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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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OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review

OS X 10.10 Yosemite: The Ars Technica Review | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by John Sircusa

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"Over the past 10+ years, John Siracusa of Ars Technica has been delivering comprehensive OS X reviews that put all others to shame. The level of detail provided in Siracusa's reviews is astounding, the breadth of topics covered impressive.

Siracusa's review of OS X Yosemite is no different. Spanning 25 pages, and conveniently categorized to boot, Siracusa's extensive write-up touches on all aspects of Apple's latest desktop OS, from surface level aesthetic changes to nitty gritty technical details. It's well worth a read for anyone with even a mild interest in Apple's latest iteration of OS X."


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It's kind of odd for the review of a product to be reviewed, but it this case, it's actually right on the money. I read Siracusa's review and TAUW is correct - if you only get to read one review, this is the one it should be.

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explore ~ Annenberg Foundation

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"explore, funded by the Annenberg Foundation, is one of those rare, heart lifting websites that could make you grateful all over again for the wonders of the internet. From Live Cams of the Cayman Reef to lots of pictures of puppies and kittens, explore seeks to present the details of life, small and large, with an artist’s eye toward beauty. Scout by Channels (e.g. 11 minute films, Darfur & Rwanda, Dog Bless You, and many others), Live Cams (such as African Watering Hole and Beluga Boat Cam-underwater), as well as Films and Photos. Also of interest, the excellent Blog is regularly updated."

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Fun English Games for Kids - Free Interactive Learning Activities Online

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"Fun English Games, along with its sister sites Science Kids and Kids Math Games Online, is a source of free resources for use by teachers and students. Although the main audience is elementary school students, the games, activities, worksheets, quizzes, and videos provided on the site could easily be used by English learners of all ages. For example, in one short video students learn to talk about food: they learn how to express their likes and dislikes, how large a portion to ask for, and the differences between whole wheat and white bread. The Fun Stuff area has a list of English idioms (like "It’s a piece of cake" and "Under the weather”), tongue twisters, and English language jokes. There are also fill-in-the blank quizzes and plenty of activities, such as classroom scrabble or "What will you bring on vacation?" While there are banner ads on the site, they are relatively easy to ignore and do not block content."

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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Sarah Briggs


"We also know that people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners.

"The good news is, these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice. Why some of us master them earlier than others is another topic, one that may have something to do with parenting, environment, and even genetics. But the point is, we’re all capable. The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."

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The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners.


In this article Saga Briggs examines which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.


A recommended read. You can follow the author Saga Milena on Twitter here: @SagaMilena


Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 19, 6:21 AM

A very useful article that recognises that there is a skill (or at least a process) involved to achieve effective learning, and that we can learn this skill, i.e. learn to learn. As the article explains: "The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners" It goes on to examine which learning strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.

 

Reading time: 15 mins

 

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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
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Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Keith Farner

summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Students at a Georgia middle school recently used their math and engineering skills to build solar- and battery-powered model cars. The students worked in groups for the hands-on project and created a video afterward, comparing the costs of renewable and nonrenewable energy. "

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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Laura Devaney

summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"As robotics gains steam in K-12 classrooms with the popularity of computer programming, this article suggests six resources to help teachers introduce such concepts in the classroom. Among them are Lego Robotics from Texas Tech University, which allows teachers to create their own Lego Robotics programs."

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Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches."

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Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Here is a great find I don't want you to miss. This is a step by step guide on how to incorporate digital learning portfolios in the classroom.This guide is created by Rudy Blanco ( Digital Learning Coordinator at the Dreamyard Preparatory School) and is published on Edsurge.


"Blanco started his guide with a few tips on how to make digital portfolio learning a successful experience in your class. He mentioned things such as teaching students about file organization and cited Google Drive as a tool to use for this purpose. He also talked about using a unified filing procedure to make sure that all students are in the same page  and then concluded his tips with the notion of accountability and how making students accountable for their work pushes them to work harder."

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10 Best Shortcuts To Add To Your Right-Click Menu ~ makeuseof

10 Best Shortcuts To Add To Your Right-Click Menu ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Matt Smith


"You may have noticed that your context menu (the menu which appears when you right-click an item on the desktop) is not a static entry. Instead it changes based on the software you add or remove.

To a layman it appears you have relatively little control over this, but you can in fact customize the context menu as you’d like with third-party software. Here’s how to do it – and a handful of awesome shortcuts to add."

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Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times

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by Rory O'Connor


How One School Teaches It

"Using an approach acquired from the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and after training at the center’s summer institutes, the principal and staff at Intermediate School 303, a New York City public middle school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, implemented a program to encourage students to become smarter readers and analysts.

"In its curriculum, the school stresses concepts like the need to evaluate information and sources. Each week the sixth, seventh and eighth graders at I.S. 303 study the concepts and learn how to apply them to current stories in the news.

"Sometimes they use free educational media materials like these, created and distributed for classroom use by Stony Brook and often featuring journalists and reporting from The New York Times.

"The lessons are then shared more broadly throughout E.L.A., Social Studies and other courses — as well as at home with parents, siblings and friends."

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7 Amazing 3D STEM Projects To Do with Your Class -- THE Journal

7 Amazing 3D STEM Projects To Do with Your Class -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Download this custom whitepaper outlining the lessons and the impact that 3D printing has on STEM students. Give your students the hands-on experience of being able to turn their designs into reality and see them reach their full learning potential!


"Get the 7 ideas that will help your students gain experience in design and problem-solving through 3D printing while building their science, technology, engineering and math skills:

  1. Design a new game controller
  2. Study the science of aerodynamics
  3. Make manipulatives for math and science
  4. Engineer with a purpose
  5. Take flight with a NASA project
  6. Create a source of hydro power
  7. Study historic technology"


Free registration required for download of the paper. This is a sponsored publication through THE Journal.

