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

A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A List of The Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/xrDuDaJm

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Susan's curator insight, April 15, 2013 3:03 AM

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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6 Types of Blended Learning

6 Types of Blended Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Blended Learning is not so much an innovation as it is a natural by-product of the digital domain creeping into physical boundaries. As digital and social media become more and more prevalent in the life of learners, it was only a matter of time before learning became “blended” by necessity.

That said, there’s a bit more to Blended and “Hybrid” Learning than throwing in a little digital learning.

6 Types of Blended Learning

Face-to-face Driver
Rotation
Flex
Online Lab
Self-Blend
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Summer Series of Webinars on Competency Based Education ~ Ed Tech Specialists

Summer Series of Webinars on Competency Based Education ~ Ed Tech Specialists | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
EdTech Specialists is proud to provide webinars and conversations around Competency Based Education. We have brought together leaders from across the U.S. to present to us and converse with us in a webinar setting. We will also record the webinars for “on demand” viewing.

Please check back frequently for information as more details become available. Here is a list of dates and presenters. We look forward to having you join us!


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7 Content Curation Tools ~ Hongkiat : by Vishveshwar Jatain

7 Content Curation Tools ~ Hongkiat : by Vishveshwar Jatain | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
But it’s possible to save a significant amount of time at this stage if you use the right curation tools. Curation helps you filter out the signal from the noise and manage information more efficiently.

Here are a few such curation tools that can help you do this. One thing we kept in mind while creating this list that the tools should be aimed for use by individual users only and not enterprises, and consequently, a majority of their feature set must be offered for free


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Book club study guide -- Invent To Learn ~ by Sylvia Martinez

Book club study guide -- Invent To Learn ~ by Sylvia Martinez | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This study guide outlines questions and discussion topics, along with additional readings and videos for a book club or study group about Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom. This study guide was conceived as a 6 week online course, but it would be easy to modify for a different time frame or face-to-face group.


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Invent to Learn is a wonderful book, well worth looking into if you're into making in the classroom or out-of-school setting.

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10 Terrific Apps and Websites for Making and DIY -- Graphite ~ by Kira DeVaul

10 Terrific Apps and Websites for Making and DIY -- Graphite ~ by Kira DeVaul | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Even with so much technology at our fingertips, the instinct to build stuff with our hands hasn't disappeared. Instead, it's taken on a new form. Enter the "Maker" movement. Blending old-school physical building with modern digital creation, making and DIY have made a splash in the 21st-century classroom. This week, we're highlighting the best apps and websites that harness the power of technology to get kids learning through making.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Think Kit - A New Way to Create Diagrams on Your iPad ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Think Kit is a new addition to Paper, a popular and free iPad app for sketching notes and drawing. Think Kit offers tools for creating diagrams, flowcharts, and mind maps. Within Think Kit you will find a Diagram tool for drawing straight lines, connecting lines, and drawing shapes. The Fill tool in Think Kit allows you to color the shapes in your diagrams. Think Kit's cut tool makes it easy to cut and move shapes in your diagrams.
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Chris Carter's curator insight, May 18, 8:44 PM

Bonnie Bracey-Sutton has great curations. Check them out!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Ten Sites and Apps to Inspire Creative Writing ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Last week at the Riding the Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba someone asked me for suggestions on sites that her students could access to find story prompts. StoryToolz.com was the first thing that came to my mind then. I also suggested Make Beliefs Comix. Those are two of the ten options that are included in my slideshow of suggestions embedded below.
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Deekit - Online Whiteboard

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nicely designed whiteboardDeekit is a shared whiteboard that enables online editing using any kind of content, be it drawing, text, image, anything. A whiteboard that is available anytime, anywhere on any device.


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Suzanne's curator insight, May 10, 4:48 AM

Looks good to try out for free.

Don't like that sign in options are only through Facebook, Google or Microsoft, though.  

Liz Horrocks's curator insight, May 10, 11:26 AM

Adult and Teenage students would love this - also good for out of the classroom learning, or virtual one-to-ones. 

Gav Morris's curator insight, May 15, 4:04 AM

This looks interesting.

