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Book Creator for iPad Now Supports Handwriting - iPad Apps for Schools

Book Creator for iPad Now Supports Handwriting - iPad Apps for Schools | Instruction | Scoop.it

"The very popular iPad app Book Creator recently received a couple of updates of note. The first update was a new look for iOS 7 users. iOS 6 users will be happy to see that even though the app has been updated, it will still work the same way on their devices. The more important update to Book Creator is the addition of support for handwriting and free-hand drawing in your books."

 


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Trisha Collins's curator insight, June 19, 2014 7:43 PM

Book Creator allows anyone to create their own books using images, text, videos, free-hand drawings, handwriting, and audio recordings. You can arrange your book in three different formats; portrait, square, or landscape. Each page in your book can include pictures and videos from your iPad’s camera roll and or from your iTunes library. In addition to the pictures and videos you can include as much as text as you can fit on each page. In fact, if you just want to have text on a page you can do that. If you would like to narrate your book you can tap the record button to add your voice to each page of your book. Every page in your book can have a custom color scheme. the only downside to this app is that it costs money!

janebeck's curator insight, May 15, 2016 10:21 AM

I can see this being a really useful tool to allow students to develop as storytellers, and to collate and organise information and imagery into a meaningful whole.  Perhaps a digital portfolio to describe the art, music or drama student's journey in investigation and processes?  

Greg Mikkelsen's curator insight, June 3, 2016 8:24 AM
This could be great for students to create stories and then share them with their friends and wider learning community. Great for getting students to write Chinese characters with their hands even though they are using a computer. 
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Five Habits of Great Students: Lessons from Top-ranked STEM School

Five Habits of Great Students: Lessons from Top-ranked STEM School | Instruction | Scoop.it
Five habits of great students: Read, write, be prepared, collaborate, and question.
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The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 8 Roles of The 21st Century Librarian ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Instruction | Scoop.it

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Brad Ovenell-Carter's curator insight, July 30, 2013 1:34 PM

I like that these are not about tech, not as such

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, July 31, 2013 12:27 PM

Many hats librarian wear

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | Instruction | Scoop.it

The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

 


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This just makes good logical sense flipped or not flistudent learners need to be able to explore and find thei own questions first.   Inquiry wins . 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:21 PM

A very worthy observation.

Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

and the pendulum swings

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).

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Educational Musings: School Evolution

Educational Musings: School Evolution | Instruction | Scoop.it
“@shhartley: PBL as a basis for a school evolution: http://t.co/fdYrvBPE0G via @rdudgeon @jennyluca” This is from @Innovation_Unit, no? :D
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5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic

5 Ways To Support Teachers Skeptical Of Technology - Edudemic | Instruction | Scoop.it
As more schools move to a 1:1 or BYOD format, it becomes increasingly important to support teachers - all teachers - effectively make that transition and to support them in that process.

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We are moving to 1:1 so anything that helps teachers is beneficial.  

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Francois Adoue for Guimel 's curator insight, August 13, 2013 3:19 AM

Accompagner les enseignants dans leur appropriation des outils techniques. Bien entendu, ce ne sont que des outils, mais utiliser le bon outil permet d'augmenter l'efficacité ! Il en est de même pour les enseignats, comme des chirurgiens ! 

Nataliasterns's curator insight, August 14, 2013 2:43 PM
formas de apoyarlos inicios de la docencia con las TIC
Rolf tynan's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:08 AM

Something we need to be very very aware of and to consider with the appropriate steps as we follow the path..

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Score Rubrics on Your iPad

Score Rubrics on Your iPad | Instruction | Scoop.it
If you use rubrics to grade student work you have to try ForAllRubrics! Once you set up your class list, this website allows users to import rubrics they've already made, or easily create new ones....

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Fabulous! Imagine the efficiency. 

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:57 PM

Really good information

Brian Romero Smith's comment, July 19, 2013 12:09 AM
Awesome! Definitely an asset to the iPad classroom.
ChristopherBell's curator insight, July 24, 2013 4:09 PM

YEAH!

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Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides

Assessing Student Learning - five practical guides | Instruction | Scoop.it

After a decade of rapid expansion in Australian higher education, student numbers have grown considerably in many courses and subjects, especially at the undergraduate level.

