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Presentation Assistant for Doing Presentations, Teaching and Demo

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The presentation aid software allows you to highlight, zoom, spotlight, capture and annotate screen that can aid during presentations.


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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet

Plickers: collect real-time formative assessment data with just your phone or tablet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"But what if you have no computers, no cell phones, no nothing? Do you have a smartphone or tablet? If so, you've got two simple answers.

For verbal questions: Log into Plickers and create a page for each student. This tool will code in the student's name and answers. Hand each student their plicker card and ask a question. The student will hold the card up in the direction of their answer. Looking at the class through the camera on your smartphone inside the Plicker app, you’ll see the name of each student and whether he or she got the answer right to the question you just asked! BAM! (Hat tip to Richard Byrne for teaching me about Plickers in a recent interview.)"

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Fantastic Formative Assessment Tools that Give Great Feedback

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Use these tech tools to boost engagement while also getting great feedback about what your students know.

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Teaching Digital Students Non-Digital Things -

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by Terry Heick


"Like thinking, reading in the 21st century is different than in centuries past, endlessly linked in an increasingly visible web of physical and digital media forms. As symbols and their referents change, so do the cognitive processes and habits.


"So in this context of media abundance, what does the modern, 21st century “reader” look like? How can we appeal to their interests? Or, more precisely, what does it mean to “read” in 2015? What does a reader, today, look like?


"How can you teach digital students non-digital things?"

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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

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Click on each topic around the circle and be taken to resources for how to implement it. -JL


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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, August 29, 2013 8:40 AM

Graphical representation of the information fluency model. A good model for teaching information search process.

Tania Gammage's curator insight, September 4, 2013 8:57 AM

This would be an excellent poster for a school library

Julie Aterman's curator insight, September 19, 2013 10:25 AM

This is great! I wish I could get it as a poster.

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5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan

5 pros and cons of Obama's free community college plan | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Keith Button


"Pesident Barack Obama announced his free community college plan to the nation last week, and the first wave of critics and advocates have had their say.

"Formally called “America’s College Promise,” the plan is modeled after the “Tennessee Promise” and offers free tuition for two years at community college to students who keep up a grade-point average of 2.5 or better, and who graduate within three years."

Here's a rundown of five pros and cons being debated about the plan so far:

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Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview

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by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall Raskind


"The use of technology to enhance learning is an effective approach for many children. Additionally, students with LD often experience greater success when they are allowed to use their abilities (strengths) to work around their disabilities (challenges). AT tools combine the best of both of these practices.

"This article will introduce parents to the role of AT in helping their children with LD. The better informed you are about AT, the greater the chances your child will experience success in school, in recreation and, eventually, at work. You will also want to learn how to choose AT tools that are reliable and to select technology that is tailored to your child's individual needs, abilities, and experience."

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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

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by Katrina Swartz


"With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of apps voted on by educators around the country.

“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand."

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Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools ~ University of Houston

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FREE ONLINE COURSE FOR K-16 EDUCATORS


Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools is a free online class taught by Dr. Sara G. McNeil & Bernard R Robin of University of Houston System


"Are you overwhelmed by the tidal wave of new technology tools available for teachers and learners? Powerful Tools for Teaching and Learning: Web 2.0 Tools can help channel that flood into a manageable power source for student engagement and motivation in your classroom! This course is designed to provide teachers with strategies to effectively integrate Web 2.0 technologies into their instruction. 


"You will learn how to use these tools effectively in your classroom through unique problem-based scenarios that will help you understand how to choose the best Web 2.0 tool. Our approach focuses on the task rather than the tool in an effort to improve communication, collaboration, presentation, creativity, problem solving, and critical thinking in your learners. You will take part in a robust exchange of practical ideas while participating in online discussion forums and sharing your experiences and learning from fellow teachers about best practices with Web 2.0 tools in your content area."

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4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE

4 Free One-Week Courses on Problem-Based Learning from BIE | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The following online classes are developed and facilitated by BIE, and focus on project design, management and assessment. After taking these classes, you will be able to improve your own PBL practice and share your knowledge with others. Additional classes will be added throughout the year. Follow @PBLUniversity on Twitter to get updates on upcoming classes.


"Please note that classes will only take place if the minimum enrollment is reached. Spread the word about a class you’d like to take place by telling a friend to enroll!"


Jim Lerman's insight: Buck Institute is one of the best places to go to for resources on Project-Based Learning. These courses are sure to be excellent.


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 21, 8:02 PM

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is a go to site for learning about Problem-Based Learning, and they are offering four free one-week courses during February and March. The courses are:

* How to Create a Driving Question

* How to Manage Student Presentations

* How to Assess Critical Thinking

* How to Include Content and Competencies

You may register for the first two courses now. Registration for the other two will open on Feb. 4, 2015.

Additional information is available on the courses at the website (click through to the course).

There is a maximum enrollment of 300 so if you are interested in checking these out it would be good to go to the website sooner rather than later.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 24, 12:03 AM

Great resource! Thx Beth Dichter

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Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Steve Kolowich


"When Michael Henderson is grading his students’ final assignments, he likes to skip the written comments for them. Instead of a red pen, Mr. Henderson, a senior lecturer in education at Monash University, in Australia, takes out a video camera. He records a five-minute, unscripted critique for each student. He doesn’t bother editing the videos, even if he says “um” a lot or has to rephrase a sentence or two.

"Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.

