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Open Bionics 3D-printed robotic hand wins Dyson Award (Wired UK)

Open Bionics 3D-printed robotic hand wins Dyson Award (Wired UK) | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
A 3D-printed robotic hand that costs just £1,000 to produce has won the 2015 James Dyson Award in the UK.
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NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition #makerspaces #makered

NMC Horizon Report > 2015 Library Edition #makerspaces #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
hat is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 Library Edition examines key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in technology for their impact on academic and research libraries worldwide. This publication was produced by the NMC in collaboration with University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB) Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich. To create the report, an international body of experts from library management, education, technology, and other fields was convened as a panel. Over the course of three months, the 2015 NMC Horizon Project Library Expert Panel came to a consensus about the topics that would appear here.
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Check out the Makerspaces section on pages 36 -37!!

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What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools? | FabLearn Fellows

What do people learn from using digital fabrication tools? | FabLearn Fellows | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In response to the question of what one actually learns from 3D printing, I thought more deeply about the work we do in our school. While I know conceiving an idea and shepherding it into a tangible form is significant, it is important to be able to articulate its value within an educational setting. It’s also important to reveal the many stages in digital fabrication, especially illuminating the often hidden design process where much of the learning takes place.
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The Ultimate Guide to STEM Trends at SXSWedu 2016

The Ultimate Guide to STEM Trends at SXSWedu 2016 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Although many of the PanelPicker submissions won’t make the official event agenda, it’s still worth reviewing all of the proposed submissions. The PanelPicker is a barometer of education trends, and a great way to discover and shape the ideas that are driving its future.

From the look of it, maker education is making a big splash. 3D printing is going mainstream, and “maker ed” along with it. There are a full 20 proposed maker ed sessions, including everything from CAD design, to youth entrepreneurship, to quite a few sessions on building makerspaces. “STEM & Makerspaces on a Budget,” for example, will share how to maximize donations, recyclables, inexpensive materials, and limited space to overcome the challenges to starting a makerspace in your school.
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Be certain to check out the amazing resources that have been shared to support each of the panel submissions. For Example:

 

STEM & Makerspaces On A Budget 

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/47587 ;

 

And one that I hope gets voted in but  that doesn't appear on the list for some reason:

 

Design Challenges in Your Makerspace

http://panelpicker.sxsw.com/vote/47509

 

 

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Kids Ahead - The coolest science, technology, engineering, and math stuff for kids like you!

Kids Ahead - The coolest science, technology, engineering, and math stuff for kids like you! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Kids Ahead is the place to find the coolest science, technology, engineering, and math stuff for kids like you.

 

So what are you waiting for? Start exploring!"

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Everything new and exciting in iOS 9 | Ipads Advisor

Everything new and exciting in iOS 9 | Ipads Advisor | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple spilled all the specifics on iOS 9 at its WWDC keynote today. The new operating system will certainly be presenting to iPhones and iPads this fall – right here’s exactly what you need to look forward.
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iPad App of the Week: Whink - iPad Insight

iPad App of the Week: Whink - iPad Insight | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This week’s pick is Whink by Rama Krishna. Think is a new Productivity app that presents a fresh new interactive way to take notes.  You can take typewritten notes, or write like your using a note pad and pencil emulating handwritten notes.  In addition, with your typewritten notes you can change the typography to suit your style.  With Whink you can take notes in a variety of helpful ways that include checklists, photo inserts, audio snippets, and even annotated PDF’s. When you’re finished you can synch all your notes over iCloud, or save them to Dropbox and Evernote
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Seven Ways to Break the Consumer Mindset in Schools | John Spencer

Seven Ways to Break the Consumer Mindset in Schools | John Spencer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it


"For all the talk of "digital natives," the truth is that my students come to class as consumer natives. They have watched videos and played video games but they have never created a video (fully edited) or a video game. They listen to music but they don't know how to play an instrument. True, there are pockets of students who do amazing videos and post them on YouTube or who have found an audience for their work on Wattpad. However, they are the outliers"

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Writing as Making — The Synapse

Writing as Making - The Synapse - Medium

"That said, I don’t think the conversation about making has included much — and definitely not enough, by my standards — discussion about writing. I recognize that in the STEM disciplines and when it comes to making, writing is viewed as important. But mainly as a way to document a process or reflect on what’s been learned. It’s part of an effort to make meaning of an experience.

