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6 iPad Strategies for beginners - teacherswithapps

6 iPad Strategies for beginners - teacherswithapps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I consider myself very lucky. My university years coincided with the introduction of mainframe computers. The dawn of PCs occurred when I was at my prime, and now my grandchildren are learning to use the iPad. I know from my own experience as a math teacher that the integration of new computer technology into the classroom is a complex, challenging, and daring endeavor, and also a most rewarding undertaking. Two years ago, the iPad implementation in schools was referred to as the “wave of the future”. At this very moment, the iPad in the classroom is a reality. According to Sam Gliksman, author of  iPad in Education For Dummies, “the iPad is a natural fit for education in the 21st century”. There are a lot of publications dedicated to the subject of integrating iPads into classroom. As a mathematician, a retired teacher, software engineer and the developer of iPad/iPhone/Android applications, I have given a great deal of thought to proper use of iPads in teaching, and in the school as a whole. Below is a list of my most important iPad strategies, as seen from my own perspective and from what I have read.

 

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Let's Talk Energy - Educational Resources

Let's Talk Energy - Educational Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Let's Talk Energy is a national program that aims to enhance energy awareness and literacy among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future.
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For Teachers Who Dread Math, Finding a Better Way | MindShift | KQED News

For Teachers Who Dread Math, Finding a Better Way | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Several years ago, former fourth-grade teacher Tracy Johnston Zager took an informal survey of two groups of people to find out how they feel about math: mathematicians and teachers who teach math. She discovered that while mathematicians used words like “beauty” and “wonder” to describe math, teachers recalled “dread” and “fear.” These words aligned with what Zager had observed in her job mentoring student teachers who expressed similar reservations about math. Teachers’ sentiment toward math is noteworthy because research has shown that adults can transfer anxiety to kids.

As teachers try to improve how they teach math by applying numeracy, inquiry-based learning, productive failure and complex instruction, the idea of how to become better math teachers is gaining a wider audience. But Zager writes in her book, “We moved right into a new way to teach math, without addressing teachers’ personal histories with and understanding of mathematics.”
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Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Students in Your Class - Educators Technology

Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Students in Your Class - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Augmented reality technologies are transforming the way we live, learn and interact with each other. They are creating limitless learning possibilities and are empowering learners with  the required know-how to get immersed in meaningful learning experiences. We have already reviewed several educational AR tools and apps and have also shared this collection of excellent TED talks on the educational potential of AR technologies. Drawing on these resources together with EdSurge list, we have prepared for you this updated collection of some of the best AR apps to use in your instruction. You may want to go through them and see which ones work  for you.
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Assessing Learning in Maker Education - Edutopia

Assessing Learning in Maker Education - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On the surface, maker education looks like a lot of fun—young people tinker with materials, take things apart, make things light up, design and build things, etc. It’s messy, a little scattered.

Dig a bit deeper, and those actions of play reveal quite a lot of thinking, processing, and meaning-making. Manipulating materials helps us understand how to best use them, how they can be altered or used differently; taking things apart or making things light up allows us to examine the made world, helps us form connections between what we see and what’s just below, and presents the possibility of discovering or creating something anew; and designing and building asks us to understand the products, structures, voices, and systems around us, find an opportunity to improve or change, test our assumptions, and more.
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Las habilidades blandas, como la del propio control del aprendizaje, la resolución de problemas, la colaboración y la creatividad, son un resultado crítico de la educación basada en el “aprender haciendo” (maker education). En ese sentido, la evaluación de esta estrategia de aprendizaje está siendo revisada por muchas organizaciones para que vaya más allá del uso de rúbricas, de modo que sea continua, basada en el rendimiento, multidimensional, flexible, divertida e integrada (Edutopia, 2018)

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Welcome to Agency by Design | Agency by Design

Welcome to Agency by Design | Agency by Design | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Educational initiatives that emphasize making, design, engineering, and tinkering have been gaining traction in schools and organizations across the country. While maker-centered learning is not a new concept, recent and emerging trends suggest a new kind of hands-on pedagogy—a responsive and flexible pedagogy that encourages community and collaboration (a do-it-together mentality), distributed teaching and learning, and crossing boundaries.

