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How A British School Successfully Integrated Technology - Edudemic

How A British School Successfully Integrated Technology - Edudemic | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Essa Academy in Bolton nearly doubled its pass rate at GCSE within just two years and has grabbed global headlines for its innovative use of technology around the school.
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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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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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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, Today, 1:19 PM

 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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Exploring Minecraft with Force and Motion - Hoonuit

Exploring Minecraft with Force and Motion - Hoonuit | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I have had a couple of students at my school who love, or I should rather say who are obsessed, with Minecraft. My own kids actually love the game as well. As an adult, educator and parent naturally dismissed the game. I didn’t get what the fascination was with pixel blocks in an 8 bit format. Keep in mind that I am a gamer myself. A year and a half later, I am hooked. Whether you are playing the pocket edition or using the Minecraft EDU platform, there is so much to explore and create.
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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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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 10, 7:46 AM

Why don't we still (officially) teach Google advanced searching strategies in schools?

PIRatE Lab's curator insight, December 10, 10:11 AM
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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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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 10, 7:47 AM

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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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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Every Student Should Publish for the World! | Shake Up Learning - Shake Up Learning @ShakeUpLearning

Every Student Should Publish for the World! | Shake Up Learning - Shake Up Learning @ShakeUpLearning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’m on a bit of a mission! Everywhere I go, I ask this question, “How many of you allow your students to publish for a global audience?” The result…very few hands go up if any. The reality is this is a real-world skill and can be a very important and authentic learning experience for students of all ages. What’s holding you back?
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Fighting Bad Press: 14 Inspiring Examples of Drones Doing Good around the Globe - UAV Coach

Fighting Bad Press: 14 Inspiring Examples of Drones Doing Good around the Globe - UAV Coach | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Drones do lots of good in the world, and the ways they can be used for good seem to be growing every day. (There’s even a “UA Drones for Good” competition held in Dubai every year.)

Here is our list of some of the ways that drones are being used for good right now. Know of others? Reach out and let us know on Twitter using the hashtag #dronesforgood.

We’d love to see this list grow!
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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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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 9, 3:41 PM
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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