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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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The 5 Best Free Mind-Mapping Tools for Teachers ~ eLearning Industry

The 5 Best Free Mind-Mapping Tools for Teachers ~ eLearning Industry | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
"Organizing thoughts is a difficult task, for both teachers and students. Lack of a medium to organize all these thoughts can lead to stress, confusion, and lack of success in regards to yourself, or your students. Utilize these 5 Best Free Mind Mapping Tools for Teachers in order to be the best educator possible and ensure that your students are able to reach their full potential."
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Empowering Students as Digital Witnesses (Part 1 of 2) ~ Wesley Fryer

"Just as a stormchaser uses available technologies, knowledge and skills to pursue and document an impending thunderstorm, storychasers use their tools and abilities to document stories of local, regional, national or international interest. In our classrooms and after-school programs, as educators we can empower learners of all ages to become digital witnesses and responsible citizen journalists as storychasers. Whether on a school field trip, conducting research for a class project or school journalism assignment, or interviewing local residents to share about their lives and experiences, storychasers can and are utilizing a rich array of new media tools to create, communicate, and collaborate. Come learn how to join the storychaser's communication revolution, and catalyze the development of a diverse array of 21st century as well as traditional literacy skills with students in your local community who can become empowered storychasers! "(This presentation was shared as the keynote address at the PodStock09 conference in Wichita, Kansas, on May 1, 2009.)

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Customize Google's App Launcher with This Chrome Extension - Chrome Story

Customize Google's App Launcher with This Chrome Extension - Chrome Story | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Customize Google's App Launcher with This Chrome Extension. App Launcher Customizer for Google is a Chrome extension that puts you back in control.
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A Powerful Set Of Classroom iPad Rules For Teachers - Edudemic

A Powerful Set Of Classroom iPad Rules For Teachers - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn


"If you’re rolling out iPads in the classroom, you need to lay down the law. As a connected educator, you need to come up with a set of guidelines, classroom iPad rules, as well as a way to manage all your new devices. Please please please don’t just hand out iPads like they’re candyand expect everything to go wonderfully with zero planning. You’re doomed to fail....


"Instead, start thinking about the rules you want to have in place prior to iPad (and any other device) launch. I came across this wonderful little list on Pinterest and thought it’d be a great way to getting you to start thinking about the rules you need to have in place prior to launching a BYOD, 1:1, or a single iPad classroom."

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An Essential EdTech Toolkit ~ Fractus Learning

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by Laura Bates


"With so many complicated resources and tools being branded the ‘next big thing’ or the ‘MUST HAVE’ classroom accessory, it can feel pretty intimidating knowing where to start or how to get a handle on it all. But in reality, to have a connected classroom and to enable your curriculum to benefit from some integrated technology all you need are a few basic edtech tools to start out with. Try these top tips to kick-start your toolkit – you’ll soon be on your way to adding more!"


- See more at: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2013/10/09/edtech-toolkit/#sthash.fIubqfaV.dpuf

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7 Ways to Use Videos with Your Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Ways to Use Videos with Your Students in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"I have previously posted a list of some great video creation tools that teachers and educators can use to create and share videos with their students. Most of these tools are freemium and do not require sophisticated technology skills to use them. However, my best video creation tool still remains YouTube. I am a huge fan of Google services and YouTube is no exception. With the recent updates and improvements, Google has made out of YouTube a very powerful video creating and editing platform. Now you can easily log on to your YouTube account and start capturing  videos straightaway. YouTube editor enables you to do crazy things on the clips you create or upload, like adding background music, subtitles, interactive texts and many more. You should definitely give it a try if you haven't already.

"Today, I am sharing with a video created byWideo outlining 7 ways teachers can use online videos in classroom. Here is a brief round up of the 7 ideas mentioned in the clip:"

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New Project-Based Learning Resources | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

New Project-Based Learning Resources | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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A Treasure Trove of Video Lessons on Art for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Treasure Trove of Video Lessons on Art for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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The Power of the Educational Infographic

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 12, 2013 3:48 PM

Have you had people ask you why you choose to use infographics in your classroom? This presentation is by Mia MacMeekin, who has created many great infographics (some of which have been posted on this Sccop.it). The best way to access this is in PDF format. This file is quite large so here is a direct link to it: http://anethicalisland.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/rscon-presentation-22.pdf

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Silver Screen and LEDs Join at Last ~ NY Times

Silver Screen and LEDs Join at Last ~ NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by David Pogue


"I tried out seven LED projectors priced at $1,000 or less. Each comes with carrying case and remote control. Each offers every conceivable input — VGA so you can plug in your laptop, HDMI for Blu-ray players and game consoles, USB and memory-card slots (so you can project PowerPoint files and slide shows and movies without even needing a computer). All produce a 1,280-by-800-pixel image. A few, with the purchase of a Wi-Fi adapter, can display videos and slides wirelessly from a phone, tablet or laptop.


