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Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com

Gepeto for Next Generation Storytelling - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Gepeto is an app that makes storytelling truly interactive. Kids can use puppets to craft and record stories instead of writing or typing. It has a uniquely open platform that allows kids to create narratives the way they would during play – using their voices and physical movements."

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: The Foos: Code for an Hour | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Foos: Code for an Hour is a super fun free iOS app that teaches beginning programming concepts to students.  It's very similar to Scratch where users connect blocks to form commands.  There are 24 levels that students can complete to unlock new characters and abilities.  Some of the concepts covered in Foos are: problem solving, sequencing, spatial visualization, and more.
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Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand

Stick Around is Free December 15th & 16th! - Learning in Hand | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
My iPad app, Stick Around is free for two days only! The app’s regular price is $2.99 (or $1.49 through Apple’s Volume Purchase Program).
DOWNLOAD STICK AROUND FROM THE APP STORE
Stick Around empowers teachers, students, and parents to design, play, and share labeling, sorting, and matching games. It has been used in hundreds of classrooms and is often mentioned by students as their favorite educational app. 

Stick Around has been in the App Store for exactly a year. Before that, it took a team of people almost two years to design, code, and test. In fact, I started working with the geniuses at MorrisCooke, the app design studio that makes Explain Everything, in May 2011. You can read the story behind Stick Around.
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Apple Releases Annual Holiday Commercial for 2014: The Song - OSXDaily

Apple Releases Annual Holiday Commercial for 2014: The Song - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Apple has released their annual holiday commercial, titled “The Song”. The advertisement plays out like a short film, following a girl who discovers an old record of her grandmother singing, and then proceeds to use a Mac and iPad to create and share a duet with herself and her grandmothers old recording.
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REVIEW: Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students | Edudemic

REVIEW: Exitticket: Creating Individualized Instruction for Students | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to crafting individualized instruction for your students, ExitTicket tops the class. Tested against other apps in its category, this app emerged as the fullest-featured piece of exit ticket software I’ve seen. Although indispensable for offering individualized instruction, it also offers the additional advantages of being aligned with national Common Core and Science Standards initiatives. After using it over the course of a week for lesson-planning and student assessment, I found that Exitticket’s features and continuity with educational standards create a seamless experience.    
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REVIEW: GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry - AVATARGENERATION

REVIEW: GeoCon Math iPad App: A Fun Way to Learn Plane Geometry - AVATARGENERATION | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
GeoCon Math is a new iPad app for students, teachers and math enthusiasts to study plane geometry in an interesting and exciting way. GeoCon HD re-invents the study of plane geometry by empowering users to create various geometric constructions with the touch of a finger. The app also offers easy tutorial steps that provide instruction on setting and moving points, constructing lines and circles, and creating intersection points.
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10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany

10 Gifts For The Hacker In Your Life - FastCompany | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 -FastCChances are you know someone who likes to code, build things, hack things, or make, break, and fix things. Chances are also good that you have no idea what to get them for a gift. But don't worry: Co.Labs has you covered. Whether they're into hardware or software, stuff you wear or stuff you fly, still in elementary school or retired from IBM, we have just the thing for the hacker in your life.

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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning - Emerging EdTech

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning - Emerging EdTech | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the web, as well as apps for tablets and smartphones. I’ve built out a list of fun tools I am looking forward to trying out over the upcoming holiday break. I can’t wait to brainstorm creative ways to leverage these in lessons!
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PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 15, 12:35 PM

These could be useful tools for those of you doing outreach-based projects.

Te Aniwa Tutara's curator insight, December 18, 5:00 PM

Spent my morning trying these - very good on bitstrips, though it is very timeconsuming to create them, and I think you really need a desktop to do them well

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The Change in Play Patterns: Five Ways Play Benefits Kids - Teachers With Apps

The Change in Play Patterns: Five Ways Play Benefits Kids - Teachers With Apps | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"An article in the most recent issue of the American Journal of Play details not only how much children’s play time has deteriorated, but how this lack of play affects emotional development, leading to increased anxiety, depression, and difficulties with attention and self control.


Since about 1955 … children’s free play has been continually declining, at least partly because adults have exerted ever-increasing control over children’s activities,” says the author Peter Gray, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology (emeritus) at Boston College. Gray defines “free play” as play a child undertakes him- or her-self and which is self-directed and an end in itself, rather than part of some organized activity.

 

Then, along comes this article from the Fred Rogers Center, What Does Children’s “Obsession” With Technology Tell Us About What They Really Need? turning that concept upside down, stating, “Today’s technology may be meeting the same childhood needs as those of earlier generations.”"

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The Library Voice: I Created A Little Makerspace To-Go.....It Even Includes A Makerspace Mobile Too!

