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Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life

Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"In 2014, Apple introduced a programming language called Swift that made waves in the developer community -- not just for its power and flexibility, but for how easy it is to learn. So easy, in fact, that Apple believes it could be anyone's first programming language. That's why it went ahead and created Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. Now, a year after its release, Apple is ready to expand its educational repertoire. With the June 5th release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Apple's app will also teach kids to program robots and drones.
Gallery: Program robots and drones with Apple's Swift Playgrounds 

What this means is that kids will be able to program and control a variety of Bluetooth-enabled robots and toys right within the Swift Playgrounds app. So instead of just tapping around on a touchscreen to move virtual characters, kids can write snippets of Swift code and translate them to physical robot actions. At launch, Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will be compatible with the following third-party toys: Lego Mindstorms Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+ robotic ball, Parrot's Mambo, Rolling Spider and Airborne mini-drones, UBTECH's Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Wonder Workshop's Dash robot and Skoog, a tactile cube speaker. It bears mentioning that there are already several toys out there that aims to teach code to kids, but Apple's solution is one of a few -- if not the only one -- that uses a genuine programming language instead of just block-based code."


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27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students

27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we have been working on over this weekend. This is a collection of some good math apps curated from iTunes App Store specifically for elementary students and young learners. The apps provides students with a wide variety of educational games, hands-on activities, and challenging exercises to help them enhance their math skills and develop solid mathematical thinking. Links are included in the table under the visual.

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Onion Omega2 Project Book Vol. 1

Onion Omega2 Project Book Vol. 1 | Learning Commons | Scoop.it


The Project Book is Ready! You read that correctly, the Omega2 Project Book is now available! It has 22 projects that are covered through the course of 28 tutorials. It’s available online right now! Check it out at: https://docs.onion.io/omega2-project-book-vol1/ Thank you all for your continued patience with the Project Book. We had many, many fires that needed to be put out before we could work on the Project Book full steam so that really delayed the release. However, we’re confident that you’ll learn a lot about the Omega2 as well as programming and electronics while making a bunch of awesome projects. 


Documentation for all things Onion and Onion Omega2.


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SOLE: Hacking Today's Education for the Future

SOLE: Hacking Today's Education for the Future | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
By Justin Aglio - SOLE draws on children’s natural curiosity to create dynamic spaces for them to learn, interact & develop critical problem-solving skills.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 19, 9:07 AM

Interesting article on SOLE.

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12 augmented reality apps students can use today

12 augmented reality apps students can use today | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As augmented reality’s classroom potential grows, apps are becoming more relevant and targeted for educational purposes.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, March 20, 12:40 PM

Excelentes herramientas para llevar al salón de clases. 

Oskar Almazan's curator insight, April 12, 6:22 PM
Augmented reality–a technology that uses a trigger image to superimpose digital content over a user’s view of the real world–is growing in popularity and accessibility, and it holds a wealth of potential for education. Often described as “QR codes on steroids,” the technology offers new and exciting ways for students to interact with lessons, said Jeff Peterson, an instructional technologist in the Lamar Consolidated ISD in Texas. Peterson presented a TCEA 2017 session on augmented reality’s application in classrooms.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 14, 2:12 AM
More and more options for the use of AR in the class :)
 
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Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU

Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Don't think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown "


"One of the most rewarding experiences in writing my second book (The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, Fall 2017) has been having the honor of being able to highlight and showcase GREAT makerspaces far and wide. In doing that research, I discovered some unconventional spaces that clearly have taken an out of the box approach to planning their makerspaces.

Despite the many space out there that are essentially exactly alike, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to planning a makerspace. Makerspaces should as unique and meaningful as the communities they are in. It is my hope that the links and spaces below can a new and unique perspective on what makerspaces can be.  Each space described below is unique, emphasizing different skills or themes.  Although some of these spaces are not in K-12 schools, there certainly are things we can learn and apply to educational makerspaces."


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Kindy Segovia's curator insight, April 5, 11:04 AM
How about a Makerspace designed for users of all abilities?  Making for disability, and Making inclusive of disability?
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SchoolTube

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SchoolTube is the best source for videos from students and teachers everywhere. Endorsed by leading educational organizations.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 22, 4:46 AM

Like YouTube for schools.

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Infographics & Learning

Infographics & Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A collection of infographics related to technology and education. | See more about Technology, Teaching and In the classroom.

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Karen Draper's curator insight, March 13, 10:20 AM
Great Infographs. I like 9 fundamentals-- Teachers must stay current in order to help prepare our students for success in the future.
Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 13, 2:06 PM
Making teaches into Digital Creators

Eneko Martínez Goikolea's curator insight, March 18, 8:31 AM
#Infographics & Learning | @scoopit http://sco.lt/...
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Discovery VR

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Discovery VR 360 videos can be viewed on your desktop in most modern browsers. For more immersive Virtual Reality experiences, download the app for your iPhone or Android device and check out these other ways to watch.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 11, 1:04 AM

Some fantastic VR content from the discovery channel.

