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Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister

Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Makerspace | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, March 30, 2015 11:53 AM

The Maker movement is pretty powerful and open to all.

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, April 1, 2015 7:45 PM

These are great infographics for educators.

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:54 AM

Loving MakerSpace @ the library.

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Cranky Contraption Exploration – Todd Burleson @todd_burleson  #makered

Cranky Contraption Exploration – Todd Burleson @todd_burleson  #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"I have become somewhat obsessed with the concept of automata over the past month or so.  I have seen multiple iterations of cardboard automata.  The Tinkering Studio has a FANTASTIC pdf which explains the basics as well as facilitation tips for educators. I had this on my agenda to work into my makerspace this year, but it was when I saw this video that my imagination was set on fire:"

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Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks? - The New York Times

Are Genetic Testing Sites the New Social Networks? - The New York Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Three years ago Dyan deNapoli, a 57-year-old author and TED speaker who specializes in penguins, was given a 23andMe genetic testing kit for her birthday. Intrigued, she spit in the tube and sent the results to a lab in Burlington, N.C.

About two months later she received a pie chart breaking down where her ancestors lived (99.4 percent of them were from Europe). What she was most giddy about, however, was a 41-page list of all the people who had done the test and were genetically related to her: 1,200 in all. (Customers can choose whether their information is shared with others.)

“I had the names of everyone from my immediate family members to my first cousins, second cousins, third. Once I got past fourth cousins, it went to my fifth cousins, and beyond,” said Ms. deNapoli, who lives in Georgetown, Mass. “It started me down this genealogical rabbit hole.”
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Are we making space in our classrooms for imagination?

Are we making space in our classrooms for imagination? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"When I go home, I’m no longer a dad. I transform into a sidekick to the world’s coolest superhero. I become a nurse to a stuffed animal surgeon. I get to help an architect and a builder in forts made from couch cushions. I become second in command on a pirate ship made of the swing set. I morph into a lab assistant to an always-curious scientist. I turn into an astronaut in a planet in our backyard.

That’s the power of imagination."

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This Camera Made From a Potato Actually Works - Interesting Engineering

This Camera Made From a Potato Actually Works - Interesting Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
f you are an internet nerd, you would be familiar with the jab, “what did you shoot that with, a potato?” But one super geek wanted to be able to answer - YES! - and so built a real working camera made from a potato. 

The engineering and technical challenges were immense but they were overcome with some 3D printing, quick thinking and a whole lot of luck. The first clever decision made by the Corridor Team, the production company that made the potato camera and accompanying video was to try and attempt a film camera rather than a digital setup. 

This made the process a lot more low tech. The basic idea was to hollow out a camera for a spool of film, attach a lens and voila. 
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GitHub’s New Education Bundle Equips Students With Industry-Standard Coding Tools | EdSurge News


"What better way to prepare students for coding careers and computer science-related fields than introducing them to the tools that professionals use?

That’s the pitch behind GitHub’s announcement that, starting today, educational institutions will now be able to access—for free—its enterprise and business-level offerings as part of a new GitHub Education package. The company says it’s making these available to any “teaching-focused institution that grants degrees or certificates,” including non-traditional bootcamp-style coding programs.

This new educational package “will give schools the tools for students to succeed, to give teachers a sense of mastery and for the school to be a beacon of technical skills,” claims Vanessa Gennarelli, general manager of GitHub Education in an interview. “Our mission is to help developers learn to code with the real-world tools of industry.”"

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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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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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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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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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Is generation Z glued to technology? ‘It’s not an addiction; it’s an extension of themselves’ - National | Globalnews.ca

Is generation Z glued to technology? ‘It’s not an addiction; it’s an extension of themselves’ - National | Globalnews.ca | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
It’s hardly fair to point a finger at the young cohort of 13- to 23-year-olds known as generation Z and accuse them of being “addicted” to their phones. After all, you’d be hard-pressed to find an adult these days who isn’t constantly Googling during a conversation or checking the news during dinner.

Yet, generation Z is often on the receiving end of criticism for the amount of time they spend using technology. Some of this is fair — it’s estimated that they log about 10 hours a day online (an informal Global News survey found that number to be closer to six hours) and a whopping 96 per cent own a smartphone — but this is less an “addiction” than it is a way of life, experts argue.
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160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students

160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
have put together a Google Chrome App and Extension Database for Teachers hat is loaded with apps and extensions for productivity and classroom integration. In this post, you will find 160+ Chrome Apps and Extensions for Teachers and Students! This database is searchable and filterable by category, subject area, and grade level!
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STEM Challenge - Can You Fit Through An Index Card?

STEM Challenge - Can You Fit Through An Index Card? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Do you think you can fit through this index card?"

You are going to love your students' reactions when you ask them this question. For this activity, students will practice fine motor skills with scissors. The challenge will be to fit through the index card.

Are you up for the challenge? Can you fit through an index card? "

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15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - The Tech Edvocate

15 Best Social Studies Websites for Teachers - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Social studies class can be boring when it only consists of reading a textbook. It can also be boring and long when students are required to research or memorize geography. For these reasons, many students claim that they don’t enjoy the social studies. But, geography, history, civics, sociology, and political science can be very enjoyable when made interactive.

Many teachers are taking advantage of interactive assignments, activities, and documentaries in the classroom. How are they doing this? By making use of all of the teaching and learning resources that are available on the internet. In this article, I will list 15 of the best social studies websites for teachers."

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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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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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