Agency by Design (AbD) is a multiyear research initiative at Project Zero investigating the promises, practices, and pedagogies of maker-centered learning experiences.
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OneNote Class Notebook: A Digital Binder That Will Change the Way You Teach

OneNote Class Notebook: A Digital Binder That Will Change the Way You Teach | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Imagine you’re about to start a unit that will include the following activities:

Some direct instruction. This will come in the form of brief lectures from you, some videos, and a few PDFs that introduce key concepts.
Student note-taking from the direct instruction.
Guided practice and application of the key concepts and skills that were taught in the direct instruction. Some of this work will be individual, and some will be done in small groups.
A cumulative project that will require groups of students to gather research and create a multimedia presentation.
Now imagine doing all of those things inside a single digital platform, where you could share and deliver materials, access student work, and allow students to work together seamlessly at school or at home.

OneNote Class Notebook is that platform. It’s completely free for educators and it’s available everywhere: Windows, Mac, Chromebooks, iOS and Android devices.

Let’s look at how Class Notebook works and how it can change the way you teach.
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8 Must Have Gamification Apps, Tools, and Resources

8 Must Have Gamification Apps, Tools, and Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Student engagement is tricky, but it’s also vitally important. When students are engaged in a lesson, they pay attention, ask questions, actively participate, and ultimately learn more.

But how can you increase student engagement in your classroom? How can you get young people to find grammar or science fascinating?

You can start by trying these 8 must have gamification apps, tools, and resources with your students.
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Cool stuff! Thanks to John Evans. 

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Learning NEXT | Smore Newsletters for Education

Learning NEXT | Smore Newsletters for Education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I've been using Google Keep on my smartphone for ages. Then I realized I could add the extension on my computer and that has been a delicious revelation. It's clear how Google Keep can help you manage your world as a teacher, but it's a great tool for students as well.

When you create a new list (see image on left), you can do so with or without checkboxes, with or without a drawing, etc. There are other features for those of us who appreciate color-coding and other organizational features. ;)"

John Evans's insight:

Distraction Free extension for Chrome is AWESOME!!!

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iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education @coolcatteacher

iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education @coolcatteacher | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Emily Lynch talks about how to use iPads in the classroom to differentiate instruction. So many good ways exist to use iPads but how can we personalize it and make it unique? Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating...

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The #STEM #Zombie Apocalypse - Edutopia

The #STEM #Zombie Apocalypse - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
So many adults, including teachers, joke about not being able to do simple math or not being a “science person” that many students enter STEM classrooms with negative views. This creates a fixed mindset as students believe they need certain natural abilities to be successful in math and science. As educators, we need to create opportunities for students to overcome these deeply planted negative views.

Using images or ideas from popular culture gives students an entry point to explore science—they’re already experts, and they can use the confidence they have in that area to become more open to learning and experiencing how math and science are rooted in creativity and imagination.
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KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine

KidRex - Kid Safe Search Engine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Official Site. Fun and Safe Search for Kids, by Kids. Google Custom Search.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, October 16, 12:28 AM

A useful safe search site to use with your students.

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From Hotspots to School Bus Wi-Fi, Districts Seek Out Solutions to ‘Homework Gap’ | EdSurge News

While most schools in the U.S. boast broadband access these days, and plenty of assignments require the internet, when students head home, their connections are not quite in lockstep with schools.

Thus, there is a homework gap—the problem created when students who use digital learning in class can’t get online at home to finish up their schoolwork.

