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

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DropTask - Visual Task Management app | Tech Learning ~ by David Andrade

DropTask - Visual Task Management app | Tech Learning ~ by David Andrade | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
DropTask is a free visual task management app that is web based and available on iOS and Android. It is easy to use and lets you create a visual to do list that is color coded and with lots of features. You can take notes, chat with others, attach files, set reminders, work with others, and more. It is a very beautiful interface with drag and drop functionality.
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An idea beyond words: Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexics read better ~ Dallas Morning News ~ by Eva Marie Ayala

An idea beyond words: Eighth-graders develop app to help dyslexics read better ~ Dallas Morning News ~ by Eva Marie Ayala | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"At Rice Middle School in Texas, seven 8th graders developed the concept for an app that would help dyslexic individuals read by personalizing changes, like size or color, of text. The app, "Mind Glass," was one of eight national winners of the Verizon Innovative App Challenge, and the team now gets to work with trainers from the MIT Media Lab to make their app a reality. More from The Dallas Morning News."
 

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The Educators' Guide to Infographics

The Educators' Guide to Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Sometimes when you’re compiling your content for your next blog post you find that, to get your point across, you have to cover a lot of facts and figures, statistics, or tabular information, and it’s really tricky to put into words. Wouldn’t it be great if you could easily compile it all into a vibrant and easy to read chart, or even a collection of charts that are all related? Then, wouldn’t it be great if it was all in one image that you could share to other people, or even print to stick on the wall of your classroom? • Search no more, for we have your solution. Infographics!"


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Haiku Deck's AI Tool Automatically Creates Your Presentation

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The company using artificial intelligence and machine learning to power its new tool – Haiku Deck Zuru – which can automatically generate new presentations.


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What an amazing step forward.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Great Tools for Informal Assessment

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative - TeachThought

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Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students.

So how do you get there? Here are some tips that can help you get creative in the classroom in a variety of ways.


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If we teachers themselves don't use creativity how will we inspire and develop creativity in children. Our future leaders and employees need to be able to innovate, if they can't? Find out how The Future Shapers 'Enable' leaders to drive innovation...

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Genius Hour Resources ~ Engage Their Minds ~ by Terry Eichholz

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"Genius Hour is a time given during the school day to allow students to follow their passions and learn about topics that interest them.  My gifted 5th graders participate in this project, and present their learning when they are ready.  This page is devoted to sharing some of the resources I’ve collected over the past two years with anyone else who is interested in starting a classroom Genius Hour."

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The Intersection of Growth Mindsets and Maker Education

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I have a recent interest in both Growth Mindsets and Maker Education; and have blogged and presented on both of these topics.  As such and because of my passion for both of these area, I have been ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 30, 2014 10:30 PM

Where does growth mindset and maker education meet? Jackie Gerstein had created a great visual (see above) that looks at areas where both of these concepts come together.

Would you agree that valuing effort is a part of growth mindset and maker education? How about failure being approached as interactive?

Learn more about these intersections on two resources listed in this post and click through for a larger version of the image above or for a typed copy of the list.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 4, 2014 3:44 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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A Handful of Good Chrome Tips for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach

A Handful of Good Chrome Tips for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Chrome is a powerful web browser to use for navigating the net. It is also popular among the education community as is evident from the huge interaction we receive each time we write about it. Chrome has a wide range of interesting features that make it ideal for educational uses. One of these features is third party extensions.There are some really useful educational extensions you and your students can use on Chrome to perform a number of things from saving numerous tabs in a single page to annotating and editing screenshots. Check out this page for some of our recommendations for Chrome educational extensions. You can also check Chrome Help section for more resources and guides on everything related to Chrome.
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28 ways Google’s new add-ons can help teachers in the classroom now ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes

28 ways Google’s new add-ons can help teachers in the classroom now ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Add-ons are Google’s shiny new set of tools for Documents and Spreadsheets, and they’re full of potential for educators.These add-ons are additional functions that can be installed and become available across all of your documents and sheets.

As with any feature still in its infancy, you’ll find that several add-ons are still buggy and a little slow. As developers get time to respond to problems, they’ll become more stable — and even more valuable.

There’s a lot that educators can do with many of these add-ons. Here’s a selection of several of them (not an exhaustive list) with benefits, drawbacks and things you can do with them. We’ll start with add-ons for Documents and then for Spreadsheets.
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Great iPad Apps for Creating Videos, Animations and Tutorials for Students ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes

Great iPad Apps for Creating Videos, Animations and Tutorials for Students ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are a variety of iPad apps that teachers can use to create different kinds of video materials. In this post, you will get to learn about the apps you can use to create different video projects. We have divided the video categories into three main sections: apps for creating tutorials for flipped classroom, apps for creating stop motion videos, and apps for creating documentary videos.
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The 5 Best Photoshop Alternatives That Are Totally Free ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes

The 5 Best Photoshop Alternatives That Are Totally Free ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

5 excellent Photoshop alternatives are listed and briefly described. -JL

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9 free apps for Common Core scaffolding | eSchool News | eSchool News

9 free apps for Common Core scaffolding | eSchool News | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"This article focuses on nine free apps which can be utilized by educators when helping students navigate informational and literary texts as part of ELA Common Core-aligned lessons. The author suggests the apps can assist teachers with knowing “where students will need scaffolding as well as the type of scaffolding appropriate for the activity.”

