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Schools are using the iPad to help students and teachers; one school has even gone paperless

Schools are using the iPad to help students and teachers; one school has even gone paperless | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Education's enthusiasm for tablet PCs is showing no signs of slowing down as a new report suggests that schools are deploying iPads for everything from taking attendance to going paperless.
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Whatever Happened to 3D Printing? It Found Its Way.

Whatever Happened to 3D Printing? It Found Its Way. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So where are we now?

One day soon, we’ve been told over the last decade or so, we’ll all have 3D printers in our living rooms! You can make whatever you want!! But we don’t, and you can’t. “With every technology, you have the hype cycle, and right now we’re sort of at the bottom, because the hype is over,” says Joris Laarman, a Dutch designer who has engineered new types of digital-fabrication materials and whose work is the subject of an exhibition at the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York through January. “People are kind of like, ‘Okay, so? What can we do with it? Was it real or was it just hype?’ ”

Well, for some it hasn’t been just hype. Laarman uses 3D printing to create functional, usable furniture called micro structures. SpaceX has a dedicated 3D printing zone at its plant in Hawthorne, California. GE’s Brilliant Factory aims to use 3D printing to transform large-scale manufacturing.

But where is 3D printing for the rest of us?
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I, Teacher - Manitoba Teachers Society 

I, Teacher - Manitoba Teachers Society  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past five years students in some parts of the world have been greeted in their classrooms by teachers who appear to have come off the set of a George Lucas movie.

Robots have been teaching classes in Japan, South Korea and Abu Dhabi.

Throughout the world humans in various jobs are being replaced by robots at an ever-accelerating pace. The question for many people is whether their work will disappear with the rise of the machines.

Most think not.
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Flowlab Game Creator - Make games online

Flowlab Game Creator - Make games online | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Great for teachers & students. Flowlab is being used all over the world to introduce game design & development, along with crucial STEM skills. Creating themed games is also a fun way to get students engaged with classroom material.

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Gamification for the WIN!

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Great for teachers & students. Flowlab is being used all over the world to introduce game design & development, along with crucial STEM skills. Creating themed games is also a fun way to get students engaged with classroom material.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners

 

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Six Nations school launches app that teaches people to speak Mohawk - CBC

Six Nations school launches app that teaches people to speak Mohawk - CBC | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Six Nations school is doing its part to keep Indigenous languages alive in the most modern of ways — with an app.
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50 Cool Things to 3D Print Which Are Actually Useful | All3DP

50 Cool Things to 3D Print Which Are Actually Useful | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ike us, you’re tremendously excited by the possibilities of 3D printing. Unfortunately, the landscape is cluttered with trinkets, doodads and ornaments. We’re in danger of drowning in 3D printed objects that nobody wants or needs.

 Fight the tide of mediocrity! Let’s make stuff that’s actually useful! Here’s a list of cool things to 3D print, right now, today. Prove to your nearest and dearest that there’s an everyday and practical application of this wonderful technology.
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16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate

16 Apps that Support the Creative Process - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creativity is more than the ability to paint a pretty picture; it is a way in which original ideas are born and how they take form. It is about pushing boundaries, solving problems and bringing together skills in unique ways.  In a recent poll, 60% of CEO’s agreed that creativity was the most important skill to have in the workplace. With that in mind, it is important that we start turning to technology to facilitates the creative process. Through technology, we are not only offered new mediums but ways in which to organize our thoughts. Below are 16 apps that will support the creative process for both artists and big thinkers.
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Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class - Educators Technology

Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Trading Card Creator is a web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with your students for various educational purposes most important of them all is to help them enhance their writing skills. Trading Card tool provides card templates which students can use to describe characters, places, abstract topics, events, and objects. Cards come with a set of questions to guide students responses and to help them focus on the aspects that matters most to their descriptive narrative. Students, for instance, can create trading cards for  characters drawn from their favourites TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels..etc. When their cards are ready they can easily print and share them with the whole class.
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Tools to Support Student Inquiry - Class Tech Integrate

Tools to Support Student Inquiry - Class Tech Integrate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Inquiry Based Instruction has been an area of study for me for the last couple of years. In my opinion, teaching through inquiry is not only engaging for our students, but develops an essential skill that our kids need to be successful in the 21st century. In this post, I want to share a few of the resources I have been using for the last few years, as well as a few resources that I just learned about. 
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STEM Challenge - Can You Make Corn Dance? | Maker Maven | STEM | Makerspace Resources

STEM Challenge - Can You  Make Corn Dance? | Maker Maven | STEM | Makerspace Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

STEM Challenge - Can You Make Corn Dance?
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Need a last minute STEM challenge? Make corn dance with our fun, new challenge!
 
You only need a few items and you are ready to have some fun. 
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Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing

Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn and support from Google have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around puzzles that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in the classroom, suitable for all ages.

Do the puzzles and  develop computational thinking skills as well as learn about some core computing topics.
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Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
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Make Your Own Creature Workshop #AASL17 @DianaLRendina

Make Your Own Creature Workshop #AASL17 @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Towards the end of last school year, one of my students came up with one of my favorite design challenges:  Make a creature that does something.  That’s it.  This prompt wins for simplicity and the designs that people come up with for it are always amazing.

