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Co-Use and Technology: A Magic Mix

Co-Use and Technology: A Magic Mix | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Through student-to-teacher, student-to-student, and student-to-parent interactions, you can expand the 1:1 model to enhance the learning benefits of digital devices.  
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The Ultimate Guide To Gmail Productivity: 25 Must-Have Tips, Tricks, And Time Savers

The Ultimate Guide To Gmail Productivity: 25 Must-Have Tips, Tricks, And Time Savers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"From its not so humble beginnings as a non-prank released on April Fool's Day in 2004 to its billion-plus users today, Google’s illustrious email offering has proven indispensable for most of us.

And sure, you may use it all day, every day, but are you really getting the most out of it? Here are 25 tips, tricks, and time-savers for even the most seasoned of Gmail pros."

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Which One Doesn't Belong? #math #puzzles 

Which One Doesn't Belong? #math #puzzles  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is Which One Doesn't Belong?, a website dedicated to providing thought-provoking puzzles for math teachers and students alike. There are no answers provided as there are many different, correct ways of choosing which one doesn't belong. Enjoy!
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basil60's curator insight, August 21, 4:40 PM
Problem solving is at the heart of 21st Century Learning and Computational thinking. These will will be great examples for kids to work through. The fact there may not be a definitive answer adds to their power - thinking outside the box.
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.

Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 21, 9:25 AM

Para ponerse a trabajar en ellas.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 22, 8:09 AM
Some of these tools would be awesome to use with students for social emotional learning. The choose your own adventure idea would be great to teach about consequences. Creating the story would lead to rich discussions. The blogging feature might be nice for journaling.  What if students could tell their story in the format of a magazine? These tools allow for unlimited options for self-expression and socio-emotional learning. 
suzanne b's curator insight, August 22, 12:39 PM
Useful tools for practitioners and educators. Let's keep the kids going in the most productive and fun direction.
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6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Handy Tools for Adding Text to Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s selection we curated for you some useful apps and web tools to  use to add text to pictures and create classroom posters. Students can use these tools for different educational purposes including visually explaining a given topic, creating greeting cards, designing inspirational quote posters and many more.
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Tips for Architects from Maker Educators — Medium

Tips for Architects from Maker Educators — Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In addition to the light, acoustic, aesthetic, and comfort considerations central to good space design, educators who embrace learning by making urge architects to be mindful of specific needs. While some maker spaces may require ventilation, wet areas, and floor space for heavy equipment, making should permeate every corner of the school. Therefore, the following recommendations are suitable for the design of all learning spaces.
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The Library Voice: Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics! When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace? 

The Library Voice: Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics! When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace?  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is one of the biggest questions we all have when we start our Makerspaces.  


When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace? 

It is something that I worked through when we started ours.  

Now as my sister Heather kicks off her Mobile Makerspace at Amana Elementary, she is working through the same thing. 

I love the idea that Heather came up with for her Mobile Makerspace.  

She has created the Makerspace Rotation Chart.  

Each grade level has a laminated list of all the students.  When they come to the library each week, four students will have time in the Makerspace.  They will take a dry erase marker to cross out their name.  This will help Heather and her students keep track of the rotation without questions of whose turn it is week to week.  

With the charts being laminated, it will be easy to write and whip off the dry erase marker.  

Heather and I would LOVE to hear other ideas too.  

I created a Padlet today....Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics that you can find here. 


https://padlet.com/shannonmmiller/makerspacelogistics "

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The 'Maker' Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right? - Education Week

The 'Maker' Movement Is Coming to K-12: Can Schools Get It Right? - Education Week | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For fans of hands-on, student-driven learning, the migration of maker education into the highly regulated world of K-12 education is a step in the right direction. But how well will it work?
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8 Great Learn To Code Toy Robots For Kids @avatargeneration

8 Great Learn To Code Toy Robots For Kids @avatargeneration | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learn to code robots are a fun way to teach kids the fundamentals of programming. Nowadays, there is a growing understanding that knowing how to program is essential for our kids. While learning random facts is less and less relevant in a world where you can simply use Google to find an answer to any question, programming becomes an important skill that enables anyone to succeed. However, you can’t simply give a book to your kids and expect that they will learn everything by themselves. Instead, teach kids programming with smart and fun toy coding robots for kids that can transform the tedious learning process into an exciting game.
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14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With - Fun-A-Day!

14 Catapults for Kids to Create and Experiment With - Fun-A-Day! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In addition to being an exciting experience, catapults lead to so much thinking and learning! Fine motor skills, science, and math are just a few subjects that catapults help children learn about. Have you and your kiddos ever made one, or played with one? If not, here are 14 FUN ideas to try!
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 14, 5:52 PM

Looks like fun! Thanks to John Evans.

