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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/xrDuDaJm

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Tell a story using the tool that works for you!

Jeeyoung Min's curator insight, September 23, 2013 2:02 AM

Powerful digital multimedia tools make a classroom much more dynamic.

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How to Increase Productivity: Best Productivity Apps and Tools ~ Open Colleges

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Productivity can be used as a tool to enhance success in your career and life. But what is productivity? It’s an average measure of the efficiency of something you do, for example the time you take to achieve a task. Experts say that productivity is a crucial factor in the performance of people and organisations – but could technology be something that improves your productivity?

"Let’s see how you might be able to move towards your goals more efficiently by becoming more productive with these useful apps and gadgets for work, at home and while studying."


Jim Lerman's insight: A great collection of productivity tools, from the Australian Open Colleges organization.

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Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Critical thinking is an essential skill in the cognitive development of students. It is probably the number one skill teachers would mention when asked about the skills they target in their instruction. Critical thinking is also the key to developing other equally crucial thinking habits such as divergent, lateral  and convergent thinking. Critical thinking starts with asking and answering critical questions. By critical questions I mean those questions that enable students to categorize, infer, synthesize, evaluate and apply the knowledge they have accumulated in the past to solve existing problems and learn new information. This is a well thought-out process in which students get to challenge their cognitive capacities and explore novel thinking paths.


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Charles Fischer's curator insight, December 18, 8:08 PM

Charts like these always make great resources to use in the classroom. Laminate a copy and walk around the classroom to ask better questions. Post a large version in the room to have a constant reminder that there are levels to questions. Give each student a copy to help them ask better questions in seminars!

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My 20 most popular posts in 2014 ~ Learning in the Social Workplace

My 20 most popular posts in 2014 ~ Learning in the Social Workplace | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jane Hart


"Here is a list of my 20 most popular posts in 2014 (as at 21 December) according to comments, and social shares (on Twitter, Facebook, LInkedIn etc). Thanks to everyone who commented or shared."

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The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 20 Most Popular TED Talks in 2014 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
After releasing TED in Ideas a few days ago, TED shared today its selection of the most popular talks of 2014. Some of the talks featured here were also part of an earlier list I created yesterday entitled "Best 5 TED Talks for Educators". TED's list of this year contains 20 talks  covering a variety of topics from overcoming adversity to the latest in technology. Some of the talks I really enjoyed in this list are :

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Year According to Wikipedia Edits

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by Richard Byrne


"Watching Wikipedia: #Edit2014 is an interesting way to take a look back at 2014. The video is a series of screenshots of pages added to and frequently edited on Wikipedia in 2014. Much like looking at Google's video of popular searches, watching Wikipedia: #Edit2014 reminds us of the popular news topics that trended throughout the year.


"After watching the video ask your students how many of these stories they remember. Then have them look at the Wikipedia entries to see what they would add or edit on the pages for the topics appearing in the video."

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Always On "OK Google" Voice Search is Coming To Chromebooks ~ Gizmodo

Always On "OK Google" Voice Search is Coming To Chromebooks ~ Gizmodo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Darren Orf


"You know that nifty little feature on the Nexus 5 and other Android handsets that let's you voice summon Ok Google from any screen? Well, according to Google's François Beaufort, you'll soon be able to do just that on your Chromebook as well.

"On a Google+ post, Beaufort shows off the feature in a few stills and says that OK Google voice summoning is still only available in the Dev Channel, but once Google works out the kinks, it will most likely migrate to beta and onto all of our machines."

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The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2014 — Part Two

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Here’s one more in my series of annual end-of-year “Best” lists (you can see all 1,400 of the lists here)."


Jim Lerman's insight:  Ferlazzo shows his royal blood as an emperor of educational hotlists.

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Ed Dept issues competency-based education guidance ~ Education DIVE

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by Roger Riddell


Dive Brief:


"A letter published Friday by the U.S. Department of Education details regulations on direct assessment and competency-based education programs.


"While the department previously addressed such programs in a March 2013 letter, the document published Friday includes a Q&A format attachment answering a number of questions received since then.


"The Q&A mainly details competency-based or direct assessment programs that award credit hours or an equivalent measure of progress."

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Let's talk about Ello, the New Social Network

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Hello, Ello! Get to know the Un-Facebook, a new minimal and ad-free social network.

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Official AndreasCY's curator insight, December 8, 5:17 AM

Ello offers an ad-free alternative that promises never to sell your information.

Jane Shamcey's curator insight, December 8, 5:51 AM

We care. We share. 

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Worth the read: http://swyy.co/tCYGHg6

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MetaMoJi Note Lite - note taking and PDF annotation app

MetaMoJi Note Lite - note taking and PDF annotation app | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
http://metamoji.com/en/ios8-update.html

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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

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“Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.”


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Straight From Students: Smart Tips for Searching Online

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Karoline Hestsveen, a high school student in Norway, collaborated with 26 other students and teacher Ann Michaelsen to write the interactive digital book Connected Learners: A Step-By-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom, a collection of...


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[Interview] Sir Ken Robinson at Miami Global Forum

So what has this explosion in technology meant for creativity and learning? According to Robinson, the impact has been enormous. “Tools have extended our physical reach, allowing us to do things physically we couldn’t otherwise do, but they’ve also expanded our minds,” he says. “The relationship between tools and intellectual, physical and spiritual development is really powerful.”


But while Robinson believes that tools play an important role in creativity, he sees an even higher calling for technology. “The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools,” he says. “The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it’s a spiritual one.”


For the best performing schools, technology has become an enabler of creativity and innovation, and Robinson believes it has the potential to do even more. “A lot of advocates of the standards movement think that creativity is some recreational activity, a distraction we don’t have time for,” he says. “The real situation is that adopting creative approaches to teaching and learning is among the best ways of engaging kids’ interests, imagination and therefore, raising standards.”


