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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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Classroom Live Streaming on a Budget -- THE Journal

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Live stream PA announcements, assemblies, sporting events and other events such as graduation ceremonies! This e-book will help you get started live streaming, and give you tips to establish a successful, budget-conscious live streaming setup for your school.
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7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun

7 Education Disruptors that Are Making Learning More Fun | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
New tools are upending the way we teach and learn. Read on to find out what we think are the coolest innovations in 2015 affecting the education space.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 16, 1:59 AM

Some nice links and examples in this article.

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M. Van Amelsvoort's curator insight, August 18, 10:20 PM

Particularly interested in Numbers 6 and 7.

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How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions

How to Minimize Digital Classroom Distractions | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Classroom technologies such as smartphones, tablets, computers, and wireless internet access offer exciting opportunities to enhance and deepen the learning process. However, using technology in the classroom can also bring multiple distractions to students. Without your proactive supervision, students might access games, web pages, and social networking sites as you deliver instruction.

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Daniela Poggi's curator insight, August 27, 7:52 AM

Come evitare che i telefonini siano una distrazione

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 28, 10:30 AM

Do you have digital rules for technology for your office, classroom or school?  Here are some good ideas.

Antonio Bautista's curator insight, August 29, 6:06 AM

añada su visión ...

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30 Second Videos for Your Students ^ Teacher Tech ^ Alice Keeler

30 Second Videos for Your Students ^ Teacher Tech ^ Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Looking at Facebook analytics, videos that are over one minute long receive far fewer views of the video. One minute is really your UPPER limit for a video length.


30 Seconds…. OR LESS

There are many great reasons to keep your videos to 30 seconds, or less. I create a collection of short videos into a playlist for students. Say one piece of information and stop the video. In and out. Sometimes my videos are only 8 seconds!!"


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Keeler's takeaway for me from this post is her brilliant recommendation to use YouTube Playlists to keep your individual videos as short as possible. Her list of reasons to do so is quite persuasive for me.


As I work with educators to use video as a means to move in the direction of flipping the classroom, one of the biggest obstacles we run into is the seemingly almost universal inclination to make long videos. Use of YouTube playlists will now become my weapon of choice in combatting the enemy of long videos. 


Thank you Alice Keeler!

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5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi

5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age ^ Teaching Channel ^ by Steve Figurelli and Natalie Franzi | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The research is clear: knowledge of words is knowledge of the world.

So what does this mean for us as educators? If we want students to access increasingly complex grade level text, we must Increase student vocabulary, knowledge, and capacity. We’ve highlighted five tools below that are a means to that end.


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Outstanding article that highlights 5 excellent digital tools to enhance students' literacy development.

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Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar

Introducing Film Club: A New Teaching and Discussion Forum About Short Times Documentaries ^ NY Times ^ by Katherine Schulten and Michael Gonchar | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
At least two Fridays a month this school year, we’ll be posting films we think will inspire powerful conversations — and then inviting teenagers and teachers from around the world to have those conversations here, on the blog.
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iFixit: The Free Repair Manual

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"iFixit is a global community of people helping each other repair things. Let's fix the world, one device at a time. Troubleshoot with experts in the Answers forum—and build your own how-to guides to share with the world. Fix your Apple and Android devices—and buy all the parts and tools needed for your DIY repair projects."


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Absolutely, incontrovertibly fantastic!! I can't believe I never heard of this before today. You must check this out if you don't know about it.

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11 1/2 Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility ^ 3Play Media

11 1/2 Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility ^ 3Play Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR, THURS. OCT 1, 2 PM EASTERN


"In this webinar, David Berman, the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field, will share with you the best tools his team uses when auditing and testing websites and documents. Having an excellent test regimen is a crucial part of online accessibility, and David has found the best tools to fit your workflow, platforms, and competencies… so you don’t have to!"

