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Quick Look: Apple’s USB 3 SD Card Reader for iPad

Quick Look: Apple’s USB 3 SD Card Reader for iPad | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The last time I bought Apple’s SD Card Camera Reader, I ended up feeling disappointed and returning it within a day. However, I thought I’d revisit this particular accessory now that I’ve switched cameras. Instead of using a Sony A6000, I’m now using a Fuji X-Pro 2. The JPEG files on this new camera are larger, and the movies are actually transferable to iOS, so I now have a much better use case for this little adapter.
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So Many 3D Printing Options - How to Choose the Right One

So Many 3D Printing Options - How to Choose the Right One | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’ve looked into 3D printing, you know there are a lot of options – some good and some not so much. Since the technology is just beginning to enter classrooms and is new for most schools, choosing a good partner and printer is important when diving head first into this new world. There are plenty of schools which have experienced problems from purchasing machines that are no longer serviced or weren’t made well, and avoiding these missteps can save everybody a lot of time, money and headache.
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Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: School Edition with Colleen Graves - Google+

Super Happy Maker Fun Hour: School Edition with Colleen Graves - Google+ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Colorado State Library is going to be showcasing a new maker every month from January until June, and you can ask questions, learn about their projects, and get ideas for inspiring and implementing maker activities in your library. We’ll have something for everyone, so no need to be an expert on any given topic. Just come interested and eager to ask questions!

For May, we're going to double down and offer an extra special school library edition featuring the fabulous Colleen Graves! She'll be talking about project she's working on, how to make maker activities accessible in a school setting, LittleBits and MaKey MaKey!
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How to manage background activity on your iPad | Ipads Advisor

How to manage background activity on your iPad | Ipads Advisor | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When you’re looking to find ways to extend the battery life of your iPad, among the most convenient means to chip away at battery drain is to check out background activity-process that are going on behind the scenes and aren’t ahead facing. By managing the background activity you will certainly be better prepared to comprehend exactly how your battery life is negatively influenced by what’s going on behind the scenes. Every single time you introduce an app on your iPad, you start the procedure of draining pipes the battery. In enhancement, lots of applications remain to run in the background. Thankfully, iOS has a procedure where you can handle this background activity, as well as uniquely decrease the quantity each application is permitted to utilize.
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Project-Based Engineering for Kids - @Instructables

Project-Based Engineering for Kids - @Instructables | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is a collection of project-based engineering lessons for kids. Project-based learning allows students to control the direction and pace of their learning. Activities that promote investigation, critical thinking, and hands-on subject matter are also central to project-based learning.

These project-based lessons focus on basic principles of physics, structural, and mechanical engineering. Physical models are built from a similar set of materials that can be easily sourced online (links are provided in-lesson).

All of the project plans in this collection are designed to be used in an after school enrichment setting, though you may use and modify these ideas for other not-for-profit purposes provided you cite The Workshop for Young Engineers.

This is a growing and improving collection of lesson plans. Please comment to share your ideas to improve lessons and photos of your designs.
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Middle School Maker Journey: Review, Rethink, and Retool

Middle School Maker Journey: Review, Rethink, and Retool | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As the end of the school year is almost here (already?), our Digital Shop capstones are underway in earnest. Approaching the end of the program's first year, we’re asking ourselves, "What's gone well? What could be better? How should our program evolve for 2016-17?" In this month's post, I share some of our thoughts regarding enhancements to our makerspace design, curriculum, scheduling, and my own skill set.
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Ugears Are The Wooden Alternative To Legos. And They're Awesome.

Ugears Are The Wooden Alternative To Legos. And They're Awesome. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
These wooden contraptions require no electricity and each kit can be assembled without glue.
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Lego Robotic Orchestra -  The Tinkering Studio #makered

Lego Robotic Orchestra -  The Tinkering Studio #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of weeks, we've been trying some initial prototypes of LEGO linkages in the Tinkering Studio workshop. We built on our previous robot arm experiments in the learning studio, but as we continued to prepare the activity to be tested on the museum floor, we shifted the focus more toward sound making and music as a prompt for exploration.
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Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids

Google teams up with MIT to make programming easier for kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Google's annual developer conference doesn't officially kick off until Wednesday but about 120 of the company's youngest developers are already getting to preview one of its newest announcements. 

Google is teaming up with MIT's Media Lab to create Scratch Blocks, an updated version of the kid-centric programming language. Available now as a developer preview, student participants at Google's I/O Youth event were able to get an early look at the new tools.
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The next step in block-based programming bringing together MIT's Scratch and Google's Blockly.
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3D Printing Evolves to 4D: Here’s What We Know So Far

3D Printing Evolves to 4D: Here’s What We Know So Far | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Surely you’ve heard of 3D printing, which is the printing of objects out of materials like plastic, concrete, and even steel. But did you know the technology has been around since the 1970s?

