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Becoming a STEAM Maker - Corwin Connect

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In many schools, the STEAM and maker education are colliding. Hybrid models are being created that embrace the integration of STEAM components and the creative spirit of the Maker Movement. At the intersection between STEAM and making, powerful learning occurs. I would argue that a new movement is emerging—STEAM Makers.
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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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The Flexibility of Computational Thinking - Edutopia

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Three middle school projects—in English, math, and history—use computational thinking skills to address social justice topics.
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Tim Cook: It's time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end - Fast Company

Tim Cook: It's time for the shadowy world of data brokers to end - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many people I’ve spoken to have a pretty good understanding that companies like Facebook and Google have a massive amount of data on them. And most of those people also understand that companies like Facebook and Google package this data about them and sell it to advertisers. But few people I’ve talked to know that Facebook, Google, and other companies also sell your data to third-party data brokers.
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Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course

Why Every High School Should Require an AI Course | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Shouldn’t young people know about the most important change force that will influence their lives and livelihoods?

We think so. That’s why every high school should offer a course on artificial intelligence (AI). Or, better yet, incorporate a set of competencies into graduation requirements that ensure that every young person understands the technology drivers and the implications for the economy and society.

The prevalence of AI has increased dramatically in the last few years. Most people are unaware that AI is a key technology behind personal assistants (Alexa, Siri, Google), autonomous vehicles, predictive analytics (Amazon and Netflix recommendations) and medical diagnostics just to name a few.

Young people may be digital natives but most of them are digitally naive. They know little to nothing about how technology works. And few of them appreciate that smart machines are reshaping the employment landscape and challenging social norms.
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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

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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

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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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Japanese Hotel Fires Robot Staff After They Annoy Human Staff and Guests - Interesting Engineering

Japanese Hotel Fires Robot Staff After They Annoy Human Staff and Guests - Interesting Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Japanese hotel has fired hundred of its robotic staff because they weren't doing a good job. The Henn-na “Strange” Hotel in Nagasaki Prefecture has laid off 243 robots after they started to cause more work for their human colleagues. 

One of the robots that got the ax was a doll-shaped assistant placed in each room called Churi. Churi was supposed to help guests plan their stay by answering questions about local attractions
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Training for jobs of the future: BCIT partners with Microsoft for education

Training for jobs of the future: BCIT partners with Microsoft for education | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) – the post-secondary institution recognized for integrating education and industry – is announcing a partnership with Microsoft Corp. and its Technology Education and Literacy in Schools (TEALS) program to teach foundation computational skills for BC high-school students. This partnership recognizes the value of exposing young learners to the jobs of the future while equipping them with the appropriate knowledge and skills for success in the future tech workforce.


With support from the BC Ministry of Education and BCIT, the BC branch of TEALS has already educated more than 400 students across four BC high schools. Credit: Microsoft
Microsoft TEALS exists because many high schools want to offer computer science courses but often don’t have teachers who are trained on the subject. To fill this gap, TEALS volunteers work with classroom teachers to team-teach students, and to equip instructors with the knowledge to teach students on their own.
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7 Components of Creativity - Creativity Catapult

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Creativity is learned through practice. While young children are inherently creative, the development of long-term creative potential depends on experience.

The “7 Components of Creativity” – as established by the Center for Childhood Creativity in the white paper, Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children (2015)  – provides a framework of the key processes or skills that contribute to creativity, organized across three childhood developmental areas: cognitive; social and emotional; and physical.

The activities in Creativity Catapult each link to one or more of the components.
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Valentines Day Light-Up Cards | STEM & Makerspace Project

Valentines Day Light-Up Cards | STEM & Makerspace Project | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this tutorial, you will learn how to make Valentines Day cards that light-up.  Give your Valentine something special and unique while learning about simple circuits and the basics of electricity.

This project is based on paper circuits which uses conductive copper tape, LEDs and a battery to bring your card to life.

Once complete, you can use the concepts learned to create your own custom light-up card.
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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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Isn't "always on-task" the opposite of play time that recharges the mind?  -Lon

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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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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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