 5 categories based on their propensity to adopt a specific innovation. These are: Innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards.

Similarly, the Pencil Metaphor draws on how people respond to technology to classify them into six categories:
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How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius

How To Create Interactive Lessons for the iPad - Daily Genius | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"As a teacher, you are used to create your own lessons. The xerox, Microsoft Word, and PowerPoint are your trusted companions. But how can you effectively use iPads in your lessons?

The ebooks provided by publishers are mostly static and just not interesting enough for today’s students. Some educational apps are great, but finding the rights ones, figuring out how they work and getting them installed on all student devices can be a hassle.

Aren’t there easy ways to create your own materials for iPad? Yes, there are! Try these:"

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Sherolyn Rymal's curator insight, January 18, 2:17 PM

This is a great resource for teachers.

Miguel Angel Perez Alvarez's curator insight, January 23, 12:42 PM

Para no convertir el iPad en un sustrato para el consumo de información. Al menos la interactividad con los contenidos.