Coconut Curator's curator insight, May 3, 11:01 PM
Very immersive experience. The videos will glue students to the screen.
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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This week UNESCO launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
This global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.

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Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, February 22, 6:18 AM
UNESCO has launched a framework illustrating its Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL).
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 27, 2:01 AM
Information Literacy est la future base du savoir.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 27, 5:52 AM
Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL)
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Tell Kids to Get Good at Stuff Smart Machines Can't Do (Yet) - GettingSmart

Tell Kids to Get Good at Stuff Smart Machines Can't Do (Yet) - GettingSmart | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

“AI won’t obliterate jobs, but it will transform jobs,” said Daniel Pink, author of Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us.

Pink said he’s told his own kids to “think about what you can do to augment what AI does—work that only humans can do that smart machines cannot.” That includes:

    * Creativity;


    * Dealing with ambiguity, nuance and poorly defined problems;


    * Understanding other’s emotions and point of view;


    * Developing expertise and sense making; and


    * Identifying reliable sources." 


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Dorothy Retha Cook's curator insight, January 16, 3:58 AM

Education and creativity goes a long way in life.

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Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

Really nice case study type article. Looks like a great project.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:57 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Peter Mellow.

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Google - Spaces

Google - Spaces | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

You can create spaces for different topics and conversations to share with separate groups of people.
How to create a space
You can create up to 100 spaces to share with other people.
To create a space on your computer or phone:
 Open the Spaces app on your phone, or the Spaces website.
 Tap or click Create a Space Add.
Note: If you have many spaces, you may have to scroll to the bottom.
Now that you have a space, you can create a post or customize your space.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 5, 4:39 AM

This looks like a great tool for getting students to work collaboratively. Let's hope that Google can be trusted to continue to support it.

Greg Quinlivan's curator insight, January 5, 9:38 PM
It might also be a place for online teachers to create a space for each of their students or small groups to interact, get feedback, etc. Of course, the one issue is the blocking of Google by certain countries, including the PRC unfortunately.
vgpascal's curator insight, January 11, 1:36 AM
Un tableau de bord bien pratique pour organiser ses espaces collaboratifs avec Google Spaces.
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A Guide to the Best VR Roller Coasters in the World | All3DP

A Guide to the Best VR Roller Coasters in the World | All3DP | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Without a doubt, the roller coaster is the king of safe, gravity defying thrills. With gut-wrenching twists, turns and unnatural speed as guaranteed as your ability to walk away unharmed — what’s not to love!

Since there’s only one price-point for enjoying the real life thrill of a roller coaster — expensive — and currently numerous ways and price points to enjoy virtual reality tech – why not meet in the middle?

And so, being the tech-obsessed creatures we have become, the virtual reality roller coaster is now a thing. However you interpret those four words, you are correct.

Check out the ways we found to experience the virtual reality roller coaster for yourself below.

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12 Good iPad Apps for Elementary Students

12 Good iPad Apps for Elementary Students | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Based on your recommendation, we went ahead and curated for you this collection of some good iPad apps you can use with your elementary students to help them with their writing. From  providing them with smart writing prompts to creating digital  stories using a wide variety of multimedia materials, these apps will absolutely engage young learners in productive writing activities.  We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback. Links to the apps are under the visual.

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LEDs for Beginners: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables

LEDs for Beginners: 9 Steps (with Pictures) - Instructables | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This instructable shows how to wire up one or more LEDs in a in a basic and clear way. Never done any work before with LEDs and don't know how to use them? Its ok, neither have I.

***If you have wired up LEDs before, this explanation might seem overly simplistic. Consider yourself warned.***

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Building Maker Spaces vs. Building a Maker Culture

In Nick Provenzano’s book, Your Starter Guide to Makerspaces, he makes the case that a maker space can start a movement inside your school. I agree wholeheartedly.

There are many folks who have been saying to “stop” using the word Makerspace, and it shouldn’t only be one space. But sometimes this space is the seed that plants a maker movement into a maker culture.

At Centennial School District (where I’m the Director of Tech and Innovation) we’ve been slowly beginning to build a maker culture out of maker spaces. It is a process and one that doesn’t happen overnight. Here is a few things/ideas we’ve done that have jumpstarted the movement towards a culture:

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Toy Take Apart and Hacking

Toy Take Apart and Hacking | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and both genders. I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development.

Here is a description of this activity from the tinkering studio at the Exploratorium:

Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? You’ll make some exciting and surprising discoveries about their inner parts when you don some safety goggles and get started dissecting your old stuffed animal, remote controlled car, or singing Santa. Use screwdrivers, seam rippers, scissors, and saws to remove your toy’s insides. Check out the mechanisms, circuit boards, computer chips, lights, and wires you find inside. Once you’ve fully dissected your toy, you can use the toy’s parts, your tools, and your imagination to create a new original plaything.  (https://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/toy-take-apart)

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One of the best ways to learn - discovery  and asking questions.
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5 Team Building Games That Can Teach Critical Thinking Skills

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Here are 5 team building games to try out with your students that also develop critical thinking skills. Collaboration and team spirit await you!

