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9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof

9 Of The Best Free & Low-Cost Alternatives To Microsoft Office | makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Aaron Couch

 

"Microsoft Office has dominated the market of text documents, spreadsheets and slide shows for years, and for good reason – it’s one of the very best. However, there’s one drawback and that is the price. Sure, it’s a relatively good investment, but for one reason or another you choose to not pay for it. What do you do?

 

"Thankfully, there are other options – and good ones. These range from web-based apps and local software to free and paid. Although some do cost, all have free options and the price you pay for the paid software is a fraction of what you would pay for Microsoft Office. Through this article I will touch upon any unique features such as mobile capability, cost, user interface and compatibility with Microsoft Office files."

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Donna Browne's curator insight, February 5, 2013 9:28 AM

I have been using Open Office for many years with good results.  Also try

the Ipad app OnLive Desktop which provides access to Office programs free of charge.  It is available free at the App Store. 

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James Madison Foundation: Lesson Plans and Reports

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"The United States Congress established the James Madison Memorial Foundation in 1986 in order to better teach the constitution in high schools across the country. Fellows are drawn from students who plan to become teachers. In exchange for graduate school funding, selected students agree to teach history and civics for at least one year after graduation. This page gathers together various "powerful" lesson plans composed by past fellows on topics related to constitutional history and government. The lessons are divided into sections that cover Articles I-VII of the constitution, Lessons About Constitutional Connections, Lessons on the Federalist Papers, and Freedom and Slavery in the Early Republic."

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Essential Science for Teachers - Physical Science (Elementary) :: Annenberg

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"Annenberg Learner is known for providing well designed resources for teachers, and these eight sessions dedicated to getting educators ready to teach physical science to elementary school students are no exception. Educators may like to peruse the Course Overview and Course Structure sections before delving into the Workshop Sessions themselves. In sum, these sessions are designed to help elementary school teachers brush up on their basic science so that they can better guide their students in outcome motivated learning. Sessions cover such topics as What is Matter?, The Particle Nature of Matter: Solids, Liquids, and Gases, Physical Changes and Conservation of Matter, Chemical Changes and Conservation of Matter, and others. By participating in this free, online course, educators will gain much needed background knowledge in the physical sciences, allowing them to better introduce their students to these fascinating subjects."

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Noisli - Improve Focus and Boost Productivity with Background Noise

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"f you are someone who needs "white noise" to work, relax, or block out the chatter of an office or coffee shop, Noisli may be the website for you. On this site, users can select to listen to a variety of noises, including rain, leaves, and railroad tracks. Alternatively, users can search for a previously composed collection of sounds, designed for either productivity or relaxing. By creating a free account, users can also save their favorite white noise medleys for future use."

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The best augmented reality apps that aren't Pokemon GO

The best augmented reality apps that aren't Pokemon GO | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Pokemon GO isn't the only app that seamlessly blends virtual objects into the real world.

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Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities – Teacher Reboot Camp

Learn With QR Codes! 22+ Apps, Web Tools and Activities – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
QR codes, Quick Response barcodes, inspire curiosity in our learners. QR codes get learners out of their seat scanning to discover what the knowledge they will uncover with their mobile devices. QR codes are mostly attached to websites or text, but we can also attach QR codes to audio, video, games, polls, or multimedia presentations. Below are a few ideas on how to make your QR codes more interactive.

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14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use

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Social media has fast become an educator’s dream, with almost immediate responses to questions about teaching strategies, resources, and professional development opportunities.

But how are educators really using social media, and is it really as widely-used as everyone assumes?

FrontRow Education recently asked 1,000 K-8 teachers how they are using social media personally, professionally and as a communication tool with parents and students.

Here are some of the survey’s key findings:
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Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs

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"...a brand-new update to Pocket Casts makes it hands-down the best iPhone podcasts app, not to mention the best overall service for people who want to podcast from all manner of different devices. The new version for iOS, Pocket Casts 6.0, brings the app—which was great for a long time, and has kind of languished the last couple of years—into full-fledged modernity. It’s now really easy to find new podcasts to listen to, sort through the ones you already have, and more. Pocket Casts keeps lists of episodes you’ve already started, ones you’ve downloaded but not listened to (which is handy for clearing space on your phone), and more."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Flubaroo Compared to the New Google Forms Auto-grading Feature

Free Technology for Teachers: Flubaroo Compared to the New Google Forms Auto-grading Feature | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
On Monday Google Forms received an update that allows you to create automatically graded multiple choice and true/false quizzes. To do this just go into your Form's settings menu and select "quizzes." You can then specify point values for each multiple choice question in your Form. In that same menu you can enter answer explanations. The quizzes setting also gives you the option of letting students see their scores immediately after completing a quiz. The quizzes setting is convenient, but it is not as feature-laden as the Google Sheets Add-on called Flubaroo.

