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Marble Maths App › Davyhulme Primary School

Marble Maths App › Davyhulme Primary School | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Today in Numeracy, Year 5 used the app ‘Marble Maths,’ to help improve their mental maths skills. The app provides questions of varying difficulty on many different aspects of maths, perfect for mental maths practice and for the children choosing between a mental maths test and using this fun and interactive app, there wasn’t much competition. A recent update also included a British currency which was the only glitch when I first downloaded the app"

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The Future of Fake News - Edutopia

The Future of Fake News - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
New audio and video software will make media manipulations harder to detect. These essential media literacy questions can help.
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Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education?

Our new report, Computational Thinking for a Computational World, draws from research and interviews with leaders around the country to answer the essential question: In a computational world, what is important to know and know how to do?

The report describes how computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. It is a skillset for solving complex problems, a way to learn topics in many disciplines, and a necessity for fully participating in a computational world."

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Computational Thinking Challenge - Bebras Cards | Computer Science Education @ King's

Computational Thinking Challenge - Bebras Cards | Computer Science Education @ King's | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Bebras Cards are freely available to download and print from http://bebras.uk – the UK Bebras site.  The password to access the answers is Algorithm. Do try them out! Bebras puzzles are fun to try to solve and also all related to computer science in some way. The intention is to engage students in computational thinking and stimulate an interest in Computing.
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Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia

Teaching Current Events in the Age of Social Media - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"With each click of the mouse or flip of the channel, our society is inundated with headlines focused on natural disasters, sexual harassment allegations, countries on the brink of war, and teen suicides. While none of this is anything new, the bombardment of these stories is unique to this generation of student. Social media, the 24-hour news cycle, and questionable media sources (or questionable reporting techniques) have become their own newsworthy headlines. As a result, life can appear dark, far darker than in pre–social media days.

As adults, we bring our prior knowledge of history and our optimism about humanity to help us process and filter this inundation. Our students, however, do not have hindsight to combat their feelings of helplessness. They are surrounded by unfiltered current events—a rapid fire of negativity that can leave them vulnerable and overly anxious. It’s no wonder that teen stress is on the rise.

Nevertheless, our students have to know about the world around them, and part of our job as educators is to prepare them for the realities of the world outside the classroom walls. It’s difficult, however, to walk this precarious high wire of responsibility knowing that we need to expose students to current events and yet still nurture them developmentally."

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LEGO Stocking Stuffers for the Brick Lover in Your Life – Review Geek

LEGO Stocking Stuffers for the Brick Lover in Your Life – Review Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Full size LEGO sets, as any collector or parent knows, are anything but cheap. If you’re looking for some cute stocking stuffers instead of a budget-breaking Death Star, though, there are tons of fun and reasonably priced buys to be found.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite LEGO stocking stuffers for the kids (at heart) on your holiday shopping list whether they’re whiling away their hours at a play table or grinding in a cube farm.

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A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC Team

A List of 10 Social Media Skills for Every Modern Teacher [Infographic] by GDC Team | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Social media skills have an increasingly useful presence in modern classrooms. Teachers and students use them to connect and to expand learning, and they don’t have to be a distraction. In fact, they can be powerful learning tools if used properly. It begins with our most powerful classroom tool which is a knowledgeable teacher.


 A teacher who knows about social media is a boon to the modern classroom. It’s about more than just “keeping up”—having social media skills can strengthen the teacher-student connection. 

They can bridge a generational gap that can make teaching a challenge. Bringing social media to the classroom can also increase accessibility for children from lower income families. Social media also has applications to personal and professional development. Teachers can use it to find learning and development opportunities of their own. Twitter and LinkedIn are perfect examples of this.""


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Yes, the more teachers know. . . 

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Challenging goals for Educators. “Lot of meat on these bones.”
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Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in Schools - The Tech Edvocate

Five Reasons to Teach Robotics in Schools - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In today’s’ technology-driven world, it’s important now more than ever to prepare students for the future. Teaching robotics to young students throughout their schooling can increase their ability to be creative and innovative thinkers and more productive members of society. Many governments have already recognized the importance of robotics in the classroom and have begun to create programs and laws that would incorporate it into their public education system. By teaching our students the basics of robotics, we can open a whole new world to them and exciting opportunities that they wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
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Maker Maven STEM Challenges on Pinterest

Maker Maven STEM Challenges on Pinterest | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Explore Maker Maven's board "Maker Maven STEM Challenges" on Pinterest. | See more ideas about Stem challenges, Pennies and Stems.
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21 Future Jobs the Robots Are Actually Creating - Inc.

