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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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Voice Typing Comes to Google Docs ^ Teacher Tech - by Alice Keeler

Voice Typing Comes to Google Docs ^ Teacher Tech - by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google Docs now allow for voice typing. I use voice typing on my phone all the time, this is a welcome addition to Google Docs. I am amazed at how accurate the voice typing is. Make sure you talk at a slower pace, carefully enunciating each word. I find it helps to talk a little bit like a robot."


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This is very cool...and very important!

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Random Generator Add-On ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz

Random Generator Add-On ^ Engage Their Minds ^ by Terri Eichholz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I use a lot of Google Forms.  We are using them for a few club applications this year.  Both clubs are extremely popular, so we have to choose participants with a random drawing.

My need is simple – a tool that will automatically “draw” names from my Google Response sheet without me physically writing them down and putting them in a hat.

There are actually many tools for doing this.  Richard Byrne, for example, recently posted about how to make a random name selector with Google Sheets and Flippity.net.  Alice Keeler has got a great Random Student Chooser Template."


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Don't miss Eicholtz's detailed directions on how to use Add-Ons for Google Sheets.

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Cities in Space - Gr. 5-12 STEAM Competition

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In your classroom right now sit the future settlers and inhabitants of new worlds. The members and associates of the New Worlds Institute are dedicated to opening the space frontier in our lifetime to everyone. Beyond the boundaries of race, gender, ideological and socio-economic difference, New Worlds Institute believes in opening this new path to any and all who would like to go. In order to be prepared for the world of Free Space and colonization, the human race must consider what to do once the traveling is over and we have arrived. Space colonization on other planets, the Moon and into Free Space will require an immense amount of skills and resource but eventually, humans will be born in these colonies and the human race can thrive and multiply in a new world alive with new culture, science and ideologies in the making of great civilization.
The Cities in Space Competition coincides with the New Worlds Conference each fall where student presentations are held.  NWI is a global institute which is holding the New World Conference in Austin, TX this fall 2015.  When they are not presenting, competing students will have the opportunity to listen to speakers during the conference as well as meet scientists, engineers, NASA experts, New Space leaders and astronauts. Students will attend a luncheon and set speakers in the main New Worlds Conference room with leading scientists and space enthusiasts and conclude there as well for awards and recognition. In support of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education and Project Based Learning, the Cities in Space Competition is about creating a structure that can enable the human race to survive and thrive into a new civilization in space. The competition will take place onsite, during the New Worlds Conference at the Palmer Events Center in downtown Austin on October 16, 2015. Registration cost is $25 per school team.
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Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray

Tech Ed Resources--Organize Your Class ^ Ask a Tech Teacher ^ by Jacqui Murray | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

"18 webinars (more added as they become available), approx. 30 minutes each, show how to set up your classroom to be tech-infused."

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What is it About Minecraft? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Liana Gamber-Thompson

What is it About Minecraft? ^ Educator Innovator ^ by Liana Gamber-Thompson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, community members and counselors from Summer of Minecraft gathered at the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts to reflect on their experiences in the online summer camp organized by Connected Camps. Summer of Minecraft enabled kids ages 9-13 to hone their skills in the creative, construction-based game with the help of experienced counselors. Campers also had a chance to learn coding in the programming language, Lua, and were able to explore and build in a safe environment on Connected Camps’ moderated servers—all from the comforts of home.

At the summit, which was held on August 4, 2015, Summer of Minecraft counselors showcased the work students developed in response to building, game-design, and problem-solving challenges in front of a distinguished panel of tech, scholarly, and creative leaders. Participants also toured the USC School of Cinematic Arts digital and game design labs. The day started with a roundtable discussion on Minecraft in Education, which was facilitated by Mya Stark, Director of LA Makerspace, and Brendon Trombley, game designer for Institute of Play and Connected Camps.
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Lessons Worth Sharing | TED-Ed

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"TED-Ed is a multifaceted educational platform based on the knowledge-proliferating philosophies of TED, the organization made famous by its renowned TED talks. To take full advantage of TED-Ed, educators will first want to explore the existing Lessons, of which there are thousands. A drop down menu reveals a dozen subjects, including The Arts, Business & Economics, Health, Mathematics, and others. Various filters, including Content, Grade Level, and Duration, help narrow down to a specific topic. Some of the best lessons, such as "The Benefits of Good Posture," have been viewed hundreds of thousands of times, and include thought provoking, ready-made multiple choice and open-answer questions and prompts for student discussions. Educators who would like to use the platform to build their own lessons around web videos (from TED, YouTube, or Vimeo, for example) will need to create an account. Registration is easy, however, and only requires an email and password before creation of video-based lessons can occur."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Updated Page of Video Creation Tools and Tutorials

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It was recently, and correctly, pointed out to me that the video creation resources page on FreeTech4Teachers.com was terribly outdated. This evening I began to rectify that situation by removing the old information that was on the page and replacing with updated tutorials.