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8 Habits of Curious People

8 Habits of Curious People | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As children, we’re naturally curious—it’s how we grow and learn—but by the time we start school that sense of wonder starts to escape us.

"Answers are more valued than inquisitive thought, and curiosity is trained out of us," says Hal Gregersen, founder of the 4-24 Project, an organization that challenges leaders to spend four minutes a day asking better questions. "The average six- to 18-year-old asks only one question per one-hour class per month. Contrast that with the average teacher, who peppers kids with 291 questions a day and waits an average of one second for a reply."

But regaining our sense of curiosity is important to our success: "We’ve moved out of the industrial era and into the information era. Curiosity is a fundamental piece of that work and a powerful tool," says Kathy Taberner, cofounder of the Institute of Curiosity, a leadership coaching team that focuses on curiosity.

Answers are more valued than inquisitive thought, and curiosity is trained out of us. 


While we’re born curious, experts say we can relearn the trait. Here are eight habits of people who’ve retained their sense of curiosity:"

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Two Techie Teachers: 10 Apps that Fuel Creation with Technology Across the Content

Two Techie Teachers: 10 Apps that Fuel Creation with Technology Across the Content | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Recently we have been out and about on the summer professional development circuit.  We've been asked to share a few of our materials that we use during our presentations.  You ask, and we deliver!

Today's post shares information that is worthy of all ages, stages, content, and access.  Check out these easy ways to get your students CREATING in the classroom!
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There’s no innovation agenda without design thinking - Globe and Mail

There’s no innovation agenda without design thinking - Globe and Mail | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Never have design thinking, design practice and creative skills been as important to Canada’s future as they are now. Today, competitive success is determined by the ability to understand human needs and desires and to deliver richly imagined ways of addressing them. Many organizations recognize the importance of innovation, but they don’t know how to achieve it. The answer is design.

Designers allow companies to stay ahead of their customers by anticipating and addressing human needs and behaviours in a complex and changing world. Technology needs to be intentionally designed for and with people. Design creates the experience of a product, system or service, the individual, social and cultural experience, and the value and the impact it has. Design is the bridge between raw invention and application.

The essence of design thinking involves empathizing deeply, listening to people and observing them to identify tough problems to address or new opportunities to explore. Design thinking marries systems analysis with outcomes-oriented problem solving. It’s relevant to the development and enhancement of services, products and business methods. It’s as applicable to large companies as it is to startups and non-profits.
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Invention Literacy Research – Part Two

Invention Literacy Research – Part Two | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is the second post in a series describing the Invention Literacy Research Project that I worked on collaboratively with one of my English Teachers last school year- April Feranda. About 6 months ago, I watched this video by Jay Silver defining the term. I immediately loved this concept because it perfectly describes what I’ve been attempting to do in my library makerspace since May of 2013.  After writing lessons for Makey Makey last year, I realized I went through the ultimate training on Invention Literacy. I wanted to share that journey with you to help you become invention literate as an educator. April Feranda and I would love for your students to become invention literate. Therefore, we are putting this out there for you to hack and personalize and make your own. Read post one here. https://colleengraves.org/2016/06/07/invention-literacy-research-part-one/ "

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The Teacher’s Guide: Using Shared iPads on iOS 9.3 and later – from Ben Sondgeroth

The Teacher’s Guide: Using Shared iPads on iOS 9.3 and later – from Ben Sondgeroth | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is part four of a five part series addressing what teachers should know about iOS 9.3. If you’ve missed the beginning of the series and need to catch up, you can read 


part 1 here: http://edtechteacher.org/4-reasons-why-ios-9-3-is-a-game-changer-from-ben-sondgeroth/  


part 2 here: http://edtechteacher.org/what-is-apple-school-manager-and-how-does-it-work-from-ben-sondgeroth/


and part 3 here: http://edtechteacher.org/what-are-managed-apple-ids-and-what-should-teachers-know-from-ben-sondgeroth/  "


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5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Great Writing Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The selection we curated for you today contains some  useful iPad apps to use with elementary students to help them with their writing. Some the things your kids will get to learn from these apps include: learning how to write letters, learning phonics and spelling, composing syllables by combining vowels and consonants, and several other basic literacy skills. Some of these apps also include tracking features which allow teachers and parents to keep updated about the progress of their kids.
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Coding and computer science should be mandatory in Canadian schools

Coding and computer science should be mandatory in Canadian schools | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it


"According to the report, the most in-demand positions will include information systems analysts and consultants; computer and network operators and web technicians; computer programmers and interactive media developers; software engineers; graphic designers and illustrators; computer and information systems managers; database analysts; and data administrators. These jobs will be available in virtually every industry and field – from health care and education to entertainment and technology – and will provide challenging, varied and highly satisfying work.

