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Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU

Out of the Box Approach to Planning Makerspaces - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEDU | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

"Don't think outside the box…Think like there is no box. ~ Unknown "


"One of the most rewarding experiences in writing my second book (The Kickstart Guide to Making GREAT Makerspaces, Fall 2017) has been having the honor of being able to highlight and showcase GREAT makerspaces far and wide. In doing that research, I discovered some unconventional spaces that clearly have taken an out of the box approach to planning their makerspaces.

Despite the many space out there that are essentially exactly alike, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to planning a makerspace. Makerspaces should as unique and meaningful as the communities they are in. It is my hope that the links and spaces below can a new and unique perspective on what makerspaces can be.  Each space described below is unique, emphasizing different skills or themes.  Although some of these spaces are not in K-12 schools, there certainly are things we can learn and apply to educational makerspaces."


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Marci Milius's curator insight, April 10, 2017 2:07 PM
Every makerspace should reflect the needs of the students using the space. 
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BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The current generation of students has grown up with technology and uses it in every aspect of their daily lives and for many, this will include the jobs they will be pursuing.  Equipping students with the skills they need in life outside of school and beyond the makerspace, is an powerful component of the Maker Movement.  An often overlooked but necessery skillset for those students who will be pursuing careers related to the themes in your makerspace, such as electricity, engineering and design, is leveraging advancements made in digital tools available on their personal devices.  

As a librarian in a BYOD high school, in addition to providing opportunities for my students to use their mobile devices as a creation tool, I also promote the idea of using their personal devices as a toolbox. As a result, in our makerspace, we have a BYOT (Bring Your Own Toolbox) initiative.  This initiative was spurred by a conversation with our school electrician, who one day was doing work in our library, and instead of using physical tools, we spotted him using tools on his smartphone. He emphasized how important devices are now to those in skilled trades.

The experiential learning opportunities offered in makerspaces are one of the most valuable tools we have for prepare students for the workforce they will be entering into. We as maker educators need to create new ways of learning to help to build a better workforce. Stocking your makerspace with tools and supplies can be very beneficial, but for our stdents, their most powerful tool, might be right in their pocket!

Below are some of our favorites.  Click on the image for FREE downloadable sign to help you kick off a BYOT initiative in your makerspace!

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For those students who benefit from or are engaged by  hands-on learning - put these these portable, digital tools to work!
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Using Google Apps to Support Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Recorded Webinar) by @KaseyBell

Using Google Apps to Support Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Recorded Webinar) by @KaseyBell | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
  PinterestUsing Google Apps to Support Reading and Writing in the Classroom Below is a webinar that I gave on August 2, 2016, with Texthelp, the makers of Read & Write for Google and Fluency Tutor. Included in this webinar at tips, tricks, extensions, ideas and more to help you better support reading, writing and research …

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Codie Bower's curator insight, February 16, 2017 5:23 PM
Google has changed learning in reading and writing. 
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Osmo’s New iPad Game Puts Your Drawings in a Monster’s Hands

Osmo’s New iPad Game Puts Your Drawings in a Monster’s Hands | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
With Osmo Monster, you scribble something in front of an iPad, and an onscreen beast picks it up and plays with it.
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15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web

15 of the Best Open Source Image Sites on the Web | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Some of the best of the best in open source image sites are listed in this article, as well as great guidelines for ethical searches and Creative Commons

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Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2

Periodic table of iPad apps vol 2 | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
First things first. It’s never just about the apps. End of. That said being guided around tried and tested apps from the classroom can be really helpful. With that in mind, back in 2014 I cre…
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LiquidText

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LiquidText improves upon the reading experience by allowing users to better understand, synthesize, visualize and collaborate over digital text.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 14, 2016 11:07 AM

I haven't tried this yet, but it does look very interesting as a digital literacy tool.

