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Salad Selfies & Art History | iPad Art Room

Salad Selfies & Art History | iPad Art Room | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Providing an opportunity for students to connect with portraiture through the work of Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526-1593) is engaging stuff.
This Italian painter is most famous for his imaginative faces made up entirely of fruit, vegetables, meat and other objects of significance, and they continue to be a source of wonder for children of all ages.

Students can use the Pictoboldo app to create their own digital collages.
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Bots, britches, and bees | Bill Gates

Bots, britches, and bees | Bill Gates | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When you hear the word “robot” what comes to mind? Probably a metal, humanoid machine—something like C-3PO from Star Wars, Rosie the Robot Maid from The Jetsons, or perhaps one of the menacing Terminator robots.

At a Harvard University lab, I saw some surprising inventions that challenge our popular images of robots. One robot I wore like a glove. Another you could pull on like a pair of pants. Some robots had spongy arms that could pick up the most delicate objects. And others were so tiny and light they could take to the air on paper-thin wings, like insects.

These incredible creations are powerful examples of the exciting innovation underway in the field of robotics. They were also a reminder that while science fiction writers may lead us to fear a future of Terminator-style robots, robotics discoveries have far greater potential to improve our lives. They could offer physical support and assistance, help with search and rescue efforts, and meet medical and other technological challenges.
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8 Things You Should Be Automating on Your Smartphone - Gizmodo

8 Things You Should Be Automating on Your Smartphone - Gizmodo | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We live in an age of super-smart technology built to make our lives easier, so don’t struggle with the menial chores of the day when your phone could be doing the job for you. Here are some of the best automations you can set up on your phone, freeing you from the task and giving you more time to do something else more interesting instead.
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AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include? | EdSurge News

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include? | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When Ayanna met Cozmo the robot, both she and the robot lit up. “it was like she met a new best friend,” her Boys and Girls Club teacher James Carter said. “They just clicked.” And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.”

Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it.

Ayanna is one of roughly 50 kids at the Boys and Girls Club of Western Pennsylvania who are using a new artificial intelligence kit created by ReadyAI. It’s one of several initiatives that promise to make AI as common in the classroom as it’s becoming in our lives.
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STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven

STEM Challenge - What Makes Ice Melt Faster? - MakerMaven | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"This is the perfect STEAM Challenge for the chilly weather we are having! It will teach students all about why we put salt on icy roads during winter.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you determine what makes ice melt faster?"

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The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia

The Tyranny of Being On Task - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
There seem to be forces in education that push us to make sure students are on task. Why do we attempt to meet that demand when we know it’s unreasonable? Why do we demand on task behavior when it is not equivalent to student engagement? Isn’t it OK for students to be off task from time to time? In fact, don’t students need time to be off task? To take it to another level, what if off task is really on task?
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Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes

Screens Might Be as Bad for Mental Health as … Potatoes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The science of how technology affects happiness needs a huge statistical upgrade. A new paper charts a path toward better research.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:55 AM

"Using technology is about as associated with well-being as eating potatoes."

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25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter – UKED Chat

25 Pedagogy Ideas that Teachers found on Twitter – UKED Chat | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In our survey, we asked teachers to tell us about resources that they found on Twitter which they then implemented in the classroom. Here are 25 of the most commonly shared ideas:
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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 6:30 PM

Pimp up your Pedagogy! (stuff I can't say at school! LOL) Great ideas from our friends at #UKEdChat

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Remove the Background from Your Pictures | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Thanks to the ever-clever Tony Vincent this week I learned about a neat tool called Remove.bg. Remove.bg is a free tool that will remove the background from your images. The catch is that it will only work with pictures that have people in them. I tried to use it with pictures of my dogs and it didn't work. Remove.bg is easy to use. To remove the background from your picture simply go to the Remove.bg website and upload your picture. Within a minute you will have a new image file that you can download. Watch my short video to see how it works.
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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 6:32 PM

More awesome shares from @rmbyrne & @tonyvincent

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ASCD Express 13.10 - Three Ways to Counter the Effects of Stress on the Brain

ASCD Express 13.10 - Three Ways to Counter the Effects of Stress on the Brain | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Stress! It's just a part of everyday life, right? But what if that stress is chronic and beyond a child's control?

