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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As social media become more and more predominant as platforms of connection and collaboration, the need for creating and maintaining a PLN ( Personal/Professional Learning Network ) becomes more pressing. As teachers and educators we are expected to be on top of the latest trends that can inform and enhance our classroom teaching as well as our professional growth.We are also expected to know the web tools that our students use and the new ones we can use with them in the future; but this is not always possible and because not all of our time constraints it becomes difficult to keep up the the new releases . It is at times like these that you can call upon your PLN.


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Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage | TechCrunch

Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage | TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Frederic Lardinois


"Students whose school use Google Apps for Education will soon be able to store as many files in their Google Drive folders as they like.

"Earlier this year, Google launched Drive for Work, its premium $10/month version of Google Drive with unlimited storage and a couple of additional enterprise features. Today, the company announced that is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for Education soon, too, with the launch of Drive for Education.

"Individual files can measure up to 5TB, which should be more than enough for most legitimate use cases.

"Just like the rest of the Google Apps for Education suite, Drive for Education is available free of charge for all non-profit educational institutions (and there are no ads either). As a Google spokesperson told me, Drive for Education will automatically become available to all Google Apps for Education users over the coming weeks. This is a slow rollout, however, and it will be a few weeks before it reaches all users."

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Creating Simple Websites With Keynote (video)

http://macmost.com/e-1029 You can use Keynote to build a simple multi-page website. When you export as HTML, the resulting files can be uploaded to a web hos...

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marc augier's curator insight, September 20, 1:15 PM

The great thing I learned is that you can set KeyNotes so that only the links are active. Then, you get an hypertext presentation instead of a pile of slides.

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Only for any Apple computers

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9 Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials

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Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials: 9 Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials To Get Started. Camtasia Studio 8 is among the Top eLearning Tools.

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Watchup - Your daily newscast

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"Watchup wants to reinvent the way you watch the news. Starting is easy- just turn it on and, based on your location, newscasts begin to play. As you pick and choose what draws you, Watchup learns your interests, and feeds you more on that. Meanwhile, it suggests contextualizing articles to accompany the broadcasts. Think of it as Pandora for news junkies. Available for iPhone (iOS 7.0 and later) and Android (3.0 and up)."

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Installing Chrome On Windows 8: Everything You Need To Know ~ makeuseof

Installing Chrome On Windows 8: Everything You Need To Know ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you’re running Windows 8, Chrome is easily the best browser you can be running — so what happens when you run into issues during installation?

"Installing Chrome on Windows 8 isn’t as simple as you might think. Let’s run through a few of the choices you have and issues you might run into while trying to install it."

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MaKey MaKey ~ New Learning Times

MaKey MaKey ~ New Learning Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Meredith Powers


"MaKey MaKey is an "invention kit," that allows users to turn anything capable of conducting a small amount of electricity into a touchpad which can be connected to a computer or other electrical device (lamp, blender, etc.). It’s designed for ages 8+ to provide a starting point for learning to use electronics.


"MaKey MaKey offers a lot of inventive possibilities to encourage creative thinking and it provides hands-on learning experiences for computer science concepts. The kits are reasonably priced compared to other intro-to-electronics products (e.g., littleBits Base KitSquishy CircuitsDiscover Electronics) and they are extremely easy to use."

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Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality ~ NY Times

Oculus Brings the Virtual Closer to Reality ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Vindu Goel


"Virtual reality is virtually here — although its first incarnation will come with short battery life, images that do not quite track eye movements and a tendency to induce motion sickness.

"In the next few months, Samsung intends to release the Gear VR, a headset that combines software from the virtual-reality pioneer Oculus VR and Samsung’s coming Galaxy Note 4 smartphone to create a portable virtual reality experience.

"And within the next year or so, personal computer users will probably be able to buy a more powerful headset from Oculus itself that will allow them to plunge more deeply into three-dimensional virtual worlds, from outer space to the Egyptian pyramids.

"Oculus showed off the latest versions of both devices over the weekend to developers in Los Angeles. Two things were clear: Serious technical challenges remain, but Oculus is closer than any other company to creating a product consumers can use to explore computer-generated environments that seem so real that you almost forget they are fake."

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Free Screen Recorder Video Capture Software.

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Screen recorder is convenient and safe software that allows to take PC screen video capture of high quality, with or without sound. The program has no viruses, spyware and unwanted applications. Screen Recorder has been tested by the advanced antivirus systems that proved it is absolutely secure software in its segment.



