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6 Ready To Go iPad Centers ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog

6 Ready To Go iPad Centers ~ Mrs. Wideen's Blog | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"A few of the following iPad Centers/Stations I have posted before, however I thought it might be useful to post them again, at the beginning of the year so you know they are here if you want to try something new during your literacy or math block.  All of the centers can be done using one or two iPads at the center and are actual centers that my students used last year.  I hope you find them useful or they spark new ideas to try with your students."


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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, March 31, 2014 9:14 AM

iPad Centres, what a great idea!

rwestby's curator insight, March 31, 2014 11:02 AM

These centers are well-prepared and ready-to-go! They are geared to first/second graders but can be adapted to suit others as well. Thanks to Mrs. Wideen and Mr. Evans for sharing.

Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, April 1, 2014 9:54 AM

While not directly a literacy post, I find this article discusses how to integrate a few iPads into the classroom when one does not have a class set or 1:1.

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5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News

5 steps for creating a custom makerspace | eSchool News | eSchool News | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
I believe that every child has the right to invent, tinker, create, innovate, make, and do. The maker movement has created opportunities for all educators to give students authentic learning opportunities that go beyond the typical classroom experiences and to rethink traditional learning environments to include those that nurture the kinds of creativity and innovation that will benefit our students both in school and beyond. We know children learn by exploring and playing and doing and making and that these kinds of things lead to deeper engagement. The maker movement embodies opportunities for experimentation and innovation to occur across all grade levels and all content areas.

Physical makerspaces have allowed us the opportunity to pull some of this excitement of the maker movement into our schools. Makerspaces can help set the stage for meaningful student learning, as well as help cultivate a culture of innovation within a school. My makerspace inspires innovation, passion, and personal motivation and interests, and has encouraged students to pursue STEM subjects and careers.

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john dimitriou's curator insight, April 20, 6:20 AM

Authentic learning - Makerspaces are important for students to build, assemble, create and test.

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Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc

Makers Gonna Make | My Teacher Voice @mmooresjc | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The last few weeks of the 2014-15 school year, I set up a makeshift Maker Space in my classroom. We spent the last few minutes of the day as often as possible making. Students designed and created their own classrooms after we read about students in Chad who have to build their school each year. Another week, after reading about family traditions, including knitting, students experimented with weaving and yarn. One week, we had an open ended Maker Space where their only guideline was: Make something for your mom for Mother’s Day.

My favorite part of my beginning Maker Space:  taking a step back. Just stopping and taking a mental picture of what was happening in my classroom. It may have just been 15 minutes of the day, but I promise they were 15 of the most meaningful minutes I had seen. Ever. There was collaboration. There was planning. There was failure and trying again and then success. It is A.MAZ.ING what 4 first graders will do with a cardboard box if you JUST LET THEM!

So, now I’m hooked.

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John Evans's curator insight, July 5, 7:40 AM

This is SO COOL! Congrats on the first blog post Megan! 


"My first ever blog post. I'm beyond excited about it! Check it out! #makerED   myteachervoice.edublogs.org " 

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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education

The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Here are some graphics, Thinglinks, and the slideshow I created for my Mindset of the Maker Educator Workshop:  

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 7, 7:22 AM

Jackie Gerstein does a wonderful job developing graphics and a slide deck to explain how a Maker Educator needs to rethink his/her role and take on new mindsets. 

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15 Summer Reading Ideas to Add to Your Bucket List - Brilliant or Insane

15 Summer Reading Ideas to Add to Your Bucket List - Brilliant or Insane | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Several weeks ago, I invited Brilliant or Insane readers to join me in brainstorming a bunch of tips that could entice kids to fall in love with reading this summer. At the time, quite a few teachers I support were in the midst of rethinking traditional summertime reading ideas and I was hoping to inspire them.

Here’s what we know: when readers have choice, access to texts they are eager to read, and time to do it, they thrive. When any of these factors are compromised, they disengage quickly. The conversation that unfolded in the comments section of my Bucket List for Summer Reading post validated this perspective.

