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Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities

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Source:  http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/social-emotional-learning/

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:18 AM

This new website from Jackie Gerstein explores technology use in social and emotional learning. Quoting from the site "This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learing.The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be sued within formal and inforrmal educational setting. Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhacing social emtional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education Standards for Students."

The website is very easy to use. There is a menu that provides a list of 14 activities, including Conflict Management Strategies Posters, Book Trailers, and Teach Tech to Grandparents. Most have samples of projects. Not all are relevant to all ages but she does state that she has used some with both elementary and college students.

 

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Adafruit Industries - YouTube

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Homepage for Adafruit's very extensive video library. You could spend a LOT of time here learning about electronics and projects using Arduinos and much, much more.


"Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor "Ladyada" Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. Adafruit has grown to over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine's Entrepreneur of the year. Ladyada is on the NYC Industrial Business Advisory Council. In 2014 Adafruit was ranked #11 in the top 20 USA manufacturing companies and #1 in New York City by Inc. 5000 "fastest growing private companies".


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Your Students can be “Makers”: 16 Projects Invented by Teachers ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own

Your Students can be “Makers”: 16 Projects Invented by Teachers ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In June 2014, I attended the second Design Do Discover conference at Castilleja School in Palo Alto, CA. This June, the third DDD was held at Marymount School in New York City. Both times, the amazing Angi Chau from Castilleja andJaymes Dec from Marymount were the fantastic organizers, and both times I was honored to have been asked to participate as a coach to support teams of participant teachers.


"The first year was a wonderful learning experience for everyone – coaches and participants alike. But this year blew it out of the water. Hit it out of the park. Nailed it on the head.


"The premise is simple: start with a quick tour of the facility and very brief show-and-tell of the tools (less than 30 minutes!), follow with a group brainstorming session around project ideas (less than 30 minutes!), then form groups to jump into projects. Even before lunch on the first day, groups were already sketching and tinkering with Hummingbird Robotics kits, MaKeyMaKeys, cardboard and MakeDo’s, and more. For two days, I jumped in to help groups, learned new tools myself (LittleBits!), fetched tools and supplies as needed (copper tape! wire strippers!), recommended resources and suppliers (Sparkfun! DigiKey!), and acted as cheerleader for teachers pushing themselves to learn incredible new skills and create amazing artifacts of their learning.


"The final projects blew ALL of us coaches away! The absolute best part, from my perspective, is that every single project was immediately applicable back in the participant’s classroom. Most of them are generally applicable in any learning environment! Serious high school science content, literature and history, elementary grades, even social/emotional learning… This was absolutely the most excellent collection of practical and academically-oriented maker projects I’ve seen!"

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Use Text Expanders for Repetitive Phrases in Your Typing ^ Voniz ^ by Maina Sharma

Use Text Expanders for Repetitive Phrases in Your Typing ^ Voniz ^ by Maina Sharma | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you find yourself typing certain phrases again and again, you could use Text Expander Programs. These allow you to assign predefined keystrokes to complete words and phrases.  For example, in one of my lecture notes I often use the phrase ‘ Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress’. So instead of writing and rewriting the whole phrase again and again, I programmed a text expander so that whenever I type ‘iied’ , the output would be ‘intentional infliction of emotional distress’. Isn’t it wonderful?

Here are some text expander programs for the various operating systems out there

PhraseExpress (Windows 7)

Texter (All other versions of Windows)

TextExpander (Mac)

AutoKey (Linux)

AutoHotKey (Windows/Mac/Linux)
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EdTech App Spotlight - PingPong ^ by Boone Kincaid *Free 'clicker' app for iOS & Android*

EdTech App Spotlight - PingPong ^ by Boone Kincaid *Free 'clicker' app for iOS & Android* | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Ping Pong– a smart communication tool that increases interaction between teachers and students in the classroom. The platform turns any mobile device into a next-generation “clicker,” or classroom response system, which enables teachers to ask students questions about the lesson and immediately collect their responses. Ping Pong translates the responses into visual graph form, so students can grade themselves and teachers can instantly monitor their comprehension. Ping Pong is free, works on existing iOS and Android devices, and requires no extra installation.
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Adjusting to Apple‘s New Photo Software ^ NY Times ^ by J.D. Biersdorfer

Adjusting to Apple‘s New Photo Software ^ NY Times ^ by J.D. Biersdorfer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Navigating the new image editing program on the Mac, and how to quiet a talkative Windows computer.
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16-Year-Old Creates a Working Laser Engraver From 2 DVD Drives & 3D Printed Parts for $30 ^ 3DPrint.com ^ by Eddie Krassenstein

16-Year-Old Creates a Working Laser Engraver From 2 DVD Drives & 3D Printed Parts for $30 ^ 3DPrint.com ^ by Eddie Krassenstein | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

BY EDDIE KRASSENSTEIN 


“I had an unused DVD drive laying around,” Wunderlich tells 3DPrint.com. “One day I was bored, so I started taking it apart and found a wonderful little linear unit. I decided to continue taking apart the DVD drive and found two laser diodes. One laser diode was infrared, and one was red. I tested them by connecting them to 2 AA batteries and found the red laser [worked quite well]. I am always looking for new projects, so I started to think what I could build out of these parts”

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10 Digital Tools for Teaching You Can Learn This Summer

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You've reached the time of year that EVERY teacher dreams of from the first day of school: summer break. Now, as you pack your bags and head for that

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Graphic Design Tutorials By Canva

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Learn graphic design with these quick and simple tutorials.
No experience required. And it's completely free.


