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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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The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall ~ brain pickings

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall ~ brain pickings | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. After such reverse-resolution reading lists for the best children’s books, art, design, and photography books, science books, philosophy and psychology books, best biographies, memoirs, and history books, here comes the annual wholly subjective selection of the fourteen most rewarding books of 2014 overall, in no particular order. (See last year’s selections here.)"

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10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

10 Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Check out the 10 Trends to Personalize Learning around Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning and Partnerships in Learning.

Via Kathleen McClaskey, Lars-Göran Hedström, John Evans
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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, December 18, 11:25 AM

A helpful graphic for those of us working on personalization as a centerpiece of school design.

Bernard VULLIERME's curator insight, December 18, 11:55 AM

Exercice de trêve des confiseurs : traduire (ou non) ces tendances dans le cadre de l'entreprise 

Anita Vance's curator insight, December 19, 9:04 AM

insight for planning....


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Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool

Using Book Creator as an Assessment Tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Book creator has probably been the app I have used most, in my teaching, with pupils and in my training. The blank canvas aspect means it can be used across the whole curriculum and the addition of the pen tool in the last few weeks has added to that.

 

We use Showbie at school for pupils to share their work, including books made with Book Creator from the iPads and home to the teachers for assessment. Recently, we have used both the Pen Tool and Record feature to give feedback on the pupils' eBooks. The pupils send their books using Showbie and the teacher opens them up on his/her iPad. They can then annotate with their voice, pen and text. The book can then be sent back to the pupils using Showbie. The pupil can either change the original book and delete the annotated one or change the annotated book and delete the original.

 

The screenshot shows a book of a Science experiment. The teacher can annotate with arrows but also add audio feedback. All elements of Book Creator can be deleted so the pupil can restore any annotated book to the original.

 

This is obviously not a new idea but the pen tool has certainly made this quicker in a widely used app such as Book Creator.


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Rage Against the Common Core ~ NY Times

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by David L. Kirp


"It’s no simple task to figure out what schools ought to teach and how best to teach it — how to link talented teachers with engaged students and a challenging curriculum. Turning around the great gray battleship of American public education is even harder. It requires creating new course materials, devising and field-testing new exams and, because these tests are designed to be taken online, closing the digital divide. It means retraining teachers, reorienting classrooms and explaining to anxious parents why these changes are worthwhile.

"Had the public schools been given breathing room, with a moratorium on high-stakes testing that prominent educators urged, resistance to the Common Core would most likely have been less fierce. But in states where the opposition is passionate and powerful, it will take a herculean effort to get the standards back on track."


"David L. Kirp is a professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author, most recently, of “Improbable Scholars: The Rebirth of a Great American School System and a Strategy for America’s Schools.”


JL Note: Image is not from the NY Times article

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50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought

50 Popular iPad Apps For Struggling Readers & Writers ~ TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike.

"Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle."

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Excellent Chart Comparing The Best Digital Storytelling Tools of 2014

Excellent Chart Comparing The Best Digital Storytelling Tools of 2014 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Best of 2014: Teaching Channel's Top 20

Best of 2014: Teaching Channel's Top 20 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It’s time for Teaching Channel’s year-in-review -- and what a year it’s been! We took a look at what you watched and read and collected the best right here.

Via Rosemary Tyrrell, Miloš Bajčetić
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How to Add Voice Over to PowerPoint 2010 Slides (Using Built-in Functionality) ~ EmergingEdTech

How to Add Voice Over to PowerPoint 2010 Slides (Using Built-in Functionality) ~ EmergingEdTech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Kelly Walsh


"This video shows just how easy it is to tackle this with PowerPoint 2010. The cool thing is that you have 2 choices – adding voice clips to individual slides (which is really easy), or narrating over sets of slides (which isn’t very hard, but it is a little more involved)."

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A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future ~ Edutopia

A Look Inside the Classroom of the Future ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dana Mortenson


"Based on our work with more than 2,000 U.S. middle and high school educators on building global competence, following are five core strategies that we've seen educators adopt to effectively create the classroom of the future – a classroom that will build the necessary skills for educating globally competent students, and truly prepare them to thrive as responsible global citizens in the 21st century.


1. Leverage real-world case studies

2. Dig into, rather than avoid, the complexity

3. Practice empathy regularly

4. Use technology to enhance learning and empower students

5. Ensure that reflection is part of routine"

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8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic]

8 Types Of Infographics & Which One To Use When [Infographic] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This visual presentation shows you the 8 types of infographics, and which one is the most effective to use depending on the content you are developing.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Jennifer Gandarias
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Jocelyn's curator insight, November 3, 2013 6:59 AM

This will help me with preparing students for benchmarks where they will need to learn how to read charts.

