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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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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom ~ TeachThought

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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"The Google Docs collection provides a streamlined, collaborative solution to writing papers, organizing presentations and putting together spreadsheets and reports. But besides the basic features, there are lots of little tricks and hacks you can use to make your Google Docs experience even more productive. Here are 100 great tips for using the documents, presentations and spreadsheets in Google Docs."

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11 Things I Wish I Had Known When I Started High School ~ Huffington Post

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by Carly Steyer


"It's a crazy thing: that moment when you realize that your high school days are coming to an end. Looking back at the last few years, I laugh at all the mistakes I made, all the weird things I wore because I thought they were stylish, all the times I freaked out over things which, in retrospect, are quite insignificant. I wouldn't change much of my high school experience, I don't think, even though there were some days where things went horribly wrong. But I do wish I'd known a few things when I stepped into those bustling hallways on the first day of freshman year. Yes, there are definitely a few words of advice that probably could have saved me lots of time, energy and tears."


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6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive ~ Mashable

6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive ~ Mashable | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Yohana Desta


"Google Drive has unlimited potential.


"The feature that lets users upload documents, images, spreadsheets and more has millions of neat little ways to boost your everyday activity. It's also a useful online warehouse that holds all the things you don't have space for on your computer.


"Want to know how to boost its capabilities even more? Download these six nifty Chrome extensions that offer unique and handy features."


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E-Learning Assessment - Creating Audio Feedback - UW-Stout Online

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Explore the benefits of incorporating audio feedback to build stronger instructor-learner connections. Discover free audio tools that quickly record comments-- often in less time than it takes to write them. 


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 11, 11:18 PM

Here's a hand picked list of great resources on how to provide audio feedback in your blended or fully online classes. 


If you are struggling with assessment (or just want to sharpen up) consider this month's featured online course: Assessment in E-Learning with the remarkable Jim Erbe. 

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Google Drive in Class: 38 Ideas by Sean Junkins

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August 11, 2014
This is the third post in a series of posts aimed at helping teachers and educators make the best out of Google Drive in classrooms. This series comes in a time when teachers are getting ready to start a new school year and hopefully will provide them with the necessary know-how to help them better integrate Google Drive in their teaching pedagogy. The two previous posts featured in this series were entitled consecutively "New Google Drive Cheat Sheet" and "Teachers Visual Guide to Google Drive Sharing". Today's post covers some interesting ideas and tips on how to go about using Google Drive in your classroom. This work is created by Sean Junkins from SeansDesk.


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Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 11:17 PM

Are we using Drive in our classes? We shoudl be.

Judith Edwards's curator insight, August 16, 2:39 PM

Just found this great Scoop by our own Sean Junkins.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 19, 1:22 PM

With a bit of imagination, some of these can be altered to fit business needs as well!!

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Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

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Pinterest isn't just for wedding themes, DIY craft inspiration, and pretty pictures — it can also be a great educational tool! Here are some creative ways educators are using Pinterest to enhance the learning experience.

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Natasha Georgiou's curator insight, August 14, 9:32 PM

Useful ideas in how TLs can use Pinterest as a way to resource the curriculum.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 17, 6:50 AM

Pinterest as an educational resource  for inspiration,  activities and classroom tools.

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PresentationTube: Record & Share Online Video Presentations

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PresentationTube Recorder is a simple tool designed to help instructors, students and business professionals record their presentations from the comfort of home or office, and without the need to have Internet connection while recording. The Recorder synchronizes a variety of visual aids including PowerPoint slides, Webcam streaming, whiteboard, drawing board, Web browser content, Desktop recording .


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Marisol Araya Fonseca's curator insight, July 30, 12:23 PM

Let me see, I{m going to try it.

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:28 AM

Recursos ...

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 2, 12:34 AM

Resources!

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The World's Easiest Video Calls - Gruveo

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Instant, secure and anonymous video calls. No downloads or registration required.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 10:23 AM

Interesting new tool for sending free video calls.

Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 4:29 PM

No software required?! I like the browser-based idea without the bloat!

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This is a very simple and useful tool to get students using video communication.

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20 Free Collaborative Web Tools to Use in Class

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RT @iLearnDifferent: 20 Free Collaborative Web Tools to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/j6dDbONWb7 #e…

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#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator

#TeachDoNow MOOC Webinars | Educator Innovator | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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In the summer of 2014, The National Writing Project and KQED produced a MOOC called ThinkDoNow, with support from the MacArthur Foundation. 


