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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

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"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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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 27, 2012 10:33 PM

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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New Learning Times : Article Raspberry Heights Workshop

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Seven-year-old Olivia Callahan tells us that her dad has six computers. Of course he does. He's the director of technology at the School of Visual Arts MFA design program and a tinkerer at heart. So when he discovered the Raspberry Pi, a tiny computer in a colorful case designed for tiny hands, he brought it home for Olivia. She finally had a computer that was truly her own. She learned to build it, start it up, install software on it, and play games on it. One Kickstarter campaign later, their co-computing sessions expanded to include her friends and eventually, other kids from Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. Now, one year later, the father-daughter team is teaching kids how to build their own computers, program them, and design their own games. Rather than viewing the computer as an omnipresent, mysterious box (or screen) that gives you information and answers, the Raspberry Heights Workshop seeks to empower kids to become familiar with all the parts of a computer—the hardware and the software—and use that as a stepping stone toward lifelong computing literacy.
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5 Easy To Use & Free Alternatives To Microsoft Access

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by Gavin Phillips


"Microsoft Access is a database tool, popularised through its inclusion in most Microsoft Office updates since 1992. Being the industry standard, it’s also a complex tool with a steep learning curve. If you’re searching for more intuitive and free alternatives with comparable features that are worth your time, look no further."

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MVU releases guide to help schools navigate the virtual learning journey > Michigan Virtual School | MiVHS | MVU | Michigan Online Education

MVU releases guide to help schools navigate the virtual learning journey > Michigan Virtual School | MiVHS | MVU | Michigan Online Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
MVU recently released a guide for mentors of online learning students, "Mentor Fundamentals: A Guide for Mentoring Online Learners,” that is intended to provide an understanding of the fundamental elements of mentoring or coaching students for success with online courses.

Mentors are critical partners in ensuring student success in navigating the virtual learning journey. The mentor, student, parent and online instructor form a team to help students become proficient online learners and successfully complete their courses.


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The Michigan Virtual School is a reliable source of information about K-12 Virtual Education.  Dig into their resources and you'll be rewarded.

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15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic

15 Tips For Facilitating Online Discussion | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Facilitating discussions between students is one of those things that is infinitely easier when you’re teaching in a physical classroom rather than online. When the students are all in one room, discussions happen more naturally. Facilitating the same type of productive, useful discussion when teaching online is more of a challenge.

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, November 27, 2:04 AM

Speaking skills with Technology

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short and sharp collection of a few important pointers

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Teaching #Ferguson Resources - Google Docs

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"The purpose of this document is to gather resources for learning and teaching about the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. Original creation & development of this document was by host/facilitator @dankrutka & the participants in #sschat at 7pm EST on August 20, 2014 (archive of chat). (See initial #sschat questions at the end of the document.) Please do not remove this historical information about the genesis of this document.


"To share this document, use the link http://bit.ly/FergusonSyllabus

(Credit and gratitude go to @DrMChatelain for initial development of the #FergusonSyllabus hashtag)

"This document includes three sections: resources for learning about Ferguson, resources for learning about the historical backdrop to Ferguson, and (scroll way down) a new section on how our attempts to engage and teach on these topics have gone."

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9 Popular Student Response Tools Compared in One Chart ~ Free Technology for Teachers

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Last winter I published a chart that compared the key features of five popular student response platforms. In the nine months since then more student response tools have come onto market. This morning I added those tools my chart. The chart is embedded below as PDF hosted by Box.com. You can also get a Google Documents copy of it by clicking here.
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10 Chromebook uses: How Google-powered laptops are enhancing classrooms ~ Education Dive

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by Allie Gross


"Here are 10 ways you can utilize the Chromebook and its Google tools to make the most out of your classroom experience."

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EdX Launching MOOCs with Free Certificates for Teacher Training and AP Prep -- Campus Technology

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by Dian Schaffhauser


"MOOC nonprofit edX has signed on for ConnectED, the White House's program to connect "99 percent" of America's students to broadband and high-speed wireless in schools and libraries and improve the skills of teachers through the use of technology. The announcement came during remarks made by President Obama during a ConnectED event that draw superintendents from districts all over the country, which took place this week in Washington, D.C."

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HyperCities ~ New Learning Times

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by Carmen James


"HyperCities is a dynamic educational project at the intersection of cartography and information visualization, humanities and technology, geography and digital space. The project has produced grounded cultural narratives in 27 international cities. HyperCities uses Google Maps and Google Earth (among other technologies, like GPS-enabled cameras and cell phones) to allow users to explore historical layers of city spaces. Accessing the cities and exploring them is straightforward. Once a city has been selected, users can select the time period or the area of the city they are looking to explore on the map. Within each frame, users can access everything from scholarly content to community-generated content. Users can also click on historic sites to learn more about them and overlay older maps of the same cities."

