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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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Science in the Classroom

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"Science in the Classroom is an excellent resource for high school teachers and university professors who want to integrate the latest breaking research into their lesson plans. The project consists of a team of editors from the world-renowned journal Science, who work with an advisory board of scientists and science teachers to produce content designed for the classroom. On the site, readers may click on either High School or University to choose their target audience. Topics may be divided into Physical or Biological sciences (or choose "Any" to peruse all articles). Click on an article to read the editor's introduction and annotations. Discussion questions are listed throughout. In addition, each article is accompanied by Activities and Teaching Resources, which can be downloaded as PDF files." 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Ideas to Make Lectures and Presentations Interactive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

When I was a student, I had a problem staying awake in class. I felt bad and teachers were mad. Today, as a teacher myself, I discovered the blame was misplaced. I was sleeping because of boring lesson delivery. When I teach a class or an auditorium with hundreds, there is never any sleeping going on because I have an interactive and engaging delivery. Whether delivering a lesson to school children or providing professional development to adults, in today’s fast-paced, digital world, your audience deserves to have an interactive presentation where they are engaged.

"Incorporate some of the strategies below and leave behind the days of sit and git lectures or presentations."

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Class Tech Tips: ProjectWriter for Collaborative Classroom Assignments | Tech Learning

Class Tech Tips: ProjectWriter for Collaborative Classroom Assignments | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Monica Burns

"ProjectWriter is a new web tool that lets teachers design projects step-by-step.  Users start off by naming their project and adding assignments for students to complete, such as answering a question by submitting a piece of writing.  As soon as they complete the task you can view their work and offer feedback.  Students can then review the work of their peers anonymously.


"It’s a great tool for conducting group nonfiction writing projects for History/Social Studies, Science, Technical Subjects, or English Language Arts.  ProjectWriter gives teachers the opportunity to break down units of study into smaller sections.  This lets students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key concepts and terms being taught.  ProjectWriter also offers built-in vocabulary tools and teacher-created student accounts.


"ProjectWriter is free for teachers and easy to use, learn more by visiting their website!"

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101 Ways to Use Tagxedo - Google Slides

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Lots of ways to use this wonderful app for education. -JL

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2015 Student Technology Conference - FREE - January 31, 2015

2015 Student Technology Conference - FREE - January 31, 2015 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

We are excited to announce the 2015 Student Technology Conference, a student-directed global conversation about technology in education. This free, online event will be held on Saturday January 31st, 2015, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by students in grades 6-12.

"The 2015 Student Technology Conference provides an international forum for the presentation, discussion and sharing of educational technology in schools and other academic settings. This conference, by students in grades 6-12 and for all, is committed to:


-Fostering a better understanding of how students use technology in education and to engage students, teachers and administrators in a conversation about technology.


-Assisting teachers and administrators in understanding how students use technology both in and out of the classroom.


-Strengthening the relationship between students, teachers and administrators about technology in the curriculum.


To attend the conference, to be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, and/or to submit to present, please 
join this network!"


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Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times

Writing Your Way to Happiness ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The scientific research on the benefits of so-called expressive writing is surprisingly vast. Studies have shown that writing about oneself and personal experiences can improve mood disorders, help reduce symptoms among cancer patients, improve a person’s health after a heart attack, reduce doctor visits and even boost memory.

Now researchers are studying whether the power of writing — and then rewriting — your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness.
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Hard Questions About ePortfolio Evidence - AAEEBL

Hard Questions About ePortfolio Evidence - AAEEBL | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The eportfolio field – the field of evidence-based learning or of “folio-thinking,” a Stanford University phrase – is at the point of needing to begin developing consensus on eportfolio evidence – a taxonomy, a theory, guidelines, and other initiatives.  What does a person need as eportfolio evidence in different fields [of] study, at different points in a learner’s development, and for different purposes? "

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16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources | Edudemic

16 of the Best Blended Learning Resources | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In February 2014, Edreform.com published a paper on digital and blended learning that points out over “68 percent of parents support digital learning” and “digital learning has tri-partisan support, with 61 percent of Republicans, 65 percent of Independents, and 67 percent of Democrats in favor.” Such strong support may make blended learning the future standard for education. How can you make blended learning a success in your school or classroom? The following resources explore the topic from various angles.
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My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning

My Journey Teaching Through Passion-Based Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nigel Coutts, thelearnersway.net

"Ed note: This is the first part of a two-post mini-series (can you call two posts a mini-series?) The second part of this post will be published tomorrow morning, and will focus on the design cycle of genius hour and passion-based learning.