 

What I know, though, is that writing is making. There’s what’s being produced on the screen — the words you’re reading right now, for instance. But there are also the crafts associated with the written word — zine creation, comics, book arts. As a former teacher of young kids, I have fond memories of creating cardboard covers for my students’ published books, and helping them sew the bindings."

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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The idea that students can learn something valuable from play isn’t new, or even controversial. A sizeable body of research has been conducted to back up what many teachers already knew to be true.  Fun and learning don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and it really works better for everyone involved when they’re not.

As such, making LEGO Bricks part of your lesson plan can help you teach concepts that students might otherwise find tedious, in a way that doesn’t feel like work to them. Many educators have already been putting this idea to the test with success. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
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6 Excellent Lego Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Excellent Lego Apps to Enhance Kids Thinking Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s post we are sharing with you some great apps that kids can use to play Lego games on the go. All of these apps are free and work perfectly on iPad or any other iOS operated device.
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Honing the Craft: Making Makers: Moving towards a Makerspace Community

Honing the Craft: Making Makers: Moving towards a Makerspace Community | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a classroom teacher, your room is already a makerspace. You come together to learn and build a community with common resources.

To build on what we already do, we should enable our students to be creative by giving them materials, time, and space to tinker with their hands and create something great. To get started in your own classroom, check out Renovated Learning; I enjoy reading about her journey with a makerspace.
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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace -- eSchool News @NMHS_lms

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace  -- eSchool News @NMHS_lms | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I believe that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The maker movement has created opportunities for all educators to give students authentic learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom experiences and to rethink traditional learning environments to include those that nurture the kinds of creativity and innovation that will benefit our students both in school and beyond. We know children learn by exploring and playing and doing and making and that these kinds of things lead to deeper engagement. The maker movement embodies opportunities for experimentation and innovation to occur across all grade levels and all content areas.

Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful student learning, as well as help cultivate a culture of innovation within a school. My makerspace inspires innovation, passion, and personal motivation and interests, and has encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects and careers.
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Authentic learning - Makerspaces are important for students to build, assemble, create and test.

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Microsoft wants you to scan in 3D using only your phone - Engadget

Microsoft wants you to scan in 3D using only your phone - Engadget | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you want to do some 3D scanning, you usually have to get either a dedicated scanner or a less-than-elegant add-on. Microsoft Research and the University of Oxford think there's a better way, though. Their MobileFusion project captures 3D models using only an app on your smartphone. The software scans objects by comparing image frames from your phone's camera and creating stereo depth maps from the results -- you just have to walk around an object to get more detail. It's much like Kinect Fusion, but you're not tied to either a PC or a clunky peripheral.
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Sensing STEAM: 30+ Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain

Sensing STEAM: 30+ Awesome STEAM Activities for Kids - Left Brain Craft Brain | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Kids can feed their senses while they play & learn with these awesome STEAM activities. 30+ Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math projects!
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Marteana Davidson's curator insight, August 24, 9:15 PM

definitlely will be trying one of these activites with the kiddos/

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Developing Professional Learning Communities to Support Maker-Centered Learning | Agency by Design

Developing Professional Learning Communities to Support Maker-Centered Learning | Agency by Design | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Forming and supporting professional learning groups can be particularly important in maker-centered contexts, as maker-based activities often occupy a precarious space in the structure and curriculum of traditional schools. That maker education is not yet a formal discipline and does not have the backing of a professional and organized network makes it especially important to develop learning communities that scaffold and connect educators who often work in isolated siloes.
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DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO!

DESIGN SQUAD NATION . Home | PBS KIDS GO! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Be creative, help people and make dreams come true with engineering. Play games, watch full episodes and video clips, design new inventions and share them in this social community. Try engineering and science activities or compete in contests on DESIGN SQUAD NATION's educational website for kids. Read a blog from real engineers.
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Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer

Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
These are project options and ideas for students working in our "Maker Studio." In STEM class students alternate working in the Maker Studio and learning in our STEM "Learning Lab." Maker Studio projects are also available for students in our after-school Maker's Club. 
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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, August 25, 7:10 AM

Leuke ideeën voor ons GameLab

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Makerspace  ideas.

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Great project ideas!