The six webinars that formed the basis of the MOOC are archived on the site of the Educator Innovator here. You will see them identified as Episodes #1-#6. 


Below, please find a brief description of the MOOC and its topics:


"#TeachDoNow is a collaborative learning experience in partnership with the National Writing Project open to anyone interested in learning how to use Twitter and other media sharing applications to promote social and civic discourse with students around science, news and the arts. It will take place online this summer from July 7 – August 17.


"Weekly activities will center around KQED’s Do Now, a weekly activity for students to engage and respond to current issues using social media tools. We will engage in weekly discussions that encourage us to go deep into current issues surrounding education, learn new digital tools we can employ with our students, share and discuss our results, and explore the ways to effectively promote digital conversations with our students."


All of the materials for the #TeachDoNow MOOC may be accessed here.


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A New iPad Game to Teach Argument ~ Educator Innovator

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"Put your powers of persuasion to the ultimate planetary test!

"GlassLab, in collaboration with NASA and the National Writing Project, has released Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy, a new iOS tablet game that lets each player step into the boots of Zodiac, the first Earthling student at Argubot Academy.

"Mars Generation One: Argubot Academy is a game changer in educational technology. Designed to address Common Core ELA standards in argumentation with complex STEM content, this tablet game uses an interesting cast of characters and fun robot battles to help students develop the literacy and leadership skills essential for any 21st century career!"

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Hikmawati N's curator insight, August 19, 10:28 PM

Waw, it is great... I will try on it, will it work for me?

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15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja ~ buffersocial

15 Twitter Hacks That Will Turn You Into a Twitter Ninja ~ buffersocial | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Neil Patel


"Try these 15 easy Twitter hacks to get more organized and find more enjoyment sharing and engaging on Twitter."

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4 New Back to School Tech Tip Webinars with Jennie Magiera | McGraw-Hill Education Blog

4 New Back to School Tech Tip Webinars with Jennie Magiera | McGraw-Hill Education Blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Certified Teacher, Jennie Magiera, was our honored guest host for 4 webinars this summer to help educators get back to school with fresh ideas and confidence.


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Lots of good ideas here. Certainly worth teachers' time to check out.

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Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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by Med Kharbach


"On the occasion of the first back-to-school week, I compiled this list of excellent resources to help teachers make the best of Google Drive in their classrooms. I firmly believe that Google Drive is one of the elemental web tools with huge educational potential that every teacher should be able to tap into. However, the thing with so many of Google's services is that their power and usefulness lies in their hidden features. The resources below cover some of these features."

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding ~ Edutopia

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by Todd Finley


"What strategy doubles student learning? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately."


"Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative." Formative assessment can be administered as an exam. But if the assessment is not a traditional quiz, it falls within the category of alternative assessment.


"Alternative formative assessment (AFA) strategies can be as simple (and important) as checking the oil in your car -- hence the name "dipsticks." They're especially effective when students are given tactical feedback, immediately followed by time to practice the skill. My favorite techniques are those with simple directions, like The 60 Second Paper, which asks students to describe the most important thing they learned and identify any areas of confusion in under a minute. You can find another 53 ways to check for understanding toward the end of this post, also available as a downloadable document."


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Handbook | blendsync.org

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The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project. It includes the summative findings of the Blended Synchronous Learning case studies, a Blended Synchronous Learning Design Framework, and a range of other resources and information to support blended synchronous learning design research and practice.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, August 7, 4:06 PM

looks interesting and useful to add to the research on blended learning

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 4:49 PM

The Blended Synchronous Learning Handbook is the primary output of the Blended Synchronous Learning Project.

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 11:16 PM

Single source education has never been very effective, I still remember those days of pure memorization. I was fortunate enough to have relatives that always asked me about what I learned... and they were not interested in me reciting the facts, they were interested in me telling them what I thought, how it impacted my life or those of others.... When I answered them, and they were happy with my answers, I actually got to understand what I had memorized, and certainly got to master the information in a more meaningful way.... It did not always help with getting excellent grades in exams, but I still accurately remember concepts I learned in 3rd grade.... I feel blended learning is the only way of teaching.... this will allow students to understand and implement complex concepts, catapulting them into much high learning than what we experienced 50 years ago.... or 40... or 30... even 20 or in many classrooms, a couple of days ago....

 

Hope to see many teachers utilizing these sort of blended learning... Current technology makes it so much easier...