"These LED projectors tend to fall into two categories, mobile projectors and business projectors."

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5 Noteworthy News Sites for Students

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by Audrey Stokes


"It's Top-Pick List Friday and this week we are featuring Noteworthy News Sites. On these sites, students can get different perspectives on key current events while reading articles at levels they can understand. News sites like these provide a great way to increase engagement and add extension activities for hungry learners."

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7 Tech Tools That Foster Critical Thinking Skills ~ graphite

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by Ellen Holderman


"This Top-Pick List Friday we are taking a look at great tech tools that spur critical thinking. Students love opportunities to dive into problems that might not have clear answers. Uncertainty breeds new perspectives and fresh ideas emerge. 


"To see the rating of each app, game, or website, visit the Top-Picks List "Tech that Spurs Critical Thinking." 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Flashcards from Google Spreadsheets

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Flashcards from Google Spreadsheets | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"Flippity is a free tool for creating flashcards from data in a Google Spreadsheet. Flippity provides clear directions for the simple steps to take to create your flashcards. To create your flashcards use the Flippity template, enter your data, publish the spreadsheet to the web, then grab your Flippity link. Your Flippity link will take you to a Flippity page on which you and your students can flip through your flashcards. Flippity includes a shuffle function and an option to remove cards from your deck of flashcards as you flip through them."

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Cassandra Gadouas's curator insight, October 10, 2013 2:25 PM

I'll bet I could use this idea with clients as well.

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2013 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate Alice Munro on the Secret of a Great Story ~ Brain Pickings

2013 Nobel Prize in Literature Laureate Alice Munro on the Secret of a Great Story ~ Brain Pickings | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova


"The question of what makes a great story has occupied the minds of some of our most celebrated storytellers. Kurt Vonnegut had his eight tips and Barnaby Conrad his six, Ken Burns devised a formula, and John Steinbeck defied the very notion of such formulas. A good story, nonetheless, is hardly a relative notion: To use one of pop culture’s most tired yet most expressive similes, it’s like pornography — you know it when you read it. But what, then, makes a story great?


"In the introduction to her 1996 anthology Selected Stories (public library), 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate Alice Munro (b. 1931) adds tothe collected wisdom of great writers and builds a beautiful metaphor for “the hermeneutical path taken up in the reading process”:"

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Big picture in ed tech & how to make yourself virtually indispensable ~ Jim Lerman

Presented at Zest for Tech conference at Frostburg State University - July 10, 2012
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This “Waiting Game” Video From Sesame Street Is PERFECT Follow-Up To Learning About The Marshmallow Test ~ Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

This “Waiting Game” Video From Sesame Street Is PERFECT Follow-Up To Learning About The Marshmallow Test ~ Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I’ve written extensively in my books and in this blog about the lessons I use with students to help them want to develop more self-control.


"And I’ve also shared new videos from Sesame Street highlighting their emphasis on teaching self-control, grit, and respect this season.


"My high school students love the Sesame Street videos, which I use as a short “refresher” during the year after we do our initial lesson on self-control.


"This one on “The Waiting Game,” though, is the best one yet. In it, Cookie Monster demonstrates each of the strategies that Dr. Walter Mischel recommends that people use (and that he saw children apply in the marshmallow test) to enhance their self-control.


"I’ll be showing the video to students and having them identify each of those strategies (which we learned about a month ago)."

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2013 RSCON Recordings

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"As conference sessions conclude, the links below will begin to take you to the recordings. No results for a link could indicate the session has not been held yet, the recording has not processed yet, or the session was cancelled. The first recordings to appear will be the full Blackboard Collaborate recordings; in a few days the .mp3 and .mp4 recordings will then appear."


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These are seemingly all of the conference presentations at this year's 4th annual Reform Symposium Free Online Conference (RSCON), held Oct. 11-13. Lots of great material here, including handouts and powerpoints from numerous sessions.

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Step 8: Cools tools to embed | Edublogs Teacher Challenges

Step 8: Cools tools to embed | Edublogs Teacher Challenges | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Sue Waters


"The aim of this step is to introduce you to a range of easy to use online tools that you can embed into posts and pages.  We’ve embedded examples of each tool in this post to help you work out how the tool could be used with your students."


