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Top 5 Apps You Want On Your iPad (including 'how to' video links)

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By Daniel Edwards

 

"Following a request for my favourite iPad apps, I have included those central to my workflow as an educator. I offer my top 5, with a few suggestions for application of each in the classroom. ((Please click on each title for link to video)."

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Easily manage student sites and e-portfolios with siteMaestro - YouTube

This is a quick walkthrough of how to set up siteMaestro with your class - the link to add the extension is here; http://cloudlab.newvisions.org/add-ons/site...
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Trip Hawkins releases second chapter of his 'If' iPad game for teaching kids emotional life skills

Trip Hawkins releases second chapter of his 'If' iPad game for teaching kids emotional life skills | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dean Takahashi


"Hawkins — the charismatic founder of game publishers 3DO, Electronic Arts, and Digital Chocolate — has a new passion to teach children the social and emotional skills (SEL) that they don’t learn in school. He has a story-based app that gets lessons across that help kids deal with emotions and problems like bullies. But rather than launch it as a free-to-play game, Hawkins has gone a different route, releasing it instead as a subscription game....


"While the first chapter is free, subsequent chapters require a monthly subscription fee of $5 per month. Hawkins believes that parents will like this better than the somewhat risky free-to-play model, where children sometimes get into trouble by spending too much real money on virtual goods.


"Hawkins also said that each chapter will contain a few hours of gameplay as parents don’t want games to consume an inordinate amount of a child’s time. The dashboard app is a tool for parents to help monitor their children’s accomplishments and keep them motivated to do more.


"Hawkins said that the game is aimed at helping kids manage difficult emotions, persevere through challenges, make healthy decisions, and show empathy and compassion. As important as all of this is, most schools don’t teach it."


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Patrice McDonough's curator insight, July 28, 11:20 AM

Looks like a good tool for introducing Social Emotional Skills to children & students.

 

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Technology and Graduation Rate: A Direct Correlation ~ Huffington Post

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by Matthew Lynch


"...technology has made it possible for students who fall off the traditional path to jump back on and finish what they spent most of their childhood working towards. This may be in the form of taking remote classes from home, remedial classes in on-campus computer labs or even by enrolling in full-time online schools, public or private. The technology available for these options benefits students who face difficulties with a normal school schedule including teenage parents, students with short-term or long-term illnesses, teens with substance abuse struggles, or those who had poor academic performance due to learning disabilities or bullying."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 24, 10:19 PM

What is interesting is that other sources indicate there is a growing digital divide. Could it be both are happening? We have some communities graduating students in greater numbers and others struggling. Is it possible what we look for is what we find in research sometimes?

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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.
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Google Classroom: From the Teacher's Perspective ~ AppsEvents blog

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by Sarah Woods


"This is the first of a series of blog posts based on a first look at Google Classroom. We know we're looking at a sneak peek, so it may not have all the features Google intends, but we still thought you'd like to see what there is!"

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12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox

12 New Yorker education articles to read while the archives are free ~ Vox | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

from the website

via EdSurge


"The New Yorker has made its archives since 2007 (and a few articles from before that) free for the next three months. That includes some great journalism on education — a tour of the biggest debates in K-12 and higher education.


"If you need something to read on your next flight, want a break from beach reading, or are aiming for a better grasp of the American education system before the kids go back to school this fall… here's your summer reading syllabus."


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 7:11 PM

There are interesting titles and summaries listed.

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Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens ~ Edutopia

Project-Based Learning Through a Maker's Lens ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Patrick Waters


"The rise of the Maker has been one of the most exciting educational trends of the past few years. A Maker is an individual who communicates, collaborates, tinkers, fixes, breaks, rebuilds, and constructs projects for the world around him or her. A Maker, re-cast into a classroom, has a name that we all love: a learner. A Maker, just like a true learner, values the process of making as much as the product. In the classroom, the act of Making is an avenue for a teacher to unlock the learning potential of her or his students in a way that represents many of the best practices of educational pedagogy. A Makerspace classroom has the potential to create life-long learners through exciting, real-world projects.


"Making holds a number of opportunities and challenges for a teacher. Making, especially to educators and administrators unfamiliar with it, can seem to lack the academic rigor needed for a full-fledged place in an educational ecosystem. However, project-based learning has already created a framework for Making in the classroom. Let's see how Making could work when placed inside a PBL curriculum unit."