21 Future Jobs the Robots Are Actually Creating - Inc. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
According to an Oxford University analysis, close to half of all jobs will be taken over by robots in the next 25 years. No wonder the press is full of handwringing about how workers will adjust and the best way to prepare the next generation for this A.I.-filled future.

But not everyone is alarmed about the prospect of radical change in the labor market. After all, this has happened before (for instance, when mechanization replaced the vast majority of farmers) and it turned out OK. Plus, a lot of today's jobs are soul-crushingly boring and repetitive. Losing them just might be a blessing. 

Among these optimists are IT service company Cognizant. In a recent report (hat tip to Business Insider for the pointer), the consultancy notes that while creative destruction has always been with us, so has reinvention. Sure, robots will take jobs away, but they'll also create new ones.

What will these new gigs look like exactly? The report imagines detailed job ads for 21 future careers that Cognizant thinks may emerge in the next 10 years.
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#12BlocksofCodemas - Trillium Lakelands District School Board  TLDSB Coding @ryan_psmith

#12BlocksofCodemas - Trillium Lakelands District School Board  TLDSB Coding @ryan_psmith | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"To get into the coding and holiday spirit, TLDSB will be doing the #12blocksofcodemas this year! Each day, starting on December 7th, a new block of code for Scratch and ScratchJr will be announced on Twitter, Google+ and in the Staff Lounge in FirstClass. Students that participate can submit their projects to entered in a draw to win a prize for their school!"

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A Big THANKS to @ryan_psmith for sharing this great coding activity! Check out the great activities!
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Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education. But how do “code,” “computer science,” and, “computational thinking,” fit together? What is motivating their introduction into schools, and how might they change education?

Our new report, Computational Thinking for a Computational World, draws from research and interviews with leaders around the country to answer the essential question: In a computational world, what is important to know and know how to do?

The report describes how computational thinking is both central to computer science and widely applicable throughout education and the workforce. It is a skillset for solving complex problems, a way to learn topics in many disciplines, and a necessity for fully participating in a computational world."

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Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators

Want more girls interested in STEM? Retrain music and dance teachers to run computer science lessons, say educators | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Music and dance teachers who are respected by female pupils should be trained to teach computer science to inspire more girls to pursue a career in the technology sector, educators have said.

More than 150 teachers and schoolgirls recently attended an event at Microsoft’s UK headquarters designed to show young women what life at a technology company was like.

Speaking just weeks after the Government used its Budget to announce significant funding to support the training of Computer Science teachers, Cindy Rose, the chief executive of Microsoft UK, kicked off this year’s DigiGirlz by highlighting the lack of women in the technology sector.

Educators told Microsoft at the event that school leaders needed to create more positive role models in computer science and give them modern classrooms to work in if the UK was to encourage more women to pursue a career in science, engineering, technology or maths (STEM).
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 Curious article from Microsoft. Convincing successful dancers and Musically talented women to covertly convert talent into computer and scienc geeks may not be a winning argument guys....This article shows the limits of the male mind to comprehend the mind and motivations of others. Now the STEAM or just STEM debate may be worth bringing up if Microsoft can show how developing programs and engineering for those creative fields opens creative doors and how creative thinking and skills open door for enginneeering teams?

