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Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery

Pinterest Introduces 'News' Feature to Improve Content Discovery | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.


"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.


"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."

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This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn

This is Our Moment ~ Invent To Learn | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"This is the paper accompanying Gary Stager’s plenary address at the 3rd International Constructionism Conference in Vienna, Austria, August 19-23, 2014. (Link to video)


"Abstract – In this plenary address, the speaker will share three societal trends that validate and vindicate decades of leadership by the constructionism community. The growing acceptance of learning-by-making represented by the maker movement, a newfound advocacy for children learning computer programming, and even the global education crisis, real or imagined, are evidence of predictions and efforts made by constructionists being realized. This conference offers a brief opportunity for celebration before returning to the “hard fun” required to harness the momentum of these trends and improve the learning ecology.


Click here to read the entire paper.

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Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide Free Guide ~ makeuseof

Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide Free Guide ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Free Guide to Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide. This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.


"Your Ideal Linux Getting Started Guide

This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter. For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own."

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Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30

Michela Marino Lerman Headlines Jazz at Lincoln Center - Mon. Sept. 15, 7:30 & 9:30 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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My fantastic daughter is headlining a terrific jazz-driven tap show at Dizzy's Coca-Cola this coming Monday as part of The Coca-Cola Generations in Jazz Festival.


Student tickets are only $10. Act now for best seats. To make a reservation, click on the image or headline above.


This is a wonderful show, taking place in one of the greatest jazz nightclubs in NYC.



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10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Classroom | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"We’ve heard from a few of you that your concerns lie in the privacy arena. Since sharing photos that may be of students in your classroom should obviously be a concern – make sure your classroom account is private. You can choose to have a single account for your class, which would be the ‘safest’ way of approaching these privacy concerns. The teacher should be the only one who can vet followers – and they should only be associated with the class (parents, students, other classes in your school). Using a group hashtag for a particular project or theme is a good way to keep track of what they’re doing, eg: #edudemicclassproject14.


"The handy infographic below takes a look at ten different ways you can put Instagram to use in your classroom. Have you used it in other ways?"

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12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive

12 education thought leaders you should follow on Twitter ~ Education Dive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Allie Gross


"Sometimes 140 characters is all we have time to digest. Twitter has transformed the education debate, allowing everyone to weigh in. Have a question for Michelle Rhee? Tweet her. Want Diane Ravitch to read an article? Tag her. While there's no promise they will respond, the platform provides a better opportunity to become part of the discussion.


"More importantly, following others on Twitter helps you stay informed and better form your own opinions. Below is a list of 12 education thought leaders who come from all corners of the education arena. Instead of sticking to people who think like you, try branching out — 

You never know what you might learn in 140 characters or less."

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An Infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad ~ Shake Up Learning

An Infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad ~ Shake Up Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Using Google Apps on the iPad can get sticky! Historically, Google and the iPad have not played well together. But we have come a long way in the last couple years! There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!

"The infographic embedded below details the most useful Google apps for the iPad. These are the apps that I find most useful not only for teachers, but any Google user. Take a look, download, and explore the wonderful possibilities of using Google Apps on the iPad!"

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Trying Out Gamification In the Classroom? These Tools Are For You | Edudemic

Trying Out Gamification In the Classroom? These Tools Are For You | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Kati Lepi


"Getting students actively engaged and learning by leveraging the power of gamification in the classroom is a hot trend these days. The idea of getting students learning, sharing, and laughing by using gamification shows great promise, to be sure.

But where should you start in terms of finding the tools that will actually help you out?


"PBS Learning Media thought it might be useful to give you a little help in that department. Below are just a select number of useful apps and web tools that they’ve curated and know will help any classroom take a different approach to learning about some basic ideas. For example, Star Swiper is a very fun way to get younger students (pre-k through 2nd grade) clapping in order to get stars to appear. How neat is that?"

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8 Great STEM Apps For Younger Students | Edudemic

8 Great STEM Apps For Younger Students | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Kati Lepi


"When I think of STEM – especially the science and engineering arms of the equation – I too often think of the higher end, more complicated stuff. The cool, hands-on science experiments involving fire and acidic liquids. Building and programming robots. Unfortunately, this thought process often yields activities that are either too complicated or not age-appropriate for younger students.


"That doesn’t mean that there isn’t cool stuff out there for younger kids studying STEM subjects. Many apps that address STEM material are specifically geared towards younger learners, making them perfect to expose kids to STEM without being too complicated or overwhelming. We’ve selected eight of our favorites (two apps for each aspect of STEM) to share with you here. If you have a favorite STEM app that we haven’t included here, tell us about it by leaving a comment below, mentioning @Edudemic on Twitter or leaving your thoughts on our Facebook page."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 9, 7:30 AM

Good resources here!!