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, June 15, 2016 6:31 AM
Very useful app for a better reading experience.. who said literacy cannot be enhanced digitally?
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200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | Tech Learning

200 Ways to Use Word Clouds in the Classroom | Tech Learning | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />

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18 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Learning With Social Media via GDC team

18 Twitter Classroom Ideas for Learning With Social Media via GDC team | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Check out these engaging Twitter classroom ideas for fun social media-infused lessons that will excite your digital students.

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Annie Nguyen's curator insight, March 18, 2016 6:12 AM

It is true that nowadays, technology and social media is a big part of our lives. However, I disagree with the author's idea. I think that class work and social media should not be connected so deeply. For example, having an online research homework once in a while is fine. However, such implements would have many disadvantges. Firstly, students would take advantage of it and go elsewhere while accessing Twitter to do their assigned work. They may log into Twitter and view other materials according to personal interest instead of completing what was assigned to them. Books and papers prevent this from happening and ensure that the students focus on doing their work. Secondly, it is too early to be using social media in schools of students from age 6-16. They are still considered as "children", and should not be using social media as yet. Young immature students may use plagirism of another student's work or someone else's online wiwthout permission. Or in another case, while the class is having a discussion, one student can just wander elsewhere, as stated in the first point. If the students take an interest in digital, they would have a chance to come in contact with that subject in university or college. At that point, they are matured and would handle social media properly. Team building games should be done physically instead of cyberly, as through the computer screen, it is difficult for students to know each other. To communicate with the students, teacher could just simply contact their parents if the student is absent from class. It is true that many youngsters nowadays are fond of social media being introduced into their education, but my personal opinion is that most of the classwork should be done on books and paper.

Annie Nguyen's curator insight, March 18, 2016 6:13 AM

It is true that nowadays, technology and social media is a big part of our lives. However, I disagree with the author's idea. I think that class work and social media should not be connected so deeply. For example, having an online research homework once in a while is fine. However, such implements would have many disadvantges. Firstly, students would take advantage of it and go elsewhere while accessing Twitter to do their assigned work. They may log into Twitter and view other materials according to personal interest instead of completing what was assigned to them. Books and papers prevent this from happening and ensure that the students focus on doing their work. Secondly, it is too early to be using social media in schools of students from age 6-16. They are still considered as "children", and should not be using social media as yet. Young immature students may use plagirism of another student's work or someone else's online wiwthout permission. Or in another case, while the class is having a discussion, one student can just wander elsewhere, as stated in the first point. If the students take an interest in digital, they would have a chance to come in contact with that subject in university or college. At that point, they are matured and would handle social media properly. Team building games should be done physically instead of cyberly, as through the computer screen, it is difficult for students to know each other. To communicate with the students, teacher could just simply contact their parents if the student is absent from class. It is true that many youngsters nowadays are fond of social media being introduced into their education, but my personal opinion is that most of the classwork should be done on books and paper.

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Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic

Our Newest 3 Minute Tech Tool Tutorial: Screencast-O-Matic | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it

"Screencasting, or capturing what you do on your computer (or tablet) in a video format while you narrate your actions, is one of the most powerful functions that modern computer technology has delivered to today’s educators."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 23, 2015 3:37 PM

EmergingEdTech has been running a Try-a-Tool-a-Week Challenge and this week Screencast-O-Matic is the tool of the week. If you have not used this tool and are interested in doing screencasting (also known as screen capture) take the time to review this video.

The free version allows you to record up to 15 minutes, but you cannot edit the film. There is a paid version for $15 per year, which allows for editing and unlimited length! Screencast-O-Matic may be used as a web app, or you can download it (PC and Mac).

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:27 AM

This is one of my go-to tools.  I use it for so many things.  It's a great tool for tech support when you can share a screen with someone.  Make a quick video to model what they should be doing on their computer.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 24, 2015 9:39 AM

This article includes a video tutorial on Screencast-o-matic, a video capture tool that can help you create videos for your students to help them in their learning.

