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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Personal Growth - Medium
There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career.

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Donna Bryan's curator insight, July 15, 1:27 PM

Life is a journey of learning, especially on websites.

Terrie Pressman's curator insight, July 19, 12:25 PM

Online learning at your fingertips!

Marianne Hart's curator insight, July 19, 9:31 PM

Bonus for music education!!

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Schools should be more like farms, not factories

Schools should be more like farms, not factories | STEM | Scoop.it

If we want to transform the failing model, we need a new analogy for how that model is supposed to work, Robinson argues. We treat education like industrial manufacturing when, in reality, it's closer to organic farming. In farming, crop has different needs at different times in order to produce the greatest yield. Why not apply the process to education? 




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jbcassidy's curator insight, July 20, 12:26 AM

This seems like such a more humane way to see students and the educational process!

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 9:32 PM

He is correct, schools are not factories that create duplicate models of a prototype.  Schools are also not a business, where the latest organizational model makes the system effective.  Schools are more like a community, where everyone works together to accomplish the goals developed collaboratively by all stakeholders in the community.  Notice that state and federal politicians are not in the community.

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, August 12, 6:30 AM

Waar je allemaal niet komt met boerenverstand.

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How to backup your iPhone and iPad to save your iOS data

How to backup your iPhone and iPad to save your iOS data | STEM | Scoop.it
Data loss is a fact of life - you drop your phone, it hits the ground, shatters to pieces, and chances are you lost the majority of your data on the device. Thankfully, we have services like iCloud that automatically backup your data, making it easily retrievable in the case of a shattered or damaged smartphone.

Unfortunately, it isn't the best solution for backing up data, particularly because Apple just isn't the best when it comes to cloud services. Security is a big concern with iCloud, and if you ever want to get more storage, it's quite pricey compared to competitors. The company also gives you a mere 5GB of cloud storage that it's hardly possible to backup all of the pertinent data on your iOS device, especially if you have a large photo library full of special moments you want to keep.

That said, there are plenty of other ways to make sure your data is safe by backing up your files across a few free services. The first step is, of course, making sure you have a backup of your device on your PC or MacBook.

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ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015

ISTE 2015: Takeaway Tips for a Library Maker Space | ISTE 2015 | STEM | Scoop.it
The maker movement was front and center at the 2015 ISTE conference—and that’s a good thing for me. After following maker initiatives with great interest for some time now, I have the opportunity to design a maker space this year for 6th–12th grade students at my school, Worcester (MA) Academy.


A search of this year’s program at ISTE, held June 28 to July 1 in Philadelphia, using the term “constructivist learning/maker movement” resulted in 67 related sessions. The ISTE Librarians Network hosted a maker station at their Digital Age Playground and convened a panel on library maker spaces, featuring elementary and middle school librarians, a school administrator, and the coordinator of a public library maker initiative. Vendors and exhibitors demonstrated tools, lessons, and ideas for maker spaces. Meanwhile, a four-hour Maker Playground Wednesday morning drew a huge crowd of attendees.


One of my goals at the conference was to gather ideas and tips to help me create my library’s maker space. Here are some highlights of what I discovered at ISTE."


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Professional Development as a Maker Space | John Spencer

Professional Development as a Maker Space | John Spencer | STEM | Scoop.it
For what it's worth, I see a place for every type of professional development. Keynotes can be powerful and lead to deep paradigm shifts. They can inspire a crowd and motivate them to try something new. The coaching model is an effective, relational way to get teachers reflecting, thinking, and modeling a particular practice. EdCamps and un-conferences empower teachers to express their voice democratically. Lab schools allow teachers to connect professional development, action research, and pedagogy into a real setting. 

However, I've been thinking about another model that we might want to add to our approach of differentiated professional development. In this model, teachers learn by making something. I'm not referring to an hour of Makey Makey or a Maker Space session with Arduino. I'm thinking more about long-term projects that work through the entire design thinking cycle. 

I had a chance to be a part of this type of professional development this last week. Here, teachers spent a full week in single strands where they learned about a concept by making something connected to it. It was Camp Plug and Play, a week-long professional learning opportunity run by the Arizona K12 Center. I enjoyed sitting down during lunch and listening to the buzz about what creative things the teachers were making in their strands. It was really cool to watch teachers getting excited about the creative process and how they would use it in their individual classrooms. 

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10 Reasons to Teach Coding - Edutech for Teachers

10 Reasons to Teach Coding - Edutech for Teachers | STEM | Scoop.it
So, why just use technology, when you can build it, right? But first—students need the programming know-how… And that begins with you!

Whether you choose to embrace the concept or not, it’s becoming more and more important to equip students with coding skills. Having this knowledge not only strengthens general skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, but it will become invaluable in their future as a wide range of industries are eager to hire individuals with programming abilities. Furthermore, this field that is projected to have 1,000,000 more jobs than there are qualified people to fill them by the year 2020! Seriously!