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10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher

10 Things You Can Do When Someone Hates You ~ CoolCatTeacher | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis


"There is one way to avoid criticism: Do nothing. Say nothing. Be nothing.” says Aristotle. Criticism comes with breaking new ground. Criticism comes with putting yourself out there. But how do you respond when that criticism turns to hatred?"


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Marvelous piece. Do take the time to read it.

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Essential Information on Maker Movement ~ CoolCatTeacher

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by Vicki Davis


The Maker Movement is everywhere. What is it? How do you “do” it? What is the difference between “maker space” “creation station” “genius hour” and all of these other terms? How can you decide what to do in your own classroom? Here are a few essential resources for you:"

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- 10 More Easy Tech Tools That Every Educator Should Have Started Using Yesterday, Pt. 2 ~ Tech & Learning

- 10 More Easy Tech Tools That Every Educator Should Have Started Using Yesterday, Pt. 2 ~ Tech & Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Patricia Brown


"Let's face it! The beginning of the school year is a very exciting time, and it is probably the most busiest time. Finding practical, and simple ways to get things done is essential for a busy educator like yourself. Here are a few simple and amazing tools you should try in your classroom this year. I guarantee that it will engage your students, help you get organized, and also save you some time!"


- See more at: http://www.techlearning.com/Default.aspx?tabid=67&entryid=8169#sthash.0ymzN6fx.dpuf

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Take Note of These Back-to-School Aids ~ NY TIMES

Take Note of These Back-to-School Aids ~ NY TIMES | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Kit Eaton


"ALL around the world, students in colleges and schools are getting back to work. And alongside traditional textbooks and notepads, millions of smartphones and tablets — which spent the vacation taking photos, making selfies and messaging friends — will be in book bags for more serious purposes. With the right apps, a mobile device can be a student’s best friend."

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5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms ~ Education DIVE

5 STEM resources for higher ed and K-12 classrooms ~ Education DIVE | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Roger Riddell


"These platforms are among the best providing a more engaging science, technology, engineering, and math learning experience."

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3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos - eLearning Industry

3 Easy Methods to Create eLearning Videos - eLearning Industry | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sandi Lin


"For educators, instructors, and corporate trainers that are considering adding video to their instructional design, the 3 methods outlined above are all easy ways to experiment with video-based lessons. Thanks to popular online education websites, asynchronous video training is becoming the new norm.


"Best practices are to keep each segment short (evidence suggests 6 minutes or less), use a microphone for audio (we recommend the Snowball), and add interactive elements such as quizzes throughout the course. Video is another authoring tool in your arsenal, and doesn’t replace sound instructional design.


"Once your videos are produced, you can create and deliver an online course using a hosting platform like Skilljar, or post your videos publicly on sites like YouTube. Whether you’re narrating slides, screencasting, or creating animations, it’s a great time to add video production to your eLearning capabilities."

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Chunk videos into six-minute segments!

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The Top 35 edTech Influencers ~ wibki

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by Dov Herzberg


How many do you know or follow?

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Top 15 Firefox OS Apps: The Ultimate List For New Firefox OS Users ~makeuseof

Top 15 Firefox OS Apps: The Ultimate List For New Firefox OS Users ~makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Elio Qoshi


“There is an app for that”. Of course there is an app for that: It’s web technology after all.


"That is the philosophy behind Mozilla’s mobile operating system Firefox OS that, instead of native code, uses HTML5, CSS3 and JavaScript for its apps.


"Sounds cool? It is! Firefox OS has recently launched in India, making a huge impact with the super affordable Intex Cloud FX device, retailing for only $33 USD. Approximately 50,000 devices have been sold already, and it is expected to reach 500,000 by the end of November for the Intex Cloud FX Device alone. Yes, Firefox OS is gaining traction slowly, but surely.


"There are several reasons why you should care about Firefox OS though, even as an Android, iOS or Windows Phone user. Not because it is super fancy and on the bleeding edge, but because it relies on 100% open technologies, is secure and also respects your privacy. As a non-profit organization, Mozilla has a completely different stance on privacy to Google, Apple or Microsoft."


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6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic

6 TED Talks Educators And Students Should Watch Together | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

posted by Katie Lepi


"Below are six TED Talks that each address different aspects of education. You may look at some of the titles and think “that’s not ‘my’ issue”, but each one carries an important message and is worth the few minutes it will take to watch. These talks will both get you thinking about different issues, and will make you proud, angry, sad, excited, and inspired all at the same time."