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom ~ te@chthought : by Terry Heick

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A must Have Educational Technology Cheat Sheet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach

A must Have Educational Technology Cheat Sheet ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With the advance of technology and its full embrace in education, many new learning and teaching concepts have being  created to the point that it becomes very hard to keep up with the new releases. Below is a great cheat sheet that you can use as a guide to help you learn more about the important trends in educational technology.From asynchronous learning to virtual learning, you will be able to have a clear picture of what every trending term stands for. Enjoy
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Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, May 16, 9:47 PM

A must read.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Inspire Young Writers With Write About ~ By Suzy Brooks

Free Technology for Teachers: Inspire Young Writers With Write About ~ By Suzy Brooks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Write About is a new social publishing platform designed for students to share creative responses to engaging images. Building background knowledge is essential when it comes to student learning, and children of all ages learn more about the world around them when they see and discuss interesting photographs. That said, Write About is chock-full of over 500 visual writing ideas, and students and teachers have the option of adding more!
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Six Ways to Create Flipped Video Lessons : by Richard Byrne

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Six Ways to Create Flipped Video Lessons : by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A few months ago I created and posted a video about making flipped video lessons on VideoNot.es. Since then I’ve made videos about more tools for creating flipped video lessons. The most recent video is about Vialogues which allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. The video about using Vialogues and the video about VideoNot.es have been added to a new YouTube playlist that I’ve titled Creating Flipped Lessons. Six videos are currently in the playlist and I’ll be adding more as I produce new screencasts. The playlist is embedded below.
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Innovation Excellence | 20 Things EducatorSkillss Need To Know About Digital Literacy ~ by Saga Briggs

Innovation Excellence | 20 Things EducatorSkillss Need To Know About Digital Literacy ~ by Saga Briggs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Digital literacy isn’t about knowing computers inside and out; it’s about using technology to change the way you think. If critical thinking skills haven’t yet become a part of your students’ digital citizenship, it’s time to rethink your teaching strategy.

"These are vague descriptions, as are most of the descriptions you’ll find of digital literacy in blog posts and journal articles online. What teachers need, more than a fancy synopsis of how digital publication affects the meaning of a text, is a practical and applicable guide to helping students think productively about the digital world.

"Below are the top do’s and don’ts we’ve come across–in research and in our own experience–when it comes to making students digitally literate."

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Winning in the Classroom with Your Personalized Learning Playbook (EdSurge Guides)

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To define personalized learning for themselves and bring that vision to life, educators turn to a number of resources: frameworks and blueprints for personalized learning, networks of innovative schools and educators, and ultimately their own communities to co-create a vision for what it will all look like. To honor the players and the coaches of this personalized learning game, we’ve captured stories of:

-How organizations and educators are creating their “playbooks,” or defining personalized learning with frameworks,
-How schools and districts are “carrying out the plays” and making those definitions uniquely their own, and
-How they are leading “the team huddle” and bringing these visions to life with the help of their entire communities.


"We’ve also borrowed and shared a few of the tricks and tools being used to build personalized learning in schools and classrooms (from frameworks to white papers to professional development activities), so that you can start assembling your own playbook, whether for a few kids in a classroom or a 50,000-student district."

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5 YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know ~ Hongkiat

5 YouTube Tricks You Probably Didn’t Know ~ Hongkiat | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I bet you have been enjoying countless of hours in YouTube. So, here we’ve put together 5 handy tricks to make YouTube more enjoyable for you.
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10 Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators -- Graphite

10 Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators -- Graphite | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.
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Short Circuit Guides | Institute of Play

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Short Circuit is an after-school experience with a fresh approach to electronics and physical computing for young people. The Short Circuit Curriculum Guide includes seven informal learning activity modules that encourage students to express their creativity and develop DIY digital media skills by exploring innovative uses for physical and digital materials, like circuits, conductive inks, LEDs and the latest programming languages
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Harvard School of Ed Launches Free Online Library of Student Work ~ Campus Technology - by Joshua Bolkan

Harvard School of Ed Launches Free Online Library of Student Work ~ Campus Technology - by Joshua Bolkan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) has launched the Center for Student Work, an online collection of exemplary student projects.

A collaborative project between HGSE and K-12 education nonprofit Expeditionary Learning (EL), the free resource includes videos, writing samples and other work designed to provide teachers foundations to create their own projects. The searchable collection includes projects in English language arts, health and wellness, math, performing arts, science and technology, social studies, visual arts and world languages.
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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Privately Sharing Videos Through YouTube : by Richard Byrne

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Privately Sharing Videos Through YouTube : by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I’ve previously used this space to show you how to use Google Drive to privately share videos. It is also possible to privately share videos through YouTube. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to privately share videos through YouTube.
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Experiential Learning | Learning By Doing | pdf | Infographic

Building on Dewey’s work , David Kolb conceptualized an experiential learning theory composed of four cyclical stages: activity and practice, review and reflections, theories and concepts, applications and case studies. Reality Works has this wonderful free visual with more insights on Kolb’s theory together with some interesting nuggets on what experiential learning is all about.

