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Goodbye Worksheets, Hello Content Creation ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog

Goodbye Worksheets, Hello Content Creation ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I have had many requests lately for more ideas on how to incorporate iPads into math.  I wanted to share one easy way to take information from a math worksheet and transform it into an engaging and content creating activity. "

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Nintendo Will Sell a Cardboard Piano and Mech Suit to Fulfill Your Childhood Dreams – Review Geek

Nintendo Will Sell a Cardboard Piano and Mech Suit to Fulfill Your Childhood Dreams – Review Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Nintendo never does what you expect. While everyone else in the console space is focused on 4K gaming, Nintendo makes a portable console and sells ten million units. And now, while everyone else is making insane VR rigs, Nintendo is launching some absolutely incredible cardboard accessories. It’s weird and it works.
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Tons of Free Virtual Manipulatives for Math Teachers

Tons of Free Virtual Manipulatives for Math Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives is a digital library that provides K-12 teachers and students with a wide variety of math activities and virtual manipulatives. These resources are arranged into five main categories: Number and Operations, Algebra, Geometry, Measurement, and Data Analysis and Probability. You can find manipulatives for all grade levels. Top axis of the chart features grades from Pre-K-2 to grades 9-12. Click on the grade level you are interested in to view and access its resources.
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Research every teacher should know: growth mindset - The Guardian

Research every teacher should know: growth mindset - The Guardian | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

In his series of articles on how psychology research can inform teaching, Bradley Busch picks an academic study and makes sense of it for the classroom. This time: an influential research project on growth mindset.


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Perspective | What teens wish their parents knew about social media

Perspective | What teens wish their parents knew about social media | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When teens were asked, recently, if they believe their parents know “a little” or “nothing” about what they do or say online, or even what social-media apps and sites they use, more than a quarter of them agreed.

After visiting schools around the country, it seems to me they’re likely giving their parents a bit too much credit. When I ask audiences at parent education nights how many have ever used Snapchat, Musical.ly or Tbh, few if any hands go up.

I’ve interviewed middle school and high school students about secrets they wish parents knew about their online use, but don’t necessarily want to tell them. These are three of the secrets students shared:"

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Math Anxiety: An Important Component of Mathematical Success via The Learning Exchange 

Math Anxiety: An Important Component of Mathematical Success via The Learning Exchange  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Mathematics education in Ontario is a hotly debated topic, a large emphasis lately bein

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Virtual Tours of Ancient and Modern Greece

Virtual Tours of Ancient and Modern Greece | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google Earth, Google Maps, and Google Expeditions all provide good ways for students to see the sites of Greece. But if you would lik

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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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On search agility: There’s more than one place to start — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On search agility: There’s more than one place to start — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I don’t think I know anyone who isn’t in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved verb status, we have other choices well worth discovering.

And it’s kinda in our ballpark to ensure that appropriate choices are easily available on both desktops and mobile devices.

Today, I’d like to share a few search engine options that might be worth sharing in a curation with your learning community.
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You're 96 Percent Less Creative Than You Were as a Child. Here's How to Reverse That - INC.Com

You're 96 Percent Less Creative Than You Were as a Child. Here's How to Reverse That - INC.Com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you haven't said it yourself, someone has said it to you: "I'm just not that creative."

Most of us wouldn't mind being just a little more creative. Fortunately, you can. Not only are there proven ways to increase your creativity, but also, according to research, all of us have a creative gene.

In a longitudinal test of creative potential, a NASA study found that of 1,600 4- and 5-year-olds, 98 percent scored at "creative genius" level. Five years later, only 30 percent of the same group of children scored at the same level, and again, five years later, only 12 percent. When the same test was administered to adults, it was found that only two percent scored at this genius level.

According to the study, our creativity is drained by our education. As we learn to excel at convergent thinking--or the ability to focus and hone our thoughts--we squash our instinct for divergent, or generative, thought. The 5-year-old in us never goes away, though. Here are four ways to rediscover your creative genius.
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How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom

How to Effectively Introduce Coding and Computational Thinking into Your Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The inclusion of coding and computational thinking (CT) skills across all levels of education is gaining momentum worldwide. Here at home, the Ministry of Education recently announced a focus on coding and CT skills in our Ontario schools. What follows are recommendations related to how large jurisdictions can adequately prepare our teachers to introduce and foster the development of coding and CT skills in our students.  
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Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Edutopia

Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Checking for understanding is good for both students and teachers. We’ve rounded up a variety of digital tools to help you do it.
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5 Ways to Use Comics in Social Studies Lessons

5 Ways to Use Comics in Social Studies Lessons | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creating cartoons and comic strips can be a fun way for students to show their understanding of events and concepts. For the student wh

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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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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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