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App #52: USA Illustrated Atlas - teachingwithipad.org

App #52: USA Illustrated Atlas - teachingwithipad.org | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Here is a brand new app that both teachers and students will enjoy. USA illustrated Atlas ($1.99, iTunes link) is a USA map app that features six different interactive maps plus four different review fun games the kids can play after the material is learnt."

 

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It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada

It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s commonly understood that children acquire many behaviours, both good and bad, by watching the adults around them. In this vein, we aim to create school environments where young people are exposed to positive and caring adult role models. Unfortunately, this emphasis on positive modeling appears to fly out the window when implementing digital citizenship programs and curricula.
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The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia

The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There seem to be forces in education that push us to make sure students are on task. Why do we attempt to meet that demand when we know it’s unreasonable? Why do we demand on task behavior when it is not equivalent to student engagement? Isn’t it OK for students to be off task from time to time? In fact, don’t students need time to be off task? To take it to another level, what if off task is really on task?
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Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The science of how technology affects happiness needs a huge statistical upgrade. A new paper charts a path toward better research.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:55 AM

"Using technology is about as associated with well-being as eating potatoes."

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25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter – UKED Chat

25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter – UKED Chat | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In our survey, we asked teachers to tell us about resources that they found on Twitter which they then implemented in the classroom. Here are 25 of the most commonly shared ideas:
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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 6:30 PM

Pimp up your Pedagogy! (stuff I can't say at school! LOL) Great ideas from our friends at #UKEdChat

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks to the ever-clever Tony Vincent this week I learned about a neat tool called Remove.bg. Remove.bg is a free tool that will remove the background from your images. The catch is that it will only work with pictures that have people in them. I tried to use it with pictures of my dogs and it didn't work. Remove.bg is easy to use. To remove the background from your picture simply go to the Remove.bg website and upload your picture. Within a minute you will have a new image file that you can download. Watch my short video to see how it works.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 6:32 PM

More awesome shares from @rmbyrne & @tonyvincent

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ASCD Express 13.10 - Three Ways to Counter the Effects of Stress on the Brain

ASCD Express 13.10 - Three Ways to Counter the Effects of Stress on the Brain | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stress! It's just a part of everyday life, right? But what if that stress is chronic and beyond a child's control?

More than half of all students in U.S. public schools come from low-income families. Poverty is associated with chronic stress, which can have a toxic effect on the brain. While there is no silver bullet to solve the problem of poverty, we as educators do have the power to positively influence learning for children experiencing poverty by better understanding their brains.
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Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | TED Talk

Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | TED Talk | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose and learn how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.
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Building a STEM Pathway for Native Students - Edutopia

Building a STEM Pathway for Native Students - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kathy DeerInWater of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society discusses the importance of increasing STEM access for Native American students.
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STEAM Bored Jar

STEAM Bored Jar | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"You’re sooo close.  Dinner is almost on the table.  Or the laundry is almost folded.  But the kids are giving you trouble.  “Mom!  There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!”  Pull out this easy STEAM Bored Jar: 48 Activities Ready in 5 Minutes or Less.  I’ve pulled together a ton of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Math projects that you can have out and ready to do before the dryer buzzes.  This post contains affiliate links."

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Scientists Find a Simple Trick For Remembering Pretty Much Anything

Scientists Find a Simple Trick For Remembering Pretty Much Anything | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you need to remember something, you might do well to... draw it. According to a new study, drawing can be a more effective memory aid than writing and rewriting, simply looking at information, or using various other visualisation techniques.

Older adults who take up drawing could even enhance their memory, the researchers say, providing a means to rebel against the effects of ageing and the risk of conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia.

The good news for those of us who struggled in art class is that you don't actually have to be good at drawing to reap the memory benefits of doodling, according to the team from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
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Transforming Lives's curator insight, January 14, 3:56 AM
Makes sense that drawing can improve memory. Just like mind-mapping, drawing connects to another part of our brain.  I like that you don't have to be good at drawing to reap the benefits.
 
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How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking | MindShift | KQED News

How Kids Benefit From Learning To Explain Their Math Thinking | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Math teachers of older students sometimes struggle to get students to explain their thinking with evidence. It's hard to get kids in the habit of talking about how they are thinking about a problem when they've had many years of instruction that focused on getting the "right answer." That's why educators are now trying to get students in the habit of explaining their thinking at a young age. The Teaching Channel captured kindergarten and first grade teachers pushing students to give evidence for their answers in situations where there are several ways to think about a problem.
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Dennis Swender's curator insight, January 15, 8:40 PM
Just like in athletics where players and not coaches are called to demonstrate how a play is executed, student explanations in math help facilitate Vygotsky's zone of proximal development.  Subsequently, a instructor's brief and  strategically spaced explanations may produce greater attention and comprehension..
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Mathematics is the sense you never knew you had | Eddie Woo - TEDX Sydney

Mathematics is the sense you never knew you had | Eddie Woo - TEDX Sydney | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this illuminating talk, high school mathematics teacher and YouTube star Eddie Woo shares his passion for mathematics, declaring that “mathematics is a sense, just like sight and touch” and one we can all embrace.

Using surprising examples of geometry, he encourages everyone to seek out the patterns around us, for “a whole new way to see the world”. A public high school teacher for more than 10 years, Eddie Woo gained international attention when he posted videos of his classroom lessons online, to assist an ill student.

