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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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What Does Growth Look Like for a Student Who Isn’t Having Success on Standardized Tests? | EdSurge News

Over the course of my career, I’ve had some years where my students’ standardized test scores were on the rise, and other years where they stagnated. Rarely did these scores correlate to the amount of growth each learner had experienced during our time working together.

One thing I know to be true is that little things matter a lot when it comes to recognizing student growth.

It matters when a student with trust issues lets you in and and opens up emotionally, or when a student starts showing up to class and gains enough confidence to start setting goals and advocating for himself. It counts when an essay expands from one unclear sentence to three paragraphs of compelling narrative, even if three paragraphs doesn’t cut it on the rubric.
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18 Incredible Digital Citizenship Web Resources for Teachers - Global Digital Citizen

18 Incredible Digital Citizenship Web Resources for Teachers - Global Digital Citizen | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every teacher can benefit from having some good digital citizenship Web resources available to share with students. We like the kinds of tools that will help you help them learn about appropriate and exemplary behaviors in any online environment. As a teacher, you’re in the perfect position to be the best source of digital citizenship development any student could hope for. You’re not alone, either—we’ve gathered a list of digital citizenship Web resources from people who are just like you.

Digital Citizenship is all about shifting the accountability for appropriate behavior to our students. This builds both independence and personal responsibility. The list we’re presenting you with today has 18 of the best digital citizenship Web resources available. From games to videos to online lessons and more, these tools are info-packed and comprehensive enough for any teacher’s needs.
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The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) | EdSurge News

The 5th ‘C’ of 21st Century Skills? Try Computational Thinking (Not Coding) | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For better or worse, computing is pervasive, changing how and where people work, collaborate, communicate, shop, eat, travel, learn and quite simply, live. From the arts to sciences and politics, no field has been untouched.

The last decade has also seen the rise of disciplines generically described as “computational X,” where “X” stands for any one of a large range of fields from physics to journalism. Here’s what Google autocomplete shows when you type “computational.” (You can try it for yourself!)


But the big question is: Does current K-12 education equip every student with the requisite skills to become innovators and problem-solvers, or even informed citizens, to succeed in this world with pervasive computing?

Since the turn of this century, the “4C’s of 21st century” skills—critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication—have seen growing recognition as essential ingredients of school curricula. This shift has prompted an uptake in pedagogies and frameworks such as project-based learning, inquiry learning, and deeper learning across all levels of K-12 that emphasize higher order thinking over rote learning. I argue that we need computational thinking (CT) to be another core skill—or the “5th C” of 21st century skills—that is taught to all students."

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Does current K-12 education equip every student with the requisite skills to become innovators and problem-solvers, or even informed citizens, to succeed in this world with pervasive computing? Since the turn of this century, the “4C’s of 21st century” skills—critical thinking, creativity, collaboration and communication—have seen growing recognition as essential ingredients of school curricula. This shift has prompted an uptake in pedagogies and frameworks such as project-based learning, inquiry learning, and deeper learning across all levels of K-12 that emphasize higher order thinking over rote learning. I argue that we need computational thinking (CT) to be another core skill—or the “5th C” of 21st century skills—that is taught to all students.
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Expand Your Media Literacy Skills with KQED Teach!

Expand Your Media Literacy Skills with KQED Teach! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"KQED Teach offers a collection of free, hands-on professional learning opportunities focused on Digital Media. Educators can build skills in digital storytelling, data visualization, and critical media use to support all curriculum areas. These skills allow teachers to facilitate learning environments where their students can create digital content, develop their communications and technology skills, and engage in deeper learning that encourages critical thinking."

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Making Space for #Makerspaces - the journal #makered

Making Space for #Makerspaces - the journal #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
While conducting research for my recent graduate thesis to complete my Master's degree in Educational Technology from New Jersey City University, I uncovered the fact that the maker movement, a seemingly modern creation, actually has its roots traced back thousands of years ago.  Confucius and Aristotle were both proponents of learning by doing.   Socrates provided a model of learning that is still relevant in the digital age by emphasizing the process of learning through questioning, inquiry and critical thinking.   The learning theories first advanced by these early philosophers are aligned with the modern maker movement.



Creation of pop-up makerspaces has allowed for this idea of project-based learning to grow and blossom. Using higher-order thinking skills, students are given the opportunity to problem-solve, ask questions, think, create, innovate, fix and revise. A new set of learning theories have popped up as well. Innovation and design theory have become a way of learning, with entrepreneurship at the helm.  Preparing our students for the work in the 21st century, where the ability to figure out solutions and think outside the box is fostered, will be the key to  success.
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WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

WalkWoke: an iOS app for your student activists (and a media literacy opp) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Your student activists are going to love WalkWoke.The iPhone app allows for the creative of impactful political posters to print, publish or share with meme-style ease.The app was launched in January by Tangelo, a venture studio and an innovation lab with a diverse team–built and founded by immigrant women.
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Using Amazon Alexa for the English Classroom - Tech Edvocate

Using Amazon Alexa for the English Classroom - Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apart from reading great literature, some educators struggle to come up with new ways to make English class engaging. Edtech has a lot to offer teachers who want to foster a deep love of language in their students. One of the most affordable pieces of edtech, Amazon’s Alexa, can be a simple way for students to engage in reading and writing at a deeper level. Most students love the silly games and interesting stories that are available to captivate their attention on this playful device.

