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7 Excellent Free Options for Speech to Text | Free Resources from the Net for EVERY Learner

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"Voice Recognition software has made impressive gains in recent years. With the advent of handheld touch screen devices, it is making its way into everyday life for a growing number of people. Moreover, voice recognition is rapidly becoming more accurate. This is great news for individuals who struggle with writing!"

This post provides options for iOS, Androic, Mac/PC/Linux (all via a browser) and PC (online or off line). The focus is on the use of speech recognition for writing.  

This list of tools helps to provide options for many students who struggle with writing or keyboarding...think of Universal Design for Learning as you consider using them."


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ConnectED Program Offers Schools Almost $2B in Products, Services (EdSurge News)

ConnectED Program Offers Schools Almost $2B in Products, Services (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Ten big companies, including Autodesk, Adobe, AT&T & Prezi, promised President Obama that they would give away millions of dollars worth of software and services to schools beginning this school year. Most of those materials are there for the asking--so do ask! (Prezi, a cool presentation software, just put up the link to get your free EDU subscription here.) For the full list, check out descriptions of the program here, with links about how your school can get the materials you want."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Use Google Drive to Share Videos Privately- Free Technology for Teachers

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"Google Drive is full of options that often go overlooked. One of those options is privately sharing videos. To share videos through Google Drive upload them to your Google Drive account, preview them, then share by using the sharing options at the top of the preview screen. The sharing options allow you specify who can access the video. The screenshots below outline the process. (Click the images to view them in full size)."


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Craig Crossley's curator insight, August 21, 7:25 PM

Google drive

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Yes, yes, yes. Google drive and One Drive have some great tools. This is a good tutorial for the process.

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6 Tools for Teachers

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Bill Gates highlights six promising apps and websites for making your teacher’s job easier: BetterLesson, Lightsail, ThinkCERCA, FineTune, Edmondo, and BloomBoard.

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Smart Homework: How to Manage and Assess It | MiddleWeb

Smart Homework: How to Manage and Assess It | MiddleWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

3-Part Series by Rick Wormeli


"In the first installment of our smart homework series from author & teaching consultant Rick Wormeli, he made the case for take-home assignments that matter for learning and engage student interest. In Part 2, Rick suggested 13 guiding principles to help teachers create homework challenges that spark deeper learning. In this final article, Rick suggests some good ways to assess homeworkand manage the workload."

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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

E-Learning Assessment - Creating Audio Feedback - UW-Stout Online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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, 8:18 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, 8:17 PM

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

Judith Edwards's curator insight, August 16, 11:39 AM

Just found this great Scoop by our own Sean Junkins.

Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 19, 10:22 AM

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

Pinterest for the Flippin' Classroom? 16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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, 6:32 PM

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

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 17, 3:50 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, 9:23 AM

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

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 1, 9:28 PM

Recursos ...

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, August 1, 9:34 PM

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, 7:23 AM

Interesting new tool for sending free video calls.

Jay Roth's curator insight, August 17, 1:29 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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4 Top-Rated Interactive Whiteboard Apps for Flipped Classrooms -- THE Journal

4 Top-Rated Interactive Whiteboard Apps for Flipped Classrooms -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media’s service Graphite, which offers independent ratings and reviews of learning apps and websites, has compiled this list of apps that facilitate collaboration among mobile devices in a flipped classroom.

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Ten Popular Ed Tech Tools That Were Updated This Summer

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A couple of weeks ago I published a round-up of popular ed tech tools that were updated this summer. I had a couple of readers ask if they could print the post to pass out in their schools. Yes, you can. To make it easier to print I put the post into PDF format. In creating the PDF I changed some of the "click here" items to written URLs for finding video demonstrations of updated features. The PDF is embedded below, you can also click here for the PDF.


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Nickel Allergies on Rise as Devices Meet Skin ~ NY Times

Nickel Allergies on Rise as Devices Meet Skin ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Rachel Abrams


"As wearable devices become more popular, some doctors and consumers have expressed concerns about a lack of regulatory oversight to monitor the frequency of skin allergies and other reactions to certain metals or plastics used in the products.

"Nickel, one of the most common allergens in the United States, can be found in things like hand-held devices and jewelry. But unlike Europe, the United States has no restrictions on its widespread use in consumer products. That worries some doctors who say that the growing use of mobile and hand-held devices combined with a lack of regulatory oversight could lead to a spike in allergic reactions".

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How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia

How one school is encouraging middle-grades students to read, share books reading ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreir Hallett

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"Educators at a school in Florida are helping to create a community of readers by challenging students in grades 4 to 8 -- and teachers -- to read a book from every letter of the alphabet and share their thoughts about it. In this blog post, educators Andrea Hernandez and Karin Schreier Hallett share details of the program and describe the badges that can be earned."

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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

Handbook | blendsync.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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, 1:06 PM

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

Jamie Ruppert's curator insight, August 7, 1:49 PM

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

HJJP's curator insight, August 20, 8:16 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, 7:59 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, 2:00 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, 12:12 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, 10:47 AM

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

Deborah Eastwood's curator insight, August 20, 8:00 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)

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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

Otus: Free Multifunction iPad App for 1:1 Classrooms | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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, 1:15 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, 4:45 AM

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

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