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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Removing QuickTime for Windows in a Hurry :: NY Times

Removing QuickTime for Windows in a Hurry :: NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With Apple no longer providing security updates to fix holes in its Windows QuickTime code, computers running the software could be at risk. The security software company Trend Micro issued a warning this month describing two “critical vulnerabilities” in QuickTime for Windows and advised users to uninstall Apple’s abandoned program immediately. The Homeland Security Department posted a warning based on Trend Micro’s findings and also recommends that PC owners remove QuickTime from their systems.
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10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom…Part 1

10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom…Part 1 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
So you just returned from a conference with a wonderful resource. Perhaps you just read about an amazing tool in a magazine, or possibly a fellow educator from another district shared with you a website that seems just right. There are some incredible tools and resources on the web that will engage students and amplify learning. While it might be the perfect addition to that new lesson, I suggest a taking a moment to pause and reflect before introducing it in the classroom.

While the internet and technology provide some amazing educational possibilities, educators must do the proper preparation to ensure student privacy and safety when using these tools. Let’s take a moment to explore some of these concepts and best practices. Please keep in mind that the following are suggestions and that educators should always check with their district technology department and administration before bringing new internet resources and tools into the classroom. Here are my ten thoughts to reflect upon.
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10 Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 3

10 Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 3 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With the opening of  classroom walls allowing for virtual journeys on the worldwide web comes the need to provide classroom educators and students with resources regarding proper learning and citizenship on the internet. I believe this is essential to the success of any e-learning, blended learning, and on-line learning program. It is important that educators teach and model proper digital citizenship. It is equally important that the school curriculum has digital  citizenship standards embedded in the curriculum. Many of the free resources listed below provide some wonderful possibilities for educators committed to the amazing learning opportunities the internet provides.
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Tone:  Chrome extension shares URL to all computers in earshot for instant access to a site for all in the room

Tone:  Chrome extension shares URL to all computers in earshot for instant access to a site for all in the room | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As digital devices have multiplied, so has the complexity of coordinating them and moving stuff between them. Tone grew out of the idea that while digital communication methods like email and chat have made it infinitely easier, cheaper, and faster to share things with people across the globe, they've actually made it more complicated to share things with the people standing right next to you. Tone aims to make sharing digital things with nearby people as easy as talking to them.
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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Part of rethinking learning means rethinking the bits and pieces of the learning process–teaching strategies, writing pieces, etc.

Which is what makes the following chart from Kathleen Cushman’s Fires in the Mind compelling. Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). It does this by taking typical classroom situations–the introduction of new material, demonstrating a procedure, etc.), and offering alternatives to traditional homework assignments.
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This presents what I think are very thoughtful and interesting suggestions.

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ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback

ASCD Express 11.16 - Learning-Focused Feedback | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
As educators, we give feedback to students on their work all the time: in the moment, daily, weekly, and at the end of a unit or year. And research about formative assessment tells us that feedback is a foundational practice that makes a difference in student learning. But how can we make sure our guidance truly encourages our students' learning and growth at each interval? The literature includes some practical ideas to help us get there. It tells us that there is a continuum of feedback, which starts at one end with a focus on what's right or wrong. At the other end of the continuum, the type and amount of information provided turns the feedback into instruction. Let's take a look at three different feedback models derived from the literature and the insights we can take away from each one.
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How to Convert PDF to Word for Free

How to Convert PDF to Word for Free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
PDF to Word converters are a dime a dozen. We have compiled the 5 best ones you can get for free, for both on- and more secure offline use.

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Stan Smith's curator insight, April 27, 6:17 AM
This may come in handy.
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Useful tools. 
 
Le Dong Phuong's curator insight, April 28, 1:41 AM
often needed!
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Becoming a Gmail Ninja

Master the skills of Google Apps for Business Gmail to increase your productivity. From creating multiple in-boxes or arranging your mail into labels. Th
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Become a Gmail Ninja

Discover Gmail tips straight from the Gmail Team! From filters to formatting and labels to shortcuts, join us to learn how to become a Gmail Master.
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5 Ways to Enhance Your Educational Conference Experience

5 Ways to Enhance Your Educational Conference Experience | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Have you thought about all the other ways to learn at a conference? I know from personal experience that it's important to find your own groove for learning. Here are some suggestions to experience your favorite conference from a new angle.
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Moving PDFs to a PC From an iPad :: NY Times

Moving PDFs to a PC From an iPad :: NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Q. I’d like to move all the PDFs on my iPad over to my Windows computer. How would I do that?

A. Most popular PDF apps for iOS, including Adobe Acrobat Reader DC and Apple’s iBooks software, have at least one or two options for sharing the files. Two common methods for sharing are emailing the documents, or saving them to an online cloud storage site that you can get to from your computer. (If the files have copy-protection built in, you will probably need the password to open them at some point.)
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Create picture quotes, promos and ads easily: Stencil :: Robin Good

Create picture quotes, promos and ads easily: Stencil :: Robin Good | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The tool allows you to tap into over 600,000 images and 200,000 clip art icons, plus it provides over 40 ready-made design templates  that you can fully edit and personalize. Each and every layout can be easily exported to one of 34 pre-set social media layouts perfectly respecting ideal image and sizes for different platforms. 
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17 Chrome Extensions for You - Teacher Tech

17 Chrome Extensions for You - Teacher Tech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Chrome extensions add functionality to the Chrome browser. Many of them can be very handy for teachers and students. I use them everyday. My favorites being the Snagit Chrome extension to screen cast and create animated GIF’s. I also use the goo.gl URL shortener almost daily as well.
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Cause and Effect Analysis: Identifying the Likely Causes of Problems

Cause and Effect Analysis: Identifying the Likely Causes of Problems | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When you have a serious problem, it's important to explore all of the things that could cause it, before you start to think about a solution.

