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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Tricks to Attract Attendees to your Trade Show Booth - Tweak Your Biz

Tricks to Attract Attendees to your Trade Show Booth - Tweak Your Biz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Tradeshows are a great way to network & generate leads. Find out how to stand out from the crowd & generate foot traffic to your exhibitor trade show booth
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'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete'

'Teachers must embrace new technology or risk becoming obsolete' | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
'In the past I have always said that a computer could never replace a teacher, because learning was based on relationships. Today, I am not so sure'

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Testify! Thanks to Juan Doming.

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7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose - A.J. JULIANI

7 Simple Ways to Use Technology With Purpose - A.J. JULIANI | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
“Why are you using technology? Or more importantly, how are you using technology to better the learning in your classroom and/or school? If you are like me,”
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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, June 27, 2:53 AM
L'article résume bien pourquoi utiliser de la technologie puisque nous sommes tous d'accord que la technologie n'est pas un but en soi.
RESENTICE's curator insight, June 27, 2:55 AM

Comment utiliser la technologie afin d'atteindre un objectif précis?

Howard Cohen's curator insight, Today, 7:52 AM
Always with purpose 
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Interests-to-Internships: When Students Take the Lead in Learning

Interests-to-Internships: When Students Take the Lead in Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
College and career readiness is a ubiquitous education catch-phrase, but in reality many high schools focus primarily on the “college” side of the equation. In part, that’s because research has shown that young adults who graduate with college degrees tend to have better job prospects and earning potential throughout their lives, and educators rightly want to ensure that all students are able to take advantage of those opportunities. But what about the kids who just aren’t interested in college? And, even if kids do want to go to college, what might be lost in the development of a whole person when teenagers are asked to focus solely on traditional academics?

Various school models have tried to integrate more hands-on learning into the traditional school day, including schools in the Big Picture Learning network. One such such school in Oakland, MetWest High School, aims to help high school students explore their passions outside of school and bring that learning and experience back into the academic setting. MetWest focuses on relationships, relevance and rigor, in that order.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Stop Motion Studio is a great app for creating stop motion videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems. The basic (free) version of Stop Motion Studio lets you take as many pictures as you like and string them together in a sequence that plays back at a frame-per-second rate of your choosing. Each frame can be edited individually before you produce the final video. You can also add narration to your video in the basic version of the app. Completed projects can be saved to your device and from there you can share them on YouTube or on your favorite social network."

 

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Animated Cartoon Infographics PowerPoint Template | PowerPoint Presentation

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Animated Cartoon Infographics PowerPoint Template depicts cartoon characters in various moods across animated slides and compatible with Microsoft PowerPoint.


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4 Key Ways to Optimize Your YouTube Channel and Content

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Looking to make the most out of YouTube? Here are some tips on how to build an effective YouTube presence.

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5 Ways to Use Scannable Tech in the Math Classroom

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Best content around Digital Learning OER selected by the EdTech Update community.

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Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers

Amazon Unveils Online Education Service for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers in late August or early September.

Called Amazon Inspire, the education site has features that may seem familiar to frequent Amazon shoppers. Search bar at the top of the page? Check. User reviews? Check. Star ratings for each product? Check.

By starting out with a free resources service for teachers, Amazon is establishing a foothold that could expand into a one-stop shopping marketplace — not just for paid learning materials, but for schools’ wider academic and institutional software needs, said Tory Patterson, co-founder of Owl Ventures, a venture capital fund that invests in ed tech start-ups.

“Amazon is very clearly positioning itself as a disrupter with this move,” Mr. Patterson said.

Amazon is joining other tech industry giants in a push to expand the use of technology in the public schools.
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How to Attach Audio to a QR Code (and lots of cool ideas for using audio QR codes in the classroom) - Tech Week

How to Attach Audio to a QR Code (and lots of cool ideas for using audio QR codes in the classroom) - Tech Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
How to Attach Audio to a QR Code (and lots of cool ideas for using audio QR codes in the classroom)
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The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing

The Slow, Sad, and Ultimately Predictable Decline of 3-D Printing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Stick a fork in 3-D printing, it's done. Or at least everyone is starting to wonder why it is slipping off a ledge.

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Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics

Nik's Learning Technology Blog: 9 Generic activities for exploiting infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom (EdSurge News)

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Video technology has changed quite a bit in the past 10 years. When my father taught video production at the high school level, he used custom-built desktop computers and always was struggling with the technology. Now every student has a video camera on their smartphone, they can edit video from an app, and video chat is a commonplace activity enabled by Facebook, Skype or other services.

My father needed technical skill when he used video in his classroom, but now the game has changed. Every teacher can take advantage of video, even those who are not technologically savvy. Students are using video for social purposes, and teachers should be using it for instructional gain in the classroom, too.

Here are five ideas for making video chat an educational aid, not just a distraction.
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Fourteen tech tools to enhance project-based learning

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"By Emily Liebtag - During our time at PBL World, we discovered 14 tech tools that can help educators enhance project-based learning in their classroom ..."


