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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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Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness? - Fred Rogers Center - by Kathleen Costanza

Can An App Help Teach Empathy and Mindfulness? - Fred Rogers Center - by Kathleen Costanza | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"An "app that teaches mindfulness" might cause some skepticism, but with the number of districts turning towards social-emotional learning to prevent issues such as bullying, it might be worth a glance, educators. Here's how Anna Ly, who has been a Fellow at Fred Rogers Center, has developed an app that uses breath and storytelling to teach empathy and mindfulness to young kids."

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Best Education Blogs to Watch in 2015 | ExamTime

Best Education Blogs to Watch in 2015 | ExamTime | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We highlight the best education blogs to watch in 2015 who share their recommendations & tips with the education community. Don't miss these blogs!

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CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:49 PM

Great selection of Blogs include "TeachThought", "free technology for teachers" and "CoolCat Teacher".

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

Jon C's curator insight, January 29, 4:25 PM

Always looking for easy tools to grab and annotate screens. Here are some more. Skitch used to be good but new version is awful - try these below

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, Today, 1:30 PM

Easy to use tools make incorporating screenshots and tutorials into your online class a snap. 

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Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) ~ The Hub ~ by Alegria Barclay

Black Lives Matter: Building Empathy Through Reading (Part I) ~ The Hub ~ by Alegria Barclay | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Part of the problem is a lack of context; the way in which U.S. history is taught to teenagers doesn’t fully illuminate or explore the Black experience nor does it aim to create compassion, clarity, or solidarity. The average teenager has simply never been exposed to the myriad of stories–from heartening to heroic to harrowing–that comprise the history of Black people in America. And without this exposure, most cannot understand or envision the depth of suffering, injustice, and daily struggle that has defined Black life in America for centuries.


"In the wake of the Ferguson verdict and in solidarity with the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement, it is empathy that we need more than ever. Indeed, as I reflect on Dr. King’s legacy, I am reminded of this quote by him: “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other because they have not communicated with each other.” Ideally, this communication would happen face-to-face, two individuals in dialogue discovering what it means to be the other. However, in certain cases whether due to lack of representation, access, or will, this is simply not possible. What then?


"As YA librarians and as educators, I feel strongly that it is an essential part of our calling to do more than simply recommend books to our teenage patrons; we must promote, persuade, and provoke our young readers to pick up those books that broaden and challenge our understanding of what it means to be another and to be ourselves. To echo the #WeNeedDiverseBooks  campaign, we need diverse books because reading can change the world one perspective at a time. And change must come. And it will come because reading is an act of communication that can and does open minds and hearts, transcending our often irrational and unfounded fears to create newfound empathy and compassion."

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8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell

8 K-12 tech tools to watch in 2015 ~ Education Dive ~ by Roger Riddell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Over the last few years, technology has reshaped the classroom in many ways — and is continuing to do so. From digital textbooks and platforms that make teaching often-complex STEM subjects simpler to deep data analytics that measure and predict student achievement, ed tech is addressing a number of issues in the nation's schools.

"Even so, there's such a large amount of tools and platforms out there now that it can be difficult to see some of the most promising developments in the space. To make it easier, we've selected eight of our favorites that districts and schools should have on their radars."

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New Learning Times : Article Evaluative Comments in Online Discussion

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by Ting kYuan


"How do instructors design quality online discussion for student teachers? A recent quantitative study examined the online discussion threads of 21 pre-service and in-service teachers based on their experiences watching videos in a graduate teacher education course. Specifically, the course instructor assigned a series of animated geometry teaching episodes for discussion. The animated video stories contained different versions of classroom teaching events, including critical events that might not align with the best practices in the field.

"Students watched videos and time-stamped comments on LessonSketch, an interactive video-based learning environment featuring animated representations of math teaching. An explicit, succinct guideline was provided under each video: "The teaching is not necessarily exemplary or problematic. It is just a case of teaching that provides food for thought." Students were graded based on the thoughtfulness and insight of their comments. In addition, the instructor decided not to moderate the forum or comment on any of the student postings throughout the course."

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Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet

Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Vicki Davis


"But what if you have no computers, no cell phones, no nothing? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you've got two simple answers.

For verbal questions: Log into Plickers and create a page for each student. This tool will code in the student's name and answers. Hand each student their plicker card and ask a question. The student will hold the card up in the direction of their answer. Looking at the class through the camera on your smartphone inside the Plicker app, you’ll see the name of each student and whether he or she got the answer right to the question you just asked! BAM! (Hat tip to Richard Byrne for teaching me about Plickers in a recent interview.)"

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Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback

Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Use these tech tools to boost engagement while also getting great feedback about what your students know.