Why the shortfall? Not enough Canadians are graduating with computer science degrees. The Conference Board of Canada found in 2010 that the proportion of overall graduates with degrees in math, science, computer science and engineering disciplines was 21.2 per cent, a number that is on the decline. Of those graduates, the fewest were enrolled in computer science and engineering programs.

With the promise of gainful – and frequently lucrative – employment at the completion of a degree in computer science, it seems counterintuitive that students aren’t clamouring for acceptance into these programs. The problem, it seems, starts much earlier than the time students begin filling out university applications: Canadian kids just aren’t exposed to coding."

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10 Useful Math Practice Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Useful Math Practice Apps for Elementary Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some good iPad apps to help  elementary students with their Math? The list below features some of the most popular iPad apps in this category. These apps have been endorsed by a larger base of teachers and educators and are ideal for classroom inclusion. Using these apps, kids will get to practice and develop different mathematical skills through a variety of games, activities, and interactive lessons. Some of these apps also integrate speech functionalities to help students with sight problems.
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5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News)

5 Ways Teachers Can Encourage Deeper Learning With Personal Devices (EdSurge News) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To ban or not to ban, that is always the question when it comes to personal devices in the classroom. But rather than fight this uphill battle (Generation Alpha is forecasted to be more technological than any previous), let's figure out how to leverage these little machines. If used intentionally, m
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Global Maker Day October 25, 2016 

Global Maker Day October 25, 2016  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
LEARN 
Connect virtually and watch makers discuss on a live Google Hangout about different projects, learning spaces, creations, coding, 3D designs, art lessons, etc. There will be a session each hour within the four categories: Designer, Entrepreneur, Re-Creator and Global Problem Solver. When you arrive to the landing page, you will select a category and watch the live presentation.

SHARE We will spotlight those that have amazing things to share. 

PLAY One part of the event is participating in challenges with opportunity for your class to solve problems, be creative and PLAY. 

Some activities will be posted on the website in early March for long-term projects, but challenges will be given in the sessions and during the day of the event to play during #GlobalMakerDay!"
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Measurement and Assessment in Making: Considerations, Constructs, and Cautions | InformalScience.org

Measurement and Assessment in Making: Considerations, Constructs, and Cautions | InformalScience.org | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Just prior to this year’s National Week of Making (6/17- 6/23), a group of researchers and practitioners who are interested in the study of making as learning met at the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on May 23 & 24 2016. The convening was funded by the American Educational Research Association (AERA), with the understanding that the meeting would explore various aspects of making and learning, and ultimately produce an edited research volume that would describe the state of the art in making and its potential future directions. The work of the meeting, which included representatives from museums, science centers, universities, libraries and other makerspaces built directly on discussions from a 2015 Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded convening designed to identify areas of traction in research and learning in making and tinkering settings and activities.
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44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning

44 QR Codes Resources For Teaching & Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
While the potential is great, in short a QR Code is a physical link that can be scanned by smartphones or tablets in mobile learning circumstances. The following list from listly user Marianna Talei offers a huge variety of QR resources, from QR code generators to attaching images and hosting QR code treasure hunts.
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Top 5 Reasons Every Child Should Be A Maker | Toronto Tool Library

Top 5 Reasons Every Child Should Be A Maker | Toronto Tool Library | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Tinkering, making, creating and playing. These activities are finally being recognized for what they are – an essential part of a child’s education and development. The Maker Education Revolution that began in Makerspaces across the world over 10 years ago is finally breaking down the barriers into the mainstream – and into our classrooms. And that is a very good thing for our communities and our planet. 


Why is turning a stuffed animal into an LED Monster Stuffy important, you ask? How can laser cutting and assembling a little car and racing them around afterwards be considered education, you ponder? Why is building a gigantic machine with moving parts in collaboration with your peers an effective way to enhance problem-solving skills? 


WELL. Let us tell you our top 5 reasons we think making should be an activity available to every child and perhaps it will all make sense!"

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5 female coders who changed the world

5 female coders who changed the world | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Computer programming is a field dominated by men, right?

Well, in terms of sheer numbers that’s true. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 73% of US computer science workers are male coders. Across technology generally, women are underrepresented."

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So You Want to Learn How to Code — Female Founders Lead the Way

So You Want to Learn How to Code — Female Founders Lead the Way | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Who knew one simple Medium post could ignite such a profound movement? #iLookLikeAnEngineer is now being spread globally in over 50 countries. It has received over 170,000 tweets and has been covered in countless news outlets. In addition to an influx of incredibly heart-warming and positive support, many people have reached out to me for advice on how I learned how to code without a formal college education. I wanted the opportunity to give everyone an illustrative and thoughtful response, so that is now my intention with this Medium post. I am most familiar with web application development, so that is what this will be covering.
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