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Upcoming: YouTube Video Player Introduces Storyboards and Timeline Thumbnailing

Amit Agarwal has a scoop on the next upcoming version of the YouTube video player. He writes:

 

"The next version of YouTube video player will have one very useful feature – you can hover your mouse to any point in the video, without actually moving the playhead, and the YouTube player will show you an image thumbnail of the video frame at the position.

 

Thus you can easily get a visual gist of the whole video while the clip is still buffering.

 

I recorded a screencast video and that should give you a better idea of this new feature."

 

Read the full story: http://labnol.org/?p=20708 


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The 10 Most Popular Free Online Courses For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry

The 10 Most Popular Free Online Courses For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Each professional should seek to become better and to further develop his/her skills and knowledge. However, for eLearning professionals this becomes even more imperative since the eLearning industry is so innovative and volatile. Thankfully, there are a number of free online courses for eLearning professionals which  give them the opportunity to expand their knowledge of learner behavior, brush up on Instructional Design Models, and discover new and emerging technologies.
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Quite a useful guide. Lots of good material here.

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Quite a useful guide. Lots of good material here.

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Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates :: Shelley Sanchez Terrell

Follow These 14 Hashtags for Education Technology Updates :: Shelley Sanchez Terrell | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Teachers are encouraged to adopt new education technology in the classroom. Find advice and new tools to use in school by following these social media feeds.
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Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp

Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality and Wearables for Learning! Oh My! – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
For your next classes, go beyond getting students to read and learn only from worksheets and books. Integrate virtual reality, augmented reality, or wearables to create meaningful learning experiments for students. Below is a slide presentation (free to download) followed by bookmarks filled with activities and resources.
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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Slide show, activities, and resources; Terrell gives us a lot of useful material here.

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Google Released A New Platform to Help Kids Learn Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google Released A New Platform to Help Kids Learn Coding ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
After the release of Google Cast, a screen sharing tool for teachers to use in classrooms, Google announced the launch of a new platform called Project Bloks. This is a research project whose purpose is to help kids learn about coding and, more specifically, physical coding. The purpose, as Google stated, is to ‘to create an open hardware platform to help developers, designers, and researchers build the next generation of tangible programming experiences for kids.’
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Critical Thinking Lesson Materials :: by Nik Peachy

Critical Thinking Lesson Materials :: by Nik Peachy | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
I have a collection of lesson plans which explore the concept of developing digital literacy skills and critical thinking by exploring infographics.
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Peachy's usual great job of creating worthy lessons. Definitely worth a look.

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Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds

Critical Thinking Exercises That Will Blow Your Students’ Minds | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Real critical thinking exercises seek truth. It takes daring and independent thought to stray from conventional thinking and discover truths previously unfound. It could be said that critical thinking is at the heart of dispelling great myths about our world and changing the way a society views and acts in their world.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 1:14 AM

Not sure about blowing your students' minds, but useful.

Fiona Leigh's curator insight, July 23, 10:03 PM

Some of these critical thinking exercises would be good at the start of the lesson - to get the brain engaged.

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The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics

The Last VCRs Ever Will Be Made This Month :: Popular Mechanics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Even after they're obsolete, technologies can take a long time to fully die out. It was only in 2011, after all, that the last typewriter factory shutdown. And now, at long last, it appears the videocassette recorder is suffering the same fate: Funai Electric, the last company known to make VCRs, is ceasing production.
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A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Handy Chart Featuring Over 30 Educational YouTube Channels for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Below is a curated collection of some of the best YouTube channels created by teachers for teachers. This is a work we have published a few months ago and is meant to provide teachers with a handy resource where they can access a plethora of educational video materials to use in their instruction. We have arranged these channels into the following categories: channels for science teachers, channels for math teachers, channels for chemistry and physics teachers, channels for learning English, channels for educational documentaries, and channels that provide intelligent content for students. Enjoy

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I am an advocate of YouTube for its educational channels. Explore some and discover the many resources available.
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Flood of Open Education Resources Challenges Educators

Flood of Open Education Resources Challenges Educators | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With millions of pieces of open education resources flooding the Internet, educators face a "needle in the haystack" problem of epic proportions.
Sure, they can find hundreds, if not thousands, of free pieces of content to accomplish their mission with students, but how to find the right one, aligned to the right standard, for the right student, at the right time? That challenge lies at the heart of personalized learning, whether conveyed through teachers, technology, or some combination of the two.
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Several excellent sources of free, curated OER content mentioned in this article.