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites

The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites | tools for learning and teaching | 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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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, July 2, 5:17 AM

... so much to learn about and to tryout...

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 2, 5:19 PM

#STEM #Projects #Guide

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. 

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3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge

3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity designed to help teachers explore the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink for teaching and learning. This 5 week challenge invites teachers to have fun learning to use interactive images, slideshow channels and interactive video to power up your pedagogy and redefine learning in the classroom.

 

Throughout the challenge, we will use the ThingLink flexible suite of interactive tools for schools to create media rich, customized resources for use in your classroom. The weekly challenge activities are designed to be beneficial to educators who are new to ThingLink and also to experienced users. We will explore all the flexible features of ThingLink and discover the tremendous potential for using this amazing tool."


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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future - TeachThought

Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future - TeachThought | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Below are some ideas that are truly transformational–not that they haven’t been said before. It’s not this article that’s transformational, but the ideas themselves. These ideas aren’t just buzzwords or trendy edu-jargon but the kind of substance with the potential for lasting change.

And the best part? This is stuff that’s available not tomorrow with ten grand in classroom funding and 12 hours of summer PD, but today. Utopian visions of learning are tempting, if for no other reason than they absolve us of accountability to create it right now, leading to nebulous romanticizing about how powerful learning could be if we just did more of X and Y.

But therein lies the rub: Tomorrow’s learning is already available, and below are 7 of the most compelling and powerful trends, concepts, and resources that represent its promise.

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Pilar Ledezma's curator insight, May 22, 12:39 PM

añada su visión ...Cualquier inversión es buena siempre y cuando sea en educación, considero que es la clave para tener un mundo mejor. Cada día la tecnología avanza a pasos agigantados y si la educación no avanza a la par, tenemos grandes problemas...

David Baker's curator insight, May 23, 4:27 PM

This captures the shift we are trying to make in my district. I think this might make an excellent focus for a seminar

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Some of The Best Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - EdTech & MLearning

Some of The Best Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - EdTech & MLearning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
The apps below are particularly useful for elementary students but they can also be used with other age groups. Elementary teachers often complain about the paucity of apps that are kids appropriate compared with apps for other age groups. So we thought it would be useful to create a section in this blog devoted entirely to apps specifically curated for elementary teachers. After we have covered math and writing apps, today’s post features some very good iPad storytelling apps to use with young kids. You can use these apps to help kids develop a wide range of basic literacy skills that include: writing, reading and speaking.

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Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important | Edudemic

Why Reading Comprehension in the Content Areas is so Important | Edudemic | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
To prepare students for college and careers, reading comprehension needs to be a part of all subject areas. Students cannot master complex scientific concepts, comprehend historical treaties, or follow complex logic problems without it. Content areas deal with complex texts that require analytical reading skills. Students in social studies, science, and math classes have to be able to compare and synthesize ideas, and use specific academic vocabulary. In 2002, Fisher, Frey, and Williams compiled this list of literacy strategies for the content areas. Today, we’re going to add to the list and suggest certain reading comprehension strategies to try in your content area classroom

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19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips

19 Tips, Tricks and Apps for Classroom Management - Class Tech Tips | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"If anyone tells you that an iPad is just for playing Angry Birds, this list of teacher tools is sure to change their mind.  Check out these tips, tricks and apps for classroom management!"


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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.


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Chris Carter's curator insight, July 9, 8:17 PM

We just ran a two-week J Term on coding using MineCraft and the kids loved it.

Linda Alexander's curator insight, July 10, 10:11 AM

Interesting article on how it's being used in schools...

 

“Minecraft can help students visualize concepts, work on communication and collaboration skills, foster positive online behavior, [and] differentiate for students who need more than just words in a textbook” 

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 10, 11:13 AM

adicionar sua visão ...

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HLT Magazine- Creativity in language teaching

HLT Magazine- Creativity in language teaching | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Humanising Language Teaching Magazine offers lesson plans, student exercises, articles by top EFL professionals, new TEFL publication
notices, and much more for teachers and educators of English as a Foreign Langauge. Produced in associated with Pilgrims Limited.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 4, 10:41 AM

The focus of this issue of Humanistic Language Teaching focuses on different forms of creativity and how they can be employed in teaching and teacher training.

