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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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New Social RSS Feed Reader: Feedolu

New Social RSS Feed Reader: Feedolu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Feedolu is in public BETA from September 5th. It is an RSS feed reader that makes it easily to read, organize and share content.

Excerpt from review article by Shelly Kramer on V3 Blog:
"Feedolu uses advanced feed reading technology and combines that with social features commonly used on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Feedolu users will have a public profile with their own URL (feedolu.com/username).
You can customize your background, create a bio and attach a link to a website (like Twitter) and website RSS feed as well.
When a user attaches an RSS feed to their profile, other users can then go and subscribe to that RSS feed, giving that user the opportunity of increased website traffic via subscriptions.

Here are key features:
- User Following;
- SEO;
- Unlimited Feeds and Feed Walls;
- Back-End Processing.

Free to use.

Try out Feedolu: https://www.feedolu.com

Read full interesting review article by Shelly Kramer:
http://www.v3im.com/2013/09/why-you-should-check-out-feedolu-asap/

Watch the introduction video:
http://youtu.be/Nvk4yAt1tYQ


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Miquel Loriz's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:23 AM

Echaremos un vistazo, aunque Feedly funciona bien

ibiss helter's curator insight, September 20, 2013 6:38 AM

tremendous

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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"What if you could create beautiful visual notes to explain various concepts quickly and without much fuss? It would be rather useful and such a thing is possible with Classmint. This application allows users to create interactive study notes with annotations, audio content, and images explaining everything from ecology to Euclidean geometry. Visitors can check out the tutorial, then create a login and go ahead and get started. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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A Short Guide to Creating and Grading Quizzes Through Google Forms ~ Free Technology for Teachers

A Short Guide to Creating and Grading Quizzes Through Google Forms ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"One of the things that I always do in my Google Apps workshops and webinars is teach people how to create self-grading quizzes through Google Forms and Spreadsheets. Depending upon the pace of the group we'll often look at creating image-based and multiple page quizzes too. I've recently put all of the screenshots of those processes into one PDF. You can view the PDF below."

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Tellagami - Our New Favorite App ~ EdReach

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by Fred Delventhal


"Tellagami allows you to create a single slide presentation, digital story, etc. You get a customizable avatar that is animated on a background of your choosing. You then can record a voice or type in words for your avatar to speak."

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How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite

How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dan Rowinski


"Take the just-announced iPhone 5S, for example. It will support both Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi Direct, and has capabilities built in to perform new functions such as AirDrop local sharing. Behind it stands Apple's thriving ecosystem, which will continue to churn out new apps that take advantage of those functions. All that makes the iPhone 5S not just Apple’s latest and greatest device, but one of the first devices available that has the potential to be a true universal remote."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:54 AM

I agree with Rowinski. The advent of the 5S, combined with iOS7, places us clearly on the cusp of quantum leap ahead, as our phones move to become the unversal remotes for the very soon to arrive internet of things.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:35 AM

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KacKIDemia ~ New Learning Times

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by Kate Meersschaert


HacKIDemia is a mobile invention lab that enables future changemakers to access and create a hands-on STEAM education that will enable them to solve specific challenges by developing and testing creative solutions and physical artifacts. (from the Hackidemia site)


Curiosity, Empathy and Play

"With a focus on fostering "curiosity, empathy and play" and combining science, technology, storytelling and art HacKIDemia is helping the next generation of "autonomous" thinkers discover the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Fine Arts and Math) fields. Through the group's mobile "maker" workshops, toolkits, mentor training and support of local grassroots entrepreneurship efforts, HacKIDemia is going above and beyond what most "maker" programs offer by attempting to engage a wide range of stakeholders in not only the traditional STEM subjects, but also the fine arts and crafts. HacKIDemia is also uniquely focused on helping young children to discover STEAM fields ranging from 3D printing, micro-electronics, programming, robotics, crafting, biotech and even physics."

