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iPads vs. PCs in Teaching

iPads vs. PCs in Teaching | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is an opinion piece for the pros and cons of using both iPads and the traditional PCs in teaching. Since I am beginning my fourth year of using an iPad in my classes, I thought it would be great time to compare how each device is used, as well as state how they can complement one another. I contacted my colleague Jonathan Wylie, and we brainstormed together some ideas for this post."

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The Age of the Drone - Doc Zone

The Age of the Drone - Doc Zone | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Age of the Drone, an eyebrow-raising new documentary, reveals a game-changing revolution that’s happening overhead. The drones are here — pilotless flying bots, usually equipped with cutting-edge cameras and GPS navigation. Whether you know it or not, they’re up there  and soon there will be many, many more of them.
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Virtual Reality In The Classroom Infographic via elearning infographics

Virtual Reality In The Classroom Infographic via elearning infographics | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality In The Classroom Infographic. In this infographic yoy'ill discover 5 Incredible Ways That Virtual Reality Is Improving Education Infographic

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Aki Puustinen
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Meet Squoosh, Google’s powerful new image converter that works in any browser – BGR.com

Meet Squoosh, Google’s powerful new image converter that works in any browser – BGR.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google just launched a powerful new image converter called Squoosh at its Chrome Developer Conference that’s going to help you convert a bunch of image formats into the kind of image you want to use. Squoosh is an online tool that works in any browser, not just Google Chrome, but the entire process takes place on the computer and everything is saved locally.
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Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans | Pew Research Center

Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humans | Pew Research Center | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Experts say the rise of artificial intelligence will make most people better off over the next decade, but many have concerns about how advances in AI will affect what it means to be human, to be productive and to exercise free will
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CoSN unveils top edtech challenges, tools for 2019 by Ryan Johnston

CoSN unveils top edtech challenges, tools for 2019 by Ryan Johnston | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Survey results published Tuesday reveal that ongoing professional development and keeping up with the “future of work” are the top challenges K-12 technology educators will face in 2019.

 

The survey, part of the Consortium for School Networking’s “Driving K-12 Innovation” initiative, asked nearly 100 teachers, administrators and and stakeholders to comment on three aspects of their K-12 classroom experience related to technology: the “hurdles,” the “accelerators” and the “enablers.”

 

“By highlighting the key challenges and opportunities — with an eye toward future implications — our findings should encourage meaningful discussions on the actions needed to enhance teaching and learning environments,” Irene Spero, chief external relations officer for CoSN, said in a statement."


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Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom - TeachOntario

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom - TeachOntario | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Building on some past STEM initiatives in the school we decided that coding, as a vehicle for computational thinking, would be the focus of our proposal. We called our project: Creating a Culture of Coding, and it was given the green light to go ahead.

 Our first year included meeting Lisa Anne Floyd from Fair Chance Learning, who focuses on spreading computational thinking to classrooms across the country. Lisa came to St. Michael’s and taught every teacher, as well as four students from each class, how to make music and how to count steps using a device called a micro:bit. The excitement was palpable.

 In 2018, the innovation team wanted to keep the buzz so we decided that meeting once a month with an inspiring lesson for both teachers and students would be central to our new learning. We also would prepare an extension activity that could be done in the classroom in the time between meetings. All materials and plans would be provided for ease of use. The activities would be selected according to what we believed is a natural progression, a computational thinking/coding continuum. The following chart briefly outlines the proposed monthly challenges."

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Scratch cards for micro:bit | micro:bit

Scratch cards for micro:bit | micro:bit | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you love Scratch, the visual programming language? Do you love micro:bits? Then you need these Scratch activity cards. They provide an easy way for you to explore coding in the beta version of Scratch 3.0.
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Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News

Five Proven Benefits Of Play | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The nation's doctors are being enlisted in a new fight: reclaiming children's right to play. A research paper urges pediatricians to prescribe playtime.
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Start Coding With 'Mission Python!'

Start Coding With 'Mission Python!' | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"What better way to celebrate Computer Science Education Week than with a new book? Try one of the newest from No Starch Press, Mission Python: Code a Space Adventure Game! by Sean McManus.

I’m a big fan of all of the No Starch books, and this one is no different. One of my favorites is Super Scratch Programming Adventure, which gives you a chance to create your own video game. Mission Python! is similar, though for a somewhat more advanced audience. The reader gets to learn Python while building a space game in Python.


