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Bamboo DiRT - Digital Research Tools

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Numerous links to useful websites for online research, arrayed in categories. Each link is described briefly. Nice job.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, January 20, 2013 1:46 PM

I'd like to thank @suifaijohnmak from whom I learnt about this site in his excellent blog posting "Reseach Tools

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App of the Week: Gooru ~ Haiku Learning

App of the Week: Gooru ~ Haiku Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Gooru is a free personalized learning solution that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of web resources on any K-12 topic. With millions of open multimedia resources and quiz questions, Gooru organizes all online learning content and connects a community of educators and learners to meet students’ unique needs. Gooru is open-source and free."
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5 Tips For Great Sounding Audio Podcasts

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by Jeffrey Bradbury


"How do you podcast? What equipment do you need?  How long is a podcast? What do you after a podcast is recorded?

"To answer some of these questions and to help you out on your podcasting journey, here is a list of 10 tips and tricks I have learned over time while creating more than 500 audio and video podcasts.  This post will serve as part 1 where we will cover the audio side of podcasting, and part 2 will cover video podcasting."

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

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by Jackie Gerstein


"I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment."


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Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, January 18, 12:23 AM

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 18, 12:45 PM
I have the article elsewhere but love the visual that is provided here. Great sign for teacher lounge, mail room as well as a PD topic.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 20, 1:57 PM

This reminds me so much of the 12 Virtues of a Good  Teacher. 300 years ago, but still very essential to the process of education.

http://www.delasalleoaklands.org/uploaded/uploaded_documents/Lasallian_Animator/Formation/12VirtuesGoodTeacher.pdf

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

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"Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules."


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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 3, 2014 4:49 AM

Cultura y Líder y otros temas de interés relacionados con Programas de Aprendizaje Profesional y Evaluación...A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | @scoopit via @BethDichter http://sco.lt/...

Laura Rosillo's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:57 PM

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 6, 2014 6:17 AM

Adults toolkit for learning

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Learn Computer Programming ~ ZEEF

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by Katie Williams


"Get with the program! Coding for kids, coding apps for kids, coding workshops, and programming resources for more intermediate developers! Help me to build a crowd sourced directory for the best resources to learn HTML and CSS, learn javascript, learn python, learn ruby, and more!"

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4 Tools to Help Formative Assessment

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by Deepa Ranganathan


"Until recently, teachers used to depend on tests, and other humanized tools to understand if the kids understood the topic well or not. But, now things are changing. There are tools to help formative assessment. Here is a list of such tools that are helpful, and some of the education centers have used globally. I have not really used any of these tools personally, and so won’t be able to verify them for you on personal grounds. But, yes, this is what my study on formative assessment tools have led me to."

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Google Tools for Special Needs ~ Eric Curts

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"There are many tools and features for the Google suite of products that provide accessibility or other accommodations for users with special needs. Some of these tools and features are created by Google and built right into their products. Others are created by third-parties and available as web apps, extensions, and such.


"The following information will provide a list of many useful Google-related tools and features for users with special needs. This is a rapidly evolving area, so this list will be updated periodically to reflect the most current, most valuable resources."


7-page ebook. Lots of great resources -JL

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Recorded Trainings - Technology Integration

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SPARCC offers a variety of professional development training sessions, many of which are recorded for later viewing. See below for links to our recorded webinars and other trainings and meetings, by date and by topic


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A growing collection of video trainings on tech topics of interest to educators. Current emphasis is on Google tools. (Winter 2015)

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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

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I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

Read more at: http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/01/11/from-visible-thinking-routines-to-5-modern-learning-routines/| Langwitches Blog

I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

 

Silvia Tolisano shares updated visual thinking routines for:

1. Read > Write> Comment
2. Learn > Reflect > Share
3. Contribute > Feedback > Grow
4. Watch > Do > Teach
5. Document > Present > Disseminate
Along with a visual for each of these routines she also explains each step. She also shares three additional routines that she uses with students, as blogging routines and in professional development.

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 25, 7:14 PM

Silvia Tolisano shares updated visual thinking routines for:

1. Read > Write> Comment
2. Learn > Reflect > Share
3. Contribute > Feedback > Grow
4. Watch > Do > Teach
5. Document > Present > Disseminate
Along with a visual for each of these routines she also explains each step. She also shares three additional routines that she uses with students, as blogging routines and in professional development.

Elizabeth Karvonen's curator insight, January 27, 12:40 AM

I  have also found that the Visible Thinking techniques really work in class. The  ' I See - I think - I wonder' technique is particularly successful in an oral proficiency class I give. Thanks to the British Council for first introducing me to this! 

Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, January 27, 6:09 AM

A really wonderful representation of what being digital in this era is all about - learning in the digital era, is more of a contribution rather than a passive absorption of online information. 

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The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 22, 8:31 PM

Dweck rocks!

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Chris Carter's comment, January 26, 1:51 AM
Thank you for sharing this site, Jim. Dr. Dweck is research based and highly motivating. She empowers kids with the knowledge that they can succeed.
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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

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by Jennifer Gonzalez


"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, January 26, 4:02 PM

Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 27, 12:28 PM

The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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Free E-Book: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half ~ Cult of Pedagogy

Free E-Book: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half ~ Cult of Pedagogy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"I have collected 20 really smart strategies to help you grade less, work more efficiently, and still give students the feedback they need. It’s my very first e-booklet, 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half, and it’s FREE to everyone who subscribes to my e-mail list, which I use to send out weekly teaching tips, tools, inspiration, and the occasional freebie!"