Or perhaps even more surprising is the fact that soon we will be progressing to the next stage of this technology: 4D printing.

It’s hard to believe the technology has been around that long, let alone that we’re naturally progressing to the next phase in its evolution, but it’s all true. So, what is 4D printing? And how is it different from 3D printing? We’ll break it down for you.
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Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try -

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
What are the latest emerging trends in education?

As trends to do, these are changing almost yearly. Consider how quiet iPads in the classroom have been recently, whereas three years ago they were going to replace teachers and were (unsarcastically) compared to magic. While mobile devices like the iPad can indeed parallel a kind of magic in the learning process, it obviously has to ‘fit’ into a progressive supporting ecology of assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 15 (the graphic plus 3 bonus items below) new ideas every teacher should try. Not all will fit or work–again, it depends on the ecology of the classroom, school, and so on. But each of these ideas below–some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies–can be transformational for students, and your teaching.
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A list of 15 transformational ideas every teacher should try  –some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies.
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Over a dozen ideas that help faculty be more innovative in the classroom.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create an Interactive Video Summary of the School Year

Free Technology for Teachers: Create an Interactive Video Summary of the School Year | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As the end of the school year approaches you might find yourself looking for a way to create an audio slideshow of highlights of the school year. YouTube's photo slideshow tool, Stupeflix, and Animoto all offer easy ways to create audio slideshow videos. Wideo does that too and also allows you to add interactive elements to your video. On Wideo you can insert interactive buttons into each frame of your video. The buttons can be hyperlinked to any webpage that you like. When people are watching your video they can click the buttons to be taken to the webpage you want them to land on.
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Eye Candy and Secret Sauce: Ten Tips for Launching a School Maker Faire (EdSurge News)

Eye Candy and Secret Sauce: Ten Tips for Launching a School Maker Faire (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s Maker Faire season for the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is a place to show what we’ve made and to share what we’ve learned with others—and schools across the globe have been eager to bring this celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness to their campuses. So in 2015, we at Maker Faire central quietly launched a School Maker Faire program to provide a way for the producers of these events to share resources and advice. We’re convening as a group for the first time at the School Maker Faire Workshop in San Mateo, CA. If you’ll be at the Bay Area Maker Faire on Friday, May 20, please register and join us!

Your enthusiasm will be infectious, especially if you back it up with the eye candy that is Maker Faire’s secret sauce.
We’ve learned a lot about running a successful Maker Faire, both from our own decade of experience (including supporting community-operated events in our Maker Faire Global program)—and from the reports we’ve gotten back from teams running the event at schools. Here are ten tips to get you started:
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Review and Giveaway: Twelve South ParcSlope Stand for MacBook and iPad Pro - teachingwithipad.com

Review and Giveaway: Twelve South ParcSlope Stand for MacBook and iPad Pro - teachingwithipad.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Premium Apple mobile and desktop accessories maker Twelve South recently sent me a couple of their best-selling products for review. I have always been a huge fan of Twelve South and their products.

Twelve South was able to provide me a couple of their superb items from their lineup for review.
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A Great Tool to Help Kids Create Alphabet Books and Build Phonemic awareness ~ EduTech & mLearning

A Great Tool to Help Kids Create Alphabet Books and Build Phonemic awareness ~ EduTech & mLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Alphabet Organizer  (from Read Write Think) is an excellent interactive web tool and iPad app that you can use with young learners to help them build their phonemic awareness. Students can use it to ’create a calendar-style alphabet chart or letter pages for an alphabet book’. The process is very easy: they simply select letters and provide words starting with those letters. They can also upload pictures to illustrate visual connections between the word and the beginning letter. ‘Older children can take the tool a step further, using the option that allows room for words and notes. It’s ideal for studying vocabulary words or organizing thoughts about a topic. Images can be added into each letter categories, greatly expanding users' ability to make a vibrant alphabet book.’
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Some Handy Resources to Help You Make The Best of LEGO Games in Your Instruction ~ EdTech & mLearning

Some Handy Resources to Help You Make The Best of LEGO Games in Your Instruction ~ EdTech & mLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
LEGO games are widely used among young learners to help them develop key learning skills. More and more primary teachers are using them in their classrooms to help with skill development. From teaching numeracy to introducing kids to the basics of literacy, LEGO games have proved to be an essential learning component in the educational ecosystem. In today’s post, we have curated for you this collection of interesting resources to help you tap into the educational potential of LEGO  in your instruction. These resources include mobiles apps and tools, printables, tips and ideas on how to use lego with students and several other materials.
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Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge 2.0

Thingiverse MakerEd Challenge 2.0 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Desktop 3D printing is transforming the way educators teach 21st-century skills by enabling students to tackle real-world problems in clear, tangible ways—at any grade level. Integrating 3D printing in the classroom, however, isn’t easy and finding lesson plans can be challenging.