 

Thanks to ===> http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/04/experiential-learning-visually.html <=== for proposing this great infographic.

 

Learn more:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/?s=PracTICE

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Learning+by+doing

 


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Kim Flintoff's comment, May 2, 9:08 PM
Thanks Jean-Loup, its good to be reminded how "knowledge" can drift from evidence...
Biblioteca Institut Escola Daniel Mangrané's curator insight, May 3, 2:02 AM

Ho tornem a publicar per remarcar els següents comentaris, força interessants. Us recomanem la lectura dels dos enllaços. @Jean-Loup Castaigne's comment, May 2, 4:41 PM"We retain 75% of what we do compared to 5% of what we hear." (Source: National Training Laboratories. Learning Pyramid. Bethel, Maine). This is completely wrong and a false scientific like justification. See@Jean-Loup Castaigne's comment, May 2, 4:44 PMsee alsohttp://www.willatworklearning.com/2006/05/people_remember.html

http://www.learningandteaching.info/learning/myths.htm »;

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, May 8, 1:25 PM

Aprender haciendo...Experiential Learning | Learning By Doing | pdf | Infographic | @scoopit via @knolinfos http://sco.lt/...

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Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class

Why Schools Need to Bring Back Shop Class | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As with many schools in the United States, the shop program at Analy High School in Sebastopol, California, had become largely irrelevant. The main shop room had become little more than a glorified storage room. The school’s priorities were firmly focused on college readiness and success at standardized tests, and vocational programs had taken a backseat. Sebastopol is also the home of Make magazine, one of the leading voices of the maker movement, a community of inventors and do-it-yourselfers that has blossomed on YouTube and shows up in the tens and sometimes hundreds of thousands at Maker Faires all over the world. Make proposed that a group of students from Analy come to their offices to explore the possibilities involved in creating things with 3-D printers, computer-aided design, and more. The program was so popular that soon Make could no longer accommodate it in their offices, so they agreed to donate equipment to Analy if the school would ramp up their vocational program.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 18, 9:57 AM

Biggest load of BS: "We're a college prep school, so kids can't actually DO anything." :)

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How to Export Your Google Tasks with Google Tasks Backup ~ TechNorms: by Melissa Popp

How to Export Your Google Tasks with Google Tasks Backup ~ TechNorms: by Melissa Popp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Tasks Backup is an alternative to Google Tasks Porter that actually works better then Google Tasks Porter ever did.
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Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns ~ Washington Post: by Valerie Strauss

Teacher spends two days as a student and is shocked at what she learns ~ Washington Post: by Valerie Strauss | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Do teachers really know what students go through? To find out, one teacher followed two students for two days and was amazed at what she found. Her report is in following post, which appeared on the blog of Grant Wiggins, the co-author of “Understanding by Design” and the author of “Educative Assessment” and numerous articles on education. A high school teacher for 14 years, he is now the president of Authentic Education, in Hopewell, New Jersey, which provides professional development and other services to schools aimed at improving student learning. You can read more about him and his work at the AE site.
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pdeppisch's comment, May 15, 12:22 PM
This should be tweeted every day! :) Thanks for posting this! :)
Luciano Lampi's curator insight, May 16, 8:43 PM

And you, are you shocked?

Sample Student's curator insight, May 17, 9:09 PM

How relevant is this to our current task of writing a narrative? Put yourself in the shoes of your students, and write their 'story'. What do they do in your classes? How do they think in your classes? How much autonomy and challenge do they have? What options do we have to replace a focus on listening and note-taking?

 

Without writing a narrative that helps us understand every learner's experience, we often become so busy ourselves as teachers that we forget their lived experience in our classrooms

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Free Technology for Teachers: Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Analyze My Writing - Way More Than Word Clouds ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Paste your text into Analyze My Writing and it will generate a ton of information about your writing. Analyze My Writing will give you a break-down of the readability of your writing on five indices. The analysis will include listings of the most common words and most common word pairs in your writing. A listing of how frequently you use punctuation and punctuation types is included in the analysis provided by Analyze My Writing. Finally, a word cloud is included at the end of the analysis of your writing.
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Charles Newton's curator insight, May 14, 4:02 PM

Tried this - very illuminating!

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10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach

10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning : by Med Kharbach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Our round-up list today features some interesting new educational web tools we have curated in the last couple of weeks. These tools have been emailed to us for separate reviews but we thought it would be best to feature them all in one list. As is the case with all of our Educational Web Tools series, we only include the ones that we think will be an added value to your EdTech toolkit. If you have other suggestions to add to the list, share them with us for review. Enjoy


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