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Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview

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by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall Raskind


"The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with LD often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices.

"This article will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience."

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

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by Katrina Swartz


"With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country.

“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand."

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Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools ~ University of Houston

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FREE ONLINE COURSE FOR K-16 EDUCATORS


Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools is a free online class taught by Dr. Sara G. McNeil & Bernard R Robin of University of Houston System


"Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction. 


"You will learn how to use these tools effectively in your classroom through unique problem-based scenarios that will help you understand how to choose the best Web 2.0 tool. Our approach focuses on the task rather than the tool in an effort to improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in your learners. You will take part in a robust exchange of practical ideas while participating in online discussion forums and sharing your experiences and learning from fellow teachers about best practices with Web 2.0 tools in your content area."

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4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE

4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The following online classes are developed and facilitated by BIE, and focus on project design, management and assessment. After taking these classes, you will be able to improve your own PBL practice and share your knowledge with others. Additional classes will be added throughout the year. Follow @PBLUniversity on Twitter to get updates on upcoming classes.


"Please note that classes will only take place if the minimum enrollment is reached. Spread the word about a class you’d like to take place by telling a friend to enroll!"


Jim Lerman's insight: Buck Institute is one of the best places to go to for resources on Project-Based Learning. These courses are sure to be excellent.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 21, 8:02 PM

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is a go to site for learning about Problem-Based Learning, and they are offering four free one-week courses during February and March. The courses are:

* How to Create a Driving Question

* How to Manage Student Presentations

* How to Assess Critical Thinking

* How to Include Content and Competencies

You may register for the first two courses now. Registration for the other two will open on Feb. 4, 2015.

Additional information is available on the courses at the website (click through to the course).

There is a maximum enrollment of 300 so if you are interested in checking these out it would be good to go to the website sooner rather than later.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 24, 12:03 AM

Great resource! Thx Beth Dichter

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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by Steve Kolowich


"When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute, unscripted critique for each student. He doesn’t bother editing the videos, even if he says “um” a lot or has to rephrase a sentence or two.

"Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.

"The two Monash instructors recently wrote about their video-feedback method, in a paper that analyzes survey responses and unsolicited notes from 126 of their students. “A surprising theme in the data was that students reported that they felt the feedback to be ‘real,’ ‘honest,’ and ‘authentic,’” they wrote in the paper, which will appear in a coming issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, a peer-reviewed journal."

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I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge

I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bryan Bishop


"You’ll have to excuse me. I’m going to sound a little excited now.

"Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this point, and while they’ve been getting more and more impressive, they’ve still been iterative steps forward. Despite how much we’ve all wanted to it to happen, nothing has stood up, raised its hands, and shouted "I’m the project that proves this crazy thing could actually work."

"I just watched Lost, the first short from Story Studio. That stand up and shout moment? It’s arrived."

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The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation

The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation

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"To help inspire innovation and creativity, Google offers employees 20% of their time to work on a project of their choosing. Teachers who offer the same to their students can meet learning goals while creating powerful experiences that lead to increased motivation, creativity, and divergent critical thinking. This book illustrates how to develop a 20time program in middle and high schools across curricula, how to effectively communicate the rationale of the program to administrators, parents, and students, and how to execute the program so students are able to manage their time effectively for a successful final project."

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Google Sites for Schools - Eric Curts

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"The purpose of this help guide is to provide instructions on how to use Google Sites to create a basic class website. There are many more advanced things than can be added to a class site than this guide will address. Also, with Google Sites there are many different ways to create specific web pages, and this guide will simply be demonstrating one way. Please feel free to try different methods and explore other Sites features beyond the scope of this help guide."

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America Before Pearl Harbor - Early Kodachrome Images

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by johnnygunn


"As the 1930s came to a close, Kodak came out with Kodachrome film – the first commercially viable color film available to the general public.  In 1937 and 1938, the colors were still not stable and accurate, but by 1939 Kodachrome was producing color images of remarkable precision." 


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Wonderfully detailed images of the pre-WWII era in COLOR!.What a revelation. Links to lots more, too.


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The All New Free Flipped Teaching and Learning Resources eBook

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"This Updated eBook is a Structured Like a Mini Flipped Class Workshop, With Dozens of Excellent Free Resources!

"As I write this, the Flipped Classroom has evolved into an undeniable grassroots movement, driven by the momentum of tens of thousands of teachers across the world who have embraced the idea. These passionate educators are making a meaningful difference in how students learn, and enhancing learning outcomes in the process."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 21, 11:15 PM

A useful resource.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 26, 8:44 AM

This should come in handy. Thanks to Kent Wallen.

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What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani

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by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Whether they call it 20 Time or Genius Hour, more teachers are carving out regular chunks of instructional time to let students pursue their passions. In this interview, A.J. Juliani tells us how he implemented 20 percent time in his high school classroom."

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015 ~ Cult of Pedagogy

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015 ~ Cult of Pedagogy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Although most of these tools aren’t brand-new, they are all steadily growing in popularity, and each one can enhance teaching and learning in a unique, time-saving, or engaging way. For every tool, I provide a brief overview, my personal rating of its difficulty, a video that demonstrates how the tool works, and a list of suggested ways you can use it."


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Excellent selection of tools. Provision of a video demonstration and suggested uses for each tool adds richness and detail. Very thoughtful job.


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