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The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal : NPR

The Future Of Learning? Well, It's Personal : NPR | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Personalization is a huge ed-tech buzzword, but not everyone agrees on what that means or if it's a good thing.

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0 | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to those of education.  The Internet has become an integral thread of the tapestries of most societies throughout the globe.  The web influences people's way of…
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Augmented And Virtual Reality: An Incredible List Of Over 900 Google Expeditions! - TeachThought

Augmented And Virtual Reality: An Incredible List Of Over 900 Google Expeditions! - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In Why Virtual Reality Is So Important For Education, Terry Heick explained the context for Augmented and Virtual Reality in the classroom.


Virtual reality is a kind of digital reality–a way of using technology to create environments designed for expressly human interaction. This is, of course, different than our physical environment. We are human beings, and human beings are simply one organism functioning interdependently with literally countless other living things. The world isn’t designed expressly for us, which is a matter of theological and metaphysical contemplation really. But for context here, it makes sense because it underscores one of the underpinning draws of virtual reality: Through the use of digital technology, virtual realities can be designed precisely for human interaction for very specific reasons to create experiences not otherwise possible.
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In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? | MindShift | KQED News

In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
That the transmission model has collapsed is clear. But it’s now time to take the more difficult step: To acknowledge that living a densely linked life and operating in a non-linear, intimately connected, globally diverse, culturally conflicted world with 16 million text messages exchanged every minute and knowledge itself becoming a social construct mediated by the whole requires entirely new thinking about learning itself.

What will replace the old model? There are three important clues—three sets of data from emerging science—that point us in the direction of a radically new notion of learning in the remainder of the 21st century and beyond.
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How to Teach STEM Without Being an Engineer - Getting Smart

How to Teach STEM Without Being an Engineer - Getting Smart | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Does STEM scare you? I know it scared me. When I was a kid, I watched my brother take apart an entire computer and put it back together without a manual or guide.

Me, I could barely change a lightbulb. And no matter how hard I tried, I always seemed to put IKEA furniture together backward. You should see my bookcase. Very embarrassing.

It was with this same trepidation and insecurity that I approached STEM. What could I teach kids? I’m not an engineer! I’m not a scientist! I’m not a mathematician!

It wasn’t until I reluctantly volunteered to help out with a robotics after school program that I started gaining confidence. I put together my first robot (with a lot of help, TLC from the co-instructor, and even guidance from some eight-year-old kids) and its been downhill from there.

I soon realized that leading successful STEM experiences has less to do with your actual knowledge as an instructor (though it helps), and more to do with the MINDSET you take with kids.

Here are the five MAKER mindsets and how YOU can develop them starting tomorrow.
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Dance Party: Unplugged

Dance Party: Unplugged | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Students will learn that events are a useful way to control when an action happens, and can even be used to make make multiple things act in sync. In programming, you can use events to respond to a user controlling it (like pressing buttons or clicking the mouse). Events can make your program more interesting and interactive.
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Want to participate in the #HourOfCode but don't have any tech in your classroom? GIve the Dance Party: Unplugged a go!

 

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4 Benefits of Photography for Autistic Students via Edutopia

4 Benefits of Photography for Autistic Students via Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"A teacher who has used photography to build student engagement notes particular benefits for students on the spectrum."


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Teens and social media: Study finds connections and support outweigh the drama and pressure – Geek Wire #PewResearchCenter

Teens and social media: Study finds connections and support outweigh the drama and pressure – Geek Wire #PewResearchCenter | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When it comes to teens and social media, it’s not all pressure and drama. But there is a fair amount of both — apparently outweighed by the benefits of teens feeling connected and supported.

A new Pew Research Center study of youth ages 13 to 18 released on Wednesday finds teens credit online platforms like Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook with strengthening friendships (81 percent), letting them interact with a more diverse group (69 percent), and feeling as if they’ll have support during tough times (68 percent).

Teens do report downsides, but at lower percentages. Negatives include feeling overwhelmed by all of the drama (45 percent), pressure to only post what makes them look good (43 percent), and pressure to post content that gets lots of likes and comments (37 percent).

Overall — and by what Pew calls “relatively substantial margins” — teens tend to associate social media use with positive instead of negative emotions.
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5 Classroom Resources to Find Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities | Tech & Learning

5 Classroom Resources to Find Free Fun Unplugged Coding Activities | Tech & Learning | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
These activities don’t require a computer or the Internet and get students to work together to complete tasks.