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REVIEW: instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Edudemic

REVIEW: instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Edudemic | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
After weeks of poring over reviews and testing the app in my classroom, I can say with confidence that instaGrok offers the best research engine experience for education of any app for tablets running iOS or Android. The instaGrok app is more classroom-friendly than its competitors, and its visual presentation of results is unparalleled. With instaGrok, teachers can encourage self-directed learning, empowering students to hone research, critical thinking, and writing skills. The search results engage students and encourage them to dig deeper in research projects. Read on to learn why instaGrok is the ideal classroom research app.

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10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior

10 Apps for Social Supports and Behavior | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Children with learning disabilities sometimes have social and behavioral challenges. These mobile apps may help them learn and practice connecting with others.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 26, 2014 2:07 PM

 "Children and teens with learning disabilities sometimes have a hard time with social skills and behavior, including reading or communicating nonverbal signals. The following mobile apps may provide your child or teen with some high-tech support. Although we did extensive research on available apps, we also learned that just because “there’s an app for that” it doesn’t mean that it’s right for everyone."


Darla Hatton and her teenage daughter have reviewed these 10 apps in Apple products for you to try out.


> iEarnedThat

> Hidden Curriculum for Kids

> Model me Going Places

> Tap to Talk

> Verbally

> Middle School Confidential 1

> Middle School Confidential 2

> Cyber Bullying

> Angry Octopus

> Your Turn - Kid Timer

Heidi Hutchison's curator insight, April 27, 2014 7:42 AM

Some of these look really promising. I think you could use some of these apps with all kinds of kids, especially younger kids!

Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:36 PM

Great autism spectrum apps!

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9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills for LD students

9 MORE apps to improve organizational skills  for LD students | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Apps to improve organizational skills for students with learning disabilities - but we wanted to add 9 MORE for students with learning disabilities.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 1:46 PM

Here is a set of apps recommended to improve organizational skills. Excellent annotations are included with each app.

 

1. Photomind

2. Visual Schedule Planner

3. Doozy

4. Quickvoice Recorder

5. Audio Memos

6. PaperHelper

7. Notability

8. Inkflow

9. Sticky Notes

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 17, 2013 1:21 AM

Great ideas for LS students who need organizational skills boosted!  

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, December 22, 2013 4:10 PM

Here is a re-scoop from Kathleen McClaskey's Scoop it!. The scoop is an updated list of organizational apps  for LD students from inov8 website . Read on for their helpful post.

 

Carol

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How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom.

How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom. | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
The creative power of an iPad in the classroom is limitless with its ability for students to show their learning in a multitude of creative ways that look professional. My students love nothing more than to share their knowledge in the form of an iMovie or by using a digital storytelling tool such as Tellagami or Chatterpix or narrating a keynote presentation. But the number one issue we have in the classroom is the background noise when we record these presentations. There is nothing worse than having a fantastic visual product that is let down by poor audio quality, but in a noisy school situation that is a difficult proposition to overcome. So this year we are using our own homemade iPad recording booths.

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 7, 2017 8:48 AM
This is a great idea. Sound is always an issue at our school when recording on iPads. You could even use regular boxes, cover them in cloth and experiment with different materials to line them with as part of a STEAM project.
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Pictello meets Tar Heel Reader

Pictello meets Tar Heel Reader | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Ever heard of Tar Heel Reader? It’s a wonderful collection of free books on a wide range of topics, founded by the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies. From now on, you can import and enhance Tar Heel Reader stories in Pictello!

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Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, November 2, 2015 6:26 AM

If you have heard or used the Tar Heel Reader, you know that it is a valuable resource of books (and book creating) for emergent readers. And heard or have Pictello app from AssistiveWare? Most likely you know about this premier storybook app with features to create your own books, sensory or social stories which can be accessed on the iPad with direct access or switch.

Now merge the two, and you have a resource of storybooks that can be used in Pictello that can be accessed by those using direct access and via switch on the iPad.

A huge hat tip to AssistiveWare for creating an online converter tool for Tar Heel Reader stories that can be used with Pictello! Reading for everyone!  

