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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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Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom | TeachOntario

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom | TeachOntario | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Welcome to the TVO TeachOntario Coding and Computational Thinking in the Classroom Hub. 

 We are excited to serve as the guest hosts for this hub, as we showcase coding and computational thinking ideas, research, activities and practices from educators around the province. 

This hub is meant to serve as a collaborative place where we can all develop our understanding surrounding innovative practices related to coding and computational thinking. We also hope that it can serve as a responsive, ever-changing resource that meets the..."
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Coding in the Classroom - Beyond the Hour of Code TeachOntario - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

Coding in the Classroom - Beyond the Hour of Code TeachOntario - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Welcome to the Coding in the Classroom: Beyond the Hour of Code course. Work your way through this course at your own pace and in whatever order you prefer. Begin with the question in the panel to right, with Get Started Here: About You."
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6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom -

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Curiosity is a powerful catalyst for learning. Children want to understand the world around them, and naturally reveal their interests by asking questions – sometimes even too many questions! As educators, we may feel pressure to keep going with our intended lesson plan or to get to our ‘point.’

This may lead us, as teachers, to push ahead instead of listening to a child’s question, or to answer it briefly and move on. The goal of education should be to nurture and grow minds that are ready to solve problems and think critically, and asking questions is a necessary skill in that process.

For this reason, we want to prioritize question asking and place it at the forefront of our mission for our classrooms and our students.
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Music Crab - A Cute App for Learning to Read Music - Free Tech for Teachers @rmbyrne 

Music Crab - A Cute App for Learning to Read Music - Free Tech for Teachers @rmbyrne  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Music Crab is simple and free iPad designed to help students learn to read music. The app features a little crab that students move by playing virtual piano keys in the app. To move the crab students have to play the correct notes. If they play too many incorrect notes in a row, the game is over and they have to start again.
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The Future of Coding in Schools - Edutopia 

The Future of Coding in Schools - Edutopia  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, on why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools—it's not the reason you’d expect.
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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 10, 5:41 PM

“La primera pregunta que nosotros deberíamos hacernos es ¿por qué deberíamos aprender a programar? Mucha gente introduce la programación en las escuelas como un primer paso que estimule una futura vocación laboral como programador o incluso científico de computadoras y por supuesto ellos tienen razón que estas oportunidades se están expandiendo rápidamente. Pero esa no es una gran razón para que todos aprendan programación. Muy poca gente termina siendo un escritor profesional, pero nosotros enseñamos a todos a escribir porque es una forma de comunicarnos con otros, de organizar nuestros pensamientos y expresar nuestras ideas. Yo pienso que las razones para aprender a programar son las mismas que las razones para aprender a escribir. Cuando nosotros aprendemos a escribir aprendemos a cómo organizar, expresar y compartir ideas. Y cuando nosotros aprendemos a programar, estamos también aprendiendo a cómo organizar, expresar y compartir ideas en nuevas formas, en un nuevo medio.” (Mitch Resnick, Físico, Doctor en computación y Director del Grupo Lifelong Kindergarten, equipo de aprendizaje permanente en el MIT Media Lab y co-creador del lenguaje Scratch)

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A Coding Interview With Tereza Salerno @laclassedemmes  - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

A Coding Interview With Tereza Salerno @laclassedemmes  - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I reached out to Tereza Salerno after seeing a tweet online. Tereza had mentioned she tried coding this week with her class. Curious, I sent her an email asking for more information. Have a read through of our conversation below. My biggest take away is the sense of accomplishment her students felt. Amazing!
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5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks

5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Writing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories that they develop. Multimedia publishing tools that include a collaboration component can further help students as they work together with each other or with you to improve their work.

The following five platforms make it possible for students to create and publish multimedia ebooks in their web browsers.
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Ines Bieler's curator insight, December 10, 2:32 PM

Great publishing ideas!

magnus sandberg's curator insight, Today, 1:55 AM
All five look good, and its is good news (new to me at least) that Book Creator can be used in chrome
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5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks
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How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson via @coolcatteacher 

How to Teach Coding in the Elementary Grades with Sam Patterson via @coolcatteacher  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers don't have to be geeks to use coding in elementary and primary grades to teach literacy, problem solving and collaboration. Here's how.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Jim Lerman
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My students love this!

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19 Apps to Bring App Smashing to Your Classroom

19 Apps to Bring App Smashing to Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"App smashing is the act of using (“smashing”) two or more apps to create one project, usually an animated video that’s published online.

"If you’re not familiar with this concept, it’s an exciting way to use multiple media forms to complete amazing projects. You can facilitate app smashing with any app that allows users to:

Import pictures or video.
Publish student work.
Create videos and pictures.


"Below you can find just a few of the apps that lend themselves to app smashing, how to combine them to create fantastic projects, and even a few student-created examples."


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Mapping Canada’s history of residential schools with Google Earth - Canadian Geographic

Mapping Canada’s history of residential schools with Google Earth - Canadian Geographic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Canadian Geographic Education has launched its first-ever Google Earth Voyager story, which addresses a dark chapter in Canada’s history: the residential school system.