 

 

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How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic

How To Integrate iPads With The New Google Classroom - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With the recent announcement that Google Classroom will be available to all Google Apps for Education schools by the week of August 11th, schools that have also adopted iPads are interested in exploring the platform to determine if it will integrate into their existing deployment to provide a helpful and approachable workflow solution. While there …

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 10:59 AM

This article includes a Vimeo based video tutorial.  Consider is a quick way to get up to speed on Google's new moves into education. 

Mark Fuson's curator insight, August 14, 5:00 PM

Google classroom seems to be coming strong! Sure would like access to this so I can begin testing it for teachers.

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The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions

The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Faculty use asynchronous discussions to extend and enhance instructional practices in the online classroom. It is widely reported that online discussions play an integral role in facilitating students’ learning, as well as fostering dialogue, critical thinking, and reflective inquiry (Kayler & Weller, 2007; Morris, Finnegan, & Sz-Shyan, 2005). Despite faculty’s knowledge that discussion forums can serve as a useful learning tool, online discussions are not easy to establish and manage.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 12, 3:12 AM

Classes taught with facilitated discussion (a great step beyond simple Q&A) are the gold standard of online teaching and learning.


Solid references for this short read on the gold standard!

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 15, 1:47 PM

We can do it but we have to do it right.

Deborah Eastwood's curator insight, August 20, 11:00 PM

If you teach on-line it is critical that you understand how to best use the discussion board. There are times we want to guide the discussion and times when we should allow students to carry the weight. One common mistake instructors make in the online classroom is to attempt to drive every conversation. Occasionally students may need to take charge in order to learn the material.

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From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News)

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by Kim Hoffman Kanof


"I needed to change the tedious and difficult writing process in my classroom. So, I turned to Google tools.


"Google scripts and add-ons to Google Drive drastically changed my approach to giving writing feedback. I have been able to quickly develop meaningful “writers workshops”, give individualized feedback throughout the writing process, and provide timely comments to a large student caseload.


"With these tools (many of which are included in this list), students are placed in charge of their learning. They engage in meaningful self-reflection, highlight according to criteria, and use academic language to critique their own work. The shift is significant. With Google tools, I can provide ongoing feedback while my students showcase digital responsibility and revise throughout the writing process."

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Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Classrooms

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Otus is an easy-to-use, yet powerful classroom tool that brings the best iPad and Chromebook education features together into one secure environment, and uses a single Google login.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 14, 4:15 AM

This looks like a useful cross platform tool for managing the 1:1 classroom.

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HTML to PDF - Convert web pages to PDF files online for free.

HTML to PDF - Convert web pages to PDF files online for free. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Convert HTML web pages to PDF files. No installation, no registration, its free and easy to use.

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R Kay Richardson's curator insight, July 23, 7:45 AM

Since you can print to a PDF from most browsers, doesn' t that make this unnecessary?

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10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students

10 Remarkably Free Digital Tools for Educators and Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
1) Hemingway Editor This is a free Web-based app that lets you paste in your writing to be analyzed and edited for optimal readability. The app quickly ide

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Maryalice Leister's curator insight, August 17, 8:48 PM

Some new ones listed I hadn't heard of or used. I am off to try them out and you'll have some great new tools if you do too. Easily learned and creates the impact you want. Not just for teachers either. Enjoy!

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Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
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Have you tried out www.examtime.com? It's a free elearning site with Mind Maps, Flashcards, Study Planner and more tools which allow for collaboration, testing of knowledge and learning in a fun, creative way.
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Maker Party 2014: Resources for Libraries and Learning Spaces | Educator Innovator

Maker Party 2014: Resources for Libraries and Learning Spaces | Educator Innovator | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"At the heart of the MakerParty campaign, Webmaker tools/resources, and Hive Learning Network is the Web Literacy Map, which outlines what we at the Mozilla Foundation think are the important skills and competencies needed to be literate on the web. Each web literacy competency has a dedicated page that features the best resources on the web to help you “Discover, Make, and Teach” those skills.


"Hive Learning Network, a project of Mozilla, is comprised of organizations (libraries, museums, schools and non-profit start-ups) and individuals (educators, designers, community catalysts and makers). Together, they create opportunities for youth to gain digital and analog skills to learn within and beyond the confines of traditional classroom experiences, design innovative practices and tools that provide opportunities for greater impact, and contribute to their own professional development within an active community of practice."

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Warren Sparrow: Why learn to keyboard?

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21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


Your iPhone can do all sorts of magical things that you probably aren't aware of. Here's a list of some of the iPhone's coolest hidden features.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 18, 10:03 AM

Here some extra tips for the iPhone.