The book is built around using either a Windows PC or a Raspberry Pi, but doesn’t assume you know much. It begins by walking you through installing the necessary software, Python and Pygame Zero (if you’re on a Windows machine—they both are pre-installed on the Raspbian distro for the Raspberry Pi)."

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The real solution to fake news - Reboot Foundation - Critical Thinking

The real solution to fake news - Reboot Foundation - Critical Thinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The solution is education. Specifically, it’s about giving people the power of critical thinking. If you’re a better thinker, you’re a better judge of information, and that’s how we will finally beat fake news.

 Currently, most young people aren’t able to easily separate online fact from online fiction. Students have difficulty ascertaining the difference between real news stories and branded advertising. They also don’t take the bias of source material into account when evaluating claims on social media, according to a 2016 study by the Stanford History Education Group. One survey found more than one-third of children admit to sharing information online that they later learned was fake or inaccurate.

 The lack of critical thinking is dangerous for many reasons, perhaps the most important of which is the inability of voters to discern legitimate information from nonsense. Good electoral decisions depend on voters casting ballots based on actual conditions in their communities, not myths and bogeymen, and in this sense, fake news and its gossipy cousins will make democracies far weaker.

 But there’s more than that: Fake news impairs the response to everything from natural disasters to terror attacks. For instance, during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, rumors spread on Twitter that officials were asking victims seeking shelter about their immigration status.

 This is why critical thinking is the cornerstone of the response to the “fake news” problem. After all, a key component of critical thinking is the ability to question assumptions. This is doubly important when every factoid in human history is, in theory, just a Google search away, but it’s all mixed in with a lot of incorrect or biased information.
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What Kids Can Learn Through Coding - Expert Tips & Advice . PBS Parents | PBS

What Kids Can Learn Through Coding - Expert Tips & Advice . PBS Parents | PBS | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In my book Coding as a Playground, I tell the story of Liana, a five-year-old playing with an iPad in her kindergarten class. She is focused. Every so often, she wiggles. She suddenly screams, to no one in particular, “Look at my cat! Look at my cat!” Liana is excited to show her animation. She has programmed a kitten to appear and disappear. With some trial and error, she has put together a long sequence of purple programming blocks. Liana cannot read yet, but she knows that these programming blocks can make her kitten show and hide.

Liana created her kitten movie with ScratchJr, a free programming language developed by my team in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab. We designed it to support young children like Liana in making their own projects and learning about computer science in a developmentally appropriate way. To date, more than eleven million young children all over the world have used ScratchJr to express themselves and it has been translated into many languages. And with PBS KIDS ScratchJr, kids can create their own interactive stories and games featuring their favorite PBS KIDS characters.
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9 ways schools can create better makerspaces - eSchool News

9 ways schools can create better makerspaces - eSchool News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspaces and maker culture have quickly become a favorite of STEAM advocates, and new research shows that makerspaces can be highly effective at helping elementary students develop skills such as critical thinking, design thinking, and problem solving.

Research from Macquarie University in Australia demonstrates how, with proper training and professional development, teachers can harness makerspaces and improve teaching and learning outcomes.
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The Secret Life of a Non-Coding Coder | TeachOntario

The Secret Life of a Non-Coding Coder | TeachOntario | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This isn’t an article about the benefits of coding or computational thinking,- we know how coding is benefiting our schools (I will also leave that to some amazing experts out there). This is an adventure about how anyone can enter the world of coding.
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Social Robots for Special Needs Schools - Education Matters 

Social Robots for Special Needs Schools - Education Matters  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
La Trobe University researchers have unveiled a social robot designed as a classroom companion for special needs schools.

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Can You Build A House For A Gingerbread Man? - Maker Maven #makered

Can You Build A House For A Gingerbread Man? - Maker Maven #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"The gingerbread man sure is popular this time of year. Kids will love this simple gingerbread STEAM challenge!

 Are you up for the challenge? Can you build a house for a gingerbread man?"

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News & Events | New Kids Series "When I Grow Up" Focuses on Cool Careers in STEM!

News & Events | New Kids Series "When I Grow Up" Focuses on Cool Careers in STEM! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When I Grow Up! is TVO Kids’ latest television series for children ages 6-11. The new show produced by Riverbank Pictures is all about inspiring our future leaders and helping kids make the connection between their interests, education and the exciting array of careers that use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Viewers follow Mikaela on her quest to determine what she wants to be when she grows up. Her adventures are fuelled by her curiosity and a passion for STEM.

