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Designing Media-Based Assignments

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This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.


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This website from the University Notre Dame provides great resources to help you embrace media-rich experiences for your students. The site currently has 24 projects which you may explore. Each project includes:

* A brief explanation

* Samples of projects

* Resources to help you learn how to make the projects

* Rubrics

The projects listed include: video story project, infographics, academic poster, book trailer, geographic map and many more.

Although this website was designed for college teachers the resources and ideas are useful for any teacher whom would to incorporate more media-based assignment in their classroom.


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ech08ravo's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:50 PM

Fantastic website from Notre Dame helps instructors (and students) design effective media-based assignments. Great examples and how-tos for inspiration.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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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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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, April 27, 6:18 PM
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Useful tools. 
 
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often needed!
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Teachers are always looking for an easy way to convert, here is the answer
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Need to remember something? Better draw it, study finds

Need to remember something? Better draw it, study finds | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have found that drawing pictures of information that needs to be remembered is a strong and reliable strategy to enhance memory.
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Nancy Jones's curator insight, Today, 9:47 AM
Yet another argument for sketch noting, even if you think you cannot draw. A deeper learning occurs as you create the visuals.
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The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology

The 25 Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Thanks to OnlineUniversities for this list of the Best Pinterest Boards in Educational Technology. Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow.

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A Class Finale They Won’t Forget! 18+ Ideas & Resources | Tech Learning :: by Shelly Terrell

A Class Finale They Won’t Forget! 18+ Ideas & Resources | Tech Learning :: by Shelly Terrell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
“They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” – Carl W. Buehner

Many teachers will soon say bye to their learners. In the few days you have left with your learners take the opportunity to leave them with fond memories and knowing you believe in them. This may be difficult, especially when your students are restless. However, you still have time to end the year meaningfully by getting students to reflect, express gratitudes, cultivate relationships with their peers, play, and explore the world. Below are tips, resources, and ideas to help you end the year making a lasting impression. Feel free to download the slides and share them with your staff. Find many more ideas in the archive of the #TeacherEdchat I recently hosted.
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Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling

Atavist - a simple web tool for powerful storytelling | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"It's easy to see why readers were immediately drawn to Atavist with its sharp aesthetic appeal and integrative approach to graphic storytelling. Its user-friendly interface synthesizes narrative methods developed by predecessors such as Youtube, Instagram, and Wordpress, offering exciting new directions for creative projects like longform essay writing. We think Atavist just may become a staple for anyone looking to create visually appealing and impactful presentations or projects.

 

"Atavist advertises itself as "a simple web tool for powerful storytelling." For those readers who love to write - and write online - it may be just the service they have been searching for, as it allows authors to upload photos, video, and audio to create an immersive experience. The best way to form a sense of what can be done with Atavist is to select the menu on the top right hand side of the screen and then go to Examples to peruse creative articles that integrate a variety of multimedia possibilities. Interested readers will then want to create an account using Facebook or their email address. From there, the instructions walk through the steps of creating a New Project, including writing text and using the convenient drag and drop functions for various media. Many readers will want to take the Tour, which can be located on the top of the screen after selecting New Project."

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ScienceBlogs

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"ScienceBlogs does not rely on astounding graphics or an elaborate interactive feature for popularity. Rather, its undeniable utility and quality of content are what set this science blog apart from others. Its expansive database is consistently up-to-date with the newest blog postings from the humanities to the physical sciences, and everything in between. It's virtually a one-stop shop for finding news and information of all sorts, even devoting a tab for pieces posted in the Last 24 Hours.

 

This virtual warehouse of science-related blogs covers a staggering range of topics, from health habits to exoplanets. Readers may like to scout the site by subjects, which include Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Medicine, and others. Contributing bloggers are culled from a wide array of scientific disciplines and write about a range of topics that they find most interesting. Greg Laden's popular entries, for instance, can be found under Life Science one week, Physical Science the next, and Environment the week after that, depending on the topic he tackles. Laden's most recent writings have examined the history of neuroscience, dark energy, and even Einstein's Theory of General Relativity. Educators are sure to find much to enliven their lesson plans within this excellent, variegated, "digital science salon."

 

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Free Code Camp :: Learn to code and help nonprofits

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"It's no surprise that the Scout staff values Computer Science. With that in mind, we loved that this website offers a unique and generous gift to its visitors: the opportunity to learn viable coding skills at no cost. Free Code Camp offers exercises to help develop JavaScript and database coding skills, four possible certifications to earn, as well as the opportunity to join a community of fellow coding hopefuls. Most notably, Free Code Camp's simple, organized design is approachable and pleasant, welcoming the wary.

