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Free Educational Software - SlideRocket Presentations | SlideRocket Online Presentation Software

Free Educational Software - SlideRocket Presentations | SlideRocket Online Presentation Software | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Today we’re thrilled to launch our new, free SlideRocket EDU offering available exclusively through Google Apps!
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Two Techie Teachers: 10 Apps that Fuel Creation with Technology Across the Content

Two Techie Teachers: 10 Apps that Fuel Creation with Technology Across the Content | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Recently we have been out and about on the summer professional development circuit.  We've been asked to share a few of our materials that we use during our presentations.  You ask, and we deliver!

Today's post shares information that is worthy of all ages, stages, content, and access.  Check out these easy ways to get your students CREATING in the classroom!
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32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies -

32 Research-Based Instructional Strategies - | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You want to teach with what’s been proven to work. That makes sense.

In the ‘data era’ of education that’s mean research-based instructional strategies to drive data-based teaching, and while there’s a lot to consider here we’d love to explore more deeply, for now we’re just going to take a look at the instructional strategies themselves.

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Marta Torán's curator insight, August 22, 1:54 PM
Una lista de estrategias para el diseño intruccional basadas en la investigación.
Gloria Huerta's curator insight, August 23, 12:12 AM
Estrategias para aprendizaje basado en la investigación, contiene links para ampliar algunas de ellas.
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The History Project

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Your living time capsule to collect artifacts and share stories. Join the movement to capture, preserve, and connect with the life narratives that transcend generations.

 

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"The History Project is a great site for collaboratively creating multimedia timelines. The History Project includes an audio recording tool that you can use to talk about events in the timelines that you create. The History Project lets you upload your own pictures or import pictures from social networks to add to the audio recordings contained in the events on your timeline. Of course, like any good time tool, The History Project lets you write in notes, dates, and locations. When you write in a location a Google Map of that location is added to your timeline event. In the video embedded below I provide an overview of how to use The History Project."

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Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Tips for New Chromebook Users

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week - Tips for New Chromebook Users | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whenever you get a new computer there is a bit of an adjustment period while learning the nuances of that new computer and or operating system. If you find yourself with a new Chromebook for the 2016/2017 school year, you may go through a bit of an adjustment period. To help you go trough that adjustment as quickly as possible, I have created a short tutorial video that covers five basic tips for new Chromebook users. That video is embedded below.
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Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment

Know Students Better: 15 Tools for Formative Assessment | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There is a very wide variety of digital formative assessment tools that can
be used for free. I’ve made simple graphics for 15 of them. Most of the
tools work with any web browser, so they are great for laptops, computer
labs, iPads, Chromebooks, tablets, and smartphones.

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António Leça Domingues's curator insight, August 14, 3:18 AM
Ferramentas que ajudam a compreender os alunos e a gerir o espaço sala de aula.
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Nasa just made all its research available online for free

Nasa just made all its research available online for free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Care to learn more about 400-foot tsunamis on Mars? Now you can, after Nasa announced it is making all its publicly funded research available online for free. The space agency has set up a new public web portal called Pubspace, where the public can find Nasa-funded research articles on everything from the chances of life on one of Saturn’s moons to the effects of space station living on the hair follicles of astronauts.
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Bloom's revised Taxonomy with verbs!

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“ Need some extra verbs? Here you go! ~Mia”


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I'm on a personal campaign to add 2 levels above Creating to Bloom's Cognitive Taxonomy (don't forget he wrote about 3 domains of learning...Cognitive, Affective, and Psychomotor). I believe our field tends to overemphasize the Cognitive domain at the expense of the other 2, and to the detriment of learners.

 

Anyhow, the 2 levels above Creating that I'm concerned about are: Reflecting and Sharing. My reasoning goes like this:

 

 

Reflecting Once we go through all 6 levels (and they are not hierarchical, a learning sequence can start or end with any of them), if we want students to enhance their metacognition, it is important for us to build in reflective experiences. Such experiences enhance students' abilities to be more self-aware of how they learn and the strategies that do or don't work well for them.

Sharing - We teachers often remark that our knowledge of a particular topic solidifies when we teach it to someone else...the act of sharing brings out our awareness of nuances, relationships, perceptions, modes of expression/communication, and our interpersonal skills of working with others; all things that are very important to people's success in our current era. Our students deserve to become proficient in sharing effectively.

 

My 2 cents.

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Paul Hobcraft's curator insight, September 3, 2014 3:00 AM

Nice way of presenting this- could work for lots of different prompters

Anna Singer's curator insight, January 22, 1:30 PM
Great visual reference when designing lessons.
Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 22, 8:43 AM
Could these verbs be worked into Socio-Emotional Learning Goals and Objectives? 
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27 Ways to Build a Team

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There are several benefits in having your students work as a team. Social Learning theory explores these benefits. But, how do you do it? Here are 27 ways to build a team.  
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6 Team Building Ideas for Middle & High School Students | 4theloveofmath

6 Team Building Ideas for Middle & High School Students | 4theloveofmath | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
One of the best things you can do for your collaborative classroom is occasionally host team building activities.
 
Team building activities are activities done for fun - no content required. Team building activities strengthen the relationship between a group of students (a class!) and help students communicate more effectively with one another. Activities can be quick - 10min activities, or long whole class period activities. I always make sure students understand that comments made throughout the activity must be positive. Students who berate each other, or act negatively sit out.  
 
