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Innovate My School - 4 ways to cultivate creativity through crafting

Innovate My School - 4 ways to cultivate creativity through crafting | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Art has the benefit of being not only enjoyable and relaxing, but of encouraging personal reflection, expression and growth. With this in mind, how can we nurture creativity across the curriculum using artistic methods? You may be surprised where and how often art can be made a feature of a lesson. Here are some school crafting ideas that allow children to enjoy all of the benefits of arts and crafts.
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The Digital Well-Being of Canadian Families - Research & Policy | MediaSmarts

The Digital Well-Being of Canadian Families - Research & Policy | MediaSmarts | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

Date: 19 Oct 2018


"In this study, MediaSmarts conducted a survey of 825 parents of children from birth to 15 years old to learn more about their digital family life; specifically, the digital technology uses and activities of their children, their parenting style, and the opportunities and challenges that digital technology brings to parenting and family life in Canada. The results of this study emphasize that there is not a one-size-fits-all solution for digital well-being in families. However, one consistent pattern is the importance of digital literacy in tipping the scales in favour of the positive effects of digital technology use in Canadian families."

 

Infographic: http://mediasmarts.ca/sites/mediasmarts/files/publication-report/summary/infographic-digital-canadian-families.pdf

 

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STEM Challenge - Can You Make A Pumpkin Explode?

"To bring in the start of fall activities we wanted to bring you a fun, easy, and somewhat messy STEAM Challenge that your students are going to love. 

The challenge is to make an erupting pumpkin volcano! "

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7 apps that could cause harm to our students - eSchoolNews

7 apps that could cause harm to our students - eSchoolNews | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Cyberbullying, harassment, and more--parents and educators should know the harmful apps that children might be hiding on their phones
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Modern Professional Learning: A new mindset, toolset and skillset – A Guide to Modern Professional Learning

Modern Professional Learning: A new mindset, toolset and skillset – A Guide to Modern Professional Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Today there is no longer such a thing as a job for a life – only a life of jobs – and whereas your own organisation will provide you with training, e-learning and other learning opportunities, it can’t possibly provide you with everything you will need throughout your career. It is ultimately your responsibility to take charge of your own lifelong learning – that is your own continuous self-improvement (for the now) and self-development (for the future). To do this you need a new learning mindset as well as a new toolset and skillset.
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When you need to take an intellectual snack break | TED Talks - TED.com

When you need to take an intellectual snack break | TED Talks - TED.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A selection of fascinating TED Talks for when you need to feed your intellectual curiosity (in 10 minutes or less).
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How to Scan Documents With Your iPhone in Three Quick Steps - Mac Rumors

How to Scan Documents With Your iPhone in Three Quick Steps - Mac Rumors | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The document scanning feature found in Apple's stock Notes app is a great way to digitize all sorts of print-based content, from letters and receipts to recipes and photos.

If you often make a digital record of paper in this way, you'll be familiar with the typical steps involved: unlock your device, launch the Notes app from the Home screen, create a new note, tap the "+" button, choose Scan Documents, then line up the document you want to shoot and save.
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The role of AI in education and the changing U.S. workforce

The role of AI in education and the changing U.S. workforce | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
AI is set to have a dramatic impact on education in America.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 20, 2:33 PM

In my mind, this article reinforces what so many schools are already doing--reflects the disconnect between what's happening in many schools and what people think is happening in schools. Even so, educators who are finding ways to incorporate AI in fun and/or meaningful ways will help their students grasp the nature of AI so it becomes a bit more commonplace for them.

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How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Primes Students for Interdisciplinary Learning, Including STEM | MindShift | KQED News

How 'Dungeons & Dragons' Primes Students for Interdisciplinary Learning, Including STEM | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A group of Grade 9 students in Texas who substantially outperformed their district on a statewide standardized test all had one surprising thing in common: they all were members of the school’s Dungeons & Dragons club.

A coincidence? Otherwise, how does a fantasy role-playing game produce improved test scores? The obvious explanation is that the club draws the bright kids who are already academically inclined. But many of the kids in the club at the Title I school had histories of struggling with academics.

For Kade Wells, the teacher who runs the club at Davis Ninth Grade School outside Houston, the answer is simple: “Playing Dungeons & Dragons makes you smarter.”
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How to Check Bluetooth Status in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad - OSX Daily

How to Check Bluetooth Status in iOS 12 on iPhone or iPad - OSX Daily | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Wondering where the Bluetooth status indicator icon went in iOS 12? As you may recall, prior versions of iOS has a Bluetooth icon that would appear in the status bar at the top of an iPhone or iPad screen when Bluetooth was enabled. But with iOS 12, that Bluetooth on status indicator is now missing, and the Bluetooth symbol is also no longer present in the status bar. Because the Bluetooth status icon is missing, some iPhone and iPad users may be curious about how to check if Bluetooth is enabled or disabled in iOS 12.
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For Teachers Who Dread Math, Finding a Better Way | MindShift | KQED News

For Teachers Who Dread Math, Finding a Better Way | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Several years ago, former fourth-grade teacher Tracy Johnston Zager took an informal survey of two groups of people to find out how they feel about math: mathematicians and teachers who teach math. She discovered that while mathematicians used words like “beauty” and “wonder” to describe math, teachers recalled “dread” and “fear.” These words aligned with what Zager had observed in her job mentoring student teachers who expressed similar reservations about math. Teachers’ sentiment toward math is noteworthy because research has shown that adults can transfer anxiety to kids.

