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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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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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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

14 surprising facts about educators’ social media use | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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

Pocket Casts Is the Podcast App Every iPhone User Needs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"...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

How to Build Real-World Learning Interactions | The Rapid E-Learning Blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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.

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Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows

Netflix launches Flixtape so you can make ‘mixtapes’ of your favorites movies and shows | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Netflix today announced the launch of a new service called Flixtape, which the company describes as a way to make short playlists of your favorite Netflix titles. “It’s like a mixtape, but for Netflix,” the site explains. The new tool lets you create these lists based on a genre or theme of some sort, then share them with friends or family over text message, email or social networks like Facebook and Twitter.
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Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator

Learning to Measure Media Literacy Outcomes | Educator Innovator | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Our Media Literacy Competency Assessment Rubric uses the students’ final projects as indicators for levels of competency of a variety of skills, and measures how well students can put their new media literacy skills into practice. Every program track has a set of central skills-based competencies that fall under the LAMP’s broader intended outcomes, and the rubric can be adapted to measure these competencies according to the program. In designing the rubric, we had to clarify these outcomes and came to the determination that activism is key to the LAMP learning experience. So instead of trying to measure attitudes, our assessment tool evaluates the active work created by the students, and how it enables the roles they play in a participatory digital culture. For many students, the very act of producing their own work and challenging the media is a form of activism, and our rubric takes this into account as a key goal. We seek to uplift their voices so they feel comfortable challenging the media, and the projects they create are where these newly learned media literacy concepts and active media-making skills can be seen. The final projects produced by students show us how well they understand the concepts being taught, but also if students feel empowered enough to make their own active media messages.
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Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium

Being a Young Black Male Teacher — The Synapse — Medium | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It’s hard enough being a new teacher. You have to learn the craft, learn the kids, and learn how to juggle both while still following the curriculum and doing your job well. Kudos to every young black male teacher out there. You already know most of them didn’t give us a chance as students, so what are the stats on them treating us equally as peers? Shoot, maybe I am the hammer and all these experiences are just me nailing nails down for no reason. Maybe every last teacher had a comment about the shoes I was wearing to work just because they thought they looked that good. Maybe they initially thought I was the gym teacher because of my physique. Nevertheless, that is what it is like to be a young black male teacher.
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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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Brief piece on an important topic. Definitely worth reading.

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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

Use Google Docs Research Tool: How-to | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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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Ow.ly - image uploaded by @CoryBooker

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Cory Booker used this proverb as part of his address to the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia

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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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Shared by Cory Booker at the Democratic Convention

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The nerd's guide to learning everything online

The nerd's guide to learning everything online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us ... well, we don't. But we still love to learn -- we just need to find the way that works for us. In this charming, personal talk, author John Green shares the community of learning that he found in online video.

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