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John Evans

The Design Essentials: iPad Apps for the Creative - Design Milk - 0 views

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    "Quietly and almost covertly, Apple's iPad has become a common tool in every realm of professional design. Fashion designers sketch on it, designers collect and curate ideas using it, digital artists paint with it in stunning realism, and architects even prepare 3D models before going to production all from the 9.7″ screen. The device is a near ubiquitous sight inside studios, design shops, and most noticeably at trade shows, an ideal compromise when the pocketability of the smartphone is too little and a laptop is just too large. For a demographic regularly relying upon composing, showing, and sharing projects, the iPad is Goldilocks perfect. Here are several of our favorite iPad apps for creatives with content creation and collaboration in mind."
John Evans

Digital Is - 0 views

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    "s a professional artist, deepening the ways in which seemingly disparate objects and processes are interconnected through locating, and mapping their intersections has been one of the main elements of my studio practice. The Fab Lab tools and working processes create an environment that is well suited to investigating those types of intersections.

    In an effort to integrate Fab Lab tools centered on craft, and studio-based processes into the classroom, I have been working to implement a Mobile MakerCart at a project-based K-8 charter school. In addition to introducing craft-based physical computing projects to the children, a guiding principle behind the MakerCart is to give teachers the opportunity to develop familiarity with the MakerCart's tools and processes in order to be able to envision the ways in which they might be able to develop their own curriculum for use in the classroom."
John Evans

From Legos to Maker Labs: Fun and Learning After School | graphite Blog - 0 views

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    "For more than six hours each day, we aim to seize every teachable moment. Our schedules, carefully crafted and refined, often resemble a flight schedule at a busy airport: whole-class math lessons here, reading groups there, and one-on-one conferencing/counseling/cheerleading sessions squeezed in everywhere else. But we all know learning isn't confined to the school day. Extracurricular activities, from soccer to chess club, have been around as long as school itself. When I was young, few after-school activities appealed to me, so hosting an after-school club as a teacher didn't occur to me until a few years ago when I began to look at after-school learning through a new lens. Having started two after-school clubs in the past three years, I now realize I can create rich learning opportunities that would have appealed to me when I was a student, and simultaneously appeal to the teacher I am now."
John Evans

4 Cool Science Apps for Your iPad by @sqlhorror | UKEdChat - Supporting the Education C... - 0 views

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    "Recently a teacher asked me on twitter if I can recommend any Science apps. I promised to do some research and share my findings with her. This is a re-blogged article, and the original can be found by clicking here. "
John Evans

Creative Lessons with Fake Texts, Tweets, Facebook Pages - 0 views

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    "What if Lewis and Clark had cell phones? What would JFK have posted on Facebook? What would Abe Lincoln have Tweeted? While it's fun to think about what how modern technology would have affected the past, it's also a creative way for students to demonstrate an understanding of historical figures, politicians, authors, or even plants and animals. Students love social media, and virtual impersonation tools provide an opportunity to bring some fun into assignments. All of the tools below are free, and can be used without creating an account."
John Evans

The Ultimate Guide to Online Courses | Edudemic - 0 views

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    "Professional and personal development are important to many people. Professional development allows you to stay current in your field, make connections with likeminded professionals, and satisfy any continuing learning requirements your job may have. Personal development allows you to grow as a person, learn new skills, and try new things.

    In order to grow, professionally or personally, in the past, you had to sign up for college courses, pay a lot of money, and rush to class after work or on weekends. But that set-up as changed. Online courses, many of which are totally free, have revolutionized the way in which many people access professional and personal development. Thanks to the advent of massive open online courses (MOOCs), people can attend free courses offered by Stanford, Harvard, and MIT in the luxury of their own home, taking the courses at their own pace at a time that is convenient."
John Evans

A Very Good App for Creating Educational Screencasts ~ Educational Technology and Mobil... - 0 views

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    "Screencastify is an excellent screen video recorder for teachers. It is also one of the few apps out there that works seamlessly on Chromebooks. Screencastify is very simple and easy to use with no technological learning curve. Just install the app on your Chrome, grant it access to your camera and microphone for voice and video recording. Next, select where you want to store your recordings whether in your Google Drive or on your local desk and there you go."
John Evans

Josh Burker's Blog of Musings: MaKey MaKey Scratch Operation Game - 0 views

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    "I have been designing an Operation-type board game that uses the MaKey MaKey to interface with a computer running Scratch.