That way you can solve the problem completely, first time round, rather than just addressing part of it and having the problem run on and on.

Cause and Effect Analysis gives you a useful way of doing this. This diagram-based technique, which combines Brainstorming with a type of Mind Map , pushes you to consider all possible causes of a problem, rather than just the ones that are most obvious.
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Excellent explanation and demonstration of the technique.

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Vetting Web 2.0 Educational Tools: The Web in the Classroom…Part 2

Vetting Web 2.0 Educational Tools: The Web in the Classroom…Part 2 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The web provides multiple opportunities to provide learning that is engaging, productive, and student-centered. Using interactive tools and resources is a valuable part of the 21st century classroom. Having a system in place to vet tools and resources is an important part of teaching in a digital environment. Please feel free to share this via email, and also reply back with any comment… as I am also always learning. While there might be other items to consider for vetting a Web 2.0 tool, I do hope this article provides a good starting place for facilitating exciting learning opportunities in the increasingly digital classroom.
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10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4

10 More Digital Citizenship Resources: The Web in the Classroom…Part 4 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In the last three posts I have been providing  ideas and reflection regarding the use of the internet in the classroom. You can explore these posts in the links that follow this paragraph.

As promised I have ten more digital citizenship resources to add to the ten that were included in the last post. I do hope you find these links beneficial for student of all ages. If the facilitation of digital citizenship is not part of your district or schools curriculum… now is the time to include it. It really is a great way to assist students as they discover the wealth of learning experiences available on the worldwide web.
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Three Reasons Why Your Creative Work Needs An Audience :: Jeff Goins

Three Reasons Why Your Creative Work Needs An Audience :: Jeff Goins | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"With access to tools and technology we’ve never had before, now is truly the best time to be creative. It’s also the best time for companies and organizations to take full advantage of creativity—as long as we never lose sight of these three principles in the process:

-Synthesis: Good creative work is about making connections, not just making points.
-Collaboration: Without the involvement of others, your work will likely suffer and probably won't spread very far.
-Empathy: Marketing is about building community, and all artistic output does demand an audience. But it takes the right person to serve that audience well—and to do that, you need to take the time to understand it."

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A really, really on point piece about Creativity, in my opinion. This is a must read. Read the whole thing; it's short...and pithy.

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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 28, 4:21 PM

Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 28, 5:19 PM
There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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Three Strategies to Create Infographics for the Art-Challenged

Three Strategies to Create Infographics for the Art-Challenged | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Three Strategies to Creating Infographics
While chatting with Peggy Reimers (Director of Professional Development) during a TCEA Lunch and Learn (free weekly webinars available only to TCEA members), she made the following recommendations. I have followed each strategy with some reflection and ideas from the Lunch and Learn chat:
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Introducing the BEST Chrome Extension for Microsoft Office Users · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury

Introducing the BEST Chrome Extension for Microsoft Office Users · TeacherCast Educational Broadcasting NetworkbyJeffrey Bradbury | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This past week I attended a fantastic session at EdCamp Central Jersey by my friend Bruce Reicher (@breicher) about 10 great (and amazing) things that you can do with Google. One of these simply blew me away.

Over the last few months, I have had the privilege of working with, and training hundreds of teachers and administrators who are trying to make the switch from Office Applications such as Word, Excell, and Power Point, to the Google Apps for Education Suite.  This week, I found an amazing tool that will certainly help everyone who is interested in making the digital jump, yet in desperate need to open files natively in Microsoft Office.
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Become a Gmail Gooru - Brought to you by Google Gooru

In our inaugural 'Become a Gmail Gooru' Hangout on Air, we discuss some of our favorite tools for becoming more efficient and productive in Gmail. Thi
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What the flip? Exploring technologies to support a flipped classroom

What the flip? Exploring technologies to support a flipped classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A flipped classroom is one where the lectures become the homework and the traditional homework tasks take place in the lesson time. This enables students to attend sessions with an understanding of the subject and to conceptualise and build upon it through doing exercises in class, with you, as the tutor, on hand to answer questions and explore the topic in more detail

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Sean Rattigan's curator insight, April 22, 9:21 AM
Can be difficult in practise with some students!
Maria Silva's curator insight, April 22, 4:39 PM
#etwion_EXIT SLIP 4
Tony Guzman's curator insight, April 29, 6:41 PM
Good article for any instructor considering doing a flipped classroom approach.
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Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid

Free Screen Recorder | Download Ezvid | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Ezvid is exceptional because of the power of its cutting-edge effects and features. With voice recording, facecam, voice synthesis, screen drawing, and speed control, Ezvid the world's single best solution for making videos which entertain, inform, and enchant your viewers.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 24, 7:06 PM

Looks worth a free download if you need a versatile screen recorder.

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vgpascal's curator insight, April 28, 9:09 AM
Testé et approuvé si vous avez un compte Youtube ! La solution propose de multiples avantages :

Les +
+ capture d'écran animés
+ banc de montage facile à prendre en main
+ ajouts de textes
+ ajout d'un filigrane de personnalisation
+ accès à une banque de musique de fond (issue de la bibliothèque ou la vôtre)
+ synchronisation de la voix
+ incrustation de la webcam possible
+ mixage d'images et de vidéos existantes
+ durée jusqu'à 45 minutes
+ ajout d'éléments pour le guidage d'attention (dessin, flèches...)

Les -
- exports Youtube seulement
- compatible uniquement avec Windows
- le système stocke les fichiers qui composent votre vidéo (différentes séquences) dans le dossier username/my documents/ezvid/projects
- seule la version montée sera exportable sur Youtube... il ne manque plus qu'à la récupérer par des moyens tiers depuis Youtube ;-)