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BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives | The Accomplished Teacher

BYOT and one-to-one initiatives are literacy initiatives | The Accomplished Teacher | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Patrick Larkin

 

"As a school leader who recently sold my community on the importance of moving to a one-to-one environment where every student has access to a web-based device, I believe strongly that our students will be more literate than students in other schools who do not have access to web-enabled devices. A look at the world outside of our schools and the technological resources being accessed in so many professions that allow people to work “smarter” is a clear indication of the track that our students need to be on in order to be able to function in the “real world.”

 

The biggest stumbling block in schools even if we can get the devices is the proficiency level of the adults in the building in utilizing the technology resources effectively. This is not meant to be an indictment of educators, but it is a critical question that we all have to look at, assess, and then move forward. Technological tools/resources can assist educators in some of our biggest undertakings (i.e. common core standards integration, teacher evaluation, providing relevant professional development, etc.). However, because so many educators in schools are not comfortable with the most modern literacy skills we are not able to make better progress."

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Kim Bearden - Sentence Construction Zone! | Facebook

Kim Bearden - Sentence Construction Zone! | Facebook | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This is a brilliant, multi-sensory way to teach the construction of sentences. Click image or headline to go to Facebook video. -JL

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Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World

Lessons Learned From Great Schools Around the World | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Much has been written recently about the differences between education systems around the world, but much less has been said about what excellent schools around the world have in common. Over the past year, I’ve visited top-ranked schools across four continents and met an extremely diverse array of school leaders. Amid this diversity, I was surprised when each leader described the same three priorities as fundamental to their schools’ success. From Singapore to Switzerland, South Africa to India, these three practices recurred with remarkable consistency.
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A Great Venn Diagram Making Tool for Teachers

A Great Venn Diagram Making Tool for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Venn Diagram Maker is a good web tool from Lucidchart that allows you to easily create and share Venn diagrams. The process is very simple and no software download is required. Using an intuitive interface with drag and drop editor, you can easily get started creating your diagrams right away. For instance, ‘line drawing is as easy as dragging from the edge of an object. Let go and a new shape instantly pops up.’ You can customize your diagrams the way you want: adjust the size of the circle, add colour and context and many more.
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Project Bloks - Creating a development platform for tangible programming

Project Bloks - Creating a development platform for tangible programming | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Project Bloks is creating a development platform for tangible programming, to help kids develop computational thinking through playful coding experiences.

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World Making STEAM Challenge via Kristina Holzweiss @lieberrian

World Making STEAM Challenge via Kristina Holzweiss @lieberrian | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Check out these great STEAM Challenges via Kristina Holzweiss @lieberrian


* Make it with Old CDs

* Make it with Water Bottles

* Make it with Soda Cans

* Make it with Cardboard

* Make it with Bottle Caps




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3 Best Ways To Teach Children Coding for A Better Future

3 Best Ways To Teach Children Coding for A Better Future | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
"Encouraging your kids to get involved with coding is one of the best things you can do for them as an insurance against their future; there will never be a shortage of tech-related jobs. Preparing children early on will help them have the necessary skills to find a great job in their career or even create a startup of their own. Your child could be the next to create bots that simplify businesses or social platforms that cultivate a community. When it comes to coding, it’s never too early to get started.``

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60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know - TeachThought

60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know - TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Nowadays, many educators use the same methods over and over again in their lessons for students to express themselves and demonstrate their new knowledge. Today’s students want to express themselves in a variety of different ways. They want their academic work to be relevant, engaging and fun.

Below is a diverse list adapted from resources found at fortheteachers.org of potential student products or activities learners can use to demonstrate their mastery of lesson content. The list also offers several digital tools for students to consider using in a technology-enriched learning environment.

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Love this - and need it- innovative assessment.
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Andrew Church's Original Book on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy

Andrew Church's Original Book on Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Bloom's Digital taxonomy v3.01 - Download as PDF File (.pdf), Text File (.txt) or read online."

 

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Dating from 2009, this remains, in my opinion, the most brilliant, clear, and comprehensive synthesis of the intersections between Bloom's work and early 21st century educational technology.

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6 Ways to Use Google Cardboard in Your Classroom Tomorrow - via @ClassTechTips

6 Ways to Use Google Cardboard in Your Classroom Tomorrow - via @ClassTechTips | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Here are six tips for using Google Cardboard ASAP - with this super cool and affordable headset, you can easily bring virtual reality into your classroom.

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Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up :: Scientific American

Why Math Education in the U.S. Doesn't Add Up :: Scientific American | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Research shows that an emphasis on memorization, rote procedures and speed impairs learning and achievement 

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The Definitive Guide to Educational Technology Resources

The Definitive Guide to Educational Technology Resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A comprehensive guide (10 chapters) for teachers to learn the best EdTech tools, apps, blogs, tips, etc. handpicked from the web. Happy teaching!

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Educational Leadership:The Global-Ready Student:Getting Schools Ready for the World :-: Will Richardson

Educational Leadership:The Global-Ready Student:Getting Schools Ready for the World :-: Will Richardson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The new reality is that our students will be required to build their own curriculums, find their own teachers, and assess themselves as learners and doers in an increasingly complex variety of contexts. That is the work of new global-ready learners. And preparing them for it is the work of the modern school."

 

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Outstanding piece of impassioned, thoughtful writing by the always stimulating Richardson.

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Instagram Adds Live Video, Disappearing Photos and Videos

Instagram Adds Live Video, Disappearing Photos and Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Instagram announced two major updates Monday morning: live video in Instagram Stories and its latest nod to Snapchat, disappearing photos and videos in its Instagram Direct messaging feature.

The Facebook-owned photo- and video-sharing network said in a blog post that live video in Instagram Stories and in its Explore section will roll out globally “over the next few weeks,” adding:

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