    I started with a simple prototype left over from my squishy circuit Operation game. I was curious whether the MaKey MaKey would read a closed circuit on this hardware. Good news: it works! Connect an alligator clip cable from the MaKey MaKey to the game board's foil "game port." Connect the MaKey MaKey board's Earth port to another alligator clip cable."
John Evans

Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker... - 0 views

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    "One of the basic tenets and strengths of the maker movement is its emphasis on constructive and collaborative learning through hands-on, trial-and-error experimentation. While a live mentor demonstrating and leading activities is the gold standard, a growing number of titles offer inspiration, support, and clarification for a wide variety of maker topics. The following list of recommended books was crowdsourced by librarians running maker spaces and/or offering maker programming in their libraries or schools."
John Evans

A Librarian's Guide to Makerspaces: 16 Resources | OEDB.org - 0 views

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    "Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more. Here are some excellent resources for anyone thinking about setting up a makerspace in their organization."
John Evans

Makerspace | Brian Aspinall, CV - 0 views

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    "Makerspaces, sometimes also referred to as hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs are creative, DIY spaces where people can gather to create, invent, and learn. In libraries they often have 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies and tools, and more.

    oedb.org/ilibrarian/a-librarians-guide-to-makerspaces/"
John Evans

littleBits Quick Start Guides | Invent To Learn - 0 views

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    "littleBits are ingenious snap-together magnetic elements used to create whimsical machines and prototype complex electronic circuits. It's impossible to short-circuit the littleBits or create a syntax error in your physical "program" since they only snap together the "correct" way. Kids from 5-85 love inventing with littleBits.

    We recently created two "Quick Start" guides for the trickier aspects of working with littleBits. You may download them here:

    littleBits Quick Start Guide
    littleBits Arduino Bit Quick Start Guide (for programming your littleBits-based machine)
    littleBits Cloudbit Quick Start Guide (for Internet of Things)
    Download our complete 20+ page workshop kit"
John Evans

12 Things We Can 3D Print in Medicine - 3D Printing Industry - 0 views

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    "Kaiba Gionfriddo was born prematurely in 2011. After 8 months, his lung development caused concerns, although he was sent home with his parents as his breathing was normal. Six weeks later, Kaiba stopped breathing and turned blue. He was diagnosed with tracheobronchomalacia, a long Latin word that means his that windpipe was so weak that it collapsed. He had a tracheostomy and was put on a ventilator - the conventional treatment. Still, Kaiba would stop breathing almost daily. His heart would stop, too. Then, his caregivers 3D printed a bioresorbable device that instantly helped Kaiba breathe. This case is considered a prime example of how customized 3D printing is transforming healthcare as we know it.

    Since Kaiba's story, 3D printing in medicine has been skyrocketing. And the list of objects that have already been successfully printed in this field demonstrates the potential that this technology holds for healthcare in the near future."
John Evans

Can Peer Accountability Groups Help Students Achieve Their Goals? | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

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    "Supporting students emotionally, as well as academically, takes up a large portion of teachers' time and energy. But some educators are discovering that students can take on this role for one another as well. When students hold each other accountable, many can demonstrate reflection on their learning and take responsibility for shortcomings."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: A Few Educational Resources Related to the Tour de France - 0 views

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    "The Tour de France begins on Saturday. Check out this animated video to learn all about the tactics of the race, the logistics of the race, the physiology of riding in the race, and many other interesting facts about the world's most famous bicycle race.
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John Evans

21 Cool Things Teachers and Students Have Built With 3D Printers! - Emerging Education ... - 0 views

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    "With the explosion of 3D printing in schools around the world, the variety and impressiveness of things that students and teachers are printing with this powerful technology grows every day.

    Check out all these different objects that have been created with 3D printers. Some of these items are changing people's lives! Hopefully some of these ideas can inspire you to start exploring 3D printing, or to try something new if you're already using this wonderful technology."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Learning to Program With MaKey MaKey in Elementary School - 1 views

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    "Computer programming has become the new "literacy" that many teachers and school districts are implementing to help students exercise critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students of all ages gravitate towards creating and implementing programs--large and small--that they create digitally. Our technology department recently purchased two MaKey MaKeys for every elementary ITRT to use when collaborating with teachers on special projects that involve computer programming."
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