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ÜberConference - Free Visual Conference Calls

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ÜberConference provides a rich visual interface for conference calls. Simple, visual, and free to use, it's audio conferencing done right.

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Arts Integration and the Success of Disadvantaged Students: A Research Evaluation

Arts Integration and the Success of Disadvantaged Students: A Research Evaluation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Does arts integration contribute to student success for disadvantaged student populations? The introduction to this article compares students’ academic performance and arts education in countries outperforming the United States on the recent Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS) and makes the argument for using arts integration as a way to teach the Common Core standards and align instruction to the Universal Design for Learning principles. This evaluation of research helps to support the evidence base by examining the quality of studies published between 1995 and 2011 investigating the use of arts integration with disadvantaged student populations, including economically disadvantaged students, English language learners, and students with disabilities. Four hundred fifty-three studies were explored, resulting in the inclusion of forty-four studies in this analysis. Studies were categorized as the following: single art integration, multi-arts integration, effects of arts integration on students with disabilities, or effects of arts integration on school climate. Studies were evaluated for their research design, implementation, and effects, and results depicted positive effects and potentially positive effects. Policy implications and suggestions for future research using the author's proposed theoretical framework are also discussed.
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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times

How to Protect Yourself After the Yahoo Attack :: NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Yahoo said on Thursday that hackers in 2014 stole the account information of at least 500 million users, including names, email addresses, telephone numbers, birth dates, passwords and, in some cases, security questions.

Even if you might not have used a Yahoo account for years, security experts say the incident could have far-reaching consequences for users beyond Yahoo’s services.

Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about how you can protect yourself.
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HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like

HP Just Made It Impossible to Use Those El-Cheapo Ink Cartridges You Like | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
IT’S NOT EASY to be in the printer and ink business these days. Revenue is down. Obsolescence looms. Knock-off cartridges are a cheap and easy alternative. HP’s apparent solution? DRM. Great.

Just to be clear, this isn’t a solution for you. It’s a solution for them. Got an OfficeJet, OfficeJet Pro, or Office Jet Pro X printer? As of last week, reasonably priced third-party ink cartridges no longer work. For a company like, say, 123inkt, the Dutch outfit that sells HP-compatible cartridges and first noticed the change, it’s DRMaggedon.

HP’s at least upfront about it. Brazen, even!

“The purpose of this update is to protect HP’s innovations and intellectual property,” the company told WIRED. Which is true. If only it protected HP’s customers as well.
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RoboKind Debuts Robot with African American Likeness for STEM Education | Tech Learning

RoboKind debuts a humanoid robot designed to expand access and engagement for African-American students in K-12 STEM education. The robot, with African-American likeness, will deliver the Robots4STEM curriculum designed in partnership with Quadrant 4 System Corporation (QFOR).
Guided by the Robots4STEM curriculum, the robot Jett helps students in third grade and beyond gain foundational skills in coding and computer science. The program is designed to support educators with or without experience in computer science in implementing Robots4STEM, all while meeting math and science curriculum standards.
The robot, available in Caucasian and African-American likeness, and the Robots4STEM curriculum are anticipated to be fully available during the 2017-18 school-purchasing season.
For more information or to request a demo of Robots4STEM, visit https://quadrant4edu.com/robots4stem.
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14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom

14 Smart Ways to Use Smartphone Cameras in the Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Check out these 14 great ways students can use their amazingly powerful smartphone cameras for all kinds of classroom applications.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 22, 1:56 AM

Some useful ideas.

a-virtual - Claudia M Pagano's curator insight, September 22, 7:35 AM

Some useful ideas.

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10 Tools to Help Teachers Develop Executive Functioning Classroom Skills - The Edvocate

10 Tools to Help Teachers Develop Executive Functioning Classroom Skills - The Edvocate | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Nicole Eredics Executive Function is a term given to a variety of cognitive processes (organization, working memory, ability to initiate tasks, switch focus or manage one’s behavior) that allow students to learn and achieve goals.
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What About the Rules? A Lesson Plan for Building Trust First - ASCD Express

What About the Rules? A Lesson Plan for Building Trust First - ASCD Express | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"One teacher starts the school year with a writing assignment that asks students to describe their "hands-down" favorite teacher. Through journaling and discussion, the class shares the qualities of successful teachers and students, and then references these throughout the year to bust schooling constructs and build trust."