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17 Ozobot Lessons for Hour of Code

17 Ozobot Lessons for Hour of Code | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ozobot's special lessons for Hour of Code 2018 are here, including different activity options for your grade, subject, and experience level in coding!
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Robotics Competition: Hour of Code - Tinkering Child

Robotics Competition: Hour of Code - Tinkering Child | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This year we celebrated an Hour of Code (other posts from previous years can be found here and here)with an Interhouse Robotics Competition. Our Coding & Robotics Leader introduced the event and asked all the girls to dance to Code.org Dance Party Challenge as a warm up!
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Sparking Curiosity About STEM - Edutopia

Sparking Curiosity About STEM - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Two years ago my school started a program called STEM Events to provide our students with opportunities to see how the concepts they study in separate classes like chemistry and geometry are really integrated in real-life situations.

The program highlights the connections among the various disciplines of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math—and sometimes we add the arts, for STEAM). It also encourages our students—all girls—to explore STEM-related concepts in a noncompetitive and fun way and to develop a passion for these concepts and disciplines. Women are underrepresented in the STEM fields, so this is particularly worthwhile for our school.
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Canada Learning Code - Canada Learning Code Week

Canada Learning Code - Canada Learning Code Week | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Canada Learning Code Week is an entire week from December 3rd – 10th dedicated to learning how to code! We are featuring a variety of fun activities designed for educators to introduce coding and computational thinking to their students. We hope you’ll join us!

Leading up to Canada Learning Code Week, we will reveal our activity lessons in which you can use to teach throughout the big week!

This year, activity lesson highlights include:

     * Learning about Voice-Assistant technology
     * An unplugged coding lesson on basketball
     * Celebrating Innovation through web development
     * Learning about self-driving cars
     * Creating a virtual reality inspired by indigenous art"

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Extending Computer Science Education Week with Computational Thinking - Digital Promise

Extending Computer Science Education Week with Computational Thinking - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
This week is Computer Science Education Week, and millions of students across the United States will participate in an Hour of Code. Over the last four years, the Hour of Code has been instrumental in offering children the opportunity to try coding. Computer science, however, is much more than just coding, and students need much more time to learn and practice computing skills and dispositions to be prepared for the world in which they’re growing up. These skills and dispositions of a computer scientist are commonly referred to as “computational thinking” and increasingly, computational thinking is being introduced to students within the subjects they study every day.
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23 Maker Learning Reflection Questions For Students - TeachThought #makered

23 Maker Learning Reflection Questions For Students - TeachThought #makered | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Maker Education is no different–in fact, Maker Learning may benefit even more from reflection than more traditional academic experiences due to the fail-forward/try-again persistence required by this approach. (Check out our Maker Education resources for more reading.) Jackie Gerstein is one of our favorites here at TeachThought, and her usergeneratededucation site is a must-bookmark for all teachers.

So, on to the questions for reflection in Maker Learning. Below, Jackie has written 23 possible reflection questions to get you started. Share any others you’d recommend in the comments.
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Microsoft commits $10M to Code.org as survey finds obstacles to teaching computer science – Geek Wire

Microsoft commits $10M to Code.org as survey finds obstacles to teaching computer science – Geek Wire | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Underqualified. Overwhelmed. Underfunded. Those are among the reasons teachers give, in a new survey, as to why they or other educators at their school don’t teach students computer science — on the first day of the annual Computer Science Education Week.

And in a move partly designed to shore up educators, Microsoft is commiting a new $10 million to help Seattle-based computer science nonprofit Code.org provide teachers with professional development about the subject, as well as promote computer-science friendly policies at the state level, between now and 2020.

It’s not that K-12 educators don’t think computer science is important. The survey, conducted by YouGov in November and released by Microsoft on Monday, found 88 percent of the 540 U.S. K-12 teachers asked agreed that computer science is critical to students’ success in the workplace. Teachers also see other, non-coding benefits to a computer science education: 38 percent said it could help students with general problem solving, and 31 percent identified better logic and reasoning skills.