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5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech | Keeping up with Ed Tech

5 Steps to do When Using Google Forms for Formative Assessment - Teacher Tech | Keeping up with Ed Tech | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Use Google Forms to create quizzes. Follow these 5 steps each time you create a formative assessment to help make the process easier! Google Forms Quiz | Keeping up with Ed Tech
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How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery

How to Incubate Creativity in School Through Making and Discovery | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Turtle Art project, and the concept of “doing” or “making” before any explicit instruction has been given, is part of the school’s attempt to shake up its teaching. Lighthouse Community Charter has to cover the same standard curriculum as district schools, so teachers have to choose carefully the times when they’ll spend a little more time and creativity on a difficult subject.

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Great Learning Activities to Use with Pokémon Go ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Learning Activities to Use with Pokémon Go ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Pokémon Go is the top trending virtual reality game right now. It has been making news since its release a few weeks ago and for us in education, the game is already promising. Several teachers and educators have already been experimenting with it in educational settings and the results seem to be positive so far. For the uninitiated of you, Pokemon Go is ‘an augmented reality game that you can play through your smart phone. The app uses the coordinates of your GPS to determine your location in the real world and provides you with Pokémon characters to view and catch.Pokémon are out there, and you need to find them. As you walk around a neighbourhood, your smartphone will vibrate when there’s a Pokémon nearby. Take aim and throw a Poké Ball… You’ll have to stay alert, or it might get away!’. To learn more about the educational potential of Pokémon Go, check out this resource.
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StayFocusd

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"Google Chrome users looking to boost their productivity may want to check out StayFocusd, an extension that enables users to limit the time they allow themselves to spend on designated websites. Once users add the extension, they can choose which websites they would like to limit their time surfing. One aspect of StayFocusd that may appeal to some users is that, unlike many productivity extensions and applications, it does not entirely block sites. Rather, StayFocusd allows users to allot a set amount of time to peruse marked sites. After this time is up, users will see a screen that says "Shouldn't You be Working?" when they attempt to load URLs that they have chosen to limit. Users may also remove URLs from this restricted list, but must wait 24 hours to access the site again. Thus, users can ensure that their daily browsing of social media, blogs, or newspapers is limited to a time of their choice"

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Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech – Teacher Reboot Camp

Top Hashtags to Get The Skinny on What’s Happening in Edtech – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Many people ask me how I keep up with the latest technology trends and find so many resources to share on Twitter (@ShellTerrell), my weekly webinars, or on this blog. One way is by following the different hashtags related to education technology. Hashtags (text with a # sign front) are found all over social media and will provide you with the latest technology news, apps, blog posts, and real examples of how teachers use different technologies. [Above] are 22 of my favorite hashtags to explore on Twitter related to education technology.

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Sorry these hashtags are not hotlinked here.

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers – Teacher Reboot Camp

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers – Teacher Reboot Camp | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers can help alleviate our learners’ hesitation, because they relax the atmosphere, allow learners to share without the pressure of being graded, and help our learners get to know each other. In the slide presentation below I share some digital icebreakers I have used with learners of various ages. Find more in the bookmarks that follow the presentation.
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Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning.

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Augmented reality begins with Pokémon. It begins as a toy. But it won’t remain a toy. It’s going to become an industry, a constant, a coping mechanism, a way of life. It will change how we spend our time, how we compete for status, how we interact with our loved ones. It will change the behaviors we think of as normal — already we’re seeing Pokémon Go run into racism; it won’t be long until AR cuts across other fault lines in our society.

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Farid Mheir's curator insight, July 14, 8:50 AM

WHY THIS IS IMPORTANT

Read the article. Pokemon GO is more than a game, the start of a new era where virtual moves into physical world more and more.

 

Also read "The brilliant mechanisms of pokemon GO" to understand why this is transformative http://tcrn.ch/29Nhtau 

 

Plus it gives new meaning to "kids go play outside" ;-)

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Augmented Reality and Web 3.0

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Augmented reality could open up huge potential for education outside of the classroom and enable students to learn and interact with whatever is in their immediate physical environment at any particular time. It could also transform publishing and the way we interact with books and images by enabling us to transform them into interactive multimedia.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 19, 4:54 AM

My article on Augmented Reality from back in 2011.

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Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement 

Hattie effect size list - 195 Influences Related To Achievement  | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Hattie effect size list of 138 influences across all areas related to student achievement.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 23, 1:11 AM

This is interesting, though whilst being quite detailed and complicated also seems to really over simplify!

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Defining Critical Thinking

Defining Critical Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Everyone thinks; it is our nature to do so. But much of our thinking, left to itself, is biased, distorted, partial, uninformed or down-right prejudiced. Yet the quality of our life and that of what we produce, make, or build depends precisely on the quality of our thought. Shoddy thinking is costly, both in money and in quality of life. Excellence in thought, however, must be systematically cultivated.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 24, 1:24 AM

A really useful resource for those (which should be every teacher) interested in promoting critical thinking.