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tom jackson's curator insight, September 26, 7:15 AM

I am using screencast-o-matic currently, but this appears to have many similar functions and may be a way for you to investigate a screen recording product

tom jackson's curator insight, September 26, 7:16 AM

I am using screencast-o-matic currently, but this appears to have many similar functions and may be a way for you to investigate a screen recording product

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 28, 9:00 AM
General information

Screen recorder is convenient and safe software that allows to take PC screen video capture of high quality, with or without sound. The program has no viruses, spyware and unwanted applications. Screen Recorder has been tested by the advanced antivirus systems that proved it is absolutely secure software in its segment. This program is a perfect tool when the users need to create:

  • Video clips
  • Video lectures
  • Video presentations
  • Game video records
  • Online video records
  • Records of video and audio conversations

Screen recorder software allows each user to make unique high-quality screen records and share them with other users on the web. Users don’t have to register or pay fee to use Screen Recorder.

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PixTeller - Poster Maker!

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Create targeted image quotes, personalized greeting cards, beautiful posters or any amazing image you wish on PixTeller.com.




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Linda Denty's curator insight, September 14, 10:48 PM

This looks like a great way to create cards and posters.

Isabel García's curator insight, September 20, 6:35 AM

realizar poster

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Luo näyttäviä julisteita / sanastokortteja.

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Annotate the Plot: Using Annotation to Write Better Fiction ~ Digital Is

Annotate the Plot: Using Annotation to Write Better Fiction ~ Digital Is | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Meera Nair


"Last semester, I discovered Genius.com (formerely RapGenius), a new site that allowed media-rich digital annotation for text. Several of my students had used the site to annotate rap songs and were enthusiastic (and a little bemused) when I suggested we use it in our class. 


"We decided to use Genius.com as a platform to collaboratively engage and connect with several stories that we were close reading. Genius.com not only allows students to annotate or create digital marginalia or notes, but also share comments on peer annotations. The site's interface also lets students enhance their annotations with links, images and embed video and audio from popular social media sites like Soundcloud or Youtube."


Jim Lerman's insght: A very informative and detailed article about a fascinating way to approach the study of fiction using online digital media site Genius.com

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- From the Principal's Office: My Three Days with My iPhone 6 +

- From the Principal's Office: My Three Days with My iPhone 6 + | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by J. Robinson


"I suppose the question many would ask is: Why should I get an iPhone 6+? Well, if you're like me, it brings the best of two devices together: phone and tablet. I actually have found myself using the iPhone 6+ for many tasks I had relegated to my tablet. Overall, my early experiences are mostly positive. I am hoping for a little better case as these devices become more popular."


See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=8295#sthash.ijdGyfxo.dpuf

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search ~ AllTwitter

10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know You Could Do With #Twitter Search ~ AllTwitter | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Shea Bennett


"Twitter’s search tool is an incredibly powerful part of the system but it’s criminally underused. Indeed, many new users aren’t even aware that you can search on Twitter, and those that do often aren’t aware of the more advanced aspects of the feature.

"It’s time to put that right. In this article we’ll look at 10 things you probably didn’t know you could do with Twitter search, with easy-to-follow, clickable examples so you can utilise these tips right away.

"You can find the Twitter search box at the top right of any page on Twitter.com, or head on over to search.twitter.com for a Google-like search box."

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Announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter

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by Brandon LeBlanc


"Have you ever had something on your phone that you really wanted to show to your friends and family, but they had to huddle around you and your PC, tablet, or smartphone just to show them? This happened to me last weekend when my parents were visiting from out of town and I wanted to show them photos from my wedding this last summer our photographer took. Today we’re announcing the Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter, which connects to an HDTV, monitor, or projector and will let you easily share content from any Miracast-enabled device – including many PCs and Tablets running Windows 8.1. With the Wireless Display Adaptor, I don’t have to worry about getting everyone to huddle around a device. All the content I care about, along with audio, is easily shared on the big screen."

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$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times

$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jeff Sommer


"It turns out that upgrading an iPhone every two years on a 24-month phone service contract, as I’ve been doing, doesn’t cost $199. This year it will cost me at least $649. In fact, it could cost considerably more than that if you add the miscellaneous charges that your phone carrier may impose, and the discounts that it may withhold.

"Keeping your costs under control may take some work:  I discovered that a relatively new option — buying a phone on the installment plan from AT&T, my current carrier — turns out to be much cheaper for me than getting the phone through a service contract, the way I’d done it before. I didn’t know that until I crunched the numbers."

