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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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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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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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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

Speakers and sessions for Education on Air ~ Google for Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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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Chrome Apps for Education

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Chrome Web Apps are interactive webpages that run from within the Chrome Browser. Once added from the Web Store a shortcut is accessible from the New Tab Page and App Launcher. Many Apps link direc...


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What's New in Notebook 15 - Mike's Tech Closet

Here is a short video highlighting the new features of Notebook 15 including the Lesson Activity Builder (LAB), Concept mapping and additional math tools.
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Jon Bergmann: Preparing Your Students for Flipped Learning #flipclass @coolcatteacher

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Jon Bergmann talks with Vicki about flipped learning by which he means moving direct instruction to the individual space so the classroom space can be freed up for collaborative projects. Listen now to find out more about this pedagogical method.

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Sometimes we miss the obvious. Bergman reminds us that students have to be taught how to watch instructional videos. 


A simple tip with a powerful punch.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:58 AM

Sometimes we miss the obvious. Bergman reminds us that students have to be taught how to watch instructional videos. 


A simple tip with a powerful punch.

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Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine

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Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 23, 10:07 PM

This link leads you Google Books where you can read specifically about how to use our Scoop.it magazine dedicated to 21st century information fluency. 

Brenda Vargas's curator insight, March 23, 10:32 PM

It is and interesting tool to get useful information to learn and teach

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:56 AM

Understanding curation by creating and using a Scoop.it magazine is one of the projects in EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators.  Constructing knowledge by skillfully tagging, annotating, and sharing information is a way to filter and use the ocean of information we live and teach with. 8-) 

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How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools ~ Fast Company ~ by John Brownlee

How To Design The Googleplex Of Schools ~ Fast Company ~ by John Brownlee | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When the city of Alexandria, Minnesota, asked community members what they wanted in their new high school to be like, they replied, "like the Google campus." So they hired John Pfluger of Cuningham Group Architecture to make that a reality. Something that might not be the same size, or even necessarily have the exact design considerations, but that represents the same sense of possibility—the feeling of being adaptable to the future, whatever might come of it. The result is a state-of-the-art facility for more than 1,400 students where the word "classroom" is verboten, and where an hour in algebra class might be indiscernible from kicking back in the quad.
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How to Verify if That Port Is Indeed a USB 3.0 ~ Personal Tech, NY Times ~ J.D. Biersdorfer

How to Verify if That Port Is Indeed a USB 3.0 ~ Personal Tech, NY Times ~ J.D. Biersdorfer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Q. I have a fairly recent laptop, bought last year, running Windows 8.1. How do I tell if any of the three USB ports on there might be USB 3.0?


3.0 port is on the right above. -JL

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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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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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Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News)

Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When I was a classroom teacher, the best “tech” I had access to was a shared VCR/DVD player and a cracked overhead projector. As a result, I was unable to leverage technology for better “personalization” in my classroom, and so I leveraged relationships, instead.I “personalized” by getting to know m

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, April 12, 1:29 PM

Google Forms continues to be a great asset for schools.  Look at how it is being used in this school to teach SEL. 

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ISTE SIGLib Webinar With Laura Fleming ~ MakerBridge ~ by Kristin Fontichiaro

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Our future school and youth librarians at the University of Michigan are big fans of Laura Fleming, the librarian at New Jersey’s New Milford High School. From her work with transmedia storytelling to her current work nurturing maker culture, she brings thoughtfulness and depth to her work with her students.

We thought you’d enjoy this archived conversation between ISTE school library special interest group chair Elissa Malespina and Laura Fleming. As many conversations between school librarians go, the conversation covers a range of topics, with the conversation on making beginning about 14 minutes in.
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35 Educators You Should Follow on Pinterest

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35 Educational Pinners You MUST Check out! I love Pinterest! It’s kind of hard to believe this is my first post about this wonderful curation tool. Pinterest is NOT just for crafts and recipes, and...

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Cristina Reyes's curator insight, April 4, 2:03 AM

I agree , it´s a great curation tool. Intuitive interface and a variety of topics for educators 

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 6, 3:48 PM

Are you just getting started using Pinterest? Check some of these people for ideas.

Mark Rasi's curator insight, April 13, 8:56 PM

A wealth of info out there!

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, April 4, 6:49 PM

I love this!

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, April 5, 1:06 AM

Lets try out TedEd

Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 10, 12:29 PM

Schnell und einfach Videos für den Unterricht aufbereiten.

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FIRST Robotics | Programs | DPTV

FIRST Robotics | Programs | DPTV | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Detroit Public Television is once again in 2015 proud to showcase the ingenuity and expertise of young engineers as part of our award-winning coverage of the FIRST In Michigan Robotics State Championship.


Not only is the whole championship being streamed all day, starting at 9 am EDT, but the entirety of last year's event is also archived on the same page. -JL

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