 

"Completing Free Code Camp is no easy task. In fact, students log over 1,600 coding hours by the time they complete all the classes, tasks, and projects that the site employs. The upswing, however, can be significant, as the site promises that committed users will: learn full stack JavaScript; build a portfolio of real apps that real people are using; and, hopefully, get a coding job. Users begin by taking 200 hours of online lessons. Next, they log 200 hours of JavaScript Algorithm practice, then work on 200 hours of front end web development, followed by 200 hours of full stack web development practice. Camp is then rounded out by 800 hours of real-world web development work for participating non-profits. Along the way, users connect with other "campers," and learn applicable skills. An email address or social media account (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, etc.) is needed to create an account, but the site is well-organized, user-friendly, and, best of all, free."

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ASCD Teacher Impact Grants

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"ASCD Teacher Impact Grants (TIGs) provide funding and support directly to teachers for promising teacher-led, administrator-supported ideas, programs, or initiatives to improve education. These grants allow teachers to develop and execute projects that can serve as models to be replicated and scaled.

 

"The program provides the flexibility, funding, and evaluation support necessary to meet the unique needs of promising teacher-led projects. The grants cultivate the expertise of teachers and help to position them as leaders driving transformation in schools, districts, and states.

 

"TIG applications are now open. Please click on the link below to submit an application. (Applicants will need to create an account or log in.) The application period will be open from May 16 to June 16, 2016. The application deadline is June 16, 2016 at 11:59 p.m. eastern time."

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Average grant size is $10,000

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10 questions for teacher reflection…

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"...a request from someone important to me on the other side of the world provokes my thinking…

‘ Have you ever written a blog post on strategies, tools or frameworks that a teacher can use to reflect on their past year of teaching?’

My immediate response: ‘ Reflection has to happen all the way along. It’s too late at the end of the year.’

But here are some questions to ask yourself, as you look back, look within and look forward…"

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Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Good Tools for Summarizing Long Text ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Below are two good applications that provide short summaries to long chunks of text. The first one is called Smmry. This  is a web based tool for summarizing text. Students can use it to help them with reading comprehension. The way it works is easy: you  paste your text, customize some of the tool's  settings and click on ’summarize’. Smmry does the rest and provides you with a synopsis of the text containing few topic-focused sentences. The second application is an iPad app called Clipped and is especially ideal for news readers. Clipped summarizes long news articles into bullet points extracting unnecessary information and data leaving you only the gist of the story.
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5 Tips For Integrating Project-Based Learning In Any Content Area -

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The elementary years are critical for grounding a student’s understanding of key concepts, across subject areas, to tangible processes and results. To help students grasp the intersections between what they learn in school to the world around them, project-based learning is a handy tool.


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27 Ways Teachers Can Enhance Retention and Knowledge Transfer Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

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The 27 Ways Teachers Can Enhance Retention and Knowledge Transfer Infographic refers to Gagne’s 9th and presents ways that teachers can ensure that their students can retain information and transfer their new knowledge or skill to different situations.

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8 Travel Grants and Fellowships for Educators

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Summer is the perfect time to research and apply for a teacher travel grant. The key is to look in the right places and write a compelling application. Then, once you win an award, you might find yourself kayaking the length of the Mississippi River while developing a river ecology unit. (At least, that’s what one teacher did with a Fund For Teachers grant.)

To help you get started, here are some tips for writing winning proposals, a few inspiring articles, and a list of interesting travel grants that you might want to research or apply to this summer.

The Best Places to Look
Edutopia has covered travel grants in the past. Be sure to check out other content on the subject, including "Teacher-Tested Travel Grants," "Five-Minute Film Festival: Travel for Teachers," and "No-Cost Teacher Travel," for more grant-writing tips and funding sources.

Also, the Institute for International Education is an organization that anyone interested in educational travel should get to know. In addition to administering tons of interesting travel grant programs, the IIE is also a source for research, policy updates, and relevant resources for teachers.
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15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED

15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research - InformED | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Think you know everything there is to know about smart studying? You may be surprised by some of the past year’s research. Below are 15 new insights on how to prep for exams and boost your academic achievements in general.
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6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area And Grade Level - TeachThought

6 Technology Integration Ideas For Any Content Area And Grade Level - TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Declining attention span as a result of increasing use of smartphones and social media are just a few challenges teachers deal with in the modern classroom.

Children today deal with more stimuli around them than ever before. Mobile phones, tablets,and other technology have become so intertwined with our children’s daily lives that it’s hard to imagine keeping it out of the classroom. Even though some believe these can be distractions, embracing technology can make learning more fun and impactful.

Smartphones, iPads and other devices have become so intuitive for kids, it only makes sense to harness these powerful learning tools to engage a classroom full of tech-savvy students. And the best part? You can use these ideas in one form or another for any student in any content area and grade level.

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Content Curation: The Art of a Curated Post [Infographic]

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Content curation is an economical way to increase content production - & it's easy when you have an informative infographic to guide you.

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Free Google Apps Training for All with @Synergyse | Tech Learning :: by Lisa Nielsen

Free Google Apps Training for All with @Synergyse | Tech Learning :: by Lisa Nielsen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Innovative educators sometimes express frustration that their students and/or colleagues come to them without the foundational skills to use basic applications like documents, spreadsheets, presentations, productivity tools like email and calendars, and other applications like video conferencing, website creation, and engaging in online communities.  It’s as though everyone was magically supposed to come to them knowing how to use these complex technologies, but when is time set aside for them to learn?

