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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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MVU releases guide to help schools navigate the virtual learning journey > Michigan Virtual School | MiVHS | MVU | Michigan Online Education

MVU releases guide to help schools navigate the virtual learning journey > Michigan Virtual School | MiVHS | MVU | Michigan Online Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
MVU recently released a guide for mentors of online learning students, "Mentor Fundamentals: A Guide for Mentoring Online Learners,” that is intended to provide an understanding of the fundamental elements of mentoring or coaching students for success with online courses.

Mentors are critical partners in ensuring student success in navigating the virtual learning journey. The mentor, student, parent and online instructor form a team to help students become proficient online learners and successfully complete their courses.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 12, 12:08 PM

The Michigan Virtual School is a reliable source of information about K-12 Virtual Education.  Dig into their resources and you'll be rewarded.

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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 24, 9:38 PM

This Infographic conveys solid information.online discussions. Enjoy!

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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | @scoopit via @wiredinstructor http://sco.lt/...

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Teaching #Ferguson Resources - Google Docs

Teaching #Ferguson Resources - Google Docs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this document is to gather resources for learning and teaching about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Original creation & development of this document was by host/facilitator @dankrutka & the participants in #sschat at 7pm EST on August 20, 2014 (archive of chat). (See initial #sschat questions at the end of the document.) Please do not remove this historical information about the genesis of this document.


"To share this document, use the link http://bit.ly/FergusonSyllabus

(Credit and gratitude go to @DrMChatelain for initial development of the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag)

"This document includes three sections: resources for learning about Ferguson, resources for learning about the historical backdrop to Ferguson, and (scroll way down) a new section on how our attempts to engage and teach on these topics have gone."

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9 Popular Student Response Tools Compared in One Chart ~ Free Technology for Teachers

9 Popular Student Response Tools Compared in One Chart ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Last winter I published a chart that compared the key features of five popular student response platforms. In the nine months since then more student response tools have come onto market. This morning I added those tools my chart. The chart is embedded below as PDF hosted by Box.com. You can also get a Google Documents copy of it by clicking here.
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10 Chromebook uses: How Google-powered laptops are enhancing classrooms ~ Education Dive

10 Chromebook uses: How Google-powered laptops are enhancing classrooms ~ Education Dive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Here are 10 ways you can utilize the Chromebook and its Google tools to make the most out of your classroom experience."

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology

EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dian Schaffhauser


"MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology. The announcement came during remarks made by President Obama during a ConnectED event that draw superintendents from districts all over the country, which took place this week in Washington, D.C."

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HyperCities ~ New Learning Times

HyperCities ~ New Learning Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Carmen James


"HyperCities is a dynamic educational project at the intersection of cartography and information visualization, humanities and technology, geography and digital space. The project has produced grounded cultural narratives in 27 international cities. HyperCities uses Google Maps and Google Earth (among other technologies, like GPS-enabled cameras and cell phones) to allow users to explore historical layers of city spaces. Accessing the cities and exploring them is straightforward. Once a city has been selected, users can select the time period or the area of the city they are looking to explore on the map. Within each frame, users can access everything from scholarly content to community-generated content. Users can also click on historic sites to learn more about them and overlay older maps of the same cities."

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160 Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning

160 Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Heidi Reina


"These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation, curriculum demands, etc. Projects from Teach21 PBL (West Virginia Dept of Education), and Math Matters in Indiana are very detailed and provide excellent project-based learning lesson plan templates."

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Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Instead of listing all the different ways a task deviates from the target, the single-point rubric simply describes the target in a single column of traits."


Jim Lerman's insight: Interesting idea, but I think using this technique to develop an actual rubric might be better. As in this case, start with statements about level 3, which represents attainment of the standard. Then, to the right, elaborate on  examples of advanced performance, and to the left, examples of performance needing improvement.

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Dan Miller's curator insight, November 19, 8:44 AM

I think this is an interesting idea worth tinkering with. Perhaps though it would be better to list the criteria for a 3 or meets standard and let the students describe what would be short of standard or exceeding standard. Perhaps even letting them submit a completed rubric with their rationale and descriptions of why they hit, missed or exceeded in certain areas.

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Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch

Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Darrell Etherington


"Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for this school year, and they’ve also built a guide to help teachers in their district get started."

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48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow

48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We’ve talked before about an iPad workflow in the classroom, and there are no easy solutions, if for no other reason than every classroom is different. The following app collection from Lisa Johnson gets at the same idea–workflow. This time, however, the collection is titled towards students–student-centered workflow that allows students to access content, turn in work, or collaborate with one another by design (something painting and creativity app drawp also focuses on).
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10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right

10 Ways to Get Student-Centered Learning Right | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

If there’s been a single educational buzzword with traction over the past few years, “student-centered learning” certainly tops the charts. From the TED stage to experimental classrooms, an increasing number of thought leaders, schools and teachers are advocating a handover of the learning experience to the students who must do the learning.


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Tuesday Tech Tips – Collaborative Learning with Google Maps

Tuesday Tech Tips – Collaborative Learning with Google Maps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This week’s Tuesday Tech Tips was written by guest blogger Nikki D Robertson.  Find Nikki on Twitter at @NikkiDRobertson:  EdCampATL CoFounder, #TLChat Moderator, TL News Night Anchor, School lib turned Inst.

