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20 Ways to Use Edmodo

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** Watch the 20 Ways to Use Edmodo webinar for more details. **   1. Assessments Utilize the Edmodo quiz builder or poll feature to assess students’ learning during or after a unit of study. &...
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Meerkat or Periscope? How to Broadcast Video Via Mobile ~ Social Media Examiner ~ by Kristi Hines

Meerkat or Periscope? How to Broadcast Video Via Mobile ~ Social Media Examiner ~ by Kristi Hines | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Does the idea of broadcasting live video from your mobile device sound interesting?

"Are you wondering if you should consider Meerkat or Periscope?

"In this article you’ll discover the differences between Meerkat and Periscope so you can choose the best one for your live mobile broadcasts."

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Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life ~ ISTE Connects

Maker-Minecraft mashup brings social studies to life ~ ISTE Connects | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Making allows students to learn by doing and solve problems by tinkering, trial and error. Minecraft is a 3D sandbox game, which has made its way into classrooms because it engages students across a range of subjects. Imagine the learning that happens when these two popular education movements are combined.

"The outcome is a powerhouse of student engagement, says Mike Washburn, head of computer science at Richmond Hill Montessori & Elementary Private School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  In his mind, games shouldn’t be relegated to the fringes in classrooms. Educators should leverage them to engage students and drive new ways of thinking.

"And when it comes to teaching social studies, a subject that often gets a bad rap when supported by only worksheets and textbook reading, incorporating Minecraft can create an explosion of learning. Game playing takes the “boring” right out of it and can be a highly successful way to teach social studies, Washburn argues."


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Google Docs Sharing Permissions by Sylvia Duckworth

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Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers ~ Edutopia ~ by Kyle Pace

Google for Educators: The Best Features for Busy Teachers ~ Edutopia ~ by Kyle Pace | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Among all the links and downloads out there, it can be hard for teachers to know which ones work best. Google has made it easier by creating Google for Educators, which compiles some of the search engine's most useful features in one place. Whether you're teaching Spanish or social studies, mathematics or music, there's a free Google feature that will make your lessons more dynamic and your projects more organized. The lively, informative website offers step-by-step visual tours and even videos to help you get set up. Below are some of the most useful features the site has to offer.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 100 Practical Ed Tech Tips Videos ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
On a cold winter night four or five months ago I started to organize the screencast videos that I've made over the years. I called the list Practical Ed Tech Tips. Since I started that list I've made an effort to add one or two new screencasts to it every week. Yesterday, I added the 100th video to the Practical Ed Tech Tips playlist.

In the playlist you will find videos about tools for flipping your classroom, videos on managing workflow, social media tips, search strategies, and media production. The entire playlist is embedded below.
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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 3, 10:20 AM

A vast amount of needed information to expand your use of technology in the classroom. The short screencast videos are easy to follow and extremely practical.

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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - How to Use Handwriting in Google Docs and Forms ~ by Richard Byrne

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - How to Use Handwriting in Google Docs and Forms ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Twice last week John Stevens tipped me off to new developments in the Google Docs and Forms Add-on called g(Math). First, he alerted me when g(Math) began supporting handwritten responses in Forms and then he notified me when the same support arrived for Docs. In the videos embedded below you can learn how to use g(Math) for Google Forms and Google Docs to accept handwritten entries.
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PBL Pilot: Apps, Tips, and Tricks ~ Edutopia ~ by Matt Weyers

PBL Pilot: Apps, Tips, and Tricks ~ Edutopia ~ by Matt Weyers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Project-based learning is a complex teaching method that, in our experience, requires a clear and established workflow to seamlessly accommodate the needs of teachers, parents, and students. Throughout this school year, we have found several apps, add-ons, and programs that have helped us best manage our workflow.
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Teaching teams: New ways to work together in Classroom ~ Google for Education ~ by Hugh Lynch

Teaching teams: New ways to work together in Classroom ~ Google for Education ~ by Hugh Lynch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"We built Classroom to help teachers spend less time on paperwork, and more time with their students. Since we launched, we’ve also heard from teachers and professors that they’d love to be able to use Classroom to collaborate with other educators. 

