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10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology | Informed Education

10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology | Informed Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are so many new technologies and devices appearing on the education market every day now that it can become very difficult to determine where to spend your money, if indeed you should spend it at all. Before you make your next investment, ask yourself the following questions: RT @briankotts: 10 vital questions to ask before investing in classroom technology http://t.co/BrPWm7HZ /via @jdthomas7 #edchat #edtech #mlearning...

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The 20Time Project: how freedom can help prepare students for the future ~ Google for Education ~ Kevin Brookhouser

The 20Time Project: how freedom can help prepare students for the future ~ Google for Education ~ Kevin Brookhouser | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The 20Time Project stemmed from the collision of several fortunate events: I met a number of inspirational teachers through the Google Teacher Academy, spent time at the Google campus, and read a book by Daniel Pink called Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us about how to encourage innovative thinking. Inspired by Pink and Google’s “20 percent time”— a practice that allows employees to take time out of their “day job” to work on a side passion project— I created my own version and applied it to the classroom.
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Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App ~ Tech Crunch ~ by Sarah Perez

Instagram Launches Layout, Its Own Photo Collage App ~ Tech Crunch ~ by Sarah Perez | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Instagram today announced the debut of a new application called Layout, the company’s next standalone creation tool outside of its flagship photo-sharing application. With Layout, Instagram users will be able to quickly build collages using their mobile photos, which they can then choose to share to Instagram, Facebook, or elsewhere.

Collage-making is already a popular activity on Instagram, the company tells us. One in five monthly active users on Instagram use a collage app at least once, we’re told. Today, the app stores are filled with utilities that offer this sort of capability – including apps like Pic Stitch, Pic Collage, InstaCollage, PhotoGrid, and many others. The apps are all similar in nature – they offer a variety of blank photo grids which users can customize with their own photos, and sometimes optional text or stickers.

To Instagram’s credit, it didn’t just knock off the existing collage-making apps already on the market, but instead tried to come up with an app that would improve the experience for mobile users.
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27 effective ways to get students to pay attention - Daily Genius

27 effective ways to get students to pay attention - Daily Genius | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Despite all your planning, hard work, grading at home, housekeeping in the classroom and (physical and virtual) paperwork world, and killer teaching skills, learning isn’t going to happen if your students aren’t really paying attention.

They have to listen and participate in order to learn – at least a little bit. So what do you do with students who just aren’t paying attention? Each student and each situation may require a little bit of a different approach – you wouldn’t address kindergarteners the same way you’d address and deal with high schoolers.

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6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius

6 questions students should ask themselves before finishing work - Daily Genius | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Instead, students should pose the following 6 questions before finishing work. They’re designed to promote effective learning as well as a deeper understanding. That sounds good, to be sure. But the real story is this:

These questions make a student actually take a step back and think about what they just learned. This is as opposed to someone like me saying ‘okay I have mastered the concept, time to move on as fast as possible.’ Instead, students are tasked with asking themselves a few questions that will help them better grasp concepts and overall themes that might have otherwise gone unnoticed.

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iOS 8 trick lets you change words to ALL CAPS with a tap

iOS 8 trick lets you change words to ALL CAPS with a tap | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Sometimes you just need to emphasize something. One of the best ways to do so when you’re texting is to make the words you really need to get across in all capitals. Or maybe you just want to shout at someone, and an ALL CAPS sentence will certainly get that across for you"


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5 Ways to Teach with YouTube ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

5 Ways to Teach with YouTube ~ Teacher Tech ~  by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I bought Minecraft for my 7 year old son and asked him if he needed help with it. “No, I just looked it up on YouTube.” We all know that YouTube is a great source for tutorial videos. Did you know that YouTube is the #2 search engine? Students are very likely to look up information on YouTube, it has become part of their culture. Here are 5 things you can do with YouTube:


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Great list of suggestions that are all well explained. Very convenient to have all 5 suggestions in one place.

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VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos!

VideoNot.es: The easiest way to take notes synchronized with videos! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Automatically synchronized
All the notes you type are automatically synchronized with the video. Later, just click on a line for the video to jump to the relevant part.