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, November 26, 2013 9:59 PM

Great way for students to know which infographic to choose.  

Dean Mantz's curator insight, November 29, 2013 12:04 PM

Great visual flow chart to assist in determining which infographic is best for the task at hand. 

 

Thanks ks to Ana Cristina Pratas for sharing this resource. 

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Tweak Your Slides: Ten Design Principles for Educators (version 3.0)

Tweak your Slides, workshop on visual design for educators. This is draft 3, which includes examples of my own past slide shows and revisions of these shows.

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WizIQ Recordor: Create, Share Powerful Video Lectures for Flipped Classroom

WizIQ Recordor: Create, Share Powerful Video Lectures for Flipped Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"We have launched WizIQ Recordor: an amazing lecture-recording software designed exclusively for your teaching needs. This software lets you convert your PowerPoint presentations into synchronized video lectures, publish them to WizIQ (add them to Content Library), and share them with your students right from your desktop- something which no other software has enabled you to do until now. And yes, it’s absolutely free!

"WizIQ Recordor (yes, it’s spelt with an “OR” not “ER”. No pun intended!) runs as an add-in to Microsoft  PowerPoint and works seamlessly with WizIQ. Install this add-in and a few clicks is all it takes to create an effective MP4 video lecture using your presentation. This add-in allows you to record your live audio and sync it with presentation slides."


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New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces

New Learning Times : Article The Best of 2014: Innovation Spaces | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The NLT Team highlights memorable Vialogues from the year.

1. SparkTruck: A Mobile Hands-On Learning Space
Inspiring creative confidence by any whimsical means necessary.

2. Learning In A School Without Walls
The power of a hidden curriculum.


3. Finding Common Ground In A Ball Pit
An unusual way to break the ice makes friends out of strangers.


4. Floating School In Bangladesh
Ground zero for climate change.


5. Building Dreams, Plank By Plank
Building a farmer's market comes with its fair share of struggles."

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Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps

Ways to Use Video Conferencing in the Classroom - Teachers With Apps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Video conferencing is a wonderful technology that has helped change the way both business and personal communication is conducted. It not only provides a more personal, intimate way to communicate compared to a phone call, but thanks to additional services like document sharing and multi-point capabilities, the technology is by far the most effective and productive way to conduct important meetings outside of actually being face-to-face. But its effectiveness is so close to what a face-to-face meeting can give that it completely negates the need to travel to any sort of in-person meeting. Video conferencing isn’t just a useful tool for businesses and personal use, it’s also a wonderful tool teachers can use to enhance a student’s learning experience in the classroom, whether that classroom is in an elementary school, middle school, high school, or university.

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15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills - Lifehack

15 Photography Sites to Boost Your Skills - Lifehack | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Are you tired of taking taking trashy photos? Have you been trying so hard to capture images like a pro just by using your own digital camera? Do you want to learn appropriate photo angles and take the most beautiful shots with your digital camera or your new GoPro? Well, it’s possible!

Taking photos like a professional is one of the most trending hobbies around. Now-a-days, “selfies” and “groufies” are all the rage on social media sites. People want to share their day-to-day experiences with the world. We can share our most memorable events with a simple click of a button. It is so easy to upload your photos online. It’s fun to show off our personal photos, especially beautiful places with the best scenic views.

Because of this ease to share such beauty, photography is one of the most joyful hobbies anyone can do in their lifetime. By sharing photos we also share precious memories. That’s why people want to take the best photos they can. We all want our photos to look professional. Well, now-a-days this is easier than you may think.

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My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post

My Top 5 Lesson Activities using iPad of 2014 - December 2014 Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As the year comes to an end I thought I would share some of my favourite iPad activities from this year. It was a difficult decision to narrow it down to five but here goes:

 

1.Towards the end of last year my school celebrated it's 150 year anniversary and we carried many activities with the pupils that term looking at the history of the school. One of the activities was to compare then and now photos. We use an app called InstaShake HD App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/instashake-hd/id595411264?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  to blend two photos together in different ways. We also carried out this activity during the recent World War 1 week at the school.

