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Can You Build The Fastest Straw Rocket?

Can You Build The Fastest Straw Rocket? | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Straw rockets are fun on their own, but when you add a STEAM challenge you make them even better! These flight activities are fun and filled with a challenge.

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Makerspace Starter Kit Updated - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones

Makerspace Starter Kit Updated - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Three years ago I shared my Makerspace Starter Kit with you or what I was buying to boost our Makerspace area using four empty Library study carrels that no longer held desktop Macs.  That post has been consistently one of the most viewed posts every week for years and years and with more than 83 THOUSAND views I thought maybe it was time to update it. * 

Since then, I've had some Makerspace successes and a couple dismal (and expensive) Makerspace failures!  So, it's time I updated this post for ya'll giving you the good, the bad, and the bloody awful!

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Makey Makey Makerspace Project - Make a Piano & Learn About Circuits - Makerspaces.com

Makey Makey Makerspace Project - Make a Piano & Learn About Circuits - Makerspaces.com | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
In this makerspace project, we’re going to show you how to make a popup paper piano that connects to your computer using Makey Makey.

Learning how to play the piano however, is up to you!

This project comes from our paper circuits ebook which contains over 45 printable paper circuit templates.  These make great makerspace projects.

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CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality

CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.
CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.


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Bhushan THAPLIYAL's curator insight, February 5, 2017 11:37 AM

Just amazing!

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CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.


CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=VR

 

RESENTICE's curator insight, February 14, 2017 4:38 AM

Plate-forme en ligne gratuite de création d'espaces virtuels en 3D  simple à utiliser

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20 Effective ways to use Google Apps For Education - DailyGenius

20 Effective ways to use Google Apps For Education - DailyGenius | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

"Creating a connected classroom has gotten far more affordable now that the major tech companies have begun pouring resources into reaching teachers, students, parents, and school leaders. Aside from the Apple iPad, the biggest player in the world of education technology has to be Google. They regularly unleash new productivity and collaboration tools as part of the Google Apps For Education suite.

 

Many teachers and schools have already ‘gone Google’ so what better way to figure out how to actually get started with the powerful tools than from an effective checklist that lets you quickly discover and check off new ways to use Google Apps For Education in your classroom, school, or district."


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A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014 -TeachThought

A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014 -TeachThought | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Hour of Code is a week-long promotion of the teaching and learning of computer coding.

“The Hour of Code is designed to demystify code and show that computer science is not rocket-science, anybody can learn the basics,” said Hadi Partovi, founder and CEO of Code.org. “In one week last year, 15 million students tried an Hour of Code. Now we’re aiming for 100 million worldwide to prove that the demand for relevant 21st century computer science education crosses all borders and knows no boundaries.”

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Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION

Tynker Launches 10 New Coding Activities to Support the Hour of Code - AVATARGENERATION | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Thousands of schools are participating in Hour of Code, a global initiative to get more kids engaged in computer science. Tynker, a creative platform to help children develop programming skills, has launched 10 new coding activities to support the hour of code. Tynker’s unique approach motivates students to learn because they can create their own characters, animate them, and rapidly build their own games and interactive stories, using visual block-based programming.

The real excitement is best heard in the voices of students who previewed an Hour of Code with Tynker:

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Writing up a science experiment with Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog

Writing up a science experiment with Book Creator - Book Creator app | Blog | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

"Originally, we used Book Creator in English lessons, where children enjoyed producing more creative and interactive pieces, using the various tools, such as images for scenes in their stories or to link with the subject of their non-fiction work.

It also helped our younger years’ classes, both with writing and speaking and listening because the children were able to record their sentences, using the microphone tool.

Moreover, we have a significant number of children who speak English as an additional language, so Book Creator provides excellent support for them too because they are able to practice both their written and speaking skills simultaneously."


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How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps - Fractus Learning

How to Create a Class Podcast in 5 Easy Steps - Fractus Learning | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Five simple steps to help teachers and students to share their voice and get started creating their own class podcast.

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Claudie Graner's curator insight, January 20, 2014 5:17 AM

"Blogs are so 2013"!!!(quote from the article)

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, January 20, 2014 10:33 PM

Students teaching other students is a great way to get kids engaged in learning.

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 3, 2014 2:21 PM

Podbean looks interesting!

