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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Portfoliobox - Your online portfolio website

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“Portfoliobox is a web tool you can use to create your own online portfolio website.”
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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age

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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age
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This is How to Use Google Forms to Keep Track of Student Assignments ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is How to Use Google Forms to Keep Track of Student Assignments ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Google Forms is an amazing web tool and as I mentioned yesterday in " 5 Good Web Tools to Create Class Forms and Sheets", Google Form is the tool I use the most when creating forms and quizzes. There are several reasons why I opted for it, first it is automatically integrated with Google Drive which means that anything I create on it is asynchronously saved in my drive account so I don't have to worry about uploading it to any file storage system. Google Form is also pretty easy to use and has a very simple and user-friendly interface so you will be able to find your way around quickly. And now that Google Form starts supporting images and YouTube videos,  I am sure I wont be looking further for any other alternative in the near future."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Keith Hughes Explains How to Make Flipped Classroom Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Keith Hughes Explains How to Make Flipped Classroom Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Keith Hughes makes fantastic flipped history classroom videos. I've featured lots of his work in the past because it is a great model of what a video lesson should be. Today, Keith released a video in which he explains how he does it and how you can do it too. In I Flip, You Flip, We All FlipKeith Hughes explains the concept behind flipped classrooms, equipment for creating great videos, and how to use iMovie to produce and publish your flipped lessons. If you have any interest in making flipped classroom videos, I highly recommend taking 25 minutes to watch I Flip, You Flip, We All Flip. "

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A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

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A Framework For Student Motivation In A Blended Classroom

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Awesome! This is exactly in line with what I try to instill in my students and clients alike.

http://www.coachingsgaskin.com/intrinsic-motivation-or-extrinsic-motivation-what-keeps-you-going/

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Blackboard Collaborate | Session Login

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Have you downloaded the Blackboard Collaborate Launcher?
The launcher makes launching sessions and playing recordings easy.
  • If no, download it now and then return to this page to log in to your session or play your recording.
  • If yes, go ahead and log in to your session or play your recording now.
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The 5 Best Free Mind-Mapping Tools for Teachers ~ eLearning Industry

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"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

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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

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"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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How to Get High-Quality Student Work in PBL

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This is a common concern of teachers who are new to project-based learning. Things can appear to be going smoothly -- students have been engaged by the project, they've been learning content and skills, they've been busy and meeting deadlines -- but their thinking is not as in-depth and their final products not as polished as they should be. If this is your experience, it's time to ask yourself some questions:
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5 Good Tools to Create Classroom Forms and Sheets (alternative to Google if your district doesn't have Google Apps for Education)

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Find more time to educate innovatively with this junkmail elimination tool

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Find more time to educate innovatively with this junkmail elimination tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Lisa Nielsen


"It is called Unroll.me.  It lets you regain control of your mailbox by combing through it and finding everything that you've subscribed to. Then, you can roll those subscriptions up into one daily digest that gets delivered like a beautiful Pinterest board, unless...you want to unsubscribe which you can do with a simple and easy click, with all your subscriptions in one place in a sortable format. "

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Learning to Teach Online ~ Univ. of New South Wales

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"The Learning to Teach Online project is a free professional development resource designed to help teachers from any discipline, whether experienced in online teaching or not, to gain a working understanding of successful online teaching pedagogies that they can apply in their own unique teaching situations."


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This is quite a comprehensive collection of videos and additional resource materials that has proven to be quite popular. Produced by a consortium headed by the University of New South Wales, Australia's leading international university.


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Creating Mind Maps in Google Draw

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by Alice Keeler


"Why use Google Draw rather than other mind mapping tools? Google Draw is collaborative and is in my Google Drive with the rest of my files, thus easy to find. Teachers can also insert comments on a Google Draw as you can in other Google Docs, so it makes for a nice tool for being able to give feedback."
 

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Two Important YouTube Tips for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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by Med Kharbach


"YouTube is definitely one of the video repositories we teachers and educators use to look for educational video resources to share with our students. But what if the video you find is 30 minutes long and the segment that you want to share from this video is only two minutes long.Would you share the whole video then forward play it to the part you want or is there  another simpler way to do it?

"Well, there are several ways to chop YouTube videos and I have already reviewed some of these tools in this post. However, today , I am sharing with you two practical tips I learned from Chris Kesler."

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

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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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