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CurioCity - CurioCité | Online STEM career panels

CurioCity - CurioCité | Online STEM career panels | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today, more than 70% of Canada’s leading jobs require or benefit from a background in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math). And the number only goes up with each passing year.

Does that sound like a lot? Well, the range of careers open to people with STEM backgrounds is wider than you might think. And STEM careers aren’t limited to people who wear lab coats with pocket protectors (not that there’s anything wrong with that)! They also include a variety of opportunities in the skilled trades and technology. There are also many careers in the fields like business, law, sales and the arts that benefit from a solid STEM background.

Your students can learn more by attending our online STEM career panels! We will be holding a series of three online events in both English and French. Panellists from across Canada will talk about their interesting STEM-based careers and answer your students’ questions. If your class can’t participate in the live events, videos will be posted on CurioCity afterwards.
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6 Ways to #Avoid Those #Social #Media #Landmines @GwynethJones

6 Ways to #Avoid Those #Social #Media #Landmines @GwynethJones | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve been sharing on social media professionally for eight years now, and I have to admit, it can be kinda tricky. There is a goldmine of information out there for teachers, but also landmines that can be quite treacherous if not deftly avoided.  As educators, I passionately believe we should use social media to push the positive, celebrate student successes, share resources with our colleagues, and connect with parents and the community.  But how do we professionally use these tools without torturing ourselves over every Tweet, update, or Instagram pic? Easy! Try these six tips to share sensibly online.
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Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Allsides: Curating diverse perspectives (or looking at news from most sides now) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s a search tool. It’s a conversation opener. It’s a bubble burster.
Though I just discovered it, the news aggregator AllSides has been around for around four years as a platform that curates and uses crowd-sourcing technology to identify perspective in news stories. For middle and high school teachers and learners, and for librarians focused on media literacy, AllSides is a bit of a news search game changer.
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5 EdTech Tools That Have Recently Caught My Eye - @TeachThought

5 EdTech Tools That Have Recently Caught My Eye - @TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Starting to integrate technology can be intimidating. 

So many choices, new ideas being shared all of the time through social media, blogs, books, Teacher Professional Development, and more.

I find the best time to walk away with new ideas is right after a big event dedicated to edtech. With conference season upon us, maybe you recently attended a conference or edcamp or read something and now have a long list of new ideas which can be overwhelming. Or maybe you just are looking for something to change in your classroom or school and need some quick ideas for new, engaging elements to implement in your classroom or with your faculty even for professional development.
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The Benefits and Challenges of Computer Science Courses - STEM JOBS

The Benefits and Challenges of Computer Science Courses - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computer science courses were once thought of as something students sign up for in college, but the importance of technical literacy and coding has caused a push for these classes to be offered in high schools, middle schools, and even as part of some elementary school subjects. In his final State of the Union address at the start of 2016, President Barack Obama said that one of his priorities during his final year in office was “helping students learn to write computer code.” He added that we should build on recent progress by “offering every student the hands-on computer science and math classes that make them job-ready on Day 1.”

However, is that more easily said than done?

Many promote the inclusion of computer science courses in schools — at all age levels — because careers in the field are growing exponentially. Just some of the possible jobs include computer programmer, systems analyst, network engineer, web developer, information systems manager, embedded systems programmer (for cell phones or robots), graphics animator, and game developer. However, others point out the challenges of the creating computer science courses. Read on to discover some of the pros and cons of teaching computer science in schools.
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How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Educators like Mary Ann Scheuer, who has taught with and promoted audiobooks in the classroom — and began her own blog Great Kid Books —  sees how exposing kids to the spoken word via rich stories improves literacy. While books require readers to decode every word, stories told aloud free up the listener to connect with the story and the storyteller. “It provides an emotional connection to the narrator,” Scheuer said, which in turn motivates kids to continue listening. Well-told stories can also fill the vocabulary gap for those students who haven’t been exposed to a rich array of words over their lives. For children with already abundant vocabularies, listening to stories with more complex language expands their stable of words and exposes them to more sophisticated stories. Scheuer said her 8th grade daughter, who struggles with ADD, listened to Walter Isaacson’s massive biography of Steve Jobs—something she would have given up on in written form—while doodling in a notebook. “It pulled her in and kept her attention,” she said.
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luisterboeken: Een dankbare opstap naar het lezen en al het mooie wat het ons te bieden heeft. 
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Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week

Demco Post: 5 Makerspace Projects for Teen Tech Week | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ALA’s Teen Tech Week will be upon us before we know it (March 5-11).  To help get ready for this event, I’ve written a post for Demco Ideas with 5 makerspace project ideas to tie in with this year’s theme, “Be the Source of Change”.  It was hard to limit it to just five ideas, so each one has examples of several different variations on the project.
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Technology Integration Matrix

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The TIM associates five levels of technology integration (i.e., entry, adoption, adaptation, infusion, and transformation) with each of the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments. Together, the five levels of technology integration and the five characteristics of meaningful learning environments create a matrix of 25 cells as illustrated below.