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Jeff Sommer with NY Times dissects true pricing for the new iphone 6 and 6 Plus. The $199 base price is not as it seems; Sommer suggests researching several phone carriers to learn the actual costs of the upgraded phones. Sommer enlisted the expertise of Craig Moffett (senior analyst and partner at MoffettNathanson Research) to try and break through some of the overwhelming pricing, contracts, and discounts. Their estimates suggest prices that include service contracts at $649 and more.

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How to Circumvent the Limitations of Edmodo's Mobile App While Using a Mobile Device

Almost ALL of my students complain about the difficulty of using Edmodo's mobile App to take quizzes, upload profile pictures, complete assignments, see assi...

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How Can Brain Based Learning Change the Classroom? (EdSurge News)

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by Connie White


"How do students best learn? How do teachers best teach?

"As a former high school physics, chemistry and math teacher, parent of three children and technology and learning director and educational consultant, answering those questions has been my life’s work for over 20 years both in and out of the classroom. My passion is to help teachers incorporate strategies, methods and technology tools that foster student engagement and learning. Further, I help students understand how they learn and empower them to take control over their learning.

"In my work, I’ve found that research about the brain can catalyze our understanding of how students learn and how teachers, in response, should mobilize."

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Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof

Type Superfast With Real Time Voice Dictation in iOS 8 ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bakari Chavanu


"It’s time to do less typing and more talking with the new real time voice-to-text feature in iOS 8.


"Relatively little has been said about the new real-time dictation function in iOS, and in previous versions it may not have been worthy of the highlight. But with the recent iOS 8 update, Apple has restored bragging rights when it comes voice dictation and mobile devices.

"Past iOS dictation implementation wouldn’t show the text you dictated until you tapped the Done button, which meant activating the feature several times for long form dictation. Well, not anymore. For me, the new voice-to-text feature works more efficiently than Dragon Dictate on the Mac."


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I have been a user of Dragon Naturally Speaking for about 8 years and have found it very, very useful -- both for myself and in teaching. Having an effective, "free" voice-to-text capability opens up fabulous opportunities for students to express themselves. The advent of easy voice to text moves writing in a whole new direction. I know because I dictated most of the last book I wrote and several recent  funding proposals. It takes awhile to learn how to dictate efficiently and effectively, which has little to do with the software learning your voice patterns and much to do with developing a different though process.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 28, 10:49 PM

I can see it now, students all over the library talking into to their phones, assuring me they are writing their papers. ;-)

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VideoNot.es ~ New Learning Times

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by Dan Haugh


"VideoNot.es is an online app that syncs note-taking with videos for quick and easy reference. VideoNot.es syncs with your Google Drive to automatically synchronize your notes with whatever video you are watching. Users can then click on their time-stamped note to instantly jump to the appropriate place in the video. VideoNot.es works with Coursera, Udacity, EdX, Khan Academy, Vimeo, and YouTube.


"VideoNot.es is a great addition to any student/researcher/teacher’s toolbox. The dual panels make writing while watching a video simple and efficient. Additionally, its seamless integration with Google and Google Drive make this tool even more attractive. Making the backups readable in Google Docs might draw more users"

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How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News

How music can inspire strong student writing and discussion ~ eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nathan Garvin

Summary by MiddleWeb by SmartBrief


"Blending music and short journal prompts helps students build their confidence in writing, educator Nathan Garvin writes in this article. Garvin, a middle-school teacher in Texas, describes an assignment in which he plays a song while showing images to the students and then asks them to write about the image they chose as the best match for the song. "It's a simple journal prompt that can lead to creative, deep, and original writing," he notes."


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Flipping Scanned Images ~ NY Times

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by J.D. Biersdorger


"Q. A few months ago I digitized my slide collection. Unfortunately a few dozen slides had the image top-side down. Is there any app that can reverse (not rotate) these, so I don’t have to fish through the Big Pile of Slides again?

"A. Several computer programs and mobile apps can flip the contents of a picture vertically and horizontally to correct slides scanned upside-down or in the mirror image of their proper direction. The free Paint program included with Windows includes a “Flip vertical” and “Flip horizontal” menu command, along with the usual “rotate” option to spin the picture’s overall orientation. In recent versions of Paint, look under the Rotate menu on the Home tab to find the “flip” functions.

