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Mr P's ICT blog: Using iPads and Football to encourage reluctant boys to write

Mr P's ICT blog: Using iPads and Football to encourage reluctant boys to write | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As my role this year involves me teaching across the whole school using a class set of iPads, I feel it is important to really experiment to see how using the iPads can impact across the curriculum and not just within ICT. Consequently, with the Year 5 cohort I put together a project linking Literacy with football. I decided to do this project for two reasons: a) to see whether using the topic of football can engage the more reluctant boy writers in the class and b) to see how well linking digital media and speaking and listening can impact on the children's writing."

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Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking

Makerspace, Standards, and a Look at Computational Thinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As you might know, I believe all transformative practices must be based in the standards. These standards must include both content and process standards (4C’s). Too often, I see wonderful activities that engages students… but also see important standards that could have been incorporated not present in the activity.

The idea behind the Makers Movement includes allowing students to imagine, envision, create, innovate, play, formatively learn, experiment, collaborate, share, and most of all dream of possibilities. The idea of making is not a new concept. In fact, the art of making is at the root and mixed into to the very fabric of our culture. I believe that the amazing innovation we have seen in this country is due to a Maker mentality. We have long been a culture set on dreaming up possibilities, and then taking the action to make it happen. The initial growth of technology has somewhat taken some of our creativity and produced consumption based thinking. We are now past the initial way of thinking, and the Makers movement allows people to finally use the technology to create and make. As we reflect on this… how are you using the Makerspace idea to engage students in content standards while facilitating and assessing process skills?

As you set, up or evaluate, the Maker movement in your school or district I ask you to think about how you are bringing this movement to the entire school and curriculum. I call it creating a Maker Culture. After-all the concept behind making is not a space… but instead a way of thinking.

For this reason, I think it is important to discuss one of the thinking processes often involved in making. It is the idea of computational thinking. This type of thinking is important not just in high stake testing, but also success in that world after school. Perhaps you have come across the idea of computational thinking in education.  The best way to describe computational thinking is to look at the way a computer thinks… or at least runs a program. This is actually the most important concept a student learns through coding and developing computer programs. We must keep in mind that it is not the coding that is important… but the thinking process. After all… one can use a computer, but not actually use computational thinking skills.
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Here’s how to win at Monopoly, according to math experts - TED

Here’s how to win at Monopoly, according to math experts - TED | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mathematicians Hannah Fry and Thomas Oléron Evans have crunched the numbers. Forget utilities — these are the properties you really should be investing in.
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Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’

Hour of Code 2017: Unlock an Exciting New World by Taking a ‘Hero’s Journey’ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In a few weeks, people around the world will celebrate Computer Science Education Week. Millions of kids and others will participate in an Hour of Code, a global call to action to spend an hour learning the basics of coding.

Today, it’s my privilege to announce that Microsoft has released a new Minecraft tutorial for Hour of Code, called Hero’s Journey, that will be used in classrooms, at after-school programs, community centers and homes everywhere. The tutorial uses game elements loved by so many young people, and introduces a fun character called the Agent, to present computer science concepts in a fun and creative way. Learn more in a post today by Deirdre Quarnstrom, Minecraft Education general manager, and start planning your Hour of Code.
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Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube, Oh My! 4 Tools for Picting in the Classroom - EdSurge News

We’ve all heard it before: “A picture is worth a thousand words.” That famous idiom (or is it a cliche?) first appeared in a 1911 newspaper and has been widely used since. In today’s society, however, the phrase has taken on a whole new meaning. Using images instead of text to convey ideas—known as “picting”—is becoming the norm among today’s digital-first students.
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 14, 1:35 AM
Some great ideas of how to use social media in a positive way in the classroom.
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Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE

Today's News: REAL or FAKE? - ISTE | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"At a time when misinformation and fake news spread like wildfire online, the critical need for media literacy education has never been more pronounced. The evidence is in the data:

- 80% of middle schoolers mistake sponsored content for real news.
- 3 in 4 students can’t distinguish between real and fake news on Facebook.
- Fewer than 1 in 3 students are skeptical of biased news sources."

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Snoopy is your latest coding teacher - Engadget

Snoopy is your latest coding teacher - Engadget | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Snoopy is taking a break from lying on his doghouse and staring at the sky to help kids learn about computers and coding. As part of Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10), codeSpark Academy and the Peanuts brand are teaming up to release holiday-themed Snoopy Snow Brawl, a cute multi-player coding game that encourages kids to use problem-solving, strategy and algorithms in a snowball fight between Woodstock and his bird buddies, refereed by Snoopy.
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35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking | Childhood101 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!