The Library Voice: I Created A Little Makerspace To-Go.....It Even Includes A Makerspace Mobile Too! | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"I love seeing what my friends and others are doing with makerspaces. It was so much fun to create one in the library at Van Meter.  I have helped teacher librarians and educators in Texas, Colorado, and other places around the country with their makerspaces.

They are everywhere and it is exiting to follow this movement that is creating change within communities, education, and especially the lives of our children.

As I prepared to come to Minneapolis for the conference I sat at the kitchen table in our loft coloring and playing with the Chromville app; organizing a bucket of LEGO's; and looking through a pile of new books about creating with duct tape and recycled goods.  There are spaces throughout our place that serve as tiny little makerspaces....online and on our devices too.

I thought to myself, "I wish I could bring all of these things with me to the conference so the superintendents and principals could play on Monday and the teacher librarians could create on Tuesday.  I wish they could see all of the wonderful things that can be included within a makerspace. It would have such an impact on them.  They could really see and feel the importance of creating, inventing, and learning." 

Then it came to me!  Why not make my makerspace "to-go"?

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The Ultimate Apple TV Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-To - everythingiCafe.com

The Ultimate Apple TV Guide: Tips, Tricks and How-To - everythingiCafe.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
The Apple TV is a fantastic media streaming box with a continuously updated library of new movies, channels and more importantly, your content. One thing it doesn’t provide is an extensive manual, so we’re hoping to fill in the blanks. Presented here is an easy to use guide to Apple TV. Whether you are looking to learn about every feature or need an answer to a specific question, you can find it quickly using our table of contents. So whether you’re new to Apple TV or looking to find the answer to a specific question, the ultimate Apple TV guide has got you covered.
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iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 6: The Best $100 You'll Ever Spend - Teaching with iPad

iPhone 6 Plus vs. iPhone 6: The Best $100 You'll Ever Spend - Teaching with iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This post is for those considering an iPhone upgrade. Those of you who currently have an iPhone 5 or older are probably due for an upgrade with your provider. If you have already purchased an iPhone 6, it is great phone and upgrade from Apple's previous models. Please let us know what you think after reading this!

My colleague and good friend Matt Przybylski (@iphysed) and I love discussing Apple products. He has had the iPhone 6 plus since day 1 (almost 3 months ago!). I have had it for just over three weeks. We wanted to take the opportunity to share why we think the 6 plus is the better phone. Upon some discussion between Matt and I, here are some reasons why, if you are debating which iPhone to get next, the iPhone 6 Plus should be the one you get.
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Anita Rissler's curator insight, December 13, 5:43 AM

Se de viktigaste skillnaderna i figuren!

Seniornet Sweden's curator insight, December 13, 6:10 AM

Se de viktigaste skillnaderna mellan modellerna i figuren!

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How a Teen Knew She was Ready to Teach Computer Coding Skills - Mind/Shift

How a Teen Knew She was Ready to Teach Computer Coding Skills - Mind/Shift | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"Diplomas, certificates and accreditation are just some of the indicators that let aspiring educators know they’re ready to teach. But what happens when your passion gets ahead of your level of experience? Ming Horn was debating her sense of readiness earlier this year when she set out on an ambitious plan to teach code to teens at the Future Light Orphanage in Cambodia. Horn, then a junior at Berkeley High School in California, had never taught a classroom of students, nor did she have any fluency in Khmer. What she did have, however, was her experience as a learner."

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Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School

Endless Wordplay - A Fun iPad App for Spelling Lessons - iPad Apps for School | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

 - iPadApps for SchoolEndless Wordplay is a great new app from the same people that brought us the popular Endless Alphabet, Numbers, and Reader apps. In Endless Alphabet students help a friendly monster navigate a make believe world by spelling words correctly. At each stop in the adventure students have to spell a series of three rhyming words. The app reads the word to students and provides them with hints when they get stuck on a spelling. Endless Wordplay doesn’t award points. Instead of earning points the incentive is just to keep moving forward in the game at your own pace.

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.
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rwestby's curator insight, December 16, 2:15 PM

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heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

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TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com

TIME For Kids Classroom App for Interactive Current Events - ClassTechTips.com | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
You may know TIME For Kids from their classroom magazine and now their Classroom App makes it easy to view this content on a tablet.  Their app for iPads can help students build digital literacy skills while learning about current events and reading high quality informational text.  Students can access multimedia including video, photos, maps, and other interactive features.

