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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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Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Updated for 2016-17 :: by Richard Byrne

Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Updated for 2016-17 :: by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Last year I published a 30 page document that I called The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. This week I spent some time revising that document and updating it the 2016-17 school year. The Practical Ed Tech Handbook isn't just a list of my favorite resources. I've included ideas for using these resources and in many cases I've included links to video tutorials about my favorite resources.

"In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios.

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A truly outstanding resource for educators of all subjects and grades, K-20. Chock full of strategies, techniques, and applications. You are certain to find something new, creative, and exciting here, no matter whether you are an expert or a beginner. It is just amazing that Byrne gives this away at no cost. With just this one resource, you could easily become the most popular techie educator in your institution.

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When2meet

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When2meet helps you find the best time for a group to get together. It is a free survey tool that is quick and easy to use.
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A Visual Introduction to Machine Learning

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"Machine learning, when "computers apply statistical learning techniques to automatically identify patterns in data," is becoming a bigger part of the everyday life of most Americans in ways that are both embraced and debated. For example, websites like Facebook use machine learning for facial recognition, while banks use machine learning to monitor credit card fraud. Still, it can be difficult to grasp exactly how this component of artificial intelligence actually works. This interactive website, authored by Stephanie Yee and Tony Chu, uses R2D3 - a data visualization tool created by Yee and Chu themselves - to help the general public better understand machine learning. Using vivid visualizizations and a concrete example (How would a machine determine if a home was in New York City or San Francisco?), this resource clearly explains the key vocabulary and concepts behind machine learning in an accessible, engaging way."

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Politics and Pathogens

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"The American Museum of Natural History has compiled this collection of twelve two hour-long lesson plans that are designed to provide students with a humanistic perspective on health care and disease. In addition to detailed lesson plans, readers will find ready-made PowerPoint presentations and links to related resources, such as articles and videos. Although these lessons are designed to be completed as a series, they also contain activities that can be completed in shorter time periods or as stand-alone lessons. Sessions facilitate student learning by using a number of compelling central questions, including "How does oppression make the experience of disease and illness different in different cultural contexts?" and "What is the relationship between humans and the microbes that cause disease?" In all, this Curriculum Collection contains lessons and resources that may be of interest to science, social studies, and health educators alike."

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Exploring Computer Science

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"Exploring Computer Science (ECS) is a partnership between the University of California Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District, with funding from the National Science Foundation, that aims "to increase and enhance the computer science learning opportunities" in LAUSD and "to broaden the participation of African-American, Latino/a, and female students in learning computer science." ECS has compiled this resource list that may be of interest to computer science teachers as well as other K-12 instructors looking to integrate computer science education into their classrooms. Readers will find a number of articles of interest (such as Jeanette Wing's 2006 article about computational thinking), in-class worksheets and activities, and links to outside websites realted to K-12 technology education. Note that this page also includes a link to ECS's Student Resource list, which includes a number of resources about youth-centered technology programs and initiatives. These resources will be of interest to teachers and youth workers as well as students."

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HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework

HippoCampus - Homework and Study Help - Free help with your algebra, biology, environmental science, American government, US history, physics and religion homework | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"HippoCampus is an extensive online resource designed to enrich secondary and post-secondary instruction in mathematics, the natural sciences, the social sciences, and humanities. The resource is a product of the NROC (which stands for Network, Resources, Open, and College and Career), a "community-guided, non-profit project focused on new models of digital content development, distribution, and use." On this website, readers will find resources created by the NROC as well as relevant resources created by other digital content creators, such as Khan Academy and PhET (Physics Education Technology). The site is essentially a useful "one-stop shop" for anyone looking for ready-to-use material. Resources are initially sorted by Subject, then by type of resource (including Presentations, Worked Examples, and Simulations). Within some subject areas, instructors can also check access complete open courses created by the NROC. Some subjects also include a Textbook Correlations tab, which allows teachers to quickly and easily discover the page numbers in a variety of commonly used textbooks that correlate with online resources."

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Soft Skills?

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Reading Portraits: Analyzing Art as a Primary Source  

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Tom Bober and Brianna Zavadil White write: "You may have seen a portrait of a famous individual used alongside a title slide of a presentation or accompanying a list of facts about that person. In classrooms, portraits are often used as window dressing to history, a face to put with a name, event, or date, but portraits can tell students much more.

