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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Persistent Team Collaboration Workspace Integrates Always-on Videoconferencing: Sqwiggle

Persistent Team Collaboration Workspace Integrates Always-on Videoconferencing: Sqwiggle | Into the Driver's Seat |
Robin Good's insight:

Sqwiggle is a new real-time collaboration platform which allows you to meet persistently and videoconference easily with your distributed team, as well as to have a group messaging stream that keeps you updated on everything happening.

Sqwiggle has been designed to be a persistent real-time collaboration tool, meaning, that it is ideally used to bring closer, as if they were side-by-side, teammates that work at different locations by remaining always-on and by making extremely easy to switch on the the audio-video communication.

This is why you can turn on Sqwiggle at 9am and switch it off when you go away, as it makes so easy for you to activate a video conversation with anyone of your teammates, while working at a distance.

My comment: I always thought that a persistent always-on collaboration space is the perfect way to work side-by-side when you have a distributed team, and so I wrote back in 2004 a short article entitled: Working side by side. It was 2004. Maybe I was a bit too ahead of my time. Sqwiggle may be much more in sync with the times than I was, and I would certainly recommend it to any team wanting to feel as if they were working at the same table.


N.B.: Sqwiggle comes both as a Mac app and a web-based service. 

Pricing info: ($9/user/month)

More info: 


Via Robin Good
Jannely Medina's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:15 AM

Muy interesante, ya que se evidencia el avance de la tecnología.. Es especial para todas aquellas personas que estudian a distancia y que necesitan comunicarse con compañeros de grupo..

Moses B. Tambason's curator insight, November 9, 2013 2:41 PM

More people are running to charity tube to post free videos and watch free videos than posting on you tube. Try posting at charity tube and you will never leave. More visitors and more video views. Don't take our word for it, try it. Post one same video on youtube and put it on and return ater five hours and compare the viewers rate and decide for yourself. Create your very own group or forum and control who watch it and invite everyone to watch the video. Above all, post video in English or in any language and viewers can watch video description in their own language. Try it and let us know your experience. Above all it is absolutely free like youtube

Mrs. Amstutz's curator insight, November 11, 2013 4:26 PM

Could be a powerful way for students and educators collaborate globally 

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5 Ways To Use Technology To Engage With Parents - Edudemic

5 Ways To Use Technology To Engage With Parents - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat |

posted by Katie Lepi


"So are you making the most of the technology you probably already have to keep in touch with your students’ families? We’ve put together a collection of some of our favorite tech-centric ways to do just that. Have we included your favorites? Leave us a note in the comments if we’ve missed one of the must have parent communication tools in your toolbox!"

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Animate Your Life | Tellagami

Animate Your Life | Tellagami | Into the Driver's Seat |
Tellagami is a mobile app that lets you create and share a quick animated message called a Gami.
Jim Lerman's insight:

Sort of like Voki

via Shelly Terrell
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Retouch and Clean-Up Any Image Portrait in Minutes with FaceTune (iOS)



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Robin Good's curator insight, June 15, 2013 10:02 AM

FaceTune is a great photo-retouching app for iOS devices (iPhones and iPads). Designed specifically for retouching human faces, FaceTune provides a specific set of tools to help you do just that.

To appreciate how good the tool is just look at anyone of the many video tutorials available (link below) which show you techniques and steps to clean up just about any pretty face.

Pretty impressive. Great ease of use and highly specific effects make this tool a hard one to beat. Too bad there isn't also a Web version.

Price: $2.99

More video tutorials:

More info:

App Store:

Helena Capela's curator insight, June 24, 2013 5:52 AM

Interessante embora não seja gratuito nem para pc.


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Frequency™ for iPad on the iTunes App Store

Frequency is a free iPad app for discovering, aggregating, watching and sharing online video.  


Frequency is easy works rather like Fipboard,  in that you can search for your favourite channels and sources to add to the Tuner for quick access to the latest videos. Perhaps what might be most  most useful is taht you can connect to you Facebook Twitter and YouTube accounts and watch the latest posting from you networks or on YouTube your favourited and uploaded videos. As with other, similar online tools, putting in some time to explore will bring its rewards.


