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10 Signs that You are an Excellent iPad Educator - teachingwithipad.org

10 Signs that You are an Excellent iPad Educator - teachingwithipad.org | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

My good friend, fellow French teacher and colleague Sylvia Duckworth and I brainstormed the following. Sylvia has been a huge advocate for using technology in the classroom, and has actively used iPads in her classes for the past couple years. Check out her excellent website, which contains a multitude of teaching ideas using technology as a tool.

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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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The documentary is only available in Canada.

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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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Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News

Why Teens Should Understand Their Own Brains (And Why Their Teachers Should, Too!) | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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A teenage brain is a fascinating, still-changing place. There's a lot going on: social awareness, risk-taking, peer pressure; all are heightened during this period.

Until relatively recently, it was thought that the brain was only actively developing during childhood, but in the last two decades, researchers have confirmed that the brain continues to develop during adolescence — a period of time that can stretch from the middle school years into early adulthood.

"We were always under the assumption that the brain doesn't change very much after childhood," explains Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at University College London.

But that's simply not the case, she says, and educators — and teens themselves — can learn a lot from this.
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Google's Santa Tracker Is Back for 2018 - MakeUseOf

Google's Santa Tracker Is Back for 2018 - MakeUseOf | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Google's Santa Tracker is back for 2018, and there are a host of new features available in Santa's Village this time around.
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How 'Productive Failure' In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick | MindShift | KQED News

How 'Productive Failure' In Math Class Helps Make Lessons Stick | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learning from failure has become a popular idea in education recently, partly because it feels like common sense to many people. In a general way, the idea of “picking yourself up after a fall” has long existed in American culture as in many other parts of the world. Teachers are hoping that if they can instill this idea in their students, the small, everyday setbacks inherent to learning new things won’t feel so emotionally charged to students, who might instead see them as part of the path to greater understanding and ultimate success.

But turning the difficult experience of failure into a positive isn’t as easy as telling students to change their mindsets; it takes careful lesson design, a strong classroom culture and an instructor trained in getting results from small failures so his or her students succeed when it matters.
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Virtual Reality to Foster Real-World Empathy

Virtual Reality to Foster Real-World Empathy | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Empathy is an element of the skill that is developed in the course. More specifically, I want to help students understand the reality of an immigrant. Thus, when confronted with this situation in their future job, they will be able to ask the appropriate questions to establish a therapeutic relationship.

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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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13 Legal Online Sources to Download Free Christmas Music

13 Legal Online Sources to Download Free Christmas Music | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Looking to download free Christmas music? Here are the best websites for free Christmas music downloads.
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The Best Siri Shortcuts to Get You Started - How To Geek

The Best Siri Shortcuts to Get You Started - How To Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The new Shortcuts app that was introduced in iOS 12 lets you create shortcuts to automate any number of tasks. Here are a handful of good ones to get you started, with the hopes that it gets your creative juices flowing.

The biggest problem for me with the Shortcuts app is that I just couldn’t come up with unique uses for it, but once I went searching for pre-made shortcuts, it got me thinking about the possibilities. Luckily, there are a lot of pre-made shortcuts that you can find, which is especially good news because the Shortcuts app has a pretty steep learning curve if you’re making shortcuts from scratch.
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5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read | Knowledge Quest @DianaRendina

5 Makerspace Books You Need to Read | Knowledge Quest @DianaRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There’s so many amazing books coming out now related to starting a school makerspace, and many of them are fantastic.  But for this post, I want to take a look back and focus on the five books that had the biggest impact on me as I was planning and creating my makerspace at Stewart Middle Magnet School.  This was back in late 2013/early 2014, when there wasn’t a ton of stuff out there that specifically focused on school makerspaces.  Even without a direct focus on library makerspaces, these books still had a profound impact in shaping my thinking about creating an innovative, playful learning environment.
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Teaching Invention Literacy With Makey Makey - YouTube

The Makey Makey Invention Literacy Workshop for Educators is a fun hands-on learning experience where you'll learn how to teach Invention Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey Makey invention kit. We explore how to teach circuits and conductivity using Makey Makeys and then put our skills to use designing inventions!

Participants learn best practices and gain access to a multimedia training website that can be used later when working with your students or training others.

Find a workshop near you http://makeymakey.com/education/#enroll

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