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20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom - theguardian.com

20 ways to use a tablet in the classroom - theguardian.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Whatever model of Android or iOS tablet you have available, it’s a hugely versatile tool when it comes to educating and entertaining children. Here are some of the best apps and features you can make use of in the classroom – some of which you have to pay for and others that are free.
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10 Reasons to Try Coding in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate

10 Reasons to Try Coding in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When I talk about coding to other teachers, I always sense a fear that they too would have to one day do this in their classroom. The reason I have created this list is to help those teachers that are new to coding to relax a little and to just give it a go. Here are ten reasons I think everyone should give coding a go in their classroom:
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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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6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools (4 are Free)

6 Best 3D Sculpting Software Tools (4 are Free) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"There are many tools out there for making 3D models. One subcategory of such tools is 3D sculpting software, which is specialized for creating models by manipulating objects as if they are made of clay. This style of modeling — used to create sculptures, busts, animals, and fantasy characters, among other designs — has the ability to create more freeform shapes compared to parametric modeling — used to create bridges, mechanical assemblies, or buildings.

In a modern sense, the term “3D sculpting tool” typically implies additional tools for painting, texturing, and rendering the sculpted model. You’ll find that many of these extras come bundled together because they can be as important as the modeling itself.

Sculpting software is used across multiple industries, such as game design, character animation, film, engineering, and product design. In the following we list some of the most popular paid and free 3D sculpting software."

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10 Characteristics of an Innovative Classroom - The Tech Edvocate

10 Characteristics of an Innovative Classroom - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
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If your goal is to engage and educate students to the greatest extent possible, you need to consider the benefits of an innovative classroom. An innovative classroom will possess several key traits, including:
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How to Create a School Culture Where Teachers Lead Innovation | EdSurge News


Teachers have awesome ideas but it can be challenging for school systems to surface them and turn them into reality.

In my previous column, I looked at two school systems that created structures that did just that. Gwinnett County Public Schools teamed up with The Teachers Guild to help create a mechanism to do this and KIPP LA Public Schools created an in-house mini grant competition. Minnetonka Public Schools, a K-12 school district of 10 schools serving 10,500 students in Minnesota, has also tackled this and come up with a solution of its own: The Big Hunt for Ideas.

When Eric Schneider joined Minnetonka Public Schools seven years ago as associate superintendent, the district was already pretty innovative, but the ideas were coming top down from the superintendent and executive leadership team. Schneider was charged with developing a culture of innovation where the ideas come from the workforce. He looked at private companies in the Twin Cities area including 3M, Target, US Bank, and United Health and learned about their crowd-based internal innovation, where ideas are sourced from within. After modifying these structures for the school setting, The Big Hunt for Ideas was born.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Educational Games for Elementary School Science Lessons

Free Technology for Teachers: Educational Games for Elementary School Science Lessons | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Educational games can be useful in helping to reinforce concepts and content. A good game can keep students engaged while also helping them develop some thinking skills at the same time. You could create your own games on platforms like Kahoot or Metaverse, but those might not provide the depth of context that professionally developed games provide. If you're an elementary school teacher looking for some games to use in science lessons, take a look at the following five games that I frequently share with other teachers. 
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Sorry STEM, even Google just made the case for more foreign language education. | Language News

Sorry STEM, even Google just made the case for more foreign language education. | Language News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The Washington Post recently reported on a 2013 Google study of its hiring, firing, and promotion data since 1998. The study, called Project Oxygen, sought to identify key skills and behaviors in the company’s managers. Surprisingly, the data revealed that among the eight most important qualities of Google’s top leaders and managers, STEM expertise comes in last.

So, what came out on top? “The seven top characteristics of [managerial] success at Google are all soft skills: being a good coach; communicating and listening well; possessing insights into others (including others different values and points of view); having empathy toward and being supportive of one’s colleagues; being a good critical thinker and problem solver; and being able to make connections across complex ideas.” Strong technical skills are a must, particularly for engineers, designers, and so on. But as employees look beyond individual contributions and into management roles, people skills are paramount.
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How to Plan a Maker Fest at Your School or Library - @DianaLRendina

How to Plan a Maker Fest at Your School or Library - @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Maker Fest (or Maker Fair, depending on your preferred term), is an event held in your makerspace to celebrate making, share your work with your community and promote creativity. Think science fair, but with tons of hands-on activities, STEM demonstrations, robots driving around the floor and other activities. A Maker Fest can include arts and crafts projects that guests can take home, maker demonstrations, a student project showcase and more. It’s a chance to share what your maker program is like with parents, students, administration and other guests.

