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BBC - My Web My Way - Making the Web Accessible!

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My Web My Way explains the many ways you can change your browser, computer, keyboard and mouse settings to make the web more accessible for the diversity of learners.

 

 


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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Charlene Paparizos


"Watch out Tom Hanks, there's a new kid in town.


"His name is Jackson Quinn, but unlike Hanks' character in the classic movie, "Big," he did not have to change size to gain his dream job.  The Chagrin Falls Intermediate School sixth grader, 10, simply sent an email to Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google.


"I would love to be Google's junior consultant and I think the best way to learn about children and what they like is from a child's perspective," Jackson wrote. 


"He obtained Casap's contact information this summer, through Mike Daugherty, the district's technology director.  The district is rolling out the next step of its Chromebook program this fall, but Jackson has been using his Google Nexus for about six months, and loves it."




Image is of Quinn in his first Google Hangout with world tech leaders.

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Millions of historic images posted to Flickr | BBC News

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An American academic is creating a searchable database of 12 million historic copyright-free images.


Kalev Leetaru has already uploaded 2.6 million pictures to Flickr, which are searchable thanks to tags that have been automatically added.


The photos and drawings are sourced from more than 600 million library book pages scanned in by the Internet Archive organisation.

The images have been difficult to access until now.


Mr Leetaru said digitisation projects had so far focused on words and ignored pictures.


"For all these years all the libraries have been digitising their books, but they have been putting them up as PDFs or text searchable works," he told the BBC.


"They have been focusing on the books as a collection of words. This inverts that.


"Stretching half a millennia, it's amazing to see the total range of images and how the portrayals of things have changed over time.


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Top 10 Free Online Video Editors for Editing and Making Videos Online ~ WebHostingReviewBoards

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from the website


"Video editing became popular with the use of video sharing websites like Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and many more. Everybody is now interested in video editing and trying to edit and compile a video to share on these sites. I have received many emails regarding writing about video blogging and editing tutorials. So in this post i am writing about some popular free online video editors. If you want to make a slide show video of your images, shoot a tutorial or make other small videos for your website or social media like Facebook, YouTube, then these online tools will  help you achieve your goals."

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers : Teacher Reboot Camp

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by Shelley Terrell


"Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers can help alleviate our learners’ hesitation, because they relax the atmosphere, allow learners to share without the pressure of being graded, and help our learners get to know each other. In the slide presentation below I share some digital icebreakers I have used with learners of various ages. Find more in the bookmarks that follow the presentation."

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How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year?

How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Katherine Haber

description by SmartBrief on EdTech


"More than half of respondents to a recent SmartBrief on Education poll said they planned to use mobile devices and flipped instruction in the classroom this year, while slightly less said they were using game-based approaches. And, while about 60% said their school would use flipped instruction sporadically, the poll showed that mobile devices would be used regularly by 48.78% of respondents."

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Three Tips for Classroom Blogging Projects ~ the Tempered Radical

Three Tips for Classroom Blogging Projects ~ the Tempered Radical | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bill Ferriter


"Just getting back to school with your students?  Interested in trying to pull off a classroom blogging project this year?


"Then these three tips — based on almost ten years of trying to make blogging a part of the work that my students do in the classroom — might be useful to you"


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How to save a web page as a PDF in Safari on your iPad

How to save a web page as a PDF in Safari on your iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This article will show you how to easily convert any website into a PDF on your iPad using the bookmark tool.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, August 30, 9:12 AM

Useful.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 30, 10:52 AM

I really want to learn how to do this.

 

Joaquín Ballester's curator insight, August 30, 6:05 PM

Truco de Safar

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52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify

52 Powerful Photos Of Women Who Changed History Forever ~ Distractify | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By being strong, brave, and human these women changed the world.


Image: Kathrine Switzer becomes the first woman to run the Boston Marathon, despite attempts by the marathon organizer to stop her. [1967]

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Roy R. Gomez's curator insight, August 29, 2:02 PM

Thumbs up ladies. 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Tips for Submitting a Guest Post to a Blog

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by Lisa Nielsen


"A fantastic way for educators, students, or companies to get attention to ideas or product is to contribute a post to a popular blog in your area of interest. However if you do, make sure you do your homework by keeping these tips in mind."

