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Best Free Apps of the Day on 4/1. Reeder for iPad, Alert Notes, Stocktouch, & More! | App Chronicles

Best Free Apps of the Day on 4/1. Reeder for iPad, Alert Notes, Stocktouch, & More! | App Chronicles | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"We have lots of excellent apps today, including a very popular reader app that had topped the charts in the past. Grab Reeder for iPad, probably the most popular reader app in the App Store. Create notes that automatically alert you based on your note content with Alert Notes. Monitor the pulse of the stock market in a unique grid format with Stocktouch."

 

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How much is ‘too much time’ on #social #media? BBC #likeminded

How much is ‘too much time’ on #social #media? BBC #likeminded | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Describing yourself as ‘a social media addict’ doesn’t usually inspire concern from other people. In fact, it’s frequently included in bio descriptions on Twitter and Instagram. Decorate your LinkedIn profile with such a claim and you may even find yourself receiving interest from media and publishing companies searching for a savvy digital native. But imagine if, one day, it’s not an accolade or joke at all – but a psychiatrist’s diagnosis?

Social media addiction has been a much-flouted term lately; maybe it’s because it’s January and users are looking to be more active and spend less time online, or maybe that’s because social media can have a negative impact on our mental well-being. But a growing body of research is seriously considering whether problematic and excessive social media usage could be pathological and, in turn, designated as a mental health disorder. 
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The 7 Things That Will Make You a Better Critical Thinker 

The 7 Things That Will Make You a Better Critical Thinker  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How would you like to become a better critical thinker? Would you like the same for your studemts? Sure you would—we all want these things. However, how we go about it needs to be more of a discipline than a mere goal. Lifelong learning is made possible by being a better critical thinker. It’s a life study that involves having a mind as open as it is analytical. It’s about using Solution Fluency and Information Fluency to solve problems that matter and use information well. Above all, it’s about learning to think for oneself in a world that’s constantly telling us how to think.
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What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just … Instagram?

What if a Healthier Facebook Is Just … Instagram? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For the past several years, Facebook has been conducting what amounts to an A/B test on human society, using two different social media apps.

The first app in Facebook’s test has a maximalist design: It allows users to post lengthy status updates, with links to news articles, photos, videos and more. The app is designed as a giant megaphone, with an emphasis on public sharing and an algorithmic feed capable of sending posts rocketing around the world in seconds.

The second app in the test is more minimalist, designed for intimate sharing rather than viral broadcasting. Users of this app, many of whom have private accounts with modest followings, can post photos or videos, but external links do not work and there is no re-share button, making it harder for users to amplify one another’s posts.

The results of this test have been stark. The first app, Facebook, turned into a huge and unmanageable behemoth that swallowed the media industry, was exploited by hostile foreign actors, empowered autocrats, created the conditions for a global fake news epidemic and ultimately became a giant headache for its creators.

The second app, Instagram, has fared much better. It hasn’t been overrun with bogus news, it hasn’t been exploited to the same degree, and most users seem happy with it — especially young users, who vastly prefer it to Facebook.
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Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone? - NYTimes

Is the Answer to Phone Addiction a Worse Phone? - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
SAN FRANCISCO — I’ve gone gray, and it’s great.

In an effort to break my smartphone addiction, I’ve joined a small group of people turning their phone screens to grayscale — cutting out the colors and going with a range of shades from white to black. First popularized by the tech ethicist Tristan Harris, the goal of sticking to shades of gray is to make the glittering screen a little less stimulating.
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A special class: how to teach kids to spot fake news - Quartz

A special class: how to teach kids to spot fake news - Quartz | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do students need to learn about fake news? And more generally, should they learn how news is created and how to evaluate its credibility?

Thousands of schools all over the world believe the answer is yes.
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Eileen 's comment, January 21, 8:45 AM
I feel that it is very important for students like us to be able to differentiate fake news from real news. Not everything we see on the social websites is correct and some may even provide inaccurate news which can possibly lead to anxiety and worry of the people. Therefore, students or anyone around the world should be taught to know the difference between fake and real news and one should not trust the information we see online at first glance. We can try to look at many different credible websites and be sure that what we are seeing is true and not just rumours or any fake news.
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How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star - The Daring Librarian @GwynethJones | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
First thing I gotta say, I don’t know that I really love the term Library Rockstars because I think ALL Teachers, Librarians, Teacher-Librarians, Educators....we're are rock stars or has an inner rock star waiting to come out.  I also think it sounds a wee bit elitist. OK, a whole heck of a lot of elitist.  But who doesn’t want to rock it at their job?
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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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Makerspace Lesson Plan: Build a Catapult

Makerspace Lesson Plan: Build a Catapult | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below is an example of a maker unit that I have done with my fourth-graders. We have worked through this unit a couple of times, and each time I make changes to create a better learning experience for my students. This is also a great way to scaffold research and making so that kids can be successful working through Genius Hour projects. Of course, in order to make anything work in your own environment, you need to take ideas and create a process that works for you and your students.
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Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators -- THE Journal

Young Scientist Challenge Seeks Middle School Innovators -- THE Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This year's Young Scientist Challenge will award access to 3M scientists who will serve as mentors to help students pursue their innovative ideas. These "young scientists" (from grades 5-8) will also be eligible to receive a considerable amount of money; the grand prize is $25,000. Finalists chosen through a video competition will travel to St. Paul, MN, where they'll receive a tour of 3M headquarters and meet with a distinguished panel of judges.
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Managing an iPad’s Battery Use - NYTimes

Managing an iPad’s Battery Use - NYTimes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Q. Is Apple also slowing down older iPads? If so, will it replace batteries at a reduced rate?

A. In response to accusations that it intentionally hindered older products, Apple’s public explanation and apology says that only certain iPhone models were affected by the software updates designed to prevent the battery from conking out unexpectedly. In fact, Apple’s mea culpa states, “This power management feature is specific to iPhone and does not apply to any other Apple products.”
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These are the best apps you've probably never heard of - The Next Web

These are the best apps you've probably never heard of - The Next Web | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what products or apps you’re missing out on? It’s easy to find the most popular ones in a particular category—but what about the hidden gems? One of Product Hunt’s community members David Spinks has the same question. So, he asked other users: What’s one app you use a lot that most people don’t know about?

The community responded with over 220 product recommendations. Here are 27 of our favorites—from a plug-in that helps you write better, to a Mac volume booster, to an automated website that tracks just about everything in your life. Read on for more…but be ready to go down an app blackhole for the next few hours. :-)
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Apple CEO becomes latest tech bigwig to warn of social media's dangers - The Next Web

Apple CEO becomes latest tech bigwig to warn of social media's dangers - The Next Web | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Apple CEO Tim Cook is the latest in a series of tech entrepreneurs and c-level executives to warn of the potential risks of social media.
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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

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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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