Research from the Let’s Talk Science 2014 Spotlight on Science Learning report played a key role in informing the guidelines and rationale for this new fun and engaging show for kids. By aligning with the values and interests youth identify with, the series aims to show kids that many careers they dream of have a firm footing in the world of STEM.

“We want to excite kids about STEM and show them that school science is transferable to countless exciting careers,” says Co-producer & Education Consultant, Sara Poirier. “We are hoping it’s the type of show that kids and their parents will want to watch together and sparks conversations about careers in the future and the importance of studying science and math in school.”
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How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location - The New York Times

How to Stop Apps From Tracking Your Location - The New York Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Hundreds of apps can follow your movements and share the details with advertisers, retailers and even hedge funds. Here’s how to limit the snooping."

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The 10 Best Apps to Help You Focus and Block Distractions - Zapier.com via Tom D'Amico @TDOttawa

The 10 Best Apps to Help You Focus and Block Distractions - Zapier.com via Tom D'Amico @TDOttawa | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The internet is one massive distraction. One minute I'm aggressively knocking out my to-do list, and the next I'm sucked into a "Which Harry Potter character are you?" quiz (Ron). Notifications from Facebook, Slack, and Skype, not to mention alerts on my phone, pull my attention away from what I should be doing. When I need to block these distractions and focus, however, I can turn to some apps for help.

Apps that help people focus work in a variety of ways. Some are browser extensions that block you from seeing certain websites. Others are desktop apps that hide from view anything except the active window. Some apps gently nudge you from bad behavior while others aggressively stop you from going down a rabbit hole. Which apps you choose to use will largely depend on how strict you want them to be.
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Why dance class is just as important as math class - Ideas.TED.com

Why dance class is just as important as math class - Ideas.TED.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dance — and physical activity — should have the same status in schools as math, science and language. Psst: it may even help raise test scores, says Sir Ken Robinson.
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Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret - The New York Times

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night, and They’re Not Keeping It Secret - The New York Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Like many consumers, Ms. Magrin knew that apps could track people’s movements. But as smartphones have become ubiquitous and technology more accurate, an industry of snooping on people’s daily habits has spread and grown more intrusive."

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Gingerbread House Making: A Fun and Engaging Cross-Curricular Lesson

Gingerbread House Making: A Fun and Engaging Cross-Curricular Lesson | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This past week I did a gingerbread house making activity (described below) that included math and language arts connections with my two groups of gifted 3rd through 6th graders. It met all of these criteria and resulted in 100% engagement – lots of fun for the students.

When I talk about making in the classroom with teachers, I often say it takes a lot of preparation time but then the students end up working harder than the teacher during class time – which I believe should always be the case. This activity took quite a bit of preparation plus I ended up spending about $50 out-of-pocket money for the supplies. For me, though, it was worth it as I got to see my students experience such joy and excitement creating their gingerbread houses along with joy in doing the math and language arts activities I built into the lesson.
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Google Offers New, Free Courses to Help Improve Digital Literacy

Google Offers New, Free Courses to Help Improve Digital Literacy | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google has announced a new set of free digital education courses as part of its 'Google Digital Garage' initiative.
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#CSEDWEEK2018PHOTOS CHALLENGE IS HERE! | CS for All Teachers

#CSEDWEEK2018PHOTOS CHALLENGE IS HERE! | CS for All Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It's that time of year again! Between December 3-9, celebrate CS Ed Week 2018 by sharing how you are making CS a reality for all. Whether your 1st graders are trying an hour of code or your seniors are pair programming, post a pic on Instagram or Twitter using #CSEdWeek2018Photos or upload below to enter. Please secure parental permission for those featured in your photo before posting.
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ISTE | Make Hour of Code a lifetime passion with these free resources

ISTE | Make Hour of Code a lifetime passion with these free resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The excitement and accomplishment students feel when successfully completing a coding challenge during the Hour of Code is inspiring. To keep that feeling going after they have completed their Hour of Code, try out the following resources in your classroom:
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How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day | MindShift | KQED News

How Kids Learn Better By Taking Frequent Breaks Throughout The Day | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
American teacher Timothy Walker learned more effective ways to teach when he moved to Finland and pulled back from cramming too much into one day.
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