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Year in Review: Lessons from the Innovation Lab - Teched Up Teacher

Year in Review: Lessons from the Innovation Lab - Teched Up Teacher | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it



"I came up with the Innovation Lab, our take on the makerspace, when I first got to Fair Haven eighteen months ago. The goal was to make an engaging technology “special” to replace our more traditional computer class which we pushed down toward the elementary school. I spent the bulk of this year’s afternoons working in the Innovation Lab with Ms. Smith and her 5th and 6th grade students. In the Innovation Lab, students learned about Design & Engineering, Computer Science, the Digital Arts, and, for a few months, Entrepreneurship. After our first full year in the Lab, I wanted to share the lessons I’ve learned."

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3D Printed Robots You Can Print, Build or Buy | All3DP

3D Printed Robots You Can Print, Build or Buy | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Fancy a 3D printed robot for your home? Here’s a list of the best 3D printed robots you can print in one go, assemble or even buy as a kit.

Via Marc Wachtfogel, PhD, Stephania Savva
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10 calming apps to help you beat stress and feel more relaxed

10 calming apps to help you beat stress and feel more relaxed | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"The following suggested apps – many available for both iPhone and Android – will help you to breathe more deeply, feel a little more centred and ready to handle anything that life and work throws at you:"

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Pokémon Go in the classroom

Pokémon Go in the classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How can you utilize the game “Pokemon Go” into your classroom in a meaningful way? Harnessing student excitement of this game can easily be used to support all kinds of fun and pedagogically-sound lessons and activities.

Before we start, and if you have not yet played the game, there are some vocabulary words you might need.
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Make Room for Learning – krissy venosdale @krissyvenosdale

Make Room for Learning – krissy venosdale @krissyvenosdale | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
After a great couple of weeks immersed in different learning experiences and conversations, I’m taking a step back.  I’m left with thoughts and remnants of moments rolling around in my head.  People who are asking for help.  They’re leading a charge at their schools for a makerspace, and some of them got that role without asking.  It’s clear, schools are clambering to get a space in their school where creativity is the focus.

A space where kids can go do stuff.

A space where they put a 3d printer.

A space that looks fun and different.

A space where this “thing” called making can happen.

But how is this space going to change learning across curriculums?  A colorful room stocked with stuff is just that… stuff.  We’d never expect a smoother ride from a car that was freshly painted. Internally, inside that car, we’d need to open it up and make improvements.
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SPRK+ The Robot Can Help Kids Improving Their Coding Skills

SPRK+ The Robot Can Help Kids Improving Their Coding Skills | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
SPRK+ is an improved version of an educational toy robot previously released by Sphero.
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Learning with Arduino and Microcontrollers @SamPatue

Learning with Arduino and Microcontrollers @SamPatue | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week’s MakerFaire in San Mateo was an amazing experience. The air was alive with creativity, drones, and giant ribbons of flame.  Moms, Dads, kids, business people, artists all gathered to celebrate our ability to change the world through invention.  At the heart of so many great  things at MakerFaire are Microcontrollers. If I want to bring this learning to my kids, I have to figure out how to make learning with microcontrollers accessible for them.

A microcontroller is a small computer, many are the size of a phone or smaller. These computers can run programs, and read input from meters attached to them, as well as control output to motors, lights, and servos. The most popular brands are Arduino and Raspberry Pi, but there are countless small companies out there designing these for so many applications. The ability to produce these microcontrollers cheaply has created an explosion of innovation and home prototyping.
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Green Screen Magic

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Remember Lieutenant Dan (Gary Sinise) in the movie Forrest Gump? How did Hollywood make his legs disappear? Click here for a short video clip explaining the magic.
How can you make your lessons more meaningful? How can your students use Green Screen to demonstrate their learning? Using Green Screen in the classroom is easy, economical and appropriate for all grade levels and subject areas!
Green Screen allows you to create a video using an image or video for your background. If your students are studying about the Pyramids of Egypt, they can create a video report with the Pyramids in the background. What about a weather report from the banks of the Nile River or on top of Mt. Everest? The possibilities are endless, so let's get started!
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5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing -

5 Questions And Answers To Get You Started With 3D Printing - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Recently I checked in with our 3D Printing expert, Zach Lichaa, with 5 questions to help schools considering adding this innovative tool to help grow their teaching and learning.``

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, July 12, 8:14 AM
This article is short but to the point. If you are thinking of getting a 3D printer in your library makerspace, think about what problems that purchase will solve. We don't want to be buying things because they're the latest-greatest but because the equipment will somehow improve student achievement. We also don't want to make the mistake of buying a tool and then arranging curriculum around it when it is much more appropriate to do it the other way around! Ask yourself these 5 questions - if you're looking for admin support, having the answers at the ready will go a long way towards approval! Enjoy.
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 12, 1:44 PM

Let me shock you - I'm not sold on 3D printing.