Here are some of my favorite team building activities:
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Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning

Sir Ken Robinson: How to Create a Culture For Valuable Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 


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that it’s important for young people to become economically independent and self-sufficient. But to do that, he argues, they shouldn’t all learn the same thing. Instead, they should be learning to be adaptable, to be innovative, to flow with change, to collaborate and other globalized skills that will apply to whatever area of work they are passionate about pursuing. An education can help expose students to different life paths and support them in finding their passions, while giving them the transferable skills to attack any problem.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Sir-Ken-Robinson

 

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, August 20, 6:49 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Jim Lerman.

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When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | #LEARNing2LEARN #LEARNingByDoing

When Kids Have Structure for Thinking, Better Learning Emerges | #LEARNing2LEARN #LEARNingByDoing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When we have a rich meta-strategic base for our thinking, that helps us to be more independent learners,” said Project Zero senior research associate Ron Ritchhart at a Learning and the Brain conference. “If we don’t have those strategies, if we aren’t aware of them, then we’re waiting for someone else to direct our thinking.

Helping students to “learn how to learn” or in Ritchhart’s terminology, become “meta-strategic thinkers” is crucial for understanding and becoming a life-long learner. To discover how aware students are of their thinking at different ages, Ritchhart has been working with schools to build “cultures of thinking.” His theory is that if educators can make thinking more visible, and help students develop routines around thinking, then their thinking about everything will deepen.

His research shows that when fourth graders are asked to develop a concept map about thinking, most of their brainstorming centers around what they think and where they think it. “When students don’t have strategies about thinking, that’s how they respond – what they think and where they think,” Richhart said. Many fifth graders start to include broad categories of thinking on their concept maps like “problem solving” or “understanding.” Those things are associated with thinking, but fifth graders often haven’t quite hit on the process of thinking.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 


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Lina Kherfan's curator insight, April 3, 8:19 PM
this article talks about the importance of how children think and learn. the author stresses on the fact that for better learning, students need to have a better structure for learning, hence the title. the author states students often do not have a good structure for thinking. students tend just to memorize things and don't know how to do deep learning. the author states that teachers only teach one part of this structure. which is thinking about thinking. the structre for better thinking is not only thinking about thinking though, there is more to it. the only part of it is to monitoring and directing thinking. " When a student is reading and stops to realize he’s not really understanding the meaning behind the words, that’s monitoring. And most powerfully, directing thinking happens when students can call upon specific thinking strategies to redirect or challenge their own thinking."  monitoring is being able to check up on yourself and regulate your own learning and directing is when students can take charge of their learning and direct it to what works for them in their self learning. this article talks about the importance of deeper thinking and learning and then switches to how educators can help with the process. i chose this article because i think that it is an important thing for students in K-12 grades. in my highschool, my graduating year, they had put in place a program called common core, which emphasizes this specific topic in student learning. sadly i was not able to partake in it however i do think that it is important for incoming students learn how to think and learn deeper.
Melissa Vee Rentchler 's curator insight, April 4, 4:17 PM
When we have a rich meta-strategic base for our thinking, that helps us to be more independent learners,” said Project Zero senior research associate Ron Ritchhart at a Learning and the Brain conference. “If we don’t have those strategies, if we aren’t aware of them, then we’re waiting for someone else to direct our thinking.”

Helping students to “learn how to learn” or in Ritchhart’s terminology, become “meta-strategic thinkers” is crucial for understanding and becoming a life-long learner. To discover how aware students are of their thinking at different ages, Ritchhart has been working with schools to build “cultures of thinking.” His theory is that if educators can make thinking more visible, and help students develop routines around thinking, then their thinking about everything will deepen.

His research shows that when fourth graders are asked to develop a concept map about thinking, most of their brainstorming centers around what they think and where they think it. “When students don’t have strategies about thinking, that’s how they respond – what they think and where they think,” Richhart said. Many fifth graders start to include broad categories of thinking on their concept maps like “problem solving” or “understanding.” Those things are associated with thinking, but fifth graders often haven’t quite hit on the process of thinking.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/07/19/learning-path-for-professional-21st-century-learning-by-ict-practice/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/10/03/design-the-learning-of-your-learners-students-ideas/

 

 

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Breathtaking...!!
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Dark Site Finder: Light Pollution Maps

Dark Site Finder: Light Pollution Maps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Anyone who loves exploring the night sky should head over to Dark Site Finder, a website designed to help visitors find spots ideal for stargazing. Created by photographer Kevin Palmer, visitors to the site can check out the level of light pollution in any region of the United States by entering an address into the site's map. As the site notes, "For many people getting to a 100% dark sky is not possible without spending an entire day driving. But if you look for a site where the sky is only dark in the direction you want to observe, it becomes easier." To further aid those looking to explore the night sky, the site provides tips for checking out the Milky Way or Aurora Borealis. Dark Site Finder also features a regularly updated stargazing weather forecast from Accuweather. The Photography section is also not to be missed, featuring Palmer's gorgeous photographs and videos of meteors, aurora borealis, and comets. [MMB]"

 

 

 

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New Models of Open and Distance Learning ~ Stephen Downes

New Models of Open and Distance Learning ~ Stephen Downes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes

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Free Technology for Teachers: Six Alternatives to TechSmith's Snagit, Knowmia, and ScreenChomp

Free Technology for Teachers: Six Alternatives to TechSmith's Snagit, Knowmia, and ScreenChomp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"This morning TechSmith announced that they are closing down Knowmia, ScreenChomp, and Snagit for Chrome [effective August 31, 2016]. In other words, half of their free products that teachers loved. Here are some alternatives to those tools."

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