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Excellent Apps and Tools to Enhance Math Understanding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Apps and Tools to Enhance Math Understanding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology offers a myriad of ways to learn, practice, and understand math. Math manipulatives, videos, games, interactive simulations, physical activities - all can help reinforce a deep conceptual understanding.
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Cranky Contraption Exploration – Todd Burleson @todd_burleson  #makered

Cranky Contraption Exploration – Todd Burleson @todd_burleson  #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I have become somewhat obsessed with the concept of automata over the past month or so.  I have seen multiple iterations of cardboard automata.  The Tinkering Studio has a FANTASTIC pdf which explains the basics as well as facilitation tips for educators. I had this on my agenda to work into my makerspace this year, but it was when I saw this video that my imagination was set on fire:"

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Ikea finds practical use for its cardboard box waste in helping kids create toys - The Drum

Ikea finds practical use for its cardboard box waste in helping kids create toys - The Drum | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Finding new and human ways to connect and empower the next generation to play is one of the ways that Ikea says it hopes to change the world, and bringing extra life to cardboard that would otherwise end up in the recycling bins is part of that push. It’s an idea that came about quickly, and was revealed at a panel at Cannes today (20 June).

Wunderman, Kantar Consulting and Mini Mad Things decided to put the pedal to the metal and workshop an idea in just five weeks. The catch? The idea had to be ‘prototypeable’ as the final would be presented on stage at Cannes Lions, alongside Ikea’s chief marketing officer. Ultimately, the brief was to come up with an idea that shows how Ikea inspires and facilitates child’s play, all while helping to improve home life for parents, whole families and even communities.

After evaluating 17 years-worth of online conversation with parents and analyzing 15m rows of dialogue data, the team realized that behavior and development is the most talked about topic within childcare, second only to pregnancy. Pressing further in the research, the team learned that 50% of parents surveyed struggle to find ideas to encourage creative play amongst their children.

Ikea, which has been one of the largest distributors of cardboard packaging, and team were able to flip their script so the brand could see the world through a child’s eyes and create an interactive mobile app that brings cardboard waste to life. By following simple instructions any piece of cardboard can be transformed into something new. The Ikea Toybox app gives cardboard waste a new lease on life and, as play doesn’t require a price tag, families will see big results with small means.
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Generation Z — Online, connected and set on fixing the world - National | Globalnews.ca

Generation Z — Online, connected and set on fixing the world - National | Globalnews.ca | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Parkland, Fla., teens took over social media, demanding gun reform from U.S. President Donald Trump. They took on the National Rifle Association, while also attending funerals for their friends.

Canadians their age were watching and inspired, too.

In a series of interviews with Global News, several members of generation Z highlighted the example of Parkland teens.
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All You Need to Know About Buying Virtual Reality Headsets, Goggles, and Glasses

All You Need to Know About Buying Virtual Reality Headsets, Goggles, and Glasses | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"With virtual reality being one of the biggest trends to hit edtech in years, educators need to know as much about this technology as possible. As a matter of fact, education futurists are predicting that this technology will be instrumental in the future of education, right up there with personalized learning. In a previous article, we provided our readers with a list of the best virtual reality games on the market. As a follow-up, this article will teach them all they need to know about virtual reality headsets, goggles, and glasses. The first thing that you need to know is that when people use the terms virtual reality headsets, goggles, and glasses, they are mainly talking about the same thing.

For the purpose of this article, we decided to use the term headset, because it is the most widely used term to refer to an apparatus used to power a virtual reality environment. Think of the games as the software, and headsets as the devices that run the software. These parts make virtual reality possible."

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Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks? - The New York Times

Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks? - The New York Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Three years ago Dyan deNapoli, a 57-year-old author and TED speaker who specializes in penguins, was given a 23andMe genetic testing kit for her birthday. Intrigued, she spit in the tube and sent the results to a lab in Burlington, N.C.

About two months later she received a pie chart breaking down where her ancestors lived (99.4 percent of them were from Europe). What she was most giddy about, however, was a 41-page list of all the people who had done the test and were genetically related to her: 1,200 in all. (Customers can choose whether their information is shared with others.)

“I had the names of everyone from my immediate family members to my first cousins, second cousins, third. Once I got past fourth cousins, it went to my fifth cousins, and beyond,” said Ms. deNapoli, who lives in Georgetown, Mass. “It started me down this genealogical rabbit hole.”
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Are we making space in our classrooms for imagination?

Are we making space in our classrooms for imagination? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When I go home, I’m no longer a dad. I transform into a sidekick to the world’s coolest superhero. I become a nurse to a stuffed animal surgeon. I get to help an architect and a builder in forts made from couch cushions. I become second in command on a pirate ship made of the swing set. I morph into a lab assistant to an always-curious scientist. I turn into an astronaut in a planet in our backyard.

That’s the power of imagination."