"Teach together: Whether it’s a substitute, a teacher’s aide or a department chair, almost every teacher and professor is supported by other educators. So starting today, you can have multiple teachers in a Classroom class. To try it out, just go to your class’s About page and click “Invite teacher.” Additional teachers can do almost everything the primary teacher can do: they can create assignments or announcements, view and grade student submissions, participate in the comments on the class “stream,” invite students and even get email notifications – everything except delete the class."

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50 great apps for teachers ~ Washington Post ~ by Valerie Strauss

50 great apps for teachers ~ Washington Post ~ by Valerie Strauss | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
For a change of pace, here’s a list of “awesome” apps for teachers from Scholastic Instructor magazine offering activities for a wide range of subjects. These  were chosen through crowdsourcing on Scholastic’s Facebook page for teachers as well as with help from the magazine’s teacher advisers and education bloggers. They were published  in a recent edition of the magazine,, and I am republishing them with permission.
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9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps — No Registration Required

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There's a problem with traditional video conferencing clients. Though they are in abundance, they're only remotely useful if all parties are collectively using the same client. Popular services such as VoxOX, ooVoo, IMO and, of course, Skype and Google Hangouts all have this problem, thus putting a damper on quick collaboration. One "solution" to this is…

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, April 14, 6:50 PM

Good collaborative  tools for small groups

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Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools ~ Ed Tech & Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach

Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools ~ Ed Tech & Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Looking for a utility you can deploy and use at the district, school, or classroom levels? Here are a set of useful tools that can use to make your lives, and the lives of other teachers, a little bit easier."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Office Lens - Digitize Handwritten Notes and Diagrams ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Office Lens - Digitize Handwritten Notes and Diagrams ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Office Lens is a new app for iOS and Android (still in limited beta) designed for converting pictures of notes on whiteboards and paper into notes that can be edited in Microsoft Word or PowerPoint. If you don't need to edit the notes that your take pictures of, you can simply export the file created by Office Lens to JPEG or PDF. Probably the neatest aspect of Office Lens is that hand-drawn images and figures captured through the app can be separated from the text to move and manipulate as individual objects in PowerPoint slides. See the video below for an overview of Office Lens.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multimedia Timeline on HSTRY ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multimedia Timeline on HSTRY ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Last fall I reviewed HSTRY when it was still in beta. Recently, it lost the beta album and opened to everyone that wants to use it to create multimedia timelines. One of the features of HSTRY that I love is the option to insert quiz questions throughout your timelines. HSTRY supports the inclusion of video, audio, and pictures throughout your timelines. The video embedded [above] provides a short overview of how to create a HSTRY timeline. The video is from HSTRY's extensive student guide.

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Shamblesguru on Twitter ~ by Chris Smith

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Differences Between Meerkat and Periscope http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/vstreaming/ … #video #streaming pic.twitter.com/tab7uIRoE9
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MakerSpace, A New Social Media Network Exclusively for Makers ~ Laughing Squid ~ by Glen Tickle

MakerSpace, A New Social Media Network Exclusively for Makers ~ Laughing Squid ~ by Glen Tickle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
'MakerSpace is a new social media network for exclusively for makers. The goal of the online community is to connect makers with one another to share projects, follow other makers’ work, or collaborate on a project. MakerSpace is the official online community of Maker Faire.

Users interested in joining MakerSpace can request an invitation on the site.'


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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 29, 11:43 PM

For those teachers wanting to pursue using MakerSpace in the classroom, this is might a place to explore. 

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Every Handout From NCTM ~ dy/dan ~ by Dan Meyer

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Every Handout From NCTM
April 26th, 2015 by Dan Meyer


"Some people on Twitter were grousing about the inconvenience of clicking every single session link in the NCTM directory to find out if the speakers uploaded handouts. NCTM also mentioned that the handouts would only be available for about a month. For both of those reasons, I wrote a script to crawl all 814 talks and yank out the 208 with file uploads.

"So here’s that directory. Or you can download all of the handouts in one big swipe [360MB] if you’d rather."

