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Create innovative educational programs with music and the arts that enhance student achievement, critical thinking and problem solving sk
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It’s Never Too Early to Learn Engineering

It’s Never Too Early to Learn Engineering | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Engineering is an essential skill for everyone to learn. So how do we get kids to try it?
We’ve all heard the statistic — nine of the top 10 highest-paying college degrees are in engineering...

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Larry Heuser's curator insight, March 10, 2015 1:27 PM

The need for engineering in schools is not limited to students who aspire to pursue engineering in college. Currently, 20 percent of all jobs require proficiency in basic STEM skill, a Brookings Institution report shows. Those jobs pay an average of 10 to 14 percent more than non-STEM jobs with similar education requirements, and half of them do not require a bachelor’s degree. The number of STEM jobs is expected to grow 17 percent by the year 2020, with many engineering fields growing at an even faster pace.

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Finally the "E" in STEM and STEAM is addressed. It needs attention!

Anyone who has read my blog posts knows I adamantly and passionately promote STEM/STEAM learning. My complaint, as I immerse myself into the middle school curriculum, is that there is science and m...
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Discover the "E" in STEAM/STEM. How do you bring this to your students?

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IT'S NOT CREATIVE or SMART....IT'S CREATIVE AND SMART

IT'S NOT CREATIVE or SMART....IT'S CREATIVE AND SMART | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
As a student growing up, I remember distinctively the differences between my brother and I. He was smart and I was creative. Although I did well in school and had high test scores, I never for a mi...
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11 Excellent Ways Teachers Can Use Google Docs

11 Excellent Ways Teachers Can Use Google Docs | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Google Docs has stood the test of time since its launch a few years ago. Several other similar services have been created since then but nothing can be compared to what Google Docs...

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8 Unique Apps for Music Appreciation | AvatarGeneration

8 Unique Apps for Music Appreciation | AvatarGeneration | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Music appreciation involves developing an understanding of different musical movements and genres.
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The Top 17 Free Digital Stotytelling Apps for The iPad

The Top 17 Free Digital Stotytelling Apps for The iPad | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it

The iPad is such a boon in education. It is making a slow but steadfast revolution in the way instruction is both delivered and received ...


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iPads in Education - LiveBinder

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The iPad has quickly become a common place tool in schools around the world. This LiveBinder will highlight sites and information about the iPad and how it is being used in classrooms and schools.

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GOOD NEWS! The Bobak Phenomenon

GOOD NEWS!   The Bobak Phenomenon | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
It’s all good. The focus on the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), AKA CURIOSITY landing is great. Not only is it is a real step forward for science and space exploration,  but also it has become...
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5 Must Have iPad Apps for Sci-Girls

5 Must Have iPad Apps for Sci-Girls | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Not all young girls want to spend their time playing games about makeup and clothes. Some truly find it fun to learn about science, technology, engineering and math.

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What Students Think Of Mobile Learning And What Makes A Great App | Edudemic

What Students Think Of Mobile Learning And What Makes A Great App | Edudemic | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it

"Are students addicted to their phones? We don’t need a study to know they are. But why? What is the biggest reason they can’t put their phones down? We now know the answer(s) thanks to Answer Underground. They’re resident experts in the area of mobile learning since they have a free app that connects students with information through a study group Q&A environment."


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7 Great iPad Educational Apps

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"Let us now explore some of the best free educational iPad apps you can, as a teacher, recommend to your students. Check out the list below and if you have any suggestions please share with us in the comment below."


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48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love #FED_ebooks #Apps #ebook #teacher

48 iPad Apps That Teachers Love #FED_ebooks #Apps #ebook #teacher | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it

"Apple’s iPad and other tablet computers have certainly been garnering ardent support from the edtech community. Gadget geek teachers love the thousands of apps available to give their courses a multimedia edge, and students love how so many reach out to different learning styles. For the connected classroom, the following stand out as either great supplements to various lessons or essential, time-saving streamlining strategies."


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18 Benefits of Playing a Musical Instrument

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Playing a musical instrument has many benefits and can bring joy to you and everyone around you. This article will provide you with 18 benefits of playing a music instrument.

