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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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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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4 Effortless Screen Sharing Tools You Can Use Anytime

4 Effortless Screen Sharing Tools You Can Use Anytime | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Sharing your screen with your family or colleague can be painless. Use these four free screen-sharing tools to share your screen as quickly as possible without complicated installations.

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3 quick tips for using Google Scholar

3 quick tips for using Google Scholar | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When searching Google Scholar, you can find the full-text directly by linking your library, get more search options for more detailed searches and more.

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Dango - Your Emoji Assistant

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Dango appears in any messaging app, and helps you quickly find emoji, stickers, and GIFs, by understanding what you type using deep learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 12:45 AM

Seems strange to connect deep learning with emojis! Anyway, you can play around on the site typing in messages and seeing how the site converts them to emojis or you can download the app and see if your studemts can communicate with emojis and no words.

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Making it: The hands-on movement that impacts our economy, education and culture

Making it: The hands-on movement that impacts our economy, education and culture | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Sasha Jaffarove started "Making" — the art of do-it-yourself creating, crafting, hacking or tinkering — as a fifth grader. Creatively combining her love of robotics and cave exploration helped her discover that she could effectively learn on her own while exploring her interests. Even as Sasha struggled to overcome anxiety about tests, she came to see herself as a competent learner in school through hands-on opportunities. By ninth grade, she had built Cave Mapper, a robot that uses lasers to plot the size of a cave.

Omkar Govil, a 9-year-old from San Jose, has developed the O Watch, a kit for kids to design and code their own 3-D printable smartwatches. To date, he has raised $18,000 on Kickstarter. Meanwhile, a father taught himself to use a 3-D printer to create a custom prosthetic hand for his son, made possible by an online community called E-nable that shared its knowledge, 3-D designs and expertise.
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iPhone 7: Everything we know so far about Apple's biggest 2016 product

iPhone 7: Everything we know so far about Apple's biggest 2016 product | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Everything you need to know about the Apple iPhone 7, including impressions and analysis, photos, video, release date, prices, specs, and predictions from CNET.
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Big Data, Coding, Security: 8 Sites That Offer Free Online Courses - InformationWeek

Big Data, Coding, Security: 8 Sites That Offer Free Online Courses - InformationWeek | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
IT pros need to stay updated on the latest trends in technology and management to remain relevant and competitive. Here's a look at eight online learning platforms that offer free tech courses that can help with that.
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Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech – Teacher Reboot Camp

Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Many people ask me how I keep up with the latest technology trends and find so many resources to share on Twitter (@ShellTerrell), my weekly webinars, or on this blog. One way is by following the different hashtags related to education technology. Hashtags (text with a # sign front) are found all over social media and will provide you with the latest technology news, apps, blog posts, and real examples of how teachers use different technologies. [Above] are 22 of my favorite hashtags to explore on Twitter related to education technology.

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Sorry these hashtags are not hotlinked here.

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers – Teacher Reboot Camp

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers can help alleviate our learners’ hesitation, because they relax the atmosphere, allow learners to share without the pressure of being graded, and help our learners get to know each other. In the slide presentation below I share some digital icebreakers I have used with learners of various ages. Find more in the bookmarks that follow the presentation.
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Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning.

Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Augmented reality begins with Pokémon. It begins as a toy. But it won’t remain a toy. It’s going to become an industry, a constant, a coping mechanism, a way of life. It will change how we spend our time, how we compete for status, how we interact with our loved ones. It will change the behaviors we think of as normal — already we’re seeing Pokémon Go run into racism; it won’t be long until AR cuts across other fault lines in our society.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, July 14, 8:50 AM

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Read the article. Pokemon GO is more than a game, the start of a new era where virtual moves into physical world more and more.

 

Also read "The brilliant mechanisms of pokemon GO" to understand why this is transformative http://tcrn.ch/29Nhtau 

 

Plus it gives new meaning to "kids go play outside" ;-)

Alex's curator insight, July 26, 2:15 AM
Interested to see if it holds out.....
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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

Augmented Reality and Web 3.0 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 19, 4:54 AM

My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement 

Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement  | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 1:11 AM

This is interesting, though whilst being quite detailed and complicated also seems to really over simplify!

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Defining Critical Thinking

Defining Critical Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 24, 1:24 AM

A really useful resource for those (which should be every teacher) interested in promoting critical thinking.

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, July 26, 7:49 AM
Useful post, presenting an interesting concept. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in continuing education, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com
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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, Today, 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

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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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