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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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Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning

Podcast - Michael Fullan part 1 – New Pedagogies for Deep Learning | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
NPDLConnect Podcast series Michael Fullan is a worldwide authority on educational reform. Michael “walks the talk” by leading our NPDL Partnership – a global endeavor to shift pedagogy and deepen learning  in over 1000 schools in 7 countries. A former Dean of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, Michael …

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 21, 12:16 PM
I agree with the point about overlooking teachers as a source of theoretical understanding about their own pedagogy. Fullan might feel he encourages policy makers and local school districts to use teachers as leaders. It isn't happening.

I am concerned about the use of catch phrases i.e. deep pedagogy and deep learning in this case. What do they mean in the day-to-day practice of teaching and learning?
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Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life

Apple's kid-friendly coding app can now bring toys to life | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"In 2014, Apple introduced a programming language called Swift that made waves in the developer community -- not just for its power and flexibility, but for how easy it is to learn. So easy, in fact, that Apple believes it could be anyone's first programming language. That's why it went ahead and created Swift Playgrounds, a free iPad app designed to teach kids how to code. Now, a year after its release, Apple is ready to expand its educational repertoire. With the June 5th release of Swift Playgrounds 1.5, Apple's app will also teach kids to program robots and drones.
Gallery: Program robots and drones with Apple's Swift Playgrounds 

What this means is that kids will be able to program and control a variety of Bluetooth-enabled robots and toys right within the Swift Playgrounds app. So instead of just tapping around on a touchscreen to move virtual characters, kids can write snippets of Swift code and translate them to physical robot actions. At launch, Swift Playgrounds 1.5 will be compatible with the following third-party toys: Lego Mindstorms Education EV3, Sphero SPRK+ robotic ball, Parrot's Mambo, Rolling Spider and Airborne mini-drones, UBTECH's Jimu Robot MeeBot Kit, Wonder Workshop's Dash robot and Skoog, a tactile cube speaker. It bears mentioning that there are already several toys out there that aims to teach code to kids, but Apple's solution is one of a few -- if not the only one -- that uses a genuine programming language instead of just block-based code."


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27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students

27 Good Math Apps for Elementary Students | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Here is a handy visual we have been working on over this weekend. This is a collection of some good math apps curated from iTunes App Store specifically for elementary students and young learners. The apps provides students with a wide variety of educational games, hands-on activities, and challenging exercises to help them enhance their math skills and develop solid mathematical thinking. Links are included in the table under the visual.

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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 5:25 AM
Great!
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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Teaching  Strategies - MindShift

Teaching  Strategies - MindShift | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Innovative ideas – projects, processes, curricula, and more – that are transforming how we teach and learn.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 22, 8:55 AM
A treasure trove of information articles. I am sure you will find value in several.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, May 23, 3:10 AM
"Some of the best learning strategies aren’t often used by teachers or students largely because of time pressures in the classroom." Niet het vele is goed, maar het goede is veel. 
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Creative and Critical Thinking Activities and Ideas

Creative and Critical Thinking Activities and Ideas | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Critical Thinking Toolkit (Critical Thinking Toolkit | Creative and Critical Thinking Activities… http://t.co/YDYfeJSKb9 http://t.co/huATBlCRq8)...


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David Hain's curator insight, October 28, 2013 1:18 AM

Good stuff here!

Tina Jameson's curator insight, October 28, 2013 6:57 PM

Great visual to use with students.

Smart Tinker's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:37 AM

love this!

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Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website)

Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website) | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Nobelprize.org, the official site of Nobel Prize, offers a number of interesting educational games you can use with your students in class. These are interactive games and simulations based on Nobel-awarded achievements to teach and inspire students. There are actually over 29 games covering different topics including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics. Most of these games include a ‘Read more’ link to help students learn more about the subject. Below are the 10 most popular games in Nobelprize.org. To access all the educational resources and games, check out this page.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 14, 6:01 PM

I'd give a Nobel prize for good games to use with the kiddos!

Carol Hancox's curator insight, May 19, 4:59 AM
Possible game ideas for teaching and learning
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4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace

4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Yes – budget friendly and makerspace can happen in the same sentence.  A common misconception about makerspaces is that you have to spend a lot of money to give your students creative, hands-on learning.  But you can absolutely do a lot of makerspace projects with little to no money.  It might not be as easy as buying some fancy ready made kit, but it’s definitely rewarding.