To encourage educators who have experience with 3D printing to share their lesson plans with others, MakerBot is excited to announce the Thingiverse #MakerEd Challenge 2.0. As the world’s largest 3D printing community, Thingiverse has become a popular destination for educators and the increasing number of lesson plans available make it an even greater resource. Educators can publish and discover 3D printing lesson plans on Thingiverse, complete with learning objectives and instructions."

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How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts | Make:

How to 3D Print Directly onto T-Shirts | Make: | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learn how to add clever logos that pop out into the third dimension, because yes, you CAN 3D print directly onto your t-shirts.
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War Survivor 3D Prints Prosthetic Limbs for Fellow Victims

War Survivor 3D Prints Prosthetic Limbs for Fellow Victims | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Asem Hasna, a mathematics student who volunteered as a paramedic, and who lost his leg during a brutal military attack, is using 3D printers to build prosthetics for other victims. He is also teaching others and taking part in advocacies to further the cause.
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Lego Linkage Experiments | The Tinkering Studio

Lego Linkage Experiments | The Tinkering Studio | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past couple of weeks, we've been working with LEGO foundation to think about how to incorporate LEGO elements into tinkering experiences. We started out with exploring art machines and in the process noticed the ways that the technic pins encouraged participants to think about systematic iteration and appreciated the complexity of the different types of motion, including linkage based mechanisms. So it was an easy transition for us to start thinking about LEGO as a way to explore linkages as it's own area for exploration.
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Emerging Industries – The Robots Are Here (in all Shapes and Sizes)! — Emerging Education Technologies

Emerging Industries – The Robots Are Here (in all Shapes and Sizes)! — Emerging Education Technologies | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This week we’re examining the recently published book, The Industries of the Future, by Alec Ross.

Imagine if, in the middle of the 20th century, you lived in “coal country” in America and you had access to knowledge that the coal industry was going to undergo massive change in the coming decades? What if you lived in Detroit and foresaw the impact of global changes to the automotive industry? Jumping to more recent times, we see Uber sending the taxi industry reeling, the gradual disappearance of many jobs to automation, and the potential for more and more changes as the digitization of one industry after another impacts jobs, economies, and lives.

If only there was a crystal ball that could have helped people foresee these changes. Alec Ross has provided the closest thing to that crystal orb for the coming the decades in The Industries of the Future.
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3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room | The Kid Should See This

3 Million LEGO Bricks in One Room | The Kid Should See This | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Get a peek at LEGO’s proprietary 3D modeling software, and the huge and highly detailed models that it helps to design in LEGOLAND’s model shop, a dream workshop that holds over three million bricks in 70 different colors. Certified LEGO Master Builders Robbie McCarthy and Bill Gowdy give us a quick tour, via Wired.
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Ep. 48 Let's Make Thinking And Learning Visible With @explainevrythng -

Ep. 48 Let's Make Thinking And Learning Visible With @explainevrythng - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Drew Perkins talks with Reshan Richards, Chief Learning Officer at Explain Everything about their new Collaborative Whiteboard feature, his graduate level teaching, formative assessment and upcoming book. 
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MakerNurse Is Tapping Grassroots Innovation To Improve Patient Care

MakerNurse Is Tapping Grassroots Innovation To Improve Patient Care | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Anna Young helps nurses get creative when treating their patients. In the last year, she’s set up two "maker-spaces" inside hospitals and she’s continued to document nurse-made fixes and workarounds that make patients’ lives a little more bearable. Examples include glow-in-the-dark pill bottles, bed-shower overlays, and a TV remote control for patients with tremors in their fingers.

Since Young cofounded MakerNurse in 2013, she’s collected more than 50 device ideas from around the country, publishing how-to guides for each online so that others can iterate on the concepts. The first maker-space is up and running at the John Sealy Hospital in Galveston, Texas and another is opening soon at South Shore Hospital, in Weymouth, Massachusetts. Each has an array of pliers, sewing needles, 3-D printers, laser cutters, and medical prototyping equipment like "vital signs" construction sets and biocompatible adhesives. In all, about 1,000 nurses have worked with MakerNurse so far. And, through a related organization, Maker Health, Young now wants to involve other frontline workers, and even patients themselves.
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