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The Laptop: Cheaper but Still a Workhorse ~ NY Times

The Laptop: Cheaper but Still a Workhorse ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Thomas Fitzgerald


"When people think about mobile computing these days, chances are they’re thinking about smartphones and tablets.


"But the laptop computer has remained a workhorse, even if it is no longer consumers’ gadget du jour. The laptop has also become lighter, more flexible and — best of all — less expensive.


"Perhaps because of that competition from new devices, laptops are available in many styles and configurations for less than $400. Four or five years ago, the low-cost options were limited."


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A comprehensive description of all that's available in this price range. If you know a little about computer specs, this is quite a helpful shopping guide to low-price laptops. I, for one, still use my laptop every day.

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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…

10 questions for teacher reflection… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"...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

27 Ways Teachers Can Enhance Retention and Knowledge Transfer Infographic  - e-Learning Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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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Google Home Is Cool, But Catching Amazon's Echo Won't Be Easy

Google Home Is Cool, But Catching Amazon's Echo Won't Be Easy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
“Being able to integrate with Google search, and not only just search but a contextual search that knows my search patterns, what I’ve done in the past and can bring that to bear, is very important,” says Forrester analyst Michael Facemire.

Alexa can pull information from Wikipedia just fine, but that’s a far cry from being able to tap into Google’s knowledge graph, which understands not just people, places, and things, but how they relate to one another. And not just that; Google’s broader range of services, from Gmail to Calendar to Maps and beyond, helps it know how those things relate to you.
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LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium

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If you always use the same password for every site, you're headed for trouble. The same is true if you use easily cracked simple passwords. You need to put a password manager in charge of remembering your login credentials, so you can use a strong, unique password on every site. LogMeOnce Password Management Suite Premium does that job for you, and it doesn't cost a cent.
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This is a free password manager dubbed an "Editors' Choice" by PC Magazine. If you have been thinking about a password manager but hesitated because the field is so crowded and hard to figure out, this is one you can go with and be confident.

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Portfolios hold new promise for schools

Portfolios hold new promise for schools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Decades ago, portfolio assessment—using samples of classroom work to document students’ progress toward learning goals—meant finding room for bulging binders stuffed with paper. But digital technologies that make it far easier to collect, curate, share and store student work have dismantled the physical barriers that once made portfolio assessment daunting. Schools are now taking a fresh look at the practice.

“The technology is so powerful,” says Mark Barnes, a former Cleveland-area teacher who now runs educational publishing company Times 10. “It gives educators an opportunity to create an ongoing conversation about learning.”
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5 Apps to Transform Teaching and Personalize Learning

5 Apps to Transform Teaching and Personalize Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With digital tools like Nearpod, Classkick, Educreations, Explain Everything, and Seesaw, teachers can leverage student-centered, personalized learning in whole-group instruction, guided and independent practice, and reflection.

Via NikolaosKourakos, Maria Margarida Correia, Liz Bujaki
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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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4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Great Websites That Provide Free Educational Documentaries for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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How To: Create an Interactive E-Book with Google Slides

How To:  Create an Interactive E-Book with Google Slides | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In a one-to-one school district, teachers have the freedom to create, curate, and share content like never before. Read more to find out how Google Slides can give you such liberty!

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 6, 3:25 AM

Très intéressant comme méthode de création par sa simplicité. Puis les ebooks vont avoir de plus en plus d'importance aussi bien à l'école que dans le monde des entreprises pour la diffusion d'information.

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, February 3, 3:06 PM

another interesting option for creating ebooks

ElsaPorras's curator insight, March 3, 9:22 PM
Tengo que probarlo
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Twitter is introducing a Periscope live-streaming button in its mobile apps

Twitter is introducing a Periscope live-streaming button in its mobile apps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Facebook is heaping focus on live video with an entirely dedicated tab for streams, which prioritizes in-the-moment broadcasts, so it's no surprise to see..

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Claude Seyrat's curator insight, May 23, 4:31 PM

Live video streaming is a new battleground with its highs and lows.

- Twitter got NFL right for Thursdays game

- Periscope will be integrated into twitter and be available for its +200M users

- Facebook live is growing with some technical hiccups

 Can the internet sustain this growth of more and more live video?

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From drone racers to pinball: Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 doesn’t disappoint

From drone racers to pinball: Maker Faire Bay Area 2016 doesn’t disappoint | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Maker Faire never gets old. While we only scratched the surface after a 90 minute walk through the fairgrounds, the drone racing was the coolest thing that we saw on Friday afternoon. Every 10 minutes, a few drone pilots would sit with headsets and zoom their aircraft through a netted raceway, replete with an illuminated track. (Check the video below!)
We also liked some of the clothing and craft wares, like cool kids' hoodies, and these gorgeous earthenware. If you're at all interested and you're anywhere near the Bay Area, the event continues Saturday and Sunday—it's well worth the price of admission.
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Host MOOCs, Webinars, and other Events at Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Platform for Free

Host MOOCs, Webinars, and other Events at Moodle for Teachers (M4T) Platform for Free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Moodle for Teachers (M4T) http://moodle4teachers.org free online professional development network is opening its doors to educators and schools around the globe by offering space to organize events such as MOOCs, online conferences, webinars, and online courses for free. Fill in the following form to apply and we'll get back to you.

Please contact Dr. Nellie Deutsch nelliedeutsch@gmail.com for further information.

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