"Integrated with Google Drive
Create and manage your VideoNotes directly via your Google Drive and access them from everywhere

"Easy to share
Manage your permissions and share your VideoNotes with your friends, fellow students, or make them private anytime"

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Chrome Extensions for Teachers ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

Chrome Extensions for Teachers ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I have been publishing several blog posts on Chrome extensions for teachers. I thought it might be helpful to link to them all in one place."


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Keeler has done us all a great service by gathering her now 14 (as of March 2015) blog posts dealing with practical Chrome Extensions for Teachers. You will undoubtedly find something useful here that you did not know about previously.

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GIF, JPG and PNG - What's the Difference? ~ Design & UX ~ by James George

GIF, JPG and PNG - What's the Difference? ~ Design & UX ~ by James George | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
When working with digital image files, it is essential to know the differences between each one, so you know when to use them. The main difference between files formats is how they are used when designing for the web and the outcome they produce. One produces highly optimized simple graphics, another is used for most images, and the third option is used for complex graphics, gradients and transparency.
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5 Ways to Make Professional Looking Google Documents ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

5 Ways to Make Professional Looking Google Documents ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Gooru recently posted “4 Tips for Making Professional Looking Google Documents.” Here are a few more tips for using Google Docs for professional looking documents.
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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques ~te@chthought

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques ~te@chthought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
More than anything else, non-threatening, informal assessment can disarm the process of checking for understanding. The less formal the form, the less guarded or anxious the student might become. Stress and worry can quickly shut down the student’s ability to think, which yields misleading results–a poor “grade” which implies that a student understands a lot less than they actually do.

In that way, Levy County Schools in Florida’s Kim Lambert compilation of 60 Tools for Formative Assessment and Processing Activities can be useful to you as you collect data from all students, from the polished little academics, to students for whom the classroom might be a less-than-comfortable place.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Tools for Creating Whiteboard Videos ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Free Tools for Creating Whiteboard Videos ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
One of the many things that we tried today in my Future Schools workshop was creating whiteboard instructional videos. Someone in the group suggested using those videos as layers in Aurasma that would trigger when students scanned a geometric shape. Even if you don't use Aurasma to showcase your videos, whiteboard videos can be helpful in helping students understand a process or concept. Here is a handful of tools for making whiteboard videos.
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Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Argument Writing Across the Content Areas ~ Educational Leadership ~ by Heather Wolpert-Gawron | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Argument is inescapable. It's at the heart of all career-based writing. I'm talking about the professional debate, the cover letter pitch, the interview, the grant application, the executive summary. Because argument appears in so many situations in life beyond school, students need to experience it not just as a separate skill in writing class but as a skill that's crucial to all content areas.
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The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge

The top 50 apps for creative minds ~ The Guardian ~ by Stuart Dredge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity. As time has gone on, though, the number of apps helping us do more than passively read, watch and listen has grown. Many also fall into a longer heritage of technology that democratises activities like film-making, photography and music-making. Video and photography apps now contain editing features based on those used in professional software, but made accessible enough for anyone to use in a couple of taps, and music-making apps are reducing the barrier to making listenable sounds. In all cases, this isn’t about you suddenly becoming a professional just because an app is holding your hand – instead, it’s about opening up the experience of artistic creation to a wider audience.
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15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators - Social Learning ~ by David James

15 Digital Storytelling Tools for Educators - Social Learning ~ by David James | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Engaging, multimedia-rich digital stories can capture the attention of students and increase their interest in exploring new ideas. Combining storytelling with powerful digital creates a truly authentic learning experience that helps students develop a wide range of intellectual skills."


Very nice selection of tools. -JL

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Näitä ohjelmia ja appseja on jo ihan hirveästi, mutta tässä on jokaisesta kerrottuu vähän pääkohtia.

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Sign Documents That Have Been Emailed to You Without Printing Them

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Sign Documents That Have Been Emailed to You Without Printing Them | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In the course of the school year there are plenty of documents that we all have to sign for one reason or another. You could print those documents, sign them, then scan them. Or you could use HelloSign to sign them within your web browser and never have to print or scan them at all. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use HelloSign

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10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies

10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why — Emerging Education Technologies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you — the reader — will share some of your favorites too!

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New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED

New Minecraft Mod Teaches You Code as You Play | WIRED | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Like many nine-year-olds, Stanley Strum spends a lot of time building things in Minecraft, the immersive game that lets your create your own mini-universe. The game has many tools. But Stanley is one of many players taking the game a step further by building entirely new features into the game. And, more than that, he’s also learning how to code.