"The two Monash instructors recently wrote about their video-feedback method, in a paper that analyzes survey responses and unsolicited notes from 126 of their students. “A surprising theme in the data was that students reported that they felt the feedback to be ‘real,’ ‘honest,’ and ‘authentic,’” they wrote in the paper, which will appear in a coming issue of the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, a peer-reviewed journal."

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I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge

I just saw the first movie from Oculus, and it is the future ~ The Verge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bryan Bishop


"You’ll have to excuse me. I’m going to sound a little excited now.

"Earlier today Oculus announced Story Studio, its in-house production team dedicated to producing virtual reality movies. We’ve been seeing VR narrative experiences for years at this point, and while they’ve been getting more and more impressive, they’ve still been iterative steps forward. Despite how much we’ve all wanted to it to happen, nothing has stood up, raised its hands, and shouted "I’m the project that proves this crazy thing could actually work."

"I just watched Lost, the first short from Story Studio. That stand up and shout moment? It’s arrived."

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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

Google Sites for Schools - Eric Curts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"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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5 Fantastic, Fast Formative Assessment Tools

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With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.

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Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning

Resources for Assessment in Project-Based Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Looking for tools and strategies for effective assessment in project-based learning? To support you, we've assembled this guide to helpful resources from Edutopia and beyond.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 22, 2:28 PM

Tons of links to best practices for Project-based learning, assessment, standardized tests and research.

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Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome

Looming Teacher Observation? 7 Tips For A Better Outcome | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jason Lange


"With all of these thoughts swirling, even the most effective teacher can stumble during an observation. But there are a few things a teacher can do to diminish the likelihood of this happening. The key is to be prepared, welcome feedback, and use it to build a better classroom."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 28, 8:39 PM

What would be the purpose of observations done infrequently? It is important to build relationships which help teachers grow.

 

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Becoming a Blended Learning Designer - Free MOOC from EDUCAUSE and Univ. of Central Florida

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Course starts Feb. 23 and runs for 5 weeks. Aimed at K-16 educators.


" EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida (UCF) are bringing back the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Instructure's Canvas Network with "BlendKit2015: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer," their second installment on the merits and methods of blended learning. The BlendKit2014 course was EDUCAUSE's first-ever MOOC, and it elicited a tremendous response from the higher education and K-12 communities."

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App of the Week: Gooru ~ Haiku Learning

App of the Week: Gooru ~ Haiku Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Gooru is a free personalized learning solution that enables teachers to find, remix, and share collections of web resources on any K-12 topic. With millions of open multimedia resources and quiz questions, Gooru organizes all online learning content and connects a community of educators and learners to meet students’ unique needs. Gooru is open-source and free."
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5 Tips For Great Sounding Audio Podcasts

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by Jeffrey Bradbury


"How do you podcast? What equipment do you need?  How long is a podcast? What do you after a podcast is recorded?

"To answer some of these questions and to help you out on your podcasting journey, here is a list of 10 tips and tricks I have learned over time while creating more than 500 audio and video podcasts.  This post will serve as part 1 where we will cover the audio side of podcasting, and part 2 will cover video podcasting."

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5 Games and Apps That Build Math and English Skills

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For educators who are interested in using games for learning -- specifically towards developing skills as they relate to the Common Core State Standards -- here are five games students can enjoy and that we’ve found sync with standards.
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The Other 21st Century Skills: Educator Self-Assessment

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by Jackie Gerstein


"I’ve posted about The Other 21st Skills and Attributes.  This post provides links and resources about these skills as well as an educator self-assessment.  This assessment contains questions to assist the educator in evaluating if and how s/he is facilitating these skills and attributes in the learning environment."


Jim Lerman's insight: If Gerstein says it's good, you can be sure it is!


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Silvan Pan Morel's curator insight, January 18, 12:23 AM

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 18, 12:45 PM
I have the article elsewhere but love the visual that is provided here. Great sign for teacher lounge, mail room as well as a PD topic.
SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 20, 1:57 PM

This reminds me so much of the 12 Virtues of a Good  Teacher. 300 years ago, but still very essential to the process of education.

http://www.delasalleoaklands.org/uploaded/uploaded_documents/Lasallian_Animator/Formation/12VirtuesGoodTeacher.pdf

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

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"Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules."


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Laura Rosillo's curator insight, December 3, 2014 12:57 PM

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Betty Skeet's curator insight, December 6, 2014 6:17 AM

Adults toolkit for learning

Randy Bauer's curator insight, January 28, 1:39 PM

If you are providing online courses, or an information product, to adults this is a great reference.

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Learn Computer Programming ~ ZEEF

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by Katie Williams


"Get with the program! Coding for kids, coding apps for kids, coding workshops, and programming resources for more intermediate developers! Help me to build a crowd sourced directory for the best resources to learn HTML and CSS, learn javascript, learn python, learn ruby, and more!"

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4 Tools to Help Formative Assessment

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by Deepa Ranganathan


"Until recently, teachers used to depend on tests, and other humanized tools to understand if the kids understood the topic well or not. But, now things are changing. There are tools to help formative assessment. Here is a list of such tools that are helpful, and some of the education centers have used globally. I have not really used any of these tools personally, and so won’t be able to verify them for you on personal grounds. But, yes, this is what my study on formative assessment tools have led me to."

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Google Tools for Special Needs ~ Eric Curts

Google Tools for Special Needs ~ Eric Curts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"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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