As teachers try to improve how they teach math by applying numeracy, inquiry-based learning, productive failure and complex instruction, the idea of how to become better math teachers is gaining a wider audience. But Zager writes in her book, “We moved right into a new way to teach math, without addressing teachers’ personal histories with and understanding of mathematics.”
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Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Students in Your Class - Educators Technology

Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Students in Your Class - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Augmented reality technologies are transforming the way we live, learn and interact with each other. They are creating limitless learning possibilities and are empowering learners with  the required know-how to get immersed in meaningful learning experiences. We have already reviewed several educational AR tools and apps and have also shared this collection of excellent TED talks on the educational potential of AR technologies. Drawing on these resources together with EdSurge list, we have prepared for you this updated collection of some of the best AR apps to use in your instruction. You may want to go through them and see which ones work  for you.
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Let's Talk Energy - Educational Resources

Let's Talk Energy - Educational Resources | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Let's Talk Energy is a national program that aims to enhance energy awareness and literacy among Canadians to contribute to a sustainable energy future.
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Three Ways to Boost Collaboration in Student Projects - John Spencer @spencerideas

Three Ways to Boost Collaboration in Student Projects - John Spencer @spencerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When Google began Project Oxygen, they assumed the best predictor of employee success would be university program and grades. Instead, the top of their list was, “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.” In other words, the most critical factors for success involved collaboration. Later, when they studied their teams in Project Aristotle, they found the top skills were, “equality, generosity, curiosity toward the ideas of your teammates, empathy, and emotional intelligence.” Again, these were the soft skills most closely aligned to collaboration.


But how do you actually do this? How do you create projects that boost collaboration in a K-12 environment?
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Can you solve it? Cutting the perfect slice | Science | The Guardian

Can you solve it? Cutting the perfect slice | Science | The Guardian | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Hello guzzlers,

Scalpels at the ready! Today, three dissection puzzles.
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8 Great Educational Podcasts for Kids - Cult of Pedagogy

8 Great Educational Podcasts for Kids - Cult of Pedagogy | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As we seek to enhance instruction with technology, one tool we might not think of is podcasts. These can be used in flipped classrooms or blended learning models in the same way you might use videos: to deliver content, provide enrichment, or explain topics in a different way for students who don’t get a concept the first time around. As podcasts become a more popular medium, a growing number of them are being produced just for kids. Today we’re going to look at eight of them that you can share with your students tomorrow.
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7 Reasons Why Digital Literacy is Important for Teachers - Blog | USC Rossier Online

7 Reasons Why Digital Literacy is Important for Teachers - Blog | USC Rossier Online | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The meaning of "digital literacy" has shifted over the years. While there was a time when job candidates were encouraged to list "Proficient at Microsoft Word" on their resume, now such skills are considered standard. This shift toward a technologically savvy workforce has permeated the classroom as well.

It makes sense to assume that the more digitally literate our teachers are, the more they'll employ these skills in the classroom, which will in turn foster a strong sense of digital citizenship in our students. However, the importance and scope of digital literacy extends beyond this simple theory. Here, we've laid out seven reasons why digital literacy skills are important for today's teachers.
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What Are the Best Ways to Use Leveled Texts? - Cult of Pedagogy

What Are the Best Ways to Use Leveled Texts? - Cult of Pedagogy | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago, a teacher named Isabelle O’Kane sent me a direct message on Twitter. She had been reading a debate that was raging all over social media, and she wondered if it was something I might want to write about. The debate took place in response to a single tweet sent out by literacy experts Irene Fountas and Gay Su Pinnell:
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Flexible 3D Print Masks: 12 Steps (with Pictures)

Flexible 3D Print Masks: 12 Steps (with Pictures) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learn how to make lightweight, flexible 3D printed masquerade masks! These are great masks as they make it look like the design is tattoed on your face or floating on your face. Because they are made out of tulle and plastic they, honestly, aren't the most comfortable masks, but they look good :)

This project utilizes the 3D printing on tulle fabric technique I posted about previously. I came up with this mask idea not long after posting that Instructable but didn't really delve into it until recently.
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27 of the Best Apps for Kids in the Ninth Grade - The TechEdvocate

27 of the Best Apps for Kids in the Ninth Grade - The TechEdvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
At last count, there were over 80,000 educational apps available to teachers. There are apps for everything: literacy, STEM, productivity, audiovisual, etc. There are apps which improve accessibility for students with different learning challenges, i.e. text to voice, voice to text, etc.

