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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning.

There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the 'threat' of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the 'real world.' This, of course, changes everything."


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The post continues to explore what should be published, noting that "finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things." 

Why publish? Think of it as a process of authentic experience. Students like to have the ability to see their work online and have others respond to it. The post provides a table that lists 25 apps that range from "videos to graphics, blogging to concept mapping" across many platforms. This is interactive and links to edshelf where you may learn more about the app. In addition there is a list of 27 tools (many of which are listed inthe table). 

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8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore

8 Creative Uses of Google Drawings You Shouldn’t Ignore | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Did you ever click the bright red "New" button inside your Google Drive?


"Google Drawings isn't at the forefront of tools. The limelight is reserved for Docs, Sheets, and Slides. But let's do a reawakening of sorts and click on More to go to the "neglected" siblings. We have seen the usefulness of Google Forms. It's time to appreciate the versatility of Google Drawings.


"Google Drawings is the freshest among all Google Drive tools. It is not a full-blownimage editor like MS Paint. But the graphic editor is more powerful for one simple fact – it is a real-time collaborative application."


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EXCELLENT suggestions and tips for how to use Google Drawings. Well worth the time to investigate.

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I look forward to exploring this!!

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Create a List of Rubrics - Automagically ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

Create a List of Rubrics - Automagically ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
ListRubrics allows you to create a list of your assignments that use a rubric and quickly create a copy of the RubricTab for each assignment.

http://alicekeeler.com/listrubrics
After creating a copy of the template above, go the Add-On menu and find “Copy of listRubrics.” Choose “List rubrics” to reveal the sidebar menu.
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Resources for Makers, Artists, & Tinkerers ^ remake learning

Resources for Makers, Artists, & Tinkerers ^ remake learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Makerspaces & studios, tools & materials, and community connections for hands-on do-it-yourselfers
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8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace ^ THE Journal ^ by David Raths

8 Design Steps for an Academic Makerspace ^ THE Journal ^ by David Raths | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Before enthusiastic school technology leaders start drawing up blueprints for their makerspaces, there's lots of planning that needs to take place, said Russ Jarowski, director of technology at Miss Hall's School, a private school for girls in Pittsfield, MA, who has been involved in the development of several makerspaces over the last 10 years, including at University of Maryland-Baltimore County. It won't help to build out a space if students don't show up and if parents don't support it, he said. "Also, unless its purpose is aligned with school culture and values, it will not succeed," he warned.

Speaking at the annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia June 29, Jarowski detailed eight steps to work through in the creation of a successful child-centered academic makerspace.
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Italian eyewear maker Luxottica working on new version of Google Glass ^ Open Electroncis

Italian eyewear maker Luxottica working on new version of Google Glass ^ Open Electroncis | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The partnership with the U.S. tech giant to build Glass—the Internet-connected eyewear—is going ahead, said Massimo Vian, speaking at the company’s general meeting in Milan, Italy.

Earlier this year, Google stopped selling the first version of Glass and shut its Explorer program, moving the project out of its Google X research lab into a standalone unit. Yet the firm made clear that it was still working to make the eyewear ready for users.
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Tools for Teachers - Media eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn.

Tools for Teachers - Media eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Teachers are always searching for tools to make their lives easier. And so are we. That's why we created the Tools for Teachers ebook series, showcasing free online tools for all kinds of classroom environments.

This eBook volume covers tools for media production—video, photo, and podcasting. Exploring these terrific free tools will help you:

Learn video/screencasting techniques
Edit images with professional editing features
Create and share top-quality podcasts
Join communities of like-minded people
Enhance collaboration
Make teaching and learning fun!
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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn.

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Education is a pretty hot-button issue for so many people out there. The issues in education are numerous and varied, and interestingly, many people find themselves feeling pretty strongly about one or two issues, and could take or leave many of the others. So whether special needs students, public funding, gender equality in education, or something else is ‘your’ issue, you can at least understand that many facets of education get people fired up.


"Below are six TED Talks that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch. These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time."

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The Rise of Open Curriculum — Bright — Medium ^ by Eric Westendorf

The Rise of Open Curriculum - Bright - Medium
What do personal computers, cell phones, and digital cameras have in common? They all started on the fringes. Then they hit a tipping point and, suddenly, they were everywhere.

This past year, I believe “open curriculum” — or curriculum that is free and adaptable — hit a similar tipping point in K-12 education. For the first time, more school districts chose an open curriculum over work developed by traditional publishers, like Pearson.
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As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change ^ NY Times ^ by Steve Lohr

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change ^ NY Times ^ by Steve Lohr | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Companies cannot hire fast enough. Glassdoor, an employment site, lists more than 7,300 openings for software engineers, ahead of job openings for nurses, who are chronically in short supply. For the smaller category of data scientists, there are more than 1,200 job openings. Demand is highest in San Francisco. Nationally, the average base salary for software engineers is $100,000, and $112,000 for data scientists.
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Great Stem/Steam Ideas? ^ Teen Services Underground

Great Stem/Steam Ideas? ^ Teen Services Underground | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Question: Do you have any great ideas for STEM (or STEAM) programs. I am a new librarian and I was asked to incorporate STEM programs into our fall programming. The age level would probably be tweens (or perhaps 3rd grade and up). I would love any input you have, including websites, ideas, etc."


