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Hacktivity Kits for Webmaking

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" HACKTIVITY KITS is a collection of nine hands-on and web 2.0 activities intended to explain and reinforce the concept of web hacking -- that is, the idea of remixing, reusing, and re-purposing existing content to create new material or glean interesting insights. Created by NYC HIVE, a MacArthur Foundation-supported group of civic-minded organizations (there's a Chicago one, too), the Hacktivity Kits are largely built upon Mozilla WebMaker tools: Popcorn Maker, Thimble, and X-Ray Goggles. Each Hacktivity includes a detailed list of learning goals and objectives, expected results, and supporting resources. There's also an extensive list of icebreakers to get the creative juices flowing and skills tutorials for the WebMaker tools. For example, look to the Online Storytelling kit which explains the SVT (Story, Vision, Tech) model for making "web native" stories. In addition to introductory tutorials on how to use the kit and associated technology, there's also the Spectrogram icebreaker, Popcorn Maker deep-dive, and an out-of-the-box design challenge for teachers just getting their feet wet."

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Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently

Innovation Excellence | 25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Sarah Briggs


"We also know that people who think about their own learning, make a habit of asking questions, use what they’ve learned, teach what they’ve learned to others, and enjoy the learning process on an intrinsic level all become better learners.

"The good news is, these are all strategies and habits that can be adopted through practice. Why some of us master them earlier than others is another topic, one that may have something to do with parenting, environment, and even genetics. But the point is, we’re all capable. The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners. So let’s examine which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run."

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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, October 18, 3:22 PM

The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners.


In this article Saga Briggs examines which strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.


A recommended read. You can follow the author Saga Milena on Twitter here: @SagaMilena


Stephen Dale's curator insight, October 19, 6:21 AM

A very useful article that recognises that there is a skill (or at least a process) involved to achieve effective learning, and that we can learn this skill, i.e. learn to learn. As the article explains: "The smartest, most successful people in the world wouldn’t be where they are today if they weren’t skilled learners" It goes on to examine which learning strategies we should be perfecting and how they can serve us in the long run.

 

Reading time: 15 mins

 

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STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia

STEM to STEAM: Resource Roundup ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you are looking for resources on integrating science, technology, engineering, and math or on infusing the arts to transform STEM into STEAM, this curated compilation will help you strategize around different approaches to integrated studies.
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Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post

Duluth Middle students use STEM concepts to build solar-, battery-powered cars ~ Gwinnett Daily Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Keith Farner

summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Students at a Georgia middle school recently used their math and engineering skills to build solar- and battery-powered model cars. The students worked in groups for the hands-on project and created a video afterward, comparing the costs of renewable and nonrenewable energy. "

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Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News

Robotics enters K-12 classrooms | eSchool News | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Laura Devaney

summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"As robotics gains steam in K-12 classrooms with the popularity of computer programming, this article suggests six resources to help teachers introduce such concepts in the classroom. Among them are Lego Robotics from Texas Tech University, which allows teachers to create their own Lego Robotics programs."

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Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers

Wiki Summarizer Can Help Students Start Their Research Projects ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"Wiki Summarizer could be a good tool for students who are just starting a research assignment and are not quite sure what terms to use or what topics to explore. By using the Wiki Summarizer web view or word cloud view students will be able to find some terms and topics that could help them alter and or direct their searches. In other words, Wiki Summarizer could help students who have a very broad research topic narrow down their searches."

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Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Digital Learning Portfolio Guide for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Here is a great find I don't want you to miss. This is a step by step guide on how to incorporate digital learning portfolios in the classroom.This guide is created by Rudy Blanco ( Digital Learning Coordinator at the Dreamyard Preparatory School) and is published on Edsurge.


"Blanco started his guide with a few tips on how to make digital portfolio learning a successful experience in your class. He mentioned things such as teaching students about file organization and cited Google Drive as a tool to use for this purpose. He also talked about using a unified filing procedure to make sure that all students are in the same page  and then concluded his tips with the notion of accountability and how making students accountable for their work pushes them to work harder."

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10 Best Shortcuts To Add To Your Right-Click Menu ~ makeuseof

10 Best Shortcuts To Add To Your Right-Click Menu ~ makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Matt Smith


"You may have noticed that your context menu (the menu which appears when you right-click an item on the desktop) is not a static entry. Instead it changes based on the software you add or remove.

To a layman it appears you have relatively little control over this, but you can in fact customize the context menu as you’d like with third-party software. Here’s how to do it – and a handful of awesome shortcuts to add."

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Practical Tools for Teaching News Literacy ~ NY Times

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by Rory O'Connor


How One School Teaches It

"Using an approach acquired from the Center for News Literacy at Stony Brook University, and after training at the center’s summer institutes, the principal and staff at Intermediate School 303, a New York City public middle school in Coney Island, Brooklyn, implemented a program to encourage students to become smarter readers and analysts.

"In its curriculum, the school stresses concepts like the need to evaluate information and sources. Each week the sixth, seventh and eighth graders at I.S. 303 study the concepts and learn how to apply them to current stories in the news.