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Won Ho's curator insight, June 20, 9:21 AM
PBL에 사용될 수 있는 도구들... 방법들...
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20 Professional and Free Online Website Builders

20 Professional and Free Online Website Builders | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Do you need a professional website? We selected 20 free online website builders to help you create your stunning website in just minutes!

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TeachThought: We grow teachers

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by Terry Heick

 

"There is no perfect lesson, unit, or school any more than their can be a perfect song, flavor, or shade of blue.

Every student is different. Every single intelligent, forgetful, smiling, moody, enthusiastic, apathetic, reflective, short-sighted little (or big) human being that walks into your classroom on a daily basis has their own story–one full of promise, heart-break, and complexity. And this isn’t hippie nonsense. It’s true, and it matters.

So when we talk about student-centered classrooms, that too is a kind of generalization–more of an approach than a strategy. There can’t be one “student-centered” reading strategy, for example. Maybe a “class-centered,” but if it’s truly “student-centered,” well then you’d have one for each student, yes?

But what is universal? In our collective effort to design learning experiences, schools, curriculum, technology, and all the other bits of education just right, is it possible that we miss some of the more obvious pieces? Pieces that every single student needs?

That can be added to everything–curriculum, frameworks, school design, instructional strategies, and anything else that touches the mind of students?

What does every single student need–absolutely, positively have to have–to succeed inside and outside of the classroom?"

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, June 28, 8:25 PM

A very well articulated statement...well worth reading and considering.

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The Maker Movement, Equity, and Schools: Researcher Q&A

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Public schools' embrace of the maker movement has prompted a sharp new focus on equity and diversity.

Among those looking at the issue most deeply are Northwestern University researcher Shirin Vossoughi, Meg Escudé of San Francisco's Exploratorium, and independent learning scientist Paula Hooper. The trio co-authored "Making Through the Lens of Culture and Power: Toward Transformative Visions for Educational Equity," an essay that will appear in the Summer 2016 issue of the Harvard Educational Review.

In general, "maker education" refers to hands-on activities that support academic learning, problem-solving, and a mindset that values experimentation, growth, and collaboration. The movement has historically been rooted outside of school, either in science museums such as the Exploratorium or in the informal crafting and building activities that everyday people have employed for generations.

This month, as part of our annual Technology Counts report, Education Week took a deep look at the opportunities and challenges associated with bringing making into K-12 schools. 

One of the most important dynamics associated with this shift, argue Vossoughi, Escudé, and Hooper, involves efforts to recognize and value the "histories, needs, assets, and experiences of working-class students and students of color."

The trio's essay is based largely on their work developing and studying the Tinkering Afterschool Program, a partnership between the Exploratorium and local Boys & Girls Clubs in low-income communities in the Bay Area. They argue that it's critical for educators embracing making to challenge educational injustices (to ensure that lower-resourced schools also have access to making technologies, for example), to recognize a multicultural mix of making activities (such as sewing and crafting, in addition to computer science and robotics), and to focus on good pedadogy (including direct assistance from teachers, which is anathema to some in the maker community.)

I caught up with Vossoughi, Escudé, and Hooper by phone to discuss these issues in April, prior to the annual conference of the American Educational Research Association. Following is a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.
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Converting Presentations into Videos in PowerPoint 2013

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Converting PowerPoint presentations into video format is a great way to give your speech extra engaging power. Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started.

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Make The Best of Google Drive with These 5 Add-ons ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Make The Best of Google Drive with These 5 Add-ons ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Top 8 eLearning Activities Online Learners Love

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What Online Learners Love In eLearning? Check the top 8 eLearning Activities Online Learners Love and integrate them into your eLearning course design.

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Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials

Amazon grows its education footprint with Amazon Inspire, a free platform for learning materials | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"[Amazon] has announced Amazon Inspire, an online education resources (OER) platform for teachers to source free learning materials for students from kindergarten to twelfth grade, starting first as a beta in the U.S.

Designed to look and operate much like Amazon’s well-known flagship site — but without the e-commerce back-end — Inspire lets users sort content by relevance, user ratings and popularity, along with several criteria pertaining specifically to the materials at hand (level, skill, etc.).

The content is a mix of “crowdsourced” resources from teachers and other educators — uploaded via an interface that is not unlike Amazon’s self-publishing platform; and primary content posted by third parties like the Folger Shakespeare Library (which is initially adding in 100 plays and related lessons and teaching modules) and the Newseum in Washington, DC."

 

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Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings

Chalkmotion - Engage with Simple Drawings | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
create animated doodle slideshows

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 27, 7:37 PM
This is a cool tool for creating and recording simple drawings for presentations. 
Joyce Valenza's curator insight, June 28, 8:15 AM
Looking forward to playing with this one!
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10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone

10 of the best virtual reality apps for your smartphone | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Android or iPhone handset in your pocket is a VR device in its own right too, especially when paired with a sub-£20 Google Cardboard headset that uses your phone as its screen and works with both Android and iOS.

If you’re getting started with VR on your smartphone, here are 10 of the best apps to explore. They’re regular Android and iOS apps rather than ones requiring Samsung’s Gear VR mobile headset – that’s a separate roundup in its own right for the future.
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