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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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This app lets you chat in Facebook, WhatsApp and Slack simultaneously

This app lets you chat in Facebook, WhatsApp and Slack simultaneously | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You're sick of constantly switching between Messenger, WhatsApp and Slack? All-in-One Messenger lets you use all of these apps at once.
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Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources | Tech Learning

Part 2: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Over 40 Amazing STEM Resources | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Welcome to this second post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom. You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success.
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Google - My Activity

Google - My Activity | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Find and see your search history, browsing history, and other activity that's saved to your Google Account in My Activity. You’re in control of this data and can easily delete activity from your account.

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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, July 10, 5:43 AM
A way to delete some search history but not complete control. 
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A Memorable Teacher

A Memorable Teacher | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I don’t remember much about my junior year. Most of my teachers’ names and what they taught me has faded; but Mrs. Keehan, and the special relationship, the connection I had with her, is with me still, as it surely is with every student she taught that year—and possibly throughout her career.

Mrs. Keehan’s “secret” connection with her students reminds us that much of what inspires children to learn happens in the personal space (the “heart space”) between us and our students. Relationships are at the very heart of successful teaching; and it’s our hearts that prepare the soil and provide the nutrients for trusting relationships to grow.

 

via John Krouskoff

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Wonderful story...inspiration for the teacher in every one of us.

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Zynga Releases Free, Education Focused Words With Friends EDU (EdSurge News)

Zynga Releases Free, Education Focused Words With Friends EDU (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
No longer will there be tense, clandestine matches between a student and her English teacher. Now Words With Friends devotees can play against one another in approved classroom environments.Zynga has released Words With Friends EDU, an educational version of the popular Scrabble-esque app on the web
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Brandi Rogers's curator insight, July 27, 2:18 PM

Having recently gotten back into WWF, I am really excited to be able to use this in my classroom!

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The Flipped Classroom, Formalized Education and the Vernacular of Teaching — Emerging Education Technologies

The Flipped Classroom, Formalized Education and the Vernacular of Teaching — Emerging Education Technologies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Tyler DeWitt’s FlipCon 2016 Keynote Speech was Inspiring and Fun, and Full of Truths we Need Embrace

When asked what he does for a living, Tyler likes to introduce himself to new people by saying, “I make YouTube videos” … and watch the horrified look on their faces. He clarifies, “I make educational YouTube videos, and a lot of people watch them”. Suddenly their faces light up.

They ask what his channel is. Then they go home and check it out, and they’re surprised again.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, July 27, 12:12 AM
I really enjoy the work of Tyler DeWitt.  He's funny, inspiring, clever, and full of interesting  observations on emerging educational technologies.
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10 Things Instructors Overlook When Creating Content for an Online Course

10 Things Instructors Overlook When Creating Content for an Online Course | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When you develop online course, you tend to overlook few things without realizing their importance. Take care of these and be effective in your instruction.

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14 Web Based Video Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech

14 Web Based Video Tools for Teachers - More Than A Tech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Engaging students has become increasingly difficult as technology has continued to shape our culture.  Overheads, DVDs, and lecturing just don’t cut it.  This is a generation of students growing up with YouTube, Vimeo, and Khan Academy to name a few.  So many creative, eye grabbing, funny videos to choose from, and all of them are available on a device that fits in their pocket.  

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Free HTML5 Online Animation Maker, Banner Maker and Video Maker | Animatron

Free HTML5 Online Animation Maker, Banner Maker and Video Maker | Animatron | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Make engaging and compelling animations online for your business or school. Create explainer videos, animated marketing videos, training videos and presentations. Make HTML5 banners and interactive video content.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 15, 12:48 AM

This looks good. You can make up to 5 public projects on the free account.

António Leça Domingues's curator insight, July 16, 4:12 AM
Aplicação de animação gráfica web gratuita.
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10 coolest Mozilla Firefox hidden features

10 coolest Mozilla Firefox hidden features | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Here are 10 best Firefox hidden features to revive your browsing experience. Follow any or all to know what you have been missing out of the box.

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How to Transform a PDF into an eLearning Course | 360 Authoring Program-Blog

How to Transform a PDF into an eLearning Course | 360 Authoring Program-Blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Online training provides an opportunity for experts to transform their knowledge into a product that can be accessed anywhere. Here are few tips to transform

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The 10 Most Popular Free Online Courses For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry

The 10 Most Popular Free Online Courses For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Each professional should seek to become better and to further develop his/her skills and knowledge. However, for eLearning professionals this becomes even more imperative since the eLearning industry is so innovative and volatile. Thankfully, there are a number of free online courses for eLearning professionals which  give them the opportunity to expand their knowledge of learner behavior, brush up on Instructional Design Models, and discover new and emerging technologies.
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Quite a useful guide. Lots of good material here.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 25, 10:27 AM

Quite a useful guide. Lots of good material here.

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Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates :: Shelley Sanchez Terrell

Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates :: Shelley Sanchez Terrell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Teachers are encouraged to adopt new education technology in the classroom. Find advice and new tools to use in school by following these social media feeds.
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Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your favorite Netflix titles. “It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix,” the site explains. The new tool lets you create these lists based on a genre or theme of some sort, then share them with friends or family over text message, email or social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
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Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator

Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Our Media Literacy Competency Assessment Rubric uses the students’ final projects as indicators for levels of competency of a variety of skills, and measures how well students can put their new media literacy skills into practice. Every program track has a set of central skills-based competencies that fall under the LAMP’s broader intended outcomes, and the rubric can be adapted to measure these competencies according to the program. In designing the rubric, we had to clarify these outcomes and came to the determination that activism is key to the LAMP learning experience. So instead of trying to measure attitudes, our assessment tool evaluates the active work created by the students, and how it enables the roles they play in a participatory digital culture. For many students, the very act of producing their own work and challenging the media is a form of activism, and our rubric takes this into account as a key goal. We seek to uplift their voices so they feel comfortable challenging the media, and the projects they create are where these newly learned media literacy concepts and active media-making skills can be seen. The final projects produced by students show us how well they understand the concepts being taught, but also if students feel empowered enough to make their own active media messages.
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Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium

Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough being a new teacher. You have to learn the craft, learn the kids, and learn how to juggle both while still following the curriculum and doing your job well. Kudos to every young black male teacher out there. You already know most of them didn’t give us a chance as students, so what are the stats on them treating us equally as peers? Shoot, maybe I am the hammer and all these experiences are just me nailing nails down for no reason. Maybe every last teacher had a comment about the shoes I was wearing to work just because they thought they looked that good. Maybe they initially thought I was the gym teacher because of my physique. Nevertheless, that is what it is like to be a young black male teacher.
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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 27, 5:42 PM

Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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How Art and Dance Are Making Computer Science Culturally Relevant (EdSurge News)

How Art and Dance Are Making Computer Science Culturally Relevant (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This fall, my computer science class will follow the new AP Computer Science curriculum framework while also including culturally responsive instruction that makes use of students’ interests, community settings, and cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Some of the students enjoy freestyle rap and dance,
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Google Doc Tool for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language learning

Google Doc Tool for Research Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Language learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you are looking for a good alternative to Endnote or Zotero, Paperpile is definitely a very good option to consider.
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