Is it the equivalent of the 10K Interactive Whiteboard of 2003?

 

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50 Apps That Represent 50 New Ways To Learn

50 Apps That Represent 50 New Ways To Learn | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Modern learning is in a state of flux as it struggles to find out what it wants to become.

Schools continue to merely “add on” learning, while technology strongly suggests new possibilities for inside and beyond the classroom. From learning simulations and mobile learning, to adaptive apps, flipped classrooms, and self-directed learning through amazing digital channels, the possibilities for learning are almost overwhelming.

Below we’ve gathered a diverse list of learning apps across iOS and Android from giants like Google, Apple, Microsoft, as well as upstarts like Brainfeed, The Sandbox, and Knowji. None of the apps are perfect, but each app does something special, and in that talent represents what’s possible as we careen towards 2020 and beyond.
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Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources

Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success."


Part 1 https://21centuryedtech.wordpress.com/2016/07/05/part-1-stem-steam-makers-connecting-project-based-learning-pbl/ 


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7 Fun and Creative Apps and Websites That Teach Kids to Code — Emerging Education Technologies

7 Fun and Creative Apps and Websites That Teach Kids to Code — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computer coding is becoming an increasingly popular activity for today’s technology oriented kids. Even kids who do not plan to grow up and become computer programmers are enjoying the control and autonomy that coding delivers.

Coding encourages kids to be creative, think logically and develop critical thinking skills that they will need throughout their lives.

The skills young students develop through these early coding experiences can also help them to succeed in their education. With coding, kids get to try out new solutions to problems and tinker around with what can happen in various situations. The following seven visually oriented and child-friendly apps can help to teach even the youngest children how to code.
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basil60's curator insight, July 11, 4:29 PM
Choosing an app is not a simple task. You need to consider the platform (iPad, Chromebook, Laptop) as well as corporate restrictions (proxies, transparent proxies). Not an easy task in the end!
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The maker movement: A learning revolution

The maker movement: A learning revolution | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The impulse to create is one of the most basic human drives. As far back as the Stone Age, we were using materials in our environment to fashion tools for solving the problems we encountered. And in the millions of years since then, we have never stopped creating. In fact, the rise of civilization is largely defined by the progress of technology of one kind or another.

Today, the availability of affordable constructive technology and the ability to share online has fueled the latest evolutionary spurt in this facet of human development. New tools that enable hands-on learning — 3D printers, robotics, microprocessors, wearable computers, e-textiles, “smart” materials and new programming languages — are giving individuals the power to invent. We’re not just talking about adults. Children of all ages can use these tools to move from passive receivers of knowledge to real-world makers. This has the potential to completely revolutionize education as we know it. And the movement has already begun.
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How To Launch An Innovation Process

How To Launch An Innovation Process | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"Before you eat, you set the table. Before you sell fruit, you create a beautiful display. If you want something to be special, then you have to create the right mood. Before you start your innovation project, your 20time, your Idea Farming, you are going to watch this video. BEFORE you watch the video have students take out paper and pen so that you don’t ruin the mood after the video with five minutes of students searching for paper."

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Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic]

Teachers Want to See More Virtual Reality in Their Classrooms [#Infographic] | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Survey data from this year shows that educators think immersive learning experiences can improve student outcomes.
Via Yashy Tohsaku
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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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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents - Edutopia

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in the last few years, a number of apps, software, and guides have been produced that make the often-complex subject of computer coding easy to grasp for young learners. So where to begin? These are a few resources parents can share with their kids to help them start learning about programming."