On the video creation resources page you will now find a PDF outlining six types of video projects, a playlist of videos about making flipped videos, a playlist of videos about making audio slideshow videos, a playlist about WeVideo, and a webinar recording about making animated videos.

I will be updating the page again later this week when I finish the next guide that I am developing.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Eight Alternatives to Google Image Search ^ by Richard Byrne

Last fall I published a chart comparing alternatives to using Google Image search. This evening I updated that chart to reflect a couple of changes to those tools and to add a new one to it. This chart is designed to provide a quick overview and comparison of good sources of images for students' slideshows and other multimedia projects. You can download the chart through the Box.com widget below or grab a Google Docs copy here.
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Classroom Live Streaming on a Budget -- THE Journal

Classroom Live Streaming on a Budget -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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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Antonio Bautista's curator insight, August 29, 6:06 AM

añada su visión ...

Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, September 2, 9:10 AM

Here are some tips just in time for back to school regarding electronic devices.

Gert Nilsson's curator insight, September 3, 5:13 AM

Lite goda råd om hur du undviker att eleverna blir

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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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4 Tips for Having Students Take Notes in Google Docs ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

4 Tips for Having Students Take Notes in Google Docs ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you are having students take notes in a Google Doc, in particular if those notes require diagrams, consider providing the students with a Google Doc that contains graphic organizers. I am not advocating for fill in the blank type notes where the students fill in a word from the notes being projected. Instead, provide a structured Google Document that contains graphic organizers to save students time from having to draw the charts. Provide students the tools they will need for taking the notes.
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Seven STEM competitions for girls ^ Brookings ^ by Hillary Schaub & Darrell West

Seven STEM competitions for girls ^ Brookings ^ by Hillary Schaub & Darrell West | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In 2013, President Obama stated that “we need to have more girls interested in math, science, and engineering. We’ve got half the population that is way underrepresented in those fields and that means that we’ve got a whole bunch of talent…not being encouraged the way they need to.” The Office of Science and Technology Policy, in collaboration with the White House Council on Women and Girls, touts a commitment to closing the gender gap in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) industries. In addition to government reports and policies, there are several public and private organizations equally committed to this goal. Through female-only competitions and contests, these organizations provide hands-on extracurricular experiences to girls of all ages. The following are seven interactive tech competitions in STEM.
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Six Quick Tips for Sudden STEM Teachers ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Anne Jolly

Six Quick Tips for Sudden STEM Teachers ^ MiddleWeb ^ by Anne Jolly | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There is obviously no one-size-fits-all answer for all the dilemmas that first-time STEM educators are facing this fall. If I could sit down for a few minutes and share some basic things with all the folks out there who are under the gun, I think these are the six points I would make:


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Excellent links and suggestions for STEM teaching/learning, regardless of how much experience a teacher has under her or his belt. Definitely worth a look. Don't miss the link to "Real World STEM Problems."

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Google Classroom: Change Docs to Can Comment ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler

Google Classroom: Change Docs to Can Comment ^ Teacher Tech ^ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When sharing files with students in Google Classroom you are able to give them viewing rights or editing rights on a document. The option for students to only comment on a document is not expressly listed.

If you want your students to insert comments on a document but not edit it, here are the steps to do this.
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Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad | Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Tinkercad is a simple, online 3D design and 3d printing tool for the masses. Whether you're a designer, hobbyist, teacher, or kid, you can use Tinkercad to make toys, prototypes, home decor, Minecraft models, jewelry – the list is truly endless!

"Whoever you are... you dream it, you can make it - our goal is for you to become a proficient Tinkerer!

"Our active community has created over 4,000,000 designs since the inception of Tinkercad, with hundreds of new designs being added daily!


"Acquired by Autodesk

"In June 2013 Tinkercad became part of Autodesk, joining the 123D family of products."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Good Online Bookmarking Tools for Students ^ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Good Online Bookmarking Tools for Students ^ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Earlier today I shared a set of tutorials on using Symbaloo to save and organize bookmarks. Shortly after that post went live I received an email from someone looking for other bookmarking tools that her students could use. Over the years I've tried a lot of bookmarking tools, the following are the ones that I recommend most often.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Build Your Own Custom Image Search Engine ^ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Build Your Own Custom Image Search Engine ^ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Flickr can be a good place to find Creative Commons-licensed images to use in multimedia projects. That said, Flickr does have its flaws and some inappropriate pictures can slip through its filters. One way to avoid this problem is to build your own Google Custom Search Engine. In your search engine you can specify the image hosts that you want your search engine to index. When your students use your search engine the only content that will appear will be from the sites that you have deemed appropriate for them to view. You could start building your search engine with this list of sites that host public domain and Creative Commons-licensed content.
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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 13, 8:50 AM

Nice list of sites on which students can find free images to use in their school work. 

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 10:20 AM

Thx Susan Grigsby

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As originally Scooped by @Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

PixTeller - Poster Maker! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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

Find, create and share lesson plans and teaching tools to empower your classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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

9 Cheap and Easy Ways to Learn How to Code ^ PC Magazine ^ by K. Thor Jensen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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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