Jim Lerman's insight: A number of very clever suggestions by teachers and librarians.

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PhotoPin - Free Photos for Bloggers via Creative Commons

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"For anyone who blogs or otherwise posts content on the web, one of the vexing tasks can be finding the perfect Creative Commons (CC) image to illustrate one's content. Enter PhotoPin. To use the service, start by entering a keyword into the search box. PhotoPin will then present all related, useable images from Flickr's collection. After reviewing the list, simply select "get photo" to download the photo and attribution link, and upload to your site or blog. For those interested in learning more about CC licensed photos, the FAQ offers a wealth of information."

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Urban Problems | Methods and Techniques in Urban Engineering | InTechOpen

Urban Problems | Methods and Techniques in Urban Engineering | InTechOpen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Cities around the world run into a range of burdensome difficulties, from dwelling deficits to infrastructure problems to inefficient services to environmental pollution. The field of Urban Engineering attempts to address these complications with cost-effective and implementable strategies. This open access book outlines solutions related to urban automation, geographic information systems (GIS), monitoring and management of urban noise, floods, transportation, and many other topics. Each chapter of the book is available for individual download and covers a distinct topic. For instance, Chapter 3 focuses on "Experiences with the Ubranisation of Slums: Management and Intervention Models," while Chapter 10 looks at "Urban Flood Control, Simulation and Management - An Integrated Approach." For readers interested in understanding more about Urban Engineering, this freely accessible online book will provide a thorough introduction."

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4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible ^ eSchool News ^ by Kerri Willa

4 apps that make writing with an iPad possible  ^ eSchool News ^ by Kerri Willa | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"...learn about a few of my favorite apps to support the prewriting process and enable your students to create dazzling digital books."

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10 Great Educational Apps for the new Windows 10 ^ TeacherCast ^ by Jeffrey Bradbury

10 Great Educational Apps for the new Windows 10 ^ TeacherCast ^ by Jeffrey Bradbury | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are several great new features to Windows 10 that are perfect for any classroom.  We will be going through these features over the next few weeks here at TeacherCast. I have had the privilege over the last few months of getting to know the Microsoft Education team and I must tell you… this new operating system and it’s new components are going to transform your classroom this year!  Check out this exclusive broadcast I did with the Windows 10 team at ISTE 2015.

The first question that always pops up is “What applications are available to use with Windows 10?”  Here are my 10 favorite ones so far… in no particular order.
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Remake Learning Playbook

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"Since 2007, a diverse group of Pittsburgh’s educators, funders, academics, and citizens—known as the Remake Learning Network—has emerged to exchange ideas and implement strategies to enhance the region’s learning ecosystem. These efforts have provided the region’s children and youth with novel, engaging, and relevant learning opportunities that help them thrive in school, college, and the workforce. Indeed, what began with small, informal discussions has blossomed into a full-fledged movement that is yielding notable results and earning national recognition.


"In the spirit of open innovation, the Network is building the Remake Learning Playbook, a field guide full of ideas and resources for supporting learning innovation networks. Filled with practical and actionable information to help other communities build on the Pittsburgh model for learning innovation.


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"Release 1 includes several chapters of the Remake Learning Playbook focused on the structure, strategies, and lessons learned by the Remake Learning Network, as well as previews of 10 case studies examining how learning has been remade in schools, museums, libraries, and communities throughout Pittsburgh.



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iNACOL Offers Lessons for Successful Blended Learning Implementations ^ THE Journal ^ by Joshua Bolkan

iNACOL Offers Lessons for Successful Blended Learning Implementations ^ THE Journal ^ by Joshua Bolkan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL) has released a new report, Blended Learning: The Evolution of Online and Face-to-Face Education from 2008-2015, that examines the history of blended learning and offers a range of implementation insights through several case studies.

"Blended learning, also referred to as hybrid learning, combines the best features of traditional schooling with the advantages of online learning to deliver personalized, differentiated instruction across a group of learners," according to the report. "Students in formal blended learning educational programs learn online part of the time, yet have the benefit of face-to-face instruction and supervision to maximize their learning and to best fit their own needs."

Blended learning models generally fall into one of four categories, according to the report's authors, originally identified through research from the Clayton Christensen Institute. Those models include:
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Tools for Teachers - Writing eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn.