With The TIME For Kids Classroom app educators have access to reporting and lesson plan tools and can accommodate different reading levels.  Select content is translated into Spanish and there is also a read-aloud feature.  Students can access definitions of keywords throughout the text.
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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Last year, Edudemic published a list of the most essential and popular educational tools used in modern classrooms across the globe. While many of 2013′s contenders retain top spots for 2014, there are a few new and noteworthy tools that made it onto this year’s list, and some of last year’s mentions have shifted in the rankings. We highly recommend taking a look at these “battle-tested” teaching tools; some of them may be a perfect fit for your modern classroom.
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iPad Coding Apps for Students | Listly List

A list of iOS apps that can help your students learn to code. Some fun games to try, for ages 3 and up. | Hopscotch -- Hour of Code Edition! Programming for kids. Make games, stories, animations and more!, Tynker - Learn programming with visual code blocks and build your own games, Treehouse: Learn Programming and Design, ScratchJr, Codecademy: Code Hour, Codea, Kodable, Daisy the Dinosaur, Lightbot - Programming Puzzles, and Cargo-Bot

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Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering

Free Technology for Teachers: 36 Online Games Kids Can Play to Learn About Engineering | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Try Engineering is a site that hosts lesson plans and games designed to get students interested in engineering. The lesson plans, more than 100 of them, are arranged according age and engineering topic. The lesson plans can be downloaded as PDFs.

The games section of Try Engineering features 36 online games. Some of the games were developed specifically for Try Engineering while others are hosted on other educational sites like those of NASA and PBS. Like the lesson plans, the games collection cover a variety of topics including solar energy, space science, and bio-engineering.

The games section of Try Engineering also includes links to a dozen iPad apps that students can use to learn about engineering and programming.
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Smartphones: From Toy to Tool - Edutopia

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool - Edutopia | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
In classrooms, smartphones are slowly shifting out of the toy-and-liability-to-attention category, and into the tool-and-engaging-students category. It's part of the movement to "meet students where they are" that's being embraced by teachers who believe in a non-standardized approach to education. Jeremy Mettler, social studies teacher at Batavia (New York) High School, puts it this way: "Students all have them and they love using them, but they don't realize they're walking around with a computer in their pocket."

Yet computers, helpful as they are, can be a distraction. So how do you incorporate smartphones into the teaching process without compromising the learning process?

I talked to a number of teachers around the country to see how they're addressing this challenge.
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The OSXDaily Holiday Gift Guide - OSXDaily

The OSXDaily Holiday Gift Guide - OSXDaily | iPads in Education | Scoop.it

"The Holiday shopping season is here, and let’s face it, the techies and geeks in our lives can be some of the toughest people to shop for. With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of the more useful, fun, and interesting potential gifts you can get for the gadgeteers in your lives (or anyone, really). Just don’t be surprised if you see an item or three and think “that looks great, I kind of want that for myself too”, and hey, there’s nothing wrong with that."

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Best EdTech of 2014 - graphite.org

Best EdTech of 2014 - graphite.org | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Common Sense Graphite editors and reviewers rated and reviewed hundreds of learning tools in 2014, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous evaluative process. Out of that pack, these 30 tools not only rated highly for engagement, pedagogy, and support, but stood out as truly head of the class.
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Top 10 Apps For Your School - Educate 1 to 1

Top 10 Apps For Your School - Educate 1 to 1 | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
There are a multitude of apps that could make this list and schools may wish to consider adding to the portfolio without overloading the users. It is interesting how ‘top’ apps are usually generic in nature and that they allow teachers and students to be creative with their use. Of course there will always be subject specific apps that enhance learning. However, initial app deployment should be based on scarcity and familiarity to help teachers, parents and students cope with all this new information. As a benchmark, more than twenty apps is overwhelming and not recommended.


This list of recommended apps changes less often than you’d think and most of them are free!"

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Workflow Is The Most Impressive Productivity App We've Ever Seen - Business Insider

Workflow Is The Most Impressive Productivity App We've Ever Seen - Business Insider | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Imagine you could create a single button on your iPhone that does whatever you want.

Want to order an Uber for your next Calendar event? Easy. Want a button designated for calling mom? Done. Wish you could tap a button and get directions to the nearest coffee shop? Who wouldn't? Want to tweet the last photo you took or song you're listening to? Just drag and drop each step of the process inside of Workflow and it turns into its own app.

That's the concept behind Workflow, a new app designed to save you time by allowing you to string together various tasks and combine them into one action. You can then turn that action into an app on your homescreen or add it to your iPhone's share screen so you always have quick access.
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Marco Favero's curator insight, December 13, 9:11 AM

aggiungi la tua intuizione ...

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App #56: Fun Math at the Ballpark [Promo Codes Available!] - Teaching with iPad

App #56: Fun Math at the Ballpark [Promo Codes Available!] - Teaching with iPad | iPads in Education | Scoop.it
Fun at the ballpark is a unique app for kids who love baseball. There are lots of fun math questions and activities that can be done either at the game and at home/in the classroom. Read to the end of this post to have a chance at winning a complete version of this app ($4.99).

Since the typical baseball game is a long drawn-out experience, kids can spend some of the time doing around the game. There are many varieties of questions, where children can use real life numbers from the game and input them into the question.
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