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A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart

A Beginners Guide to Makerspaces Makerspaces Leah Mann on Piktochart | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Makerspaces, Year 1 Copy | Piktochart Infographic Editor

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 6, 1:35 PM

Great example of transforming a library into a digital media Maker Space

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10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology - edtecteacher

10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers with Technology -  edtecteacher | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Combine Jenn responding that she has iPads, iPods, laptops, and SMART Boards, with a 2-hour layover in the Dulles airport followed by a two hour flight, and you have a recipe for 10 ways to create literacy centers with technology.

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Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic

Stop Penalizing Boys for Not Being Able to Sit Still at School | The Atlantic | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"This year's end-of-year paper purge in my middle school office revealed a startling pattern in my teaching practices: I discipline boys far more often than I discipline girls. Flipping through the pink and yellow slips--my school's system for communicating errant behavior to students, advisors, and parents--I found that I gave out nearly twice as many of these warnings to boys than I did to girls, and of the slips I handed out to boys, all but one was for disruptive classroom behavior."


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John Evans's curator insight, July 6, 10:52 AM

After reading this, I thought a #maker approach would definitely address many f these issues. 

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24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter

24 Quick Daily Habits You Can Use to Be Smarter | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Would like to be better, faster, stronger, and all that good stuff? As you might expect, the road to self-improvement isn't short, and it isn't easy. It all starts with forming good habits, habits that you can carry with you through each day of your life. Once you do them enough, they'll become second nature,…

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maria papanikou's curator insight, July 1, 5:20 AM

The way to a better Self!

Anita Vance's curator insight, July 1, 7:30 PM

A little advice for self-improvement.

Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 2, 2:12 PM

Some obvious and not so obvious reminders.

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How to Use Flipboard Magazines in the Classroom - GRANTWOOD AEA

How to Use Flipboard Magazines in the Classroom - GRANTWOOD AEA | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Are you a Flipboard user? If not, you're missing out, because it is fast becoming an important part of an educator's PLN. If you've never tried it before, Flipboard is a popular news discovery app that works on iPhones, iPads, Androids, Windows, Windows Phones, and the web. It learns what you like and gives you a one-stop shop to check Facebook, Twitter, Google+, your favorite blogs, and more.

At Grant Wood AEA, the Digital Learning team have begin curating some of our favorite articles from around the web and we have been storing them all in Flipboard magazines. A magazine is a collection of websites, articles, photos, videos, and blog posts from around the web. Anyone can start a magazine, and lots of people do. In fact, an increasing number of educators are already using Flipboard Magazines in their classroom to enhance teaching and learning. How are they doing that? Check out the Flipboard Education blog for a collection of great stories and ideas that come directly from classroom teachers.

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Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School

Little Story Creator - A Free App for Creating Multimedia Stories - iPad Apps for School | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Little Story Creator (not to be confused with the similar sounding Little Story Maker) is a free iPad app that students can use to create multimedia stories on their iPads. The app was designed with students in mind and is therefore rather easy to use. On the app students can create multiple page stories. On each page of their stories students can add images and videos, type text, draw, and apply digital stickers. Students can also record audio on each page to narrate their stories.

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10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom - TED Ed Blog

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Education expert Sir Ken Robinson notes that in the factories of the 20th century, creativity was not valued. Yet in the startups of the 21st century, it’s critical for success. What can teachers do — right now — to prepare students for the world of the future? Below, 10 ways to teach creativity in the classroom:

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, May 30, 10:27 PM

Creativity skills for the 21st century is vital for success. Teachers need to prepare students for the world of the future. Below, ten ways to teach creativity in the classroom:

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It's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderly

It's old blood, not old bones, that makes fracture healing difficult among the elderly | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

A recent finding by scientists from the Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, and Duke University challenges long-held ideas about why our bones have a harder time healing as we age. Their research discovered that old mouse bones mend like youthful bones do when they're exposed to young blood after a fracture.


