Think Different #59

Resources for the Week of April 15, 2018

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Lifelique: Science and math meet 3D with this entertaining app. “Students will find models spanning a variety of subjects and topics, including prehistoric mammals, a dodecahedron, or Stonehenge,” says Danny.

Pocketlab: Pocketlab is exactly that—a lab right in your pocket. It connects by wireless sensor to a personal device of your choice. Collect all sorts of data including acceleration, pressure, magnetic field, and temperature—all in real time.

SAM Edu: Teachers can use SAM Edu to bring the Internet of Things into their classroom, engaging students with hands-on learning while promoting design, programming, and engineering skills.

Expeditions: This app’s focus is on presenting amazing virtual field trips for learners. Google Expeditions lets them get up close with historical landmarks, underwater explorations, and even outer space.

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Places to find FREE photos for your {Projects

Pexels is a website where you can find free photos to use in your classroom. Photos in Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) which allows you to re-use them for personal as well as commercial and most of the time without the need for attribution. You can also edit photos like crop, annotate, and add filters.

How to cancel a subscription on iOS

It's so easy to sign up for a service, but unsubscribing can be a small nightmare for the unprepared.

Signing up for a service through iOS kind of fun. A menu pops pop, you activate Face ID or Touch ID, and the world’s most satisfying ding lets you know your purchase was successful. It’s simplicity itself.

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Why All Educators Need SAMR And TPACK

Looking for a GREAT Conference in Kansas

So what is Podstock?

  • It’s a tech integration conference. But it’s more than a conference. It’s learning. It’s conversation. It’s family.
  • And it’s happening July 18-20, 2018 in Wichita, Kansas.
  • Podstock is about being creative, about inspiring learners, about finding the best tools for our kids – it’s ten years of learning from each other. And we want YOU to be part of the fun! Find us at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center in Wichita.

30 Sites/Apps for Learning how to Program or Code

Special thanks to Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero fo this wonderful list.
  1. Boogie Bot - A super fun iOS app that teaches kids how to program/code. This is done by dragging and dropping code to make your robot dance.
  2. Code Avengers - A great site for teachers wanting their students to learn how to code games, websites, apps, or more.
  3. Code Blast - An interesting iOS app for introducing young kids to the concepts of coding by guiding a rocket through an obstacle course.
  4. Code Kingdoms - An excellent site for students to learn how to code games like Minecraft and Roblox through a drag-n-drop interface. Best of all is the educator portal which allows teachers to track and monitor student progress.
  5. Code Monster - A fantastic very user friendly site that has students learn how to program Javascript by practicing in a side-by-side window and watching what happens as they type in commands.
  6. Codecademy - A interactive site that helps students learn how to program in Javascript, PHP, Ruby, or Python by step by step instructions.
  7. CodeCampKidz - A great way for students to learn live (i.e. Microsoft stores) or online to program in html, CSS, JS, and more.
  8. Codemoji - An innovative new site that lets students learn how to code through the use of emojis as well as track student progress through the educational dashboard. This is ideal for assessing students and differentiating instruction.
  9. CodePlayer - A nice site to learn HTML5, CSS3, and Javascript through video walkthroughs.
  10. codeSpark Academy - A fun way for kids 4-9 yrs old to learn how to code through activities, puzzles, projects and more by interacting w/ the Foos.
  11. Daisy the Dinosaur - A fun iPad app that teaches kids how to program and animate by dragging blocks together and watching Daisy preform the action.
  12. Dystopia - An innovative site that teaches students how to code through a digital graphic novel.
  13. Gamefroot - Is an excellent resource for teachers looking to learn how to code or teach it in their classroom. Also, the easy-to-follow tutorials and professional development help educators integrate Gamefroot and STEM into their classrooms.
  14. Gamestar Mechanic - A nice site for teachers wanting to teach their students how to program games. This is done by reinforcing skills such as, problem solving, writing, storytelling, and more.
  15. Hopscotch - A wonderful iOS app that teaches kids how to program and create animations by dragging-n-dropping blocks together.
  16. hyperPad - Formerly known as GamePress, allows students to create games, apps, interactive books and more. This iOS app is ideal for learning the basics of programming w/ lots of resources and activities for educators.
  17. Kids'n'Code - A nice iPad app for younger students learning the basics fo coding as they control robots to solve simple puzzles.
  18. Kodable - A fun iPad app designed for younger kids that has them controlling fuzzballs to complete each level. Each level deals w/ a simple concept of programming and gets more advanced as they get higher.
  19. MIT App Inventor - A wonderful site filled w/ lots of educational resources for teaching students how to program mobile apps.
  20. Osmo - An award winning education game system for the iPad that lets students learn how to code through three different games (i.e. Awbie, Jam, and Duo).
  21. Pixel - A free new mobile app (iOS/Android) to learn how to code by programming robot's emotions and speech.
  22. Pixel Press Floors - An amazing app that lets students create games by drawing them.
  23. Programmr - A nice way to learn programming by solving coding exercises.
  24. Quest - An innovative site/app for creating text based games that will show/hide the programming language while it is being worked on.
  25. Scratch (jr) - Probably the most popular site on the list as 1000's of students have created online games through their very easy to use web interface.
  26. ScreenPlay - A fun game that introduces the basics of programming by solving puzzles through a variety of worlds.
  27. Sketch Nation - A fantastic easy-to-use mobile (iOS/Android) app for students learning how to create games. Also, there are lots of lesson plans for educators to help integrate STEM into the classroom.
  28. Stencyl - A wonderful site for creating iOS or Flash based games by putting blocks together (i.e. Scratch).
  29. Swift Playgrounds - A free iPad app that lets students learn how to program in Swift. This is a fun and easy-to-use app that has users take on different challenges and even integrates w/ iTunes U.
  30. Tynker - A great site for students 4th-8th grade learning how to program.