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Makerspaces - Free two week online course for Ontario Educators - register now #OCSB

Makerspaces - Free two week online course for Ontario Educators - register now #OCSB | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Does the makerspace movement intrigue you? Have a limited budget? Unsure about how to get started? This two week introductory course will examine the role of makerspaces in our schools and how making can augment and supplement curricular learning while adapting to fit students’ needs, interests and readiness. Through various hands on modules, we will tinker with and explore a variety of inexpensive digital and nondigital tools; analyzing and identifying opportunities and barriers to making in the classroom and how they can be used to faciliate student engagement and development. Learning and personal reflection will be curated and collaboration encouraged through the use of several social media platforms that will build your personal learning network of makers. We are all in this together - let's get making!

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Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017

Tracking Key Issues in Teaching and Learning: What Matters Most in 2017 | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative has released survey results from its annual search for the most pressing issues in teaching and learning; this year’s results just might surprise you.
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Facilitate Online Discussions with Backchannel Tools

There are many Learning Management Systems out there, such as Google Classroom and Seesaw, that allow teachers to post information and questions. In return, students can make comments when prompted by the teacher. While this can be an engaging piece, it still doesn't feel very conversational. This is where using a Backchannel chat can be used facilitate discussions between your students either in the classroom or from a distance.


I know what you may be thinking... "Did he just say chat? As in a chat-room?" Yes chat rooms can have negative connotations with them, but when used correctly in an educational setting, they can be a safe discussion alternative. Two backchannel sites that I am going to suggest allow the teacher to create a virtual room that can only be accessed with a specific link shared by a teacher. This means that you have total control of who has access, keeping your students safe.

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Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers - MindShift

Four Teaching Moves That Promote A Growth Mindset In All Readers - MindShift | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Reading can be a very fraught topic for parents, teachers and students. Strong reading skills are essential for accessing later curriculum, so teachers put a lot of emphasis on it early. But the pressure and angst of getting students reading on schedule can sap the joy out of an activity that many young children love. At its heart, reading is a way to access stories, which in turn make readers wonder about the world. In the race to get kids reading, it can be easy to treat reading like a procedure, instead of the complicated experience that it is.

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Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace

Upcycling and the Low-Tech Makerspace | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
You've read about the maker movement. You've seen the posts with 3D printers, laser cutters, and three-axis mills in shiny new labs. And you want your students to start making, too. But you've got one big problem: you don't have a full lab -- or even a 3D printer -- because, like many educators, you don't have the biggest budget. Maybe you have no budget at all.

But what if you could get started making tomorrow and didn't need all the fancy tools to join this movement? Making starts with a mindset, and simple materials are all that you need to get started. There are resources all around you, materials hidden in plain sight, tools just waiting to be used for a creative purpose. And with a little dose of ingenuity, you'll have your students making in no time.

One perfect way start making on the cheap is through upcycling, the intentional transformation of hard-to-recycle materials into new products, thus saving them from the landfill. This type of real-world project not only teaches making skills but also helps you integrate making into your subject area. Study material science, explore industrial design, or dig into environmental education. As an added bonus, a project like this ignites your students' entrepreneurial spirit.

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Practical Extensive Reading: Tips and Resources

Practical Extensive Reading: Tips and Resources | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Fostering a love of reading in our students is a goal that many language teachers share. We know the lifelong benefits of loving books, especially as many of us learned English - or another language – through reading. The challenge is: how to help our students become lifelong readers?

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 5, 7:31 AM

A nice free short ebook.

Carey Leahy's curator insight, June 9, 3:38 AM
All about consolidation and vocab expansion!
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AR Flashcards

AR Flashcards | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
AR Flashcards is the future of flashcards. An app for iPhone, iPad and Android.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, February 2, 11:43 PM

I really like this application of augmented reality to flashcards.

Graeme Noll's curator insight, May 11, 1:54 AM

Alternative to other flash card app's, especially if a teacher is in a school where every student has an ipad.

Chris's comment, June 3, 7:19 AM
What a great resource!
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6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject

6 Techniques for Building Reading Skills—in Any Subject | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

"As avid lovers of literature, teachers often find themselves wanting to impart every bit of knowledge about a well-loved text to their students. And this is not just an ELA issue—other disciplines also often focus on the content of a text. However, teaching reading skills in English classes and across the disciplines is an almost guaranteed way to help students retain content. Unfortunately, the tendency to focus on the content is a real enemy to the ultimate goal of building reading skills.


Without a repertoire of reading strategies that can be applied to any text, students are being shortchanged in their education. In order to teach students to read effectively, teachers must be sure that they are not simply suppliers of information on a particular text but also instructors of techniques to build reading skills. Here are some ideas on how to incorporate reading skills lessons into a curriculum."