Larger class sizes pose significant teaching challenges, not least in the assessment of student learning. Perhaps most troubling, large classes may limit the amount of feedback provided to students.


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Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning

Why we need more visual texts in our teaching and learning | Instruction | Scoop.it

"Found this fantastic infographic touting the success of infographics. Reading it (or more correctly, viewing it) immediately focused my thoughts on the use of visual texts in classrooms today...Unlike other infographics I link to on Mr G Online, I’m not going to discuss the specific points presented – that would be contradictory to the message of the infographic. I’ll let you get your own meaning from it. However, I am going to reflect on how it made me consider the use of visual texts in education."


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I know that visuals help all learners.  This gives me the documentation. 

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 15, 2013 1:50 PM
 

As a visual learner myself, I love onto graphics, beginning with the dAiley ones posted NBC USA Today since its inception. 

Caleb Yap's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:30 PM

really? more of these non-classical pedagogical methods?

Audrey's curator insight, August 29, 2013 2:53 PM

You can absorb the visual faster and make sense of it in a holistic way; particularly if you spend time engaging with the information from different physical points of view. The information is embedded in the memory because the individual is encouraged to project their own meaning.  Having been directed to view educational materials, the learner can them be asked questions to test their understanding. 

 

Visual learning is necessary from a young age and is what home school sources learning is all about.  

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Instruction | Scoop.it
Additionally, using Scoop.it will meet multiple standards (Common Core and NETS-S) across the curriculum. Students use critical thinking skills to collect, evaluate and analyze content; they may identify trends from discourse; they develop writing skills in original expression; and they interact, communicate and publish to a global audience. But perhaps more importantly, students practice digital citizenship and personal responsibility to lifelong learning.

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This is a great way for me to keep the articles and information I want to refer back to on a regular basis. Easy to find and share
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cutesqualid's curator insight, August 12, 2013 4:44 AM

great work

GwynethJones's curator insight, August 13, 2013 2:05 PM

SO true! This is my FAV new Curation tool....well, add Scoopit to MentorMob & you have a dynamic duo!

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Lees het op teachtought.com!
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Geography in the News: Eurasia’s Boundaries

Geography in the News: Eurasia’s Boundaries | Instruction | Scoop.it

"Europe and Asia, while often considered two separate continents, both lie on the same landmass or tectonic plate, the Eurasian supercontinent. The historic and geographic story of the Eurasian boundary is intriguing."


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Wilmine Merlain's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:26 PM

If Europe and Asia are not different continents based on the tectonic plates that they both share, would that mean that Russia is in a fact a part of Europe. Wouldn't its ties be closely link to that of Asia, because growing up in school, I was taught that Russia was closely related to the Asian continent than it was to Europe. Though Russia is sometimes perceived as being its own continent, I wonder what this discovery will mean for them long term.

David Lizotte's curator insight, February 20, 2015 1:32 PM

The article states that the idea of separate continents comes from European scholars whom wanted to give more definition to there culture and area of the world, essentially there region. I wonder if this could be said in regards to the inhabitant East of the Ural Mountains. Did they want a form of boundary to represent and distinguish there region? None the less, we live in the west so the western perspective is what guides us. 

Even if there never was a Europe and an Asia, there would still be land disputes as to whom has claim to which region/area of land. On a global perspective its viewed as Europe and Asia but when one takes a closer look its simply country and country... not continent and continent. This article is revealing the importance of Eurasia, how it truly does exist. A quasi boundary is not going to separate the once "two continents" rather nothing separates the continents, its all part of Eurasia. 

A neat part of the article is how the writer states recognizing the land mass as two continents is old and out of date. Its basically wrong and non-intelligent. I believe this is important and is something that needs to be recognized on a national scale (here in the United States). Personally I've always recognized the realm as "Eurasia." I now feel more intelligent for doing so! How do people in Europe and with this being said Asia, feel about this more reformed definition of the supercontinent? Do they even recognize it as true? Perhaps they realize there are more important issues at hand like current  countries  disputed and invaded borders.