Canada’s residential school system was a government-sponsored, church-run network of boarding schools aimed at assimilating Indigenous children by taking them away from their families and forcibly erasing their cultural identity. The first residential school opened its doors in 1831 and the last one, Gordon's Residential School in Saskatchewan, closed in 1996. Trapped in the system, children suffered emotional, mental and physical trauma. Many children never returned home, dying from disease or during attempts to run away.
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An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement - EdSurge News

An Assembly Line of Coding Students? Tough Questions for the Computer Science Movement - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"What does it really mean to prepare students for a future in coding careers? Clive Thompson, a freelance writer for Wired and The New York Times magazine, thinks the reality is not as rosy as many people think.

In a popular Wired article titled, The Next Big Blue-Collar Job is Coding, Thompson criticizes pop culture and some writers, like himself, for overly romanticizing the notion of the ‘lone genius coder’—the Mark Zuckerbergs and Mr. Robots of the world—saying that’s not what every coder looks like and that's not what many coders will be.

They don’t let just self-trained amateurs show up at Boeing and start building planes alongside the pros. That happens all the time in software.

Thompson recently talked with EdSurge about the future of programming work in the United States and the realities students will face in their future job searches. The conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity. Listen to a complete version of the interviews below, or on your favorite podcast app (like iTunes or Stitcher)."

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How to set up a #makerspace at your school - ABC Splash

How to set up a #makerspace at your school - ABC Splash | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A makerspace can be any place where students can get creative, whether a classroom, library or garden. It's not about the space, but the innovation mindset that the space promotes. In this article, we unpack everything you need to create your own collaborative makerspace at school.

Learning needs to be at the core of any decision when creating your makerspace. Ask what you want your students to learn and achieve.

But you don’t need lots of high-tech equipment. Anything that gets kids thinking, collaborating and creating is a wonderful start, so all you really need is a space and a quick look in your supply closest and you could be on your way.

Makerspaces provide students with access to tools, resources and humans to help drive innovation and entrepreneurship.

In this series of videos, Joachim Cohen, Schools Technology Innovation Lead, and Greig Tardiani, Technology for Learning Project Manager, both from the NSW Depart
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How Minecraft is becoming the foundation of a generation’s computer science education

How Minecraft is becoming the foundation of a generation’s computer science education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Like many adults, Benjamin Kelly didn’t initially get the global Minecraft phenomenon, which has seen millions upon millions of kids investing endless hours exploring and creating within a blocky virtual world. Eventually he came around.

“I consider myself a late adopter,” says Kelly, who teaches technology at Caledonia Regional High School in New Brunswick. “But the students’ passion for the game was unyielding. I adopted Minecraft mainly because of that.”

By “adopted” he means he not only began playing it himself but also brought the game into his classroom. In addition to the 120 million-plus copies of the consumer-oriented version that have been sold since the Swedish-made mining game launched in 2011, Microsoft Corp. has sold more than 2 million Minecraft: Education Edition licenses specially designed to help kids learn to code.
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"What is computational thinking?" Posters - TES @RobottResources

"What is computational thinking?" Posters - TES @RobottResources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A series of 6 classroom wall posters to promote the concept of computational thinking. 


Alongside the 4 parts of computational thinking (Decomposition, Pattern Recognition, Abstraction and Algorithm design), I have also included debugging which includes common errors (example syntax and logical)."



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Virtual Reality Apps for Education - Education Technology Guy 

Virtual Reality Apps for Education - Education Technology Guy  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality (VR) is one of the newer technologies moving into the classroom. Google Cardboard and Google Expeditions are the two most popular, but here are some more great VR apps for education:

(these are links to the Google Play store, but they all have iOS versions also)
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A Multimedia Timeline of WWII in Europe - Free Technology 4 Teachers @rmbyrne

A Multimedia Timeline of WWII in Europe - Free Technology 4 Teachers @rmbyrne | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last week I shared National Geographic's excellent multimedia timeline of the Pacific Theater of WWII. National Geographic offers a similar timeline of the European Theater. While the title of the timeline is World War II in Europe, it does include include events that happened in Africa and some events in the United States. The timeline World War II in Europe includes pictures, text, video, and maps of events beginning with Hitler's first violation of the Treaty of Versailles through the end of the war in Europe.
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How a Blind Student Who Felt Locked Out of STEM Classes Challenged—and Changed—Her University - EdSurge News

How a Blind Student Who Felt Locked Out of STEM Classes Challenged—and Changed—Her University - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Students who are blind rarely major in math or science, and Emily Schlenker understands why, from personal experience.

A pre-med major at Wichita State University, Schlenker was born without sight. But that hasn’t slowed down her fascination with organic chemistry. What has repeatedly snagged her ability to study it, however, has been when homework assignments include charts and graphs that her screen-reading software can’t process.