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Margaret Bradley's curator insight, July 28, 9:34 PM

Making is and always has been intrinsic to Creative Arts pedagogy Students experience deep learning in all art forms including Dance, Drama, Music and Visual Arts while Making, Appreciating, Listening, Composing and Performing.

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How the Maker Movement Is Moving into Classrooms ~ Edutopia

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by Vicki Davis


From the pedagogy of educational theorists and design thinkers to the passion of tinkers and hobbyists, the Maker movement finds its way into mainstream education.

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What’s APPening: 100 apps for education ~ eClassroom News

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“See what’s APPening in education” offers a look at some of the apps available in the Windows Store.


"We’ve selected 10 apps at random, but 90 more great apps are in the PDF resource."

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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

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by Jennifer Carey


"Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be invaluable to educators. Here are ten tricks that can make your life easier with Google Docs:"

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6,000 teachers, 3 continents, 1 problem - news - TES (Times Education Supplement: London)

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"When we decided to survey educators around the world about behaviour, we expected a mixed response. But it seems that whether you’re in the UK, the US or Australia, the challenges are the same. Here, teachers give us their perspective on a growing problem." 

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New Google Drive: Setting Your Upload Options ~ Teacher Tech

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by Alice Keeler


"In the new Google Drive it is more obvious how you can upload files. Click on “New’ and choose “File upload.” Alternatively, you can simply drag the files right into Google Drive if you are using Google Chrome."

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New Google Drive: Link to a File ~ Teacher Tech

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by Alice Keeler


"I have to admit now that I am really enjoying the new features of Google Drive. It took me a couple of days to get used to double clicking to open a file, but now it is second nature. I am now able to single click on any file and find sharing or viewing options easily in the toolbar."

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Don’t Teach Math, Coach It ~ NY Times

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by Jordan Ellenberg


"What I learned from baseball about making learning fun."


"Baseball is a game. And math, for kids, is a game, too. Everything for them is a game. That’s the great thing about being a kid. In Little League, you play hard and you play to win, but it doesn’t actually matter who wins. And good coaches get this. They don’t get mad and they don’t throw you off the team. They don’t tell you that you stink at baseball, even if you do — they tell you what you need to do to get better, which everybody can do.


"What does it mean to coach math instead of teaching it? For C. J., it means I give him a “mystery number” to think about before bed. “I’m thinking of a mystery number, and when I multiply it by 2 and add 7, I get 29; what’s the mystery number?” And already you’re doing not just arithmetic but algebra.


"For his little sister, who’s 4, that’s too formal. But say we’re at the grocery store and we need four cans of soup and she brings me two, and I say, “So we need three more, right?” and she says, “NoDaddy!” That’s really funny when you’re 4. It’s a game, and it’s math."


more at http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/25/opinion/dont-teach-math-coach-it.html

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Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate

Ed Tech Promoters Need to Realize We’re Not All Autodidacts ~ Slate | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Annie Murphy Paul


"This is a very particular take on learning: the autodidact’s take. We shouldn’t mistake it for most people’s reality. Productive learning without guidance and support from others is rare. A pair of eminent researchers has gone so far as to call the very notion of self-directed learning “an urban legend in education.”


"In a paper published in Educational Psychologist last year, Paul A. Kirschner of the Open University of the Netherlands and Jeroen J.G. van Merriënboer of Maastricht University challenge the popular assumption “that it is the learner who knows best and that she or he should be the controlling force in her or his learning.”

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 7:18 PM

Very few people are true autodidacts. Even Bill Gates had mentors i.e. Warren Buffet. We should encourage self-directed learning, but realize it requires teaching and pedagogy.

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Where to Start When Starting a Blog ~ NY Times

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by John Biersdorfer


Q. There are so many platforms for blogging out there. Can you suggest a few?

A. Start your search by thinking about the type of blog you want to have and how much control you want to have over the look and domain name. Free blogging services usually have a set of standard templates and easy controls to get started, but the design is usually not terribly flexible. Paid services often offer more design control, feature management and tools to block spam and other unwanted messages in the comments section.- more

-for the complete post, click on the title of this entry



Plus, saving the data on your laptop after a spill.

