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What multitasking does to our brains | buffer

What multitasking does to our brains | buffer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Leo Widrich

"We all know this and have heard it hundreds of times. To work efficiently we have to single task. No multitasking.

"And yet, we let it slip. We end up eating lunch in front of the TV with our laptop open. We browse Twitter and Facebook, whilst sending emails, and chatting in multiple Gchat windows too. When really we should be focusing on just that one assignment, blog post, proposal or piece of code.

"So one thing is for sure, we are all aware multitasking different things at the same time makes us less efficient. Why the heck is it so hard to focus on just one thing then?

"Recently I started to develop a new work routine online, that specifically focuses on singletasking only. The results I got were amazing and I want to share more on this further down.

"To understand what actually goes on in our brains and see if it all makes sense, I went ahead and found some stunning research and answers to these questions:"
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Quite a thoughtful and helpful piece on why and how to avoid multitasking

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7 Tips to Effectively Use Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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WEAC's curator insight, October 12, 2014 12:25 PM

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. 

Ruby Day's curator insight, October 12, 2014 11:01 PM

Great resource to share with students

 

Stephan Hughes's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:29 AM

Could be useful for student teachers who have to prepare academic articles as part of their research methodology subject. 

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How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation

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Typical presentations are dull affairs with text and corporate backgrounds providing little of interest. Microsoft knows this. They even released their own PowerPoint alternative called Sway.

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Soundation — Make music online — Audacity substitute

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cjeffers's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:01 AM

This is the best substitute for Audacity I can find right now. It's pretty powerful, and it's integrated with Google.

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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity -

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iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when learners are using the iPad, what are they doing? What exactly?...
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Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator turns PDFs into e-textbooks

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Amazon released a tool on Thursday that is meant to help educators and writers publish e-textbooks.
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10 Important Skills for Active Listening ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

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Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

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Anna Hu 's curator insight, January 24, 6:51 PM

Some nice tools in this

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Boosting classroom engagement with EDpuzzle - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

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"This tool allows you to edit, crop any YouTube, Khan Academy, Learn Zillion, Vimeo or other video, insert your own audio notes and create amazing video collection ..."


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13 tools teachers would love for formative assessments - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

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"Here are some great tools that teachers across the globe are incorporating into classroom practice for the formative assessment process ..."

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ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend!

ISTE Infographic: Ready, set, blend! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The basic cognitive skills needed by previous generations are no longer enough. Students in the conceptual age must also master the higher levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, including creation, metacognition and self-actualization.

“It will require an upgrade to our curriculum, new instructional methods and materials, a new profile of a global graduate and an open mind,” say Smith, Chavez and Seaman.

For ideas about how to re-create your classroom for the conceptual age, including potential classroom setups, blended learning models to mix and match, and a curriculum design process, take a look at the infographic

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, January 14, 7:33 PM

This is very timely for us at International School Bangkok as we are re-visiting curriculum and technology integrations.  Just had to share this infographic from ISTE.

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Science in the Classroom

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"Science in the Classroom is an excellent resource for high school teachers and university professors who want to integrate the latest breaking research into their lesson plans. The project consists of a team of editors from the world-renowned journal Science, who work with an advisory board of scientists and science teachers to produce content designed for the classroom. On the site, readers may click on either High School or University to choose their target audience. Topics may be divided into Physical or Biological sciences (or choose "Any" to peruse all articles). Click on an article to read the editor's introduction and annotations. Discussion questions are listed throughout. In addition, each article is accompanied by Activities and Teaching Resources, which can be downloaded as PDF files." 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

When I was a student, I had a problem staying awake in class. I felt bad and teachers were mad. Today, as a teacher myself, I discovered the blame was misplaced. I was sleeping because of boring lesson delivery. When I teach a class or an auditorium with hundreds, there is never any sleeping going on because I have an interactive and engaging delivery. Whether delivering a lesson to school children or providing professional development to adults, in today’s fast-paced, digital world, your audience deserves to have an interactive presentation where they are engaged.