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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, November 7, 6:41 AM

This is the perfect idea for creating useful content. I will be trying it out.

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BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors


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7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education

7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Eric Sheninger


"Times are changing, but educational leadership still requires vision, intention, and flexibility. As technology challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones, educational leaders must adapt. This is not as new -- or scary -- as some leaders might think. Leadership is no different today than it was years ago. The difference is that focus, awareness, and style need to evolve with the times if we’re to prepare students for a dynamic, social, connected world. Leadership is about action, not position.

"We need to lead in a way to create schools that work better for kids. This kind of sustainable change demands digital leadership: taking into account developments such as anytime-anywhere connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to enhance school culture with the help of technology

"Google tools provide educational leaders with easy-to-use and cost-effective ways to enhance leadership and increase efficiency. They’re easily accessible through any web browser and work on any device. They can assist you as a leader to do what you do better:"

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Create Killer Presentations with Explain Everything | Edudemic

Create Killer Presentations with Explain Everything | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ann Elliott


" Integrate content from myriad sources and incorporate social media for easy sharing. In doing so, you’ll make lessons more collaborative and engaging. The slide sorter makes it very easy to manage your slides. My favorite feature by far, though, is the pen tool, which allows you to add notes and annotations directly to my presentations. Also it’s the only screencasting app I’ve used that lets me do direct uploads to YouTube."

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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

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by Marie Popova


"This is certainly the case with the most intelligent and imaginative “children’s” and picture-books published this year. (Because the best children’s books provide, as Tolkien believed, perennial delight, step into the time machine and revisit previous selections for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.)"


Jim Lerman's insight: Popova's post is lavishly illustrated with images from the 15 books she selected for this year's list. Fans may wish to visit her list of winners for the previous 4 years as well.

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ann\ Elliott


"Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom."

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PoliCultura EXPO 2015

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Teachers, kids and students (of all ages) can be highly motivated to work around Expo Milano 2015. The issues are challenging and involve the whole planet; they are also relevant to our everyday life.
 
However, Expo Milano 2015 related issues are difficult in their complexity and knowledge available at school may not be sufficient. Furthermore, not all teachers are familiar with digital storytelling, especially when it involves a large group of students.
 
In order to help teachers and students, we have created a set of resources:
More than 300 pages of educational resources on Expo Milano 2015 themes, based on interviews to world renowned experts
More than 1,000 ideas about possible class activities related to Expo Milano 2015
Online courses (MOOCs) on Expo Milano 2015 themes and on Digital Storytelling
Communities, where teachers can meet other teachers, discuss ideas, receive feedback, find colleagues to work with.
Many of the resources are free and open to all; others are specific for those enrolling in online courses; a few are reserved to those participating in the PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 competition."

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STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Anne Jolly

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"Educators wanting to add art into their science, technology, engineering and math lessons should consider using it in real-world applications to maintain the advantages of STEM learning, middle-school STEM curriculum designer Anne Jolly writes. She suggests using applied art as part of product or logo design, performance or persuasive writing to communicate project purpose, or creative, artistic methods for brainstorming project ideas. "

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Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Here are two new additions to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources:


"Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning is a Sacramento Bee story about our district’s SEL program, directed by the extraordinary Mai Xi Lee.


"Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning is from Edutopia."

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NYCDOE Google Apps for Education Resource Center

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Welcome to the NYCDOE Google Apps for Education (GAFE) support site. This site provides information and selected outside resources to help schools that choose to use GAFE. 
 
Some of the linked resources on this site were developed by the New Visions for Public Schools and are found on the New Visions Cloud Lab site.

If you have questions or comments, please email tech@schools.nyc.gov.
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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, November 21, 2:36 PM

A 12 resources list that may be very helpful for anyone doing blogs, posts or even digital presentations for the lectures

Elena Elliniadou's curator insight, November 22, 9:01 AM

Δωρεάν φωτογραφίες, με άδεια πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων για παρουσιάσεις, ιστολόγια, αφίσες. 12 πηγές ενδιάφερουσες. Από μια γρήγορη ματιά μου άρεσαν οι σελίδες unsplash & gratisography. Ανάλογα όμως με το τι ψάχνετε θα βρείτε και στις υπόλοιπες 10 τη φωτογραφία που εκφράζει καλύτερα το μήνυμά σας!

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42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects

42 Fill-in-the-Blank Prompts For Students To Design Their Own Projects | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The following series of fill-in-the-blank prompts can be used by teachers to create lessons, students to create projects–or teachers to collaborate with students to create lessons–or projects.


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LibrarianLand's curator insight, November 2, 9:26 AM

Another useful design tool.

Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, November 16, 9:20 AM

Such a fun list of prompts for students to use as a jumping off point into almost any kind of deep learning. 

 

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What are the best time-saving apps for teachers?

What are the best time-saving apps for teachers? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

There’s simply not enough time,” I hear you say – and I agree.

It’s fair enough, as a teacher, if you find that you don’t even have enough time to look at all the gadgets and devices that might help save time. But stop the clock and allow me to bring you up to speed with the best time-saving apps around, as well as pointing out some of the glitches.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 14, 2:43 PM

Great time-saving apps to share with your school staff.