That said—here’s a cool inforgraphic denoting 10 reasons to teach students how to code.

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What is a Maker Space? - Heather Lister @LibrarianLister

What is a Maker Space? - Heather Lister @LibrarianLister | STEM | Scoop.it

"It is a place for everyone, creative and not creative, to come and explore their passions using raw materials, tools, technology, repurposed items and imagination.  People can work individually or collaboratively, using technology and/or drawing on the collective wisdom of those in the room to help achieve their goal in a Maker Space."


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John Evans's curator insight, June 20, 7:04 AM

Click on Presentation Mode to get the full effect!

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MakerBot Launches Hands-On Learning Guide For 3D Printing In The Classroom - TeachThought

MakerBot Launches Hands-On Learning Guide For 3D Printing In The Classroom - TeachThought | STEM | Scoop.it
BROOKLYN, N.Y., –Thousands of educators throughout the U.S. are embracing 3D printing as a new way to teach 21st century skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future[1]. Taking the first steps to introduce students to 3D printing, however, can be challenging. MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, conducted in-depth research this spring to better understand how to help educators incorporate 3D printing in classrooms[2]. The research shows that acquiring 3D design skills is a major hurdle for educators and there is no single resource to address this need.

To fill that gap, MakerBot today published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing. Titled MakerBot in the Classroom: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Design, the handbook includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans. MakerBot in the Classroom is available as a free digital download for registered MakerBot customers and a sample project chapter is available free to anyone who registers on MakerBot.com. Additionally, MakerBot launched a new MakerBot Education Resource Center with further ideas and resources to support the integration of 3D printing in the classroom, such as real-world MakerBot stories, videos, challenges for teachers and students, and more.

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Kinetic Media | Create and Publish Amazing Multi-touch Books for iPad using iBooks Author – mLearnCon 2012 Presentation

Kinetic Media | Create and Publish Amazing Multi-touch Books for iPad using iBooks Author – mLearnCon 2012 Presentation | STEM | Scoop.it
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Thorough and concise. Best of the tutorials available.

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Turn Your iOS Device Into an Extra Monitor With Duet - MakeUseOf.com

Turn Your iOS Device Into an Extra Monitor With Duet - MakeUseOf.com | STEM | Scoop.it
Everybody likes plenty of screens when working or browsing the Internet. It seems to be a geek’s rite of passage to brag about how many monitor screens they have (“you only have two?!”).
But now those of you who own an iPad can use a simple app to expand your collection of screens, turning your $500 tablet into a small, portable monitor. It’s called Duet.

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, May 18, 9:21 AM

Great Tip for all the iPad users, simple app to expand your collection of screens.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | STEM | Scoop.it
From websites to games, contests to summer camps, we've got a ton of sites to explore in science, technology, engineering and math for kids age 5 to 18.

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Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 3, 9:48 AM

Help your child gain an interest in the latest technology that could lead to a well paying job. Many opportunities exist even without a college education. 

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, August 28, 4:59 PM

#STEM #Education #Teachers #CTE #SkillsGap #Training

Marianne Hart's curator insight, August 29, 8:39 PM

Excellent resource for P-BL.

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CristinaSkyBox: Summer Explorations for 2015

CristinaSkyBox: Summer Explorations for 2015 | STEM | Scoop.it

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Google Maps Smarty Pins - Trivia Games

Google Maps Smarty Pins - Trivia Games | STEM | Scoop.it
Smarty Pins is a Google Maps based geography and trivia game.

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Schools should be more like farms, not factories

Schools should be more like farms, not factories | STEM | Scoop.it

If we want to transform the failing model, we need a new analogy for how that model is supposed to work, Robinson argues. We treat education like industrial manufacturing when, in reality, it's closer to organic farming. In farming, crop has different needs at different times in order to produce the greatest yield. Why not apply the process to education? 




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jbcassidy's curator insight, July 20, 12:26 AM

This seems like such a more humane way to see students and the educational process!

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 9:32 PM

He is correct, schools are not factories that create duplicate models of a prototype.  Schools are also not a business, where the latest organizational model makes the system effective.  Schools are more like a community, where everyone works together to accomplish the goals developed collaboratively by all stakeholders in the community.  Notice that state and federal politicians are not in the community.

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, August 12, 6:30 AM

Waar je allemaal niet komt met boerenverstand.

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Google Offers A Free 4 Weeks Virtual Science Camp for Kids ~ EdTech & MLearning

Google Offers A Free 4 Weeks Virtual Science Camp for Kids ~ EdTech & MLearning | STEM | Scoop.it

It's Google Camp is a new project from Google to provide kids with an opportunity to experiment with and learn through project-based science activities. This virtual camp is provided for free and is geared towards kids ages 7-10 but kids of all ages are welcome to join. The goal of the camp is to ‘encourage kids to ask questions, setting them on a lifelong journey of exploration and discovery’ through fun, interactive science activities and adventures.


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It's not too late. Great resource for Parents to spend a quality evening with children.

