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Using Technology to Raise Cultural Awareness

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I am from the UK, but I live and work in Curitiba in the south of Brazil. I have found that students are often very interested in how things are done in different countries...

 

This means that cultural awareness was a part of my teaching long before the current obsession with doing everything with technology. I am a firm believer in using technolgoy when it offers something different and there is a strong pedagogigcal case for doing so. All too often people use the latest high-tech gizmo just for the sake of using it.

 

However, technology has opened up certain ways of raising cultural awareness that perhaps weren't there before."

 

Using YouTube, Twitter, and WebQuests -JL

 


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10 Things to Know about Twitter Hashtags * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler

10 Things to Know about Twitter Hashtags * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I notice that some teachers I chat with are confused about how hashtags work. Here is my basic guide to hashtags.
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Year-End Roundup 2014-15 | Social Studies, History, Geography and Civics * NY Times Learning Network

Year-End Roundup 2014-15 | Social Studies, History, Geography and Civics * NY Times Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
At the end of every school year, we look back and collect the year’s teaching materials for each subject area so teachers can find them all in one place.

Below, our social studies, American history and civics, global history, economics and geography collection.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout * by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories. In some cases I’ve had students create collages to represent elements of a story. In other cases I’ve had them choose five pictures and write two hundred words about each. Being asked to write two hundred words about five pictures feels a lot less daunting than being asked to write one thousand words in one shot.

The PDF embedded below (click here if you can't see the embedded document) outlines how to use ten of my favorite free tools to create image-based stories.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Story Starters in One Free eBook * by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Make Beliefs Comix is a great service that offers comic strip templates and writing prompts in seven languages. The templates and prompts can be completed online or you can print them out to give to your students.

The latest release from Make Beliefs Comix is a free ebook called Something to Write About (link opens a PDF). The free ebook contains dozens of writing prompts. Students can write in the ebook online and print their work. Alternatively, you can print all or part of the book to give to students.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create, Edit, and Share Notes on Google Keep * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create, Edit, and Share Notes on Google Keep * by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
After yesterday's post about making the most of Google Keep I received a few emails from readers wanting to know a bit more about how Google Keep works. To answer those questions I recorded the short video that you see embedded below
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9 “Dos” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network

9 “Dos” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos *  Flipped Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What to do when making videos for flipping education. Many thanks to Ray Lu, Ken Bauer @ken_bauer, Audrey McLaren @a_mcsquared, and Nicole Avon @AvonPhysics for volunteering to be in this video!

Content Times:
0:12 Enjoy yourself.
0:45 Look at the Video Camera!
1:01 Collaborate.
2:12 Provide Lecture Notes.
2:34 Have a theme.
3:10 Use A Script.
3:42 Make Mistakes / Address Misconceptions.
4:45 Fast Forward when you can.
6:02 Be Creative.
6:20 Summary
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Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News)

Dale Dougherty, Father of the Maker movement talks about breaking rules, erasers & building a learning culture (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Making represents the kind of informal learning that happens mostly outside of school. Part of me didn't want to see it in school because it would lose its magic if it was to become defined as curriculum. I want making to flourish as something we do because we discover it and love to do it -- not because we are forced to do it. I've also come to think that rather than having making fit into school, we should transform our schools so that this kind of informal learning is given greater emphasis and so-called formal learning de-emphasized. 

"Certainly, I would like more and more young people to have the opportunity to become makers, and having makerspaces in schools and library seems like the best way to reach more of them. I've been excited by the progress I'm seeing. I have to say that making is the only thing in education that is getting adopted as the result of grassroots initiatives. It's bottom-up, not top-down. 

"I believe that one of the lasting impacts of the maker movement is to transform our education system, replacing a standardized curriculum and testing with learn-by-doing experiential learning. Kids will lead the way, saying "I don't learn the way they are teaching." That's how the next generation will learn that they have the freedom to become productive and creative."

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DIY Summer PD: Developing Your Personal Learning Network * by Lucy Gray

DIY Summer PD: Developing Your Personal Learning Network * by Lucy Gray | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"It's now easier than ever to break down classroom walls and connect to others around the world. Today's education professionals are leveraging social media in order to share their best practices and learn from others.Be inspired and pursue professional development anytime, anywhere!"