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John Rudkin's curator insight, November 13, 2016 3:16 AM
This is close to the technology integration model Apple used.
Zaid Lara Abarca's curator insight, November 14, 2016 12:32 AM

Una matriz que relaciona las características del entorno de aprendizaje y los niveles de adopción de la tecnología 

Luis Otero's curator insight, November 18, 2016 6:22 AM
Interesante matriz para determinar el modo en que las TIcs son implementadas en la enseñanza- aprendizaje
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A Human Framework For Maker Education - @JackieGerstein @TeachThought

A Human Framework For Maker Education - @JackieGerstein @TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I recently learned, for the first time, about Aristotle’s belief that there were three basic activities of humans: theoria (thinking), poiesis (making), and praxis (doing). Corresponding to these activities were three types of knowledge: theoretical, the end goal being truth; poietical, the end goal being production; and practical, the end goal being action.
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5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, makerspaces were recognized as one the six most important educational technology developments.

“Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report says.

As Laura Fleming, a library media specialist from New Milford (Conn.) High School, said in the Spring 2016 issue of EdTech: Focus on K–12, a good makerspace is one that puts the learner first.

That being said, creating a makerspace that teaches students the skills to aid them in creative and technological futures doesn’t necessarily require renovations and a rollout of new tech.

Fleming’s space, for example, thrives on donations of old computers from her school’s IT department. Here are five other ways to create a makerspace now.
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Flipboard, Stagehand, and other awesome apps of the week | Cult of Mac

Flipboard, Stagehand, and other awesome apps of the week | Cult of Mac | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s the weekend, which means that it’s time to ditch all the chores you had planned and instead sit down and try out some of the week’s most significant new apps.

From a tremendous “reverse platformer” to a nifty attempt at revolutionizing your magazines-reading experience, here are the apps and app updates that intrigued us this week.
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Where’s the creativity in coding?

Where’s the creativity in coding? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I grew up thinking that people who could speak the language of computers may as well be a different species – they probably had a completely different brain to mine. Computing couldn’t have seemed further away from the creative subjects that I loved as a child – more than that, I imagined it was something I would never be good at.

It’s not just me. For more than four decades, computer science has been taught in a way that only a small percentage of students have been inspired by.

Following the realisation that technology is now essential to our everyday lives at home, at work and at school, from September 2014 the English national curriculum required all schools to teach computing to children aged 5 to 16. The intention with the new curriculum was to teach students how to problem solve, and empower them to become creators of digital media, rather than consumers, in preparation for life beyond school.

Although the curriculum was transformed to become more relevant to 21st century students, the perception of engineering and coding among most children and adults hasn’t really changed. Learning to code and create on the web is still generally perceived as being ‘difficult’ and ‘dull’, and is considered to be appealing to students who are better at maths and science, and not those with an interest in languages and the arts.

However, there’s not much point in a student learning to code if they can’t think creatively. Contrary to what most people think, coding isn’t really a subject like maths or science – it’s simply a tool, which is the by-product of creativity. My co-founders at Erase All Kittens (EAK) and I have spent the past two years trying to devise a solution to this problem.
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Oui le code et la créativité vont de pair et non le #code n'est pas réservé aux matheux et aux scientifiques.
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Making GREAT Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU

Making GREAT Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
My work with schools across the Nation on planning and creating makerspaces has proven to me that while anyone can create a makerspace, there are distinct differences between makerspaces and GREAT makerspaces.  GREAT makerspaces are unique to your school community, vibrant for now, and sustainable into the future.