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How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News)

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by Matt Bowman


"Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, according to the state’s 2013 test scores.


"Of all the English teachers in Florida, she scored the highest on the state's Value Added Measure (VAM). Interestingly, Fischetti had no idea of her distinction until I emailed her in early March. "I am not sure how you would have gotten wind of my classroom chaos in California," she wrote. The metric isn't viewed positively in her district.


"I'm sure many readers' jaws clench at the mention of VAM Scores. I'm going to sidestep that controversy for this post except to note that, inadequate as test scores are for assessing educational quality, they're not a bad starting point to discover promising practices. No matter what you think of VAM, Fischetti and her students have accomplished something impressive, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time she took to share her approach with me.


"There are three practices that Fischetti employs consistently that seem to account for a lot of her success".

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M. Philip Oliver's curator insight, August 29, 1:08 PM

Thanks to Jim Lerman; "READING" The Hope of Youthkind.

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5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students | eSchool News

5 stimulating web apps that will engage K-5 students | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Sheree Schulson


"Sheree Schulson, a second and third grade teacher at Parkside Elementary School in Coral Springs, Fla., shares five interactive apps for K-5 students."
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10 Steps to Close Reading in Your Classroom | MiddleWeb

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by Nancy Boyles

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"What do students need to succeed in close reading? Literacy consultant Nancy Boyles outlines 10 steps in this MiddleWeb guest article, drawn from her recent Corwin book "Closer Reading: Better Prep, Smarter Lessons, Deeper Comprehension." Boyles, a former teacher and now a professor at Southern Connecticut State University, also includes five questions for teachers to consider before students get started."

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15 Apps Every Principal Should Have -- THE Journal

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Whether fostering collaboration, easing communication or tracking Common Core, these mission-critical apps keep today’s principals connected with their colleagues, students and parents.


by Greg Thompson


"There may be hundreds of thousands of apps in the various app stores, but only a minuscule percentage of those are actually useful, and an even smaller percentage are relevant to the job duties of the mobile-minded principal. To help separate the wheat from the chaff, THE Journal asked five tech-savvy principals in five different states to reveal their favorite work-related apps. "

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The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources | Edublogger

The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources | Edublogger | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
So, you need an image for your blog? We’ve spent some time categorizing our favorite sources for free images and organizing them in such a way as to help you find what you’re looking for. Here are ...

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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 23, 4:22 PM

A great list, with descriptions and advantages of use- good to have at hand......thank you for sharing!!!

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 30, 11:26 AM

Good to have this.

Mary Starry's curator insight, August 30, 3:21 PM

A faculty member can never have too many resources for images.

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Teaching computer science - without touching a computer - The Hechinger Report

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by Annie Murphy Paul


"It’s a grounding in computational thinking — not a facility with the latest feature or product — that fosters future success in the field, whether students go on to become engineers or inventors or entrepreneurs.

That’s a powerful rationale for teaching computational thinking to our young people. But there’s a problem. In conventional computer science instruction, these principles are only accessible to those who learn how to program. This poses a big hurdle, especially for younger students. Enter Computer Science Unplugged, which has been developed at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand over the past two decades.


"Professors Tim BellMike Fellows and Ian H. Witten, have figured out how to teach the concepts of computer science through games, puzzles and magic tricks. Taking the computer out of the picture — for the time being — allows children as young as five to learn about the basic ideas that undergird computer science. Youngsters can tackle topics as apparently abstruse as algorithms, binary numbers, Boolean circuits, and cryptographic protocols. The activities offered by Computer Science Unplugged are aimed at students in kindergarten through seventh grade, though they have been used by students in high school and even college."


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 30, 1:06 AM

These are valuable , valuable lessons.

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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, August 18, 12:33 PM

Curation: I use scoop.it, and I think it is important to teach students how to become curators. More ideas here!

Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 19, 1:22 AM

What is content Curation? Great explanation and very interesting interview with Robin Good on curation.

