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Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

Exploring Geometry by Coding With @gosphero & @tickleapp  - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"In this activity students will move the Sphero ball across a grid system, while describing, using math terms, the movement and location by coding the sequence."

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A STEM Camp for Young Learners - User Generated Learning @JackieGerstein

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I just finished a week long - half day STEM camp for learners, ages 7 through 12, half girls and half boys. The energy in the room throughout the week was pretty incredible. There was close to 100% engagement the entire time which is always my goal in teaching. I love turning kids onto STEM,…
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Code Breaker: Build Creativity & Create a Class... | TeachOntario

Code Breaker: Build Creativity & Create a Class... | TeachOntario | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Welcome to the Code Breaker: Build Creativity & Create a Class of Code Ninjas course.

 

Twenty-first century learning requires students to create, collaborate and think critically. Progress 'STEMs' directly from immediate feedback and a personalized learning platform. Coding forces students to problem solve, make mistakes and overcome barriers because programs can only run if written correctly.

 

This course continues the journey started with part one of this series last summer as we further explore the basics of block-based coding & how to make use of mathematical principles to create content of and for learning.

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ISTE | It's time to commit to digital citizenship!

ISTE | It's time to commit to digital citizenship! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

“Learning to be an effective digital citizen is not something that happens if we don’t actively teach it,” Culatta says. “And preparing a generation of effective digital citizens is the most important thing we can do to ensure our democracy for the future.”

Unfortunately, many educators still mistakenly conflate digital citizenship with online safety. While teaching kids to craft strong passwords and refrain from posting inappropriate pictures online is important, it’s no longer enough. In an era of fake news and increasingly bitter political polarization, it’s time for teachers to move beyond online safety and teach students how to use technology to:

* Make their communities better.
* Respectfully engage with people who have different beliefs.
* Shape and change public policy.
*Assess the validity of online sources of information.

 

“Digital citizenship, it turns out, is not a list of ‘don’ts’ but a list of ‘dos’,” Culatta says. “And never has it been more important than it is now.”

 

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Essential skills for kids of all ages. 

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See Bones, Blood and Tissue in World's First 3D Colored X-Ray

See Bones, Blood and Tissue in World's First 3D Colored X-Ray | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Think you know what to expect from an X-ray? Think again. MARS Bioimaging just developed the world’s first 3D full-color X-ray — they’re pretty incredible (and a little uncanny). The MARS system is a medical scanner using technology from CERN, and it captures the human body in startling detail. It took over a decade to develop, and it could offer not only more visually stimulating bone-scans, but more accurate results for doctors and patients.
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Empowering Students in the Disinformation Age - developing digital detectives by Jeff Hewitt

Empowering Students in the Disinformation Age - developing digital detectives by Jeff Hewitt | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"What was once the Information Age is rapidly becoming the Disinformation Age, where any information online can be used to support any viewpoint, even those that are patently false. With unrestricted internet access just a few taps on the smartphone away, it is impossible to monitor our students’ online activities constantly. We cannot be on hand to tell them what is right or wrong or true or false. Sometimes, we’re not even sure ourselves.

 

As educators, it falls to us to teach our students a measure of responsibility when they go online. The internet has infiltrated almost every aspect of education. We use it to take attendance, contact parents, look for activities, and do research. Our hope is that our students are using it for research and educational games."


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15 Science projects for Book Creator classrooms

15 Science projects for Book Creator classrooms | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dr. Monica Burns has written another fantastic ebook to resource teachers using Book Creator. This time the focus is the science classroom. Read online or download for free.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Places to Create Your Own Educational Games for Students to Play at Home

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Places to Create Your Own Educational Games for Students to Play at Home | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Internet is not lacking for websites that offer games that students can play online. Despite that fact, there are still occasions when you can't find exactly what you or your students need. In those cases you might want to just create your own game instead of conducting more fruitless searches. Here are seven places where you can create your own educational games that students can play at home or in your classroom.
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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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Teacher's Aide or Surveillance Nightmare? Alexa Hits the Classroom - Digital Education - Education Week

Teacher's Aide or Surveillance Nightmare? Alexa Hits the Classroom - Digital Education - Education Week | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For better or worse, a new technology is making its way from consumers' homes into America's classrooms: voice-controlled "smart speaker" systems from companies such as Amazon and Google.