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things -

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by Terry Heick


"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits.


"So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century “reader” look like? How can we appeal to their interests? Or, more precisely, what does it mean to “read” in 2015? What does a reader, today, look like?


"How can you teach digital students non-digital things?"

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Click on each topic around the circle and be taken to resources for how to implement it. -JL


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Saberes Sin Fronteras Ong's curator insight, January 29, 10:42 AM

#información_proceso

Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, January 29, 9:37 PM

This is a great resource.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, Today, 11:41 AM

Flujos de Información: Infografía Interactiva 

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5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan

5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Pesident Barack Obama announced his free community college plan to the nation last week, and the first wave of critics and advocates have had their say.

"Formally called “America’s College Promise,” the plan is modeled after the “Tennessee Promise” and offers free tuition for two years at community college to students who keep up a grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and who graduate within three years."

Here's a rundown of five pros and cons being debated about the plan so far:

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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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Even More Resources for Teaching to Bloom's Taxonomy ~ EdSurge News

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Sacramento educator Larry Ferlazzo gained “likes” back in 2009 for his super comprehensive collection of resources on supporting Bloom’s Taxonomy in the classroom. Now, he’s refreshed it with some additional apps, diagrams, and courses to add to the collection. First up, Ferlazzo calls out "A Crash Course in Teaching with Apps That Align to Bloom’s Taxonomy" hosted by edublogger Vicki Davis. Next, Ferlazzo recommends Blooms Taxonomy of Apps for iOS for you iOS fans, and the interactive Bloom’s Taxonomy Circle Diagram. See more recommendations here.
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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?

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MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning

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The MindShift Guide to Digital Games and Learning started as a series of blog posts written by Jordan Shapiro with support from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop and the Games and Learning Publishing Council. We’ve brought together what we felt would be the most relevant highlights of Jordan’s reporting to create a dynamic, in-depth guide that answers many of the most pressing questions that educators, parents, and life-long learners have raised around using digital games for learning.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 22, 8:40 AM

Nice useful free ebook to download.

CTD Institute's curator insight, January 23, 2:59 PM

Great guidelines for parents & educators.

Claude Emond's curator insight, January 24, 7:58 AM

Digital games and learning to lead together for change

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5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan

5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global ~ Edudemic ~ by Amanda Ronan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When it comes to tech tools, maybe one is the loneliest number. There are so many ways to combine technology into meaningful, collaborative, global workspaces for your students. By connecting your classroom with others around the world – and connecting tech tools to each other – your students will develop as learners and global citizens. Working in solidarity with their international peers, your students can lead the way toward global change.
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New Learning Times : Article The Maker Generation

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by Ching-Fu Lan


"Who are makers? Depending on which aspect you examine, makers can be designers, programmers, artists, engineers, hackers, or inventors. While makers put on different hats as they work on projects, the commonality is that they are all passionate about what they are making. Unlike other new educational ideas and movements, the good news for educators about the maker movement is that it embraces and is a perfect fit with the learning-by-doing philosophy, one of the most effective learning approaches that helps them engage learners easily.


"Aside from the doing, what are some other gripping elements that attract youth to maker activities? Young makers in this video provide some insightful answers and share their experiences about making. The can-do spirit developed throughout trial-and-error and supportive open communities seem to be key ingredients for successful maker spaces. Other good news for educators: many makers are driven not only by making things work, but also making them better."

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Futuresource BETT 2015 Show Report

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Futuresource fielded a team of nine analysts at the BETT show this year and reported in detail on exhibitors, new technologies and industry sentiment.
Enter your details below to download your free 46-page show report, which provides a roundup of these findings.


This is the largest ed tech conference in the UK, similar to ISTE in the US. The report is free, after free registratiion. The report itself is most informative regarding the latest trends, particularly in hardware and infrastructure.-JL

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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

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Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 22, 2:28 PM

Tons of links to best practices for Project-based learning, assessment, standardized tests and research.

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Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome

Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jason Lange


"With all of these thoughts swirling, even the most effective teacher can stumble during an observation. But there are a few things a teacher can do to diminish the likelihood of this happening. The key is to be prepared, welcome feedback, and use it to build a better classroom."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 8:39 PM

What would be the purpose of observations done infrequently? It is important to build relationships which help teachers grow.

 

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Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida

Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Course starts Feb. 23 and runs for 5 weeks. Aimed at K-16 educators.


" EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are bringing back the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Instructure's Canvas Network with "BlendKit2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer," their second installment on the merits and methods of blended learning. The BlendKit2014 course was EDUCAUSE's first-ever MOOC, and it elicited a tremendous response from the higher education and K-12 communities."

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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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