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160 Math Project Ideas Offer Examples of Project-Based Learning

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by Heidi Reina


"These 160 math projects, from schools across the US, provide overviews, activities, assessment rubrics, work product descriptions, and ideas for reflection. Although they vary in format, you can adjust them to your students' learning situation, curriculum demands, etc. Projects from Teach21 PBL (West Virginia Dept of Education), and Math Matters in Indiana are very detailed and provide excellent project-based learning lesson plan templates."

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Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane

Your Rubric Is a Hot Mess; Here’s How to Fix It. - Brilliant or Insane | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Instead of listing all the different ways a task deviates from the target, the single-point rubric simply describes the target in a single column of traits."


Jim Lerman's insight: Interesting idea, but I think using this technique to develop an actual rubric might be better. As in this case, start with statements about level 3, which represents attainment of the standard. Then, to the right, elaborate on  examples of advanced performance, and to the left, examples of performance needing improvement.

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Dan Miller's curator insight, November 19, 8:44 AM

I think this is an interesting idea worth tinkering with. Perhaps though it would be better to list the criteria for a 3 or meets standard and let the students describe what would be short of standard or exceeding standard. Perhaps even letting them submit a completed rubric with their rationale and descriptions of why they hit, missed or exceeded in certain areas.

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Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch

Chromebooks Get Blanket Approval For NYC Schools ~ TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Darrell Etherington


"Google is already leading the pack in terms of tablets and notebooks sold to K-12 education providers, according to recent numbers from research firm IDC, and now it has gained another powerful new ally: The New York City Department of Education. The NYC CIO has signed on with Chromebooks, and Google Apps for Education, as par of their approved and supported (from an IT standpoint) tools for this school year, and they’ve also built a guide to help teachers in their district get started."

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48 iPad Apps That Support A Student-Centered Workflow

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We’ve talked before about an iPad workflow in the classroom, and there are no easy solutions, if for no other reason than every classroom is different. The following app collection from Lisa Johnson gets at the same idea–workflow. This time, however, the collection is titled towards students–student-centered workflow that allows students to access content, turn in work, or collaborate with one another by design (something painting and creativity app drawp also focuses on).
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Excel Vs. Access – Can A Spreadsheet Replace A Database? ~ MakeUseOf

Excel Vs. Access – Can A Spreadsheet Replace A Database? ~ MakeUseOf | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Gavin Phillips


Excel Resources

Here are some excellent online resources, tutorials and templates to give you the upper-hand when getting to grips with Excel:
Learn Excel Without Spending a Penny – reference list for Excel tutorials, covering literally everything you need through one of the links
Templates for Excel – the MS Office store for Excel templates. Excel 2013 has an extended list when you open the software – give it a browse for more options!
Chandoo.org – tons of free information covering all learning levels
MrExcel – similar to Chandoo, has thousands of hands-on how-to videos and tutorials
YouTube: Howcast Tech – great introductory series, moving toward some intermediate Excel tools
Chandoo, MrExcel and the YouTube series from Howcast Tech are particularly good, each providing outstanding tutorials covering pretty much every tool you might encounter in Excel, brilliant resources for humble beginners right through to the Excel savants amongst us.

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Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine

Smile, You’re Speaking Emoji: The Rapid Evolution of a Wordless Tongue ~ NY Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Adam Sternbergh


'And now we’re getting to the heart of what emoji do well—what perhaps they do better even than language itself, at least in the rough-and-tumble world online. Aside from the widespread difficulty of expressing yourself in real time with your clumsy thumbs, while hunched over a lit screen, and probably distracted by 50 other things, there’s the fact that the internet is mean. The widespread anonymity of the web has marked its nascent years with a kind of insidious incivility that we all now accept with resignation. Comment sections are a write-off. “Troll” is a new and unwelcome ­subspecies of person. Twitter’s a hashtag-strewn battlefield.

"But emoji are not, it turns out, well designed to convey meanness. They are cartoons, first of all. And the emoji that ­exist—while very useful for conveying excitement, happiness, bemusement, befuddlement, and even love—are not very good at conveying anger, derision, or hate. If we can take as a given that millennials, as a generation, were raised in a digital environment—navigating, for the first time, digital relationships as an equally legitimate and in some ways dominant form of interpersonal ­interaction—it stands to reason they might be drawn to a communicative tool that serves as an antidote to ambient incivility. They might be especially receptive to, and even excited about, a tool that counteracts the harshness of life in the online world. They might be taken with emoji.

"The word that came up multiple times, in many conversations, with many people about emoji was soften."


Jim Lerman's insight: Wonderful article...full of insight. Just the thing to read over a leisurely Thanksgiving weekend. Great things to thing about, terrific illustrations, fascinating links.

