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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Pixntell | Create Beautiful Slideshows on Your iPhone or iPad

Pixntell | Create Beautiful Slideshows on Your iPhone or iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
  • 1. Pick Your Pix

    Choose from your existing library of images on your iPad or iPhone, or take new pictures as you go.

  • 2. Sort How You Like

    Once you have selected your pictures, you can reorder them to your heart’s desire, even delete them if you change your mind.

  • 3. Say What You Want

    Once you have your timeline finalized, record your voice or music over your photos.

  • 4. Save & Share

    Save your video, and share it with friends and family on Facebook, Youtube, or through email as an .mp4 file.

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Twuffer

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Twuffer allows the Twitter user to compose a list of future tweets, and schedule their release.

@GradyBritton designed Twuffer for anyone who has a need to schedule pre-written, post-dated tweets.

We bet that you'll invent creative uses for Twuffer. Here are a few off the top of our heads:

  • tweet pre-written announcements
  • appointment/milestone reminders
  • run a time-based scavenger hunt
  • notify subscribers about upcoming podcast or video episodes
  • appear to never sleep


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Integrative Portfolios for Social Change ~The Association for Authentic, Experiential & Evidence-Based Learning

Integrative Portfolios for Social Change ~The Association for Authentic, Experiential & Evidence-Based Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR - DEC. 11, 2013 - REGISTER BY DEC. 9



INTEGRATIVE PORTFOLIOS FOR SOCIAL CHANGE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE COMMUNITY ACTION SOCIAL CHANGE MINOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN


"Key Webinar Take-Aways: In this webinar, we will discuss the CASC minor and detail its integrative learning capstone course and how it uses eportfolios to drive learning.  We will also explore examples of eportfolios and some lessons learned from the process.  We will address next steps for eportfolio use and research around portfolios in a social justice and social change context. This webinar will include some best practices for engaging students with eportfolios and how to leverage eportfolios to achieve learning outcomes."

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Interactive Writing » Mapping Media to the Common Core

Interactive Writing » Mapping Media to the Common Core | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Wesley Freyer


"Interactive digital writing involves the production and sharing of electronic texts which (in most cases) can be readily:

  1. Conveyed (transmitted)
  2. Copied
  3. Connected (hyperlinked)
  4. Commented on, and
  5. Collaboratively constructed

Every classroom teacher should have and use a moderated, interactive class blog. It should:

  1. Permit students to submit posts to the blog
  2. Be openly accessible online (not require a password to view)
  3. Permit visitors to submit comments which can be moderated

In addition to blogs, students can interactively write using free tools like Google Docs and Etherpad."


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Lots of excellent resources here. Freyer is a masterful advocate for seamless integration of tech into instruction.

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21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher ~ TeachThought

21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher ~ TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and play with language. I’ve grouped them into four categories: Reference Tools, Word Clouds, Games and Review, Word Walls and Virtual Field Trips. They’re not listed in any particular order, so check out the entire list. Like other digital tools, they’re not all created equal. Choose tools carefully to support standards and learning goals."


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Some of these sites are new to me and seem to be quite powerful aids.

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Twitter Aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Twitter Aligned with Bloom's Taxonomy for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Karbach


Thinking about using Twitter with your students ? The visual below is one of the best guide I have come across online. The graphic is created by Langwitches and provides a cognitive incentive for those reluctant teachers out there to start using social media with their students and particularly Twitter.

Langwitches started her graphic by outlining some of the reasons why as a teacher you should be engaged in a tweeting experience with your students. Tweeting, as is shown here, helps you cultivate a wide range of important literacies including : digital literacy, information literacy, network literacy and also promotes some other skills such as critical thinking and reading and writing skills.

In the second part of the graphic Langwitches introduced the Twitter routine and talked about some of the things students need to keep in mind while using Twitter and then at the third part she placed some Twitter practices along a continuum of thinking skills with lower order thinking skills in one end and higher order thinking skills at the other.

Langwiches has also recently created a wonderful visual on visible thinking routines. I recommend that you check it.

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How to create a 'flipped' video lecture for at-home study

How to create a 'flipped' video lecture for at-home study | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Stacey Roshan, a math teacher at the Bullis School in Potomac, Md., does it at her dining room table and sometimes on the sofa. Andy Kastl and his colleagues at suburban Detroit's Clintondale High School do it in a sparse room in a corner of their school.


"What are they doing? Recording lectures for students to watch at home or on their mobile phones as part of the flipped classroom approach to teaching."


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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia

15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer) - Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows have been raised this year as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code. In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don't need this skill because they'll all go into it as a career -- that isn't realistic -- but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here's how you can start."


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The 12 Digital Days of Christmas

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Back by popular demand—The 12 Digital Days of Christmas featuring my favorite tech crush… You guessed it—Thinglink!

 

That’s right! Tech the halls with a dozen brand-new fun and festive resources that are sure to spread some holiday cheer in your classroom. Yep, it’s true! Starting today and continuing for the next eleven, the Geeky Girl will share one Christmas activity or game you can utilize with your students!

 

The adventure begins here...


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Jamie Forshey's curator insight, December 5, 2013 9:16 PM

Back by popular demand—The 12 Digital Days of Christmas featuring my favorite tech crush… You guessed it—Thinglink!