"Mac users can flip and rotate images with the Preview program included in OS X; the Flip commands are in the program’s Tools menu. Image-editing programs like Adobe Photoshop Elements for Windows or Mac OS X also include “flip” commands. Adobe Photoshop Express, (available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone), is among the many picture-editing apps that can flip pictures on the go with a mobile device."


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Audio Extractor

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Online Audio Extractor is a handy software for audio extracting. It can help you to extract sound streams from your favorite videos and save them as OGG, MP3, Wave or FLAC files.



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Murielle Godement's curator insight, September 7, 5:29 AM

Pour la boîte à outils.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, September 9, 9:25 AM

Nifty tool.

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, September 26, 1:57 AM

Extrae audio de un vídeo clip y lo guarda en diferentes formatos.

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12 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers ~ mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

12 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers ~ mauilibrarian2 in Olinda | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I'll be checking out these tutorials for guidance and inspiration:"

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iOS 8 Lets You Replace Your iPhone Or iPad’s Keyboard – Here’s How

iOS 8 Lets You Replace Your iPhone Or iPad’s Keyboard – Here’s How | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ben Stegner


"The next iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system is upon us, and it brings all kinds of improvements. Since iOS 7 was a mostly cosmetic upgrade, iOS 8 focuses on new features. Highlights include handy additions like interactive notifications, Siri’s well-deserved Shazam support for identifying music and better integration with the upcoming OS X Yosemite.


"But one of the most freeing features found in the upgrade is the ability to (finally!) change the default keyboard. No longer are you bound to Apple’s stock keyboard, but can instead pursue alternative methods of entering text.


"We’ve taken a good look at what’s available at this early stage, and how to get them set up."


Jim Lerman's insight:  A comprehensive comparison of the alternative keyboards currently available. Nicely done, very informative.

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Getting to Making, Getting to Education which actually Works ~ SpEdChange

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by Ira Socol


"One of our high school teachers told the story of our summer "Pop Up MakerSpace" in a borrowed doublewide in, umm, a "socioeconomically challenged mobile home community." Also a community where speaking English can be a rare thing. We honestly didn't do much planning, he told people, we borrowed the space from a church, we hired someone quickly to add electrical capacity for lighting and computers, we borrowed a variety of tables and seating from the closest high school - also a laptop cart. We brought in lots of cardboard, lots of tape, lots of scissors, some wires, some soldering guns, some hand tools, oh, and a MiFi. And we began. "C'mon in and make stuff," we told the community, and the kids came. Kids 4 through 19, including he remembered, two kids who came within 12 hours of their family arriving in the country. And as they "made" they learned vocabulary - "you're making a house? that part is the gable." "you're making a circuit, let's talk about the wiring..." They learned the mathematics of measurement, the science of geometry and the physics of electricity. "And the kids loved it so much, their parents started coming, and learned to use the sewing machines we had borrowed, and in the end they took over one room of the trailer and started their own cooperative business making things."

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Telling Your Story ~ 350.org Workshops

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Each of us has a story that can move others. As you learn this skill of story-telling, you will be able to tell a compelling story that includes elements that identify yourself, your audience and your strategy to others. In addition, you will gain practice in hearing and coaching others to tell a good story.


Jim Lerman's insight:  Quite an interesting approach to storytelling. This is a workshop for how to design and tell stories to organize and motivate people to engage in the environmental movement. It is very specific and planned in specific detail. It is certainly helpful in an educational setting as well.


Also, a quick note about the Venn diagram. To me, the most interesting parts of Venns are where the circles overlap. What does this Venn tell us where Us and Self overlap, where Us and Now overlap, where Now a and Self overlap, and where Us, Self, and Now overlap. If you can name these intersections, you are demonstrating excellent command of the storytelling topic under consideration. 

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Each of us has a story that can move others. As you learn this skill of story-telling, you will be able to tell a compelling story that includes elements that identify yourself, your audience and your strategy to others. In addition, you will gain practice in hearing and coaching others to tell a good story.

 

Jim Lerman's insight:  Quite an interesting approach to storytelling. This is a workshop for how to design and tell stories to organize and motivate people to engage in the environmental movement. It is very specific and planned in specific detail. It is certainly helpful in an educational setting as well.

 

Also, a quick note about the Venn diagram. To me, the most interesting parts of Venns are where the circles overlap. What does this Venn tell us where Us and Self overlap, where Us and Now overlap, where Now a and Self overlap, and where Us, Self, and Now overlap. If you can name these intersections, you are demonstrating excellent command of the storytelling topic under consideration.