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Canva is a terrific free app for designing graphics, slides, posters, flyers, etc. This free set of graphic design tutorials is intended for beginners and is outstanding both in content and design. Don't miss this excellent resource!

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Maximizing Use of Class Time in the Flipped Classroom Setting ^lodgemccammon.com ^ Dr. Lodge McCammon

Maximizing Use of Class Time in the Flipped Classroom Setting ^lodgemccammon.com ^ Dr. Lodge McCammon | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Flipping the classroom is about minimizing the amount of time we are spending on content delivery in the classroom so we can maximize time spent on challenging students to be active, while they collaborate and create. Video lectures are more effective for delivering content to students and can be 60-80% shorter than live lectures. So, if we are using video lectures, what should we do with all that extra class time? Challenge students to…
Walk & Talk
Get Up & Move
Collaborate & Answer Questions
Create Paperslide Videos
Create Lecture Videos
Create Music Videos
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35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne

35 Tools and Strategies to Push Your Ideas Further ^ Entrepreneur ^ by Shannon Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Sometimes when you get a good content idea, you can feel it. Other times, the idea isn't quite so clear. These tools can get you moving in the right direction.


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Very helpful information here. Do check it out.

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8 Free Apps That Increase Productivity ^ Daily Worth ^ by Julia Sonenshein

8 Free Apps That Increase Productivity ^ Daily Worth ^ by Julia Sonenshein | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you’re in a productivity rut, but don’t want to shell out $9.99 to get back on track, there’s plenty of technology to help you regain control of your workday — without all the bells and whistles.

From blocking time-wasting sites like BuzzFeed to ensuring you never forget an item on your to-do list, here are eight apps that streamline your life.


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Very good list. An excellent place to start or recommit to one's own productivity.

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Russell R. Roberts, Jr.'s curator insight, June 14, 12:39 AM

A very helpful set of apps that help you save time, block out distractions, reduce noise, and keep notes.  Here they are (they're all good):

G-Mail Tasks

Self Control (Mac)/Cold Turkey ( Windows)

White Noise

Evernote (my favorite...real handy app)

Remember the Milk

Pomodoro (work time keeper)

Easily Do.

Have fun with these useful apps.  Aloha, Russ.

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Free Video Chat & Conferencing Tools and How to Use Them

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Tips and Resources for Using Free Video Conferencing Tools in Your Classroom Video conferencing and chat tools can be a wonderful instructional resource, as most educators know. You can bring the outside world and guests into your classroom, enable a

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Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, June 14, 6:26 AM

Tips for flipping lessons!

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 14, 2:15 PM

Skype, Google Hangouts plus more...

Apollo B. Gabazira's curator insight, June 18, 12:01 AM

Certainly the new paradigm to doing bisiness  - whether in the claassroon or company board room ..... We have to get used to this 

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Information Is Beautiful

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"Dedicated to distilling the world’s data, information and knowledge into beautiful, interesting and, above all, useful visualizations, infographics and diagrams.


"I’m David McCandless, a London-based author, writer and designer. I’ve written for The Guardian, Wired and others. I’m into anything strange and interesting.


"These days I’m an independent data journalist and information designer. A passion of mine is visualizing information – facts, data, ideas, subjects, issues, statistics, questions – all with the minimum of words.


"I’m interested in how designed information can help us understand the world, cut through BS and reveal the hidden connections, patterns and stories underneath. Or, failing that, it can just look cool!"


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Tweaking a Socratic Seminar Strategy for the Middle Grades ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Sarah Tantillo

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Sarah Tantillo's popular MiddleWeb post, Socratic Seminars in the Middle, gets a tweak that improves student participation, based on an MS teacher's suggestion.
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The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own

The Makings of a Makerspace: Three Examples ^ Getting Smart ^ by Lindsey Own | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Tools, organization, student projects of the makerspaces at Marymount in NYC, Ann Richards STARS in Austin, and Edmonds CC in Seattle."

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kathyvsr's curator insight, June 26, 10:26 AM

'shelves arranged by “Invent Something” or “Prototype Something.”'

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Socrative Teacher - review ^ edshelf

Socrative Teacher - review ^ edshelf | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Engage, assess and personalize your class with Socrative!  Educators can initiate formative assessments through quizzes, quick question polls, exit tickets and space races all with their Socrative Teacher app. Socrative will instantly grade, aggregate and provide visuals of results to help you identify opportunities for further instruction. Save time and visualize student understanding when it matters, now!
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5 Tips for Active Learning Space Design - YouTube ^ by Chris Kobza

Chris Kobza is managing director for learning spaces at the University of Oklahoma.
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MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, June 24, 2:25 AM

Cómo el espacio puede fomentar el aprendizaje. Flexibilidad para aprender mejor.

