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Live from the First iPad Summit

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Takeaway from first iPad Summit: If iPad implementation doesn't redefine how schools use technology to create and perform tasks, it's not worth the investment.
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What Is the Point of a Makerspace? - Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez

What Is the Point of a Makerspace? - Cult of Pedagogy - Jennifer Gonzalez | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For as long as I’ve been aware of makerspaces, I haven’t quite understood them. I have seen plenty of photos on social media, with the towers made of marshmallows and toothpicks. I’ve walked through exhibit halls at conferences where the coding and robotics displays cause me to stop, stare, and try to look like I have some idea of what I’m looking at. I even stumbled into a Twitter chat one night where a group of school librarians was throwing around some pretty great ideas about building makerspaces in their libraries.

And yet, I still feel like I don’t get it. I have this picture in my mind of kids kind of messing around with Legos instead of, I don’t know, reading primary source materials that would shed light on some period in history. Or taping together some cardboard strips to make them into a car. Or attaching some kind of wire to a banana. I don’t know…the more traditional, stodgy, control-freak part of me says it looks like a bunch of hooey.

But some of the smartest people I know are pretty into makerspaces, and the part of me that’s not a stodgy control freak, the part that knows there’s a lot about tradition we need to question, that part of me wants to find out once and for all what’s so great about makerspaces.
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Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite: The distractions are endless. Here’s how to help kids cope. - The

Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite: The distractions are endless. Here’s how to help kids cope. - The | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

“Over the past year, there has been a deafening debate over the importance of creating tools to promote responsible technology use. In January, two of Apple’s shareholder groups asked the company to look at the addictive effects of iPhones on children. Google’s recent developer conference highlighted tools to help users better control smartphone usage. For our youngest generations, there’s certainly reason to believe that a focus on managing distractions is just as important as promoting good digital citizenship.

When I speak with middle school and high school students about organization and time management, I often begin with a simple question: How many of you would like an extra seven to 10 hours of free time per week? Nearly all hands go up, and students are quickly excited by the possibility that they could get their work done faster, understand it better, and have more time to spend on other activities, hobbies or even sleep.”

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102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching - TeachThought

102 Brain-Based Learning Resources For Brain-Based Teaching - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Researchers in neuroscience, psychology and education are uncovering new information about how brains learn best at an unbelievable pace. We have more insight into the brain’s learning processes than at any other moment in history, and we are poised on the brink of a radical shift of how we think about education. Researching the conditions that allow brains to learn most easily enables innovation and optimization for learners in formal and informal settings. There are countless applications for the findings of the new science of learning, including:

Deeper understanding of cognitive deficits and the unique circumstances that affect everyone’s learning capacity. More nuanced information about memory, cognition, and comprehension in various settings. Better understanding of motivation, metacognition, and what drives us to learn at all.

We are incredibly excited about all of the new knowledge being discovered by researchers examining the neurological and psychological underpinnings of learning and education systems, and we can’t wait to see what the future has in store. The organizations, blogs, research labs, and brain-based learning providers below have diverse perspectives and an incredible range of information about the new science of learning, and we think every single one is worth checking out.
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Robot see, robot do: Nvidia system lets robots learn by watching humans - New Atlas

If robots are ever going to earn their keep, they'll need to learn on the job. Factory supervisors have better things to do than program complex instructions, so what if they could just show robots what to do, the same way they would a new human worker? AI researchers from Nvidia have now demonstrated a system that lets robots do just that, learning how to perform a specific task by watching someone do it just once.
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9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines – Teacher Reboot Camp : Shelly Terrell

9 Web Tools for Creating Digital Magazines – Teacher Reboot Camp : Shelly Terrell | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Now, creating a digital magazine is much easier. With web tools, students can layout their writings, pick from hundreds of cool fonts, and add their own images or choose from a library of stock images. Some web tools allow students to embed video and audio. Below I’ve listed some free educational web tools for creating a class ezine.

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Scientists Find That Smartphone Addiction Alters Your Brain Chemistry - Futurism

Scientists Find That Smartphone Addiction Alters Your Brain Chemistry - Futurism | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many of us find it difficult to go even a few hours without looking at our smartphone or accessing the internet. Now, a new study has found that addiction to these technologies might cause a chemical imbalance in the brain.
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10 Great YouTube Channels for Teaching Video Essays

10 Great YouTube Channels for Teaching Video Essays | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
With more than 7 billion videos on YouTube, it can be challenging to curate what's best for your classroom. But amid all of the frivolous, silly, or even obnoxious content, there are gems to be found. On top of this, some truly unique genres and types of videos have sprung from the platform. One of these -- the video essay -- can be a great tool for media-literacy education. Here's why: Video essays model for students how YouTube can be a platform for critical communication.
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'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' Phenomenon Explained with Science

'Yanny' vs. 'Laurel' Phenomenon Explained with Science | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you hear 'Yanny' or 'Laurel'? The audio recording setting the internet on fire this week has finally been explained with science.

Thanks to the team from ASAPScience who unpack the perplexing audio clip and explain in detail why some of us hear 'Yanny' and some of us hear 'Laurel'. 