His YouTube channel, Wootube, has more than 200,000 subscribers and over 13 million views. Eddie believe that mathematics can be embraced and even enjoyed by absolutely everybody. He was named Australia’s Local Hero and was a Top 10 Finalist in the Global Teacher Prize for his love of teaching mathematics.
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For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as Skills—Here’s Why | EdSurge News

For Students to Succeed, Social Capital Matter Just as Much as Skills—Here’s Why | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Let’s just debunk a big ol’ myth right now: No one, and I repeat, no one makes it entirely based on their own merit. The concept of “meritocracy” as a path to success is misguided, because so many external factors shape the privileges, opportunities and challenges that people experience in life.

As educators, when we tell students that they can do anything, we sometimes neglect something important, which is this—success doesn’t just boil down to one’s own skillsets or intrinsic abilities. It’s so much bigger and more networked than that. Alongside reading and writing, math, sciences and STEM, there’s an equally important subject deserving of attention and resources: social capital.
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STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven

STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is the perfect STEAM Challenge for the chilly weather we are having! It will teach students all about why we put salt on icy roads during winter.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you determine what makes ice melt faster?"

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Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator

Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a powerful tool for digital storytelling lesson integration. Access classroom ideas to turn your students into creators using multimedia technology.

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Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements

Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy.

Smartphone users are never asked explicitly if they want to be tracked every moment of each day. But cellular companies, smartphone makers, app developers and social media companies all claim they have users’ permission to conduct near-constant personal surveillance.

The underlying problem is that most people don’t understand how tracking really works. The technology companies haven’t helped teach their customers about it, either. In fact, they’ve intentionally obscured important details to build a multi-billion-dollar data economy based on an ethically questionable notion of informed consent.
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BBC - Future - Why it pays to declutter your digital life

BBC - Future - Why it pays to declutter your digital life | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If we feel overwhelmed by ‘stuff’, most of us believe physical clutter is the culprit. But researchers are finding that having too many digital files could be the problem, too.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 2:19 PM

This is good advice. Says the girl who has 38,000 unread emails in her main Gmail account. Don't believe me? Here, view my shame! Love me some Gmail, but is it me, or is it hard to do LARGE scale deletes? Anyway, this article has me thinking!

 

What about you? Could you benefit from a digital culling?

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Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World

Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Did you know that January is considered International Creativity Month? This month, remind your students about the importance of being creative. Give your students the ability to creatively express themselves by providing various options for a particular class assignment. For example, instead of assigning the same writing assignment to every student, offer five variations on the topic to give the students more flexibility to choose something they find worthwhile.
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How K–12 Schools Have Adopted Artificial Intelligence | EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Have Adopted Artificial Intelligence | EdTech Magazine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past several years, artificial intelligence transitioned from the movie screen to reality, and soon it will be everywhere.

The ubiquity of AI across industries leads to two key points for K–12 schools. 

First, K–12 schools should use current AI solutions to help with everything from classroom performance to network safety and monitoring. Second, students need to start learning how to design, manipulate and work alongside AI machines in order to build the foundation they need as they prepare to enter the workplace.

Organizing a successful AI integration and education plan will take collaboration and proper planning on the part of school decision-makers.

“AI may hold the potential to personalize instruction and learning. Yet its use in educational settings will require educators and school leaders to develop an understanding of how it can be implemented safely and smartly,” Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking said in a recent statement. 
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Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As if LEGOs weren’t enough of an awesome childhood toy, one teacher has found another awesome educational/developmental use for this super-toy – as a math education aid! Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, uses them to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical concepts.

“In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative,” she writes in an article for Scholastic that goes more into depth about these bricks’ potential uses.
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Interesting wool crafts|#kidspiration#rainydays - YouTube #makered

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New! Second Edition of Invent to Learn Released

New! Second Edition of Invent to Learn Released | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We are excited to announce that a newly revised and expanded edition of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom has just been released.

It’s been five years since we published the first edition of Invent to Learn. The second edition includes a lot of new material reflecting how much has changed in this short time. There are many new microcontrollers to choose from, and many more that are better for school use. The fabrication chapter has been updated to reflect how the design process has been streamlined by hardware and software progress. There is an entirely new section on laser cutters and CNC machines.
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Geek Trivia - How To Geek

Geek Trivia - How To Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"What Was Google’s Original Name?  Think you know the answer? Click through to see if you're right!"

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Excellent Educational TED Talks to Watch with Your Kids - Educator's Technology

Excellent Educational TED Talks to Watch with Your Kids - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking for some TED talks to inspire young minds? The list below  contains some wonderful talks to watch with your kids. The talks highlight the importance of creative and imaginative thinking in unlocking the doors of possibilities and knowledge. As the late Maxine Greene argued in her book ‘ Releasing The Imagination”,  students need to be given spaces where they can use their imagination because imagination enables them to search for new beginnings and open up new perspectives  helping them identify alternatives, without imagination, their lives narrow and their pathways become cul-de-sacs.
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Machine Learning for Kids

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These projects are downloadable step-by-step guides, with explanations and colour screenshots for students to follow.

Each project is a stand-alone activity, written to last for a single lesson, and will guide children to create a game or interactive project that demonstrates a real-world use of artificial intelligence and machine learning.
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