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Neil Gaiman on How Stories Last

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“Stories … are genuinely symbiotic organisms that we live with, that allow human beings to advance.”
Stories have shapes, as Vonnegut believed, and they in turn give shape to our lives.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, June 16, 9:50 PM

'Must read' article on the underestimated power of story to transcend and transform lives. (Includes 'soundcloud' of Neil Gaiman's lecture, with  transcript highlights).

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 19, 8:41 AM

Brilliant!

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, June 24, 11:20 AM

Good article. It is possible to have management actions delivered to last?

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MakerBot Launches Hands-On Learning Guide For 3D Printing In The Classroom ^ Te@chThought

MakerBot Launches Hands-On Learning Guide For 3D Printing In The Classroom ^ Te@chThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Thousands of educators throughout the U.S. are embracing 3D printing as a new way to teach 21st century skills and prepare students for the jobs of the future[1]. Taking the first steps to introduce students to 3D printing, however, can be challenging. MakerBot, a global leader in the desktop 3D printing industry, conducted in-depth research this spring to better understand how to help educators incorporate 3D printing in classrooms[2]. The research shows that acquiring 3D design skills is a major hurdle for educators and there is no single resource to address this need.

To fill that gap, MakerBot today published a handbook designed to provide educators with a wide variety of ideas, activities and projects to get started with 3D printing. Titled MakerBot in the Classroom: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Design, the handbook includes an introduction to 3D printing and a range of hands-on 3D design lesson plans. MakerBot in the Classroom is available as a free digital download for registered MakerBot customers and a sample project chapter is available free to anyone who registers on MakerBot.com. Additionally, MakerBot launched a new MakerBot Education Resource Center with further ideas and resources to support the integration of 3D printing in the classroom, such as real-world MakerBot stories, videos, challenges for teachers and students, and more.
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Here's How to Get a College-Level Computer Science Education for Free ^ PikeMall Tech ^ by Mike Paul

Here's How to Get a College-Level Computer Science Education for Free ^ PikeMall Tech ^ by Mike Paul | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"aGrupieWare, an independent app company, checked out the requirements for several top computer science programs in the US and created this program from courses offered by MIT, Stanford, and more.


"Here’s their list, which they have stated will be updated and improved upon as they receive feedback from the online community. I’ve pulled the list directly from their site to ensure links are taking you to the right locations."


- See more at: http://pikemalltech.com/heres-how-to-get-a-college-level-computer-science-education-for-free/#sthash.7TJcODVr.dpuf

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Free Stock Photos: 74 Best Sites To Find Awesome Free Images ^ Design School (Canva) ^ by Jacqueline Thomas

Free Stock Photos: 74 Best Sites To Find Awesome Free Images ^ Design School (Canva) ^ by Jacqueline Thomas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Looking for the perfect stock photo for your blog or website? There’s no shortage of beautiful stock photos out there, but the price can be prohibitive.

Fortunately, a growing community of photographers have decided to release their photos for free, or the price of attribution.

We know that amazing, high-quality images are essential to great designs. If you don’t find what you’re looking for in Canva’s library of over 1 million stock images and illustrations, it’s easy to upload your own. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of 74 terrific sources of high-quality, free photos.
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STEAMing Ahead with Susan: 4 Fun Websites for You and Your Students ^ by Susan Rodriguez

STEAMing Ahead with Susan: 4 Fun Websites for You and Your Students ^ by Susan Rodriguez | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Brief descriptions and videos about...

Moovly

Nearpod

code.org

Scratch

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Fab School Labs $100,000 grant competition for public middle schools

Fab School Labs $100,000 grant competition for public middle schools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Northrop Grumman Foundation is making five grants up to $100,000 available to public middle schools for a fabulous school lab makeover.


So if your students are using equipment from their parents' day and your Bunsen burners could use a boost, then a science, technology, or engineering lab or classroom makeover might be just what you need.


Tell us your vision for a dream lab makeover, share a video about your current classroom, and if you are one of our 25 finalists, invite your local community to vote for your video to help you win. Be creative and get ready to make your dream STEM lab a reality."

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Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers ^ Lee's Summit R-7 School District

Google Hangouts Guide for Teachers ^ Lee's Summit R-7 School District | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Hangouts is Google's free video-conferencing tool that is available for teachers to use as part of Google Apps for Education. Up to 10 participants can join a Google Hangout at a time. It's a great way to connect your classroom with other classrooms anywhere in the world. This site will provide teachers and administrators with step-by-step directions how to get started on Hangouts, joining a Hangout, collaboration tools available inside a Hangout, and ideas for ways to use Hangouts in your classroom.
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Making a Book ^Tenth + Fourth ^ Facebook

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Pretty sure you can't do this to a Kindle.


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This is sure to blow your students' minds (and a lot of other people's too). What a great way to start off the school year in September!

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