 

That’s right! Tech the halls with a dozen brand-new fun and festive resources that are sure to spread some holiday cheer in your classroom. Yep, it’s true! Starting today and continuing for the next eleven, the Geeky Girl will share one Christmas activity or game you can utilize with your students!

 

The adventure begins here...

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8 Ways To Unlock The Power Of Your Interactive Whiteboard - Edudemic

8 Ways To Unlock The Power Of Your Interactive Whiteboard - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Interactive whiteboards are a great classroom tool. Many teachers use them to project and capture images - basically as a high tech, connected chalkboard.

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Microsoft Produces a Winner in Tablets ` NY Times

Microsoft Produces a Winner in Tablets ` NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Bob Tedeschi


"The Surface is a bargain machine that packs a tremendous amount of value for the price. The software sparkles with thoughtful and innovative touches that will most likely find their way to competing platforms. When a website or page includes information that spills over onto another page, for instance, part of that page peeks out at you as you browse, so you know it’s only a swipe away.

"You can toggle between the traditional Windows interface and the mobile interface by just tapping the home button. And if you want to devote a small portion of your screen to one thing — say, your Twitter feed — while using the rest for another app, the software lets you do that easily."


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Coding is for Everybody: Learning through Creating, Personalizing, Sharing, and Reflecting | Connected Learning

Coding is for Everybody: Learning through Creating, Personalizing, Sharing, and Reflecting | Connected Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Many people view computer programming as a narrow technical skill, useful only for a small subset of the population. But coding can be for everyone, enabling people with diverse interests to develop new strategies for thinking, learning, and expressing themselves. In this month-long series of activities and discussions, we’ll explore how and what young people learn as they program and share interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations -- and how educators can support young people as they design, share, and learn. We'll focus on experiences with the Scratch programming language and the ScratchEd community for educators who help others learn with Scratch."


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Short series of archived webinars

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Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming

Coding for Kids: Free Websites That Teach Kids Programming | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"With the Internet an integral part of everyone's daily lives for both business and pleasure, learning basic programming isn't just a smart idea, it's an essential skill for grown-ups and children alike. Learning how to build simple websites and games helps kids hone their design, logic and problem-solving skills, and allows them to express their ideas and creativity in lots of different ways. There are a number of FREE websites that teach children how to play around with code. Here are some of our favorites:"

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Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly

Create Engaging Presentations with Moovly | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Danny Nicholson


"Moovly is a free online tool that lets you create interesting presentations and animations. You can incorporate both the hand-drawn style of apps such as VideoScribe and the hand-moved objects style that you’ll have seen in videos such as CommonCraft.


"Moovly lets you add voice, sound and music and synchronize everything using the simple timeline interface. Animations such as “hand drawn”, “drag on” and “drag off” can be added via the timeline. Some of the clips from the library also have their own animations attached to them, such as globes which spin or chickens which feed.


"Videos can be published via YouTube or Facebook, or can be downloaded for offline use as Flash or Movie files. Free videos are watermarked with a Moovly Logo. There doesn’t seem to be a way to embed them directly from the Moovly website. Downloading may well be the best option for schools – but you might have a class YouTube account which could be used for sharing presentations."



Read more http://www.whiteboardblog.co.uk/2013/11/create-engaging-presentations-moovly/

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5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Social Profiles

5 Ways to Freshen Up Your Social Profiles | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Social profiles: Update your social profiles to take advantage of the latest platform designs for Google+, LinkedIn, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Shanika Journey's curator insight, December 6, 2013 5:39 PM

I'm sooooo overdue...

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10 Great Community Building Platforms for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great Community Building Platforms for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Since the introduction of the web 2.0, collaboration, sharing and community building have become the corner stones of a new cyber culture, one that is dependent on the power of networking and collective wisdom. There are a wide variety of tools that enable teachers, educators and students to communicate and share their work.


"Some of the things teachers can do with such community spaces include:
  • Creating custom mini-communities for classes
  • Collaborate and share work
  • Network with other educators from all around the globe
  • Share resources and expand one's knowledge
  • Grow professionally
  • Push out reminders , assignments and updates...etc
"Only your imagination limits what you can do in such community platforms. Below are some of these community tools you can use to realize the aforementioned goals:"
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Digital Ways to Engage your Students

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by Melissa Schneiderman


"I am running a professional development session after school this week about digital ways to engage your students in their own learning. These are a few of my favorite apps or web-based programs that I plan to introduce at the workshop. "


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A great collection of ideas and resources

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Visible Thinking Routines for Blogging ~ Langwitches

Visible Thinking Routines for Blogging ~ Langwitches | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Syliva Rosenthal Tolisano


"Our school‘s fabulous PE teacher, Claire Arcenas, is bringing blogging to her PE classes. She is incorporating Visual Thinking Routines to help her students become reflective commenters.


"In a recent planning session, she reminded me of the book Making Thinking Visible by Ron Ritchard, Mark Church, and Karin Morrison, that I had download but not read yet. We then started diving into the core routines outlined onVisible Thinking from Harvard University."


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There is a much larger infographic that accompanies this excellent blog post.

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