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Dorian Jones's curator insight, October 11, 2015 1:10 AM

The best 18 reasons to learn an instrument. It's not just something you do in school. The lessons you learn are life long lessons that you will have mastered from music. It covers a wide variety of discipline, focus, memory capacity, coucernatrion and many more. Those that struggle academically start to have a better understanding when they learn an instrument. Especially math skills. It takes a lot to understand to count rhythms and understand them in a timely manner. It takes a lot of multiplying and dividing on the top of your head.

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My life as a Musician-What it taught me about learning

My life as a Musician-What it taught me about learning | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
My purpose in this blog, Reach for the Stars, is exactly that: to motivate teachers, parents and administrators to inspire their students to reach for the stars. I talk about my view of how to do t...
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"Reflections ~ How STEM becomes STEAM" by Ruth Catchen

"Reflections ~ How STEM becomes STEAM" by Ruth Catchen | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Reflections from designing a STEAM class for high-risk students.
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Working my nerves over STEAM

Working my nerves over STEAM | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
No acronym is perfect. We use them because of our excessive need to categorize everything. I suggest we accept the acronyms as reality, but not limit ourselves because of what we think it defines. ...
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Future School in Sweden in the Present

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Located in Stockholm, Sweden, this amazing school is from the Swedish Free School Organization, Vittra. Instead of a classic classroom setup with desks and chairs, a giant iceberg with a cinema, a platform and room for relaxation and recreation now forms the setting of many different types of learning situations.

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PicView’s iPad app lets you add voice tags and annotations to pictures to tell your story

PicView’s iPad app lets you add voice tags and annotations to pictures to tell your story | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it

"PicView is a new, free iOS app that enables users to add voice tags and annotations to images, videos and business applications. We’re giving it an early review, as the app is only available for iPad and supports only photos for the time being."


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12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom

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"Implementing iPads isn’t exactly a just-add-water proposition.

While they’re wondrous little devices capable of enchanting learners for hours, to get the learning results you’re likely after will take planning, design, and reflection"


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Intriguing Networks's curator insight, July 1, 2013 6:16 AM

How can you harness an Ipad to enhance learning, it needs some thought planning and creativity...

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Upto Ipad and Tablet aware Parents to push as well please!
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Best iPad Apps for Art Education, 2012 | ArtSite Blog

Best iPad Apps for Art Education, 2012 | ArtSite Blog | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it

"The new school year is about to begin so it’s time to take a look at what’s available in the app store for art teachers and students. Here are my top picks from the current crop:"


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MmeHawtree's curator insight, June 29, 2013 11:07 PM

Arts and technology do go together. Here is a collection of iPad apps to check out.

Jennifer McCarthy's curator insight, July 16, 2013 1:10 PM

Great additions for my classroom!

janebeck's curator insight, May 31, 2016 10:21 AM
Artset in particular looks very user friendly.  Some really good app ideas for digital pedagogy in visual arts
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[VIDEO] Curiosity: Carl Sagan's vision of robotic exploration on Mars [Carl Sagan Tribute Series]

Join the Milky Way Musings social media community: Facebook https://www.facebook.com/milkywaymusings Twitter http://twitter.com/#!/MilkyWayMusings Web http:/...

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Project Based Learning is NOT a Posterboard

Project Based Learning is NOT a Posterboard | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
Project-Based Learning often gets a bad rap. Those who do not advocate it claim it is arts and crafts or lightweight on content. The Buck Institute for Education, http://www.bie.org/, has for almos...
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What Will the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS do for Education?

What Will the NEXT GENERATION SCIENCE STANDARDS do for Education? | Creative Educational Programs | Scoop.it
I am truly excited about the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). Maybe that is funny or strange, however The US needs a framework for teaching science and engineering in a progressive, experi...
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How to use iPads in the Classroom

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Here are some ways in which iPads can be used successfully in the classroom to enhance teaching and learning. If you can think of any more please let me know!

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ISTE12 Resources - iPads in Education

Best quote of the day: “Don't fall in love with apps... fall in love with teaching” ~@coolcatteacher


Check out the great list of apps in this Google Doc!


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