None the less there is disputed boundaries on a more micro level, when compared to the continent versus continent scheme. For example Russian backed separatists have claimed a portion of Eastern Ukraine. Do people actually see this as Asians expanding into Europe or rather a transcontinental country (Russia) expanding itself more westward. The importance here lies in the disputed country boundaries, not continental boundaries, yet one cannot not deny the significance of the  "continental boundary" which some people do believe in. But the core of the matter is the country to country ratio. 

 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, April 9, 2015 2:25 PM

This was interesting to read because I don't associate the two till I can visually see it.  Then to further call it Eurasia makes sense as well.  There is a population that are considered Asian Russians.  I did a study on this culture and I couldn't believe there were Asian Russians. This sounds crazy.  It would make sense for cross cultures in this region.  

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A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about @Edmodo

A Handy Guide to Everything Teachers Need to Know about @Edmodo | Instruction | Scoop.it

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Orientacion IES HRL's curator insight, July 14, 2013 12:42 PM

by MonVall

Susan's curator insight, July 15, 2013 8:35 AM

Edmodo is great.  The best things about it are that you create a safe place for your students and it's totally free!

carldowse's curator insight, July 18, 2013 3:27 PM

Covers the basics in setting up and using this user-friendly virtual learning environment

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PBLU.org | Making Projects Click for You and Your Students

PBLU.org | Making Projects Click for You and Your Students | Instruction | Scoop.it

PBLU – Project Based Learning University – Brought to you by the Buck Institute for Education. If you have asked yourself “How can I create a Project Based Learning course for my students check out this resource. PBLU (in beta) currently has nine project based projects you may choose to use in your classroom. The current projects are focused in ELA and math and range from third grade through high school. Projects include Back in the Day (high school, nonfiction writing), Choose Your Own Adventure (Grade 4, ELA/Social Studies, I Know What You’re Thinking (8th Grade, Math) and Schoolyard Habitat Project (Grades 3 – 5, Science). More projects will be added, and you may make suggestions.
They are also providing a PBL Teacher Series, quoting from the website:
These classes build your skills for implementing high-quality projects. You tailor the learning experience to your needs and interests. In each class, you build a foundation. That’s the "how to." Then you apply what you have learned in your own classroom by implementing the project during the capstone class. That’s the "now DO."
This process may lead to a PBL Teacher Certification.


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A must for all of us interested in PBL

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An Introduction to Project-Based Learning

An Introduction to Project-Based Learning | Instruction | Scoop.it
Project-based learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges. With this type of active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they're studying. Watch an introduction video.
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Storytelling--The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years

Storytelling--The #1 Business Skill Of The Next 5 Years | Instruction | Scoop.it
Last year, a pale woman with crazy eyebrows and a keytar strapped to her back made a video of herself, wearing a kimono and holding up hand-Sharpied signs on a street in Melbourne. One by one, the

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Dr. Karen Dietz's comment, August 27, 2013 12:48 PM
Thank you David, Penelope, and Ron for your comments and insights!
Penelope's comment, August 27, 2013 10:37 PM
You're welcome, Karen. Thanks for sharing this great article. Loved it!
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Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback

Don't Be Afraid to Give Direct Feedback | Instruction | Scoop.it

Until several years ago, I had a hard time confronting my subordinates with direct, straight-up critical feedback. I didn't want the awkwardness I thought would come from telling someone he wasn't doing his job correctly. However, I grew out of this feeling over time and found constructive, professional ways to provide critical feedback.

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Feedback is so necessary for all if we are going to move forward and learn.  

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Educational Musings: School Evolution

Educational Musings: School Evolution | Instruction | Scoop.it
RT @Stephen_H: Great article on PBL - School Evolution http://t.co/RYIqNGzerK & download to @innovation_unit @davidpriceobe 'Learning Futur…
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Add Your Signature to Documents With HelloSign for iPad

Add Your Signature to Documents With HelloSign for iPad | Instruction | Scoop.it

"If you have ever received an email with an attachment that you need to put your signature on, you need to check out Hello Sign. Hello Sign is a free service that allow you to digitally sign documents. Hello Sign can be used on your computer, on your iPhone, and on your iPad."


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ColAR Uses Augmented Reality To Bring Your Kid’s Drawing To Life | TechCrunch

ColAR Uses Augmented Reality To Bring Your Kid’s Drawing To Life | TechCrunch | Instruction | Scoop.it

"I would’ve written this earlier, but I was busy picking pieces of my mind up off the floor. I get to write about cool stuff all day, but this… this is incredible.