Creativity, as defined by Robinson, is also the basis for life-long entrepreneurship and innovation, highly sought-after in the 21st century workforce. He believes that, by unleashing students’ creativity, we can help them develop the kinds of skills that will serve them well in their careers, and as leaders of future generations.


In today’s thought-provoking Daily Edventure, Sir Ken and I discuss the state of education, technology and creativity, and what it all means for society. But there’s no better way to close out this post than by sharing the sign-off from the always-quotable Robinson’s keynote: “If we start to rethink some of the fundamental principles of education, [and] its relationship with technology, there’s a better chance that we will create the world that we and our children will want to live in.”


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 20, 7:27 PM

“The real virtue is not in the tools we create, it is in how we use the tools to create, how creative we become with the tools,” he says. “The challenge with technology is not a technological one, it’s a spiritual one.”

 

This is an important consideration. Many so-called tech experts fall short in understanding the key skills are pedagogic/spiritual rather than technical and technological. When we resort to the latter only, we succumb to Technique (Ellul).

 

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How To Build One Brain-Boosting Habit In 2015

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We never stop learning. But unlike our school days, when our brain is constantly challenged and exercised to become better, our adult lives don't make time for this. In 2015, give your brain a boost. It's easier than you think and takes only a few minutes of your life each day


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 23, 10:49 AM

Some great technology tips for helping to focus and boost your mind.

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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014 - User Generated Education

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by Jackie Gerstein


"I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  Each touched me in some way to help illuminate the purpose and core of education. Let me know of any others that you found of value during 2014!"


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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 is ready ~ Learning in the Social Workplace

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2014 is ready ~ Learning in the Social Workplace | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jane Hart


"I spent the weekend compiling this year’s Top 100 Tools List, updating the Top 100 Tools site and producing a slideset that I have uploaded to Slideshare and embedded below. I’ve also done a full analysis of this year’s list, and produced a Best of Breed categorised list, but here are some of the highlights from this year’s list"


Jim Lerman's insight: I always look forward to Hart's annual Top 100 Tools list. It's so interesting to see what's up and what's down, as well as what's new.

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Photos For Class - The World's Easiest Way to Download Properly Attributed, Creative Common Images

Photos For Class - The World's Easiest Way to Download Properly Attributed, Creative Common Images | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Are you looking for a safe and easy way to find images for school reports? Just search and download properly attributed, copyright free images.

G Rated Images - Photos for Class uses Flickr safe search, and we do a little filtering of our own to help it out - Read More
Easy Attribution - When you click download, Photos For Class automatically cites the author and the image license terms - Read More
Creative Common Images - All images shown are to the best of our (and Flickr's) knowledge Creative Commons licensed for school use

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Extremely useful! Thanks for sharing!
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Extremely useful! Thanks for sharing!
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What Students Do (And Don't Do) In Khan Academy ~ Dan Meyer

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by Dan Meyer


"Khan Academy claims alignment with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) but an analysis of their eighth-grade year indicates that alignment is loose. 40% of Khan Academy exercises assessed the acts of calculating and solving whereas the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s assessment of the CCSS emphasized those acts in only 25% of their released items. 74% of Khan Academy’s exercises resulted in the production of either a number or a multiple-choice response, whereas those outputs accounted for only 25% of the SBAC assessment.

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"My dissertation will examine the opportunities students have to learn math online. In order to say something about the current state of the art, I decided to complete Khan Academy’s eighth grade year and ask myself two specific questions about every exercise:"

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 6 Ways To Access @YouTube Videos Even If They're Blocked at School

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The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic

The Secret to Teaching Great Writing: Use the News! | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy


"As a professional writer and a writing specialist, I know that not everyone is as hepped up about words as I am. (What, you mean you don’t want to spend the next five hours chatting about the relationship between a character’s syntax and their familial history? Say it ain’t so!). I know that if I have any hope of maintaining student (and teacher) attention spans, I have to keep it relevant to the here and now.

"My secret: use the news! With all of its of-the-moment relevancy and juicy tidbits, the news is the perfect lens through which to teach the ins and outs of craft – or, probably more accurately, the perfect mask to distract students as I sneak in the real lessons. Let’s take a look at some of the most creative and effective techniques out there today."

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Edutopia's Top 10 for 2014

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by Betty Ray


"By the numbers, our community was all about tips and strategies in 2014, even as members' thoughtful, passionate conversations exploded across our social media channels."

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15 Excellent Apps for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Excellent Apps for Learning Activities in BYOD Classrooms ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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TeachersFirst's BYOD Dream Tools: Free Tools that Work on ANY device!

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This collection of reviewed tools from TeachersFirst includes apps that are available for FREE on iOS (iPad, iPhone), Android, and web devices. Ideal for BYOD classrooms or 1:1 computer programs, these reviewed tools allow users to create projects on the same tools, no matter what kind of device they have. This collection only includes

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Free Technology for Teachers: Bioman Biology - Science Games and Virtual Labs

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Weavly: Easily create GIF and video mashups!

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Weavely EDU is a very good  web tool that students can use to create video mash-ups. These mash-ups could include both audio and video clips taken from popular multimedia sites such as YouTube, SoundCloud, and Vine. All of this can be done without leaving your Weavly page. Some of the interesting features that Weavly EDU provides for teachers include : students don’t have to sign up they can get started right away. Also, Teachers can Group and monitor students' activity during video editing assignments.

Weavely EDU  runs directly in the browser with media content that is already online, no downloads or uploads necessary. There are different ways students can use this platform. They can for instance use it to create year-in review videos where they feature important events, activities…etc. They can also use it in digital storytelling. They can easily create multimedia stories using not only video content but also animated GIFs.



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