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Google Slides Templates ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz

Google Slides Templates ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Now that our campus has a set of Chromebooks, my students have been delighting in exploring Google Drive.  One tool that has been an asset is the Presentation tool also known as Slides.  Similar to Powerpoint, the Google version has a few advantages in our environment: automatic saving (extremely helpful when the network isn’t always reliable), the rockin’ Research Tool, and the ability to use Google image search within the presentation. Even more importantly, a shared presentation invites collaboration.  I’ve enjoyed having the students work on slides in the same show simultaneously, such as the metaphor presentation I’ve embedded below.


There aren’t a whole lot of themes available in Slides.  But a growing number of templates are popping up online.  You can start with Google, itself, for public presentation templates that are free to download. Another fun resource, though somewhat limited right now, is Slides Carnival.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 10:52 AM

Lots of potential for group projects. I love that you can use the Revision History to see who did what part of the project.

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This year try integrating technology to get students researching, exploring, creating and moving. Hover over the infopic below to discover lessons, free apps, and resources!
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Charles Myers 's curator insight, August 26, 7:03 PM

Nice list of things to do with tech in the classroom #ipaded #teched 

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20 Ways to Transform Learning with Technology ^ Teacher Reboot Camp ^ by Shelly Sanchez Terrell

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Creating Upstanders in Today's World ^ Educator Innovator ^ 4 part webinar series

Creating Upstanders in Today's World ^ Educator Innovator ^ 4 part webinar series | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Educator Innovator partner, Facing History and Ourselves, has teamed up withConnected Learning TV during the month of August to explore what it means to be an upstander in today's digital and physical worlds. In the month-long webinar series, which has been co-streamed at Educator Innovator, participants have explored the steps and strategies that can help students recognize their voice and agency in today’s world, starting with the creation of safe and reflective classrooms. Rich curriculum from Facing History and Ourselves helps students go deep into issues of human behavior, resonating in history, literature, and current events. This approach builds a foundation for students to choose to participate in their own community to make a difference for the world today. Catch the final webinar in the series this Wednesday, August 26, 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT, and watch the entire archive of Facing History webinars at Educator Innovator

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 10:57 AM

Always looking for ways to grow good digital citizens.

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Download It Today ^ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: The Practical Ed Tech Handbook - Download It Today ^ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In The Practical Ed Tech Handbook you will find resources arranged in seven categories; communication with students & parents, web search strategies, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios


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Don't miss this great resource. Download it free, today

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

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Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on PixTeller.com.

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BookChook's curator insight, October 8, 2014 12:53 AM

Stacks of excellent icons! 

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Google launches teacher training center

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The tech giant now provides tips and training for teachers using its classroom tools.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 25, 7:52 AM

Not big news, but some links that are worth checking if you want to get some form of Google accreditation.

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Find, create and share lesson plans and teaching tools to empower your classroom

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Empower your classroom with the best games, apps, and maker kits, including engaging lesson plans aligned to core standards. Explore, connect, & create. Join today!

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Teacher Rose's curator insight, August 2, 5:17 AM

Magnífico material para el Homeschooling.

Pilar Moral's curator insight, August 3, 7:23 AM

Really nice collection of tech related lesson plans across a wide range of subjects.

Amy in ATL's curator insight, August 29, 11:45 AM

Fascinating way to get motivated through collaboration.

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9 Cheap and Easy Ways to Learn How to Code ^ PC Magazine ^ by K. Thor Jensen

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The world of programming is more accessible than ever before. Here's how to get started.


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Just as the title says. An excellent, brief collection of sites to go to for learning. They are not intended for children, but certainly can be used by most people aged 13 or so and up.

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Zoombinis ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eicholtz

Zoombinis ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eicholtz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A few months ago I gushed about a Kickstarter campaign that promised to bring one of my favorite computer games ever, Zoombinis, to the 21st century.  Due to the success of that campaign, the Zoombinis app is now available on iTunes and Google Play. Windows, Mac, and Kindle Fire versions will be available later this year.