"Sometimes they use free educational media materials like these, created and distributed for classroom use by Stony Brook and often featuring journalists and reporting from The New York Times.

"The lessons are then shared more broadly throughout E.L.A., Social Studies and other courses — as well as at home with parents, siblings and friends."

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7 Amazing 3D STEM Projects To Do with Your Class -- THE Journal

7 Amazing 3D STEM Projects To Do with Your Class -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Download this custom whitepaper outlining the lessons and the impact that 3D printing has on STEM students. Give your students the hands-on experience of being able to turn their designs into reality and see them reach their full learning potential!


"Get the 7 ideas that will help your students gain experience in design and problem-solving through 3D printing while building their science, technology, engineering and math skills:

  1. Design a new game controller
  2. Study the science of aerodynamics
  3. Make manipulatives for math and science
  4. Engineer with a purpose
  5. Take flight with a NASA project
  6. Create a source of hydro power
  7. Study historic technology"


Free registration required for download of the paper. This is a sponsored publication through THE Journal.

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What to do with a 3 D printer.

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Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic

Why Some Schools Are Selling All Their iPads ~ The Atlantic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Meghan Murphy


"For an entire school year Hillsborough, New Jersey, educators undertook an experiment, asking: Is the iPad really the best device for interactive learning?

"It’s a question that has been on many minds since 2010, when Apple released the iPad and schools began experimenting with it. The devices came along at a time when many school reformers were advocating to replace textbooks with online curricula and add creative apps to lessons. Some teachers welcomed the shift, which allowed their students to replace old poster-board presentations with narrated screencasts and review teacher-produced video lessons at any time.

"Four years later, however, it's still unclear whether the iPad is the device best suited to the classroom. The market for educational technology is huge and competitive: During 2014, American K-12 schools will spend an estimated $9.94 billion on educational technology, an increase of 2.5 percent over last year, according to Joseph Morris, director of market intelligence at the Center for Digital Education. On average, he said, schools spend about a third of their technology budgets on computer hardware."

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Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage | TechCrunch

Google Launches Drive For Education With Unlimited Storage | TechCrunch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Frederic Lardinois


"Students whose school use Google Apps for Education will soon be able to store as many files in their Google Drive folders as they like.

"Earlier this year, Google launched Drive for Work, its premium $10/month version of Google Drive with unlimited storage and a couple of additional enterprise features. Today, the company announced that is bringing unlimited storage to Google Apps for Education soon, too, with the launch of Drive for Education.

"Individual files can measure up to 5TB, which should be more than enough for most legitimate use cases.

"Just like the rest of the Google Apps for Education suite, Drive for Education is available free of charge for all non-profit educational institutions (and there are no ads either). As a Google spokesperson told me, Drive for Education will automatically become available to all Google Apps for Education users over the coming weeks. This is a slow rollout, however, and it will be a few weeks before it reaches all users."

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Creating Simple Websites With Keynote (video)

http://macmost.com/e-1029 You can use Keynote to build a simple multi-page website. When you export as HTML, the resulting files can be uploaded to a web hos...

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marc augier's curator insight, September 20, 1:15 PM

The great thing I learned is that you can set KeyNotes so that only the links are active. Then, you get an hypertext presentation instead of a pile of slides.

RPattinson-Daily's curator insight, September 20, 2:38 PM

Only for any Apple computers

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9 Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials

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Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials: 9 Free Camtasia Studio 8 Video Tutorials To Get Started. Camtasia Studio 8 is among the Top eLearning Tools.

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5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic

5 Ways to Use Integrated Google Drive Apps for Group Projects | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Leah Levy


"Google Drive empowers teachers as they use Google Docs to provide real time feedback. It also helps students engage in discourse via Google Moderator, and provides project participants a platform for brainstorming remotely on Google Hangouts. But Google Drive’s power doesn’t lie solely in its own features. In fact, it is Drive’s integration with third party apps that really empower student collaboration. In this post, we’ll explore 5 creative ways to use integrated apps for group projects."

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Google announces upgrades to Classroom ~ EducationDive

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by Allie Gross


"Dive Brief:

"Just two months after announcing its Classroom learning management system, Google is rolling out upgrades.  


"Namely, the LMS now features Google Groups integration, allowing multi-person discussions, the ability for teachers to download grades all at once, and control over how and when students can post in a class' shared activity log.  


"The updates come just a week after Microsoft announced its own LMS app within Office 365."

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After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report

After 20 years, a teacher reinvents her classroom using technology - The Hechinger Report | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nichole Dobo

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief


"Fifth-grade teacher Valyncia Hawkins uses a blended-learning model that combines technology and small-group instruction to personalize learning for students at a Washington, D.C., elementary school. This article describes the 20-year teaching veteran's switch to the teaching model and how she incorporates it daily into her class."

