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The Role of Pinterest Inside & Outside The Classroom [Infographics]

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With over 10 million users, Pinterest has rocketed to pop-culture fame since its launch in beta in March 2010. This rapid growth makes it the fastest growing social media site of the past year. Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and students are using Pinterest creatively to organize and share ideas from all around the Web and even in their own classrooms and campuses.


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Everything You Need to Know About Backing Up & Restoring Your iPhone from iTunes ~ makeuseof

Everything You Need to Know About Backing Up & Restoring Your iPhone from iTunes ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By now, most iPhone users take for granted that the contents of their iPhone is backed up wirelessly to their iCloud account, and they can restore that content if need be back on their iPhone or to an upgraded iPhone model (see this article about restoring from iCloud). But it is still useful to know how to restore your iPhone from iTunes.
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How To Create Stunning Flowcharts With Microsoft Word

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by Saikat Basu


"Thankfully, when it comes to logic, the right tools can help simplify any process. Flowcharts are among those visual thinking tools that go grossly ignored for non-technical tasks.

"But they can be used for just about anything. Best of all, you can create them using a very easy and common tool available -- Microsoft Word."

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Giving Good Praise to Girls: What Messages Stick ~ Mind/Shift

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by Katrina Schwartz


"Carol Dweck's research, which focuses on what makes people seek challenging tasks, persist through difficulty and do well over time, has shown that many girls believe their abilities are fixed, that individuals are born with gifts and can't change."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Socratic Smackdown - A Game for Learning and Practicing Discussion Strategies

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by Richard Byrne


"Socratic Smackdown offers a fun approach to having students practice discussion strategies. Socratic Smackdown is a printable game designed to be played with up to forty students at a time. In the game students are awarded points for using each of six questioning and discussion methods. Students can lose points for interrupting or distracting others."

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MIT BLOSSOMS | Math and Science Video Lessons for HS Classes

MIT BLOSSOMS | Math and Science Video Lessons for HS Classes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"BLOSSOMS video lessons are enriching students' learning experiences in high school classrooms from Brooklyn to Beirut to Bangalore. Our Video Library contains over 100 math and science lessons, all freely available to teachers as streaming video and Internet downloads and as DVDs and videotapes.


"Visit the BLOSSOMS Video Library anytime to browse and download lessons to use in your classroom. Every lesson is a complete resource that includes video segments, a teacher’s guide, downloadable hand-outs and a list of additional online resources relevant to the topic. We carefully craft each BLOSSOMS lesson to make your classroom come alive. Each 50-minute lesson builds on math and science fundamentals by relating abstract concepts to the real world. The lessons intersperse video instruction with planned exercises that engage students in problem solving and critical thinking, helping students build the kind of gut knowledge that comes from hands-on experience. By guiding students through activities from beginning to end, BLOSSOMS lessons give students a sense of accomplishment and excitement."

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10 Unique Ways To Use Microsoft OneNote ~ makeuseof

10 Unique Ways To Use Microsoft OneNote ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Christian Cawley


"OneNote is one of Microsoft’s most underrated apps. Not only can you jot down notes or keep to do lists, you can use a stylus to do it, convert handwritten notes to text or organise your recipe collection. OneNote is available on almost every platform, making this ridiculously useful app even more relevant.


"Although OneNote is available with good functionality on mobile devices, the tips below are mainly intended for running OneNote 2013 on Windows and Mac OS X."

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Operation Play Event Will Offer Webinars, Sessions and Resources on Game-Based Learning -- THE Journal

Operation Play Event Will Offer Webinars, Sessions and Resources on Game-Based Learning -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Christopher Piehler


"Next week, Filament Games is hosting Operation Play, a week-long initiative designed to encourage educators to use games in their classrooms. To promote the event, the company is collaborating with education partners including BrainPOP,GlassLab GamesMITInstitute of PlayiCivicsBallard & Tighe,GamesandLearning.orgWorkingExamples.orgLearningRevolution.com andedWeb.net. Together, the partners will compile resources for educators on implementing and supporting game‐based learning.


"The initiative will begin on Sept. 15 with the grand opening of the Operation Play Resource Center. Educators interested in game-based learning can visit the page to explore research, articles, case studies, video series, games and curriculum.


