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10 Must-Have Free Math Apps - Class Tech Tips

10 Must-Have Free Math Apps - Class Tech Tips | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"There are tons of fantastic math apps for iPads and here are ten you should download today! "

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Judy Doctoroff's curator insight, February 23, 2015 9:54 AM

These apps are for both elementary and high school students. 

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 25, 2015 2:07 PM

These 10 provide a great starting point for Math on the the iPad. 

Roos de Groot's curator insight, February 27, 2015 11:49 AM

Some good apps for K12 and secondary classes.

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6 Ways to Start Adding a Makerspace to Your School Library - Worlds of Learning - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU

6 Ways to Start Adding a Makerspace to Your School Library - Worlds of Learning - Laura Fleming @LFlemingEDU | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
6 years after creating our first makerspace, it only makes sense to publish a post that focuses on 6 steps for creating a makerspace.
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Learning in a Changing World – Katie Martin @KatieMTLC/

Learning in a Changing World – Katie Martin @KatieMTLC/ | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"“Alexa, What’s the temperature?”

“Alexa, How much does Kevin Durant make?”

“Alexa, play Beastie Boys.”

These commands are more and more common around our house as my kids learn how to get answers to their questions and access content. My 8 and 10-year-olds have grown up in a world where they can command information and content on demand, where they can pick their favorite TV show on Netflix, or watch videos on YouTube on any topic that piques their interest. They know a vast amount of information exists for their learning, and they can tap into multiple devices to access information, people, and entertainment—whenever they want and wherever they are. But it’s fair to point out that just because we can find the information doesn’t mean that a Google search should be our default.

The challenge here is that technology increasingly provides easy access to answers, but if we focus only on the answers and not on thinking, questioning, and solving, we rob students of powerful learning experiences. Perhaps more significantly, we fail to develop the 21st-century literacies that will empower them to solve complex problems and be lifelong learners. As technology advances, the role of educators (and parents) to model and guide learners to find information and to learn to how to ask better questions has become even more crucial in the development of critical thinkers. "

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Early Childhood Math Education: What the Research Says - Edutopia

Early Childhood Math Education: What the Research Says - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"In a recent book, developmental psychologists and teachers discuss the best approaches to math education in the early grades."

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Everyone CAN Learn Math! - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall

Everyone CAN Learn Math! - Brian Aspinall @mraspinall | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Amy is usually a happy and enthusiastic student in grade five who loves to dance, but she is struggling with a tough math assignment. She doesn’t think she is good at math because her classmates always get the answers faster than she does and sometimes she uses her fingers to help her count. Even though her mom tries to help her, Amy is convinced she just cannot do math. She decides not to do the assignment at all since she thinks she wouldn’t do well anyway.

As Amy goes about her day, her experiences at ballet class, the playground, and gym class have her thinking back to how she gave up on her math assignment. She starts to notice that hard-work, practice, and dedication lead to success, thanks to her friends and teachers. She soon comes to understand that learning math is no different than learning any other skill in life. With some extra encouragement from her math teacher, a little help from her mom, and a new attitude, Amy realizes that she can do math!…
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These Lego bricks have bumps that teach Braille - Fast Company

These Lego bricks have bumps that teach Braille - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In one of the newest Lego sets under development, the bumps that hold the toys together have a second purpose: They also help children learn Braille. The series of dots on each brick represents a different letter of the Braille alphabet, the numbers zero through nine, and a handful of math symbols.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Four Free Tools for Creating Your Own Mobile Apps

Free Technology for Teachers: Four Free Tools for Creating Your Own Mobile Apps | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Creating a mobile app can be a great way to get students interested in learning programming concepts and to get them to dive into researching a topic so that they can build the best apps they can. For example, if a student wanted to create an app that serves as a fun review game, he or she would need to have a solid knowledge of the topic in order to create a meaningful app. To that end, here are four free tools that students can use to develop their own mobile apps.
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Join Us for the Global Day of Design on May 6th - John Spencer @spencerideas  A.J.Juliani - @ajjuliani

Join Us for the Global Day of Design on May 6th - John Spencer @spencerideas  A.J.Juliani - @ajjuliani | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Last year over 100,000 students from four different continents participated in our second annual Global Day of Design.