There are many factors that may affect what you hear. In a recent Twitter poll, 47% of people heard Yanny while 53% heard Laurel. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Develop Programming Skills This Summer

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Ways to Develop Programming Skills This Summer | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Summer is almost here and it's a great time to learn a new skill that you can bring into your classroom next fall. One of the skills that seems to be mentioned in almost every education periodical these days is programming or coding. Learning to program isn't as difficult as you might think that is. Each of the following services make it relatively easy to learn to program your own apps. As you learn to program your own app, you'll start to see how your students can do the same and use those skills in your classroom next fall.
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Thanks to John Evans. But let's get real. How many teachers are going to study programming during the summer?? ;)

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25 lesson ideas to use social media in the classroom! - BookWidgets

25 lesson ideas to use social media in the classroom! - BookWidgets | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Social media and the process of learning do blend better than anyone of us could have imagined. Who doesn’t like an innovative, creative way to work together? Social media not only helps the process of learning but also helps us to connect easier.

In this blog post I’ll talk about the most popular social media tools and how to use those social media tools in your classroom. Prepare yourselves for this social media guide for teachers.
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Love this idea of bringing the outside in! 
 
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Some of The Best EdTech Websites for Teachers and Educators - Educator's Technology

Some of The Best EdTech Websites for Teachers and Educators - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you haven't already seen it, here is a handy visual featuring some of the best educational websites to try out in your instruction. based on our previous reviews, we selected a number of our favourite tools and arranged them into 8 main categories:  websites for language arts teachers, websites for math teachers, websites for science teachers, websites for physics teachers, websites for history teachers,  websites for social studies teachers, websites for arts teachers, and websites for music teachers.  You can find links to the websites in this chart. Enjoy
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Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency - FORBES

Show What You Know: The Shift To Competency - FORBES | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
G.P.A.’s are worthless as a criteria for hiring, and test scores are worthless,” said Laszlo Bock, former head of HR at Google. “Google famously used to ask everyone for a transcript and G.P.A.’s and test scores, but we don’t anymore, unless you’re just a few years out of school. We found that they don’t predict anything,” added Bock.

In the now famous 2013 interview with the New York Times, Bock signaled the beginning of the end of courses and credits as the primary measure of learning and the beginning of the show what you know era.

Professions (including law, real estate, and accounting) have long relied on test-based measured of readiness. Some professions have gone a step beyond to require demonstrated competence (e.g., doctors and pilots are required to pass tests, endure simulations, and perform in a variety of live settings).


In dynamic job categories including information technology (as Bock notes), hiring is increasingly based on demonstrated skills--a portfolio of referenced work-- rather than transcripts and grades. Learning in these rapidly evolving fields is often online or blended, modular, and delivered in quick sprints in new formats like coding bootcamps or nanodegrees.

If the world is heading towards demonstrated competency over traditional pedigrees and there is a new opportunity to accelerate individual learning pathways, what does it mean for traditional education?
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Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.

Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop during adolescence — a period of time that can stretch from the middle school years into early adulthood.

"We were always under the assumption that the brain doesn't change very much after childhood," explains Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London.

But that's simply not the case, she says, and educators — and teens themselves — can learn a lot from this.
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Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need to Know in a “Fake News” World – Canadian School Libraries Journal

Developing Critical Literacies: What We Need to Know in a “Fake News” World – Canadian School Libraries Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Those of us who grew up in a pre-Internet world probably remember passing through grocery store checkout aisles lined with copies of the National Enquirer and other tabloids, with outrageous headlines proclaiming “BAT CHILD FOUND IN CAVE,” “HILLARY CLINTON ADOPTS ALIEN BABY,” or “DOLPHIN GROWS HUMAN ARMS.” Even as children, it was easy to distinguish those fake stories from real news, not just because of the sensational claims but also because of the telltale fonts and the obviously manipulated or fabricated images. Looking back, the division between fake news and authentic journalism seemed quite clear.

In today’s world, however, the line between real and fake seems increasingly blurred and uncertain. False stories are no longer relegated to tabloid publications but instead have infiltrated more mainstream media sources and social networking services. While the ludicrous claims of tabloid fare were meant mostly to entertain, today’s fake news is a more insidious specimen; in many cases, there is a sinister intent to its creation and dissemination. Indeed, the dictionary.com definition of fake news reads: “false news stories, often of a sensational nature, created to be widely shared online for the purpose of generating ad revenue via web traffic or discrediting a public figure, political movement, company, etc” [emphasis added].
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To Spark and Scale Innovation Across School Districts, ‘Every Day Is Day One’ | EdSurge News

To Spark and Scale Innovation Across School Districts, ‘Every Day Is Day One’ | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Running a lemonade stand may be the most entrepreneurial project that many students get to experience. But increasingly, schools leaders want to take the spirit of these old-fashioned projects and create more—and more meaningful—opportunities for students and teachers alike to think creatively and build skills that will prepare them for future careers.

In districts like Boston Public Schools, officials have set up new teams devoted to rethink everything from professional development and instructional design to class schedules and school culture. These efforts are often lumped into one overused term: “innovation.” (But what does it really mean?)

