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

BBC - My Web My Way - Making the Web Accessible! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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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Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

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I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn’t interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 26, 9:09 PM

A useful tool for differentiation perhaps?

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How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac

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"There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful iPhone that has zero GB of storage left. Especially when you see that a lot of room is actually taken up by a mysterious “other” section that just seems to grow bigger over time.


In today’s handy video, I’m going to show you a few quick methods to clear your phone of unnecessary files, giving you more room for favorite albums, pictures and apps."




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Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In today’s post I am sharing with you two important web tools that you can use with students in class to create interactive timelines. These timelines can include a wide variety of multimedia materials including: text, images, video, maps and many more. And in the case of Silk, there is even the possibility to invite collaborators to help with editing. Also, both of these apps are available for iPad users."


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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 30, 3:43 PM

añada su visión ...

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Your Mac’s built-in screen recorder ~ Dave Mark

Your Mac’s built-in screen recorder ~ Dave Mark | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Launch QuickTime Player (it’s in your Applications folder). Now select New Screen Recording from the File menu, or type control-command-N. A small screen recording window will appear, like so [see above]

"Click the little triangle on the right side of the window to adjust microphone and mouse click options. When ready, click the record button in the center of the window. Click and drag a section of the screen to record part of the screen or just click to record the entire screen. Once you do that, click to start recording. Click the stop button that appears in the menu bar to stop recording.

"Pretty easy, and the end result is a QuickTime movie you can use anywhere you’d expect (iMovie, YouTube, etc.) Clearly not a method a pro would use, but if your needs are relatively simple, this is a great solution."

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How to Flip a Lesson

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Instructions on how to flip your classroom. It's easier than you think!

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 19, 8:56 PM

Practical.

Chris Carter's comment, January 20, 1:06 AM
Thanks for passing this one on to your PLCs. I flip my History courses, and now I find we are enjoying being historians rather than learning about history. We analyze primary source documents. We create data overlays from census data and church records. We discover what happened, and enjoy arguing over the "Whys." Flipping my classed has changed how I teach for the better.
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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric ~ Edutopia ~ by Lisa Yokana

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric ~ Edutopia ~ by Lisa Yokana | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.
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20 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Program & Code

20 Resources for Teaching Kids How to Program & Code | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Isn't it amazing to see a baby or a toddler handle a tablet or a smart phone? They know how technology works. Kids absorb information so fast, languages (spoken or coded) can be learned in a matter of months.

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The School of Open

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"The School of Open offers free online courses, face-to-face workshops, and training programs on topics that loosely gather around the subject of openness - in education, research, and science. Typical topics include Creative Commons licenses (what they are and how to use them), open educational resources, and how to utilize and share creative works. Interested readers can register for Facilitated courses (Creative Commons for K-12 Educators) or Stand-alone courses (Get CC Savvy) that allow students to work through the material at their own pace. Training Programs are offered in Spanish, English, Chinese, and other languages. Readers may also volunteer to design and run their own courses through the site."

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Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness? - Fred Rogers Center - by Kathleen Costanza

Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness? - Fred Rogers Center - by Kathleen Costanza | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"An "app that teaches mindfulness" might cause some skepticism, but with the number of districts turning towards social-emotional learning to prevent issues such as bullying, it might be worth a glance, educators. Here's how Anna Ly, who has been a Fellow at Fred Rogers Center, has developed an app that uses breath and storytelling to teach empathy and mindfulness to young kids."

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Best Education Blogs to Watch in 2015 | ExamTime

Best Education Blogs to Watch in 2015 | ExamTime | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We highlight the best education blogs to watch in 2015 who share their recommendations & tips with the education community. Don't miss these blogs!

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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:49 PM

Great selection of Blogs include "TeachThought", "free technology for teachers" and "CoolCat Teacher".

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

Jon C's curator insight, January 29, 4:25 PM

Always looking for easy tools to grab and annotate screens. Here are some more. Skitch used to be good but new version is awful - try these below

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 30, 1:30 PM

Easy to use tools make incorporating screenshots and tutorials into your online class a snap. 

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Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) ~ The Hub ~ by Alegria Barclay

Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) ~ The Hub ~ by Alegria Barclay | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Part of the problem is a lack of context; the way in which U.S. history is taught to teenagers doesn’t fully illuminate or explore the Black experience nor does it aim to create compassion, clarity, or solidarity. The average teenager has simply never been exposed to the myriad of stories–from heartening to heroic to harrowing–that comprise the history of Black people in America. And without this exposure, most cannot understand or envision the depth of suffering, injustice, and daily struggle that has defined Black life in America for centuries.


"In the wake of the Ferguson verdict and in solidarity with the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is empathy that we need more than ever. Indeed, as I reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, I am reminded of this quote by him: “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Ideally, this communication would happen face-to-face, two individuals in dialogue discovering what it means to be the other. However, in certain cases whether due to lack of representation, access, or will, this is simply not possible. What then?