While many of these may be a dream come true for educators, the dizzying array of choices is also a nightmare. Teachers just don’t have time to filter through thousands of apps to find the one that works best for the needs of their students. To help, we started to create curated lists of the best apps in a variety of education related categories. In this installment, we will present the best apps for kids age in the Ninth Grade.
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The World Of Work -- In Elementary School

The World Of Work -- In Elementary School | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Learn how Cajon Valley Union School District's World of Work program helps students "take responsibility for their own learning."

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, October 20, 2:28 PM

Love this. It's an idea that could be adapted and expanded for middle and even high schoolers. Great to get them thinking differently about the possibilities that may await them!

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Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing

Puzzles and Computational Thinking - Teaching London Computing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teaching London Computing in conjunction with cs4fn and support from Google have produced a series of fun activities and booklets based around puzzles that teach computing topics and computational thinking for use in the classroom, suitable for all ages.

Do the puzzles and  develop computational thinking skills as well as learn about some core computing topics.
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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 19, 2017 10:19 AM
Some great ways to explore patterns and other elements of computational thinking.
Limitless Learning Limited's curator insight, October 22, 3:19 AM
Fun puzzles that  develop computational thinking skills
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How to Use Instagram in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate

How to Use Instagram in the Classroom - The Tech Edvocate | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Instagram is a social media platform that is continuing to gain momentum. According to Wordstream, there are 800 million people on Instagram, and a third of the users are teenagers. If you have not begun harnessing the power of Instagram for your classroom, you need to consider it. Teachers across the world are finding ways to use Instagram to engage with their students and their parents.

If you follow your school’s internet and social media policies, Instagram can be a fun and safe social media tool for you and your students. The first thing you want to do, as a teacher, is to create a separate, private classroom account. This account should only be used for class-related things and only followed by students and their parents. Once you get your Instagram classroom account, you can get busy searching related #hashtags and posting images right away.
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Podcast discussion: Does Everyone Need to Code? : Stager-to-Go - Gary Stager @GaryStager

Podcast discussion: Does Everyone Need to Code? : Stager-to-Go - Gary Stager @GaryStager | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"For decades, I have marveled at the vehemence with which seemingly reasonable adults defend not teaching kids to program computers. Aside from the typical (and often dubious) justifications popularized by politicians, Hour of Code, and the Computer Science for All community, I know how learning to program in the 7th grade was an intellectual awakening that has served me well for more than four decades.

So, when #1 Canadian, Dean Shareski, posed the following tweet, I decided to take “his” question seriously and offered to speak with him about the top online. Then another person I don’t know, Shana White, called in.

"I hear some suggest everyone should learn to code. Ok. But should everyone learn basic woodworking? electrical work? cooking? plumbing? automotive? Those are all good things but is time part of the issue? How do all these good things get taught? Just thinking out loud.— Dean Shareski (@shareski) September 10, 2018"

For what it’s worth, some of y0u might find the conversation interesting or just use it to lull yourself to sleep."


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How to start coding (without paying much) today! - Google Student Blog

How to start coding (without paying much) today! - Google Student Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
School's back in session, and you're curious how you can start coding in your free time? Never fear, because Aaron Hobson, Code Next Oakland coach and lead curriculum developer, has rallied to assemble a list of opportunities and tools that you can pull from. While geared towards middle and high school students – we've found these resources to be effective for new learners of all ages who are interested in coding, the arts, or just making something with their hands. 
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Assessing Learning in Maker Education - Edutopia

Assessing Learning in Maker Education - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On the surface, maker education looks like a lot of fun—young people tinker with materials, take things apart, make things light up, design and build things, etc. It’s messy, a little scattered.

Dig a bit deeper, and those actions of play reveal quite a lot of thinking, processing, and meaning-making. Manipulating materials helps us understand how to best use them, how they can be altered or used differently; taking things apart or making things light up allows us to examine the made world, helps us form connections between what we see and what’s just below, and presents the possibility of discovering or creating something anew; and designing and building asks us to understand the products, structures, voices, and systems around us, find an opportunity to improve or change, test our assumptions, and more.
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Las habilidades blandas, como la del propio control del aprendizaje, la resolución de problemas, la colaboración y la creatividad, son un resultado crítico de la educación basada en el “aprender haciendo” (maker education). En ese sentido, la evaluación de esta estrategia de aprendizaje está siendo revisada por muchas organizaciones para que vaya más allá del uso de rúbricas, de modo que sea continua, basada en el rendimiento, multidimensional, flexible, divertida e integrada (Edutopia, 2018)