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High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings - The New York Times

High Schools to TikTok: We’re Catching Feelings - The New York Times | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"WINTER GARDEN, Fla. — On the wall of a classroom that is home to the West Orange High School TikTok club, large loopy words are scrawled across a whiteboard: “Wanna be TikTok famous? Join TikTok club.”

It’s working. “There’s a lot of TikTok-famous kids at our school,” said Amanda DiCastro, who is 14 and a freshman. “Probably 20 people have gotten famous off random things.”

The school is on a quiet palm-tree-lined street in a town just outside Orlando. A hallway by the principal’s office is busy with blue plaques honoring the school’s A.P. Scholars. Its choir director, Jeffery Redding, won the 2019 Grammy Music Educator Award.

Amanda was referring to a different kind of stardom: on TikTok, a social media app where users post short funny videos, usually set to music, that is enjoying a surge in popularity among teenagers around the world and has been downloaded 1.4 billion times, according to SensorTower.

The embrace of the app at this school is mirrored on scattered campuses across the United States, where students are forming TikTok clubs to dance, sing and perform skits for the app — essentially drama clubs for the digital age, but with the potential to reach huge audiences.

And unlike other social media networks, TikTok is winning over some educators, like Michael Callahan, a teacher at West Orange, who had never heard of TikTok before the students told him about it."

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100 new Hour of Code tutorials are here! - Code.org - MEDIUM

100 new Hour of Code tutorials are here! - Code.org - MEDIUM | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Hour of Code season has arrived, and we’re excited to unveil new activities from our partners!
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Sketchnoting for Beginners - Google Slides by @sylviaduckworth

Sketchnoting for Beginners - Google Slides by @sylviaduckworth | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
1 sylviaduckworth.com sduckworth100@gmail.com @sylviaduckworth flickr.com/sylviaduckworth

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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6 Google Tricks When You Don't Know What to Search For - MakeUseOf

6 Google Tricks When You Don't Know What to Search For - MakeUseOf | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Despite spending millions of dollars on fancy algorithms, Google Search can sometimes be a fickle beast. You know that the information you’re looking for is out there, but no matter what search terms you enter, you can’t find a suitable result.

But don’t worry. If you don’t know what to search for in Google, there are a few tricks you can try that might prove useful.

So today, we’re going to look at a few different ways to help you search for something. Keep reading to learn more.
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Sydney Jensen: How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | TED Talk

Sydney Jensen: How can we support the emotional well-being of teachers? | TED Talk | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Teachers emotionally support our kids -- but who's supporting our teachers? In this eye-opening talk, educator Sydney Jensen explores how teachers are at risk of "secondary trauma" -- the idea that they absorb the emotional weight of their students' experiences -- and shows how schools can get creative in supporting everyone's mental health and wellness.
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Digital Games and STEM Resources for November | Tech & Learning via Yashy Tohsaku

Digital Games and STEM Resources for November | Tech & Learning via Yashy Tohsaku | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
As November is the month for International Games Week and World Tsunami Awareness Day, consider the following games help to raise awareness for all kinds of disasters. 
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Exact Instructions Challenge - THIS is why my kids want to *ill me. | Josh Darnit - YouTube #computationalthinking

The Darnit kids write out "exact" instructions for their Dad on how to make a Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

 

It's all in the details!!

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Here Is A Huge Library of Math and Science Simulations

Here Is A Huge Library of Math and Science Simulations | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
ExploreLearning Gizmos provides over 400 math and science online simulations that power inquiry and understanding. It has a free Gizmos account available for science and math educators with a curated collection of Gizmos that change every January/July. Aligned to NGSS and state standards, each Gizmo comes with teacher guides and customizable lesson materials to help teachers and students delve deeper into the material.
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17 Innovative Mathematics Projects that Inspire Students - Medium

17 Innovative Mathematics Projects that Inspire Students - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
The famous mathematician John von Neumann one said, “In mathematics, you don’t understand things; you just get used to them.” However, I don’t agree with him. I believe that if we develop…
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The 5 Most Important Job Skills For The Future - Forbes

The 5 Most Important Job Skills For The Future - Forbes | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Our workplaces are changing, and the changes are dramatic. Professionals need to pay attention to and prepare for the workplaces of the future. An important aspect of this preparation is to develop the job skills that will help you succeed and thrive in the new reality of the next decade. Consider how your own career has evolved over the last five years, and you can imagine how much it may change in the next five. These are the most important job skills for the future, and there's no better time than now to start building them.
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How to Make a Bristlebot: 9 Steps - Instructables

How to Make a Bristlebot: 9 Steps - Instructables | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
A Bristlebot is a small robot made by combining a toothbrush head and a vibrating pager motor. The vibrations from the pager motor travel down the bristles and cause the brush to scoot and spin on flat surfaces. This activity is great for kids as young as 10 years old.

This guide provides step-by-step instructions with pictures and video on how to make your own Bristlebot.
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'Genius Hour' Lets Kids Take Charge: Would Einstein Have Liked This?

'Genius Hour' Lets Kids Take Charge: Would Einstein Have Liked This? | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
Imagine a school day in which students spend a chunk of time studying and pursuing a topic or project they're passionate about.

That's the premise of "genius hour," a growing trend in which teachers set aside time for students to work on a research or service project of their choice. Educators say it's a chance not normally given in schools for students to explore their interests, hone their creativity, and become an expert in a given field.
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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it

"According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:

*Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectives

*Academic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutions

*Learners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning process

*Teachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutions

*Learners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”

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The Embodiment of Your Imagination - The Creative Mind - Medium

The Embodiment of Your Imagination - The Creative Mind - Medium | iPads, MakerEd and More  in Education | Scoop.it
In the scheme of human history, even the concept of the imagination is new. Only in about the last 300 years have people gotten serious about identifying the source of human creativity. Before then, it was taken for granted that ideas and inspiration came directly from the gods, and our heads were virtually uninvolved.
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