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This Camera Made From a Potato Actually Works - Interesting Engineering

This Camera Made From a Potato Actually Works - Interesting Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
f you are an internet nerd, you would be familiar with the jab, “what did you shoot that with, a potato?” But one super geek wanted to be able to answer - YES! - and so built a real working camera made from a potato. 

The engineering and technical challenges were immense but they were overcome with some 3D printing, quick thinking and a whole lot of luck. The first clever decision made by the Corridor Team, the production company that made the potato camera and accompanying video was to try and attempt a film camera rather than a digital setup. 

This made the process a lot more low tech. The basic idea was to hollow out a camera for a spool of film, attach a lens and voila. 
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GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools | EdSurge News


"What better way to prepare students for coding careers and computer science-related fields than introducing them to the tools that professionals use?

That’s the pitch behind GitHub’s announcement that, starting today, educational institutions will now be able to access—for free—its enterprise and business-level offerings as part of a new GitHub Education package. The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs.

This new educational package “will give schools the tools for students to succeed, to give teachers a sense of mastery and for the school to be a beacon of technical skills,” claims Vanessa Gennarelli, general manager of GitHub Education in an interview. “Our mission is to help developers learn to code with the real-world tools of industry.”"

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Animated Shadows - Dryden Art @fuglefun

Animated Shadows - Dryden Art @fuglefun | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
One thing that I've been wanting to explore for a long time in the Do Ink Animation app is some kind of drop shadow that moves with the character.
An animated shadow adds depth to the work, implies a light source, and may enhance the story depending on the way it is used. 
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Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem

Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing.

Via THE OFFICIAL ANDREASCY
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18 Great TED Ed Video Lessons for Social Studies Teachers

18 Great TED Ed Video Lessons for Social Studies Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today we spent sometime going through TED Ed lessons library and curated for you the collection below. These are video lessons created by teachers and educators covering various topics related to social studies. We used TED Ed categorization scheme to arrange these  videos lessons  into 3 main categories: Civics, History, and Geography. As is the case with any TED Ed lesson, videos included come with a number of questions and a discussion section to engage students in meaningful discussions of the video content. The links to these video lessons are included in a table below the visual.
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The Flexibility of Computational Thinking - Edutopia

The Flexibility of Computational Thinking - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.
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5 realistic VR experiences that tricked our senses - Business Insider

5 realistic VR experiences that tricked our senses - Business Insider | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Virtual reality is becoming increasingly realistic, and we've tried out some cutting edge VR tech. Here are our favourite VR experiences so far:

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Report Explores Potential of Wearables, AR and VR in Education - The Journal

A new whitepaper from personalized learning nonprofit KnowledgeWorks explores how wearables, augmented reality and virtual reality could play out in education. Take one example shared in the report of a fourth-grader: She's wearing a Hello Kitty "smart sleeve" and toting her tablet in a matching knapsack as she heads into the homework center after school and begins to tackle a writing assignment. After 10 minutes of staring at a blank screen and experiencing a rising heart rate, her wearable triggers a "nudge" from an app that reminds her that it's OK to ask for help. She clicks on an icon and receives a holographic image of her coach in a corner of her device, calmly and clearly offering her immediate help.
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Cyber Education Registration 2018 – CyberTitan – ICTC Canadian Youth Cyber Education Initiative

Cyber Education Registration 2018 – CyberTitan – ICTC Canadian Youth Cyber Education Initiative | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
To help educators enhance their knowledge and “in-demand” skills so they can integrate their learning into classrooms, ICTC would like to introduce a new initiative called CyberEd, a National Cyber Security Awareness & Training Initiative. This initiative has been made possible in part by a grant from the Cisco Networking Academy, an advised fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation.

A part of this initiative, 130 educators in middle and secondary schools will have the opportunity to receive training in Cisco’s Introduction to Cyber Security and/or Cyber Security Essentials courses at no cost, with resources included to help them integrate cyber security into student learning.

Additionally, 8-10 educators will have the opportunity to receive training in CCNA 1 & 2 at no cost who are interested in deepening their studies.

These professional development opportunities will take place virtually. The courses will be facilitated/led by an instructor, while some elements of the course material will also be self-directed.

All courses will be delivered in English at this time.
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Introducing the Social LEADia Podcast - @JCasaTodd

Introducing the Social LEADia Podcast - @JCasaTodd | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I often say, the problem with writing a book is that you have to finish writing the book. Social LEADia is unique in that it shines a light on the voices and projects of teachers and students for digital leadership–to improve the lives, well-being & circumstances of others (Couros, 2013) and who are using technology and social media to learn and share learning, promote causes that are important to them, and to be a more positive influence on others.  The stories and examples are just as relevant today than they were a year ago, but every day, I meet more and more students and educators who are simply awesome. Although I continue to update the resources at socialleadia.org, I feel like so many more stories and students need to be highlighted and shared!