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BE VOCAL: Characteristics of Successful Online Instructors


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7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education

7 ways to become a digital leader with the help of Google Apps and Chromebooks ~ Google for Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Eric Sheninger


"Times are changing, but educational leadership still requires vision, intention, and flexibility. As technology challenges us to move beyond our comfort zones, educational leaders must adapt. This is not as new -- or scary -- as some leaders might think. Leadership is no different today than it was years ago. The difference is that focus, awareness, and style need to evolve with the times if we’re to prepare students for a dynamic, social, connected world. Leadership is about action, not position.

"We need to lead in a way to create schools that work better for kids. This kind of sustainable change demands digital leadership: taking into account developments such as anytime-anywhere connectivity, open-source technology, mobile devices, and personalization to enhance school culture with the help of technology

"Google tools provide educational leaders with easy-to-use and cost-effective ways to enhance leadership and increase efficiency. They’re easily accessible through any web browser and work on any device. They can assist you as a leader to do what you do better:"

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Create Killer Presentations with Explain Everything | Edudemic

Create Killer Presentations with Explain Everything | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ann Elliott


" Integrate content from myriad sources and incorporate social media for easy sharing. In doing so, you’ll make lessons more collaborative and engaging. The slide sorter makes it very easy to manage your slides. My favorite feature by far, though, is the pen tool, which allows you to add notes and annotations directly to my presentations. Also it’s the only screencasting app I’ve used that lets me do direct uploads to YouTube."

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The Best Children’s Books of 2014

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by Marie Popova


"This is certainly the case with the most intelligent and imaginative “children’s” and picture-books published this year. (Because the best children’s books provide, as Tolkien believed, perennial delight, step into the time machine and revisit previous selections for 2013, 2012, 2011, and 2010.)"


Jim Lerman's insight: Popova's post is lavishly illustrated with images from the 15 books she selected for this year's list. Fans may wish to visit her list of winners for the previous 4 years as well.

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How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic

How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ann\ Elliott


"Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom."

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PoliCultura EXPO 2015

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Teachers, kids and students (of all ages) can be highly motivated to work around Expo Milano 2015. The issues are challenging and involve the whole planet; they are also relevant to our everyday life.
 
However, Expo Milano 2015 related issues are difficult in their complexity and knowledge available at school may not be sufficient. Furthermore, not all teachers are familiar with digital storytelling, especially when it involves a large group of students.
 
In order to help teachers and students, we have created a set of resources:
More than 300 pages of educational resources on Expo Milano 2015 themes, based on interviews to world renowned experts
More than 1,000 ideas about possible class activities related to Expo Milano 2015
Online courses (MOOCs) on Expo Milano 2015 themes and on Digital Storytelling
Communities, where teachers can meet other teachers, discuss ideas, receive feedback, find colleagues to work with.
Many of the resources are free and open to all; others are specific for those enrolling in online courses; a few are reserved to those participating in the PoliCulturaEXPOMilano2015 competition."

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STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? ~ Education Week TEACHER

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by Anne Jolly

description by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Educators wanting to add art into their science, technology, engineering and math lessons should consider using it in real-world applications to maintain the advantages of STEM learning, middle-school STEM curriculum designer Anne Jolly writes. She suggests using applied art as part of product or logo design, performance or persuasive writing to communicate project purpose, or creative, artistic methods for brainstorming project ideas. "

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Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day

Two Good Links On Social Emotional Learning ~ Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Here are two new additions to The Best Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Resources:


"Sacramento city schools focus on emotional learning is a Sacramento Bee story about our district’s SEL program, directed by the extraordinary Mai Xi Lee.


"Q&A with Daniel Goleman: How the Research Supports Social-Emotional Learning is from Edutopia."

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NYCDOE Google Apps for Education Resource Center

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Welcome to the NYCDOE Google Apps for Education (GAFE) support site. This site provides information and selected outside resources to help schools that choose to use GAFE. 
 
Some of the linked resources on this site were developed by the New Visions for Public Schools and are found on the New Visions Cloud Lab site.

If you have questions or comments, please email tech@schools.nyc.gov.
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12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts

12 Sources for Free Images to Use on Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The right image may be just the added touch your blog post or social media update needs to get noticed, but finding free, high-quality photos that you can use is challenging. You'll want to bookmark all of these resources to use time and again.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, November 21, 2:36 PM

A 12 resources list that may be very helpful for anyone doing blogs, posts or even digital presentations for the lectures

Elena Elliniadou's curator insight, November 22, 9:01 AM

Δωρεάν φωτογραφίες, με άδεια πνευματικών δικαιωμάτων για παρουσιάσεις, ιστολόγια, αφίσες. 12 πηγές ενδιάφερουσες. Από μια γρήγορη ματιά μου άρεσαν οι σελίδες unsplash & gratisography. Ανάλογα όμως με το τι ψάχνετε θα βρείτε και στις υπόλοιπες 10 τη φωτογραφία που εκφράζει καλύτερα το μήνυμά σας!

Maria Lazaridou's curator insight, November 27, 6:20 AM

Εργαλεία πα΄ντα χρήσιμα για χρήση εντός και εκτός σχολείου