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CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game

CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game | STEM | Scoop.it

"If you want to learn to program, you don't need lessons. You need to write a lot of code and have a great time doing it.

That's what programming is about. It's gotta be fun. Not fun like yay a badge but fun like NO MOM I HAVE TO FINISH THE LEVEL! That's why CodeCombat is a multiplayer game, not a gamified lesson course. We won't stop until you can't stop--but this time, that's a good thing.

If you're going to get addicted to some game, get addicted to this one and become one of the wizards of the tech age."


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Terrie Pressman's curator insight, July 12, 7:09 PM

Going to give this a try

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CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game

CodeCombat: Learn to Code by Playing a Game | STEM | Scoop.it

"If you want to learn to program, you don't need lessons. You need to write a lot of code and have a great time doing it.

That's what programming is about. It's gotta be fun. Not fun like yay a badge but fun like NO MOM I HAVE TO FINISH THE LEVEL! That's why CodeCombat is a multiplayer game, not a gamified lesson course. We won't stop until you can't stop--but this time, that's a good thing.

If you're going to get addicted to some game, get addicted to this one and become one of the wizards of the tech age."


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Terrie Pressman's curator insight, July 12, 7:09 PM

Going to give this a try

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50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought

50 Resources For Teaching With iPads - Te@chThought | STEM | 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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Tony Guzman's curator insight, July 6, 10:28 AM

This list of app resources pertains to faculty using iPads to teach in K-12 and beyond. How many of these are you using?

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, July 7, 4:52 PM

Here are some resources for teaching with iPads.

Anne-Marie Armstrong's curator insight, July 10, 8:16 AM

Keep for reference and for own enjoyment.

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Kleinspiration: Google + Pinterest + Dropbox = [NEW] Free @appolearning (Lesson Planning Dream)!

Kleinspiration: Google + Pinterest + Dropbox = [NEW] Free @appolearning (Lesson Planning Dream)! | STEM | Scoop.it
appoLearning Collections enable teachers to create, annotate and share lists of hand picked digital resources, including YouTube videos, iOS and Android apps, and websites, around specific subjects, topics or lessons. Collection creators can easily:

select from thousands of expert-vetted, standards-aligned resources from appoLearning search
and/or add their own resources (including anything that is URL-addressable including videos, apps, websites, assessments, Dropbox links, Google Drive links, Evernote links) and upload their own files (Photos, Lesson Plans, Videos, PowerPoints, PDFs, etc.). 

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5 Great Tips from the MakerSpace Playbook - BAM! Radio Network #makered

5  Great Tips from the MakerSpace Playbook - BAM! Radio Network #makered | STEM | Scoop.it
Our guest literally wrote the playbook on starting and running a MakerSpace. In this segment he shares some inside tips.

Follow: @dalepd @travislape @nmhs_lms @bamradionetwork

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Coding in the Fun — 7 Creative Ways to Teach Programming with Toys

Coding in the Fun — 7 Creative Ways to Teach Programming with Toys | STEM | Scoop.it

“Over the years, toys have proved to be a remarkable tool when educating young children, especially when it comes to more complex subject matters.”


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8 Good iPad Apps to Integrate Game-based Learning in Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Good iPad Apps to Integrate Game-based Learning in Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | STEM | Scoop.it

Game-based learning is an educational trend that has gained so much popularity in recent years. At its core, game-based learning involves the use of the learning principles underlying games' play in learning situations. In his book “ What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy”, James Paul Gee mentioned a number of these principles all of which are geared towards improving learners’ critical thinking skills  and  enhancing their problem solving competencies. Marc Prensky is another thought leader in this field and his book “Digital Game Based Learning” provides a very good explanation of the basics of game based learning.

For those of you using iPad in their teaching, here is a set of interesting apps you can use to incorporate the ethos of game-based learning in your classroom.   These are some excellent educational games  to engage students in different learning scenarios. We invite you to check them out and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy


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5 Presentation Design Trends for 2015

5 Presentation Design Trends for 2015 | STEM | Scoop.it
Presentation Design Tips | Similar to websites, presentation design trends change over time. Follow these 5 presentation design trends and wow your audience!

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Karen Dietz's curator insight, June 9, 7:45 PM

If you are looking for ways to update your PowerPoint presentations -- or any kind of collateral material that tells your story -- here is a post about the latest design trends.


These should get your wheels turning and keep you busy for awhile :)


Thanks to fellow curator Baiba Svenca for originally finding and sharing this piece.

bernieshoot's curator insight, June 10, 7:46 AM

#socialnetwork #blogging

Annie 's curator insight, June 11, 10:40 AM

Which style do you like to use?

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Your Own Chat - Free & Easy!

Your Own Chat - Free & Easy! | STEM | Scoop.it
Create your own free chat and invite others to join by sending them a simple link. Your chat is automatically disposed when not in use for some time.

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.

Tour Builder - Put your story on the map. | STEM | Scoop.it
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.

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