And so, I decided to start a podcast, Social LEADia: Making a difference on and offline. It will be a short 15 minute conversation highlighting students and/or teachers; many of whom you may not know about at all. Their ideas and projects will hopefully inspire you to try something similar in your context. It will run for 15 minutes and will run bi-weekly. It will be hosted here on my blog as well as on possibly on VoiceEDCanada Radio.
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Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers? | EdSurge News

Can an AR and VR Pilot Program From Google Prepare Kids for Future Careers? | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Virtual reality has been the driving force behind Google’s Expeditions app since it launched three years ago. And recently it’s added another layer of “reality” to the virtual field trip tool—AR, or augmented reality to be precise, which take the form of features such as narration, annotations, and a new “solo mode,” going on virtual trips without a guide.

This past school year Google says over one million students have used the AR tools as part of the company’s Expeditions Pioneer Program. In New York City, 99 different schools experimented with the program for the first time, giving students an up-close look at everything from famous world landmarks to the human body."

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Is generation Z glued to technology? ‘It’s not an addiction; it’s an extension of themselves’ - National | Globalnews.ca

Is generation Z glued to technology? ‘It’s not an addiction; it’s an extension of themselves’ - National | Globalnews.ca | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s hardly fair to point a finger at the young cohort of 13- to 23-year-olds known as generation Z and accuse them of being “addicted” to their phones. After all, you’d be hard-pressed to find an adult these days who isn’t constantly Googling during a conversation or checking the news during dinner.

Yet, generation Z is often on the receiving end of criticism for the amount of time they spend using technology. Some of this is fair — it’s estimated that they log about 10 hours a day online (an informal Global News survey found that number to be closer to six hours) and a whopping 96 per cent own a smartphone — but this is less an “addiction” than it is a way of life, experts argue.
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160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers hat is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. In this post, you will find 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! This database is searchable and filterable by category, subject area, and grade level!
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STEM Challenge - Can You Fit Through An Index Card?

STEM Challenge - Can You Fit Through An Index Card? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Do you think you can fit through this index card?"

You are going to love your students' reactions when you ask them this question. For this activity, students will practice fine motor skills with scissors. The challenge will be to fit through the index card.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you fit through an index card? "

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15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - The Tech Edvocate

15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Social studies class can be boring when it only consists of reading a textbook. It can also be boring and long when students are required to research or memorize geography. For these reasons, many students claim that they don’t enjoy the social studies. But, geography, history, civics, sociology, and political science can be very enjoyable when made interactive.

Many teachers are taking advantage of interactive assignments, activities, and documentaries in the classroom. How are they doing this? By making use of all of the teaching and learning resources that are available on the internet. In this article, I will list 15 of the best social studies websites for teachers."

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Control Alt Achieve: 18 YouTube Channels for Elementary Math

Control Alt Achieve: 18 YouTube Channels for Elementary Math | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A while back I shared a post with a list of 20 great YouTube channels for Social Studies that I curated for a teacher inservice I was leading. Recently I had the chance to do the same thing again for a group of elementary math teachers.

Once again I searched for great YouTube channels that these teachers could use with their students to teach new content, provide extra review, or explain math topics in a different and engaging way. Some of these channels and playlists are created by talented teachers sharing their classroom creations with the world, while others are made by companies, TV shows, and more.

Below are 18 of the channels I found that are worth checking out for your classroom if you teach elementary level math. For my training I was shooting for grades 3 through 5, but many of these cover lower elementary grades or extend up into middle school.
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3 Things To Know About Scratch 3.0 – The Scratch Team Blog - Medium

3 Things To Know About Scratch 3.0 – The Scratch Team Blog - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Every day, we’re amazed and delighted by the incredible diversity of games, stories, and animations that children create and share with Scratch. This August, we’ll be launching a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0, that aims to expand how kids can create and share, and how educators can support student learning with Scratch. This new version will include new images, new support materials, and new programming capabilities — and it runs on a wider variety of devices (including tablets).
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Social Studies Apps to Use with Middle School Students - Educator's Technology

Social Studies Apps to Use with Middle School Students - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Below is a collection of some useful iPad apps curated specifically for middle school students. These are apps students can use to learn and enrich their knowledge about a wide variety of topics related to social studies from exploring the wonders of our planet to learning about historical events through interactive content. Links to the apps are under the visual. For social studies apps for elementary students, check out this post.
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Robotics in the K-5 Classroom - Teachers With Apps

Robotics in the K-5 Classroom - Teachers With Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I recently had a conversation with a someone outside of education. I asked him what he thought should change with our current education system and his reply was, “When I was in high school, most everyone took auto shop, and learned to tear down and rebuild a car. Why don't we do that with computers, robots, and networks - the fundamental technologies of our age? Why isn't programming required like math?”

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