"Other highlights of Operation Play, which runs through Sept. 19, include podcasts featuring educators’ experiences with implementing games in their classrooms; free sessions for educators, researchers and game developers at the Gaming in Ed conference; pre‐recorded webinars; and giveaways via Filament Games’ social media channels.


"For a complete list of events and more information, visit the Operation Play Resource Center."

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

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"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.


"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.


"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."

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Excellent lessons. Must be used.

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This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn

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"This is the paper accompanying Gary Stager’s plenary address at the 3rd International Constructionism Conference in Vienna, Austria, August 19-23, 2014. (Link to video)


"Abstract – In this plenary address, the speaker will share three societal trends that validate and vindicate decades of leadership by the constructionism community. The growing acceptance of learning-by-making represented by the maker movement, a newfound advocacy for children learning computer programming, and even the global education crisis, real or imagined, are evidence of predictions and efforts made by constructionists being realized. This conference offers a brief opportunity for celebration before returning to the “hard fun” required to harness the momentum of these trends and improve the learning ecology.


Click here to read the entire paper.

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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide Free Guide ~ makeuseof

Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide Free Guide ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Free Guide to Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide. This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.


"Your Ideal Linux Getting Started Guide

This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own."

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Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30

Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.


Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.


This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.



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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

posted by Katie Lepi


"We’ve heard from a few of you that your concerns lie in the privacy arena. Since sharing photos that may be of students in your classroom should obviously be a concern – make sure your classroom account is private. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing, eg: #edudemicclassproject14.


"The handy infographic below takes a look at ten different ways you can put Instagram to use in your classroom. Have you used it in other ways?"

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12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive

12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Sometimes 140 characters is all we have time to digest. Twitter has transformed the education debate, allowing everyone to weigh in. Have a question for Michelle Rhee? Tweet her. Want Diane Ravitch to read an article? Tag her. While there's no promise they will respond, the platform provides a better opportunity to become part of the discussion.


"More importantly, following others on Twitter helps you stay informed and better form your own opinions. Below is a list of 12 education thought leaders who come from all corners of the education arena. Instead of sticking to people who think like you, try branching out — 

You never know what you might learn in 140 characters or less."

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iOS 8 Is Here: 10 Reasons To Install It Right Away ~ makeuseof

iOS 8 Is Here: 10 Reasons To Install It Right Away ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Tim Brookes


"Apple issues an update to the software that powers its iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices once a year, and this year’s update is finally upon us in the form of iOS 8.


"You should routinely update your software and devices for security reasons above all else, but if you’re putting off the iOS 8 upgrade, here are a few compelling reasons to download it immediately."

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Adobe Youth Voices: Create Change | Adobe Education Exchange

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"As part of the ConnectED initiative, Adobe is hosting a free online class called Adobe Youth Voices: Create Change, designed to prepare educators to instruct students on digital media production and social change. Class starts September 21." Enroll until Nov. 25, 2014

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​‘Picture This’: A Step by Step Guide on Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom (EdSurge News)

​‘Picture This’: A Step by Step Guide on Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Rudy Blanco

summary by EdSurge


"Rudy Blanco of the Bronx's Dreamyard Preparatory School steps in as NY's#edsurge50 contributor to give a step-by-step guide on how to lead students throughdeveloping content, proving mastery, and giving peer feedback on digital learning portfolios."

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Oldest and Youngest Populations

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"There are 1.2 billion people between the ages of 15 and 24 in the world today — and that means that many countries have populations younger than ever before.  Some believe that this 'youth bulge' helps fuel social unrest — particularly when combined with high levels of youth unemployment.  Youth unemployment is a 'global time bomb,' as long as today’s millennials remain 'hampered by weak economies, discrimination, and inequality of opportunity.'  The world’s 15 youngest countries are all in Africa.  Of the continent’s 200 million young people, about 75 million are unemployed.

On the flip side, an aging population presents a different set of problems: Japan and Germany are tied for the world’s oldest countries, with median ages of 46.1. Germany’s declining birth rate might mean that its population will decrease by 19 percent, shrinking to 66 million by 2060. An aging population has a huge economic impact: in Germany, it has meant a labor shortage, leaving jobs unfilled."


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MARTIN'S Gonçalo Wa kapinga's curator insight, September 17, 2:27 AM

CES CARTOGRAPHIES METTENT EN EXERGUE OU VIVENT LES POPULATIONS PLUS JEUNES ET CELLES VIEILLES AU MONDE

Astienback J. Seb's curator insight, September 17, 5:47 AM

YOUNG AND POOR...