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Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More ~ Teaching Channel

Inspirational Teaching Videos: Covering Common Core, Math, Science, English And More ~ Teaching Channel | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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This rich and current collection of teaching and learning videos is produced by the Teaching Channel. As of Oct. 2014, it's comprised of 935 brief (most less than 10 min) selections, organized and cross-indexed by Subject, Grade, and Topic. Great for individual study, group discussion, or professional development. Each video is accompanied by questions for consideration and direct connections to CCSS, along with additional details. 


Use of the site is free. Free registration also enables viewers to take, share, and save notes as they view videos as well as enjoy other benefits. My experience with the site's content is that most is first rate.

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6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio

6 Crucial Elements to Consider When Developing Digital Portfolios ~ Evernote as Portfolio | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Rob van Nood


"#1. Portfolios need to be in the hands of the student.  From my own experience, and from research that I have followed, one of the biggest determinants in portfolio success (read that as “authentically integrated into a student’s learning”) is the autonomy of the student to create and manage it.  When school’s institutionalize it too much it becomes “just another thing that schools make us do.”  In addition, it shouldn’t become another thing teachers need to run.  A big part of this revolves around making sure that students see and use portfolios beyond the classroom.  They begin to document, reflect upon and share the learning that is happening in all aspects of life.  When that is happening in an authentic way you know that portfolios have really taken hold.  How we support students to be more in control of the entire portfolio process?"

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Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives ~ Brain Pickings

Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives ~ Brain Pickings | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"One of the most basic beliefs we carry about ourselves, Dweck found in her research, has to do with how we view and inhabit what we consider to be our personality. A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way, and success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. Out of these two mindsets, which we manifest from a very early age, springs a great deal of our behavior, our relationship with success and failure in both professional and personal contexts, and ultimately our capacity for happiness."


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An excellent essay/review that summarizes and praises Carol Dweck's book Mindset. If you haven't read the book, this is a great way to find out quickly what all the excitement is about.

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50 Ways to Teach With Current Events ~ NY Times

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by Michael Gonchar


"In honor of National News Engagement Day, here are 50 ideas to help teachers bring current events into the classroom, grouped below by category:


Reading and Writing
Speaking and Listening
Games and Quizzes
Photographs, Illustrations, Videos and Infographics
Design and Creativity
Making Connections
Building Skills"

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Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times

Our Second Annual 15-Second Vocabulary Video Contest ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"We’ve been publishing a Word of the Day every school day since our blog began, and last year, just as we were about to hit 1,000, we announced our first Vocabulary Video Contest.

"We liked the results so much that we’re back with a second year of the challenge. So, along with our collaborators for Word of the Day — the linguists who run Vocabulary.com and Visual Thesaurus — we invite you to create a short video that defines or teaches any of the words in our now nearly 1,200 words strong collection.

"You have until Nov. 11 at 7 a.m. Eastern to do it. All the rules and regulations, plus some inspiration from past winners, are below"

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Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12

Lessons Learned About Chromebook Rollouts ~ EdTech K-12 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
District IT managers advise not to overlook bandwidth needs.


by Christina Tynan-Wood

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech


"After developing a committee tasked with guiding a technology rollout for lower grades in an Illinois district, officials launched a tablet and Chromebook initiative that they say has been successful. Using Google Apps for Education, educators say the technology is meeting learning goals, and the move to Chromebooks and a cloud-based service has freed up IT manpower and reduced costs"

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Evernote Tips: The 11 Amazing Features That Make Using Evernote So Freaking Awesome - YouTube

Get new video updates via email - "http://www.ScottBradley.name/evernotetips - Watch this video to uncover 11 Evernote tips that illustrate why Evernote is so amazing for busy professionals and entrepreneurs to use in their life to help them grow their business."

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$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times

$199 Apple iPhone 6 Is Fiction, if Not Fantasy ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jeff Sommer


"It turns out that upgrading an iPhone every two years on a 24-month phone service contract, as I’ve been doing, doesn’t cost $199. This year it will cost me at least $649. In fact, it could cost considerably more than that if you add the miscellaneous charges that your phone carrier may impose, and the discounts that it may withhold.

"Keeping your costs under control may take some work:  I discovered that a relatively new option — buying a phone on the installment plan from AT&T, my current carrier — turns out to be much cheaper for me than getting the phone through a service contract, the way I’d done it before. I didn’t know that until I crunched the numbers."

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Estella Hudson's curator insight, September 30, 12:57 AM

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Jeff Sommer with NY Times dissects true pricing for the new iphone 6 and 6 Plus. The $199 base price is not as it seems; Sommer suggests researching several phone carriers to learn the actual costs of the upgraded phones. Sommer enlisted the expertise of Craig Moffett (senior analyst and partner at MoffettNathanson Research) to try and break through some of the overwhelming pricing, contracts, and discounts. Their estimates suggest prices that include service contracts at $649 and more.

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How to Circumvent the Limitations of Edmodo's Mobile App While Using a Mobile Device

Almost ALL of my students complain about the difficulty of using Edmodo's mobile App to take quizzes, upload profile pictures, complete assignments, see assi...

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