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Learning In Burlington: 7 Reasons iPads Rule?

Learning In Burlington: 7 Reasons iPads Rule? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Some impressive facts from ign.com on the impact of iPads:

 

* Over 100 million sold

* iPad sales topped all other PC Manufacturers in the second quarter of 2012

* 94 percent of Fortune 500 companies use iPads "in an official capacity."

 

Despite these mind-blowing numbers, I am always interested in the discussion of what device is best in an educational setting. Audrey Watters wrote a post this week asking, "Why Tablets?" that got me thinking about this a bit more, especially given the fact that we currently have over 1,200 iPads in Burlington, a number that will soon be over 2,000 as we deploy iPads at the middle school level."

 

 

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Students apply geometry lessons to build tiny houses - The Hechinger Report #makered

Students apply geometry lessons to build tiny houses - The Hechinger Report #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every week in geometry class, more than two dozen Eureka High School students stow their backpacks and cellphones in their lockers and don hard hats and goggles.

Instead of sitting at desks, they slice wood with power saws, measure wood to be cut and hammer together the skeleton of a new tiny house — a fully habitable dwelling, just 26 feet long — all with little teacher help.

In less than two months, they have almost finished building the entire frame of a 14-by-26-foot house from the ground up.

“We’re not getting results that we’d like to get for our students, so we’re looking for additional opportunities that could make math relevant for students. This program does that.”
Mike LaChance, Ritenour School District’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction.

“You actually have to try in this class,” said Tucker Burt, 14, a freshman. “It’s a lot more fun. It’s a lot more hands-on. It’s a lot more interesting.”
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Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids | Makerspaces.com

Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids | Makerspaces.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspace or STEM projects for kids don’t have to be complicated or expensive.  In fact, some of the best projects use recycled or repurposed items like cardboard or soda bottles which means nothing to buy.

Below, we’ve compiled some of our favorite projects that are great for makerspaces.

Learn how to make a boat out of a soda bottle, create a car from cardboard and many more.

Let get started !
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Creativity is a Skill - Four O'Clock Faculty

Creativity is a Skill - Four O'Clock Faculty | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many of us,

including myself,

grew up believing

that creativity was

a talent.

 

Some people are creative.

Others are not.

 

It turns out that this belief

is wrong. Really wrong.
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STEAM: Creating Strong Intellectual Skills @mraspinall

STEAM: Creating Strong Intellectual Skills @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Nathan makes a further claim stating “the arts help us imagine scenarios beyond our own realities and provide pathways to unexplored possibilities in our lives” (p. 179) which I quite often argue about Computer Science and STEAM. Regardless, I am passionately biased when it comes to promoting Computer Science in elementary schools. How can I encourage others to “see” what I “see” when it comes to what is possible between the synergy of technology and the human mind. However, interpreting aesthetics is what makes it beautiful.
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Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School

Create Talking Animations With These Free iPad Apps - iPad Apps for School | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Making animated movies is one of my favorite video creation projects for elementary school students. Students love hearing their voices bringing to life an animated character on the screen. You can have students create animations to tell stories from their own lives or to animate short stories that they have written in your classroom. The following three free iPad apps enable elementary school students to create talking animated movies.
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Good resources for ESL or foreign language lessons in general!!
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7 Good iPad Apps to Help Students Learn Human Body Parts - Educators Technology

7 Good iPad Apps to Help Students Learn Human Body Parts - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here is a collection of some good iPad apps you can use with your students and kids to help them learn about human body. The apps feature a number of interactive games and activities to enable kids to identify and memorize names of different parts of the body. Kids will also get to learn how to correctly spell and pronounce each of the featured parts. Most of these apps are particularly designed for kids and preschoolers but they can also be adapted to different age groups.
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5 Ways to Celebrate Kid Inventors Day - STEM JOBS

5 Ways to Celebrate Kid Inventors Day - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kid Inventors Day falls on Benjamin Franklin’s birthday (January 17, 1706) and celebrates the ingenuity and entrepreneurship of kids. To encourage your students to dream about their own inventions, try some of these activities in your classroom.
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8 Things Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids With Math - The New Family

8 Things Parents Need to Know About Helping Their Kids With Math - The New Family | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Math can be a real point of tension between parent and child. Here’s how to encourage math learning in everyday life and how to cope when stress mounts over math homework."