And as to the pure coding part of computer science? In the survey, 83 percent of teachers think coding can build student creativity, too.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Sites in VR - The VR App for Those Without VR Headsets

Free Technology for Teachers: Sites in VR - The VR App for Those Without VR Headsets | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Sites in VR is a free Android and iOS app that provides a 1700 virtual reality views of significant landmarks around the world. The app is a good one for those who would like to experience a bit of virtual reality without having to use a virtual reality headset. Sites in VR provides imagery that you can navigate through by moving your phone or tablet in a manner similar to that of using a virtual reality viewer like Google Cardboard.
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Coding for kids: 8 top toys

Coding for kids: 8 top toys | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Exploring logic and STEM thinking, these toys are a great introduction to coding for kids.
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Why GIS in Education Matters - Geo Spatial World

Why GIS in Education Matters - Geo Spatial World | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
People have always been fascinated with investigating their home—the Earth. To understand our planet, scholars in the ancient world in Rome, Greece, India, China, and elsewhere laid the foundations for geography and geodesy over 2,500 years ago.  Today, the geographic perspective is more relevant than ever before, as issues of climate change, economic globalization, urban sprawl, biodiversity loss, sustainable agriculture, water quality and quantity, crime, cultural diversity, energy, tourism, political instability, and natural hazards grow in importance on a global scale but also increasingly affect our everyday lives.  To grapple with these issues requires a populace that has a firm foundation in geography, who can see the “big picture” but also who understands how different patterns and trends are related from a global scale down to the local community.  The geographic perspective is concerned with all of the relevant issues of our time, because all of these issues have a geographic component.
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How to Find a Lost iPhone with Siri - OSXDaily

How to Find a Lost iPhone with Siri - OSXDaily | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Have you ever lost an iPhone somewhere in a house, office, or car, and can’t quite find it? Trying to locate a misplaced iPhone can be frustrating, but if you have another iOS device, Apple Watch, or Mac nearby then you can use Siri to help find a lost iPhone.
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Teens' Social Media Habits and Experiences | Pew Research Center - PEW Internet

Teens' Social Media Habits and Experiences | Pew Research Center - PEW Internet | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teens credit social media for helping to build stronger friendships and exposing them to a more diverse world, but they express concern that these sites lead to drama and social pressure
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Computational Thinking Solutions from the EdTech Field - Discovery Education  - Webisode

Computational Thinking Solutions from the EdTech Field - Discovery Education  - Webisode | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Do you know what computational thinking looks like for EdTech leaders like 3D Bear, Flipgrid, GooseChase, and You Can Do the Cube? Our latest webisode will take a deep dive into some of the tech solutions infused within an Ignite My Future in School in-person day of professional learning."

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The Best Note-Taking Apps for iPhone and iPad - How To Geek

The Best Note-Taking Apps for iPhone and iPad - How To Geek | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"People say that the best camera is the one you have with you, and we think the same thing goes for note apps. If you always have an iPhone or iPad with you, either is great for taking notes. But which app should you use?

Note-taking apps litter the App Store, and at one point it felt like we couldn’t go a day without a big new app launch. Since then many have fallen by the wayside, including some high profile apps, but what’s left is a collection of apps that range from the brilliant to the abysmal.

So which should you be using?

When choosing an iPhone or iPad app for taking notes, there are a few prerequisites at play depending on your particular use. For some, Dropbox integration is a must-have, while others are perfectly fine so long as the app supports iCloud. Some people might need support for exporting as Markdown, or perhaps they need live previews of those Markdown notes. There are so many different requirements out there that it’s impossible to consider them all here. What we can do is share what we think are the best note-taking apps for the iPhone and iPad, for most people.

With that said, let’s jump in."

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Minnesota schools embrace hands-on learning with 'makerspaces' - StarTribune.com

Minnesota schools embrace hands-on learning with 'makerspaces' - StarTribune.com | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"In a corner of the media center at Burnsville's Nicollet Middle School one recent day, a student guided a small robot through a maze, her hands gripping a tablet like a video-game controller.

A few feet away, a small drone buzzed over the heads of two of her classmates, who giggled and ducked as a third student yelled that he wasn't trying to crash. At a nearby table, three girls twisted long strands of colorful thread into bracelets. Elsewhere, kids clustered in small groups dug through electronics kits, clicking pieces together as they tried to power a circuit.

This is not the hushed, orderly school library of the past. It's also not the kind of classroom where students are expected to sit quietly and wait for direction from a teacher. It is a "makerspace" — a place for creativity and hands-on learning that's increasingly becoming a part of school buildings, classrooms and courses in districts across Minnesota."

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Ignite My Future in School - Curriculum for Middle School  #computationalthinking

Ignite My Future in School - Curriculum for Middle School  #computationalthinking | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Ignite My Future in School provides middle school educators with standards-aligned, transdisciplinary resources designed to effectively engage classrooms with the foundations of computational thinking across core subject areas.
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