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50 STEM Books to Update Your Collection - We Are Teachers

50 STEM Books to Update Your Collection - We Are Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
STEM books are finally getting a chance to shine in schools as educators increasingly shift their focus towards incorporating more science, technology, engineering, and math into their classrooms. The biggest challenge is deciding which STEM books to include in classroom and school libraries.

An educator asked our WeAreTeachers HELPLINE for advice about adding STEM books to her school’s library collection. She wrote, “I am a K–8 librarian media specialist. This is my second year on the job, and I’m trying to update large sections of our school library. Our collection of nonfiction books is sorely lacking. Some of the books are 20 years older than me! Are there any STEM-related books that our library must have? I’d love any suggestions! Thanks so much!”

With a little help from the educators in our WeAreTeachers Facebook group and our friends at Penguin Young Readers, we put together an extensive list of 50 modern STEM-themed books that your classroom or school library simply shouldn’t do without. Plus get a printable STEM book list that organizes many of these titles (plus more!) by specific theme (science, technology, engineering, or math) and recommended grade level—a great resource for building your classroom or school library!
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Here Are Some of The Best Audiobook Apps for Teachers and Students via Educators' tech

Here Are Some of The Best Audiobook Apps for Teachers and Students via Educators' tech | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world | Canadian Paediatric Society

Screen time and young children: Promoting health and development in a digital world | Canadian Paediatric Society | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The digital landscape is evolving more quickly than research on the effects of screen media on the development, learning and family life of young children. This statement examines the potential benefits and risks of screen media in children younger than 5 years, focusing on developmental, psychosocial and physical health. Evidence-based guidance to optimize and support children’s early media experiences involves four principles: minimizing, mitigating, mindfully using and modelling healthy use of screens. Knowing how young children learn and develop informs best practice strategies for health care providers.
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The Perfect Pairing: Virtual Field Trips and Scavenger Hunts - Caitlin Tucker @Caitlin_Tucker

The Perfect Pairing: Virtual Field Trips and Scavenger Hunts - Caitlin Tucker @Caitlin_Tucker | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
“Mrs. Tucker, why don’t we go on more field trips?” Every year students ask me this question. There are a couple of answers.

Field trips are time-consuming to organize and plan.
There aren’t always resources (e.g., buses) available to make a field trip happen.


We are limited by our geographic location to the sights/museums within driving distance.


In an effort to expose my students to more experiences, I’ve embraced virtual tours and field trips. In a recent training, I shared “15 Virtual Field Trips for Kids of All Ages,” which has a fantastic collection of virtual field trips, and asked teachers to explore these virtual tours and brainstorm how they could use these online experiences to enhance their curriculum. One teacher asked, “How can you make sure students are paying attention and really learning something from these tours?” I explained that my favorite strategy was to pair a virtual field trip with a scavenger hunt."

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Tackling tech: How some Ontario teachers are attempting to limit students' cellphone use

Tackling tech: How some Ontario teachers are attempting to limit students' cellphone use | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When students arrive in Matthew Acheson’s high-school classroom this week, they’ll be allowed to take their phones to their desks, but only once they’ve tucked them inside a specialized pouch that then locks, blocking any access to WiFi and social media apps. Similar to an ink tag to prevent shoplifting, the cases can only be opened at an unlocking device controlled by their teacher. It’s just another attempt at the seemingly impossible: separating teens from their smartphones.

"This has been the one thing that has actually worked,” said Mr. Acheson, who teaches Grade 11 and 12 at St. Mary’s High School in Kitchener, Ont. Over the past few years, Mr. Acheson said he has been struggling with students’ distracting phone use in the classroom.
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Life at an Edtech Startup: Six Lessons for Educators | EdSurge News

Life at an Edtech Startup: Six Lessons for Educators | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you would have told me a year ago that I’d be working for an edtech startup in San Francisco, I would have thought you were crazy. I’ve had many jobs as an educator over the past 16 years, but at my core, I’m a 7th-grade middle school teacher. Nonetheless, here I sit in the heart of Silicon Valley ingenuity and innovation, exactly where I’m supposed to be—surrounded by engineers, business gurus, and dozens of fellow educators who have also made the switch.

For any educators who are considering a switch from education to edtech, here are six lessons I’ve learned from my first year since the transition.
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Makerspaces A to Z: Combinatory - Laura Fleming @lflemingEDU

Makerspaces A to Z: Combinatory - Laura Fleming @lflemingEDU | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I recently launched a new blog series, Makerspaces A to Z.  You can read all about the letter A here and B here. Thank you to all those who shared their thoughts about this post to the #MakerspacesAtoZ hashtag.  Thank you also to those who shared their thoughts about letter C words there, as well.  SO many wonderful possbilities for the Letter C!

Letter C for me, represents Combinatory.
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How to Make a Burger in HTML — A Beginner Tutorial – Frontend Shortcut –

How to Make a Burger in HTML — A Beginner Tutorial – Frontend Shortcut – | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Do you know, Americans consume 13 billion hamburgers a year, enough to circle the earth 32 times!

