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How to Bring 'More Beautiful' Questions Back to School | MindShift | KQED News

How to Bring 'More Beautiful' Questions Back to School | MindShift | KQED News | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Young children ask lots of questions, but around the time they enter school, those questions begin to fade. Author Warren Berger outlines five ways to help students become better questioners and nurture a child's curiosity.
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Let’s Talk About Cell Phone Bans: Should We Limit Access Or Teach Responsibility? – Katie Martin

Let’s Talk About Cell Phone Bans: Should We Limit Access Or Teach Responsibility? – Katie Martin | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I have heard mounting frustrations and complaints about kids not being able to manage their digital habits. I just sat with a teacher this week who was on a mission to ban cell phones nationwide (in school) because it was “distracting her students from learning.” She is working so hard and struggling to get her kids to focus on or care about what she feels she is held accountable for teaching. It is frustrating when learners are distracted in school and policymakers are starting to take actions. This teacher’s (an many others) dream might become a reality according to a proposed ban on cell phones in California states that usage; “interferes with the educational mission of the schools, lowers pupil performance, particularly among low-achieving pupils, promotes cyberbullying, and contributes to an increase in teenage anxiety, depression, and suicide.”

I hear (and see) that students are connected to their devices far too often that is healthy and productive and social media can have very real social and emotional consequences.

I am not going to pretend that this isn’t a challenge and that these aren’t real issues that need to be dealt with. My husband is a 10th-grade teacher and I know the struggle is real but I would argue that banning cell phones is short-sighted.
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This short film about AI actors mocks our love of the next big thing

This short film about AI actors mocks our love of the next big thing | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the future, AI may not have a gender, but will it have acting chops? Sprites certainly seems to think so. The new short film takes place in either a near-future or alternate present in which holographic AI actors are an everyday occurrence, unlike the brand-new breakthrough they appear to be in the mostly forgotten film S1m0ne.

One director, however, misses the golden age of Hollywood–that 100 years or so before AI became the affordable, easily controllable standard. In Sprites, that director (Liz Beckham) will be able to cast a “legacy performer” to play the lead in her film, only if she is able to spot the lone human among a trio of contenders otherwise generated by computer.
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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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Teachers, the World is Changing… Your Instruction Must Change With It.

Teachers, the World is Changing… Your Instruction Must Change With It. | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
No one can deny that the world is different than it was when our current educational system was designed. With this in mind, what are WE (myself included) suppose to do to help our students thrive in a world that is vastly different than the environment in our classrooms?

Frankly the answer is simple… Change the way we teach.

Is the answer that simple? You bet it is!

Is it really that easy? No.

Changing the way you teach is hard. Not just from the standpoint of preparation, but also from the lens of the students that have learned a specific way for many years, regardless of its effectiveness.

So what do we as teachers need to consider… and what do we need to do?
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Giving Students Think Time - Edutopia

Giving Students Think Time - Edutopia | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
How long do you think teachers pause, on average, after asking a question?

Several studies from the 1970s on have looked into the effect that the amount of time teachers pause after asking a question has on learners. In visiting many classrooms in the United States and other parts of the world, I’ve found that, with few exceptions, these studies are still accurate. For example, according to work done by Mary Budd Rowe in 1972 and Robert J. Stahl in 1994, pausing for three or more seconds showed a noticeable positive impact on learning. Yet the average length that teachers pause was found to be 0.9 seconds.

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The 20-20-20 Rule: Why Students Need To Take Screen Breaks - TeachThought

The 20-20-20 Rule: Why Students Need To Take Screen Breaks - TeachThought | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Many students turn to online charter schools because of the flexibility those programs offer.

In online schooling, they can schedule class time around what works for them, integrating their passions or responsibilities into their day. On the outside, it might seem like this flexibility gives them plenty of time to get away from the computer, but the truth is, many online students end up working nonstop, for hours on end, to get their work done.

Just like adults need breaks from work and traditional schools offer lunch and nutrition breaks, online students need to create intentional moments to relax and reboot throughout the day. Studies have shown that taking breaks can actually help students become more positive, productive, and successful.
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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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New Labz Guide: Three Ways to Build a Floor Piano – Makey Makey

New Labz Guide: Three Ways to Build a Floor Piano – Makey Makey | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Banana pianos are awesome, but what about playing music with your feet?
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Free Technology for Teachers: Are You Being Phished? - A Lesson from Google

Free Technology for Teachers: Are You Being Phished? - A Lesson from Google | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Phishing Quiz With Google is an online activity for testing your ability to identify phishing emails. The activity begins when you enter a fake name and fake email address of your choosing. You will then see a series of emails that are addressed to your fake email address. When you see the emails you have to use clues like incongruities in URLs to determine if the email is legitimate or a phishing attempt. As soon as you click the "legitimate" or "phishing" button you will see an explanation of why the email was legitimate or phishing.
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12 Basic iPad Tips Teachers Should Know about