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture: 8 Tips for Making Beautiful Presentations

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by Michele Pecansky-Brock


"Humans are visual creatures. Creating and engaging with visual content was more innate to our species than text.  But beyond the "what came first" argument, we must understand the power of images to engage the affective domain of learning.  For a moment, reflect on your childhood memories. What comes to mind? How much of what you remember is imprinted in memory because someone took photographs of those moments? 
"Our personal memories, our lives are shaped through images. And as they have become more accessible to educators, understanding how to use them effectively to persuade, impact, empower, and inspire others is an important part of communicating."
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 23, 6:57 PM

We are visual learners who enjoy a good story. Sometimes that needs digital technology and sometimes it does not.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, July 24, 8:39 AM

Michelle Pacansky-Brock offers tips for presentations and lectures.

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Guest Blog Post: Google Drive Basics for the Complete Beginner and Some Recommended Apps ~ Apps Events Blog

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by Eva Buyuksimkeyan


"Eva relates her experiences and challenges technology wise before she discovered Google Drive and how she is using Google Apps now in her classroom. She also shared additional apps to help extend the functionality of her Google Apps account that she has found very helpful."

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6 Strategies for Funding a Makerspace ~ Edutopia

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Guest blogger Paloma Garcia-Lopez, Executive Director of the Maker Education Initiative, provides six strategies for funding a makerspace.
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Introduction to Google Classroom - Edudemic

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by Greg Kulowiec


"With the recent announcement of Google Classroom, school districts and educators across the country that are currently integrating Google Apps for Education into their classrooms are awaiting the opportunity to gain access to Google’s workflow solution. While there are currently a number of workflow solutions and approaches within Google Drive that classroom teachers can take that range from manual organization and file / folder sharing to advanced automation with tools such as Doctopus, Google Classroom provides a viable option that strikes a balance – blending tight integration with Google Drive, an intuitive interface and advanced features that experienced Google Drive users are looking for."

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? ~ Edutopia

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by Edwige Simon

summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Digital portfolios can be time-consuming to develop and maintain, but they also can be effective for showcasing teaching artifacts, communicating with parents and colleagues, and looking for a new job, education-technology consultant Edwige Simon writes in this blog post. Simon offers advice on creating portfolios and links to resources for developing them."

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ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA

ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.

The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:


Biggest Challenge for Educators

Responses

Individualized learning 38%

Intervention 19%

Data analysis 11%

Instructional assistance 10%

College and career readiness 8%

School improvement 7.5%

Dropout prevention 6.5%

*from a total of 587 respondents"



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J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, July 23, 11:48 AM

Do you agree that personalized or "individualized" learning is the greatest challenge today? I think the educator's greatest challenge is effectively harnessing a litany of e-teaching tools, open source and proprietary, while keeping research-based, appropriate pedagogy in balance.

With FEV Tutor we are helping to bridge the gap with a truly innovative and careful solution to the problem. We are able to offer teachers support to individualize instruction and it's not a stand-alone, do it yourself program. We partner with teachers as much as they need to provide targeted tutoring for students. We are effectively supporting response to intervention (RTI), special education, advanced placement programs, credit recovery, online and blended instructional strategies, and more.

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These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work - Edudemic

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by Lisa Johnson


"So What is a Wicked Good Idea? It is more than pin-worthy… it is something that forces you to stop and challenges you to think differently. In this two-part series, we will delve into professional development ideas that not only make you halt and take notice… but also jump-start your imagination and inspiration and drive you to pluck them and take action by remixing them or even creating one of your own."

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New Google Drive: Saving a Document in Multiple Folders ~ Teacher Tech

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by Alice Keeler


"In the old Google Drive you were able to hold down the Shift key and click on multiple folders that you wanted to organize your files into. In the new Google Drive this does not work.

"Move to a Folder

"Click once on a file to select the file in Google Drive. The more icon looks like 3 dots along the top of the files. It is located next to the trash can icon. Selecting the more icon gives you the option to move the file into a folder."

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New Google Drive: Shared Becomes Incoming ~ Teacher Tech

New Google Drive: Shared Becomes Incoming ~ Teacher Tech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Alice Keeler


"There are a few changes in the new Google Drive. When someone shares a document with you there is no longer a “Shared with Me” option on the left hand side. Now it is named “Incoming.”

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