The hashtag went viral as students and teachers shared and launched their creative projects all day long around the globe. This year, we are doing it again, and we can’t wait to see what students design, build, and make!

Already we have over 75,000 students signed up to participate from 600+ schools, in over 14 countries and four different continents for the 2018 Global Day of Design.
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Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did | MindShift | KQED News

Most Teachers Don't Teach Climate Change; 4 In 5 Parents Wish They Did | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
More than 80% of parents in the U.S. support the teaching of climate change. And that support crosses political divides, according to the results of an exclusive new NPR/Ipsos poll: Whether they have children or not, two-thirds of Republicans and 9 in 10 Democrats agree that the subject needs to be taught in school.

A separate poll of teachers found that they are even more supportive, in theory — 86% agree that climate change should be taught.

These polls are among the first to gauge public and teacher opinion on how climate change should be taught to the generation that in the coming years will face its intensifying consequences: children.
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Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students | MindShift | KQED News

Rethinking Data: How to Create a Holistic View of Students | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
For at least a decade now, the driving force behind education reform has been data. We talk about collecting data, analyzing data, and making data-driven decisions. All of this data can certainly be useful, helping us notice patterns we might not have seen without aggregating our numbers in some way, looking for gaps and dips and spikes, allowing us to figure out where we are strong and where we need help. In terms of certain academic behaviors, we can quantify student learning to some extent and improve our practice as a result.

And yet, we know this is not enough. We know our students bring with them so many other kinds of data. So many other factors contribute to academic success: the atmosphere in their homes, the demands of their out-of-school school schedule, the physical concerns that distract them, the passions and obsessions that consume them. These things are much harder to measure, so we don’t even try, focusing instead on the things we can convert to numbers.
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23 Maker Learning Reflection Questions For Thoughtful Students

23 Maker Learning Reflection Questions For Thoughtful Students | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Reflection could also be described as the ‘opposite’ of activating prior knowledge. Reflection is functional neurologically (reinforcing learning as a ‘memory), but also useful as a practice, helping students understand the scale and value of what they just experienced.

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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5 Fun Practices to Build Confidence in Math Class - Minds-in-Bloom

5 Fun Practices to Build Confidence in Math Class - Minds-in-Bloom | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As a middle school math interventionist, the students who enter my classroom have already given up hope that they will ever be successful with math. I bet there are many other teachers out there who have this same problem! Since I deal with this problem every day, I have tried lots of different methods, but these are the top five practices that make the biggest impact for the students in my classroom.
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Will design-thinking strategies benefit students after class is dismissed?

Will design-thinking strategies benefit students after class is dismissed? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As schools focus on building students’ capacity to learn and solve problems outside the formal classroom, many educators have embraced “design-thinking” strategies as a promising approach.

The appeal of design thinking, which evolved out of strategies to improve product design, is that it fosters brainstorming and collaboration skills that are valuable in a changing world where many challenges don’t have textbook answers.

But do design-thinking strategies actually improve a student’s performance? Perhaps more important, will students use those strategies outside of school? Until now, both questions have been hard to measure.

A new study by researchers at the Stanford Graduate School of Education (GSE) provides some answers: yes and yes. 
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Will design thinking strategies benefit your student when school is over?    A new study from the Stanford Graduate School of Education answers that question.

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Conductive Jelly Donuts - an Introduction to Sewing Circuits With Makey Makey: 4 Steps (with Pictures)

Conductive Jelly Donuts - an Introduction to Sewing Circuits With Makey Makey: 4 Steps (with Pictures) | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We noticed on Twitter that a lot of our Scratch and Makey Makey fanatics wanted to know more about sewing circuits, so we crafted up this tutorial to give you a quick introduction on sewing circuits and how you can sew some modular pieces. (This is basically the start to a soft circuit version of this rad "Circuit Block Tutorial" by 3DNicholos. Woo!)
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It’s 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter? | EdSurge News

It’s 2019. So Why Do 21st-Century Skills Still Matter? | EdSurge News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When tech giant Amazon announced its search for a second headquarters site, cities across the country scrambled to produce persuasive pitches. In Loudoun County, Virginia, fourth-graders from Goshen Post Elementary School took up the challenge personally. To create compelling video arguments, student teams interviewed experts in economic development, researched state history and geography, and even wrote poems to sing the praises of their region. When Northern Virginia was ultimately picked as a new HQ site, students were as proud as any civic leaders from their community.