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What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times

What's Going On in This Picture? | Sept. 8, 2014 ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
On Mondays, we publish a Times photo without a caption, headline or other information about its origins. Join the conversation by posting about what you see, and why. A live discussion is offered from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern time.


"Welcome back, students and teachers.


"We’re excited to begin our third year of “What’s Going On in This Picture?”, and we’re thrilled it continues to be one of the most popular features we offer. Teachers tell us they use it for everything from helping students strengthen their skills in evidence-finding to encouraging E.L.L. students to practice speaking aloud.


"We hope students will continue to join our moderators at Visual Thinking Strategies in responding to other students, making the feature truly an inter-school conversation. Below, we explain all the directions that we post on Mondays with each new photo.


"Thank you for participating."

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The 15 most important announcements from the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 event ~ The Verge

The 15 most important announcements from the Apple Watch, iPhone 6 event ~ The Verge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"A big iPhone, mobile payments, and a smartwatch -- Apple has finally delivered on three of its most longstanding promises about the future of its mobile business. The 4.7-inch iPhone 6 is now accompanied by the 5.5-inch 6 Plus, and both models come with NFC and the “Apple Pay” tap-to-pay system. And the Apple Watch is ready to compete with Google’s Android Wear, with a range of customizable designs and a completely new interface."

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3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students | Edudemic

3 App Smash Video Projects to Challenge Your Students | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Greg Kulowiec


"When app-smashing on iPad, students and teachers use multiple apps to create individual pieces of content that are then merged or smashed together into one culminating product. Applying this concept dramatically increases creative potential, and the rate at which apps are developing allows for new, unique, and dynamic creations to consistently challenge what seemed possible only a few months or weeks ago. The final product involved in app-smashing often lends itself to video, so to kick off the school year, here are a few app-smashing video projects."



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Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch

Yohann Is An iPad Stand Jony Ive Could Be Proud Of | TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Steve O'Hear


"I didn’t think I’d ever get excited about an iPad stand. But the Yohann, designed by Swiss architect Berend Frenzel, ticks all of my boxes. First up, it’s a thing of beauty, with an incredibly simple but clever — why didn’t I think of that — design. It’s also highly functional, in terms of viewing angles and positions. And it’s European-made.


"Two versions are currently being crowd funded on Kickstarter. One manufactured with a glassfiber-reinforcedpolymer body covered with a high-end “piano” lacquer finish, and a second handcrafted wooden version, made in Germany and Italy, respectively.


"However, the most impressive thing is the way Frenzel has managed to take something so simple and make it so functional, allowing the one piece stand to house an iPad in three discrete viewing angles — from upright to a much more lean-back angle — in both landscape and portrait mode, as well as enabling it to be used resting on soft surfaces, such as your lap or bed."


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Do watch the video; Yohan is a thing of beauty.

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Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs ~ Vicki Davis

Extensity: The Essential Chrome Extension Everyone Needs ~ Vicki Davis | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Vicki Davis


"Extensity is one extension to rule them all. Extensity  will turn on and off other chrome extensions and keep your browser running lightning fast. So, this week in Indiana it was no surprise when I shared it as #1 of my essential tips for Chromebooks.


"One way to slow down your lightning fast Chrome browser is installing TOO MANY EXTENSIONS!! My #1 tip for EVERYONE USING CHROME: Install Extensity and only turn on the extensions you need for the current task.


"Extensity lets you turn on and off other extensions with one click. Let’s look."

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Chromebook Resource Center by Intel @coolcatteacher

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by Vicki Davis


"Do you have Chromebooks? These handy devices can do so many things in the classroom. Intel has put together a community for Chromebook users at intel.com/ChromeEdu. There are already some powerful resource guides including the Ultimate Resource (by Naomi Harm), Chromebooks 101 (I wrote that one), Using Chromebooks in the Primary Grades (Erin Klein) and 12 Ways Chromebooks Remove Roadblocks to Tech Integration (Lisa Nielsen)."

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The EDvantage Adds 800 New Resources For Fall Semester | eSchool News

The EDvantage Adds 800 New Resources For Fall Semester | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The EDvantage is a free online resource hub for educators. The online portal curates high-quality resources, including videos, articles and supplemental learning guides, so instructors can spend less time searching and more time teaching. Designed to provide educators with creative supplements, The EDvantage is a dynamic resource for professors and high school teachers looking to expand their lessons beyond the traditional textbook. Resources embrace views from across the ideological spectrum, encouraging the development of critical thinking skills. The EDvantage is a project of the Institute for Humane Studies at George Mason University. For more information, visit www.theEDvantage.org."


For College and High School

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 6, 5:31 AM

Please review and add this to your 21st Century teaching and learning resource library.  Jim thank you for sharing!