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Women's Adventures in Science

Women's Adventures in Science | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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"This interactive website begins with a young woman named Lia talking about her favorite female scientists. It's highly engaging and designed to get young women excited about entering scientific professions. On the homepage, visitors can read through answers to questions like "How do bones tell a story?" and "What's inside an atom?" The site also includes a wonderful Time Travel Timeline, as well as a 10 Cool Scientists area including profiles of scientists like Heidi Hammel, Adriana Ocampo, Marta Tienda, and Amy Vedder. Overall, this is a website that does a tremendous job reaching out to curious future scientists in a way that's both inviting and fun."

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Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership

Assessing Creativity | Educational Leadership | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Susan M. Brookhart

 

"Creativity is a simple concept that can be difficult to get your head around. In its most basic sense, creative means "original and of high quality" (Perkins, 1981, p. 6). The girl's school spirit poem was of high quality, but it was workmanlike and derivative. The boy's self-analysis poem was original, and the poetic composition and word choice were fine; he just needed to attend to the quality of the mechanics. Of course, a poem that is uninterpretable or meaningless, no matter how original, can't be creative.

 

"What does it look like when schoolwork is original and of high quality? Probably the foremost characteristic of creative students is that they put things together in new ways (Brookhart, 2010). For example, while writing a poem about a sunset, a student who observes that moment when the sunset looks very much like a sunrise and makes the connection to other endings that can also foreshadow beginnings is more creative than a student who describes that moment as "red and fiery."

 

"Students who are able to put things together in new ways can observe things others might miss, construct more novel products, give more novel performances, use more unusual or unconventional imagery to make points, observe ordinary things and find in them an area to wonder about or a problem to solve, and the like.


"Not all schoolwork, even performance assessments, supports this sort of thinking. Before you can assess creativity, you need to make sure that the tasks you set for students are conducive to creativity."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:08 PM

Great looking rubric that can act as a template and foundation

Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:02 AM

A very interesting concept is introduced here. Not sure if creativity can truly be assessed, but this rubric certainly helps define what it is as it applies to Schoolwork and would be an interesting conversation started both in the classroom and the lunchroom.

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Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! Edutopia

Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity! Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew Miller

 

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A recent blog by Grant Wiggins affirmed what I have long believed about creativity: it is a 21st-century skill we can teach and assess. Creativity fosters deeper learning, builds confidence and creates a student ready for college and career.

 

"However, many teachers don't know how to implement the teaching and assessment of creativity in their classrooms. While we may have the tools to teach and assess content, creativity is another matter, especially if we want to be intentional about teaching it as a 21st-century skill. In a PBL project, some teachers focus on just one skill, while others focus on many. Here are some strategies educators can use tomorrow to get started teaching and assessing creativity -- just one more highly necessary skill in that 21st-century toolkit."

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 22, 2013 1:47 AM

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Creativity

 

Allan Shaw's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:14 PM

There is no doubt we will need to carefully consider how to gently turn schools towards a focus on creativity. This blog is a useful contribution to that process.

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If students designed their own schools...

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"The best small town in America experiments with self-directed learning at its public high school. A group of students gets to create their own school-within-a-school and they learn only what they want to learn. Does it work? Charles Tsai finds out by spending a week with the Independent Project."

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How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | TeachThought

How To Prepare Students For 21st Century Survival | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Rita Nichols, summarizing the work of Tony Wagner

 

7 Survival Skills of the 21st Century

 

1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence

3. Agility and Adaptability

4. Initiative and Entrepreneurship

5. Effective Oral and Written Communication

6. Accessing and Analyzing Information

7. Curiosity and Imagination

 

 

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Wagner cheated! Every item in the list is actually 2 items, joined by the word "and". I'm always suspicious when people include "and" in a list :-)

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8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | TeachThought

8 Ideas, 10 Guides, And 17 Tools For A Better Professional Learning Network | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals. Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially. Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that? Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."

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Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas | edutopia

Top Five iPad Apps for Teaching Across All Content Areas | edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew Marcinek

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"While back-to-school shopping season is still months away, instructional technology specialist Andrew Marcinek suggests that many traditional items can be replaced by purchasing an iPad for students. He suggests that note-taking be done on the Notability application, and that students use Haiku Deck to help build presentations. Other recommended applications include Edmodo, ShowMe and Google Drive, which helps students archive their work. "

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HOMAGO: A Guidebook | DMLcentral

HOMAGO: A Guidebook | DMLcentral | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"This is a handbook designed to be used by people who want to create a space for youth cultural production. It is based on our exploration that began in June 2012, which included the launch of our first open studio class at Yollocalli Arts Reach called Experimental Sound Open Studio. Our primary inquiry was focused on how to take a model of an existing drop-in teen technology program and modify it to create open studio art courses. We wanted to invent a program where teaching artists became collaborative learning partners with youth. This was perhaps our greatest challenge. During the course of our investigation we found that we were heavily influenced by our experience as traditional classroom art teachers, but we were strongly motivated by our mutual belief in the power of youth as public intellectuals.