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5 Activities to Integrate Sports and STEM - STEM JOBS

5 Activities to Integrate Sports and STEM - STEM JOBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the most basic methods of piquing student interest in a STEM concept is to make the subject relatable to another topic they enjoy. Combine sports and STEM to engage more students when teaching these concepts.
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Math Problem Solver Apps to Help Students with Their Math Homework - Educators Technology

Math Problem Solver Apps to Help Students with Their Math Homework - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some good iPad apps to help students with their math homework. They provide detailed instructions on how to solve a wide variety of math problems covering different mathematical topics from algebra and trigonometry to complex calculus and statistics. The main educational strength of these apps is that by walking students through math solutions, students get to enhance their mathematical thinking, develop new skills and learn from the process. Some of these apps are featured here for the first time. We invite you to check them out and share with your students.
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Collaborative prototyping - exploring computational tinkering with sound | The Tinkering Studio

Collaborative prototyping - exploring computational tinkering with sound | The Tinkering Studio | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We have been prototyping new computational tinkering activities that explore sound during the past 4 months, working collaboratively with our partners from the MIT Lifelong Kindergarten group and the LEGO Idea Studio.
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I Slept With A Sleep Robot (And I Liked It) - Fast Company

I Slept With A Sleep Robot (And I Liked It) - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There are advantages to sleeping with a robot. For one thing, it won’t kick you in the middle of the night.

It will obediently snuggle with you till you’ve had your fill. When you need your space, simply throw it to other side of the bed–with no hurt feelings. At any point, you can control the robot’s body. Is his breathing too strong? His talk too loud? All can be adjusted with a simple dial.

The best part? It doesn’t snore.

Meet the Somnox sleep robot, a football-sized companion made to help relax you to sleep. The soft-to-touch bot murmurs with a slowed breathing rhythm, subconsciously lulling users to a meditative breathing speed. It comes with integrated audio with Enya-eqsue celestial sounds and white noise, but if that’s not your bag, you can upload whatever calming audio you’d like, be it lullabies, bird sounds, or Jeff Goldblum’s voice.
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10 Student Friendly Websites to Encourage Creative Thinking - MrKempNZ

10 Student Friendly Websites to Encourage Creative Thinking - MrKempNZ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Classrooms that honor creativity and fun are lively places for students to learn and retain information. Was learning fun and exciting while you were growing up? Well, probably not and the main reason behind this is because there was no technology back then. So, if you’re a teacher or parent looking for the best resources to help your kids in their education, this is the right time.

Remember that you’re in the Digital Age of technology where the internet is overflowing with fantastic learning resources for your kids. So, here are the ten best educational sites that will serve your kids well (according to Sophia Clark). Remember that there are a multitude of other resources out there and we would love to hear your favorites too:
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All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein

All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A group of teen girls learned to code, solder, sew, and 3D-print to invent a solar-powered tent for the homeless.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 17, 10:26 AM

Love this! Go girl power!

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Arts-Rich Preschool Readies Kids for Learning

Arts-Rich Preschool Readies Kids for Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Preschools have a single, all-important mission: getting kids ready to learn. Students should emerge knowing their letters, numbers, and shapes, as well as a certain level of emotional awareness.

A new study identifies a uniquely effective way to impart this foundational knowledge: immersion in the arts.

It reports low-income children who attended a Head Start program experienced a more robust rise in readiness if their program included daily music, dance, and visual arts classes.

The results "support the broad educational value of the arts," writes a research team led by psychologist Eleanor Brown of West Chester University. "Our findings indicate that the arts may hold value not only for art's sake, but also for advancing children's overall school readiness."
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8 tips to help create and sustain a makerspace

8 tips to help create and sustain a makerspace | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Though makerspaces are becoming more mainstream, creating and maintaining one could overwhelm educators who are starting from scratch.

Aside from the technology tools and other resources that make up the space, it’s wise to have a plan in terms of when students will use the space, how it will be shared, where funding will come from, and how students will demonstrate what they are learning.

A makerspace is loosely defined as an area in which people–in this case, students and educators–use creativity, technology and computing to work on different projects and ideas, said October Smith, the K-12 science coordinator in Lamar Consolidated ISD, during a TCEA 2017 session.

Why the maker movement? People who want to make things and share those ideas and creations, Smith said.

“You’re all makers–you produce things each day,” Smith said. “Leonardo DaVinci was a maker. This is not something new. We just talk about it more now.”
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Innovate My School - Make this your most digital year yet!

Innovate My School - Make this your most digital year yet! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Digital literacy: I’m sure you’ve been told this is important for students in the 21st Century. But did anyone mention it’s also important for teachers too? Believe me, it is! Digital literacy is about digital skills, skills which help you use tech, create with tech and be safe using tech. So obviously as students increase in their use of technology we have to support them in how to use it wisely, correctly and safely. The same applies to teachers.
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Your child's next best friend could be this 3.5-foot-tall robot - Mashable

Your child's next best friend could be this 3.5-foot-tall robot - Mashable | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iPal is a unique humanoid robot designed to teach children and be a friend at home or in the class room. It sings and dances for fun, and provides lessons and stories for education. There are other possible uses for the robot as well, such as for elder care and as a hospitality host.
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Ideas For Those Old VHS Tapes You Have Hanging Around The Library, School and Home! - Shannon Miller  @shannonmmiller

Ideas For Those Old VHS Tapes You Have Hanging Around The Library, School and Home! - Shannon Miller  @shannonmmiller | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Martha created a VHS Tape Challenge for her students and they were asked how high they could build a tower and domino maze from the VHS tapes given to them.  

What a great idea!  