"Incorporate some of the strategies below and leave behind the days of sit and git lectures or presentations."

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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

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Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images

Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide you would like your poster to be once printed."

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8 Apps To Turn Your iPad Into A Digital Whiteboard

8 Apps To Turn Your iPad Into A Digital Whiteboard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you’re interesting in blending, flipping, personalizing, or differentiating your classroom, technology can be a huge help. Technology gives students direct access to content, which frees the teacher up for other roles.

iPads function exceptionally well in this capacity, and one of their talents is to function as a digital whiteboard. Whether you want to lead an in-person class through the iPad screen, or you need remote access to eLearners or others in a school-to-school program, you’ve got options. Below are 8 apps (with various strengths and weaknesses–the only way to know if they truly fit your needs is to try them, unfortunately) that can help you blend and flip your classroom–or just give students more direct access to you, one another, and the content.
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How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi

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Mac Hack: How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi
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37 Insanely Smart [low tech/no tech] School Teacher Hacks

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Some great classroom management ideas here. -JL

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Making Quality Flipped Class Videos

Making Quality Flipped Class Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Though I often talk about how the flipped classroom is not about the videos, most flipped class teachers do use videos.  What are some tips on how to make good quality videos.  Aaron Sams...

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Carmen Ramos's curator insight, January 24, 1:56 PM

Videos für die Lehre, eigentlich gar nicht so schwer.

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Voice Dream Writer App - It's a Wow!

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Make Fewer Mistakes

"Professional proofreaders recommend reading out loud as the best way to catch mistakes. Like a personal proofreader, Voice Dream Writer reads out loud using text-to-speech, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily spotted. Also, it can read words and sentences as they’re typed or voice dictated so that errors can be corrected right away."

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 24, 3:35 PM

Voice Dream Writer app is truly an app that can level the playing field for a broad range of learners that struggle with writing. Check out the video on this site to discover why it is such a WOW! Here are the features of this new app:


Voice Dream Writer reads out loud using text-to-speech, so that awkward sentences, grammatical errors and typos can be easily spotted.


Writer helps finding the right words through phonetic search and meaning search.


Writer automatically keeps an outline of headings, paragraphs and sentences. The Outline helps writers better structure their writing with an always-on overview.

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area


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Teachers Visual Guide to Connecting Google Drive to Edmodo ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos

Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Creating stopmotion and timelapse videos can be a good way for students to tell a story that they have developed. Stopmtion and timelapse videos can also be helpful when teachers are trying to help students see how a lengthy process like osmosis works. While good stopmotion and timelapse videos can take a long time to create, there are some tools that can make the process a little easier. Here are three stopmtion video creation tools that are worth trying.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 21, 2013 2:26 PM

Great tools for creating presentations in the form of animated movies.

Read about JellyCam, Stop Frame Animator and OSnap reviewed by Richard Byrne.

 

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, February 10, 2013 4:58 AM

Strumento webware per la produzione di animazioni che possono essere utilizzate per la didattica. E' possibile realizzare narrazioni (storytelling) o ricostruzioni di processi. Questo servizio web 2.0 presenta il vantaggio, rispetto ad altri webware o software simili, di essere semplice da utilizzare. Il servizio è gratuiito.

E' possibile: scegliere uno scenario, aggiungere figure, oggetti, elementi vari, regolarne le dimensioni,  animare i personaggi, farli muovere nella scenza. Inoltre si possono aggiugnere suoni, effetti speciali, musica ecc.

per impsotare l'animazione si utilizza una timeline. Il lavoro viene infine salvato online.

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Rubrics to Assess Collaboration and Teamwork ~ UW-Stout

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Consider the benefits of rubrics to streamline grading and clarify expectations for discussions and collaborative group work and explore samples of successful rubrics created by educators.
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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
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