Tools for Teachers - Writing eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Teachers are always searching for tools to make their lives easier. And so are we. That's why we created the Tools for Teachers ebook series, showcasing free online tools for all kinds of classroom environments.

This eBook volume covers tools for writing. You'll find resources for digital storytelling, creative writing, blogs, and websites. Exploring these terrific free tools will help you:

Discover digital storytellng resources
Enhance creative writing projects
Optimize grammar and readabiltiy
Create stunning blogs and websites
Enhance creativity and collaboration
Make teaching and learning fun!
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Project Based Learning Scenarios - PBL Ideas eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn.

Project Based Learning Scenarios - PBL Ideas eBook ^ Global Digital Citizen Fndtn. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You know that real-world scenarios will engage students, deepen learning and provide rich problem-solving opportunities. Many educators struggle with how to connect ideas from the curriculum to these learning opportunities. We created these resources to help get you going!

This Ideas eBook will provide proven top quality scenarios that are easily customizable. These ideas will:

Create relevant, meaningful learning
Cultivate problem-solving skills
Connect curriculum to the real-world
Foster creativity
Enhance collaboration
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Parable of the Polygons ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz

Parable of the Polygons ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
My students adore Vi Hart videos.  I think the kids understand maybe 1/2 of what she is saying, but she makes math fun and stimulates their curiosity.

“Parable of the Polygons” is an interactive website that was created by Vi Hart and Nicky Case.  Having watched several Vi Hart videos, I expected the site to do one of the things Vi does best – teach me math.  But I was mistaken.  “Parable of the Polygons” uses math to teach about racism, sexism, (and all of the other negative”isms”) and what we can do to help eradicate them.
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Meet Windows 10, a Throwback With Upgrades in Software and Security ^ NY Times ^ by Brian Chen

Meet Windows 10, a Throwback With Upgrades in Software and Security ^ NY Times ^ by Brian Chen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Windows 10, the next version of Microsoft’s operating system, arrives on Wednesday, and it will have a familiar look and feel to the more than one billion people who have touched a Windows computer in the last two decades.

That is a stark change from the last time Microsoft made a big revision to its operating system, in 2012 with the release of Windows 8 — a release that didn’t go so well. Many customers were confused by the flurry of changes that were designed for so-called hybrid devices that doubled as PCs and tablets. Microsoft’s chief executive, Satya Nadella, said last year that the company “got a few places wrong in Windows 8.”

With Windows 10, Microsoft is offering something of a throwback to the earlier versions. The software also comes with an enticing price tag for users of Windows 7 and 8: free. But perhaps more than anything, there are a handful of new features that might make users consider making the switch.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Stoodle - Quickly Create Shared Online Whiteboards ^ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Stoodle - Quickly Create Shared Online Whiteboards ^ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Stoodle is an online whiteboard service supported in part by the CK-12 Foundation. Through Stoodle you can quickly create a collaborative whiteboard space. On your whiteboard you can type, draw, and upload images. You can connect Stoodle to your computer's microphone and talk your collaborators while drawing, typing, or sharing images."


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See a great video demonstrating Stoodle's capabilities here.

This is an excellent product developed by 2 HS students and a college freshman (who happened to be attending Stanford). Great for peer tutoring...and it is FREE.

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Creating an Immersive [Reading] Experience ^Teen Services Underground ^ by Regina Townsend

Creating an Immersive [Reading] Experience ^Teen Services Underground ^ by Regina Townsend | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler has an interactive Tumblr Blog called The Why We Broke Up Project, where readers can submit their own breakup stories and read those of others.  Along with the tumblr, there is also a musical playlist curated by Handler that can be found here.   Creating a way for readers to further relate with the characters of the book, Handler’s “Why We Broke Up Project” is as humorous as he is, and also includes replies from him directly to readers.


"Seeking out content that intertwines with your collection can be fun, especially now that so many are taking the leap, but can you create your own transmedia, crossmedia, and immersive experiences for books your teens already know and love?  Of course you can!  Here’s a few short ideas."

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This approach is a great way to get students involved in their reading, and to extend reading into numerous making and transdisciplinary activities. This article is definitely worth reading!
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Home - Shark Research Institute

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"The Discovery Channel's Shark Week drew record ratings this year, netting more than 2.5 million viewers. What is it about sharks that so captivates our attention? The Shark Research Institute (SRI) website might provide a few answers to that question. Readers might like to start with SRI Alerts, which links to coverage of all things shark-related from around the web. Next, the About Sharks section features information concerning dozens of shark species listed in alphabetical order, as well as shark videos and a shark photo gallery. Links to the Global Shark Attack File, a site devoted to providing current and hsitorical data on shark/human interactions, can also be found here. The Education section is another great feature of this site, with Games, Handouts for Teachers, a Whale Shark Q&A, and a section on Kids Making a Difference, which profiles a number of children who have made contributions to shark conservation and research."

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