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Live from the First iPad Summit

Live from the First iPad Summit | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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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2017 Holiday Maker Gift Guide: Toys and Supplies - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

2017 Holiday Maker Gift Guide: Toys and Supplies - Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again – the time when we scour the mall and internet to find that perfect present for the little ones (and not so little ones) in our lives.  Instead of buying stuff that just sits there, why not buy some gifts that get kids creating?  In this gift guide, I’ll focus on some of my favorite maker toys and supplies that could be awesome gifts for the holidays.  Next week, I’ll feature my favorite maker-related books.
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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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Great to understand for your digital literacy.
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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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Make Minecraft a Priority During This Week's Hour of Code - STEM JOBS

Make Minecraft a Priority During This Week's Hour of Code - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This year’s Computer Science Education Week is upon us and, as many teachers know, it brings the opportunity to show students that they, too, can code. Through fostering a global movement during this week, using the Hour of Code and an enormous social-media campaign, technology giants including Microsoft are offering educational tools, such as Minecraft: Education Edition, to develop student interest in coding. This year, Microsoft has updated its Minecraft: Education Edition tutorial, providing greater opportunities to students for learning to code and more educational tools to educators when introducing this subject.
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An Excellent Free Guide to Help You Evaluate Apps for the Classroom - Educators Technology

An Excellent Free Guide to Help You Evaluate Apps for the Classroom - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Evaluating Apps for the Classroom is an excellent free short interactive eBook (15 pages) created by Apple Education to be read on iBooks. As its title indicate, this guide is meant to help teachers make informed decisions about educational apps to integrate in their classroom instruction. Sifting through tons of educational apps in the App Store can be a daunting task especially for teachers whose schedules are already full enough to allow for such an endeavour. This is where the utility of such a guide comes in handy. It provides you with a set of tips and ideas to help you better evaluate educational apps and  tap into the learning potential of iPad.
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It's Computer Science Education Week, and coding is everywhere - Google Blog

It's Computer Science Education Week, and coding is everywhere - Google Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I got into coding through classical music. When I studied it in college, I worked with a researcher who found a way to represent the notation of a large number of musical works digitally. I learned to code by doing various analyses to find patterns that automatically identified specific composers. These programs could distinguish between a Haydn and a Mozart piano sonata, which many musicians can’t even do. Once I saw the power of this skill, I had to learn more! I started taking some computer science (CS) classes, and ended up changing direction entirely from music to CS.""

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Make Your Own Magic Dough - Scientific American

Make Your Own Magic Dough - Scientific American | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kinetic, or “magic,” sand is easy to find in stores, and fun to play with at home! But did you ever wonder what’s so magical about magic sand? You might not be surprised to hear the “magic” is actually science! You can create your own version of this fun mixture with just a few kitchen ingredients.
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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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“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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La ilustración puede ser una buena forma de completar el texto. Aquí tienes 5 vías para enseñar a tus alumnos a crear libros multimedia. 
GwynethJones's curator insight, Today, 7:48 AM

Great publishing ideas!

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Great publishing ideas!

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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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Some Very Good Resources to Help You Teach Students Coding - Educators Technology

Some Very Good Resources to Help You Teach Students Coding - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On the occasion of Computer Science Education Week, we are sharing with you this updated collection of helpful resources to help you introduce and teach kids and young learns everything they need to know about coding. We have included Android apps, iPad apps, web tools, interactive guides, and several other resources.
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To code or not to code in the pre-k classroom? Yes, please do. - Abigail Fredrickson

To code or not to code in the pre-k classroom? Yes, please do. - Abigail Fredrickson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If there is one piece of advice that is drilled into you as a new parent, it is to limit screen time. Bringing home our first baby, I may have not known how to effectively swaddle or change a diaper, but I did know, “back is best” and “no screen time for children under two.” Yet, screens are something we as parents are constantly interacting with. In those early days of parenting, our parents laughed as we announced that we would not expose our children to screens. Yet screens are such a piece of our world. How could I expect a child not to find interest in the screens and technology that we interact with routinely? Does this abstinence approach to teaching new parents and those who work with our youngest learners do more harm than good? Does coding and computational thinking have a place in early childhood education? Yes, it certainly does.
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Why Big Names and Big Money Are Backing Greater Access to Computer Science - EdSurge News

Why Big Names and Big Money Are Backing Greater Access to Computer Science  - EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom thinks his state is falling behind when it comes to requiring computer science in all of its high schools.

“It’s time to move away from downloading apps, to have our kids start designing apps,” he told an audience at the College of San Mateo, south of San Francisco.

Newsom was just one of the high-profile speakers Monday at an event hosted by Code.org to commence its Computer Science Education Week, an annual program “dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science,” per Code.org’s website. This year, it runs from December 4 to 10.
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