 

Carol

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National Association of Special Education Teachers — Apps For Special Education Teachers In our...

National Association of Special Education Teachers — Apps For Special Education Teachers In our... | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Apps For Special Education TeachersIn our changing world, many educators are utilizing apps to help them complete many of the tasks that teachers deal with on a daily basis. Apps can be helpfu

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100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

100+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, July 19, 2016 9:18 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to L. Garcia Aretio. 

Patricia Stitson's curator insight, July 20, 2016 1:06 PM
This is a great article that points out the need for schools to understand and encourage this type of student engagement with outside resources.

My question is for parents.  If this is not happening in schools how can you encourage this at home?  Is this something that would be natural to you or would you need assistance.

To my fellow digital learning professionals: Do you do this at home with your kids?  If so, please do email me and share with me how you do it!  info@patriciastitson.com
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Getting Started with Quizzes in Google Forms

Getting Started with Quizzes in Google Forms | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
At ISTE this past week (2016 in Denver), Google announced the ability to create self-grading quizzes in Google Forms. This was a welcomed surprise to the Google Apps-using education world and inclu…
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My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015

My Top Ten iPad Apps from 2015 | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
In lieu of writing a reflective blog for this year I thought I would share the top ten iPad Apps that have been impactful in my working with hundreds of schools and teachers around the world this year.

With a focus on a few key types of Apps such as workflow and demonstration apps alongside those that support learning activities such as note taking, research and sketching, here are my top ten iPad Apps from across 2015.

As it says below, those that know or have worked with me will testify, I’m not really one for ‘Apps for a subject’ but there are some Apps which work well everywhere. I have been asked by many for my top ten apps for 2015, so instead, here are my top ten apps for learning that have impact in the schools I have worked with in recent times. Enjoy!

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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom By Jeffrey Knutson

3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom By Jeffrey Knutson | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
By Jeffrey Knutson

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Frances Foote's curator insight, June 15, 2016 8:39 AM

Includes Virtual Reality apps - great for use in the classroom for teaching scholars about the trials that children their age face.  Also, can be used as a Bible lesson on how we do not know others stories.

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Rewordify.com | Understand what you read

Rewordify.com | Understand what you read | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Rewordify.com helps you read more, understand better, learn new words, and teach more effectively.

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Judith Morais's curator insight, March 31, 2016 5:01 AM
Simplify any text and develop vocabulary lessons. The site is also able to indicate the difficulty level of any text you input. Definitely a useful site for the ELL.
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Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction: March 2016 - @coolcatteacher

In this updated version of the popular Technology Driven Differentiated Instruction, Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher shares the pain points of teachers and how dif…

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Free Online YouTube Downloader: Download YouTube Videos, Facebook and many others!

Free Online service to Download YouTube videos at one click! The best YouTube Downloader supporting fast and easy vimeo, Facebook and Dailymotion video Download and much more!

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יפה בן-דרור's curator insight, January 3, 2015 6:39 AM

אפשר גם עם 

SS

לפני המילה

YOUTUBE

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How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos

How To Convert Prezi To YouTube Videos | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
Anyone who has used the Prezi platform would know that creating a Prezi and uploading it to Prezi.com is easy enough, however when it comes to converting it to a YouTube video, there seems to be no native method of doing so...

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, June 26, 2014 7:27 PM

Prezi makes wonderful slideshows. Converting them to video is explained here. 

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:58 AM

Clear directions for converting Prezis into videos for the flipped library.  (typos in the demo Prezi, though!)

Jorge Leal's curator insight, June 28, 2014 10:44 AM

yeah

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How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News

How a High School Teacher Is 'Gamifying' World News | Assistive Technology in Education | Scoop.it
A high school teacher is on a mission to make world news and geopolitics relevant to his students through a Fantasy Football-inspired game.

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Tony Ges's curator insight, May 28, 2014 7:37 PM

The "Video Game" model for education!!! Make it fun to learn, then students will want to learn!!!