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3D Printer: My Kindergartener Made This - Teacher Tech @AliceKeeler

3D Printer: My Kindergartener Made This - Teacher Tech @AliceKeeler | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
If you do not know what a 3D printer is, simply it melts plastic to create 3D models of things. I just got a Polar 3D printer. It was super easy to set up and because, unlike other 3D printers, the slicing software is part of the printer I can go from drawing something to printing it in literally minutes.


I was wondering how doable is it for little kids to model things for a 3D printer. My 5 year old just started Kinder last week so I pulled up the modeling program Tinkercad and asked her to create a circle. She did not know how to use the trackpad on my laptop, normally she uses an iPad. It took me probably 30 seconds to get her being able to click and hold down with her thumb and wiggle with her finger. In less than 2 minutes she had drawn a circle and we downloaded it to print."

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Two Excellent Resources to Learn about Sketchnoting on iPad ~ EdTech and MLearning

Two Excellent Resources to Learn about Sketchnoting on iPad ~ EdTech and MLearning | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"As a form of advanced doodling, digital sketch noting allows you to capture, record and communicate your ideas in a visually mediated system. Sketchnoting is inherently multimodal in that it involves the use of different modes of expression including writing, drawing, shapes, diagrams and many more. Now with the advance of mobile technology, there appeared several powerful sketchnoting apps that you can use to create beautiful sketch notes on the go. Check out this list to learn more about some of the best sketchnoting apps out there."

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MIT figured out how to 3D print using glass instead of plastic - Engadget @makered

MIT figured out how to 3D print using glass instead of plastic - Engadget @makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology unveiled a new 3D printing method on Friday that employs transparent glass as precursor instead of plastic. The method, called 3DGP, works basically the same way that conventional 3D printing does though the team found that they could modulate the light transmission, reflection and refraction qualities by precisely varying the thickness of the print.
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Applying #Psychology and #Learning #Sciences #Research to Developing a #Makerspace - Getting Smart #makered

Applying #Psychology and #Learning #Sciences #Research to Developing a #Makerspace - Getting Smart #makered | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
As a female middle school STEM teacher, leveling the playing field among my boys and my girls in both their love of science and their beliefs about their potential success as scientists has always been one of my highest priorities and one of my biggest anxiety-inducers. Now, while developing a school-wide makerspace for every preschool-through-8th-grade child in my school, I feel a great responsibility to create both a physical space and a program that is welcoming and encouraging for all students.

Coming from my roots in molecular biology research and learning sciences research, I of course turned to the scientific literature as I crafted my plan (in addition to my extensive visits to existing makerspaces). Following are some of my plans followed by the research supporting each plan.
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School libraries not what they used to be - Greenwich Time

School libraries not what they used to be - Greenwich Time | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Fifth graders Olivia Vagner, left, and Lillian Mullen play mancala in the new "learning commons" of the International School at Dundee in Old Greenwich, Conn. Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015. The school transformed its library media center into a much more interactive space where students spend more time doing hands-on activities. There is a new "maker space" where students create CAD designs to print with a 3D printer, different teaching spaces often incorporating outside programs and STEM activities all while keeping the elements of a traditional library media center." 

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4 Tips for Your First Maker Class - INSPIRED

4 Tips for Your First Maker Class - INSPIRED | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

In my opinion, when starting something new, it’s better to have more than less, and it’s better to think more than less.  But I will say, now that I’m on the other side, I invite you to learn from my anxiety if you, in fact, decide to create a time for making in your classroom this year.  Try these four tips for preparing for your first maker class:

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25 Resources To Teach Programming With Scratch - Techlandia

25 Resources To Teach Programming With Scratch - Techlandia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
I normally don't like to create "click bait" blog post titles, but this one seemed to fit. Twenty-five resources can be overwhelming, but there is a good mix of different types of items. There are links to websites with lesson plans, iOS apps, books, videos, and samples of student work to fit your learning style. 

Scratch was developed by MIT a little over eight years ago. It uses a visual programming language that is easy to start for students of all ages. Teachers can start with the Scratch Jr. app for the iPad. That app, linked on the list.ly below, is designed specifically for 5-7 year olds. The only way to learn new skills, is to dig in and give it a try. I love the summer for this reason. It gives me the chance to keep up and learn something new. I am going to try Minecraft with my daughter, Gwen, after I finish up this blog post. 
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