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Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program

Three Free iPad Apps That Teach Kids To Program | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
The first time that I wanted to stay after school was in the sixth grade. In sixth grade we could stay after school to use Logo Writer. My friend Sean and I had a great time building some simple pr...

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11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher

11 Ways to be an Inquiry-based Teacher | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
It's hard to run an inquiry-based classroom. Don't go into this teaching style thinking all you do is ask questions and observe answers. You have to listen with all of your senses, pause and respon...

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Ruth Obadia's curator insight, August 14, 2013 3:41 PM

everyone learns differently.

Amazon Rainforest Workshops's curator insight, October 1, 2013 1:27 PM

Excellent article on what it truly means to be an Inquiry-based Teacher! 

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The Map That Lincoln Used to See the Reach of Slavery

The Map That Lincoln Used to See the Reach of Slavery | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

"Historian Susan Schulten writes in her book Mapping the Nation: History and Cartography in Nineteenth-Century America that during the 1850s many abolitionists used maps to show slavery's historical development and to illustrate political divisions within the South. (You can see many of those maps on the book’s companion website.)  Schulten writes that President Lincoln referred to this particular map often, using it to understand how the progress of emancipation might affect Union troops on the ground. The map (hi-res) even appears in the familiar Francis Bicknell Carpenter portrait First Reading of the Emancipation Proclamation of President Lincoln, visible leaning against a wall in the lower right-hand corner of the room."

 

Tags: mapping, historical, cartography.


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Anna & Lexi 's curator insight, October 3, 2013 11:18 AM

I chose this scoop because it relates to slavery, and slavery has something to do with economics. It also has to do with social. This map was used by Lincoln to see the reach of slavery. TOPIC: social

Steven Flis's curator insight, December 16, 2013 4:13 AM

Great historical map of the population density of enslaved people during the 1850s. I would like to see this map with a side by side of the poulation density of modern day african americans. I think they would be very similar due to many people not wanting to leave their culture and tradtion behind. Another little thing i found interesting on this map is where the slaves were the most populated such as along the mississippi and coastal carolinas. This is from the farms having to use massive amounts of water to run and whats better than being right on the water.

Alyssa Dorr's curator insight, December 17, 2014 11:01 AM

This made, created in 1861, shows the relevant amounts of slavery occurring throughout that year. The map shades counties based on the percentage of total inhabitants who were enslaved. Though this map was simple, it showed the relationship between states commitments to slavery and their enthusiasm about secession, making a visual argument about Confederate motivations. President Lincoln referred to this particular map often, using it to understand how the progress of emancipation might affect Union troops on the ground. The map is a great representation of slavery that amounted during the 1860's.

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Fundamentals of Google Docs Online Course

Fundamentals of Google Docs Online Course | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
ALISON Free Online Courses: Fundamentals of Google Docs

 

Google Docs is a free, Web-based office suite and data storage service offered by Google. It allows users to create and edit documents online while collaborating in real-time with other users. 


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M Dolores Solé Gómez's curator insight, September 13, 2013 4:34 AM

Getting the basics of Google docs

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, September 13, 2013 11:08 AM

Great resource to get started using the free office suite available to everyone!!

N Kaspar's curator insight, September 13, 2013 12:01 PM

Looks good at first blush.

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Infographic Archive –

Infographic Archive – | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
 

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, September 16, 7:17 PM
STEM IS A CULTURE, NOT A CONTENT
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7 Ways That Digital Age Teachers Use Edtech to Boost Student Achievement BY MATTHEW LYNCH

7 Ways That Digital Age Teachers Use Edtech to Boost Student Achievement BY MATTHEW LYNCH | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
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Google - Spaces

Google - Spaces | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

You can create spaces for different topics and conversations to share with separate groups of people.
How to create a space
You can create up to 100 spaces to share with other people.
To create a space on your computer or phone:
 Open the Spaces app on your phone, or the Spaces website.
 Tap or click Create a Space Add.
Note: If you have many spaces, you may have to scroll to the bottom.
Now that you have a space, you can create a post or customize your space.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 5, 2017 4:39 AM

This looks like a great tool for getting students to work collaboratively. Let's hope that Google can be trusted to continue to support it.

