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iPads in Education

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iPads are a great resource for the classroom! We've seen great things going on in classrooms that utilize this great technology! #EdTech #iPadEd #Education

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Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success - Mind/Shift

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Little children are big news this week, as the White House holds a summit on early childhood education December 10. The President wants every four year old to go to preschool, but the new Congress is unlikely to foot that bill.

Since last year, more than 30 states have expanded access to preschool. But there’s still a lack of evidence about exactly what kinds of interventions are most effective in those crucial early years.

In New York City, an ambitious, $25 million dollar study is collecting evidence on the best way to raise outcomes for kids in poverty. Their hunch is that it may begin with math.
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My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post

My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

As the year comes to an end I thought I would share some of my favourite iPad activities from this year. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to five but here goes:

 

1.Towards the end of last year my school celebrated it's 150 year anniversary and we carried many activities with the pupils that term looking at the history of the school. One of the activities was to compare then and now photos. We use an app called InstaShake HD App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instashake-hd/id595411264?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  to blend two photos together in different ways. We also carried out this activity during the recent World War 1 week at the school.

 

2. Last term I worked with a PE department to use the iPads to support GCSE students portfolios. One of the activities was to record video of sporting skills from different angles using the iPad's camera and then add the videos into iMovie app to use some of it's features such as split screen, freeze frame and the speed tool. More detail on this can be found here http://sco.lt/8hTUhd   ;

 

3. Early this term I began an activity with Year 6 pupils to gamify stories using Book Creator App We used the hyperlink tool within Book Creator to link text and images to different pages and give the reader options of where the story went by choosing options within a scenario. More detail can be found here http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/12/using-non-linear-stories-gamify-books/

 

4. In summer term I worked with a Year 3 class to use the time lapse feature in I Can Animate App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-can-animate/id399760501?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  ; to capture shadows moving across the playground. We set the iPad up to take a photograph every minute from 9am-3pm. Recently Apple have added the time lapse tool into the iOS 8 camera, although you cannot adjust the time between photos like you can in I Can Animate.

 

5. A few months ago Comic Life 3 App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  was released and within the many new templates is a newspaper front cover. We used this at school to firstly produce a weekly newspaper for the school news with Year 6 but also during World War 1 week to reproduce historical newspaper front pages of significant events during war.

 

A big thank you to all the great feedback to Teacher Guide to iPad App. Hearing how much it has helped teachers worldwide has made all the hard work worthwhile. The latest update brings a new icon, new categories of subjects and apps, a new design and 12 new ideas. Details can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk

 

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!

Adam


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Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 27, 12:27 PM

Great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!   I took a class and used creative. Book Builder app.  Great app for creating  a story to show you understood the lesson .  Check it out !

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Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners - MindShift

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners - MindShift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Knowledge about how the brain works can make a big difference when confronting difficult learning situations. If you have a growth mindset and are aware of the ability to improve oneself, a challenge can be welcome (versus those with a fixed mindset who are averse to the failures a challenge may bring). Stanford University professor of psychology Carol Dweck, who has been leading the research in this field, discusses “The power of believing that you can improve” in this TED talk. In one example, she talks about students who made vast improvements on test scores once they learned about the growth mindset:
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3 Gigantic Problems that School Principals Can Fix Today - Brilliant or Insane

3 Gigantic Problems that School Principals Can Fix Today - Brilliant or Insane | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
There’s an amazing Voxer chat group called Talks with Teachers, composed of remarkable educators who converse about best education practices, technology integration, assessment and many other subjects. We recently discussed things that make teachers’ jobs difficult. The chat was not about principals, but upon further consideration, it occurred to me that school principals could easily solve most of these issues.

Granted, school principals and teachers often have different perspectives, based on the worlds they live in. Still, some of educators’ biggest problems have shockingly simple solutions.
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WeAreTeachers: 10 New Kids' Biographies That Prove History Isn't Dead

WeAreTeachers: 10 New Kids' Biographies That Prove History Isn't Dead | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Looking for some edge-of-their-seats nonfiction for your classroom library? Look no further than these new biographies that so powerfully share the lives of 10 extraordinary individuals!
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Google for Education: Google in your classroom

Google for Education: Google in your classroom | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Google has as range of tools for teach and learning. This collection of lessons introduces what they are and how to apply them. If you are interested in completing a Basics Exam, becoming a Google Educator or applying to be a Google Education Trainer
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Are you a truly bad teacher? Here’s how to tell. - Washington Post

Are you a truly bad teacher? Here’s how to tell. - Washington Post | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Bad teacher. There was a movie with that title, and now a television series. Time magazine had a recent cover with the title “Rotten Apples” that was not a reference to rotten Honey Crisps. And many school reformers talk about teachers as if nearly all of them are lousy. Certainly some teachers who should be doing something else (and it shouldn’t take forever to remove them from a classroom), but there’s a legitimate reason why polls show that teachers are utterly demoralized.
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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks  covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :
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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching - Mind/Shift

What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

d/ShiftBy Thom Markham
In medicine, the placebo effect is well known, but still mysterious. Through some unknown connection between mind and body, placebos produce changes in brain states, immune systems, blood pressure and hormone levels. Although most of us think of a placebo as a sugar pill, in fact it’s any intervention in which beliefs produce measurable changes in physiology, and thus performance.

