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Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014

Editor's Choice: The Best Educational Apps For iPad In 2014 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

So 2014 is almost over, and it’s time to start looking back at what’s happened in the last year. Today, we do that in the form of the best educational apps for iPad in 2014.


One way to think of this list (thematically) is as a kind of editor’s choice for TeachThought staff and contributors. Every single one of these apps is special, and worth a spot on every iPad in every classroom.

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

 

This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.

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20 Apps For Writing On The iPad

20 Apps For Writing On The iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
From Notability and Apple's Pages, to Microsoft Word and Google Drive, 20 apps for writing on the iPad.
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Educational iPad Apps from the Library of Congress

Educational iPad Apps from the Library of Congress | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

The U.S. Library of Congress offers a wealth of fantastic online resources for teachers and students. A quick jump into the teachers resource page will lead you to things like these primary source analysis guides that I have used with students in the past. The LOC also offers a couple of good iOS apps that are worth noting.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 3-5 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Teachers across the country are using technology, including iPads, in their classrooms. But, when it comes to finding the best resources for students, it can be hard to sort through the large volume of apps in the Apple app store and numerous teacher blogs sharing best practices. To help you find what you need, we’ve compiled blog posts on Edutopia and resources from websites that feature great ideas for using iPads with third, fourth, and fifth grade students. You are sure to find some new apps, actionable ideas, and inspiration from these resources!

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How To Use Your iPad in Music Class

How To Use Your iPad in Music Class | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

We often offer up a variety of different apps that we think will be useful to teachers in the classroom. From math apps to apps that help students read at various levels and game apps that help users learn in the process,there sure are a lot of them out there. The handy infographic below takes a look at how musicians are using their iPad to learn, compose, and perform.


If the iPad (or any tablet, really) can help a musician do those things, why not a burgeoning musician? We think music teachers will find a lot of useful tools for their classrooms below. Keep reading to learn more.

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A Must-Have Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads

A Must-Have Guide For Teachers Who Just Got iPads | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
There are some big DOs and DON'Ts if you're on the receiving end of an iPad in the classroom. This is a guide for teachers to save time and trouble.
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Seriously... it's not all about the apps. 

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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them)

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.


While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them.

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Worth the read!



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Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel'

Integrate iPads Into Bloom's Digital Taxonomy With This 'Padagogy Wheel' | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
The Padagogy Wheel takes an expanded approach Bloom's Digital Taxonomy and offers 62 iPad apps that fit into the organized chaos that is Bloom's.
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Very Cool!

Marie Jeffery's comment, June 11, 2013 8:51 AM
Actually, most of these apps are available on multiple platforms, not just iPads. Go play!
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17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom

17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
17 Pros and Cons of Using iPads in the Classroom - For many schools this year, the dream of having iPads in the classroom turned into a reality.
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3 Vocabulary Apps For SAT Takers And Lifelong Learners - Edudemic

3 Vocabulary Apps For SAT Takers And Lifelong Learners - Edudemic | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Taking the SAT? Want to improve your vocabulary before a dinner party? Just love to learn? These are a few of our favorite vocabulary apps to know about.
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Selecting the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning – Use a Rubric! | Emerging Education Technology

Selecting the Best Apps for Teaching and Learning – Use a Rubric! | Emerging Education Technology | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

One of the most valuable sessions I attended covered methodologies for determining which elements of an app make it most useful in the classroom. This session, offered by David Mahaley, addressed the question, “How can instructors maximize the effectiveness of apps used in the learning environment?” We learned about how to evaluate, test, and assess apps for the iPad and their potential for the educational setting.

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Helpful in evaluating and choosing the best iPad apts for your students.

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Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand | 5 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen

Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand | 5 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Teachers really want to the ability to display their iPad or their students' iPads on a projector screen. Projecting on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. 

