My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
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My K-12 Ed Tech Edition
Curating ed tech resources for K-12 students and teachers to improve communication, creativity, collaboration and critical thinking.
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20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading

20 iPad Apps To Teach Elementary Reading | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
As anyone with a toddler knows, iPads are addictive for children. They seem to have some sort of special radar that lets them know when an iDevice i
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How can iPads be used in Grades 3-5?

How can iPads be used in Grades 3-5? | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in grades 3-5? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

 

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?

 
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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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Marie Jeffery's curator insight, June 10, 2013 11:09 AM

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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Favorite Apps and Engaging Activities Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Favorite Apps and Engaging Activities Using iPads in Grades 6-8 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2

Resources for Using iPads in Grades K-2 | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it
Looking for advice on integrating iPads in K-2 classrooms? In this curated guide, we've compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.
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iPad Apps for K-12 Students

iPad Apps for K-12 Students | My K-12 Ed Tech Edition | Scoop.it

Many of you are already aware that I maintain a few other blogs in addition to FreeTech4Teachers.com. One of those is iPadApps4School.com to which I have applied some lessons that I learned from making mistakes with this blog. One of those mistakes was not making it easier to sort resources according to grade level.

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Richard Byrne now provides a category for each level making it so much easier to review and select apps to use in your 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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