Here’s a typical example: When adults enter a flight simulator and take on the role of Air Force pilots flying a plane, their eyesight improves 40 percent more than adults who just “pretend” to fly a plane in a broken simulator. Something in the belief system shifts the body.

Results from research into the growth mindset tell us that placebos have finally hit the classroom. When students are informed that it’s possible to improve their IQ, they respond by improving their IQ. A simple message of possibility opens the door to an improvement in brain function. When distance-learning students in west Texas used an avatar from Second Life to attend virtual meetings, their new personas gave them permission to change their behavior. They turned into noticeably different and more attentive students than in person.

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What are we calling ‘rigorous’ learning? | Dangerously Irrelevant

What are we calling ‘rigorous’ learning? | Dangerously Irrelevant | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education

Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education. Let me know of any others that you found of value during 2014!
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Dealing With A Difficult Parent - teachthought

Dealing With A Difficult Parent - teachthought | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
You’d heard about this parent from other teachers.

This parent was a handful. Rude. Combative. Aggressive. Even litigious. In response, you worry, if just a little. You have enough to deal with, and butting heads with an angry parent–especially one angry just because–doesn’t sound like fun. You don’t get paid enough for that hot mess.

So you keep calm and hope to ride the year out. Maybe they won’t call. Maybe they’ll skip parent-teacher conferences. You’ve even considered grading their child a little easier just to avoid the hassle of it all.

We’ve all been there. Nothing can solve this problem, but there are ways to take the edge off so that you can open up the lines of communication and deal with the parent on equal terms so that they’re child has the best chance for success.
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This Is How Much Homework Teens Do Around The World - Huffington Post TEEN

This Is How Much Homework Teens Do Around The World - Huffington Post TEEN | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"Next time you want to complain about the amount of homework you do, remember that students in Shanghai spend an average of over 14 hours per week on take-home work.


A recent brief from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) shows that American 15-year-olds spent an average of six hours a week on homework in 2012. By comparison, students from all OECD countries were spending an average of about 4.9 hours a week on homework. On the low end of the spectrum, teens from countries like Korea and Finland spent less than three hours a week on after-school work, while teens from Russia spent about 10, and students from Shanghai spent about 14 hours.

 

Since 2003, the average amount of time 15-year-olds spend on homework per week dropped by about an hour. In the United States, the average time spent on homework remained unchanged, as shown in the graph below:"


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We take doing homework for granted thinking we have a lot but kids in other countries have far too much and spend double the time doing it.

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15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills - Lifehack

15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills - Lifehack | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Are you tired of taking taking trashy photos? Have you been trying so hard to capture images like a pro just by using your own digital camera? Do you want to learn appropriate photo angles and take the most beautiful shots with your digital camera or your new GoPro? Well, it’s possible!

Taking photos like a professional is one of the most trending hobbies around. Now-a-days, “selfies” and “groufies” are all the rage on social media sites. People want to share their day-to-day experiences with the world. We can share our most memorable events with a simple click of a button. It is so easy to upload your photos online. It’s fun to show off our personal photos, especially beautiful places with the best scenic views.

Because of this ease to share such beauty, photography is one of the most joyful hobbies anyone can do in their lifetime. By sharing photos we also share precious memories. That’s why people want to take the best photos they can. We all want our photos to look professional. Well, now-a-days this is easier than you may think.
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Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps

Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use to enhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Student-Friendly Social Media Guidelines Make a Great Bulletin Board

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Student-Friendly Social Media Guidelines Make a Great Bulletin Board | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Innovative educator Samantha Stouber uses the NYCDOE student-friendly social media guidelines as part of her efforts to teach digital literacy to her students. The guidelines provide a roadmap for to use digital media effectively.  For parents and staff there are guides. For students, the guidelines are in infographic format. As a reminder, Stouber printed out the guidelines and infographic to create this great visually teen-pleasing bulletin board
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The 5 best EdTech newsletters to sign up for - Daily Genius

The 5 best EdTech newsletters to sign up for - Daily Genius | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"You think you want your news pinged to you on an app, delivered by tweets, foisted on you by posts. But you don’t. Not really. You just think you do. You want to be seen as modern. In reality, you want to browse, to take it at a leisurely pace, to absorb it. You want it delivered on the age-old technology of your forefathers. You want it by email.

No matter what you think, email, good old email, is still a reliable, portable, readable way of getting your news. Curated by someone who knows more than you, with content written by people who know much more than you.