 

"HOMAGO (Hang Out, Mess Around & Geek Out) is an experiential learning theory based on research by Mimi Ito on how youth learn in new and social media environments. Our goal was to explore how HOMAGO could be applied within a space of cultural production and how we could translate it into a method that would be useable by our teaching artists."

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Another Reflective Activity to Keep Them Moving, Talking, Reflecting and Engaged | Experiential Tools

Another Reflective Activity to Keep Them Moving, Talking, Reflecting and Engaged | Experiential Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
These experiential, brain-based, active dialogue activities are a great way to build community, facilitate reflection, and explore and review academic or training content..

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http://www.loc.gov/teachers/primary-source-analysis-tool

Encourage Students to Observe, Reflect and Question

The interactive Primary Source Analysis Tool from the Library of Congress allows users to choose the format of their document, artifact or other source from a pull-down menu and, depending on that choice, offers a series of contextual prompts for closer reading and analysis. Students can use the tool to record their responses to a primary source, and if they need guidance, they can use the sample questions. In addition, they can go back and forth between the columns; there is no correct order to analyze the source.

Click Here to Access Free Tool

 

 


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8 Google Reader alternatives for your PC | CNET

8 Google Reader alternatives for your PC | CNET | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Seth Rosenblatt

 

Google Reader will be shut down as of July 1, but never fear. Here are eight desktop and laptop alternatives to keep track of your favorite Web site updates. Read this post by Seth Rosenblatt on News & RSS.

 

"For all of them, we recommend you set them up to sync with Google Reader, and then disable sync and switch over when you've found the one you like best."

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CNET is one of my first go-to review sites; I find their recommendations to be consistently on the money.

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Ask3 - An iPad App for Creating Flipped Video Lessons Your Students Can Actually Respond To | Richard Byrne

Ask3 - An iPad App for Creating Flipped Video Lessons Your Students Can Actually Respond To | Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Ask3 is a free iPad app from TechSmith. TechSmith is probably best known as being the company that produces Jing and Camtasia screen capture software. Ask3 is a tool that teachers can use to create short instructional videos that are shared directly to their students’ iPads. Students can use Ask3 to ask questions about the video, mark the video with drawing tools, and create their own audio comments about the video.

 

You share Ask3 videos to your students through a virtual workspace room. When you register as a teacher you are given a room number to share with your students. Students then open the Ask3 app on their iPads, enter their names, create a password for themselves, and enter the room number that you gave them. Students do not have to have email addresses to use Ask3. Anytime students enter your Ask3 room they can access the videos you’ve posted to the bulletin board in that room.

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3 Ways to Get Started with Photoshop Touch | TechNews Daily

3 Ways to Get Started with Photoshop Touch | TechNews Daily | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Leslie Meredith

 

"Adobe this week released Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android — a big step up from its stripped-down Photoshop Elements app and leagues ahead of simple Instagram filters. Photoshop Touch will set you back $5, but it's worth the cost of skipping your latte for a day."

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Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson

Announcing: Raising Modern Learners! - Will Richardson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I’m really excited to announce a new undertaking that my good friend Bruce Dixon from Melbourne, Australia and I are launching today: Raising Modern Learners (RML). 

 

"As the proud owner of two teenagers (where’s the handbook?), I’ve been more and more drawn to the question of how we begin to educate parents around the very big learning and schooling shifts that are occurring because of the Web and the technologies that support it. Specifically, how can we develop and nurture in parents a new context for learning that will allow them to understand the changes many of us are fighting for in our classrooms. Neither Bruce nor I have seen any co-ordinated attempts to offer parents a truly different concept of schooling that synthesizes technological change with progressive ideas around learning and a new vision for the role of schools in our communities.  

 

"We’re hoping our free, weekly newsletter and accompanying site will begin that work."

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, March 23, 2013 10:10 PM

This is a great concept, but should we not have been doing this all along?

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Creativity Rubric from Grant Wiggins

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Nancy White's curator insight, March 22, 2013 11:26 AM

When you click on the title, it will download as a PDF.

 

This is a great tool to provide students with guidance on the creative process. Very descriptive!

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MAKER DAD: Making at the Right Price | Ed Surge

MAKER DAD: Making at the Right Price | Ed Surge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Lewis

Summary by EdSurge

 

" Making's all the rage, but where does one start? 3-D printers and CNC machines are great and all--but they can cost an arm and a leg (or both.) Maker Dad, Dave Lewis, shares with EdSurge tips on how you can start assembling your tookit without breaking the wallet. "

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A budget-minded toolkit for those who want to get started in the Marker space.