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An Educator's Social Media Guide

An Educator's Social Media Guide | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Every educator has his or her own reasons for being on Twitter. For me, the really short version of why I engage in professional conversation on social media is that Twitter is a space where educators reject isolation, celebrate together, and continue professional growth.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 19, 12:41 AM

More of a guide to Twitter.

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The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Badges In Education | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Unfortunately, some students are not motivated by grades. Yes, this includes your brightest kids. Some kids could get an A on any test you give them, so they do not see the need for homework. Why do an hour of work every night when they know they are going to get an A on the test? Now you have a student who gets Fs on all his homework and As on all his tests. It turns into a C average, and he doesn’t care. How do you motivate him to do more or do better? The old-fashioned way – you give him a badge.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 17, 2015 2:02 PM

Badges are useful tools.  Generate engagement. Visualize assessment. Tools for coaching and encouragement.

deniseroberts's curator insight, February 20, 2015 9:14 AM

Great article if you are considering "gamifying" your instruction whether it's virtual or face-to-face.

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Using a backchannel by @nikpeachey – UKEdChat.com

Using a backchannel by @nikpeachey – UKEdChat.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
“Backchannel is the practice of using networked computers to maintain a real-time online conversation alongside the primary group activity or live spoken remarks.”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Backchannel

Most backchannels are text based and many-to-many, meaning that anyone can type in a message and it is seen by everyone who has access to the chatroom.
Back channels are particularly useful if you are working in a face to face environment where all or pairs/groups of students are working at a computer or if you are delivering live online classes using some form or web conferencing or webinar platform.
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Great refresher on this valuable tool.

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Miracle Worker by Taylor Mali

A tribute to one of the best speakers I've ever heard - Taylor Mali Free online exercises, worksheets, whiteboard activities for Maths and English. Stella

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Chris Carter's curator insight, September 20, 3:42 AM
There is no better tribute to the profession of teaching than Taylor Mali's Miracle Worker."
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Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch

Why making, coding, and online learning are the real trends to watch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Take online learning and makerspaces for example, which are now expected to find their way into even more classrooms during the next year. At first glance, they don’t seem to have much in common. The former, a purely digital experience, is still attempting to move away from passive learning; the latter, tactile by nature, requires students to take charge of their own learning. But a look through the report’s Key Trends — the section that suggests which topics are driving tech adoption in schools over the next one to five years — reveals an interesting bridge between the two. In the next year, coding as literacy and students as creators are listed as two major drivers. Are the panelists trying to tell us that some combination of physical-digital making is likely in our short-term future?

Likely so, and it’s probably not a bad gamble. It’s not hard to envision individual elements, such as makerspaces or even coding, losing steam over the next few years as new technologies and trendy teaching styles enter the conversation. But it’s much harder to imagine student creation disappearing entirely.
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Using the flipped classroom to enhance EFL learning

Using the flipped classroom to enhance EFL learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Instruction in English is a priority around the globe, but instructional methodologies have not always kept pace with the changing needs of students. To explore the benefits of the flipped classroom model for learners of English as a Foreign Language, the researchers used flipped learning and Wen's Output-driven/Input-enabled model to design a holistic oral training course that included extensive online written and verbal communication for the learning of a wide range of English idioms. The participants were 48 sophomore English majors in two required English oral training classes. A within-subjects research design exposed all participants to learning English idioms by flipped learning, using the LINE smartphone app, and by conventional instruction. A mixed research method was employed, using multiple sources of data collection, including pre- and post-tests on idioms, two questionnaires (“Perception of Flipped Learning Experience” and “Technology Acceptance Model”), the teachers' in-class observations, and semi-structured focus-group interviews. The results revealed that the theory-based flipped instruction using online written and oral interaction not only enhanced the participants' motivation, making them more active in using idioms in class, but also significantly improved their idiomatic knowledge, indicating that the flipped learning was successful in achieving the instructional goals of the class. The authors present insights into the impact of theory-based flipped learning on motivation and idiomatic acquisition; student impressions of the online platform used, LINE; and offer recommendations for practice.
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