This week, Synergyse is joining Google. This means the in app training will be available to all Google users at no cost. You can read the announcement here."

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Yummy Math

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"Here at the Scout Report, we are routinely on the lookout for resources that bridge the gap between learning and fun. Yummy Math is an excellent resource and its collection of math-based activities is updated frequently. Not only do entries correspond to K-12 curriculum standards, but they integrate real world examples that often involve food, film characters, professional sports players, and the occasional historical figure. There is lot to offer students across many interest areas here, which is why Yummy Math is a treasure trove for educators and parents looking to enrich math learning.

 

"For educators who are continually looking for up-to-date, real-world examples of how mathematics impacts daily life, Yummy Math is a welcome ally. In fact, every article on the site seeks to link math to what is "relevant to our world today." For instance, a recent article presented some of the math-related possibilities for the upcoming release of the new iPhone 6S and 6S plus, suggesting that students explore past iPhone launch sales data in order to predict sales for the new model using bar graphs and scatter plots. Educators can scout the site by Genres (Holidays and Annual Events, Math and Food, Math and Science, Math and Social Studies, and others), as well as by grade level. While all activities are freely accessible, some educators may select to sign up for a membership, which provides extra services, such as solutions to activities, access to a wider variety of resources, and access to teaching tips."

 

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Home Movie Registry | A LISTING OF AMATEUR FILM HOLDINGS

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"When it comes to archival material, most people think of documents, photographs, or the occasional news clip. Rarely, however, do home videos come to mind. We love that the Home Movie Registry not only directs its attention toward the preservation and collection of amateur films, but that through the collaborative efforts of archives and museums across the country, material in the HMR may be easily accessed by anyone. We encourage readers to explore the intimate family moments captured here, and the many ways that home movies can be used to shed light on important components of American culture and history.

 

"Since the 1920s, home movies have been produced by everyday people, documenting daily activities and offering a wealth of information about twentieth century American life. The Home Movie Registry, a curated search engine from the Center for Home Movies (CHM), is an innovative project designed to bring together the swarth of amateur films digitized and collected by participating archives. The About section of the site details the portal's extensive efforts and provides useful context. From there, readers may like to explore the two Exhibits currently featured on the site, one of which highlights Home Movies and the African American Community, while the other provides a look at Home Movies and Television. Readers may also simply scroll down the fascinating list of amateur-made films on the home page, which illuminate such ephemera as a 1950s Chicago picnic and a 1975 homemade travel documentary. For more targeted research, historians, artists, documentarians, students, and others will find an excellent search bar for easy filtering through the Registry's video troves."

 

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Stinks, Bangs and Booms: The Rise and Fall of the Chemistry Set

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"As captivating as it is well designed, this unique website provides an interactive and cinematic experience that details the stages of invention, popularity, public disenchantment, and the eventual rebirth of the chemistry set. We love that users are kept engaged throughout the entire experience, progressing through the timeline by completing brief games and activities. Brimming with interesting facts, images, and quotations, this resource can be considered among the best examples of digital humanities for its use of digital tools and technologies to highlight the historical, cultural, and scientific facets behind this now iconic artifact.

 

"Have you ever wondered about the origins of the chemistry set or its evolution from the Young Chemists Pocket Companion of 1797 to the modern kits we know today? Stinks, Bangs and Booms answers those questions and more as it traces the rise and fall of the American chemistry set through four interactive chapters: Inception (1791), Heyday (1920-1960), The Decline (1960-1979), and The Resurgence (1980-Today). The engaging online interface was created by Bluecadet and draws upon the plentiful research and archival material of the Chemical Heritage Foundation. Interactive elements and mini-games keep readers interested and users have the opportunity to delve a little deeper or move on to the next section. One particularly interesting activity, featured in the Heyday chapter, includes listening to the short oral histories of professors, business leaders, and others as they remember their first chemistry sets. While most site visitors will be intrigued by the American chemistry set's colorful history, educators and librarians are sure to find many exciting uses for this amazing website."

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Q & A with Edorble CEO Gabe Baker | PeacheyPublications.com

Q & A with Edorble CEO Gabe Baker | PeacheyPublications.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I’ve long been interested in the potential of 3D virtual worlds for online education so I was delighted when I first found Edorble. I had my own 3D virtual classroom set up within about 5 minutes and was ready to start inviting students and trainee teachers. I think Edorble has huge potential for education, so I was really delighted when Gabe Baker – CEO of Edorble agreed to be interviewed.

What’s your elevator pitch?
We want to make online classes and meetings more personal, playful, and powerful. We do this with Edorble, a private 3D world that is purpose-built for online education and collaboration. Online, it can be difficult to have a sense of togetherness and to do simple things like break into small groups, raise hands, or watch videos and content together. We make all of that, and more, easy in Edorble.
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