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Free Educational Software - SlideRocket Presentations | SlideRocket Online Presentation Software

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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation

The 20Time Project: How educators can launch Google's formula for future-ready innovation

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"To help inspire innovation and creativity, Google offers employees 20% of their time to work on a project of their choosing. Teachers who offer the same to their students can meet learning goals while creating powerful experiences that lead to increased motivation, creativity, and divergent critical thinking. This book illustrates how to develop a 20time program in middle and high schools across curricula, how to effectively communicate the rationale of the program to administrators, parents, and students, and how to execute the program so students are able to manage their time effectively for a successful final project."

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Google Sites for Schools - Eric Curts

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"The purpose of this help guide is to provide instructions on how to use Google Sites to create a basic class website. There are many more advanced things than can be added to a class site than this guide will address. Also, with Google Sites there are many different ways to create specific web pages, and this guide will simply be demonstrating one way. Please feel free to try different methods and explore other Sites features beyond the scope of this help guide."

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America Before Pearl Harbor - Early Kodachrome Images

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"As the 1930s came to a close, Kodak came out with Kodachrome film – the first commercially viable color film available to the general public.  In 1937 and 1938, the colors were still not stable and accurate, but by 1939 Kodachrome was producing color images of remarkable precision." 


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Wonderfully detailed images of the pre-WWII era in COLOR!.What a revelation. Links to lots more, too.


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The All New Free Flipped Teaching and Learning Resources eBook

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"This Updated eBook is a Structured Like a Mini Flipped Class Workshop, With Dozens of Excellent Free Resources!

"As I write this, the Flipped Classroom has evolved into an undeniable grassroots movement, driven by the momentum of tens of thousands of teachers across the world who have embraced the idea. These passionate educators are making a meaningful difference in how students learn, and enhancing learning outcomes in the process."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 21, 11:15 PM

A useful resource.

David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 26, 8:44 AM

This should come in handy. Thanks to Kent Wallen.

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What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani

What is 20 Percent Time? A Conversation with A.J. Juliani | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Whether they call it 20 Time or Genius Hour, more teachers are carving out regular chunks of instructional time to let students pursue their passions. In this interview, A.J. Juliani tells us how he implemented 20 percent time in his high school classroom."

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6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015 ~ Cult of Pedagogy

6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2015 ~ Cult of Pedagogy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"Although most of these tools aren’t brand-new, they are all steadily growing in popularity, and each one can enhance teaching and learning in a unique, time-saving, or engaging way. For every tool, I provide a brief overview, my personal rating of its difficulty, a video that demonstrates how the tool works, and a list of suggested ways you can use it."


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Excellent selection of tools. Provision of a video demonstration and suggested uses for each tool adds richness and detail. Very thoughtful job.


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5 App and Mobile Use Guides for Parents

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Edutopia blogger Matt Davis has curated a list of resources for parents for using mobile devices and apps with children, tweens, and teens.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 7:36 PM

I use parent guides so that I can better work with my middle school aged daughter to choose safe, effective apps over less useful alternatives.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 10:54 PM
Thank you all for sharing. We need methods of cutting through the noise to find useful information.
Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 25, 11:05 PM

This article contains several guides that are excellent for parents and caregivers. From apps to share with kids to fun, engaging family apps, to smartphone safety and information, there is a lot here. It is a little Americanised but the advice is very sound. 

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7 Tips to Effectively Use Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Tips to Effectively Use Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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WEAC's curator insight, October 12, 2014 12:25 PM

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. 

Ruby Day's curator insight, October 12, 2014 11:01 PM

Great resource to share with students

 

Stephan Hughes's curator insight, October 21, 2014 9:29 AM

Could be useful for student teachers who have to prepare academic articles as part of their research methodology subject. 

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How To Embed A YouTube Video & Other Media In Your PowerPoint Presentation

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Typical presentations are dull affairs with text and corporate backgrounds providing little of interest. Microsoft knows this. They even released their own PowerPoint alternative called Sway.

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Soundation — Make music online — Audacity substitute

Soundation — Make music online — Audacity substitute | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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cjeffers's curator insight, April 16, 2014 10:01 AM

This is the best substitute for Audacity I can find right now. It's pretty powerful, and it's integrated with Google.

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How To Project Your iPad Screen: 7 Tools Detailed

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How To Project Your iPad Screen: 7 Tools Detailed
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25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity -

25 Ways To Use The iPad In The Classroom By Complexity - | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
iPad use in formal learning environments, by all accounts, is soaring. Due to the almost magical ways it promotes interaction, that makes sense. But when learners are using the iPad, what are they doing? What exactly?...
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Amazon Kindle Textbook Creator turns PDFs into e-textbooks

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Amazon released a tool on Thursday that is meant to help educators and writers publish e-textbooks.
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Google Tools for Special Needs ~ Eric Curts

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"There are many tools and features for the Google suite of products that provide accessibility or other accommodations for users with special needs. Some of these tools and features are created by Google and built right into their products. Others are created by third-parties and available as web apps, extensions, and such.


"The following information will provide a list of many useful Google-related tools and features for users with special needs. This is a rapidly evolving area, so this list will be updated periodically to reflect the most current, most valuable resources."


7-page ebook. Lots of great resources -JL

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Recorded Trainings - Technology Integration

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SPARCC offers a variety of professional development training sessions, many of which are recorded for later viewing. See below for links to our recorded webinars and other trainings and meetings, by date and by topic


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A growing collection of video trainings on tech topics of interest to educators. Current emphasis is on Google tools. (Winter 2015)

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From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines

From Visible Thinking Routines to 5 Modern Learning Routines | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

Read more at: http://langwitches.org/blog/2015/01/11/from-visible-thinking-routines-to-5-modern-learning-routines/| Langwitches Blog

I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops.

