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iVocabulary: TCEA 2013 « techchef4u

iVocabulary: TCEA 2013 « techchef4u | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"iVocabulary Workshop Description:  Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking are integral to developing language. This session will utilize the four skills to focus on multiple ways to develop vocabulary utilizing mobile devices in the iClassroom. The tour of resources will include specific content-based glossary apps and apps that allow you to create your own flashcards and personal glossaries (e.g. Quizlet) and apptivities that extend the vocabulary (e.g. creating a Frayer model in Popplet Lite or a vocabulary sorting activity in iCardSort). Vocabulary development will increase with use of video creation utilizing apps like Mad Lips and Puppet Pals. Writing and Reading will be supported with annotation apps (e.g. Notability, PaperPort Notes) and book creation apps (e.g. Scribble Press, Albums FX Lite). The session will culminate with “surprisingly educational” apps that support the four skills (e.g. StoryLines for Schools and TypeDrawing for Free)."

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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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It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium

It’s (still) not OK for teachers to remain digitally illiterate. Here’s why… - Darren E. Draper - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Just over ten years ago, Karl Fisch wrote a blog post that has stuck with me through the years. In it, he asked if it was OK to be a technologically illiterate teacher. Even though we’ve learned greatly in the last decade about the merits of using technology to replace teachers, I think Karl’s arguments back then are even more relevant today. In this post, I’ll explain why.
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Part of the literacy that often goes overlooked is that a digital tool is not always the best tool. Teachers are both learners and teachers. To say otherwise misses the point of teaching an learning.
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The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers - TeachThought

The Language Of The Maker Movement: 38 Terms For Teachers - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As the maker movement in culture moves from MacGyver jokes and what Noah did when Allie left him in The Notebook to something with a bit more academic and cognitive credibility, it has also begun to creep in to the education space.

As with any niche, there is specialized language–jargon–that may keep things murky for you. The 38 terms below by no means represent an exhaustive collection. (There are dozens of gadgets, circuit boards, and digital, robotic, and electrical wizardry we left on the cutting room flow.) But for most teachers in most circumstances, it should serve as a nice starting points.
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How many more terms can we add today 3 years later!!

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Scaffolding Maker Education Learning Experiences - Jackie Gerstein @JackieGerstein

Scaffolding Maker Education Learning Experiences - Jackie Gerstein @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This is how I approach facilitating maker education activities. Direct instruction is provided through structured and prescribed activities with the goal of learners then being able to eventually go into self-determined directions. There has been some criticism leveraged against out-of-the-box maker education kits, programmable robots, and step-by-step maker activities. My contention is that learners often don’t know what they don’t know; and that giving them the basic skills frees them to then use their creativity and innovation to take these tools into self-determined directions.
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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.  

These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels. 
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"These recommendations draw on my experience teaching high school computer science and facilitating professional learning for both practicing and pre-service teachers. They are also based on observations from my work in research projects focused on coding and CT across grade levels."
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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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Gwen Hilliard's curator insight, November 18, 8:50 AM
Cool connection to math (I think my brother @tjochim40 already had this information when we played as kids lol)
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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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Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class - Educators Technology

Here Is A Wonderful Tool for Creating Trading Cards in Class - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Trading Card Creator is a web tool from ReadWriteThink that you can use with your students for various educational purposes most important of them all is to help them enhance their writing skills. Trading Card tool provides card templates which students can use to describe characters, places, abstract topics, events, and objects. Cards come with a set of questions to guide students responses and to help them focus on the aspects that matters most to their descriptive narrative. Students, for instance, can create trading cards for  characters drawn from their favourites TV shows, movies, comic books, graphic novels..etc. When their cards are ready they can easily print and share them with the whole class.
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Tools to Support Student Inquiry - Class Tech Integrate

Tools to Support Student Inquiry - Class Tech Integrate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Inquiry Based Instruction has been an area of study for me for the last couple of years. In my opinion, teaching through inquiry is not only engaging for our students, but develops an essential skill that our kids need to be successful in the 21st century. In this post, I want to share a few of the resources I have been using for the last few years, as well as a few resources that I just learned about. 
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STEM Challenge - Can You Make Corn Dance? | Maker Maven | STEM | Makerspace Resources

STEM Challenge - Can You  Make Corn Dance? | Maker Maven | STEM | Makerspace Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

STEM Challenge - Can You Make Corn Dance?
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Need a last minute STEM challenge? Make corn dance with our fun, new challenge!
 
You only need a few items and you are ready to have some fun. 
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Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing

Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn and support from Google have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around puzzles that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in the classroom, suitable for all ages.

Do the puzzles and  develop computational thinking skills as well as learn about some core computing topics.
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 19, 10:19 AM
Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
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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…

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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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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