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Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives - Edutopia

Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"As teachers, we’ve probably seen students use questionable sources in our classrooms, and a recent study from the Stanford History Education Group confirms that students today are generally pretty bad at evaluating the news and other information they see online. Now more than ever, our students need our help. And a big part of this is learning how to fact-check what they see on the web.

In a lot of ways, the web is a fountain of misinformation. But it also can be our students’ best tool in the fight against falsehood. An important first step is giving students trusted resources they can use to verify or debunk the information they find. Even one fact-checking activity could be an important first step toward empowering students to start seeing the web from a fact-checker’s point of view.

Here’s a list of fact-checking resources you and your students can use in becoming better web detectives."

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High school physics teacher shows his awesome home made marble tracks - BoingBoing

High school physics teacher shows his awesome home made marble tracks - BoingBoing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teacher Bruce Yeany built a number of physics demonstration props that use balls, tracks, and gravity, and it's a delight to see them in action. He also has videos to show you how to make your own. Very cool! I just subscribe to his YouTube channel, filled with home made science toys.
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How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone

How to Use Do Not Disturb While Driving on iPhone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do Not Disturb While Driving is an iPhone specific safety feature available in modern iOS releases. As the name implies, when Do Not Disturb While Driving is activated on iPhone, no calls, messages, notifications, or alerts will come through to the iPhone, much like when the general Do Not Disturb mode feature is enabled. You can even enable automated replies to incoming messages, informing the sender you are driving and will contact them again when you’re done.
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How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills - Success

How to Develop Critical Thinking Skills - Success | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Do you react to situations based on your emotions or personal biases? Are you looking for ways to improve communication and the flow of ideas with those around you? There are skills that have the capability to greatly improve your capacity to make objective, effective choices and arguments, and those are critical thinking skills. Without these skills, arguments can often be one-sided. Criticism can feel like a personal attack on your character rather than an opportunity to open up dialogue and communicate productively.


Let’s take a look at how to develop critical thinking skills so that you can walk into any situation with the tools needed to set intense emotions aside and make insightful decisions."

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NMC Releases Digital Literacy Impact Study

NMC Releases Digital Literacy Impact Study | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

The NMC has released the 2017 Digital Literacy Impact Study: An NMC Horizon Project Strategic Brief to uncover the learner’s perspective of how digital literacy training influences work life after graduation. As a complement to the definitions and frameworks outlined in the NMC’s 2017 strategic brief on digital literacy in higher education, this new study examines digital literacy in action as learners enter the workforce. More than 700 recent graduates from 36 institutions responded to an NMC survey that addressed the experiences they gained at colleges and universities, and how their proficiencies or lack thereof have affected their careers. Funding for this independent research endeavor and publication was provided by Adobe. Below are some key findings from the publication."

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How to Take Risks In A System Not Built For It (What Teachers Can Learn From Elon Musk) - @ajjuliani

How to Take Risks In A System Not Built For It (What Teachers Can Learn From Elon Musk) - @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"While John Spencer and I were developing the LAUNCH Cycle, we came up with a few areas that were likely stumbling blocks in the creative (design-thinking inspired) process. One of the keys to the Launch Cycle is taking the time to Look, Listen, and Learn throughout the entire process (that is the L in the LAUNCH acronym).


In talking with George Couros about the Launch Cycle we had a good conversation about when it was appropriate to share that learning.


The quick answer: all the time. From start to finish you can be learning and sharing during the process.


Whether it is students doing a Genius Hour Project, teachers creating their own PD, or school leaders implementing an initiative — the key is to be transparent with that learning process."

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Make Your Own Creature Workshop #AASL17 @DianaLRendina

Make Your Own Creature Workshop #AASL17 @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Towards the end of last school year, one of my students came up with one of my favorite design challenges:  Make a creature that does something.  That’s it.  This prompt wins for simplicity and the designs that people come up with for it are always amazing.

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Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog

Reading Stories in Computer Science Class | The CSTA Advocate Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stories are an entertaining way to introduce or reinforce computer science concepts and help students to understand abstract concepts in a more concrete way. Do you read picture books, chapter books, or short stories to your students in computer science classes? I do. The easiest way to get started is with books that are specifically written to teach CS concepts.
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The Argument for Computational Thinking

The Argument for Computational Thinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Halloween is packed away, Christmas looms on the horizon, report cards are consuming way too much time…all of which means it is almost one of my favourite weeks of the year: Hour of Code week!

This year Hour of Code officially runs from December 4th to 10th. Last year our teachers and administrators worked really hard to ensure that students in all grades and across all of our schools got a chance to try one or two coding activities during Hour of Code week. I hope we do even better this year and for the next several weeks my blog posts will be dedicated to helping teachers prepare for Hour of Code in their classroom.