If you have been trying to figure to how to use Alexa to make English class more engaging, here are five of the top programs your students will enjoy.
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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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New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media

New Strategies to Get Kids to Create Media, Not Just Consume It | Common Sense Media | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Instead of only watching and playing, encourage kids to make, code, and craft their own content. Advice from Common Sense Media editors.
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Study Exposes Teacher Rift on Digital Device Usage in Schools

American teachers tend to see student use of digital devices as being slightly more positive than negative. However, they also believe smartphones, tablets and computers are having a bad influence on the physical and mental health of students too.

That's the latest finding from Gallup in a web study completed by nearly 500 adults aged 18 and older who teach K-12 students.
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Computational Thinking for Educators – ElecFreaks 

Computational Thinking for Educators – ElecFreaks  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I was asked for our school’s latest INSET day to devise a half-hour session which I would repeat during the day for all teaching staff on the fairly loose topic of sharing good practice / sharing our classroom activities.

 

Now I was fairly sure that 30 minutes was not going to be long enough for me to introduce much interesting in the way of Computer Science or code for a group of teachers who had never experienced it before, so I began to think about what I could deliver.

 

My thoughts turned to some of the Computational Thinking lessons we do with our students as they are accessible and don’t require the use of a computer. The fact that I was going to deliver a session on sharing good practice from my teaching and that it would not involve any tech other than a projector and presentation, would no doubt come as a shock to some of my colleagues!"

 

Be certain to explore the great slidedeckhttps://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1HFJo57Essscg2kvYxqYhHWP2YGZistC-vw2xOX2MmD8/edit 

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New Educational VR App Teaches Kids About Recycling 

New Educational VR App Teaches Kids About Recycling  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The educational potential of VR technology in today’s classroom is still for the most part uncharted waters. What seems certain, however, is that this technology promises to open up some of the most exciting horizons in the education of tomorrow. Inroads are being made in certain areas, and one of the most exciting examples to have emerged to date is a VR app that lets school children operate a recycling facility from the comfort of the classroom.
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Let The Technology Serve The Curiosity, Not The Other Way Around 

Let The Technology Serve The Curiosity, Not The Other Way Around  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Curiosity killed the cat, but it made each of us who we are today.

Without curiosity, none of us would learn very much at all. Learning is based more on curiosity than any other human characteristic. Children who are curious are always interested in discovering more. Children who lose their curiosity usually turn off and tune out. Children are naturally curious, but sadly, rigid school systems and curricula have often knocked this out of them by the time they graduate."


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“We need to engage our learners. They will only be engaged fully if they can actively participate in their learning. They won’t learn if they are not curious. The responsibility for this lies with the educator.”, I completely agree with this statement from the author, it is true that curiosity is an important aspect when it comes about education, a students that feels curious about an specific topic is more likely to be motivated to study it, so he/she can fully understand what is all that about, Educators need to figure out how to keep students motivated and curious about the topics they need to learn, and as the author mentions, technology can help us a lot.
magnus sandberg's curator insight, May 25, 5:03 AM
A great text with a brilliant headline. The headline carries a somewhat different message than the text below, at least to me. So my recommendation is to read it again and think about what it tells you, then read the rest. 
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12 Great Coding Apps for Young Learners

12 Great Coding Apps for Young Learners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In response to a request from one of our readers, here is a collection of some of the best iPad apps you can use with your elementary students to introduce and teach them coding and programming. This selection is based on our previous reviews as well as on the popularity of these apps among teachers and educators. You can also check this infographic featuring 12 excellent books designed specifically to help kids in their code learning journey. Links of the apps are under the visual. Enjoy
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A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into the Modern World - Quanta Magazine #drones #autonomouscars

A Classical Math Problem Gets Pulled Into the Modern World - Quanta Magazine #drones #autonomouscars | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ong before robots could run or cars could drive themselves, mathematicians contemplated a simple mathematical question. They figured it out, then laid it to rest — with no way of knowing that the object of their mathematical curiosity would feature in machines of the far-off future.

The future is now here. As a result of new work by Amir Ali Ahmadi and Anirudha Majumdar of Princeton University, a classical problem from pure mathematics is poised to provide iron-clad proof that drone aircraft and autonomous cars won’t crash into trees or veer into oncoming traffic.
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Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite: The distractions are endless. Here’s how to help kids cope. - Washington Post

Instagram, Snapchat, Fortnite: The distractions are endless. Here’s how to help kids cope. - Washington Post | 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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