Jim Lerman's insight: Lucy Gray is a terrific guide for educators seeking to expand their ed tech repertoire. This ongoing summer series promises to be exceptionally helpful.

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4 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - May 2015 * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler

4 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - May 2015 * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you are like me, you have way way way too many Chrome extensions. The more extension you have, the more likely you are to run into your browser crashing or running slowly. SimpleExtManager allows you to toggle your Chrome extensions on and off. For those extensions that you use less regularly you can leave them off until you need them.
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The 25 Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For Google Chrome * Sidekick * by Scott Tousley

The 25 Most Useful Keyboard Shortcuts For Google Chrome * Sidekick * by Scott Tousley | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What if you could navigate Google Chrome at lightning speed? 

Well, by learning a few simple keyboard shortcuts, you can. The key is not wasting time learning ALL of them, because the majority aren't helpful. 

Thus, I narrowed it down to only the most useful keyboard shortcuts that make me more efficient. 

I always knew keyboard shortcuts existed, but I never realized the extent of how much time I'd save. It's insane how much faster I can navigate the Internet since learning these.

The best part? They only take two minutes to learn. Try them out as you read this article:
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Smart video games can assess kids better than standardized tests, a new book says ~ Washington Post ~ Greg Toppo

Smart video games can assess kids better than standardized tests, a new book says ~ Washington Post ~ Greg Toppo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In 2012, the Educational Testing Service, the folks who bring you the SAT, formed a partnership with, among others, the video game giant Electronic Arts, the folks who bring you Madden NFL, Mass Effect, and Battlefield 3. The result is an experimental nonprofit dubbed the Games, Learning and Assessment Lab, or GlassLab.

Based at Electronic Arts’ Silicon Valley headquarters, GlassLab is bristling with PhD-level learning scientists and assessment experts who are experimenting with ways to combine game mechanics with academic content. The effort’s ultimate aim is essentially to do away with standardized testing as we know it.
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Kids teaching robots: Is this the future of education? - The Hechinger Report : by Chris Berdik

Kids teaching robots: Is this the future of education? - The Hechinger Report : by Chris Berdik | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
"Avatars, robots, elves are being invented to become virtual pupils, to help students learn by teaching"
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Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Math, Science, Health and Technology * NY Times Learning Network

Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Math, Science, Health and Technology * NY Times Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A collection of all the science, math, health and technology lesson ideas that appeared on The Learning Network in the 2014-15 school year.
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Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network

Year-End Roundup, 2014-15 | Language Arts, Journalism and the Arts * NY Times Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As we do after Memorial Day each year, this week we are looking back and collecting the year’s teaching materials for each subject area, so teachers can find them all in one place.

On Wednesday, we posted a list of all of our social studies, history, geography and civics ideas. Below, all our E.L.A. and arts-related posts. On Friday, you’ll find our science, health, math and technology collection. Finally, on June 11 we’ll publish a list of all of the Student Opinion questions we have asked this year.

And if you’d like to go further, here are five more years’ worth of lesson plan collections for English language arts, from 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

To find all our roundup posts in every subject area and going back to 2010, click here.

Happy summer, and if we’re missing topics, skills, authors or ideas you wish we’d covered, please tell us below.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Animated Videos and Presentations at the Same Time on Wideo * by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Animated Videos and Presentations at the Same Time on Wideo * by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Wideo is a neat service for creating animated, Common Craft style videos in your web browser. I've been using and talking about the service for a couple of years now. Recently, Wideo added a new feature that allows you to generate presentations from your videos.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Making the Most of Google Keep * by Avra Robinson

Free Technology for Teachers: Making the Most of Google Keep * by Avra Robinson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Keep is a program that allows users to quickly and easily create, access and organize information such as notes and lists.  Before discovering Keep, I'd been using a different note-making app on my Android phone.  I made lists, checked items off lists, and colored my notes for easy sorting, but I was so accustomed to the world of sharing!  I really wanted a way to share my notes. I wanted a way to share a to-do list with my team teacher and help students create assignment to-do lists.
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The Basics of Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network

The Basics of Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The very basics of what to do when making educational videos for flipping a class. Many thanks to Jaclyn Pessel @chempessel, Meghan Klement @klemistry and Cara Johnson @AHSAnatomy for volunteering to be in this video!