The story offers a good example of how education is shifting as we wrap up two decades of the 21st century. Instead of relying on textbooks and teacher direction, these students had to think critically about unfolding events, collaborate with peers and adults, and make creative use of digital tools to communicate their ideas. In the process, they also learned plenty about social studies and civic engagement. For Loudoun County Superintendent Eric Williams, what makes such authentic learning experiences worthwhile is how they prepare students “to make meaningful contributions to the world.”
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STEM Challenge - Can You Engineer A Rainbow?

STEM Challenge - Can You Engineer A Rainbow? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"Spring is here! Our STEM Challenge is a great way to invite students to practice the scientific method in a way that will get them excited for the new season.

For this challenge, students must engineer a rainbow with the given materials."

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Creating a Strong Classroom Community With Group Work - Edutopia

Creating a Strong Classroom Community With Group Work - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Collaboration and socialization are key aspects of any workplace. Professionals across disciplines and industries collaborate, debate, and share. In the classroom, healthy socialization patterns can support student creativity and foster critical thinking.
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10 Books to Spark a Love of Math in Kids of All Ages | MindShift  

10 Books to Spark a Love of Math in Kids of All Ages | MindShift   | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Math is at play in every sphere of our lives, from recipes to internet security to the electoral college. But that reality can be hard to convey through the drills, static numbers and strict rules that make up so much of K-12 math education. Educators have made strides to engage students through math. One way to bring the subject to life, according to a math research organization, is through literature.
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How Your Teacher-Librarian Can Be An Ally When Teaching With Inquiry | MindShift | KQED News

How Your Teacher-Librarian Can Be An Ally When Teaching With Inquiry | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We teachers are constantly reflecting on our practice and professional growth. We want to make sure we are doing the best for our students despite the demands of constant assessment, unanticipated curricular changes and continually changing student needs and demographics. Combined with our own desire for excellence, this is so overwhelming. I’ve attended really inspiring professional development, only to figure out that teaching materials, specialized training and additional technology are out of reach for most school budgets. Where can teaching professionals go for support as we try to improve?

I have discovered rich support and learning in my own backyard when I have collaborated with my teacher-librarian. This educational professional is often under-utilized in a school environment. Many teachers see the librarian interact only with students, but they are invaluable resources for teachers as well.
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Create your own Google logo for Earth Day - Create your own Google logo for Earth Day - CS First

Create your own Google logo for Earth Day - Create your own Google logo for Earth Day - CS First | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
"Create your own Google logo for Earth Day" is part of the "Create your own Google logo for Earth Day" activity from CS First, one of the many Google initiatives focused on computer science education.
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The Data Workout: How It’s Impacting Teaching and Learning | EdSurge Guides

The Data Workout: How It’s Impacting Teaching and Learning | EdSurge Guides | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
If you think data—in education, or any field—is cut and dry, think again. Working with data in the classroom, especially, can be either exhausting or exhilarating—depending on your fitness level. Data can be big, but also quite small. It’s often quantitative, but is increasingly qualitative. It’s predictive, but not always inclusive. It’s private, but not always protected. But one thing’s for certain: data has enormous power to impact teaching and learning.
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Augmented Reality: The Future of Education - Interesting Engineering

Augmented Reality: The Future of Education - Interesting Engineering | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers have now a powerful tool in Augmented Reality. AR can motivate and engage students making the STEM and coding learning process faster, fun, and better than ever before.
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5 Ways to Fake Social Media Posts in the Classroom - The Big Guy In a Bow Tie Blog

5 Ways to Fake Social Media Posts in the Classroom - The Big Guy In a Bow Tie Blog | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
 Having kids create social media profiles forced them to get in the minds of the historical figure. They had to think and post like they were them, and it forced them to go deeper than just telling me about the person. I think that's easily what makes history more than just stories.
    You could get really creative with it though if you teach science and math. ELA is easy because stories are built in. Just have them be a literary character. In math, what if they treated a math concept like they were a person? You could do a social media account for the subtraction monster. I have also seen science teachers do similar things such as making certain minerals characters that they could post as.
     The key is having ways to fake it. You don't necessarily want kids on the real platform because of all the problems that it could create, so you want to have tools to fake it, and that's what this post does.
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