Click on a link below to go to the section you want to work on:

  1. Why educators embed interactive tools
  2. Tools by activity type
  3. How to embed media in blog posts
  4. What now?
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10 Google Drive Tips & Tricks For Students

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10 Google Drive Tips & Tricks For Students

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Deanna Mascle
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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:48 AM

"It is useless to resist The Cloud." ;)

Josh Harris's curator insight, October 9, 2013 2:29 PM

Esepcially good for folks who are in newly converted #GAFE districts, and in 1:1 settings.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 12, 2013 8:09 AM

Like the tractor beam on the Death Star, the nebulous world of networked online storage is slowly pulling in all digital information. If you haven’t yet gotten on board, 2013′s Google Drive would be a perfect place for a college student to start, whether for educational purposes like collaborating on class projects, or storing all those Instagrams of your food. What follows are some of the coolest tips and tricks Drive users have found in the last few months and shared with the rest of us.

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Collect, Watch And Discover The Best Videos On The Web With Huzzaz

Collect, Watch And Discover The Best Videos On The Web With Huzzaz | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Robin Good's insight:

"Huzzaz is a new free video curation web service which allows you to search, find, collect and publish video clip collections on whataver topic or theme you may be interested in..."

 

Read full Robin Good's insight below.

 

Get an invite here: http://huzzaz.com/beta

More info: http://about.huzzaz.com

 


Via Robin Good, Giuseppe Mauriello
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Asil's curator insight, October 12, 2013 4:38 PM

According to the site, they have the ability to strip the ads off the videos you put on your lists.  Makes me wonder how YouTube and Vimeo will react once they realize they aren't getting ad-views.  And if there are no ad-views, how the makers will feel about the loss of revenue?

The founder is James Yang.  There's a nice article about him on Social Times: http://socialtimes.com/huzzaz-makes-it-easy-to-create-and-share-video-playlists_b136571

From the article: Huzzaz is a passion project. “I just want to create something that helps make the world a better place.”

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:32 PM

video curation tools

in beta-version

free to register have a go!!!

Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, October 15, 2013 3:28 AM

Mi limito a tradurre all'impronta la recensione di Robin Good

 

Huzzaz è un servizio web based per la video curation che consente di ricercare, filtrare, organizzare e pubblicare raccolte di clip video su un tema specifico.

 

Grazie a un motore di ricerca è semplice trovere clip su Uoytube e Vimeo e aggiungerle a una delle nsotre collezioni. Grazie a un bookmarklet è anche possibile aggiungere immediatamente contenuti video che troviamo durante la navigazione.

 

Le collezioni video realizzate possono essere facilmente condivise nei principali social network o incorporate.

 

Molte facile da utilizzare, Huzzaz è un utile strumento per scoprire video e per la video curation

 

LINK UTILI

http://huzzaz.com/beta per ottenere un invito per registrarsi su Huzzaz

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Educator as a Social Networked Learner: Presentation Materials

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What Type of Connected Educator Are You?

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Gilbert C FAURE's curator insight, October 13, 2013 4:20 AM

a teacher is a learner is a teacher...

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Turning Education Upside Down [flipped learning] - NY Times

Turning Education Upside Down [flipped learning] - NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Tina Rosenberg


"Three years ago, Clintondale High School, just north of Detroit, became a “flipped school” — one where students watch teachers’ lectures at home and do what we’d otherwise call “homework” in class. Teachers record video lessons, which students watch on their smartphones, home computers or at lunch in the school’s tech lab. In class, they do projects, exercises or lab experiments in small groups while the teacher circulates.


"Clintondale was the first school in the United States to flip completely — all of its classes are now taught this way. Now flipped classrooms are popping up all over. Havana High School outside of Peoria, Ill., is flipping, too, after the school superintendent visited Clintondale. The principal of Clintondale says that some 200 school officials have visited."

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's curator insight, October 11, 2013 9:45 AM

"Its most important popularizers are not government officials or academic experts"  Wonderful example of not waiting for solutions, but being willing to think outside the box, test new things and create solutions, rather than waiting for "experts" to provide those solutions.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, October 11, 2013 12:00 PM

Could this be a trend for your school? Is this a way to keep those suspended, expelled and medically unable to attend school in your mainstream?

Joanne OLeary's curator insight, October 22, 2013 9:37 PM

As youth and adults become more self-directed and take personal responsibility for their education, the flipped classroom approach makes sense.  The same information is being disseminated to the learner, however the facilitated learning occurs when the teacher is "assisting" the learner with the application of knowledge during the "classroom-homework" stage (for the lack of a better term).