I love how she tied in so much STEAM with this Makerspace activity using recycled technology from their library.  And you can see that the students loved it too. 
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25 Reasons Why Library Makerspaces Are a Good Thing - Ideas.Demco

25 Reasons Why Library Makerspaces Are a Good Thing - Ideas.Demco | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
From the overwhelming response we received to our Makerspace Survey, it’s clear that makerspaces are top-of-mind for many librarians and educators, be it in public, school or academic libraries.

From fostering critical thinking skills to providing access to technology to delivering new and relevant services for your community, makerspaces are proving to be an invaluable. Here are just some of the benefits our respondents cited:
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Changeable Magnetic Marble Run #makered

Changeable Magnetic Marble Run #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Okay, here we are with yet another marble run, but this one is our favorite one yet!  Actually, I’d say this marble run is equally as cool as the other one we posted recently.  (I’ll discuss the strengths of each at the end of this post for anyone who cares!)
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Design thinking vs computational thinking in education

Jeanette Wing (2012) defines computational thinking as the thought process involved in formulating a problem and expressing its solution in a way that a computer-human or machine can effectively carry out. It is the process of abstraction by; choosing the right abstractions, operating in terms of multiple layers of abstraction simulations and defining the relationships between layers guided by efficiency, correctness, and flexibility. Computational thinking can best be related to as writing software or instructionals. Every action or non-action is accounted for in the way computational artifacts are constructed. Computational thinking is great for working out a solution but there is an argument that computational thinking does not put enough emphasis on the problem itself.

Design thinking, on the other hand, attempts to understand the intent or problem before looking at any solution — computational or otherwise. Design thinking attempts to identify why the problem exists in the first place before solving it. IDEO defines design thinking as the application of empathy and experimentation to arrive at innovation solutions through making decisions based on stakeholder input and evidence based research. Using the Indian roading example, a design thinker would ask, what is the intent of building the roads in the first place?
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25 Of The Best Math Resources For 2018 - TeachThought

25 Of The Best Math Resources For 2018 - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Year to year, the best math resources tend to stay the same, with large platforms like the Kahn Academy being supplemented by well-designed apps like Quizlet and Math Agent.

But each year, a handful of new math apps, websites, and other resources emerge to be useful for elementary school, middle school, high school, homeschooling, and college-prep practice.

Below, we’ve gathered 25 of the top math resources for 2018–a mix of established and all-new tools to support the building of math skills and the grasp of important mathematical concepts.
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Frank Napoli's curator insight, January 11, 10:18 AM
Great resources. Would be better if someone could create a list of resources that uses all formats ISO, Google and Windows
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20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi - MakeUseOf

20 Awesome Uses for a Raspberry Pi - MakeUseOf | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You’ve been thinking about it for a while, and you’ve finally taken the plunge: you’ve bought a Raspberry Pi. Looking at the device, you know you can use it for so many projects… but you’re not sure how. Can this little device really act as a desktop PC? As a server? As a radio station?

Yes, it can. Simply by installing an operating system on the SD card you’ll have a number of awesome uses at your fingertips. Occasionally, a specialized operating system is required, but overall the process is the same: boot up, configure your Raspberry Pi (or pre-configure with PiBakery), install some software, and enjoy!
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How to Use the Kindle App to Read Articles Offline - MakeUseOf

How to Use the Kindle App to Read Articles Offline - MakeUseOf | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One of the lesser-used ways to take advantage of the Kindle app is to use it as a read-it-later service for articles you want to catch up on later…

…and read all those articles offline! Also, this is one way to keep all your books and other reading material in one central location and save yourself the clutter of bookmarks or the “save it-forget it” swamp of Pocket.

Remember, you can install the Kindle app on Android, iOS, and desktops even if you don’t own a physical Kindle device! Let’s see how its done in iOS. The process is similar for Android too.
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5 Tips to Keep the Hour of Code Going All Year

5 Tips to Keep the Hour of Code Going All Year | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every year students all over the world celebrate the Hour of Code. The goal is to set aside one hour to give everyone a chance to learn about coding and its fun aspects. On code.org, organizers release a themed game to help build excitement. There have been Frozen, Star Wars and Moana coding themes, all to build students’ knowledge base but also to show them that coding really isn’t that difficult.

Coding helps to develop not only computer skills, but also logic, math, problem solving, design and more. Coding can happen in any classroom and touches every ­subject area. The skills that children acquire while learning to code can impact them far beyond the devices they program with.

Understanding the steps it takes to make a character move from one side of a maze to the other teaches students to analyze their thinking. If they fail, the code provides feedback to show them that they don’t have to be right every time — they just need to find out where they went wrong and try again.

The Hour of Code is a popular event. Just this past year, more than 164,000 individual coding events were held in classrooms around the world. However, in many of those classrooms, coding happens for just that hour, and then things get back to the normal routine. Coding doesn’t have to be a one-hour or one-time event, though. It can last all year long.

Here are five ways to make the Hour of Code last all year:
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