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Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Action Verbs infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Bloom's Revised Taxonomy Action Verbs infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Bloom’s Taxonomy was created in 1956 under the leadership of educational psychologist Dr Benjamin Bloom in order to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analyzing and evaluating concepts, processes, procedures, and principles, rather than just remembering facts (rote learning). It is most often used when designing educational, training, and learning processes.

Bloom saw the original Taxonomy as more than a measurement tool. He believed it could serve as a:

common language about learning goals to facilitate communication across persons, subject matter, and grade levels;
basis for determining for a particular course or curriculum the specific meaning of broad educational goals, such as those found in the currently prevalent national, state, and local standards;
means for determining the congruence of educational objectives, activities, and assessments in a unit, course, or curriculum; and
panorama of the range of educational possibilities against which the limited breadth and depth of any particular educational course or curriculum could be contrasted.

The original Taxonomy provided carefully developed definitions for each of the six major categories in the cognitive domain. The categories were Knowledge, Comprehension, Application, Analysis, Synthesis, and Evaluation. With the exception of Application, each of these was broken into subcategories. The categories were ordered from simple to complex and from concrete to abstract. Further, it was assumed that the original Taxonomy represented a cumulative hierarchy; that is, mastery of each simpler category was prerequisite to mastery of the next more complex one.

Lorin Anderson, a former student of Bloom, and David Krathwohl revisited the cognitive domain in the mid-nineties and made some changes. This new taxonomy reflects a more active form of thinking and is perhaps more accurate. Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy improved the usability of it by using action words. The Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Action Verbs infographic includes some action words that are useful in writing learning objectives.

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 21, 10:48 AM

This is a nice chart to share with your teachers. 

Peter Rettig's curator insight, March 22, 7:26 AM

Very interesting, as I had forgotten about Bloom...

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Watch Youtube in Double Speed ~ Using Technology Better ~ by Mike Reading

Watch Youtube in Double Speed ~ Using Technology Better ~ by Mike Reading | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Once you try watching YouTube Videos (especially training videos) at a faster rate, you’ll never go back!
This video will show you how to play YouTube videos at a slower or faster rate, whichever might be helpful to you.
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Students and Teachers Using Snagit Chrome Extension ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler

Students and Teachers Using Snagit Chrome Extension ~ Teacher Tech ~ by Alice Keeler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If students are using computers there is a need for students to capture their learning and to be able to explain it. Additionally, teachers need to be able to comment on and provide feedback on digital student work. Snagit by TechSmith has a Chrome app and Chrome extension that is free.
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Janine Fulcher's curator insight, March 19, 4:06 AM

I will be adding this app start away. 

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, March 19, 6:47 PM

Snagit works for both still shots and video.

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All You Need to Know about Video Codecs, Containers, and Compression ~ MakeUseOf ~ by Bryan Clark

All You Need to Know about Video Codecs, Containers, and Compression ~ MakeUseOf ~ by Bryan Clark | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"...how do you teach yourself the difference between dozens of codec and container options? Don’t. There is only a handful of technologies that are used for online video, and the bulk of your effort will be spent understanding how these work, as well as understanding the trade-offs you’re faced with when deciding on what to use.


"You could spend weeks studying technologies that are only used for a relatively small number of applications, so instead we’re going to focus our attention on what technologies you’ll use for most of your video encoding and playback needs."

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7 Innovative #EdTech Practices You Can Implement at No Cost | Tech Learning ` by Lisa Nielsen

7 Innovative #EdTech Practices You Can Implement at No Cost | Tech Learning ` by Lisa Nielsen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Americas Society and Council of the Americas invited me to discuss scalable innovative practices for education with experts and leaders dedicated to advancing and shaping the political, economic, social and cultural agendas of the Western Hemisphere. The purpose was to take what works in New York City and bring it to other education systems.  
Here are some ideas I shared that global leaders can bring back to their countries
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Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons ~ by Richard Byrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons ~ by Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In the right setting the flipped classroom model can work well. My favorite tools for creating flipped lessons include the option to insert questions for students to answer while watching the video instead of waiting until the end to answer a series of questions. I also like tools that provide students with the opportunity to submit questions to their teachers while they are watching videos. These tools offer those options.
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