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A Visual Math Glossary for Your iPad

A Visual Math Glossary for Your iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

For years Jenny Eather’s A Maths Dictionary for Kidshas been a favorite resource of mine and many other teachers for years. Maths Charts by Jenny Eather is the iPad companion to the website.

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Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect -

Going Google On Your iPad: What To Expect - | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Maybe you love Google. You use Gmail, use YouTube like a television, and consider Google Search your second brain.

 

But while you like Google’s first-party Nexus devices and variety of second-party tablets from Samsung and others, there’s something about the iPad that draws you closer. The question then becomes a matter of utility and function. Or even manners.

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.

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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12

Resources for Using iPads in Grades 9-12 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

If you’re a high school teacher looking for iPad resources targeting your needs, you’ve come to the right place. Students in grades 9-12 will engage with technology in different ways than younger children. They can create content, interact with their peers, and explore a range of topics using an iPad. Whether you’re in a BYOD setting, in a one-to-one program, or simply looking to use one iPad effectively, this list has apps, activities, and ideas for your high school classroom.

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Two Free Google Apps that Bring Out the Best In an iPad

Two Free Google Apps that Bring Out the Best In an iPad | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many of us using technology in the classroom find ourselves caught between two worlds: Apple and Google. Apple’s iPad is a fantastic tool in the classroom which provides students with various opportunities to consume, create, and communicate. Similar to a swiss-army knife, it is only limited by how we choose to use it. At the same time, Google apps provide students with cloud-based services, from search to document creation and sharing, that work seamlessly on iPad.

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iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s

iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many classrooms across the nation are turning towards iPads and other mobile devices to provide an instructional tool and learning aide for students of all ages.  These deployments include some degree of training, which ultimately can provide a solid foundation for use or, in worse cases, only give a shaky prop for teachers in the classroom.  Professional Development for use of the iPad in the classroom should be Real, Relevant, and Right On Time.

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Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review

Teaching and Learning with the iPad – a 3 Year Review | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Part 1 - Lessons Learned from the Administrator’s Perspective In this excellent 3 part article series, Principal David Mahaley shares lessons learned from
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Great article! It's not just about the apps - workflow first (and classroom management, emphasizing good stewardship, resourcefulness and focus)

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Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App

Easily Create Classroom Posters on iPad Using Pic Collage App | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Somebody has recently asked me for  a review of an app that can allow students to easily create posters on iPad. Pic Collage is the best option I recommend. With Pic collage you can take a bunch of picture and make one picture of it.

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Explain Everything A Connected Creativity App

Explain Everything A Connected Creativity App | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As I dig deeper into the reality of the one iPad Classroom I am most intrigued by apps that allow me to create. On a computer I have learned to weave together digital tools to make them do exactly ...
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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle.

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15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

iPad has made such a radical change in education with more and more school districts  adopting it as a learning tool inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning  has been helping teachers all along the way with reviews and tutorials on how to get started using iPad in education. We have reviewed more than 500 apps and we are planning to do more reviews this year.

Having accumulated a modest experience in dealing with educational iPad apps, we deem it important that we share with you some of the learning goals you should keep in mind when using iPad with your students. We have particularly associated sets of educational iPad apps with each learning goal to make it easier for you to achieve the targeted goal.

Deb Gardner's insight:

Looks like a fairly complete and well rounded list that is based on what students should be able to do.  I recently read another blog who was beginning to explore the same and concepted mapped the ideas here.


The two should get together!

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Appealing Apps for Educators: How SonicPics amplifies a student’s voice

Appealing Apps for Educators: How SonicPics amplifies a student’s voice | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

SonicPics is a perfect example of such an app, and it’s one that should be in every elementary iPad classroom. The power of SonicPics is in its simplicity: essentially, it is an app where you can narrate a collection of photos. However, within that simple concept lie multiple transformative strategies for student content creation, assessment of student learning, and differentiation. SonicPics is one of those apps that just works, and once you use it with your students, it will become an app that you turn to again and again.

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