“If I went around to every single wheelchair ramp on campus and broke part of it, there would be an absolute riot,” she says. “The equivalent for me is going to a class and not being able to study the textbook. No sighted person would ever do organic chemistry with no homework—they wouldn’t stand for it—but I was supposed to do that, apparently.”
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It’s Time to Optimize for Google As a Recommendation Engine

It’s Time to Optimize for Google As a Recommendation Engine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ask anyone what Google is and the most likely answer will be that it’s a search engine, which is pretty hard to argue with. The tech giant’s most important platform is called Google Search, where people type in queries and get search results in return.

Pretty conclusive stuff.

Except the nature of search is drastically changing, as Google further integrates machine learning and artificial intelligence into everything it does. We now get personalised search results based on our location, user history and content preferences. We get content recommendations popping up on our phones and alerts for the latest news, sports results and travel updates.

The further Google develops its technology, the less we find ourselves searching. Instead, Google is becoming more of a recommendation engine than a search platform – and marketers need to start optimising for this now.
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Why don't we still (officially) teach Google advanced searching strategies in schools?

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Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break - John Spencer @spncerideas

Ten Creative Alternatives to Showing Movies Before the Break - John Spencer @spncerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Let’s just put it out there. December is exhausting for teachers. The days are shorter. The weather grows colder and (at least here in Oregon) wetter. Students are anxious — whether it’s a buzzing excitement for vacation or a sense of dread that some kids feel in homes that are unsafe during the holidays.

And teachers are tired. They’re tired of redirecting behaviors and tired of the mid-year pressure of the test and simply tired of the sheer energy it takes to be a teacher.

It’s no wonder that so many teachers begin playing holiday movies around this time of year. They want to create a sense of fun and escape and enjoyment, and a motion picture promises exactly that. Maybe that’s okay. Maybe that’s a part of creating a culture of joy. So, please don’t read this post as a slam on teachers showing movies before the break. If this is a part of a positive classroom culture, keep doing it. This isn’t meant to be a guilt trip or a rant or a “you’re doing this wrong” post. This is meant to be a yes/and post offering other options.
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Although you can't beat Lion, Witch, & the Wardrobe OR Princess Bride!

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The Best Online Safety Conversation Starter: The Smart Talk

The Best Online Safety Conversation Starter: The Smart Talk | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In today's digital world teaching and practicing online safety needs to be a top priority both at home and in school. Parents and teachers need to be on the same page when educating children about this topic. Children can be easily exposed to inappropriate sites or scams and need to know how to avoid and handle these types of situations. Often times many adults don't understand the proper safety precautions they need to teach their children when it comes to interacting in our cyber world.
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How To Measure Tech's Success in Schools :: Lisa Nielsen

How To Measure Tech's Success in Schools :: Lisa Nielsen | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A better question to ask when looking at the advantages of technology in school is this:

“How is technology helping students make the world a better place?”

"When we look at and assess that question, we can start to tell stories that matter as well as cultivate buy in and support from the students, staff, families, community, and partners.

"What could this look like?

 

Students create an app that helps their peers find free internet access throughout their neighborhood.

 

The robotics team creates cars for youth in the community who are unable to walk.

 

Students use technology to grow edible classrooms, raise funds for their school, and help themselves and the community become healthier.

"When we start measuring success with metrics that matter, we can start empowering educators to support students in using technology to do the work that improves the lives of themselves and others."


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5 iPad apps for Student Presentations and Meta-Cognition

5 iPad apps for Student Presentations and Meta-Cognition | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A blog out integrating technology in the classroom. This includes tips for 1:1 classrooms, blended learning, flipped classrooms, and more.

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Listennotes.com: a search engine for podcasts — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Listennotes.com: a search engine for podcasts — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Listen up, there’s a new search tool in town.
Among my friends, at least, it seems that podcasts are a rediscovered treasure. (Check out Jayson DeMers’ Forbes piece, Why Podcasts are Popular, and the 2017 Edison Research Infinite Dial Study on  podcast statistics.)
The demand is growing, but how do you find podcasts without the effort of subscribing to a feed? Listen Notes is a search engine for podcasts.
Currently reaching across more than 410,000 podcasts and 24 million episodes, Listen Notes is searchable by people, places, and topics. Listen Notes is searchable in multiple languages. It offers autocomplete support as well as the ability to add a custom search to your own website. You can also examine trending searches.
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OracleVoice: Novel Program Teaches Computer Science Alongside Art, Biology

OracleVoice: Novel Program Teaches Computer Science Alongside Art, Biology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s Computer Science Education Week 2017, and what better way to celebrate than by drawing attention to a program that comes at the subject matter from an entirely new direction.

Lila Finch, a PhD student in my lab at the University of Colorado Boulder, has designed a set of learning experiences that teach computer science alongside art and biology.
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Teach kids computer science through design and inquiry

Teach kids computer science through design and inquiry | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In my previous role as a technology and engineering education (TEE) curriculum specialist at Richmond Public Schools (RPS), I collaborated with fellow TEE teacher Nicholas Briley to develop the coding skills of the students in our engineering classes while teaching them how to build and use electronic circuits. Here's how we did it in four steps:
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