I was excited to download the app a few weeks ago when it finally became available to Kickstarter supporters. Back when we were allowed to download our own software, I had the game in my classroom for my students to play.  I highly respected the logic skills the game promoted, so when my daughter was younger, I bought a version for her to try at home.
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Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten

Announcing Our 2015-16 Student Contest Calendar ^ NY Times ^ by Michael Gonchar and Katherine Schulten | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This year we’re bringing back our popular annual editorial, vocabulary, poetry, rap and summer reading contests, but we’re also adding two new contests to the roster.

In the first, which we’ll announce in mid-September, students will be invited to create editorial cartoons. In the second, which we’ll run beginning in mid-October, students will be challenged to write reviews — whether of books, video games, concerts, restaurants or anything else The Times covers.
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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 10:49 AM

These contests provide awesome, challenging, authentic writing opportunities for students.

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Google Classroom Gains New Features ^ Campus Technology ^ by Leila Meyer

Google Classroom Gains New Features ^ Campus Technology ^ by Leila Meyer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google has incorporated several new features into Google Classroom, the company's platform for creating, sharing and grading assignments, and has other features set to roll out in the coming weeks.

"In a blog post, Will Phan, a software engineer for Google Classroom, wrote, "Most of these features are rolling out this week; stay tuned in the next few weeks for more back-to-school goodies in Google Classroom, Google Docs, Sheets and Slides." 

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, August 29, 10:50 AM

Yay! Love that it is now incorporating the Calendar feature. Sad that it creates a totally new calendar instead of being able to link to one already created.

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10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content ^ 3Play Media

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FREE WEBINAR, THURS. OCT. 8, 2 PM EASTERN


"With recent lawsuits in higher education and updates to Section 508 on the horizon, it is more important than ever that online learning content be made accessible to students with disabilities. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, will provide you with 10 tips for making your online course material accessible."

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Best Practices for Integrating Closed Captioning with Mediasite Lecture Capture ^ 3 PlayMedia

Best Practices for Integrating Closed Captioning with Mediasite Lecture Capture ^ 3 PlayMedia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR, WED. SEPT 9, AT 2 PM (EASTERN)


"With the proliferation of lecture capture and other video communications used for blended and online learning, educational institutions are facing legal, functional, and ethical pressures to provide video accessibility accommodations to their students and staff. For accessibility administrators and technology implementers this means figuring out the most streamlined and cost-effective solution for accessible video captioning.

In this session, Sam McCool, the Instructional Technology Manager at Nevada State College, will discuss NSC's campus accessibility policy and the solutions they implemented. We will provide a comprehensive view of the captioning process, including best practices for linking to Mediasite, as well as best practices and tips for implementing accessibility technologies. We will also go over federal accessibility laws that dictate closed captioning requirements in higher education. Looking at Nevada State College's workflow, we will walk through an efficient, cost-effective way to manage closed captioning at a university level.

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Crowd Mics ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz

Crowd Mics ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I was spoiled by having a sound system in my last school and I have been looking for a low-cost alternative ever since I moved into my portable classroom 4 years ago.

I think I may have found a solution – at least for those of you who have a couple of mobile devices you would be willing to dedicate to the cause.

Crowd Mics is a free app available on iTunes and Google Play.  The concept is simple.  Download the app on two different devices.  One device will be the receiver, and you will need to plug a good speaker into the headphone jack.  The other device will be the microphone.
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Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator

Literacy Practice in the Real World: Students Annotating the Web | Educator Innovator | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In this recent webinar, Educator Innovator partner, hypothes.is, convened a group of educators and scholars who focused on the history of social writing and annotation practices more broadly and considered the possibilities for collaborative student annotation on the web and in today’s classroom."

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6 Updates to Google Classroom for Fall 2015 ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

6 Updates to Google Classroom for Fall 2015 ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Keeler provides us with a nice visual that highlights Google Classroom's new features for this fall.

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Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 25, 11:18 AM

Great tool! our teachers are working with it, so this will be useful for them.