However, in any discussion about coding, I think it is important to start off by discussing Computational Thinking. Computational Thinking is the basis for all coding. More importantly, it provides a great base for problem solving in any arena of life, from getting dressed for the snow to building a gingerbread house to completing a school project.
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Disney Pulls Star Wars Models From Thingiverse: An Inside Look at Copyright Issues in the 3D Space | All3DP

Disney Pulls Star Wars Models From Thingiverse: An Inside Look at Copyright Issues in the 3D Space | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Disney recently decided to take down a handful of Star Wars models from Thingiverse, reigniting the conversation about copyright infringement in the 3D space. 
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The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them - Getting Smart

The Case for School Makerspaces, According to Those Who Use Them - Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Inside a makerspace at Indian Trace Elementary School in Broward County, Florida, some kids are sitting, working by themselves. A group of others stand together staring intently at something, talking, and moving their arms energetically. Students are doing without adult direction. There’s an overall sense of purpose that is visceral. The energy feels more like that of a trendy dot-com startup than an elementary school media center.

This environment is part of a larger maker movement that acknowledges 21st Century natives need to learn in settings that are very different than the musty libraries or classroom rows of their parents. Makerspaces are areas where students come to explore, build, create, and tinker. Students are learning without turning to the front of the room for directions or receiving steps from the teacher at the center. They are the ones directing the action. They use a variety of materials from paper and cardboard to Legos to high-tech robots. It’s a mixed bag of art supplies, erector sets, paper mache, 3-D printers, green screens, drones, and more. Each space has its own unique set-up and feel based on the needs, interests, resources and goals of the community.
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How To Make a Bristlebot - Step-by Step Tutorial - Makerspaces.com

How To Make a Bristlebot - Step-by Step Tutorial - Makerspaces.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This guide will show you how to make a bristlebot which is a simple robot created from a toothbrush and a vibrating motor.  This makerspace project is great for K-6 students and older because of its simplicity and fun.
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Ten ideas that changed my teaching: #1 There is no average student

Ten ideas that changed my teaching: #1 There is no average student | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I don’t think anyone would argue that all people are the same. Sure we’re made of the same DNA, we all smell, get hungry, angry, laugh and spend most of our lives trying to discover who we are and…

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 9, 5:25 PM
There is no average student and one-size-does-not-fit-all. Jaggedness (Alan Watts' wiggly world concept), complexity (even chaos), context, different paths, and breaking from the idea of average are essential to be a teacher and move away from conformity and compliance.

Differences make a difference.
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High-tech resources for STEM teachers

High-tech resources for STEM teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Teaching STEM is now very cool! Here is a generous list of tech tools that are transforming the way teachers approach STEM education. Utilize these resources to better engage your students, as you connect theoretical concepts with real-world applications.


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Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling

Dystopia - Learn Coding through Storytelling | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you like graphic novels or comic books? Are you interested in learning to code? If you answered, yes, then you'll love Dystopia 2153! This brand new, three-episode series teaches kids the basics of coding through a digital graphic novel. It connects 21st Century skills with the love of reading. Use code to solve puzzles that help the characters overcome obstacles and escape their dystopian world.
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Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, November 9, 8:26 AM
A more interesting and memorable way to learn coding
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Should You Buy Your Child a 3D Printer? | All3DP

Should You Buy Your Child a 3D Printer? | All3DP | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Is it really a surprise that a 3D printing website recommends you buy a printer for your children? At All3DP, we really think 3D printing has great long-term benefits, both for their education and pure fun. But there are some things you should consider before you hit that “Buy” button
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Google revamps Science Journal app with new sensors and iOS support - TechCruch

Google revamps Science Journal app with new sensors and iOS support - TechCruch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last year, Google released a fun app that let curious kids perform a handful of science experiments by monitoring light, sound and motion using a smartphone. Following some feedback, the app has been updated with a more open-ended approach, allowing kids to simply record and annotate the world around them. (It’s also on iOS now.)

“We heard from teachers that it would be even more useful if the app could take notes and make observations for science experiments,” wrote Amit Deutsch, program manager for Science Journal, in a blog post. “So we’ve redesigned Science Journal as a digital science notebook.”
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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

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Donna Farren's curator insight, November 9, 10:39 AM
A great list of tools every professional can be using to keep up with their profession.
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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 | #ModernLEARNing
Jeff Fenwick Phillips's curator insight, November 13, 10:01 AM

Gus Mees does a great job of curating his site about learning in the 21st century.  The Professional Learner's Toolkit provides helpful information for designing an LMS for educators.