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Teaching Matters Toolkit | Teaching Matters

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"Welcome to the Teaching Matters Toolkit! Here you will find resources related to curriculum adoption, assessment and professional learning communities."


Excellent material here -JL

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5 Best Websites To Send Fax For Free

5 Best Websites To Send Fax For Free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Before we had email, we had the fax machine. It’s fast for sending copies of urgent notices and documents, however it also uses a lot of toner and paper. Plus, before you can send a fax, you need to print the document out first, and when you’re done, you might not ever need the printout again.

Despite this its use is deep-rooted in many parts of the world. A lot of businesses still hold on to the fax machine for many of their documentation and office matters.

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How Teens Do Research in the Digital World

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A survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers finds that teens' research habits are changing in the digital age

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 5, 10:03 AM

Crunchy and ever so important to read.

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5 Great iPad Apps for Running Surveys and Polls in Class

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APRENDIZAJE AUTÓNOMO EN EL ÁREA DE MATEMÁTICAS 's curator insight, March 5, 8:36 PM

ESTRATEGIAS DIDÁCTICAS PARA UN APRENDIZAJE AUTÓNOMO EN EL ÁREA DE MATEMÁTICAS EN BÁSICA PRIMARIA.

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Meet Pablo, the fastest way to create engaging images for your social media posts

Meet Pablo, the fastest way to create engaging images for your social media posts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We've found engaging images to be quite like a magic wand on social media - wave a beautiful, eye-catching image, and watch the engagement on your updates go up, up, up!

And to make it even easier to design these images in a snap, we've built a new, free tool we'd love to share with you.

Meet Pablo, the simplest way to create engaging images for your social media posts, in under 30 seconds. :)


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I've tried this out; it's very easy to use and makes very effective images. This is also a good way to make PowerPoint slides, just create and download. You can use Pablo's own stock images, any visuals from the web (observing copyright, of course), or your own .

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15 Gmail Tips Every Teacher Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Gmail Tips Every Teacher Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Over the past few months Gmail has witnessed the addition of a lot of interesting features and functionalities that enhanced its overall performance. Gmail also provides several hidden gems to users who are willing to dig a bit deeper and take their email experience to the next level. To help you make the best of Gmail, we have gone through Gmail help documentation and handpicked these wonderful tips for you. These are simple hacks that you can use on your Gmail to increase your productivity and be a Gmail savvy teacher.

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Great Source of engaging nonfiction text -- EDF Voices: People on the Planet

Great Source of engaging nonfiction text -- EDF Voices: People on the Planet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Steve Peha


"Whether my clients work in a Common Core state or not, one of the top requests over the last two years has been more samples of engaging nonfiction texts that can be used for close reading and evidence-based expository, persuasive, and argumentative writing. Recently, I stumbled across the best collection of writings meeting these needs that I have ever seen.

"Today’s kids are highly attracted to environmental issues. And the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) has over 300 short-from blog posts on every environmental and policy issue you could imagine in their EDF Voices blog section. Also included aresome terrific infographics as well."

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11 Good Chrome Extensions for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach

11 Good Chrome Extensions for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning ~ by Med Kharbach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Today I am sharing with you a list of handy Chrome extensions that you can use to improve your browsing experience. Using these add-ons, you will be able to do a wide variety of tasks  : from archiving web pages for offline reading to printing web content in clean formats. For more Chrome extensions that are specifically curated for teachers and students, visit the Educational Chrome Extensions section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning.
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This Is How to Search Chrome Web Store for Educational Apps and Extensions ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This Is How to Search Chrome Web Store for Educational Apps and Extensions ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Chrome web store is the go-to platform when looking for educational Chrome apps and extensions. The store features a wide variety of apps covering different categories from productivity to entertainment. We have already featured several of these apps in previous posts and we have also a separate section in this blog where teachers can have access  to the best educational Chrome apps out there. Today, however, we are sharing with you this excellent video from Google to walk you through the process of looking for apps and extensions in Chrome web store. You will get to learn how to search for extensions using different criteria including popularity and categories. Have a look and share with your colleagues."

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15 Awesome Tutorial Websites that Educators will Love ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes

15 Awesome Tutorial Websites that Educators will Love ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If I were forced to choose an aspect of the internet that made it simply indispensable, it would definitely be its availability as a huge learning resource. 20 years ago, who would have thought that one would have easy access to already completed business documents, research papers from world class universities, free encyclopedias and some great books, no matter where you are located in the world.

The internet also boasts of accommodating tutorials to absolutely anything. Here are 15 such super-useful sites with which to improve your skills in the classroom, and in life.
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8 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers ~ CubicStone ~ by Carlos Reyes

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Below is a list of some of the best new educational web tools we have identified recently. Most of these tools have already been reviewed by different edubloggers, but If you haven't gotten a chance to keep up with the latest releases in the world of educational technology, the curated selection below will help you catch up.
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2015 Content Review Team Application Survey ~ EdReports.org

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via NJ Department of Education


"EdReports.org is a nonprofit organization seeking experienced educators to write reviews of Common Core–aligned Mathematics and ELA curricular materials to share on their website. Applications are still being considered on a rolling basis."


$2000 stipend is being offered. -JL

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