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Robot-building 12-year-old girls on a mission to encourage others

Robot-building 12-year-old girls on a mission to encourage others | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Samantha Sedran and Katrina Usmar are the only girls’ team among 10 boys’ teams but they are trying various approaches to get other girls to join them in the field
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A Handy Visual Featuring Important iPad Skills for Teachers

A Handy Visual Featuring Important iPad Skills for Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Pad has been increasingly adopted as an instructional tool in classrooms especially in the north American context. As a versatile device, iPad provides boundless learning and teaching opportunities that were to the recent past unthought of. In today’s post, we are highlighting some of the basic skills or activities every teacher using or planning to use iPad in class should be aware of. For each of these skills we provided 3 suggested apps to help you cultivate the skill under question. Of course, the selection of both the skills and apps is subjective and based  entirely on our own experience of using iPad and reviewing apps. The 10 skills we believe are integral to every iPad integration in education include: create presentations, create digital stories, create video content, create animated tutorials, take notes, create educational visuals, create digital portfolios, create books, create audio recordings, and create mind maps.
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Three Free iPad Apps for Creating Talking Animations - Free Tech 4 Teachers

Three Free iPad Apps for Creating Talking Animations - Free Tech 4 Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creating videos with students is the topic of one of my most popular on-site workshops. I always customize the workshop depending upon the type of device that teachers are using and the grades that they teach. The following are three of my favorite iPad apps for elementary school students to use to create animations on their iPads.
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10 iPad apps for Humanities classrooms - ICT Evangelist

10 iPad apps for Humanities classrooms - ICT Evangelist | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Whilst there are some awesome apps and websites to support generic teaching and learning activities across the curriculum and age bands, there are also lots of brilliant subject-specific apps for y…

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The Art of Reflection - Edutopia

The Art of Reflection - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Portfolios allow students to regularly reflect on their learning process—deepening their connection to content.
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Computational Thinking Curriculum at Excel Public Charter School

Computational Thinking Curriculum at Excel Public Charter School | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At Excel Public Charter School, we place a strong focus on integrating computational thinking within our curriculum across all disciplines. To us, computational thinking means solving hard problems of all kinds using ideas from computer science. These include algorithmic thinking, decomposition, pattern recognition and abstraction, as well as confidence in the face of ambiguity and tenacity …
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20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them) via Matt Miller 

20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them) via Matt Miller  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Listen on the go. Find podcasts on almost any topic and download them to your device. It's a great way to improve as an educator.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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South Fayette Schools: A #Computational Carnival for Kids | Getting Smart

South Fayette Schools: A #Computational Carnival for Kids | Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Combine a makerspace, science fair and a coding bootcamp and you have South Fayette School District, a computational carnival for 3,200 students south of Pittsburgh.

With four schools on one suburban campus, South Fayette is the best example of K-12 integrated computational thinking we’ve seen. Yes, kids are learning to code but more importantly, they are learning to attack complex problems, analyze data, and sprint in teams to public products.
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How to Make Christmas Light-up Cards - Makerspaces.com

How to Make Christmas Light-up Cards - Makerspaces.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this project tutorial, we’re going to make light-up Christmas cards using copper tape, LEDs and a coin cell battery.  This is a really fun STEM or makerspace project that you can do around the holidays.

Learn the basics of electricity and circuits while making custom holiday cards for your friends and family.
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Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Educators Technology

Some of The Best Digital Storytelling Apps for Elementary Students - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Seem like a natural treasure chest to me! 

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Can't wait to try these.
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Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs? - NYTimes

Will Robots Take Our Children’s Jobs? - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I asked Toby why children like robots so much.

“Because they work for you,” he said.

What I didn’t have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them — or, I fear, might not work at all, because of them.

It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first, artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s.
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Editor's Choice: 50 Of The Best Educational Toys & Gifts For 2018 -

Editor's Choice: 50 Of The Best Educational Toys & Gifts For 2018 - | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We worked hard on this list. Though we’re still updating it (with more info, age recommendations, etc.), we tried to collect a wide variety of ‘widgets’ that teachers and parents might find useful when shopping for children. To that end, we’ve got everything from horticulture kits to video games to books to microscopes, engineering kits, and more.

If you’re still shopping for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or any other holiday or celebration that involves children, we hope this list is useful. We’ll update it regularly so that you can find value in it not just for the holidays, but anytime throughout the year.
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11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer

11 Kids Activities to Learn Coding without a Computer | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Computer coding is essentially a language that computer uses. When we think about helping kids learn computer coding, we automatically think we need a computer first. But in fact, there are many ways to learn computer coding without a computer, as many thinking and coding approach can be learned in different activities off-screen. Today we share some off-screen activities that teach kids computer programming.
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