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What to do with a 3 D printer.

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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Meghan Murphy


"For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

"It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

"Four years later, however, it's still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. The market for educational technology is huge and competitive: During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware."

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The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic

The 5 Most Important Things To Come Out of Educational Summits in 2014 | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy


"Blended learning. Digital literacy. Mobile learning. Game-based learning. When these top educational trends came onto the scene, they sparked a learning revolution. That revolution continued into 2014, but if there was one theme to come out of the top educational summits this year, it was this: smarter use. We take a look at exactly what that means below."

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Free Recipe, Grocery List and Menu Planning Apps | BigOven

Free Recipe, Grocery List and Menu Planning Apps | BigOven | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"BigOven is a big deal. It was chosen as a “Best App for Foodies” by Time Magazine and a “Best App for Eating” by the New York Times. It’s free, it’s easy to use, and it lets you keep track of up to 350,000 recipes on your handheld device. You can search the app by keyword, course, ingredient, or just browse popular recipes. This app is compatible with a variety of devices running iOS 7.0+ and Android 2.3+."

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Online Statistics Education: A Free Resource for Introductory Statistics

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"Statistics textbooks can easily cost over $150. But what if you could get the same information for free? This somewhat unattractive but incredibly informative site provides everything a big, fat, hard-covered stats book does but it in an easily navigable web format. (And did we mention it’s free?) This helpful online book was designed and developed by David Lane at Rice University, with a host of helpful co-authors and funding from the National Science Foundation. All chapters include multiple video presentations on such topics as quantitative variables, histograms, and one-factor ANOVA. This is a great find for anyone who wants to better understand the multitude of fields, from politics to plate tectonics, that depend on statistical modeling."

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5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic

5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy


"Google Drive empowers teachers as they use Google Docs to provide real time feedback. It also helps students engage in discourse via Google Moderator, and provides project participants a platform for brainstorming remotely on Google Hangouts. But Google Drive’s power doesn’t lie solely in its own features. In fact, it is Drive’s integration with third party apps that really empower student collaboration. In this post, we’ll explore 5 creative ways to use integrated apps for group projects."

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Google announces upgrades to Classroom ~ EducationDive

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by Allie Gross


"Dive Brief:

"Just two months after announcing its Classroom learning management system, Google is rolling out upgrades.  


"Namely, the LMS now features Google Groups integration, allowing multi-person discussions, the ability for teachers to download grades all at once, and control over how and when students can post in a class' shared activity log.  


"The updates come just a week after Microsoft announced its own LMS app within Office 365."

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After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report

After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nichole Dobo

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Fifth-grade teacher Valyncia Hawkins uses a blended-learning model that combines technology and small-group instruction to personalize learning for students at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. This article describes the 20-year teaching veteran's switch to the teaching model and how she incorporates it daily into her class."

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Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More ~ Teaching Channel

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This rich and current collection of teaching and learning videos is produced by the Teaching Channel. As of Oct. 2014, it's comprised of 935 brief (most less than 10 min) selections, organized and cross-indexed by Subject, Grade, and Topic. Great for individual study, group discussion, or professional development. Each video is accompanied by questions for consideration and direct connections to CCSS, along with additional details. 


Use of the site is free. Free registration also enables viewers to take, share, and save notes as they view videos as well as enjoy other benefits. My experience with the site's content is that most is first rate.

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6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio

6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Rob van Nood


"#1. Portfolios need to be in the hands of the student.  From my own experience, and from research that I have followed, one of the biggest determinants in portfolio success (read that as “authentically integrated into a student’s learning”) is the autonomy of the student to create and manage it.  When school’s institutionalize it too much it becomes “just another thing that schools make us do.”  In addition, it shouldn’t become another thing teachers need to run.  A big part of this revolves around making sure that students see and use portfolios beyond the classroom.  They begin to document, reflect upon and share the learning that is happening in all aspects of life.  When that is happening in an authentic way you know that portfolios have really taken hold.  How we support students to be more in control of the entire portfolio process?"

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives ~ Brain Pickings

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by Maria Popova


"One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality. A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness."


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An excellent essay/review that summarizes and praises Carol Dweck's book Mindset. If you haven't read the book, this is a great way to find out quickly what all the excitement is about.

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50 Ways to Teach With Current Events ~ NY Times

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by Michael Gonchar


"In honor of National News Engagement Day, here are 50 ideas to help teachers bring current events into the classroom, grouped below by category:


Reading and Writing
Speaking and Listening
Games and Quizzes
Photographs, Illustrations, Videos and Infographics
Design and Creativity
Making Connections
Building Skills"

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Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times

Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"We’ve been publishing a Word of the Day every school day since our blog began, and last year, just as we were about to hit 1,000, we announced our first Vocabulary Video Contest.

"We liked the results so much that we’re back with a second year of the challenge. So, along with our collaborators for Word of the Day — the linguists who run Vocabulary.com and Visual Thesaurus — we invite you to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our now nearly 1,200 words strong collection.

"You have until Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Eastern to do it. All the rules and regulations, plus some inspiration from past winners, are below"

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Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12

Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
District IT managers advise not to overlook bandwidth needs.


by Christina Tynan-Wood

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"After developing a committee tasked with guiding a technology rollout for lower grades in an Illinois district, officials launched a tablet and Chromebook initiative that they say has been successful. Using Google Apps for Education, educators say the technology is meeting learning goals, and the move to Chromebooks and a cloud-based service has freed up IT manpower and reduced costs"

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