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21 Educational Apps Approved By Teachers - InformED ~ by Saga Briggs

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Tired of reading the same old list of recommended apps? We've curated twenty-one fresh ones for you here, and you won't find Dropbox or Evernote among th
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Tools That Help Students Analyze Their Own Writing ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Tools That Help Students Analyze Their Own Writing ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Last Saturday I reviewed Analyze My Writing. That post proved to be one of the most popular posts of the week. It also prompted a bunch of questions from readers looking for other tools like it. Here are some more good tools that students can use to analyze their own writing.
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Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian

Online Resources ~ 3D Printing Librarian | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"These blogs and websites will keep you up to date with 3D printing news and trends.

"These sites include 3D printing guides, instructions, history, and provide further context.

"These sites provide curriculum examples for 3D printing programming and instruction."


Very solid collection of quality resources -JL

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Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 27, 12:45 PM

Thanks to @Jim Lerman for sharing this post containing several 3D printing resources. 

benjamin costello's curator insight, April 29, 6:41 PM

Maybe this doesn't really fall under digital history but it is certainly an interesting idea to recreate archival materials that can be used and touched without major problem.

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Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen

Video: Appsmart | Spark Creative Thinking ~ New York Times ~ by  Kit Eaton and Dallas Jensen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"A host of new apps are available to jump-start creative thinking and spark new ideas."

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Charles Fischer's curator insight, April 26, 10:31 AM

Some nice apps that can definitely help with creative thinking! In seminars, apps like these could be used in place of a turn-and-talk or other technique to get conversation going again.

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Speakers and sessions for Education on Air ~ Google for Education

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Last month we announced Education on Air — our free online conference taking place May 8-9, 2015 — and asked what you wanted to hear about. Today we released the schedule of sessions, based largely on what we heard from you. We’ll emphasize innovation — 44% of you voted for this — as well as how to empower students and use Google tools effectively. It was clear from our second poll that you also want practical examples, so our speakers will go beyond theory and share their specific advice for enacting change.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating Animations in Your Browser or On Your Tablet ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Monday's post about Parapara Animation was quite popular and prompted questions from readers looking for similar tools that either work on tablets or offer more features than Parapara Animation. Here are some other sites and apps for creating animations.
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A Guide To Questioning In The Classroom

A Guide To Questioning In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When teachers try to untangle this cognitive mess, they sacrifice personalization for efficiency. There are simply too many students, and too much content to cover, so they cut to the chase.

Which means then tend towards the universal over the individual–broad, sweeping questions intermingling with sharper, more concise questions that hopefully shed some light and cause some curiosity. In a class of 30 with an aggressively-paced curriculum map and the expectation that every student master the content regardless of background knowledge, literacy level, or interest in the material, this is the best most teachers can do.

This only a bottleneck, though, when the teacher asks the questions. When the student asks the question, the pattern is reversed. The individual student has little regard for the welfare of the class, especially when they’re forming questions. They’re on the clock to say something, anything. Which is great, because questions–when they’re authentic–are automatically personal because they came up with them. They’re not tricks, or guess-what-the-teacher’s-thinking.

A student couldn’t possibly capture the scale of confusion or curiosity of 30 other people; instead, they survey their own thinking, spot both gaps and fascinations, and form a question. This is the spring-loading of a Venus flytrap. The topic crawls around in the mind of the student innocently enough, and when the time is right–and the student is confident–the flower snaps shut. Once a student starts asking questions, that magic of learning can begin.

And the best part for a teacher? Questions reveal far more than answers ever might.

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Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt

Teacher Voice: 8 Conditions That Are Harder Than You Think ~ by Peter DeWitt | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The 8 conditions that Quaglia believes are vital to every school climate are belonging, heroes, sense of accomplishment, fun and excitement, curiosity and creativity, spirit of adventure, leadership and responsibility, and confidence to take action. At first blush they sound as though they are easily addressed and accepted in schools. However, as the report shows, some conditions are easier to come by than others, and opinions often conflict with one anothe
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create a Check In/ Out System in Google Forms ~ by Richard Byrne

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Create a Check In/ Out System in Google Forms ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are many uses for Google Forms in classrooms. I’ve used Google Forms to create review quizzes, surveys, and sign-up sheets. This week I discovered a new use for Google Forms. That is using Google Forms to create a check-in/ check-out system for items in a classroom library. You can do this with the help of a Google Forms add-on called CheckItOut. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use CheckItOut.
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