"For the past eight years students in Year Six at Redlands have participated in a Personal Passion Project during Term Four.

"It is a way to finish their time in Junior School with a project that connects their passion with all they have learned about managing inquiry/design based projects to that point. Over the years it has proven to be a highlight of the year and has produced amazing results. With a change to the Australian & NSW syllabus we have had to revise our approach to the Personal Passion Project and so now is the perfect time to reflect on the past and identify the lessons learned."

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Free Resources from Teq

Free Resources from Teq | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Find helpful how-to guides and eBooks on educational iPad apps, like Evernote, and edtech resources, like our SMART Board quick reference guide.


Jim Lerman's insight: Image above shows 6 of the 11 titles in this very helpful series

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#piic #teched resources  #free

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A helpful series of educational apps for teachers, parents, and even students.  As a teacher, I find some of these apps quite interesting. Best of all--these five titles are free.  Aloha, Russ.

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Free eBook Download : How to Flip Your Classroom

Free eBook Download : How to Flip Your Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Teq.

"A complete guide to flipping a lesson and the tools you need to do it!

A follow up to our "Just Flip It" video, this ebook has everything you need to get started flipping lessons. The eBook contains

Step-by-step instructions
Our favorite tools for flipping
Tips for creating and sharing content"

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Green Screen by Do Ink

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Using Green Screen by Do Ink, students can create original videos using green screen technology to change the background. Green screens are most known for use with weather reports, but kids can create all kinds of scenarios using the green screen. They'll choose a background image from their camera roll, which may involve some Internet searching and saving to find (a great opportunity for a mini-lesson in fair use and copyright), and then record their video in front of a green backdrop. Green butcher paper or plastic tablecloths can work in a pinch, but actual green screens, which can be bought starting at around $20, work best. With Green Screen by Do Ink, students can add a third layer, too, adding another image or incorporating animation created and saved in other apps. Kids work with a timeline, just as in iMovie, moving the clips or images where they want them. Videos are saved to the camera roll and can then be shared however kids choose (email, YouTube, etc.)


Cost: $2.99

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5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology

5 Tips to Help Teachers Who Struggle with Technology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Josh Work, middle school teacher and Marine Corps reservist, talks about teachers who struggle with technology and offers five professional development tips that can bring staff up to speed for school-wide technology integration initiatives.
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Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

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50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic

50 Education Technology Tools Every Teacher Should Know About - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Technology and education are pretty intertwined these days and nearly every teacher has a few favorite tech tools that make doing his or her job and connecting with students a little bit easier and more fun for all involved.

Yet as with anything related to technology, new tools are hitting the market constantly and older ones rising to prominence, broadening their scope, or just adding new features that make them better matches for education, which can make it hard to keep up with the newest and most useful tools even for the most tech-savvy teachers.

Here, we’ve compiled a list of some of the tech tools, including some that are becoming increasingly popular and widely used, that should be part of any teacher’s tech tool arsenal this year, whether for their own personal use or as educational aids in the classroom.
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Favorite Web Tools of 2014 | Tech Learning

Favorite Web Tools of 2014 | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Özge Karaoglu, an English teacher and educational consultant in teaching young learners and teaching with web-based technologies. She is the author of  Minigon ELT book series, which aims to teach English to young learners through stories. Read more of her ideas about teaching English through technology and Web-based tools atozgekaraoglu.edublogs.org.

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Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014 | Tech Learning

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014 | Tech Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Kapuler

"Well, it's that time of year again for my favorite and most robust list on the top 100 Sites/Apps of the year.  As with the previous year's list, more and more mobile apps are making the list as mobile learning continues to be the rising trend in education.  However, that's not to say that there aren't plenty of websites and Learning Management Systems showing up as well.  Finally, any site or app that was in a previous year's list will not be in this one."

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Making Connections Using Text

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by Eveyn Wassell


"I found this site (http://bit.ly/101tagxedo)from Hardy Leung, creator of Tagxedo, about 101 ways to use Tagxedo, and thought about the myriad of ways it can be used in the classroom.  The images created by Tagxedo and their derivatives are free for personal, non-commercial use, subject to the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike License.  And what teacher doesn't love the word free???