 

2. Last term I worked with a PE department to use the iPads to support GCSE students portfolios. One of the activities was to record video of sporting skills from different angles using the iPad's camera and then add the videos into iMovie app to use some of it's features such as split screen, freeze frame and the speed tool. More detail on this can be found here http://sco.lt/8hTUhd   ;

 

3. Early this term I began an activity with Year 6 pupils to gamify stories using Book Creator App We used the hyperlink tool within Book Creator to link text and images to different pages and give the reader options of where the story went by choosing options within a scenario. More detail can be found here http://www.redjumper.net/blog/2014/12/using-non-linear-stories-gamify-books/

 

4. In summer term I worked with a Year 3 class to use the time lapse feature in I Can Animate App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/i-can-animate/id399760501?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  ; to capture shadows moving across the playground. We set the iPad up to take a photograph every minute from 9am-3pm. Recently Apple have added the time lapse tool into the iOS 8 camera, although you cannot adjust the time between photos like you can in I Can Animate.

 

5. A few months ago Comic Life 3 App https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/comic-life-3/id891378056?mt=8&uo=4&at=11lIT4  was released and within the many new templates is a newspaper front cover. We used this at school to firstly produce a weekly newspaper for the school news with Year 6 but also during World War 1 week to reproduce historical newspaper front pages of significant events during war.

 

A big thank you to all the great feedback to Teacher Guide to iPad App. Hearing how much it has helped teachers worldwide has made all the hard work worthwhile. The latest update brings a new icon, new categories of subjects and apps, a new design and 12 new ideas. Details can be found at www.ipadteachers.co.uk

 

Wishing everyone a merry Christmas and best wishes for 2015!

Adam


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Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 27, 12:27 PM

Great ideas!  Thanks for sharing!   I took a class and used creative. Book Builder app.  Great app for creating  a story to show you understood the lesson .  Check it out !

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Trying to Update an Overloaded iPhone ~ NY Times

Trying to Update an Overloaded iPhone ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Q. For months, I’ve had a message on my iPhone telling me there’s a system update, but when I try to download the software, I get an alert saying I don’t have enough space. What can I do?
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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, December 28, 12:11 PM

Been there done that.

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The apps below represent 52 (which conveniently works out to about one per week if you want to try them that way) of the best apps for your classroom. There are apps that help teachers gather data, scan exams, contact parents, promote research, keep notes, share documents, or even flip your classroom in 2015.
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Sanda Craina's curator insight, Today, 6:25 AM

How useful they are for Romanian teachers?

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Five Tools for Creating Multimedia Textbooks - A Comparison Chart (Richard Byrne)

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Narration Over Google Slides - YouTube

by Natalia Lemoyne


"Get SnagIt for Chrome: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/techsmith-snagit/fcnghgbgmemnlbckdipnmelbanpgneik Visit My Blog: www.everydayedtech.blogspot..."


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Very clear demonstration in a 2-minute video about how to add a voice over to a Google slide presentation.

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Your Ultimate Guide to Giving #PechaKucha Presentations

PechaKucha is a specific style of presentation that originated in Japan that entails presentations of 20 slides, displayed for 20 seconds each...


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LucaVanin's curator insight, December 19, 4:42 AM

Non sai cos'è il Pechakucha?!? Come hai fatto a vivere senza fino ad oggi?

Leggi un po' qui e... impara!!!

Claudia M. Reder's curator insight, December 19, 12:51 PM

This is a creative way to present. The visuals have to enhance the presentation.

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, December 21, 4:11 AM

Una guida pubblicata su Slideshare per realizzare presentazioni PechaKucha, uno stile originario del Giappone per realizzare presentazioni che utilizza alcune semplici regole illustrare nelle 36 slides della presentazione

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A student guide to studying online

A student guide to studying online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


What you need to know before you enroll for an online course


by Tony Bates


"Although most students adjust very quickly, studying online is different in some ways from studying in class. In particular, it requires discipline to keep ‘on schedule’ when there are no daily set lectures or classes to attend."

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6 Models of Blended Learning - Infographic

6 Models of Blended Learning - Infographic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Blended learning and other types of learning innovation can be an answer to the –still- rising costs of the educational system.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Jennifer Gandarias
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niftyjock's curator insight, May 24, 9:44 PM

If yo think Blended Learning is less work, Think again. 

Secunoid's curator insight, May 29, 10:41 PM

Learning never stops.

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do - User Generated Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do.

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rwestby's curator insight, December 16, 2:15 PM

per John Evans

heather bell's curator insight, December 17, 10:22 PM

Adding to our thinking around UDL and the opportunities we create for learning in our classrooms

Stacy Esch's curator insight, December 19, 11:08 AM

Interesting. I wonder how many of these need to be taught in college?

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Anita Pandey Presentation - Getting to the CORE

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"Anita Pandey, author of the book Language Building Blocks: Essential Linguistics for Early Childhood Educators, presents "Getting to the CORE: Best Practices for Language, Literacy, & Content Mastery."

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