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The Story Spine: Pixar's 4th Rule of Storytelling

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"In 2012 Pixar Story Artist Emma Coats tweeted 22 storytelling tips using the hashtag #storybasics. The list circulated the internet for months gaining the popular title Pixar’s 22 Rules of Storytelling’. We reposted this list two weeks ago and the response has been phenomenal with thousands of likes, shares, comments and emails.


"Since posting the story, a number of people have contacted us regarding rule number 4 on the list, also know as ‘The Story Spine’:

Once upon a time there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___."

Jim Lerman's insight:

As an English teacher, I long ago discovered an even more succinct story spine on a handout from a publisher (I think it was Houghton Mifflin, but am not sure): 

  • Someone...
  • Wanted...
  • But...
  • So...


Between the two spines, I think we have a nice progression here, from utter simplicity to more fertile, elaborated nuance.

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PowerPoint Design Pros of PPT


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, August 4, 2013 5:24 AM

My favorite quote here is' I provide the tools, its up to you what you do with them'. This video certainly had me rethinking PowerPoint. Clearly I need to learn to use it better. This was a very skillful presentation that was created only using PowerPoint.

Chelo Banal-Formoso's curator insight, August 10, 2013 10:44 PM

Great tool for presentations inside or outside classrooms.

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:45 PM

Well for the fans of PowerPoint this is what can be done

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5 Must-Have Tools for a Killer Presentation

5 Must-Have Tools for a Killer Presentation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
For when you need a little more than static words on a screen for your presentation, we present to you five sweet digital alternatives to PowerPoint.

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Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, August 20, 2013 10:56 AM

Basic presentation tools every teacher and educator needs to know ... 

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:21 PM

Something for me to check later. Variety is good but it always depends on your audience

Training in Business's curator insight, September 9, 2013 6:18 PM

5 Must-Have Tools for a Killer Presentation

 

#presentation #smallbusiness

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TouchCast - Creating interactive video on the iPad

TouchCast - Creating interactive video on the iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

TouchCast is an iPad app that I downloaded recently and have been exploring a bit over the last couple of weeks. It's not often an app come along which really shakes up and existing genre like video, but I think TouchCast does and in a way that can be very beneficial for learners.


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Gregory Fortin-Vidah's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:28 PM

Seems interesting. Should take a look.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:55 AM

This looks like a fantastic tool along the lines of Zaption, where vieoes can have other content overlaid. Looking forward to having a play :)

Melanie Holcombe's curator insight, September 20, 2013 5:03 AM

Need to try this.

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How to Write on PowerPoint Slides during a Presentation

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During a PowerPoint presentation you may be tempted to apply some changes to the presentation slides. Even if you can close the slideshow and go directly to the slide where...


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John Purificati's comment, September 16, 2013 9:57 PM
I've been looking for something like this.
Linda Denty's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:38 AM

More useful stuff!

Training in Business's curator insight, July 23, 2014 5:37 AM

How to Write on PowerPoint Slides during a Presentation

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Josef Albers’s ‘Interaction of Color’ Book Comes to Life in iPad App

Josef Albers’s ‘Interaction of Color’ Book Comes to Life in iPad App | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
An iPad app lets you interact, literally, with Josef Albers’s theories of color.

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A Guide to iPad AirPlay Screen Mirroring

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"By simply double pressing the iPad's home button, or swiping up the screen with four fingers, then swiping the task manager to the right, the AirPlay screen mirroring options are displayed. From this menu you can send a live stream of your iPad's screen to an Apple TV or software that supports AirPlay."


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:58 PM

Here are some great tips for mirroring your iPad screen wirelessly to another device. 

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 15, 2013 9:31 AM
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fileee | Be the first to join the Beta-Phase

fileee | Be the first to join the Beta-Phase | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

YOUR LIFE SIMPLIFIED


"fileee is an intelligent, personal assistant for the automatic organisation of all paper- and digital documents in one system. It’s the whole and complete filing cabinet of the future, including personal assistance that recognises the structures and information itself."