12 Basic iPad Tips Teachers Should Know about | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Given the burgeoning importance of iPad in education, we deemed it important to share with our readers some interesting resources to help them tap into the full educational potential of this versatile device. In this regard, we have compiled the list below featuring some important iPad tips for teachers. These are some basic functionalities to enhance your overall productivity and take your iPad usage to the next le
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3 Myths About Libraries, Makerspaces And Books - @DianaLRendina

3 Myths About Libraries, Makerspaces And Books - @DianaLRendina | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Even though they’ve been around since 2013, school library makerspaces still have a lot of misunderstandings surrounding them.  This confusion can come from administrators, teachers, students and the librarians themselves. Unfortunately, believing these myths can often cause decisions to be made about libraries that are detrimental to the learning process.  Today, I’m here to try to clear up a few of these myths.
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Makerspaces A to Z: Human Algorithm Design

Makerspaces A to Z: Human Algorithm Design | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I just read a fantastic book called Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions, written by Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths. Many educators associate the word algorithm with computer coding and rarely talk about algorithms in any other context. Because an algorithm is just a sequence of steps used to solve a problem, they actually have applications far beyond the world of computer science. The authors of Algorithms to Live By, point out that the word "algorithm" comes from the name of a Persian mathematician al-Khwarizmi, author of a ninth-century book of techniques for doing mathematics by hand. They go on to explain that algorithms are not confined to mathematics alone, and offer several examples, such as following a recipe or knitting.
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The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
We've all heard of the uncanny valley, in which realistic humanoid robots freak us out. But what might be even freakier is how those robots speak to us.

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So even robots get bullied. *Sigh* ;) 

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Control Alt Achieve: 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools

Control Alt Achieve: 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might also be worth a thousand dollars if your school gets hit with a copyright violation claim. This happens to schools every year as students or teachers inappropriately use an image that they do not have the rights to.

Thankfully this does not have to be the case as there are loads of high quality pictures that can be used in school projects without any licensing concerns. These can include images that are released under creative commons, or are in the public domain, or simply are copyright-free. Of course depending on the license, it may still be necessary to cite where the image came from to provide proper attribution (and it can be a good practice to do even if not required).

There are many sites and tools that can help educators and students find free photos, clipart, icons, and more. See below for a list of many of these, and be sure to share your suggestions for other resources to add to this collection.
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Virtual, Augmented Reality platforms emerge as computer science teaching tool

Virtual, Augmented Reality platforms emerge as computer science teaching tool | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
  • Schools are beginning to use virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) tools with students in computer science lessons, with some classes even teaching students how to build their own virtual worlds, according to EdTech: Focus on K-12.
  • Students who learn how to code with mobile AR platforms, such as CoSpacesEdu or Tynker, end up scoring higher on assessments than those who don’t use them, the article says, citing a Georgia Institute of Technology study. One theory is that seeing material visually and in a virtual space helps these students have better recall.
  • Some companies are developing virtual tools specifically for schools — Intel, for example, travels to schools so students can learn how to u

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No se puede aprender Ciencias sin integrar recursos tecnológicos...

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Emerald Code | Get With The Programming! @LetsTalkScience  #STEM

Emerald Code | Get With The Programming! @LetsTalkScience  #STEM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Simone’s always making things to bring her fun ideas and crazy plans to life.  Why not send candy to the whole school by drones, or 3-D print your science assignment? When Simone and her friends, Type-A musician and star student Lana, uber-energetic gaming enthusiast Bevan, and class cutup Jackson, ‘King Of The Meme’—aren’t hanging out in Rowat High School’s MakerSpace, they’re in constant contact on their video chat, ‘Konnect’, in a never-ending group hang. Together, they solve high school problems, make each other laugh– and crack the Emerald Code! 
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News & Events | New Kids Series "When I Grow Up" Focuses on Cool Careers in STEM!

News & Events | New Kids Series "When I Grow Up" Focuses on Cool Careers in STEM! | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
When I Grow Up! is TVO Kids’ latest television series for children ages 6-11. The new show produced by Riverbank Pictures is all about inspiring our future leaders and helping kids make the connection between their interests, education and the exciting array of careers that use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Viewers follow Mikaela on her quest to determine what she wants to be when she grows up. Her adventures are fuelled by her curiosity and a passion for STEM.

Research from the Let’s Talk Science 2014 Spotlight on Science Learning report played a key role in informing the guidelines and rationale for this new fun and engaging show for kids. By aligning with the values and interests youth identify with, the series aims to show kids that many careers they dream of have a firm footing in the world of STEM.