 

colAR is the coloring book of the future. By mashing up traditional coloring books with some good ol’ augmented reality voodoo, colAR brings your kid’s drawings to life in full, animated 3d."

 


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This amazes me with the possibilities.   

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John Evans's comment, July 18, 2013 9:24 AM
I've collected several other links on Augmented Reality (AR) in the Literacy with ICT group on Diigo https://groups.diigo.com/group/LitwICT/search?what=AR&dm=middle&sort=updated
John Evans's comment, July 18, 2013 10:18 AM
Just found this great Scoop.it! page on Augmented Reality http://www.scoop.it/t/augmented-reality-by-drew-minock by Drew Minock from the Two Guys and Some iPads blog http://www.twoguysandsomeipads.com/
Misty Lingerfelt's curator insight, July 19, 2013 10:42 AM

Hmm, wonder if this would support Math SPIs?

 

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Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World

Critical Assessment Ideas from PBL World | Instruction | Scoop.it
I had a great time at the PBL World Conference in so many ways: as a presenter, as a panelist, as a listener, as a collaborator, and even as the subject of art. (Now, that is something I would never,

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Good points made, and I love the graphic. 

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To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | Instruction | Scoop.it

When asked why he became a scientist, Nobel Laureate Isidor Rabi attributed his success to his mother. Every day, she would ask him the same question about his school day: “Did you ask a good question today?”

“Asking good questions – made me become a scientist!” Rabi said.

Questions are critical, and how to manage and navigate a good question requires practice.

The hardest part about using design thinking in class is getting the question right and staying in the question. Educators regularly notice how challenging it is for students to stay in the question.  Student conversation can veer off track and the students can lose focus. It takes discipline for students to learn how to dig deep with focus on a design question.

For teachers, in designing learning experiences for students that are embedded with technology, the wording and focus of the question are paramount.  The question needs to be deeper than simply “Should or shouldn’t we use the iPad with this project.” The question needs to be open ended, elastic and invite multiple interpretations. Learning outcomes based on the question need to be defined and articulated,  and experiences to achieve those outcomes need to be created with student engagement in mind. Engagement alone is not enough. But engagement matched with outcomes around a carefully worded question propels student learning.


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It really is all about the questions! 

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All-Star Final Vote Distribution Visualization

All-Star Final Vote Distribution Visualization | Instruction | Scoop.it
Data visualization of the 2013 MLB All-Star Final Vote distribution

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AnotherAa other great geography source

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Litfy - Free Books

Litfy - Free Books | Instruction | Scoop.it

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Abílio Accioly Bello's comment, July 14, 2013 6:59 AM
Thanks for sharing this literature tool.
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, July 14, 2013 7:38 AM
Glad you found it of interest Sally! So many people don't have access to libraries and bookshops; being able to access e-publications is vital.
Lee Hall's curator insight, July 15, 2013 2:56 PM

This goes past just the books, for example some of Mark Twain's speeches are available here.

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Remove Any Image Background With Clipping Magic

Remove Any Image Background With Clipping Magic | Instruction | Scoop.it
Clipping Magic is a free web app for quickly and easily removing image backgrounds.

When using images for PowerPoint presentations, blog posts and other projects, one may require removing their background so that they may blend in with the colors of your presentation slide, blog or canvas.  However, removing a background image isn’t easy and being a PRO at PhotoShop is not possible for everyone.


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Ms. Corri's curator insight, July 17, 2013 9:28 PM

This will make presentations more fun :-)

Ra's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:21 PM

Add to the resources folder, just in case. 

NikMak's curator insight, October 8, 2013 8:39 AM

Καταπληκτικό εργαλείο! Πιο γρήγορα δεν γίνεται! 

 

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Study: Worrying About Grades Keeps Students Away from STEM

Study: Worrying About Grades Keeps Students Away from STEM | Instruction | Scoop.it
Students seem to gravitate to easier majors with higher GPAs, which means they avoid the hard sciences and tough majors. (RT @educationnation: Study shows that students are avoiding STEM careers because they're worried about their grades.
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