More than half of all students in U.S. public schools come from low-income families. Poverty is associated with chronic stress, which can have a toxic effect on the brain. While there is no silver bullet to solve the problem of poverty, we as educators do have the power to positively influence learning for children experiencing poverty by better understanding their brains.
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Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | TED Talk

Shohini Ghose: Quantum computing explained in 10 minutes | TED Talk | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A quantum computer isn't just a more powerful version of the computers we use today; it's something else entirely, based on emerging scientific understanding -- and more than a bit of uncertainty. Enter the quantum wonderland with TED Fellow Shohini Ghose and learn how this technology holds the potential to transform medicine, create unbreakable encryption and even teleport information.
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Building a STEM Pathway for Native Students - Edutopia

Building a STEM Pathway for Native Students - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Kathy DeerInWater of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society discusses the importance of increasing STEM access for Native American students.
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STEAM Bored Jar

STEAM Bored Jar | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"You’re sooo close.  Dinner is almost on the table.  Or the laundry is almost folded.  But the kids are giving you trouble.  “Mom!  There’s nothing to do!  I’m bored!”  Pull out this easy STEAM Bored Jar: 48 Activities Ready in 5 Minutes or Less.  I’ve pulled together a ton of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Math projects that you can have out and ready to do before the dryer buzzes.  This post contains affiliate links."

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Scientists Find a Simple Trick For Remembering Pretty Much Anything

Scientists Find a Simple Trick For Remembering Pretty Much Anything | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you need to remember something, you might do well to... draw it. According to a new study, drawing can be a more effective memory aid than writing and rewriting, simply looking at information, or using various other visualisation techniques.

Older adults who take up drawing could even enhance their memory, the researchers say, providing a means to rebel against the effects of ageing and the risk of conditions like Alzheimer's and dementia.

The good news for those of us who struggled in art class is that you don't actually have to be good at drawing to reap the memory benefits of doodling, according to the team from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
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Transforming Lives's curator insight, January 14, 3:56 AM
Makes sense that drawing can improve memory. Just like mind-mapping, drawing connects to another part of our brain.  I like that you don't have to be good at drawing to reap the benefits.
 
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50 Growth Mindset Quotes (Last list you'll need of positive quotes for kids)

50 Growth Mindset Quotes (Last list you'll need of positive quotes for kids) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Here are 50 of the best growth mindset quotes for kids and teachers to help encourage a positive learning environment in the classroom.

If you are a teacher, consider putting some of these quotes on the walls of your classroom for your students to read each day as a reminder that they should never give up on their goals.

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Tons of Free Coding Books - Educator's Technology

Tons of Free Coding Books - Educator's Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only because these are the skills needed for the future job market but also because coding allows learners to better understand their digitally focused life and therefore enhance their interaction with digital media.



We have already featured a plethora of interesting resources, apps, and tools  that teachers and parents can draw on to introduce coding to their kids  and today we are sharing with you another important resource we learned from Life Hacker. The popular GitHub has compiled this excellent list comprising more than 500 free books on programming and coding. The books cover different  topics from programming languages to software architecture.
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Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t. - Harvard Business Review

Data Was Supposed to Fix the U.S. Education System. Here’s Why It Hasn’t. - Harvard Business Review | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For too long, the American education system failed too many kids, including far too many poor kids and kids of color, without enough public notice or accountability. To combat this, leaders of all political persuasions championed the use of testing to measure progress and drive better results. Measurement has become so common that in school districts from coast to coast you can now find calendars marked “Data Days,” when teachers are expected to spend time not on teaching, but on analyzing data like end-of-year and mid-year exams, interim assessments, science and social studies and teacher-created and computer-adaptive tests, surveys, attendance and behavior notes. It’s been this way for more than 30 years, and it’s time to try a different approach.