The internet-enabled devices listen to what users say, send audio recordings to the cloud, translate that information into commands, and respond accordingly—providing users with a personal digital voice assistant such as Amazon's Alexa, which teachers are now using to help with everything from setting a classroom timer to leading a group of 3rd graders through a spelling test.

Groups such as the American Civil Liberties Union are raising alarms about privacy.

"Should students be required to submit themselves to always-on voice-tracking and other third-party surveillance in order to get an education?" asked ACLU staff technologist Daniel Kahn Gillmor in an interview. 

Still, the early K-12 adopters of smart speakers and digital voice assistants are generally enthusiastic.
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Amazon AI in your classroom?  How's that make you feel?

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8 Fun Ways To Keep Math Learning Alive Through the Summer | MindShift | KQED News

8 Fun Ways To Keep Math Learning Alive Through the Summer | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Summer is a time for play and rest, family time and adventures. But there’s compelling research to show that kids forget a lot of what they learned during the school year if they don’t have opportunities to continue reading, using their mathematical thinking skills and exploring the world around them.

It’s also been well-documented that the gaps between kids from high and low socioeconomic statuses grow over the summer. Affluent kids often have access to enriching experiences like travel, summer camp and visits to museums. Summer may be one of the most unequal times of the year, and that makes it hard on teachers in the fall. But there are plenty of low-cost ways to keep kids learning through the summer without sitting them down to do worksheets or drilling them on a math app.
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Making to Learn: Innovation and Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset

Making to Learn: Innovation and Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The following is a guest post by Fran Kompar.  Fran is the Director, Digital Learning for Wilton Public Schools in Connecticut, who offers us insight into a fabulous professional learning exercise surrounding making, design thinking and entepreneurship.  It is my hope that readers will bring the learning experience that Fran outlines, back to their own school districts.

I am thrilled to be a guest author for this blog.  The following details the “Making to Learn” journey taken by teams of educators from Fairfield County, Connecticut. The experiences of this group, provides a connection to GREAT Makerspaces and the endless possibilities they provide in supporting a school’s plan for Social Emotional Learning, STEM, Personalized Learning, Inquiry, Reading, Math and Computational Thinking.  In fact, we can expand on the 21st Century Skills and develop our own 2025 vision for our students as confident, creative, collaborative and caring citizens – the new 4C’s.
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Libraries Ready to Code Collection Beta Release - American Library Association

Libraries Ready to Code Collection Beta Release - American Library Association | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to our Libraries Ready to Code Collection Beta Release! Everything on this site is a test run and we want your feedback. That way, when we launch the full site (in fall 2018) it will meet the needs of library staff working for and with youth and families.
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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018 - AASL

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2018 - AASL | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The 2018 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. Sites recognized are free web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.
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When math teachers change mindset, student grades go up

When math teachers change mindset, student grades go up | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When teachers reexamine how they were taught math and their perceptions of their ability, student test scores and attitudes about math dramatically improve, according to a new study.

The research, which appears in the journal Education Sciences, shows that fifth-grade teachers who took an online class designed to give them a different approach to mathematics teaching and learning, achieved significantly higher test results for their students compared with a control group of teachers in the same schools who did not take the class.
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Coding Courses & Computer Science Curriculum - CS First

Coding Courses & Computer Science Curriculum - CS First | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The activities below introduce students to computer science and the programming language Scratch. Different themes attract and engage students of varying backgrounds and interests. All materials are free and easy to use.
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How to develop soft skills in the digital age - eCampus News

How to develop soft skills in the digital age - eCampus News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

With the rise of automation, organizations worldwide have made soft skills like communication, collaboration, and critical thinking a top priority. To work successfully alongside machines, recent grads and the current workforce must rely on what makes them uniquely human.

According to the ManpowerGroup’s 2016-2017 Talent Shortage Survey, “the most important skill you can nurture is learnability” to stay employable for the long-term. Ironically, the term “learnability” often refers to how easy a software product or interface is to use. However, in the case of employability, it means professionals must become lifelong learners to remain usable themselves.

There is a glaring need for soft skills in the workforce, but a significant gap remains between what skills recent grads think they have and what organizations believe they’re proficient in. Two recent surveys—one that polled students and one that gathered the employer perspective—revealed some startling discrepancies.
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Sparking Curiosity About STEM - Edutopia

Sparking Curiosity About STEM - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Two years ago my school started a program called STEM Events to provide our students with opportunities to see how the concepts they study in separate classes like chemistry and geometry are really integrated in real-life situations.