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 14, 8:21 AM
Team building games offer students fun opportunities to hone critical skills for success in the modern workplace. Students (and future employees!) that value teamwork are more motivated and creative. They’re also better at problem solving and communicating with one another and have a higher level of trust. We already know students love working in groups. Why not make a game of it?
Andrea Mejia Medina's curator insight, March 18, 12:10 AM
Critical thinking is the most important skill to develop, since in these times of information at hand, we cannot believe everything we see, read, and hear, and that is why it is important to develop this ability as it allows us to be alert and question everything that comes from these means of information. Is a skill that moves a student from concrete ideas to abstract and inferred concepts. Critical thinking allows us to analyze outcomes, compare ideas, identify parallels, sequence events, synthesize information and draw conclusions from a given body of knowledge. Whether it is the proof behind a mathematics formula or an implied tone in an essay, critical thinking skills enable students to solve problems in the real world and on exams in school. Meghan Moll (2014) suggests five tools to develop the critical thinking skills necessary for success on every high school or college test and assignment. 1. Brain games: Recently, websites dedicated to training your brain have enjoyed increased popularity. Lumosity, for example, provides games that aid in improving memory and problem-solving. From timed matching games to order sequence memorization, websites like this can aid in cognition and the ability to ask, "What is the next step?" This skill is critical to learning how to approach complex problems on standardized tests like the ACT and SAT. Rather than playing time-wasting games when you have a lull in your day, search online for brain teasers and peruse the plethora of brain games at your fingertips. 2. Logic puzzles: Before the Internet, puzzles intended to exercise your brain were published in books. Collections of crossword puzzles, logic problems, riddles, sudoku, word problems and word searches can be found at your local bookstore or library. The puzzles in these books are a wonderful strategy to activate different parts of your brain for a round or two of mental gymnastics, and many collections even discuss what each puzzle is meant to target within the mind. 3. Board games: This suggestion may seem strange at first, but do not balk. Choose board games that require more than luck – namely, strategy – for players to win. Any game where players must carefully consider their next move, recognize patterns and remember details will aid in honing critical thinking skills. Certain games like Rubik’s Cube are single-player, while others involve multiple people. Checkers, chess and Mastermind are two-player games that challenge you to plan several steps ahead. Games like Boggle and Scrabble require analyzing information quickly and formulating words, while Clue and Risk test and strengthen your ability to anticipate and react to others’ moves, as well as infer motives. 4. Journaling: Daily reflection – such as maintaining a journal – is a simple way to revisit your day, but it is also a fantastic opportunity to explore ideas. Writing encourages you to expand upon your thoughts and form connections. A journal forces you to slow down and focus on just one or two ideas at a time, which hectic schedules don't otherwise allow. Use your journal to record important ideas and questions and narratives about your life. 5. Book clubs: Students who read for understanding find it far easier to think critically than those who rush to finish. Analyzing a book requires you to delve deeper and ponder complex questions. When reading, think about why the book was written the way it was, what motivates certain characters, and how plot developments may be symbols of foreshadowing. Locate a book club to hone these skills. You will read works you otherwise may not have, and you will learn to examine character development, plot, symbolism and a whole host of other features.
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Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 12:47 PM
Great games to use with "ME Leadership" (Marks of Excellence)
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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 12, 4:36 AM
nice compilation 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 13, 2:27 AM
Something for our Maths teachers 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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10 Very Good  iPad Math Apps for Elementary Students

10 Very Good  iPad Math Apps for Elementary Students | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Looking for some very good iPad math apps to use with young learners ? The visual below has you covered. It features some of the popular titles to utilize with your kids to teach them basics of math and enhance their mathematical thinking.  We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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Innovate My School - An immersive world of learning through play

Innovate My School - An immersive world of learning through play | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Children are naturally creative, and in order to encourage their talents, we should be nurturing this creativity, rather than forcing it into a box-ticking process. It’s no secret that when children are having fun, they learn more about the topic as their engagement is greater. By allowing them to see subjects in a playful manner, they will be more enthusiastic about them later in their school careers, and they will have developed the cognitive and personal skills needed to work with others in their class more effectively.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 8, 4:42 AM

Absolutely.

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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Think I may have already captured this one - but just in case
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CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality

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CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.
CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.


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Bhushan THAPLIYAL's curator insight, February 5, 11:37 AM

Just amazing!

Gust MEES's curator insight, February 10, 8:09 AM

CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.


CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=VR

 

RESENTICE's curator insight, February 14, 4:38 AM

Plate-forme en ligne gratuite de création d'espaces virtuels en 3D  simple à utiliser

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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology | Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Ana Virginia Quesada's curator insight, January 8, 10:01 AM
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 13, 8:41 AM
Excellent resources for young researchers within a 21st Century teaching and learning environments. I suggest they add Zotero to the list.