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Everest – Live Your Dreams & Achieve Personal Goals

App of the Week from Powerful Learning Practice

 

"Everest helps you live your dreams and achieve personal goals. From traveling the world to getting in shape to learning Italian – Everest is a place to capture all your dreams, big and small, and focus on a few. Break goals into small steps, build step streaks, learn from others, and beautifully capture your journey from dreaming to doing.

FEATURES
☆ Capture an unlimited number of dreams and goals
☆ Focus on up to three goals at a time
☆ Plan steps within your dreams and goals
☆ Set individual or repeating reminders to help build habits
☆ Use notes to record thoughts, quotes, tips and progress
☆ Capture moments with photos
☆ Stay motivated with step streaks
☆ Never get stuck; learn from others with similar goals
☆ Copy other people’s steps into your dreams
☆ Receive suggestions and encouragement through comments
☆ Follow your friends and heroes
☆ Accept challenges that take your dreams to the next level with guidance from pros
☆ Beautifully track and capture each dream’s journey
☆ Control whether your dreams are public or private
☆ Share your dreams and progress on Facebook and Twitter to inspire others"



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Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today | TeachThought

Shift_Learning: The 7 Most Powerful Idea Shifts In Learning Today | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

1. Digital and Research Literacy

2. Shift from Standards to Habits

3. Game-Based Learning & Gamification

4. Connectivism

5. Transparency

6. Place-Based Educa;tion

7. Self-Directed Learning & Play

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3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different | TeachThought

3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry heick

 

"Digital learning is different than non-digital learning from the moment an experience starts. That's not to say it's better or worse--just different.

1. Constant Connectivity & Access

2. The Potential Is Literally Visible

3. The Processes & Products Are Easily Curated"

 

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Second Grader Shows How She Uses Evernote For Fluency - Edudemic

Second Grader Shows How She Uses Evernote For Fluency - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you're learning a language or trying to organize your learning, check out this second grader sharing how she uses Evernote for fluency and organization.
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News Discovery: 23 Alternatives to Google Reader

News Discovery: 23 Alternatives to Google Reader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.

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Jen Fuhrman-Kestler's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:15 AM

Will  be interesting to see how brands use the new version of Flipboard

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:30 PM

I recently moved all of my Rss feeds over to Feedburner. However FB doesn't display results in any kind of sophisticated graphic format. It might be time for another change! 

Ruth Bass's curator insight, April 1, 2013 12:24 PM

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CCSD Wiki-Teacher - Unwrapped Standards , Videos, Implementation Resources Galore

CCSD Wiki-Teacher - Unwrapped Standards , Videos, Implementation Resources Galore | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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A great CCSS resource for all grade levels and subject areas, maintained by the Clark County School District (Las Vegas, NV region). Be sure to scroll to the bottom of any page for the directory. Free registration required to access resources. Very user friendly. Users can contribute resources and comment as well.

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Feedly adds 500k new users on Google decision to kill Reader

Feedly adds 500k new users on Google decision to kill Reader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"New users flock to the RSS reader app in the two days after Google announced it would retire its own RSS service."

 

Feedly is reaping the benefits of Google's decision to ax Reader.

The RSS app picked up more than 500,000 new users in the two days after the Web giant announced last week that it would retire its RSS app, the company said in a recent blog post. Google's decision to sunset the service on July 1 disappointed many on the Internet, leading to the creation of a handful of online petitions at Change.org that begged Google to reconsider.

"We have been working on a project called Normandy, which is a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API - running on Google App Engine," the company wrote in its blog. "When Google Reader shuts down, Feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using Feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless."


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:37 PM

RSS is a wonderful way to filter information. Just connect to the stream with an RSS reader and tailor your informaiton to meet your interests.

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MyHistro - Create Location-Based Timelines On Your iOS Device | Richard Byrne

MyHistro - Create Location-Based Timelines On Your iOS Device | Richard Byrne | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"MyHistro is a service that allows you to create location-based stories. The best way to describe it is as a timeline builder and map creation tool rolled into one nice package. On myHistro you can build a personal timeline or build a timeline about a theme or event in history. On the free MyHistro iOS app(not optimized for iPad screens, but it works) you can create stories that include pictures, text, locations, and dates.

 

"If you’re creating a personal story you can take pictures with the MyHistro app, use your current location to automatically add locations to your story, and edit the timestamp for each event. If you’re creating stories about historical events, disable location-based services and you can set each event and timestamp individually."

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Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor | NY Times

Better Colleges Failing to Lure Talented Poor | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Leonhardt

 

"Most low-income students who have top test scores and grades do not even apply to the nation’s best colleges, which contributes to widening economic inequality, economists say.

 

"The pattern contributes to widening economic inequality and low levels of mobility in this country, economists say, because college graduates earn so much more on average than nongraduates do. Low-income students who excel in high school often do not graduate from the less selective colleges they attend."

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