 

The strategy of reading portraiture encourages the visual analysis of a piece of art, similar to closely reading a document. The visual clues found in portraiture may be decoded to learn about the individual featured in the artwork. To get started, select visually complex images that include objects and a compelling setting."


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Starting students off with primary source documents can be a challenge, as they struggle with archaic language, print quality, etc. Using images, in this case portraits, and having students examine them in a variety of ways, can make primary sources more appealing! I love the suggestion in the comments to compare two portraits to really get students thinking.

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This startup wants to make VR design so easy that even kids can do it

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Virtual reality technology has taken big steps, but designing virtual reality experiences is still a complex process. In order to over come this problem a VR startup Delightex developed an easy 3D visualization tool named as “CoSpaces”. The aim is to bring VR creation to everyone.
CoSpaces, lets users to drag and drop pre-designed environments, figures and objects from a library. Users can choose a background environment, add more figures, change their colors, sizes and positions.
CoSpaces platform is mainly designed for teachers who want to explore the potential of virtual reality with their students. By using simple tools, teachers can design different objects on their computers, add their own images and then present these designs to students via cardboards.
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Arts Integration and the Success of Disadvantaged Students: A Research Evaluation

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Does arts integration contribute to student success for disadvantaged student populations? The introduction to this article compares students’ academic performance and arts education in countries outperforming the United States on the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and makes the argument for using arts integration as a way to teach the Common Core standards and align instruction to the Universal Design for Learning principles. This evaluation of research helps to support the evidence base by examining the quality of studies published between 1995 and 2011 investigating the use of arts integration with disadvantaged student populations, including economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Four hundred fifty-three studies were explored, resulting in the inclusion of forty-four studies in this analysis. Studies were categorized as the following: single art integration, multi-arts integration, effects of arts integration on students with disabilities, or effects of arts integration on school climate. Studies were evaluated for their research design, implementation, and effects, and results depicted positive effects and potentially positive effects. Policy implications and suggestions for future research using the author's proposed theoretical framework are also discussed.
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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

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Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times

How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Yahoo said on Thursday that hackers in 2014 stole the account information of at least 500 million users, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and, in some cases, security questions.

Even if you might not have used a Yahoo account for years, security experts say the incident could have far-reaching consequences for users beyond Yahoo’s services.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about how you can protect yourself.
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HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like

HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
IT’S NOT EASY to be in the printer and ink business these days. Revenue is down. Obsolescence looms. Knock-off cartridges are a cheap and easy alternative. HP’s apparent solution? DRM. Great.

Just to be clear, this isn’t a solution for you. It’s a solution for them. Got an OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, or Office Jet Pro X printer? As of last week, reasonably priced third-party ink cartridges no longer work. For a company like, say, 123inkt, the Dutch outfit that sells HP-compatible cartridges and first noticed the change, it’s DRMaggedon.

HP’s at least upfront about it. Brazen, even!

“The purpose of this update is to protect HP’s innovations and intellectual property,” the company told WIRED. Which is true. If only it protected HP’s customers as well.
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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne

 

"VideoNotes (http://videonot.es) is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotesallows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of thescreen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your GoogleDrive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes andcollaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. You can use VideoNotesto have students submit questions to you and each other while watching videos. Of course, youcan insert questions into the conversation for your students to answer too. The video availableat http://bitly.com/1E6NR3V will show you VideoNotes in action."

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50 Watts

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"50 Watts is a website dedicated to book design and illustration. Curated by Will Schofield, who works in publishing and loves to collect books, the site features colorful art and design from around the world and across centuries. Visitors can search this impressive collection (over 800 works total) by Location or by a number of Groupings, including Children's Books, Comics, Ephemera, and Science Fiction. Not sure where to start? Check out Schofield's personal favorites in Editor's Choice. Here, visitors will find a collection of gorgeous, vibrant children's textbook covers from 1920 Japan, beautiful, abstract illustrations from the 1974 Czech children's book, Button Tales, and illustrations by Guatemalan-born Mexican artist Carlos Merida for the 1946 book, The Bird. Each entry includes several images, along with detailed information about the book and the artist."

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Many wonderful illustrations. What a great place to browse!