"As YA librarians and as educators, I feel strongly that it is an essential part of our calling to do more than simply recommend books to our teenage patrons; we must promote, persuade, and provoke our young readers to pick up those books that broaden and challenge our understanding of what it means to be another and to be ourselves. To echo the #WeNeedDiverseBooks  campaign, we need diverse books because reading can change the world one perspective at a time. And change must come. And it will come because reading is an act of communication that can and does open minds and hearts, transcending our often irrational and unfounded fears to create newfound empathy and compassion."

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8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell

8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Over the last few years, technology has reshaped the classroom in many ways — and is continuing to do so. From digital textbooks and platforms that make teaching often-complex STEM subjects simpler to deep data analytics that measure and predict student achievement, ed tech is addressing a number of issues in the nation's schools.

"Even so, there's such a large amount of tools and platforms out there now that it can be difficult to see some of the most promising developments in the space. To make it easier, we've selected eight of our favorites that districts and schools should have on their radars."

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Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Scannable- A New Powerful App from Evernote ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Here is a wonderful new app released by Evernote a few days ago. Scannable is an app that allows you to easily scan papers and save them to your Evernote or share them with others via email or text. The way Scannable works is pretty basic: simply point your iPad or iPhone camera at the document you want to scan (this could be a post-it note, information on a business card or notes on a whiteboard), Scannable immediately captures it and make it available to you in the form of a shareable document.

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, January 27, 9:39 AM

One more way to assist iPad and iPhone owners involved in learning activities.

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REVIEW: Give Classroom Photos Some Flair with the Moldiv Collage App - FRACTUS LEARNING

REVIEW: Give Classroom Photos Some Flair with the Moldiv Collage App - FRACTUS LEARNING | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It wasn’t too long ago that photo editing was the business of dedicated professionals and cashed up amateurs. It would take hours of work and a studio of expensive equipment to turn flat photos into creative and beautiful works of art. Now, all we need is the phone in our pocket! Moldiv Collage Photo Editor is one of the most popular free photo editing apps, and with its amazingly simple interface comes a powerful and fun tool that both teachers and students can use to create collages, patterns and unique designs.

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

Jon C's curator insight, January 29, 4:25 PM

Always looking for easy tools to grab and annotate screens. Here are some more. Skitch used to be good but new version is awful - try these below

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 30, 1:30 PM

Easy to use tools make incorporating screenshots and tutorials into your online class a snap. 

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A Great Overview of The Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Overview of The Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Tech Tuesday: 7 Must-Have Apps for Middle Schoolers - Mama Teaches

Tech Tuesday: 7 Must-Have Apps for Middle Schoolers - Mama Teaches | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Finding apps for middle schoolers that are both parent and kid approved can be like finding a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, here are 7 that are both.

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Genius Hour

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Imagine if you were allowed to use a whole workday every week to explore any project you wanted. With no restrictions on your time or what you could do, think of the ideas you could come up with and the things you could learn about! In the workplace, this practice is called 20 percent time. It first gained widespread notice at Google, but many companies have allowed employees to work on side projects as a way of fostering innovation. Since it's not often possible for teachers to sacrifice an entire day of schooling to allow for individual creative pursuits, the idea has been reinterpreted in many schools as a "Genius Hour," where students get one hour per day or week to focus on a project of their choice. The practice combines well with classroom pedagogies such as project-based learning and inquiry-based learning. To find out more about what 20 percent time is and how to use it, watch the playlist below!

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An iPad Toolkit - apps that have transformed my practice ~ Mark Anderson

An iPad Toolkit - apps that have transformed my practice ~ Mark Anderson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I thought it time that I shared some of the Apps that have stuck by me or have struck me for their ease of use and impact upon learning in the classroom."

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Creating a VoiceThread - YouTube

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As many of you know, VoiceThread is quite a robust platform for creating mediated presentation, annotating them, and sharing them with others -- including opportunities for them to add audio or video comments of their own.


This video offers the basics of VoiceThread in a simple, easy to follow format. If you haven't tried VoiceThread, you owe it to yourself and your students to take it for a test drive.


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Even More Resources for Teaching to Bloom's Taxonomy ~ EdSurge News

Even More Resources for Teaching to Bloom's Taxonomy ~ EdSurge News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Sacramento educator Larry Ferlazzo gained “likes” back in 2009 for his super comprehensive collection of resources on supporting Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom. Now, he’s refreshed it with some additional apps, diagrams, and courses to add to the collection. First up, Ferlazzo calls out "A Crash Course in Teaching with Apps That Align to Bloom’s Taxonomy" hosted by edublogger Vicki Davis. Next, Ferlazzo recommends Blooms Taxonomy of Apps for iOS for you iOS fans, and the interactive Bloom’s Taxonomy Circle Diagram. See more recommendations here.
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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 22, 8:40 AM

Nice useful free ebook to download.

CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

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5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan

5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When it comes to tech tools, maybe one is the loneliest number. There are so many ways to combine technology into meaningful, collaborative, global workspaces for your students. By connecting your classroom with others around the world – and connecting tech tools to each other – your students will develop as learners and global citizens. Working in solidarity with their international peers, your students can lead the way toward global change.
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