This topic has gained some attention in recent years, as the mission to connect all U.S. schools to high-speed broadband nears completion. Many schools are left with two options: keep moving forward with digital learning—and risk leaving some students behind—or keep homework assignments offline, holding back the students who might otherwise benefit from software and tools available on the internet.

The issue is pervasive—and it disproportionately affects underrepresented minorities and students in rural areas. A report published earlier this year from the Institute of Education Sciences, the independent research arm of the U.S. Department of Education, found that 80 percent of 8th graders use a computer at home to complete their schoolwork during the week. But 18 percent of all students in remote rural areas have no access to the internet or only a dial-up connection, compared to seven percent of students in suburban areas. Within rural areas, students of color are especially disadvantaged: 41 percent of black students lack access, versus 13 percent of white students.
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How to Use Instagram in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate

How to Use Instagram in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Instagram is a social media platform that is continuing to gain momentum. According to Wordstream, there are 800 million people on Instagram, and a third of the users are teenagers. If you have not begun harnessing the power of Instagram for your classroom, you need to consider it. Teachers across the world are finding ways to use Instagram to engage with their students and their parents.

If you follow your school’s internet and social media policies, Instagram can be a fun and safe social media tool for you and your students. The first thing you want to do, as a teacher, is to create a separate, private classroom account. This account should only be used for class-related things and only followed by students and their parents. Once you get your Instagram classroom account, you can get busy searching related #hashtags and posting images right away.
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Podcast discussion: Does Everyone Need to Code? : Stager-to-Go - Gary Stager @GaryStager

Podcast discussion: Does Everyone Need to Code? : Stager-to-Go - Gary Stager @GaryStager | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For decades, I have marveled at the vehemence with which seemingly reasonable adults defend not teaching kids to program computers. Aside from the typical (and often dubious) justifications popularized by politicians, Hour of Code, and the Computer Science for All community, I know how learning to program in the 7th grade was an intellectual awakening that has served me well for more than four decades.

So, when #1 Canadian, Dean Shareski, posed the following tweet, I decided to take “his” question seriously and offered to speak with him about the top online. Then another person I don’t know, Shana White, called in.

"I hear some suggest everyone should learn to code. Ok. But should everyone learn basic woodworking? electrical work? cooking? plumbing? automotive? Those are all good things but is time part of the issue? How do all these good things get taught? Just thinking out loud.— Dean Shareski (@shareski) September 10, 2018"

For what it’s worth, some of y0u might find the conversation interesting or just use it to lull yourself to sleep."


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How to start coding (without paying much) today! - Google Student Blog

How to start coding (without paying much) today! - Google Student Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
School's back in session, and you're curious how you can start coding in your free time? Never fear, because Aaron Hobson, Code Next Oakland coach and lead curriculum developer, has rallied to assemble a list of opportunities and tools that you can pull from. While geared towards middle and high school students – we've found these resources to be effective for new learners of all ages who are interested in coding, the arts, or just making something with their hands. 
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Three Ways to Boost Collaboration in Student Projects - John Spencer @spencerideas

Three Ways to Boost Collaboration in Student Projects - John Spencer @spencerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When Google began Project Oxygen, they assumed the best predictor of employee success would be university program and grades. Instead, the top of their list was, “being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues.” In other words, the most critical factors for success involved collaboration. Later, when they studied their teams in Project Aristotle, they found the top skills were, “equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence.” Again, these were the soft skills most closely aligned to collaboration.


But how do you actually do this? How do you create projects that boost collaboration in a K-12 environment?
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Control Alt Achieve: 360 Degree Learning with Google Tour Creator

Control Alt Achieve: 360 Degree Learning with Google Tour Creator | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google has a rich history of creating map-related tools that can be used across all subject areas for engaging, immersive learning experiences. Some of these include Tour Builder, Earth, Expeditions, My Maps, and many more (see my slideshow on Google mapping tools).

Recently Google has launched a new tool called Google Tour Creator. This tool allows you and your students to create 360 degree tours, which can then be shared with and viewed by others. It is very much like creating your own Google Expeditions.

