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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical

Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Bill Ferriter
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"Sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post about his students' experiment with Scoop.it -- a resource to help users curate collections of resources. Using the tool, students entered search terms related to New York City's ban on large, sugary drinks, then selected sources on the topic they thought should be shared. Scoop.it allows students to evaluate sources, build collections and publish content, Ferriter writes."
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12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies

12 districts honored for their innovative digital curriculum transition strategies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
At the Learning Counsel’s Annual Gathering and National Awards event, twelve leading districts were recognized for their vision and innovation in integrating digital curriculum and technology into their teaching and learning process. Attendees at the event included top education executives from around the U.S., who gathered to acknowledge exemplary progress and discuss how innovation, technology, and school and classroom remodeling is pushing the education envelope—all in the name of better outcomes for our youth.

“The Learning Counsel is helping education leaders chart a course that includes actionable data and current trends,” said Janell McClure, the director of Digital & Multimedia Learning from Cobb County School District. “These awards share incredible examples of innovative thinking. The knowledge we’ve gained at this Gathering event will guide our work as we continue to strive for excellence in teaching and learning through digital platforms, tools, and practices.”
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The Inauguration of a New President: A Lesson Plan on Predicting and Evaluating the First 100 Days of a Trump White House

The Inauguration of a New President: A Lesson Plan on Predicting and Evaluating the First 100 Days of a Trump White House | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Donald J. Trump’s freewheeling style defies predictability. As Ross Douthat writes, “Anyone who tells you, with perfect confidence, what a Trump administration will do is either bluffing or a fool.” Yet even though predictions can often be wrong, we still can’t help making them — after all, humans crave some degree of certainty to navigate our lives and prepare for the future in an uncertain world.

In this lesson plan, we challenge students to make predictions about the Trump presidency — but predictions grounded in as much evidence as they can gather. What can we expect from Mr. Trump’s first 100 days in office? And as the months progress and students keep an eye on the news, how many of their predictions will turn out to be accurate?
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Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool

Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google announced today the release of Toontastic 3D which is similar to the original Toontastic but has more awesome stuff to offer. Toontastic 3D allows kids to use their imagination and engage in creative tasks. They can construct amazing things including book and school reports, design pitches, narrate stories, create beautiful cartoons and many more. Toontastic 3D is available for free download in both iOS App Store and Google Play Store.  It also works with select Chromebooks."


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, January 17, 3:07 AM
another great tool from google for 3D storytelling
 
Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 17, 4:12 AM
A very good and engaging tool for digital storytelling. Quite simple but with a very catchy layout. Easy to use, with simple outcomes. It is a good tool for primary and lower secondary students!! Production is saved as a video in the mobile device.
Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, Today, 9:40 AM

Great book creation, story telling tool!  Students can narrate as well.

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Augmented reality set to overtake VR as new apps go live

Augmented reality set to overtake VR as new apps go live | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You’re at work, flipping through emails that hang in mid-air. Graphs, text messages and pictures pop up on your desk, then disappear. Bored, you sit back and watch a jellyfish bob across the ceiling.

This is augmented reality – real life only better, bedazzled with digital displays. AR is the next futuristic fantasy the tech industry wants to conquer, and in 2017 it may finally happen.

You can watch a video demo of the above scene courtesy of secretive Florida start-up Magic Leap. This shows a head-mounted display overlaying surroundings with a broad array of eye-popping graphics — including a game in which you shoot enemy robots as they pop up around you. The release date for Magic Leap’s technology is still unknown – it may be a few years off yet – but you can already get a taste of some AR experiences.

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Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid

Extending the Shelf-Life of Your Instructional Videos: Six Common Pitfalls to Avoid | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Marie Norman, PhD  "...there are a number of small mistakes that can shorten the shelf-life of video unnecessarily, limit its reusability, and compel you to re-record sooner than you’d like. I know because I’ve made virtually all these mistakes myself!


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 1:06 PM

Creating 'Evergreen Video' is the idea. Marier Norman offers find advice that will extend the life of our video presentations.  Time Saver! Don't miss it!

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, January 18, 10:28 AM
Great suggestions!