“We want to excite kids about STEM and show them that school science is transferable to countless exciting careers,” says Co-producer & Education Consultant, Sara Poirier. “We are hoping it’s the type of show that kids and their parents will want to watch together and sparks conversations about careers in the future and the importance of studying science and math in school.”
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Dear New Teachers, You Don't Need Be Superheroes - John Spencer @spencerideas

Dear New Teachers, You Don't Need Be Superheroes - John Spencer @spencerideas | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Dear new teachers,

There’s a popular idea that to be a good teacher, you need to save the world. That you have to be the best all the time. That you have to live up to the great teachers who influenced you, be like those glorious, brave teachers in movies – that you need to suffer if you want to make a difference. But here’s the thing. Your students don’t need a superhero. They need someone who can listen and learn and grow; someone who can admit their mistakes and move on. Which is way better than a superhero.

You don’t have to be perfect. Teaching is a craft that takes years to master and even then, you’ll continue to make mistakes. And that’s okay.

You are enough.
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To Your Brain, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ -- Science of Us

To Your Brain, Audiobooks Are Not ‘Cheating’ -- Science of Us | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As is required of all women in their 30s, I am in a book club. At the first meeting of this group, one poor unsuspecting woman mentioned that she had listened to that month’s selection instead of reading it. That, the rest of the group decided together, is definitely cheating. Never mind that no one could exactly articulate how or why it was cheating; it just felt like it was, and others would agree. She never substituted the audiobook for the print version again (or, if she did, she never again admitted it).

This question — whether or not listening to an audiobook is “cheating” — is one University of Virginia psychologist Daniel Willingham gets fairly often, especially ever since he published a book, in 2015, on the science of reading. (That one was about teaching children to read; he’s got another book out next spring about adults and reading.) He is very tired of this question, and so, recently, he wrote a blog post addressing it. (His opening line: “I’ve been asked this question a lot and I hate it.”) If, he argues, you take the question from the perspective of cognitive psychology — that is, the mental processes involved — there is no real difference between listening to a book and reading it. So, according to that understanding of the question: No, audiobooks are not cheating.
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Lawmakers introduce bill to ban all smartphones at school - Fast Company

Lawmakers introduce bill to ban all smartphones at school - Fast Company | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
California lawmakers introduced a bill that would restrict and in some cases, ban, the possession and use of smartphones during school hours.
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James Schreier's curator insight, March 25, 7:18 AM

There is some recognition here about implications, particularly "first-order" implications, but the depth of this topic suggests there are multiple second- and third-order implications.

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Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein

Scratch and Makey Makey Across the Curriculum - Jackie Gerstein @jackiegerstein | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms:

Physical computing means building interactive physical systems by the use of software and hardware that can sense and respond to the analog world. Physical computing is a creative framework for understanding human beings’ relationship to the digital world. In practical use, the term most often describes handmade art, design or DIY hobby projects that use sensors and microcontrollers to translate analog input to a software system, and/or control electro-mechanical devices such as motors, servos, lighting or other hardware (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Physical_computing).

. . . but as with all use of educational technologies, I believe that it should be used intentionally to assist learners in developing and expanding their content knowledge and life skills.
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Looking for Media Literacy Lessons? Check Out These Resources | Knowledge Quest

Looking for Media Literacy Lessons? Check Out These Resources | Knowledge Quest | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Media literacy is the ability to read, question, synthesize, and produce mass communication. Where do you get your news? How do you know it’s valid? What is your process for checking relevancy? Everyone should consider these questions as they consume and produce media.
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Drones Take Their Place in the K–12 Classroom - EdTech Magazine

Drones Take Their Place in the K–12 Classroom - EdTech Magazine | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
These small but mighty aircraft advance learning in computer programming and photography, and prep students for careers in this burgeoning field.

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While drones certainly do capture the attention of students, teachers need to make certain they are using these tools in accordance with federal regulations at all times.

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Preparing Students to Innovate with Computational Thinking - Digital Promise

Preparing Students to Innovate with Computational Thinking - Digital Promise | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Talladega County Schools prepares students to use computing skills and knowledge in future career and college opportunities by offering pathways for computational thinking from kindergarten to 12th grade. Every day, students in our district engage with key computational thinking competencies such as algorithmic thinking, collecting and analyzing data, decomposing problems, and building models and simulations.

The work of our district was recently recognized by the Council on Competitiveness, a collaborative of representatives from industry, government, business, and education that meets about economic competitiveness. The Council on Competitiveness invited Dr. Suzanne Lacey, Superintendent of Talladega County Schools, and me to participate in the Forum for Advanced Computing to discuss the impact of supercomputing on the future economy.