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New Year: iPad First 5? ~ IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

New Year: iPad First 5? ~ IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Wells


"After getting lots of positive feedback about a visual interpretation I did of a blog postby Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva), I also had a small number of requests and suggestions for other ideas that would be ideal for a visual summarising. I’m currently working through them but one came from the talented Beth Holland, who let me know she was writing apost for Edutopia.com based on the theme of “First 5.” This idea can be applied to many scenarios and asks experts to consider what one might do in the first 5 minutes, 5 days and 5 weeks when introducing a new initiative or technology. I loved the idea and got to work immediately. Here’s the result and I hope it helps some classrooms get going in the new academic year."

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OPINION: A Teacher Walks Into a Demo Day (EdSurge News)

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by Marisa Kaplan


"During the pitches I was seated next to Devindra Hardawar of VentureBeat, who did a brilliant job of giving concise descriptions of the startups here. But while most of the audience members were viewing the pitches for business models and growth rates, I was looking for something else: which ones would I actually use?


"The accelerator targeted companies building solutions for formal and informal learning, which meant that only a handful of the ten tools were designed specifically for the classroom. Here are the ones that are most relevant to my classrooms and personal learning."

Jim Lerman's insight:

Good reaction pieces by Kaplan to the companies she found useful in her work.

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Learning with 'e's: 5 technologies to promote creative learning

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by Steve Wheeler


"Teachers are constantly searching for new ways to promote good learning. If those ideas can also encourage creative thinking, they are even more welcome in the classroom. Technology can provide some of those creative solutions. Here are just five ideas for using technology to support learning, while promoting creative thinking, and I'm sure that with a little thought you will be able to adapt them to your own subject area."

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THE DESIGN GYM Handout Deck

This is our methodology at The Design Gym.
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The Design Gym is a relatively new, compact design firm in NYC that takes the process very seriously and has developed some clever and innovative ways to engage itself in the marketplace. This page contains a slideshare on the basic components of how these folks conceive of the design process. It's very nicely put together; and don't miss the "Presentation Transcript" below. It offers a kind of stream-of-consciouness narrative to elaborate on each of the slides.

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Building stronger stories with 7 sentences ~ free-range thinking

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Great story-telling ideas, quite similar to the Pixar story spine.

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How To Present PowerPoint Presentations Using Google Hangouts

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Google Hangouts is one of the best platforms for video calls, conference meetings and even small scale webinars. But Google Hangouts is not just limited to video call functionality, as you can perform a wide range of tasks via Hangouts, including providing online support or presenting presentations. In this post we will show you how to present a PowerPoint presentation using Google Hangouts. You can also use the below mentioned method for presenting your ideas using other applications, be it via a PDF Presentation, Excel Spreadsheet or even a video (e.g. a video presentation).


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, July 16, 2013 12:18 PM

One of the options how you can present to your audience is using Google Hangouts. The post explains what has to be done to launch your presentation on GH. Very useful for small online conferences and webinars. This method can be successfully employed in flipped learning.

 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 12, 2013 6:26 PM

Useful for online webinars. Launch your presentations on Google Hangouts (collaborative toll, flipped learning purpouses too)

Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, September 17, 2013 9:15 AM

Now we know how to present a PowerPoint presentation using Google Hangouts.

Thank you for sharing.

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Inspiration Maps for iPad

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Inspiration Maps is an iPad app that allows you to visually organize information. Inspiration Maps makes it easy to create clear mind maps that can help organize information for an essay or walk a student through a multi-step science experiment. The app comes with number of great looking templates for all different subject areas. If none of the templates meet your needs you can create your own.


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Many may recall Inspiratiion as one of the first great mind-mapping tools, available for a long time only as software. Here is an online iPad app version.

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Mara Busa's curator insight, August 15, 2013 2:31 AM

domu kartes

Ann's curator insight, August 25, 2013 11:07 AM

La app Inspiration Maps es gratis y es una herramienta para la enseñanza de conceptos en la educación @morreducation

Linda Mordan's curator insight, August 28, 2013 6:35 PM

I'll have to check this out!...