John Gougoulis's curator insight, August 19, 6:34 AM

An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

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Ways to Protect a PC With Windows 8.1 ~ NY Times

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by J.D. Biersdorfer


"Plus, how to see which devices are connected to your Mac and how to read in the dark."



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How to Integrate Tech When It Keeps Changing

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by Todd Finley

description by SmartBrief on EdTech


"It can be hard to keep up with evolving technology -- and the way it is used in education, Edutopia Assistant Editor Todd Finley writes in this blog post. To help teachers successfully integrate technology in the classroom, he recommends they take time each week to learn a tool and to interact with students using technology, among other ideas"

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8 Effective Ways To Get To Know Your Students - Infographic

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One of the challenges of back to school time is that you’re filled with a classroom (or classrooms) of students you don’t know. The students you just spent the last year with know your style, understand your expectations and classroom rules. You know their personalities, learning styles, quirks, likes, and dislikes. That knowledge base makes …

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The 60 Most Powerful Photos Ever Taken That Perfectly Capture The Human Experience ~ Distractify

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by Maia McCann


"This incredible collection of moments represents the joy, innocence, despair, curiosity, and undying perseverance within all of us. No matter where we’re from, these are the emotions that unite us – it’s what makes us human. We set out to capture this spirit in 60 incredible photographs, and I truly hope you enjoy."


Jim Lerman's insight: Perhaps the title of this article is a little over the top in terms of these being the top 60 photos ever taken, but many of them are great. Great to use as story prompts.

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This Mom Lets Her 4-Year-Old Finish Her Drawings, And The Results Are Hilarious! ~ Distractify

This Mom Lets Her 4-Year-Old Finish Her Drawings, And The Results Are Hilarious! ~ Distractify | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"At first, artist Mica Angela Hendricks didn’t want her four-year-old daughter near her new sketchbook. She is serious about her art, and she knew little Myla would want to scribble all over the pages. Then, her daughter said the words that changed everything.


“If you can’t share, we’ll have to take it away.”
 
"She had used her own mother’s words against her, and now Mica had no choice but to indulge Myla. She let her daughter finish one of her sketches, and pretty soon, they had a whole collection of collaborations."

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New Project-based Learning Platform Launches for iPad -- THE Journal

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by Stephen Noonoo


"A new project-based learning platform created by ed tech entrepreneur and speaker Adam Bellow is now out for iPad. WeLearnedIt lets teachers assign projects to students and assess them using a number of multimedia features. 


"Teachers can use the app to set up classes with all of their students, and then create individual projects for students to complete, tapping into a multimedia library culled from Bellow’s other site, eduClipper, to provide any necessary context. Students then complete their projects by crafting or uploading text, images, videos, and annotations, and upload them for assessment, which can take the form of audio, video, or badges."

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research


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Quite helpful

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Howard Cohen's curator insight, August 27, 1:00 PM

searchin' ain't eeeeezzyyy

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

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by Nikolaos Chatzopoulos


"Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain View based company granted access to Google Classroom to a select few individuals in July. I was fortunate enough to be one of these early adopters/testers of Google Classroom, and I can honestly say that I am impressed by its simplicity, and its ability to seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Sheets,Drive, Gmail, and more in order to provide a wonderful and highly productive user experience."

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8 Free (and Nearly Free) Resources for English Language Learners -- THE Journal

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These digital and online tools can help your English language learners build vocabulary and improve their reading abilities while often putting them in control of their own learning.


by Dian Shaffhauser


"As schools struggle to get their heads around the proficiency expectations laid out in the Common Core and other newly revised state standards, perhaps nobody will struggle more than educators working with English language learners (ELLs). After all, ELLs have to build their content knowledge and their language skills simultaneously. On top of that, as it says in a report by nonprofit education consultancy WestEd, "Often, especially if they are recent immigrants, they also have to learn about and adapt to the culture of U.S. schools."


"One way that teachers can optimize their time with their ELLs is through the use of technology. These eight free (and nearly free) digital and online resources encourage students to improve their English by putting them in control of their own learning."

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