To keep-up this spirit of Burgers let’s learn HTML and CSS by making a Burger.
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A Collection of Practical iPad Tips for Teachers - Educators Technology

A Collection of Practical iPad Tips for Teachers - Educators Technology | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
iPad has tons of awesome features that can help you make the best of this versatile tool in both your professional and personal life. In today’s post we are sharing this collection of iPad tips we curated from Apple's Tips App for iPad. Our purpose is to provide you with a handy visual aide to use in class, in your office at home, or take anywhere you go. We have included what we think are important functionalities to boost your productivity and enhance your overall ‘iPadding’ experience.
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3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class - Edutopia 

3 Tips for Managing Phone Use in Class - Edutopia  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Setting cell phone expectations early is key to accessing the learning potential of these devices and minimizing the distraction factor.

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Computational Fluency – Mitchel Resnick – Medium

Computational Fluency – Mitchel Resnick – Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Over the past decade, there has been much discussion of the term computational thinking. The term, popularized by computer scientist Jeannette Wing, is generally used to describe computer-science concepts and strategies that can be useful in understanding and solving problems in a wide range of disciplines and contexts. In a growing number of schools around the world, there are now efforts to help students develop as computational thinkers.

In our Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, we prefer to focus on the idea of computational fluency rather than computational thinking. Why? We want to highlight the importance of children developing as computational creators as well as computational thinkers. In our view, computational fluency involves not only an understanding of computational concepts and problem-solving strategies, but also the ability to create and express oneself with digital technologies.
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Makerspaces A to Z: Boring - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU

Makerspaces A to Z: Boring - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I recently launched a new blog series, Makerspaces A to Z.  You can read all about the letter A here. Thank you to all those who shared their thoughts about this post to the #MakerspacesAtoZ hashtag.  Thank you also to those who shared their thoughts about letter B words there, as well.  Letter B words mentioned included brainstorm, break, beta, breathe, build, and more!  

Letter B for me, represents Boring!  Yes….you read that right….B for Boring!  Boring does have negative connotations, but isn't always bad, and it can actually be very good. Growing up as an only child, my house was quiet and I was often bored. Being bored forced be to find ways to entertain myself. My mother recently reminded me that I enjoyed taking toys apart and making mud pies. My house and yard became the playground for which allowed my imagination to run wild.  At school, I remember similar experiences, having time to play freely, to write creatively, and to explore. However, this is not the same world as it was then. Children have become accustomed to being entertained every minute.  
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Tom Griffiths: 3 ways to make better decisions -- by thinking like a computer | TED Talk

Tom Griffiths: 3 ways to make better decisions -- by thinking like a computer | TED Talk | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you ever struggle to make decisions, here's a talk for you. Cognitive scientist Tom Griffiths shows how we can apply the logic of computers to untangle tricky human problems, sharing three practical strategies for making better decisions -- on everything from finding a home to choosing which restaurant to go to tonight.
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Robot Day: How it started, what it’s about and how you can help!

Robot Day: How it started, what it’s about and how you can help! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Robot Day is a day where kids and young professionals can learn about robots via a presentation and play time with actual robots after. The idea for Robot Day came from when Irvin was boothing for OC IEEE Young Professionals with his STEM Ferris Wheel toy at an IVC science fair and a ton of parents kept asking where he got it from, how much it cost and where to get it themselves…this interest in STEM toys from families got Irvin thinking that a whole session dedicated to these toys, combined with professional engineers, would be a great way to raise awareness of STEM within the local community!
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The Future of Work: Will Our Children Be Prepared? - What School Could Be

A test-driven standardized model of education trains children for a world that no longer exists. Accelerating advances in technology are eliminating any job that is routine, leaving millions of young adults vulnerable. This is the Future of Work? What do we need to do to prepare children for this world?
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The Future of Work
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Un vídeo que resume de manera cruda la realidad no del futuro, sino de un presente que la mayoría no quiere aceptar. No habrá lugar en el mundo laboral de los próximos 10 años para jóvenes que sólo tengan educación secundaria. Y muchos profesionales que ahora cursan carreras laborales en las universidades probablemente no sean empleables cuando egresen. ¿Que están haciendo las universidades y el estado al respecto?

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Your iPhone Has a Secret Texting Feature You Might Not Know About

Your iPhone Has a Secret Texting Feature You Might Not Know About | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever wished there was a quicker way to easily edit your texts and notes when using your Apple devices, we’ve got good news for you.

Apple recently released its latest version of software available for its mobile devices and iPads on Monday, and one of the most handy tools you can tap into through the new iOS 12 is its text editing shortcut.

With iOS 12, Apple users who have devices that don’t automatically come with 3D Touch capability will now be able to utilize the feature.
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Top Virtual Field Trip Ideas for Kids of All Ages

Top Virtual Field Trip Ideas for Kids of All Ages | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Virtual field trips instantly connect students with learning opportunities they may not get to experience otherwise. And it all happens from the comfort of your classroom computer. Take kids on a unique adventure in just a few clicks with these top virtual field trips for kids of all ages.
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Makerspace Begins: Themes and Options - Expect the Miraculous  #makered

Makerspace Begins: Themes and Options - Expect the Miraculous  #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Our makerspace has once again cranked up for the 2018-19 school year. Once again, I’m collaborating with Gretchen Thomas and her class of over 30 undergraduates from the University of Georgia. Every year, Gretchen and I meet to think about what our open makerspace time might look like, ,and every time we make some changes and try something new.