If you have any sort of maker program going on in your library, you can hold a Maker Fest. My very first Maker Fest was held only three and a half months after we started our makerspace, so it isn’t something where you have to have a long-running program to succeed. These events can be during school, afterschool, on the weekend or whenever works for you. I always held mine during the last conference night of the year — parents were already on campus, and it was a great way to wrap up the year
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Secrets Of Apple Pay On iPhone: The Complete How-To Guide For Reluctant Users

Secrets Of Apple Pay On iPhone: The Complete How-To Guide For Reluctant Users | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Apple Pay has been around since October 2014 in the US and July 2015 in the UK. More countries have followed suit since. It's an Apple product so, as you'd expect, it's intuitive and straightforward to use, right? Well, mostly, yes.


But I find a lot of people I talk to (really, a lot), don't use it because they think the details are confusing or they get it wrong and it doesn't work. Then, they don't want that humiliation in the checkout line again.

Or it just takes too long to get in to the subway and people are tutting behind them.

If you're one of those people, Apple Pay will hold no fears for you after you've read this. If you're not one of those people, then, congratulations, and maybe there'll be a nugget or two here to help you explain it to your cautious friends…


This guide is for Apple Pay on iPhone as that's the most popular way it's used. I'll follow up with separate guides for Apple Watch, iPad and Mac usage and for Apple Pay Cash.

I've peppered the article with questions I've been asked by others, so maybe they're queries you have, too."

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How to Print From an iPad | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

How to Print From an iPad | News & Opinion | PCMag.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you need to print from your iPad, there's no single "best" way to do it. Here's what you need to know about Apple's AirPrint utility, along with some alternative mobile printing solutions.
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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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Five Googly Things Teachers Can Do This Summer - TCEA

Five Googly Things Teachers Can Do This Summer - TCEA | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Before you get too relaxed for the summer days ahead, I wanted to share a few little googly things you can do to get a jump start on the new school year.  Of course, you shouldn’t spend your summer just working. But a little bit of work mixed with a lot of fun will keep you fresh and prepared for the new school year. So, after you’ve taken a few days or weeks to decompress, try some of the following.
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When Text to Speech Matters - Miguel Guhlin

When Text to Speech Matters - Miguel Guhlin | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“I’d like to find a way to scan text, then have that text read to the student. Got any ideas?” asked a teacher. Text to speech, as well as speech to text, makes processing new information much easier. Need to listen to a web page of content read to you? Perhaps you need scanned text read to you? Either way, text to speech or speech to text matters for learners of all ages.  In this blog entry, we’ll explore many solutions relevant to text to speech, speech to text, and more.
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Most Important Search Skills and Attitudes According to SearchReSearch Readers

Free Technology for Teachers: The Most Important Search Skills and Attitudes According to SearchReSearch Readers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dan Russell's Search ReSearch blog is my go-to resource for learning new strategies and for ideas on teaching search. His search challenge blog posts always provide a new way to think about search. At the end of May he conducted a survey of his readers. The survey was to determine what readers of Search ReSearch think are the most important search skills and attitudes toward search. The results of the survey were posted last week.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Camp GoNoodle - Four Weeks of Fun and Educational Summer Activities

Free Technology for Teachers: Camp GoNoodle - Four Weeks of Fun and Educational Summer Activities | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Camp GoNoodle is a summer program offered by the folks at GoNoodle. The program is designed for elementary school age students to complete over the course of four weeks. It can be used in a summer camp setting, summer school setting, or at home setting. There is a different theme for each week. Within each week there are five thematically connected activities. The themes of Camp GoNoodle are friendship, superheroes, world, and space.
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7 Real-World Math Strategies - Edutopia

7 Real-World Math Strategies - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Math used to be all rote memorization and pencil-to-paper equations disconnected from the real world, but more and more teachers are realizing the importance of making practical, relevant connections in math.

We asked our audience of educators: How do you use the real world to teach math? We’ve collected some of the most interesting answers, ways teachers are connecting math to the everyday lives of their students.
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Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide | EdSurge News

Makers in the Classroom: A How-To Guide | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
You see it everywhere in K-12. Kindergarteners design toys for their friends to practice empathy, while learning to use a saw and glue-gun along the way. Second graders deepen their understanding of character traits while designing and sewing puppets to represent a character in a folk-tale. In high school physics, students make wind turbines in order to internalize an understanding of how magnetism can create electricity.

The “it” I’m referring to is “Making,” and simply put, Making is any activity where people create something, often with their hands.

I often define Making by looking at what people bring to the Maker Faire, which does include more technical aspects like 3D printing, physical computing and programming. But Making also includes woodworking, growing food, making art and crafts.
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Creating Visual Stories With Data - Literacy World Wide

Creating Visual Stories With Data - Literacy World Wide | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
According to a recent Forbes article, data storytelling, which involves weaving data and visualizations into a compelling narrative, has become a sought-after skill in the job market. Today’s variety of online tools and resources offer an opportunity to prepare our students to interpret their research in new and creative ways and to effectively communicate data-driven insights.
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