 

Silvia Tolisano shares updated visual thinking routines for:

1. Read > Write> Comment
2. Learn > Reflect > Share
3. Contribute > Feedback > Grow
4. Watch > Do > Teach
5. Document > Present > Disseminate
Along with a visual for each of these routines she also explains each step. She also shares three additional routines that she uses with students, as blogging routines and in professional development.

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 25, 7:14 PM

Silvia Tolisano shares updated visual thinking routines for:

1. Read > Write> Comment
2. Learn > Reflect > Share
3. Contribute > Feedback > Grow
4. Watch > Do > Teach
5. Document > Present > Disseminate
Along with a visual for each of these routines she also explains each step. She also shares three additional routines that she uses with students, as blogging routines and in professional development.

Elizabeth Karvonen's curator insight, Today, 12:40 AM

I  have also found that the Visible Thinking techniques really work in class. The  ' I See - I think - I wonder' technique is particularly successful in an oral proficiency class I give. Thanks to the British Council for first introducing me to this! 

Vanessa Camilleri's curator insight, Today, 6:09 AM

A really wonderful representation of what being digital in this era is all about - learning in the digital era, is more of a contribution rather than a passive absorption of online information. 

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The power of believing that you can improve

The power of believing that you can improve | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain's capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or have you just not solved it yet? A great introduction to this influential field.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 22, 8:31 PM

Dweck rocks!

Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 23, 5:08 AM

añada su visión ...

Chris Carter's comment, January 26, 1:51 AM
Thank you for sharing this site, Jim. Dr. Dweck is research based and highly motivating. She empowers kids with the knowledge that they can succeed.
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13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing

13 Stunning Places to Publish Student Art and Writing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"There’s something about having our work seen by strangers that makes us take it up a notch. And while displaying writing and art in the school halls or a teacher-made book can accomplish that feeling to some degree, publication in a more “official” vehicle carries more weight.

"These publications are the real deal — online and print periodicals that showcase work by student artists and writers, some as young as age five. Many are run by a staff that is partly or completely made up of students. Each one is beautifully designed and features high-quality work. Some even pay. If you know a student who aspires to become a serious writer or artist, encourage them to take the next step and start working toward publication."

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A.K.Andrew's curator insight, January 26, 4:02 PM

Sounds like a great resource of where to get out your work.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, Today, 12:27 PM

The ability to "publish" can have a great impact on the quality of work turned in by students.

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, Today, 12:28 PM

The ability to publish can have a significant impact on the quality of student work.

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Free E-Book: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half ~ Cult of Pedagogy

Free E-Book: 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half ~ Cult of Pedagogy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Gonzalez


"I have collected 20 really smart strategies to help you grade less, work more efficiently, and still give students the feedback they need. It’s my very first e-booklet, 20 Ways to Cut Your Grading Time in Half, and it’s FREE to everyone who subscribes to my e-mail list, which I use to send out weekly teaching tips, tools, inspiration, and the occasional freebie!"

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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by Terry Heick


"Along with the others, Connected Learning Alliance is on our short list of thought leaders that help push us to think about how education is changing in a modern world, which is why we’ve shared some of their models in the past, including their iconicConnected Learning model. Recently, we also discovered that they’ve shared the design principles of that model, along with a description of each.

These ideas appear below–and of course, check out CLA and DML for further reading."


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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 25, 7:37 PM

An excellent guide.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 8:24 PM
Thank you, Luciana, for passing this article on to your PLN. this piece hits so many of my philosophy cylinders!
Luciana Viter's comment, January 26, 5:09 AM
My pleasure, Chris, and thanks for the special mention! :)
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Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight

Khan Academy for iPad Updated: Brings 150K Learning Exercises & More | iPad Insight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The wonderful Khan Academy iPad app has been updated this week, to Version 2.0.

This is a major update for an already superb educational app. It brings access to everything that’s available at Khan Academy online – including some 150,000 learning exercises as well as personalized recommendations.

Khan Academy is a great educational tool for all ages; the iPad version has always been a great app – and now it’s even better.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 22, 11:12 PM

Khan Academy is a great resource for blended learning.

AnnC's curator insight, January 25, 9:51 PM

Khan Academy just keeps getting better!

elearning at eCampus ULg's curator insight, January 26, 10:00 AM

Excellent new, please enroll anyone in your family, this is an can't miss 

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Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images

Blockposters - create any size wall posters from any size images | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide you would like your poster to be once printed."

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8 Apps To Turn Your iPad Into A Digital Whiteboard

8 Apps To Turn Your iPad Into A Digital Whiteboard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you’re interesting in blending, flipping, personalizing, or differentiating your classroom, technology can be a huge help. Technology gives students direct access to content, which frees the teacher up for other roles.

iPads function exceptionally well in this capacity, and one of their talents is to function as a digital whiteboard. Whether you want to lead an in-person class through the iPad screen, or you need remote access to eLearners or others in a school-to-school program, you’ve got options. Below are 8 apps (with various strengths and weaknesses–the only way to know if they truly fit your needs is to try them, unfortunately) that can help you blend and flip your classroom–or just give students more direct access to you, one another, and the content.
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How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi

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Mac Hack: How To Use Your iPad As A Second Screen Without WiFi
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37 Insanely Smart [low tech/no tech] School Teacher Hacks

37 Insanely Smart [low tech/no tech] School Teacher Hacks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Some great classroom management ideas here. -JL

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