The program highlights the connections among the various disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math—and sometimes we add the arts, for STEAM). It also encourages our students—all girls—to explore STEM-related concepts in a noncompetitive and fun way and to develop a passion for these concepts and disciplines. Women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, so this is particularly worthwhile for our school.
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The 12 Best News Apps for Keeping Up with the Best of the Web by David Nield

The 12 Best News Apps for Keeping Up with the Best of the Web by David Nield | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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2018 AutoCAD Tutorial - 6 Easy Steps for Beginners

2018 AutoCAD Tutorial - 6 Easy Steps for Beginners | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this AutoCAD tutorial, you are going to learn the basics of how to use AutoCAD and create your first objects. AutoCAD is a powerful tool to create 2D and 3D objects, like architectural floorplans and constructions or engineering projects. It also can generate files for 3D printing. If you want to start this AutoCAD tutorial for beginners, you should be able to spare roughly one hour for it.
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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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How to use your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter

How to use your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’re speaking in front of an audience, whether a school lecture or business meeting, you know that it’s crucial to have your notes with you.

So, if you create your speech or write your notes in Pages, you can easily use your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter. This lets you see what you plan to say without having to print your speech or transfer your notes to index cards.
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Good how-to for using your iPhone or iPad as a teleprompter for a smoother presentation. 
GwynethJones's curator insight, July 12, 9:02 PM

Cool!I've got an App for that for our #MHTVNews TV Studio! But still, kids are asking for paper - but going paperless is always a goal of ours! Also, suggest using GSuite!

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Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind

Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stimulate your students' curiosity by encouraging valuable questions and tinkering, looking for teachable moments, and building lessons around current events and critical thinking.
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Curiosity: The Force Within a Hungry Mind via @joevans

 

--Also consider adding more PBL! Autonomy to demonstrate information mastery allows kids to feel a greater sense of ownership & pride. (and engagement!)

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How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades | MindShift | KQED News

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the last decade, educators have focused on boosting literacy skills among low-income kids in the hope that all children will read well by third grade. But the early-grade math skills of these same low-income children have not received equal attention. Researchers say many high-poverty kindergarten classrooms don’t teach enough math and the few lessons on the subject are often too basic. While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills.

During the last school year, only 40 percent of fourth-graders nationwide scored at a proficient level in a nationwide math assessment. Even more alarming, just 26 percent of Hispanic students and 19 percent of African-American children tested proficient in fourth-grade math. That is significant because strong math skills are needed for some of the fastest growing jobs of the next decade and are requirements for many of the highest paying jobs. Understanding and being able to work with numbers “is a fundamental skill for success in almost any occupation you might choose,” said economist Greg J. Duncan of the University of California Irvine’s School of Education, whose research examines child poverty and education. “It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”
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10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago

10 jobs that didn’t exist 10 years ago | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
From Uber drivers to millennial generation experts, here’s a selection of 10 occupations that weren’t around in 2006.

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Jobs exist now that we’d never heard of a decade ago.
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Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Integrating Maker Education into the Curriculum - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Rather than the maker experiences being an after school program, an add on activity, or an activity that is implemented when students have done their regular lessons work, it should be part of the regular, day-to-day curriculum. As noted in USC Rossier Online, “In order for your school and students to be fully invested in maker education, it has to be integrated into your curriculum, not squeezed in” (https://rossieronline.usc.edu/maker-education/sync-with-curriculum/).  Ayah Bdeir, who invented and runs littleBits, had this to say about integrating maker education into the curriculum:

It’s time for maker ed to move into the mainstream. Making should not be relegated to the times spent outside of class, e.g. lunch or after school. Nor should it only flourish in private schools, which don’t have to teach to standards. We need to work to show how making is a rigorous process that leads to valuable new technologies, products and experiences. Specifically, we need to tie maker projects to standards-based curriculum and show clearly the kinds of knowledge, skills and practices students learn as part of making (https://www.edsurge.com/news/2015-09-24-building-connections-between-maker-ed-and-standards)

Albemarle County Public School District is very intentional in their implementation of maker projects:

Maker projects can be created to support just about any subject area, from science to history to language arts. Maker education can be a tool for teaching the curriculum that you already have, At a glance, maker projects may appear disconnected from the curriculum. What may look like an arts and crafts activity, or just a bunch of kids playing with Legos, is actually a way to teach about ancient Rome or how to write a persuasive essay. (https://www.edutopia.org/practice/maker-education-reaching-all-learners)

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