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A New Infographic on Project-based Learning for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Infographic on Project-based Learning for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it



"According to BIE, project based learning is “an instructional approach built upon authentic learning activities that engage student interest and motivation. These activities are designed to answer a question or solve a problem and generally reflect the types of learning and work people do in the everyday world outside the classroom.”In its essence , project based learning is all about engaging learners in meaningful and goal-oriented learning activities.Technology is proved to be an effective means of creating and enhancing a PBL-based culture in and outside class. Today we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on a previous post we published here a few months ago. The visual features a number of educational mobile apps and web tools to help teachers integrate the ethos of PBL in their instruction. Check it out and share with your colleagues. Enjoy"

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Top six Apps for creating word clouds - Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist

Top six Apps for creating word clouds - Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I wrote in my book about the power of using word clouds in the classroom. They are such a good tool for activities linked to literacy, problem solving and much more.

The classic Wordle and Tagxedo still rank highly in my estimation but as more and more use of technology moves to tablets and other mobile devices; so the search for a decent word cloud generator moves from the desktop to the mobile device too. Over time, more and more Apps have become available on the App Store and so in this post I’ll explore my top six Apps for creating word clouds using iOS devices. Note, not all of these apps have Android alternatives although some have.
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FEATURE: Top 10 Tips for Green Screen by Do Ink | Ipad Educators

FEATURE: Top 10 Tips for Green Screen by Do Ink | Ipad Educators | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I've been using green screen software with students since about 2004. In fact I'll always remember filming a student dressed as a superhero about ten years ago and struggling with the lighting. Luckily a Channel 4 film crew were with us (making a film about us making films!) and used their professional setups to sort us out. 

Times have changed though and these days a genuinely decent green screen effect can be accomplished in a school setting without the need for any professional gear. The one thing you will need though is the single best green screen app ever produced:
 
Green Screen by Do Ink.
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Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own

Research Shows Students Learn Better When They Figure Things Out On Their Own | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In some instances, research illuminates a topic and changes our existing beliefs. For example, here’s a post that challenges the myth of preferred learning styles. Other times, you might hear about a study and say, “Well, of course that’s true!” This might be one of those moments.
Last year, Dr. Karlsson Wirebring and fellow researchers published a study that supports what many educators and parents have already suspected: students learn better when they figure things out on their own, as compared to being told what to do.  
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I had already figured this out on my own. ;) Thanks to John Evans.

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Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions

Part 3: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 25 STEM and PBL Competitions | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
After the last post of over 40 STEM resources, I am sure you are ready for more engaging possibilities.resources. I do hope the past two posts have helped you build a foundation for both STEM and PBL ,and have provided some reflection. I am sure you are aware that there are some wonderful competitive opportunities to engage your students online in the STEM and PBL arena. The authenticity that a competition brings can be exciting while also providing your students with plenty of voice and choice. I decided to go through the internet and find what I feel are some of the very best and share them with you!

I often tell people you do not have to enter a competition to use the resources, although the completions are a lot of fun and can even provide some pretty cool prizes! In fact, many times a resource in a competition can be the perfect tool for a scaffolding activity. It can be used long after the competition is over. This is a perfect opportunity for some formative learning
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Ten Tips for Making Interesting Images — Medium

Ten Tips for Making Interesting Images — Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Make the images you capture on your phone/tablet or those you draw yourselves stand out with these straight forward tips! 

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5 In a Bag #Makerspace #Challenge via @lieberrian and @krissyvenosdale #makered #5inabag

5 In a Bag  #Makerspace #Challenge  via @lieberrian  and @krissyvenosdale #makered #5inabag | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Could you really run a makerspace that is fun, dynamic, engaging, thought-provoking and inexpensive?  Take the twice a month "5 In a Bag" challenge using only household and easily obtainable items. 


 Add pics and videos of your creations on the padlet, and particpate in the Twitter chat using #5inabag.  Who knows what you will come up with!"

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Allen Distinguished Educators - 7 Innovative Instructional Practices to Engage Students and Support Learning

Allen Distinguished Educators - 7 Innovative Instructional Practices to Engage Students and Support Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Now is a great time to implement new innovative practices in your classroom. At the Allen Distinguished Educators (ADE) program, we understand how hard teachers work to stay up-to-date with trending topics in education. That’s why we put together a list for you with 7 innovative instructional practices you can implement in your classroom. This list was curated with research-based content from our ADE Partners as well as insights and testimonials from exceptional teachers within the ADE community.
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