“The traditional concept is that as you get older, your bone cells kind of wear out so they can't heal as well, and we thought we'd find that during this study as well,” explains study co-author Benjamin Alman, of the Hospital for Sick Children. “But it turns out that it's not the bone cells, it's the blood cells. As you get older, the blood cells change the way they behave when you have an injury, and as a result the cells that heal bone aren't able to work as efficiently.”


The researchers paired lab mice, one old and one young, and subjected them to bone fractures, but that wasn't all they had in common. The living animals' circulatory systems were also joined together by a 150-year-old surgical technique known as parabiosis. Scientists removed a layer of skin from each mouse and stitched the exposed surfaces together. As the animals healed their capillaries joined, enabling their two hearts to pump the same blood throughout the two bodies as a single system. Parabiosis, which has been gaining new popularity in aging research, allowed Alman and colleagues to see what impacts the circulating factors of the younger mouse's blood had when introduced into the body of an older mouse.


The experiment, published this week in Nature Communications, suggests that young blood cells secrete some as-yet-unknown molecule, likely a protein or possibly some other chemical, that speeds up the healing of fractured bone. The molecule apparently does so by regulating levels of beta-catenin in bone cells known as osteoblasts. Keeping beta-catenin at the proper levels appears crucial for the formation of new high-density bone.


This ability is greatly diminished in older animals' blood because it no longer secretes the molecule, whose exact chemical nature remains a mystery at this point. “My guess is that there are a number of proteins involved that are made differently as we get older, and that they are responsible for the difficulty in healing bone,” Alman says.


The findings could prove good news for aging humans, but healing our bones won’t require the type of transfusions used in the experiment—nor will it borrow the synthesized “True Blood” variety that may soon enter clinical trials. Sharing human blood in this manner raises a number of red flags ranging from practicality to possible medical complications.


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Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time

Break This One Habit & Find More Writing Time | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
I noticed a bad habit the other day and realized it is rather costly to my productivity. No, it's not just wasting time on the internet or any other act of procrastination. Rather, it is a bad habi...
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10 Inspiring Quotations To Help You Differentiate Instruction Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

10 Inspiring Quotations To Help You Differentiate Instruction Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
When it comes to differentiated instruction, one of the most common questions asked by busy teachers is “How can I find the time?”

In her newly revised book The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners. 2nd Edition. Carol Ann Tomlinson offers valuable insight into the power of differentiated instruction in today’s classroom. In this updated second edition of her best-selling classic work, Carol Ann Tomlinson offers teachers a powerful and practical way to meet a challenge that is both very modern and completely timeless: how to divide their time, resources, and efforts to effectively instruct so many students of various backgrounds, readiness and skill levels, and interests.

Whether you need motivation to implement differentiated instruction in the classroom or simply need reassurance that it’s working you’ll find inspiration in these words of wisdom from Tomlinson:

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How to Transform Teaching with Tablets

How to Transform Teaching with Tablets | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Bereft of examples and inspiration, many educators struggle to conceive of iPad integration beyond mere substitution for whatever came before. Educators need guidance on how to leverage iPads as hubs of innovation that nurture the learning skills, competencies, and habits of mind that help students develop skills for today's world.


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Rosa Saló Sagué's curator insight, May 18, 4:16 AM

Tablets, m-learning

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Karen Anson's curator insight, May 23, 2:02 AM

A long read but a great reminder that effectively using devices means more than just a new way to take notes and distribute materials.

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6 Ways to Make Learning Visible - Brilliant or Insane

When we make learning visible, teachers and students are better able to assess their impact.These six strategies will get you started.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 18, 2:18 AM

Some nice suggestions, especially for k12 and younger.

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 20, 8:56 AM

I like the idea of sharing and keeping a progression with a time for reflection...and the sketchbook for kids - their own book - how perfect.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 20, 8:29 PM

It's one thing to post student work, but it's quite another thing for the students to reflect on their work over time. Imagine what an impact it could make for a student to see how far he has progressed or for a student to see the final product of something she thought was beyond her reach.