I look forward to seeing what other education professionals think of Frequency, or how they use it


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CaptionTube | Into the Driver's Seat |

"CaptionTube is a utility for adding closed captions to YouTube videos. After you import a video, you play the video and add captions as needed. When you are done, you export the captions and then upload to YouTube."

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 7, 2013 1:34 PM

Thank you Jim. Nice scoop.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Active Textbook - Turn PDFs Into Multimedia Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: Active Textbook - Turn PDFs Into Multimedia Documents | Into the Driver's Seat |

by Richard Byrne


"Active Textbook is an interesting service that you can use to turn your PDFs into multimedia documents. The basic idea behind the service is that you can upload PDFs and add pictures, links, and videos that are displayed when students read your PDF through the Active Textbook viewer. While reading your PDF through Active Textbook students can highlight, draw, and add comments to the document."

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We are ALL App Builders Now - 35 App Building Tutorials Help [Videos]

We are ALL App Builders Now - 35 App Building Tutorials Help [Videos] | Into the Driver's Seat |
Whether you're building an iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows, Facebook or cross-platform app, this superb selection of tutorials will help you on your way...

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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 16, 2013 7:05 PM

If you want to put your personal brand in overdrive, learn how to develpp aps. Not as hard as you think and pays huge return. 

Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, July 18, 2013 6:39 AM

The Appification of Ecommerce
About a year ago I purchased a new MacBook Air. Seeing how my new laptop related to the world much like an iPad with apps and an app store was a revelation. Apps will rule the world. 

This trend is why we are all app builders now and these tutorials are a must view. The trend toward apps is more than you think. A few days ago I shared a Haiku Deck about the future of web design 3.0 ( 

 I missed the appification of everything. Apps, the widget-like shrinking of code to Lego blocks, form the core of mobile programming. Since mobile is taking over the smart move is to "appify" everything. 

This means thinking of websites as interconnected blocks responding to each other and our visitors in real time (as described in the deck). Best demonstration or analogy for this fluid app future is MIT's David Merrill explaining Siftable at TED .

The way Siftables related to one another (they are aware other Siftables are present and have a desire to connect if code expressed as a toy can have desires) and link in order to create a sum is greater than the whole universe is a great way to think about the New Ecommerce. 

The new ecom is location agnostic (capable of converting anywhere at anytime and with the merest snippet of Siftable-like code), socially self aware (capable of pulling friends and their influencers into the equation) and appified (small Lego-like blocks snapped together to meet specific needs). 

Sometimes we will snap in the predictive analytics block sometimes we might now. Other times we will want the social share block other times not. Design, in this Siftables-like future, becomes a series of WHAT IF conditions and testing, always testing. 

Going to be fun and why it is a GOOD idea to become an app builder.   


Ricard Garcia's curator insight, September 7, 2013 2:51 PM

Creativity, creativity, creativity

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VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome

VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome | Into the Driver's Seat |

Once again Paul Hamilton brings us another great tool to use with Chrome, VoiceNote. He states that it "offers excellent voice-to-text...VoiceNote opens as a dictation window." Therefore it may "sit on top of a document being written" (or occupy your entire screen). A few of the features he mentions are:

* dictating directly into a text box facilitates creating paragraphs or longer selections of text

* on-screen buttons for adding punctuation

* suport for multiple languages

For more information click through to the post.

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Google Earth: Over 1 Billion Downloads and So Many Uses in the Classroom |

Google Earth: Over 1 Billion Downloads and So Many Uses in the Classroom | | Into the Driver's Seat |

"Google Earth was one of the very first pieces of software that I began to create educational resources with. As I put it in one of my first ever blog posts 5 years ago: ”This app won me over straight away.” The engaging environment really struck a chord with me and I remember fondly my first forays into using it to support learning. It has developed so much over the years...."

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