Greg Quinlivan's curator insight, January 5, 2017 9:38 PM
It might also be a place for online teachers to create a space for each of their students or small groups to interact, get feedback, etc. Of course, the one issue is the blocking of Google by certain countries, including the PRC unfortunately.
vgpascal's curator insight, January 11, 2017 1:36 AM
Un tableau de bord bien pratique pour organiser ses espaces collaboratifs avec Google Spaces.
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Sample Student Learning Objectives For Hour Of Code - TeachThought

Sample Student Learning Objectives For Hour Of Code - TeachThought | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
You keep hearing about this hour of code thing, but you’re not a “hacker,” and aren’t real comfortable with teaching what you don’t know. Especially when it relates to technology and its fundamental programming.

You know this is some kind of “coding week.” You’ve seen our tips for integrating coding into the classroom. Now what to do? Turn students loose with Scratch or Codea or Kahn Academy? Well, maybe. Self-Directed Learning is a core learning fluency in an age of access.

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Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue - Getting Smart

Teaching Kids to Code: An Economic & Social Justice Issue - Getting Smart | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Hadi Partovi wants more kids to learn to code. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerber, Sheryl Sandberg, and many others agree. Partovi wants all high schools to offer computer science classes because it represents a growing cluster of job skills but one that few schools teach — particularly schools attended by low income and minority students.

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Why should students learn to code? - Daily Genius

Why should students learn to code? - Daily Genius | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Did you know that this week (December 8-14) is Computer Science Education Week? There are resources available via the previous link to help encourage kids to learn to code, to bring computer science education to your school or district, and more. While the concept is mainly aimed at encouraging schools to teach more computer science and more kids to (want to) learn computer science, it can address a much, much wider audience. ‘Computer Science’ can sound like a big scary unknown thing if you’re someone who has never done any type of programming before, but it doesn’t have to be.

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An Infographic In Celebration of Computer Science Education Week | Edudemic

An Infographic In Celebration of Computer Science Education Week | Edudemic | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
It’s easy to take digital technology for granted these days. To students who were practically born with an iPad in their hands, it’s hard to imagine a time when a world of history and knowledge wasn’t just a few swipes away. But if the infographic below, entitled, “Remarkable Advances in Computer Engineering,” is any indication, there are advances in the pipeline that will stretch the imagination of even the most jaded kindergarten digital savant.

On this, the second day of Computer Science Education Week, we’re once again celebrating these advances with a look forward. Whether you’re a computer science teacher or you teach a more generalized classroom, show this infographic to your students to spark discussions about the future of technology, to stretch imaginations and student conceptions of what’s possible, and to inspire your students onto the computer science track. Even students who lead less computer-centric lives will be interested in discussing applications of these shifting capabilities to their own interest areas.

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The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode

The first 5 online resources to use when learning to code - Mashable #hourofcode | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Even if you think the buzz around "learning how to code" is overkill, you have to admit it's here to stay.

Just like it's easier to learn a foreign language if you start in grade school, getting an early grasp on mark-up and programming languages such as HTML, CSS and Java ensures you'll have an idea of what makes our digital lives and devices tick, even if you don't plan on becoming a software developer.

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Sylvie GAMET's curator insight, December 9, 2014 6:03 AM

Always usefull nowadays.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 9, 2014 9:20 AM

It's not too late to participate in the Hour of Code as it continues through Dec 14. Let's get . . .let's get. . . let's get coding!

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Part 5... 14 Amazing Project Sites.... A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series... A Goldmine of Resources

Part 5... 14 Amazing Project Sites.... A STEM, PBL, Common Core Series... A Goldmine of Resources | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Welcome to a series that is must read for any PBL or STEM educator.  It will include information to reflect and build upon as you consider both PBL and STEM.  Best of all, it will finish with over ...

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The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 6 types of Questions your Students Need to Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

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Control Presentations, Videos And Music With Gestures Using Flutter

Control Presentations, Videos And Music With Gestures Using Flutter | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it
Flutter is an application for Windows and Mac which can be used to control videos, music and presentations using hand gestures before your webcam.

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Melanie Holcombe's curator insight, September 20, 2013 4:48 AM

Must try this!

 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 22, 2013 1:23 PM

A new app in gesture control... flutter

Javier M - AxiomaWL's curator insight, September 24, 2013 10:13 PM

If you want to impress to everyone, you should use this app !

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[Infographic] What Teachers and Parents Feel About Technology in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

[Infographic] What Teachers and Parents Feel About Technology in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | 21st Century Skills | Scoop.it

 

This edtech infographic shows how teachers and parents feel about technology in the classroom.

 


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