Don't have a 360 degree camera? That's ok! Although you can use a 360 degree camera to take pictures for Tour Creator, you can also just use the images from Google's Street View, or you can use a free mobile app such as Cardboard Camera to take the photos.
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Easy, Effective Pumpkin Carving Tricks - Makezine

Easy, Effective Pumpkin Carving Tricks - Makezine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“It’s the most wonderful time of the year” – for us Halloween lovers, anyway. We love Halloween here at Make: as it is the perfect excuse for getting people excited about making. Even the most self-confessed non-maker is likely to at least do a project or two for Halloween, principal among these being pumpkin carving. While many are content with the classic carve of two slanted eyes and a jagged mouth, there are lots of things you can do to up your pumpkin game and none of them are very far from the most basic carving methods.
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10 of the Best Grammar and Writing Apps for Middle School Students - The Tech Edvocate

10 of the Best Grammar and Writing Apps for Middle School Students - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc.

While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best grammar and writing apps for middle school students.
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All You Need To Know For Global Maker Day - Maker Maven

All You Need To Know For Global Maker Day - Maker Maven | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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We're Closing the Digital Divide. Now Let's End the Participation Gap. | EdSurge News

"First some good news: the divide in access to digital devices is decreasing. School districts across the country are upgrading networks and integrating more classroom technology, and smartphones have become increasingly ubiquitous across socioeconomic lines. With that said, there are still significant gaps for some students at home. Educators are beginning to take note of a new problem: a digital participation divide.

Previously, the digital participation divide seemed to revolve around access time. Wealthier students traditionally had more access at home, while students of poverty had less access due to a variety of economic factors. Now the quality of digital participation is coming into question. Recent studies have shown that lower income children often spend more time with technology as it has become a type of “digital babysitter” for parents who have to be out of the house for extended periods of time."

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Data Doesn't Have to be a Dirty Word - Work in Progress - Education Week Teacher

Data Doesn't Have to be a Dirty Word - Work in Progress - Education Week Teacher | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It's all about perspective. 

Too often when we hear the word "data" we assume that the person speaking is talking solely about summative test results and the plethora of possibilities for learning we can take away from those numbers. 

But this is NOT the only kind of data that exists, it is just the kind that gets the brunt of our ire and frustration as it is a solitary indicator of teaching and learning.

And that's what I struggle with. Test data is one single area for determining what kids know and can do and there are often many challenges with these standardized tests that skew the data on top of that.

However, most classroom teachers and leaders are gathering data like masterful musicians in their classrooms every day and just don't realize that is what they are doing.
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MANACE TWITTER SLOWCHAT LAUNCHING OCT 17! - MANACE Journal

MANACE TWITTER SLOWCHAT LAUNCHING OCT 17! - MANACE Journal | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"We are very excited to be launching new, monthly Twitter slowchat discussions beginning October 17, 2018!  We hope you'll find us on Twitter @manace_manitoba and join the conversation!  Read on to find out how you can participate."

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The Complete Flipped Learning Beginner's Guide for Teachers

The Complete Flipped Learning Beginner's Guide for Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Can you feel excitement about flipping your classroom? If you’ve never done it before it can be challenging to know where to even begin. That’s why we’ve created this essential flipped learning beginner’s guide for you. We’ve seen countless other teachers “flipping out” and it has forever changed the results of their students’ learning. In fact, even the kids most in need are benefitting from accessing the best flipped learning videos.
 
Let’s imagine these ideas sound intriguing to you as a teacher:

     * Duplicating and recording your lecture so you don’t have to keep repeating yourself
     

     * Being available to students 24/7 without ever getting tired

 

     * Freeing up valuable class time for hands-on critical thinking and ‘sticky’ learning activities


If this sounds like you, then we’ve got the best starter guide on flipped learning videos for you."

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