"One of my favorite ways to use Tagxedo is to compare two groups of text to look for connections.  Yes, they are pretty to look at but the real use of word clouds comes from analysis of the cloud itself.  Imagine a lesson where students are asked to compare and contrast two speeches from historical figures.  Students are given the two speeches and asked to give the comparison on their own.  What might happen if they were asked to list two items the speeches have in common?  Many students may have a problem completing this assignment depending on the complexity or length of the text."

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Download any video in Google Chrome - YouTube

Tutorial on how to download any video playing in Google Chrome
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6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology

6 Alternative Social Media Tools for Teaching and Learning -- Campus Technology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter may be ubiquitous, but there are many other social media tools out there that can enhance teaching and learning. Here, three educators share their favorites.


Jim Lerman's insight: I particularly like this list because I used most of them and think they're excellent.

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14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2015 | Edudemic

14 of the Best Media Literacy Resources for 2015 | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Today’s young people are growing up in a world that is saturated by the media. The inability to sift through media messages and get to the heart of a matter can prove crippling. Use the above resources to craft lessons that help your students become users of media and not victims of it.
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How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic

How to Use Recycled Tech Devices as Learning Tools | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In a recent (excellent) Edutopia article, fifth-grade teacher Scott Bedley describes how he created an un-makerspace. He cites the recent maker movement and a trip to a Maker Faire as his inspiration: “A makerspace is a place for students to take raw materials and create ‘things’ using their imagination. The creativity required and the ‘in-time’ learning that a makerspace provides are powerful. I saw an example of the power of making this last school year when some of my students, who had normally struggled in a traditional class, created things such as a working catapult fashioned out of popsicle sticks, rubber-bands, and cardboard.

"However, Bedley also spoke with the makers at the Bay Area Maker Faire and realized that many of them took things apart when they were kids, as he did. He believes that we have an inner drive to create an understanding of the world around us, and that includes dissecting objects to ask and answer related questions. His un-makerspace gives students the opportunity to explore their own questions and answers, just as makerspaces give students a hands-on experience."

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The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning -

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by Nigel Coutts


"Ed note: [This is part 2 of a 2-part series]; note that some of the language has been slightly revised from the original post by Nigel. He uses the term passion projects, which is very close to Genius Hour and Passion-Based Learning. The differences across the three terms are often a matter of individual use and interpretation, a point we wanted to help clarify by using the three terms interchangeably even though they may not be exactly the same–passion projects needn’t use a Genius Hour format, nor does passion-based learning necessarily need to take the form of projects. In that way, the above model can be used for any of the three, but it felt most precise as a model for teachers to use to design Genius Hour projects. So, here we are. You can (and should!) read more from Nigel at thelearnersway.net.

"In an ongoing effort towards polishing the edges, over the years we have continued to refine the processes we apply to the Personal Passion Project. We have gained insights into the sorts of projects that work well and which will cause difficulties. We have added a degree of structure while maintaining the required degree of freedom necessary for a personalised project."

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Teq Edmodo Videos

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11 free videos from Teq on how to use Edmodo effectively in the classroom. From creating badges and adding a co-teacher to posting and turning in assignments to adding to the library and managing folders.

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The Ultimate Guide to SMART Board Troubleshooting

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FREE DOWNLOAD from Teq


"The Ultimate SMART Board Troubleshooting Guide
Is stress over your SMART Board getting you down? Read on and find the answers to FREQUENTLY ASKED SMART BOARD TROUBLESHOOTING QUESTIONS from the Teq professional development and support staff.

The eBook includes

How do I setup my SMART Board once it’s been installed?
How do I download SMART Notebook software?
How do I register my SMART Board?
How do I get a SMART Notebook product key?
How do I get my SMART Board to mirror my computer screen?
Why won’t my SMART Board respond to touch?
How do you clean the projector filter?
How do I connect my computer to a SMART Board that is all the way across my classroom?
How do I control my SMART Board from my iPad?"

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New Things to Try in 2015

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With all the research on how unlikely it is to that making New Year's resolutions actually works, we wanted to offer something a little more realistic. Here are some teacher-tested ideas for new things to try with your students in five days, five weeks, and five months.
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