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Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education

Innovation Excellence | Planting the Seeds of Innovation in Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Stephan Vincent


"What does an innovation class look like? 


"First, with each new group of students, Don has to teach them different skills: how not to be compliant, how to think differently, how they should challenge and confront him instead of taking his words for granted. “Right now, it is natural for kids to be compliant, to sit and listen to what their teachers have to say, without questioning. The system beats the creativity out of them. Kids have been trained that way; my first job is to unteach them”. He hears new students in his class asking him what he expects them to do. His answer: “I won’t tell you, you need to find your own opportunity, find collaborators, I’m only here to help you, not to tell you what to do”. At the beginning, some kids freeze up because it is such a foreign and disruptive concept to them. However, they quickly grasp the benefit of it.

"During the first weeks of the class, students will identify their own opportunity to develop a project. They will formulate a plan of action and time table, find collaborators and resources, like any entrepreneur would do. “Online collaboration enables access to information, resources and mentors."


- See more at: http://www.innovationexcellence.com/blog/2014/08/31/planting-the-seeds-of-innovation-in-education/#sthash.YsmrsvMl.dpuf

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 17, 10:38 PM

Buddhist tradition tells us that seeds are both good and bad. When we plant them, we have to tend to them and it is not always a set way.

 

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'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade ~ nprEd

'A' Is For Apps: Teachers Share Top Digital Tools Of The Trade ~ nprEd | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Elissa Nadworny


"From helping students be on their best behavior to taking history lessons to the Twitterverse, teachers are using a range of apps — many of them free — to harness mobile technology in the classroom."

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Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? ~ makeuseof

Should You Buy The Bigger iPhone 6 Plus? ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Tim Brookes


"If the iPhone's traditionally smaller screen size has been stopping you from jumping aboard the iOS train, the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus each offer considerably more to look at, and a few other benefits. The term "phablet" very much applies to Apple's larger model, but there's more to it than just a bigger screen. Here's everything you need to know to make an informed buying decision."

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5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms ~ Education DIVE

5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms ~ Education DIVE | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Roger Riddell


"These platforms are among the best providing a more engaging science, technology, engineering, and math learning experience."

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3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos - eLearning Industry

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By Sandi Lin


"For educators, instructors, and corporate trainers that are considering adding video to their instructional design, the 3 methods outlined above are all easy ways to experiment with video-based lessons. Thanks to popular online education websites, asynchronous video training is becoming the new norm.


"Best practices are to keep each segment short (evidence suggests 6 minutes or less), use a microphone for audio (we recommend the Snowball), and add interactive elements such as quizzes throughout the course. Video is another authoring tool in your arsenal, and doesn’t replace sound instructional design.


"Once your videos are produced, you can create and deliver an online course using a hosting platform like Skilljar, or post your videos publicly on sites like YouTube. Whether you’re narrating slides, screencasting, or creating animations, it’s a great time to add video production to your eLearning capabilities."

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Chunk videos into six-minute segments!

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The Top 35 edTech Influencers ~ wibki

The Top 35 edTech Influencers ~ wibki | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dov Herzberg


How many do you know or follow?

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Top 15 Firefox OS Apps: The Ultimate List For New Firefox OS Users ~makeuseof

Top 15 Firefox OS Apps: The Ultimate List For New Firefox OS Users ~makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Elio Qoshi


“There is an app for that”. Of course there is an app for that: It’s web technology after all.


"That is the philosophy behind Mozilla’s mobile operating system Firefox OS that, instead of native code, uses HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for its apps.


"Sounds cool? It is! Firefox OS has recently launched in India, making a huge impact with the super affordable Intex Cloud FX device, retailing for only $33 USD. Approximately 50,000 devices have been sold already, and it is expected to reach 500,000 by the end of November for the Intex Cloud FX Device alone. Yes, Firefox OS is gaining traction slowly, but surely.


"There are several reasons why you should care about Firefox OS though, even as an Android, iOS or Windows Phone user. Not because it is super fancy and on the bleeding edge, but because it relies on 100% open technologies, is secure and also respects your privacy. As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has a completely different stance on privacy to Google, Apple or Microsoft."


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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

posted by Katie Lepi


"Below are six TED Talks that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch. These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time."

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