We recently sat down with Sujata Bhatt, managing partner of innovation at Boston Public Schools, to learn more about what exactly a district innovation job entails, and what it takes to get people to not only adopt an innovator's mindset, but to execute on new ideas.
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The Faster Your Brain Moves The More Time Off You Need - Inc.com

The Faster Your Brain Moves The More Time Off You Need - Inc.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you just started working out you may be tempted to push your body to the limits. The problem isn't how hard your training. It's that you're still partaking in unhealthy habits, like poor diet and not getting enough sleep, as well as not giving yourself enough recovery time.

Like any other muscle in your body, the same can be said about our brains.

As an entrepreneur, I work my tails off for 10, 12, or more hours every day. Then I come home and do some additional work. I then respond to to email and social messages on my smartphone or tablet right before bed. I'm not over-worked right?

Next I watch the news or an episode of my favorite show. I get a couple of hours of sleep, rinse, and repeat.

This is what living is like in the information age. In fact, we now receive five times as much information every day as we did in 1986.

No wonder we suffer from anxiety and stress! It's even been estimated that 40 million adults in the U.S. alone are affected by an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety is also the most common mental illness in the country.
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15 Ways to Use Book Creator for Reading Responses - Class Tech Tips

15 Ways to Use Book Creator for Reading Responses - Class Tech Tips | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Well, I am so happy to have partnered with my friends at Book Creator to make a special ebook just for you! This free ebook is full of ways to use Book Creator for Reading Responses."


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Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know

Snapchat 101 for teachers — What you need to know | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In my first conversation about Snapchat with another educator, I didn’t have a very open mind.

“Let’s Snapchat each other to talk about it more!” she said. I politely declined.

I didn’t want anything to do with it. Snapchat had gained a reputation as a place where kids go to swap inappropriate pictures.

Today, it still has that reputation with many in the education world.

Recently, I signed up for a Snapchat account to share fun stuff with family, and I’ve learned a lot about the features and how they work.

Before, I thought nothing productive — or safe — could come from using Snapchat in the education world.

Now, I’m changing my mind.
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Some Good Resources for Teachers Professional Development - Educator's Technology

Some Good Resources for Teachers Professional Development - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today we spent sometime going through our PD archive and pulled out these three resources to help teachers with their professional development. Each of these resources features a number of interesting materials (web tools, educational podcasts and books) that can directly or indirectly enhance your professional learning experience.
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Getting Started with Google Tour Creator

Getting Started with Google Tour Creator | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Visit Tour Creator and press "Get Started" - as this new service rolls out Tour Creator may not yet be available to all accounts and it may require admin to tun on Poly and Tour Creator - while you are waiting you sign in with your GMail Account. Press "+ New Tour" Give your tour a Title, Description and Cover Image
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Chinese School Uses Facial Recognition Technology to Make Students Pay Attention

Chinese School Uses Facial Recognition Technology to Make Students Pay Attention | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
China is taking its obsession with facial recognition software to a next level by installing cameras in primary schools to monitor children’s attentiveness. Government-run Chinese website Hangzhou reported that a school has installed the cameras above a blackboard in a classroom that will monitor the kids in class.
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Top 5 TED-Ed Lessons on creativity - eSchool News

Top 5 TED-Ed Lessons on creativity - eSchool News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"If you’re looking for more ideas and resources, here are the 5 most popular TED-Ed Lessons on teaching and assessing creativity."

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12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners - Educator's Technology

12 Great Digital Storytelling Apps for Young Learners - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below are some good iPad apps you can use with young learners to create and share digital stories. Digital story telling is an effective way to enhance students writing, reading and speaking skills. Students will also get to experiment with different modes of making making (e.g., visual, auditory, and textual). The titles we selected for you today are among the best apps out there. They are simple and easy to use and students will definitely enjoy using them. Check them out and share with us if you have other suggestions to add to the list. Links to the apps are under the visual.
 
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The Ultimate How-To Guide for Chromebook Beginners - MakeUseOf.com

The Ultimate How-To Guide for Chromebook Beginners - MakeUseOf.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Chromebooks have deservedly earned a reputation for being easy-to-use, even for people who aren’t technologically savvy. Chromebooks aren’t just perfect for students, they’re also solid options for seniors.

But just because the operating system is straightforward, it doesn’t mean there aren’t some parts of it that require further explanation. Without further ado, here’s an ultimate how-to guide for your Chromebook.
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Why Are We So Scared of Robots? 15 Experts Weigh in on What the Real Dangers Are

Why Are We So Scared of Robots? 15 Experts Weigh in on What the Real Dangers Are | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Whether you're excited about it or not, robots and artificial intelligence are an inevitable part of a future that we're fast approaching. Thanks to books and films littered with rogue A.I.s and malevolent robots, some people are understandably a bit frightened by the prospect of a world overrun by such technologies.

They're not alone, as many experts across fields as diverse as technology and economics are also expressing their fears over the rise of the robots. While these fears are certainly valid, it's important to note that these concerns are being voiced in the hopes that technology can be improved, not prohibited.

Here are just some of the pressing concerns regarding robots and A.I.s that experts want to see addressed before the new era of technology commences."

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