Our idea for this year is offer specific themes around materials or tools rather than try to squeeze in so many different things in a short amount of time.

For September, we’ve chosen cardboard as our material.  Across 3 weeks, we hope to offer 3 short-term challenges using cardboard.  One of those challenges will be a “making with a cause” challenge.

     Week 1: Design a hat. This can be interpreted however students want.
       

     Week 2: Making with a Cause. Make an award. Students will choose someone who deserves an award. Make the award. Give the award to that person with an explanation of why they deserve the award.

 

     Week 3: Make a puppet. Use cardboard tubes to create unique puppets and hopefully begin storytelling with them."

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If you've been thinking of getting your makerspace started and thinking cardboard as a medium, you must watch  Caine's Arcade  - JE

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Conrad Wolfram: Let’s Build a New Math Curriculum That Assumes Computers Exist | EdSurge News

Conrad Wolfram: Let’s Build a New Math Curriculum That Assumes Computers Exist | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Has the math brand become toxic? That was the provocative question posed by Conrad Wolfram in a blog post earlier this summer. “Sadly,” he wrote, “I’ve started to conclude that the answer is yes.”

That conclusion may seem startling, especially as Wolfram is the strategic director of Wolfram Research, and one of the brainchild behind Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica, a system widely used in technical fields to process complex computations and calculations. His critique, in a nutshell: math instruction has become too fixated on computation—solving for x, for example—and removed from real-world applications and data.

Today, Wolfram is the founder of Computers-Based Math, an effort that he described as “building a new math curriculum that assumes computers exist.” In the following interview with EdSurge, he explains what exactly that means. (Note: the interview has been edited for clarity.)"

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Futures of Work - Perspectives from the Maker Movement 

Futures of Work - Perspectives from the Maker Movement  | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

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The work presented in this report attempts to explore other realms about the future(s) of work beyond the strongly driven narrative of digital transformation. We have addressed one particular grassroots community, the Maker Movement, which is de facto enabling new models of education, collaborative work, and
manufacture. Movements like the Maker Movement can be inspirational of policy making in areas of great complexity and uncertainties as work, employment, jobs are. We suggest that debates about futures of work need to mobilise the imagination, insights and expectations of wide ranges of society. Policy making should be nurturing necessary studies, experiments and conversations until some resilient ideas are found.

 

http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC110999 

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6 Halloween Makerspace Projects - Paper Circuits

6 Halloween Makerspace Projects - Paper Circuits | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In this project tutorial, we’re going to be making 6 different Halloween paper circuit creations.  Using parallel and simple circuits, you’ll be able to bring these templates to life with copper tape, LEDs and batteries.

Once you learn how to create these projects, you can use the concepts learned to make your own haunted paper circuit creations.

Project Time: 15 minutes (Each Project)
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If you can't celebrate Halloween in your school, highlight the work, prose, & poetry of POE. Voila!

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Hello World - Issue #6 Ethics, Computing & the Classroom

Hello World - Issue #6 Ethics, Computing & the Classroom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Hello World issue 6 brings together a collection of experts, who address the challenges of ethics, and how that affects and underpins the teaching of computer science. They share ideas, thoughts and experiences, and look at how to inspire students, whilst grounding them in an ethical ethos.
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Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom - John Spencer @spencerideas

Five Ways to Boost Metacognition In the Classroom - John Spencer @spencerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
f we want students to develop into critical thinking, lifelong learners, we need them to develop metacognitive skills. Metacognition is vital for helping students become self-directed learners (both self-managers and self-starters). It will help them navigate the complexities of a changing world and it will help them as they engage in creative work. In this blog post, we explore how to make that happen.
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DinoPass - Simple password generator for kids

DinoPass - Simple password generator for kids | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Password generator for creating simple, memorable and kid-friendy passwords

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Simple password generator for kids with DinoPass by @codemoji123 - When kids are stumped, this is good & appropriate!  -- Had to make a mustache for the graphic I'll use on our Tech Page on Edublogs. I hope @codemoji123 isn't mad at me for that!

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Apple iOS 12: All the updates and new features for iPhones and iPads - Business Insider

Apple iOS 12: All the updates and new features for iPhones and iPads - Business Insider | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
On Monday, iOS 12 will arrive for iPhones and iPads.
Apple announced the upgrade to its mobile operating system back in June, at its annual developer conference, WWDC. iOS 12 includes some major new features, along with several changes designed to make using your iPhone or iPad a lot easier.

Among the notable additions: a standalone Measure app that's like a virtual tape measure, tools to combat smartphone addiction, grouped notifications, and customizable animated avatars called "Memoji."
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