Content Times:
0:12 Turn off your phone
0:36 Silence extraneous noises
1:00 Post a “Do Not Disturb” sign
1:26 Make sure you are actually recording
1:41 Look at the camera
2:08 Think about the video background
2:30 Remain stationary
2:52 Use big text
3:44 DON’T USE ALL CAPS!
3:55 Use drop shadow
4:20 Video length
4:53 Speak at a normal pace
5:22 Summary
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8 “Don’ts” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network

8 “Don’ts” for Making Engaging Flipping Videos * Flipped Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What NOT to do when making videos for flipping education.

Content Times:
0:12 Don’t use your built in microphone
0:44 Don’t ignore Audio Levels
1:29 Don’t be just a Talking Head
1:59 Don’t cut the video mid-sentence
2:15 Don’t overuse transitions and effects
2:38 Don’t go on at length without any visual change.
3:32 Don’t film outside (if you want to hear dialogue)
4:03 Don’t have continuous background music
4:30 Summary
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Grant Wiggins died on May 26

Grant Wiggins died on May 26 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I learned just a few minutes ago, in a tweet, that Grant Wiggins passed away yesterday. No details seem to be available yet, other than a tweet from his daughter indicating that Wiggins' passing was "unexpected."



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36 Visual Content Creation Tools the Pros Can't Live Without * by Donna Moritz

Are you wanting to create more visual content but don’t know where to start?I asked 19 visual social media experts about their favourite, go-to, can’t-live-without visual content tools. What follows is their best of the best picks - all 36, and quotes about their favourites.
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DIY Summer PD: Getting Started with YouTube * by Lucy Gray

DIY Summer PD: Getting Started with YouTube * by Lucy Gray | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"This is the second in a series of articles that will allow you to pursue your own ed tech professional development on your own time and at your own pace! Welcome to DIY Summer PD! For an interactive digital handout to go along with this article, click here.


"You don't need to be a creator of videos to leverage this tool; harvest videos and organize them in thematic playlists. You'll have videos at your fingertips to use in lessons if you develop a routine for curation."


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This is the second article in Gray's series. For the series homepage, click here.

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Google Forms: Reusing Them Next Year * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler

Google Forms: Reusing Them Next Year * Teacher Tech * by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


"Hopefully, you have figured out by now that Google Forms is the best thing since sliced bread. If you are trying to be paperless, Google Forms is a must have. Not only are you paperless but all of your information is typed and in a single location. No more shuffling or losing papers. The data from the Google Form goes to a Google spreadsheet. Once your information is in a spreadsheet the things you can do with it are nearly limitless. 

Next Year

"Now that you have made all of these awesome Google Forms and spreadsheets this year, how do you get ready for next year? Do not remake all of your forms, you can reuse them!"

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori

A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects - Edutopia ~ by Mariko Nobori | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We followed a sophomore world studies class through a three-week project called Controlling Factors, created by teaching partners Mary Mobley (English) and Michael Chambers (world history). They designed a project that capitalized on the wild popularity among their students of the best-selling novel The Hunger Games. Built on specific English and world history state standards, the project covered concepts including the pre-World War II global economic crisis, the rise of totalitarianism, and the societal moral dilemmas that world leaders at that time faced, and then had students draw parallels to similar fictional themes in the book.

Here is a breakdown of key steps, with some examples from Mobley and Chambers's project:
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The project based learning approach is another PBL - the same acronym as Problem Based Learning. Are they the same thing? Read Edutopia http://www.edutopia.org/blog/pbl-vs-pbl-vs-xbl-john-larmer for explanation. But the key message here is authenticity, meaning, complexity, learner-centredness, cross-curricular thinking, and collaboration. These are key pedagogies that are relevant to any discipline area. Although this may be focused on History and English, there are lessons to be found within this article that are relevant to any discipline area. It is an excellent informing article for everyone in our group.

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Video games that work better than school - The Hechinger Report ~ by Greg Toppo

Video games that work better than school - The Hechinger Report ~ by Greg Toppo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This strange procession continues through 100 levels, with no explanation or elaboration. Addition, multiplication, division, fractions—all of them appear, without fanfare or explanation. By game’s end, at level 100, you’ve moved seamlessly, baby step by baby step, from a cute baby dragon eating a spiky two-headed lizard, to this: “2 over x plus d over e equals b over x,” which you solve, fearlessly and perhaps even a bit impatiently, in exactly 14 steps. You are 4 years old.
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