So forget your high-tech snobbery and sign up for these – the best EdTech email newsletters to subscribe to:"

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The Best Science Visualizations of the Year | WIRED

The Best Science Visualizations of the Year | WIRED | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Here at WIRED Science, we’re big fans of science graphics. And not just the fancy, big-budget ones, but charts and figures and visualizations: the folk art of scientific imagery.


In this gallery are our favorite graphics of the year. They’re in no particular order (though we did save a treat for last). Each tells a story with elegant simplicity, and sometimes even beauty. Enjoy!"

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Meet the modern learner [infographic] - heytodd

"Continuous learning has become imperative; many skills now have a half-life of just 2½ to 5 years. But employees are overwhelmed, distracted and impatient. Corporate learning (L&D) needs to adapt to the needs of modern learners."

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Great Resources and Lessons for Teaching Physics for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Resources and Lessons for Teaching Physics for Kids ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Physics 4 Kids is a great resource packed full of basic lessons covering different key concepts of physics. You can use this resource to expand students knowledge of physics and to also initiate them to those physics concepts you are planning to teach them in class. Physics 4 Kids provides students with  guided tours that they can use by themselves to learn about physics. To make things easier, the site embeds visual aids and video tutorials to enhance students understandings. Some of the core physics ideas the site covers include: motion and mechanics, electricity and magnetism, modern physics, light and optics and many more.
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TED Released It's Year In Ideas Compilation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

TED Released It's Year In Ideas Compilation ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Year in Ideas is a new release from TED that highlights some of the powerful ideas TED speakers covered in their talks during this year.The short 8-minutes video below contains clips from each of these talks. For each of the themes featured in this list is annexed a playlist of talks that best represent it. The themes included are : Space and Sea,  Medicine, Power, Inequality, the power of big data, the right to privacy, empathy with those who suffer, creativity, and language evolution. You can access  and watch these talks from this page. Enjoy
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Which Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life? - Mind/Shift

Which Early Childhood Experiences Shape Adult Life? - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
By Maanvi Singh, NPR

Most of us don’t remember our first two or three years of life — but our earliest experiences may stick with us for years and continue to influence us well into adulthood.

Just how they influence us and how much is a question that researchers are still trying to answer. Two studies look at how parents’ behavior in those first years affects life decades later, and how differences in children’s temperament play a role.

The first study, published Thursday in Child Development, found that the type of emotional support that a child receives during their her first three and a half years has an effect on education, social life and romantic relationships even 20 or 30 years later.

Babies and toddlers raised in supportive and caring home environments tended to do better on standardized tests later on, and they were more likely to attain higher degrees as adults. They were also more likely to get along with their peers and feel satisfied in their romantic relationships.
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Are You Sitting Too Much? - ASAP Science

Is sitting too much killing you? The Solution To Sitting: http://youtu.be/4K_ENbRgywY Get Your Free Audiobook: http://audible.com/asap ---Links to follow us ...
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Learning Forward, But Back to Basics (EdSurge News)

Learning Forward, But Back to Basics (EdSurge News) | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it

"At this year’s 46th annualLearning Forward Conference, the place where professional development professionals go to geek out with one another, the buzz around technology was eclipsed by a sobering reminder that tech-enhanced PD is only as good as the model it supports.

 

The conference brought together over 3,600 coaches, teachers, administrators and professional development providers in Nashville to dive into best practices, share research and talk about what’s next in the PD world. Last year, the next frontier seemed to be technology. But this year it was all about going back to basics."

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Alternative to School Suspension Explored Through Restorative Justice - Mind/Shift

Alternative to School Suspension Explored Through Restorative Justice - Mind/Shift | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
One by one, in a room just off the gym floor at Edna Brewer Middle School in Oakland, Calif., seventh graders go on the interview hot seat.

Kyle McClerkins grills them on aspects of adolescent life:

“What is the biggest challenge for middle school girls?” he asks. “What has changed about you from sixth grade to now?”

Some 80 students have applied to be “peer leaders” in this school’s new, alternative discipline program.

Called “restorative justice” this school and the Oakland Unified School District are at the forefront of a new approach to school misconduct and discipline. Instead of suspending or expelling students who get into fights or act out, restorative justice seeks to resolve conflicts and build school community through talking and group dialogue.

Its proponents say it could be an answer to the cycle of disruption and suspension, especially in minority communities where expulsion rates are higher than in predominantly white schools.
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10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | Professional Learning for Busy Educators | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Lars-Göran Hedström
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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, December 18, 11:25 AM

A helpful graphic for those of us working on personalization as a centerpiece of school design.

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Exercice de trêve des confiseurs : traduire (ou non) ces tendances dans le cadre de l'entreprise 

Anita Vance's curator insight, December 19, 9:04 AM

insight for planning....