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How to Build Real-World Learning Interactions | The Rapid E-Learning Blog

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Great learning interactions require good content that's placed in a real-world context that's both relevant and meaningful for the user.

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Chalkmotion

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ChalkMotion is a a collaborative library of simple hand drawn images and online presentation tool, designed to help visualize and share ideas


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 11, 10:03 AM

Great way to animate students' drawing.

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Free Online Collage Maker | Graphic Design | Photo Editor - FotoJet

Free Online Collage Maker | Graphic Design | Photo Editor - FotoJet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
FotoJet is a free online photo editor, collage maker and graphic designer that allows you to edit photos and create collages and designs easily. Try it now!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 28, 12:38 AM

A useful free online image editor for creating design work.

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10 hidden iOS gestures you might have missed

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We are up again with the list of 10 hidden iOS gestures that most of you might be missing. Read on the know the secret tricks.

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Project Based Learning Stimulating Soft Skills Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Project Based Learning Stimulating Soft Skills Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
What is exactly required is the real time and the project-based learning which sours up the soft skills of the individual.

Via Sabrina M. Budel, Laurent Picard, juandoming, Yves Carmeille "Libre passeur"
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The Power Of Fiction | Free Lesson Plans | Teachers | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

The Power Of Fiction | Free Lesson Plans | Teachers | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Lesson Plan Library offers high school lesson plans covering all major school subjects and special interests.

 

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"Discovery Education has assembled this lesson plan to unpack the Power of Fiction. Intended for the high school English classroom, this activity examines Upton Sinclair's muckraking novel, The Jungle, as well as student-selected works with strong social-action themes. The lesson plan begins by reviewing the main literary elements of Sinclair's novel (setting, plot, characters, and central conflict), before explaining the historical context of the early 20th century, in which workers were placed in unsanitary and often dangerous conditions. Students then discuss whether they believe The Jungle is successful in its message before having them look closely at their own novels. Suggestions are provided for possible titles within the categories of Civil Rights, Women's Rights, International Issues, and the Immigrant Experience."

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Global Climate Change: Interactives

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Vital Signs of the Planet: Global Climate Change and Global Warming. Current news and data streams about global warming and climate change from NASA.
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KQED Education

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"KQED is Northern California's PBS/NPR affiliate, broadcasting out of San Francisco. On KQED's Education page, the station provides classroom resources, instructional ideas, and articles that will be especially of interest to educators. On the homepage, educators will find a variety of recently published resources that can be used in the classroom. These include a collection of articles from The Lowdown, a regular KQED series in which authors break down complex news stories for use in the classroom, often through interactive media; and recent Do Now activities, where youth are encouraged to engage in civic conversation via social media. For instructors interested in learning more about integrating social media and digital tools into their lesson plans, the For Teachers section of the website provides ideas for effectively incorporating technology as well as resources for teaching online safety. Many of these articles are authored by educators and include detailed descriptions and reflections on incorporating a variety of ideas into the classroom."

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Essential Chromebook tools and apps for the classroom

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"A while ago I created an infographic featuring 30 apps for the paperless iPad classroom. Today I’ve created a similar type of infographic but with essential Chromebook tools and apps for the …"


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예상했던대로 크롬북의 시대가 도래하도다~
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Use Google Docs Research Tool: How-to

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With the help of Research feature in Google Docs, you can enrich your current document with useful resources, links, images, citations and more. Let’s explore how you can do this.

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10 Important Chromebook Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Important Chromebook Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you are using or planning to use Chromebook in your instruction, the tips below are definitely worth your attention. These are instructions to help you make the best of your Chromebook in terms of how to search for and find educational apps to use on it, how to customize its settings to suit your own teaching purposes, how to save files to Google Drive and edit and share images using Chromebook's built-in editor, how to add users and control who can use your Chromebook and several other tips that are integral to an effective integration of this device in your class.
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