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Victor Ventura's curator insight, November 21, 2016 9:37 AM
Excellent advice and I envision these strategies being used daily in any subject as "go to's" by students. I am an advocate of several of these strategies, especially, Close Reading. 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, May 28, 7:52 PM
Reading skills lessons must be incorporated into the curriculum.
Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, May 30, 3:37 AM
Lezen. Ik wou dat ik het wat beter kon. Deze tips zijn alvast welkom. 
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6 Digital Tools To Engage Students - TeachThought

6 Digital Tools To Engage Students - TeachThought | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Are you looking for some new ways to keep students engaged through the end of the school year?

Here are 6 tools that I have found to be quite helpful as this school year winds down. More importantly, these are also some of the student favorites, in no particular order.

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Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools

Startling: New report reveals 10 ways students are outpacing their schools | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Although technology changes at a rapid pace, one thing is constant: students have a deep desire to learn using digital tools and resources.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 18, 12:57 AM

Some interesting research and statistics.

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100 #STEAM #Projects for Teachers - Instructables

100 #STEAM #Projects for Teachers - Instructables | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
This is a collection of 100 STEAM Projects created for teachers and educators to do with youth. Each project encourages exploration, modification, and students to pursue their own ideas and curiosities. They are also meant to be accessible, both in approach and availability and cost of materials. Feel encouraged to adapt them to your local learning space.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 17, 4:26 AM

Para los maestros que quieren impulsar la ciencia, la tecnología y el arte en clase de manera divertida y sencilla.

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20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Excellent YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Math learning and teaching can be so much fun especially when done through the right strategies. One of these strategies is through engaging video content.  To this end, we have compiled 20 of the best and most popular YouTube channels for math teachers. These channels provide a wide variety of  videos, tutorials and animated courses covering different mathematical concepts from algebra to geometry.

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Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, March 12, 4:36 AM
nice compilation 
Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 13, 2:27 AM
Something for our Maths teachers 
Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 13, 5:52 PM
Il fallait l'ajouter à la liste : des sites pour les profs de math.
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Games for Learning and Review

Games for Learning and Review | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it

Gaming is fun and having fun helps us learn. A good game is intrinsically engaging and motivating, two factors also central to learning and retaining information. Assignments, quizzes, and entire courses can be set up like games, a trend sometimes known as gamification. 


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4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace

4 Super Easy Budget Friendly Projects for Your Makerspace | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Yes – budget friendly and makerspace can happen in the same sentence.  A common misconception about makerspaces is that you have to spend a lot of money to give your students creative, hands-on learning.  But you can absolutely do a lot of makerspace projects with little to no money.  It might not be as easy as buying some fancy ready made kit, but it’s definitely rewarding.

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#Toy #Take #Apart and #Hacking @JackieGerstein

#Toy #Take #Apart and #Hacking @JackieGerstein | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
Toy take apart and hacking is a high engagement activity that works for kids of all ages, including adults who haven’t lost their sense of kid, and both genders. I have done it multiple times during my summer maker camp for elementary level kids, my gifted students, and at conferences as part of teacher professional development.

Here is a description of this activity from the tinkering studio at the Exploratorium:

Do you ever wonder what’s inside your toys? You’ll make some exciting and surprising discoveries about their inner parts when you don some safety goggles and get started dissecting your old stuffed animal, remote controlled car, or singing Santa. Use screwdrivers, seam rippers, scissors, and saws to remove your toy’s insides. Check out the mechanisms, circuit boards, computer chips, lights, and wires you find inside. Once you’ve fully dissected your toy, you can use the toy’s parts, your tools, and your imagination to create a new original plaything.  (https://tinkering.exploratorium.edu/toy-take-apart)

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11 hot edtech trends to watch - ISTE #makered

11 hot edtech trends to watch - ISTE #makered | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
We wanted to know which topics are shaping up to be this year's hottest in edtech, so we combed through thousands of educator-created sessions in the ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo program and analyzed them. Our number one finding? The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students.

Here’s a list of the hottest trends in edtech for 2017:  

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33 Lessons on Critical Thinking @rmbyrne

33 Lessons on Critical Thinking @rmbyrne | tools for learning and teaching | Scoop.it
From analyzing a persuasive essay to dissecting research findings to determining the cause of an outcome in a science lab, having sharp critical thinking skills serves students well. Wireless Philosophy has a series of 33 video lessons about critical thinking. The most recent lesson explains the difference between causation and correlation

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