Recently on Instagram, I had a series of 7 posts in which I highlighted what I feel are the 7 attributes of a GREAT makerspace.  These attributes are meant to serve as a guide for school districts and educators as they plan makerspaces for their school communities. They are as follows:
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Incredible indoor skydiving flyers at the 2017 Wind Games | The Kid Should See This 

Incredible indoor skydiving flyers at the 2017 Wind Games | The Kid Should See This  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A little like ice skating, gymnastics, or modern dance while flying, this indoor skydiving freestyle routine by Poland’s Maja Kuczyńska, performed at the 2017 Wind Games in Catalonia, Spain, is made possible by four high-power turbines in a vertical wind tunnel and lots of practice. From Windoor, where the event was held:
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February App Ed Review Roundup – Cool Map Websites — Emerging Education Technologies

February App Ed Review Roundup – Cool Map Websites — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cartography is an old word that refers to the creation and study of maps. Given that maps have gone digital (like almost everything else), we wanted to give you a cartography update in this edition of the Roundup! Specifically, we wanted to show you diverse maps for teaching about climate change, plate tectonics, and ancient civilizations. Plus, once your students start to get a handle on the different places they can access with these maps, they can use the Tour Builder website to create an interactive presentation of the different places they found on the maps and researched!
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10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom -

10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, virtual reality offers the opportunity to step into places, roles, and experiences that were previously impossible, or at the very least, inaccessible to most.
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LEGO Balance: Initial Prompts and Starting Points | The Tinkering Studio

LEGO Balance: Initial Prompts and Starting Points | The Tinkering Studio | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"o continue sharing thoughts about #LEGOtinkering balance explorations, I wanted to focus on the initial starting points and prompts that we tried out for the activity.

One thing that we all appreciated about the balance workshop was the low threshold to entry. There were no complicated battery packs and motors to explain initially, and the idea of balancing an object on a point is nearly universal. Much younger kids could get involved and excited about the activity. When introducing the activity, we often began by asking participants to physically feel it balanced on their finger letting them get engaged with the objects in a different way than other activities."

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#Drones - Teen Services Depot  #makered 

#Drones - Teen Services Depot  #makered  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Everyone knows what drones are but I’m sure you have lots of questions before you add them to your programming.
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ExpeRimental | The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here

ExpeRimental | The Royal Institution: Science Lives Here | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ExpeRimental
A series of short films making it fun, easy and cheap to do science experiments at home with your children.
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15 Good iPad Apps for Students Projects and Real World Learning

15 Good iPad Apps for Students Projects and Real World Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some very good iPad apps students can use in their classroom projects. The apps, which are curated from Apple's Real World Learning collection, are geared towards enhancing a number of key skills that include: creative thinking, design skills, literacy skills, coding, and many more. Some of the things students can accomplish using these applications include: create beautiful ebooks to share with others; create visual sketches to record notes; design educational video clips, screencasts and presentations; capture and organize ideas in diagrams and mind maps.
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Get cracking!
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Who doesn't like a good list of :Learning Apps?

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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Critical Thinking Skills
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Great infographic on Critical Thinking!
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Pensamiento crítico Guía
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Makerspaces and You - @TheNerdyTeacher #MakerEd

Makerspaces and You - @TheNerdyTeacher #MakerEd | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you want to know a bit more about Making and Makerspaces, this is the post for you! I wanted to share just a few tips with anyone out there that is interested in exploring the world of Making for themselves or their students. 
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Become a Certified Makey Makey Educator!

Become a Certified Makey Makey Educator! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun hands-on learning experience where you’ll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We’ll explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing your own inventions! Participants learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used later when working with your students or training others.



Join the Fair Chance Learning team as the exclusive Canadian training partner as we investigate coding and digital tools to help support educators in the delivery of exciting concept-based, competency-driven curriculum across Canada and North America! Participants will be engaged in challenging and fun activities while exploring evidence-based practice surrounding computational thinking and creative technologies. The Fair Chance Learning Team consists of experienced STEM Educators dedicated to discovering and sharing effective pedagogy, deeper learning and real-world connections.

It’s a one day (5 hours) workshop and participants walk away with a free Makey Makey and certificate of completion!
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iOS Tip — Create a PDF from Web Page, On Your iPhone

iOS Tip — Create a PDF from Web Page, On Your iPhone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you just want a permanent copy of a web page article. When I do, I create a PDF.
It’s handy if you want to annotate (mark up), share with others, or keep permanently. And it’s easy to do right on your iPhone — here’s how.
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STEM is missing an important subject: languages – Transparent Language – Medium

STEM is missing an important subject: languages – Transparent Language – Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
U.S. policymakers and administrators have long touted better STEM education (science, technology, engineering, and math) as a way to bridge achievement gaps and spark innovation.
The pressure is coming all the way from the top; the Obama administration aims to increase the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in STEM fields by 1 million over a 10-year period, claiming “science and innovation are key components of a strong American economy and that increasing opportunities for young Americans to gain STEM skills can both create jobs and enhance our national competitiveness.” We don’t disagree.
But STEM should not be promoted at the expense of other subjects, particularly foreign languages.
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