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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?

As you set, up or evaluate, the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about how you are bringing this movement to the entire school and curriculum. I call it creating a Maker Culture. After-all the concept behind making is not a space… but instead a way of thinking.

For this reason, I think it is important to discuss one of the thinking processes often involved in making. It is the idea of computational thinking. This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education.  The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.
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Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’

Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a few weeks, people around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding.

Today, it’s my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released a new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, that will be used in classrooms, at after-school programs, community centers and homes everywhere. The tutorial uses game elements loved by so many young people, and introduces a fun character called the Agent, to present computer science concepts in a fun and creative way. Learn more in a post today by Deirdre Quarnstrom, Minecraft Education general manager, and start planning your Hour of Code.
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How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad - OSXDaily

How to Translate Languages with Siri on iPhone and iPad - OSXDaily | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Whether you’re a frequent traveler, simply learning a new language, or interacting with someone who speaks in a different language, Siri for iOS now has the fantastic ability to translate between languages on the fly. For example, you can ask Siri to say “I need a taxi ride to the airport” in French, and Siri will not only instantly translate that for you in written text, but also say it aloud.

Essentially you can think of of Siri on iPhone or iPad as a digital translator that is always with you, and it works to translate between English, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

Try it out yourself, it works really well and is quite fast.
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Learn English App for iOS - Easing into English

Learn English App for iOS - Easing into English | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Easing into English is a ground-breaking, interactive iPad/iPhone application which takes you through a series of learning modules which become progressively more challenging. Each module provides clear, comprehensive input on particular language points which are embedded in a thematic context and are designed to help you learn English easily.

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This is a useful app for developing your students' understanding of grammar. iOS only.

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4 Myths About Creativity - Mitch Resnick @mres - Edutopia

4 Myths About Creativity - Mitch Resnick @mres - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Not everyone agrees on the value and importance of creative thinking in today’s society. Part of the problem is that there is no consensus on what it means to be creative. Different people think about creativity in very different ways, so it’s not surprising that they can’t agree on its value and importance. As I’ve talked with people about creativity, I’ve encountered a number of common misconceptions.
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The secret tricks hidden inside restaurant menus

The secret tricks hidden inside restaurant menus | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Great thought and effort go into creating restaurant menus – and there are some very powerful psychological tricks employed to make you choose.
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Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered - CNET

Robot companions are just what the doctor ordered - CNET | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In hospitals and elder care centers, companion bots might make a variety of experiences less painful or lonely.
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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As California budgets millions to rebrand long-disparaged vocational education, there are an estimated 30 million jobs in the U.S. that pay at least $55,000 per year and don’t require a bachelor’s degree.
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It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium

It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we’ve learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl’s arguments back then are even more relevant today. In this post, I’ll explain why.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 20, 2:00 PM
Part of the literacy that often goes overlooked is that a digital tool is not always the best tool. Teachers are both learners and teachers. To say otherwise misses the point of teaching an learning.
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Teachers do an amazing job! We need to help those who are uncomfortable with technology to embrace it. 
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The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers - TeachThought

The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As the maker movement in culture moves from MacGyver jokes and what Noah did when Allie left him in The Notebook to something with a bit more academic and cognitive credibility, it has also begun to creep in to the education space.

As with any niche, there is specialized language–jargon–that may keep things murky for you. The 38 terms below by no means represent an exhaustive collection. (There are dozens of gadgets, circuit boards, and digital, robotic, and electrical wizardry we left on the cutting room flow.) But for most teachers in most circumstances, it should serve as a nice starting points.
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How many more terms can we add today 3 years later!!

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How many more terms can we add today 3 years later!!

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Scaffolding Maker Education Learning Experiences - Jackie Gerstein @JackieGerstein

Scaffolding Maker Education Learning Experiences - Jackie Gerstein @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is how I approach facilitating maker education activities. Direct instruction is provided through structured and prescribed activities with the goal of learners then being able to eventually go into self-determined directions. There has been some criticism leveraged against out-of-the-box maker education kits, programmable robots, and step-by-step maker activities. My contention is that learners often don’t know what they don’t know; and that giving them the basic skills frees them to then use their creativity and innovation to take these tools into self-determined directions.
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How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom

How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The inclusion of coding and computational thinking (CT) skills across all levels of education is gaining momentum worldwide. Here at home, the Ministry of Education recently announced a focus on coding and CT skills in our Ontario schools. What follows are recommendations related to how large jurisdictions can adequately prepare our teachers to introduce and foster the development of coding and CT skills in our students.  

These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels. 
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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, November 18, 6:36 PM
"These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels."
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Here’s how to win at Monopoly, according to math experts - TED

Here’s how to win at Monopoly, according to math experts - TED | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mathematicians Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans have crunched the numbers. Forget utilities — these are the properties you really should be investing in.
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Gwen Hilliard's curator insight, November 18, 8:50 AM
Cool connection to math (I think my brother @tjochim40 already had this information when we played as kids lol)
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Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stories are an entertaining way to introduce or reinforce computer science concepts and help students to understand abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Do you read picture books, chapter books, or short stories to your students in computer science classes? I do. The easiest way to get started is with books that are specifically written to teach CS concepts.
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