The big numbers are necessary, but the more they proliferate, the less value they add. Data-based answers lead to further data-based questions, testing, and analysis; and the psychology of leaders and policymakers means that the hunt for data gets in the way of actual learning. The drive for data responded to a real problem in education, but bad thinking about testing and data use has made the data cure worse than the disease.
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It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada

It’s Time to Walk the (Digital) Talk | Education Canada | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s commonly understood that children acquire many behaviours, both good and bad, by watching the adults around them. In this vein, we aim to create school environments where young people are exposed to positive and caring adult role models. Unfortunately, this emphasis on positive modeling appears to fly out the window when implementing digital citizenship programs and curricula.
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Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator

Digital Storytelling Lesson Ideas with Book Creator | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Book Creator is a powerful tool for digital storytelling lesson integration. Access classroom ideas to turn your students into creators using multimedia technology.

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Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements

Change your phone settings so Apple, Google can't track your movements | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Technology companies have been pummeled by revelations about how poorly they protect their customers’ personal information, including an in-depth New York Times report detailing the ability of smartphone apps to track users’ locations. Some companies, most notably Apple, have begun promoting the fact that they sell products and services that safeguard consumer privacy.

Smartphone users are never asked explicitly if they want to be tracked every moment of each day. But cellular companies, smartphone makers, app developers and social media companies all claim they have users’ permission to conduct near-constant personal surveillance.

The underlying problem is that most people don’t understand how tracking really works. The technology companies haven’t helped teach their customers about it, either. In fact, they’ve intentionally obscured important details to build a multi-billion-dollar data economy based on an ethically questionable notion of informed consent.
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BBC - Future - Why it pays to declutter your digital life

BBC - Future - Why it pays to declutter your digital life | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If we feel overwhelmed by ‘stuff’, most of us believe physical clutter is the culprit. But researchers are finding that having too many digital files could be the problem, too.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 14, 2:19 PM

This is good advice. Says the girl who has 38,000 unread emails in her main Gmail account. Don't believe me? Here, view my shame! Love me some Gmail, but is it me, or is it hard to do LARGE scale deletes? Anyway, this article has me thinking!

 

What about you? Could you benefit from a digital culling?

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Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World

Celebrate International Creativity Month in Class | Education World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Did you know that January is considered International Creativity Month? This month, remind your students about the importance of being creative. Give your students the ability to creatively express themselves by providing various options for a particular class assignment. For example, instead of assigning the same writing assignment to every student, offer five variations on the topic to give the students more flexibility to choose something they find worthwhile.
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How K–12 Schools Have Adopted Artificial Intelligence | EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Have Adopted Artificial Intelligence | EdTech Magazine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past several years, artificial intelligence transitioned from the movie screen to reality, and soon it will be everywhere.

The ubiquity of AI across industries leads to two key points for K–12 schools. 

First, K–12 schools should use current AI solutions to help with everything from classroom performance to network safety and monitoring. Second, students need to start learning how to design, manipulate and work alongside AI machines in order to build the foundation they need as they prepare to enter the workplace.

Organizing a successful AI integration and education plan will take collaboration and proper planning on the part of school decision-makers.

“AI may hold the potential to personalize instruction and learning. Yet its use in educational settings will require educators and school leaders to develop an understanding of how it can be implemented safely and smartly,” Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking said in a recent statement. 
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Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren

Teacher Uses LEGOs To Explain Math To Schoolchildren | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As if LEGOs weren’t enough of an awesome childhood toy, one teacher has found another awesome educational/developmental use for this super-toy – as a math education aid! Alycia Zimmerman, a 3rd-grade teacher in New York, uses them to explain fractions, squares and other mathematical concepts.

“In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative,” she writes in an article for Scholastic that goes more into depth about these bricks’ potential uses.
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Interesting wool crafts|#kidspiration#rainydays - YouTube #makered

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New! Second Edition of Invent to Learn Released

New! Second Edition of Invent to Learn Released | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We are excited to announce that a newly revised and expanded edition of Invent to Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom has just been released.

It’s been five years since we published the first edition of Invent to Learn. The second edition includes a lot of new material reflecting how much has changed in this short time. There are many new microcontrollers to choose from, and many more that are better for school use. The fabrication chapter has been updated to reflect how the design process has been streamlined by hardware and software progress. There is an entirely new section on laser cutters and CNC machines.
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