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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Cheery Children Education Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Cheery Children Education Center, Nairobi, Kenya | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

THERE IS NO LINK TO THIS SITE FROM THE TITLE BAR OR FROM THE PHOTO. FIND THE LINK IN THE MESSAGE BELOW.

 

I received this message through my LinkedIn account today. It seems legitimate to me, although I have no way of knowing for sure. The cause is certainly a good one. I'll be making a contribution and I hope you will consider making one too. -Jim

 

"Tracy Hanson Founder of Next Generation Global Education and Mistacres Homeschool Co-op

To: Jim Lerman

Date: January 1, 2013

This being the first day of 2013, I take a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to be given the opportunity to work with and learn from people, young and old, from all over the world. This is especially true when I look back on the wonderful year I have had teaching the children of Cheery Children Education Center in Nairobi, Kenya. In less then ideal situations, a group of 16 young learners have been meeting with me three days a week to share academic learning as well as to exchange culture. We have done this all with just one laptop computer.Now, 20 more students will be joining us and we are in great need of a projector that will hook up to their computer along with 15-20 tablets that will allow them to access NGGE curriculum.
I am asking all my friends and connections to take a minute to visit these children. ( http://k12nextgeneration.org/about-cheery-childrens-education-center/ ) Then please make a donation of what ever you can afford; $1, $3, $5? Pass this link around to your friends and ask them to do the same. Such a small amount from each of us will change the world of many deserving children."

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Meta - Contemporary Camera App Filters for the iPhone

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"Meta – After getting a camera with enough megapixels and a good lens, all that remains is finding the right visual filters to enhance the look of your images. It would be really helpful if you could simply view what the picture would look like with the filter while you were taking it. In other words, you need an image filter application with real time effects. Meta offers precisely that. Read more: Meta: Apply Filters to Your Photos While You Are Taking Them [iOS]"
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Blended Learning Booklets for Teachers | Didactics and Technology in Education

Blended Learning Booklets for Teachers | Didactics and Technology in Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
They have produced a nice page that answers some common blended learning questions, gives exemplars, and provides four excellent booklets on blended learning techniques.

Via Evelyn Izquierdo, Mariano Fernandez S., João Greno Brogueira
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A Simple Guide To Complex Learning Theories

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Do you know the actual theories of learning? This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Pascal STIEVENARD, Frederic DOMON, JoelleYalin
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 27, 2012 11:29 AM

Starting with a brain-based illustration on the chart,  is a good sign for this sort of learning theory.  ~  D

Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 30, 2012 5:57 PM

I am very  interested in this whole constructivism thing and find this visual chart helpful

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:15 AM

A picture is worth 1,000 words - plenty of words on this Inforgrapic but organized in a way to make understanding (and hopefully appling)  these learning theories to good pedagogy

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Postering with new tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Postering with new tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza, one of the school library world's most prolific bloggers and presenters, offers 6 ways to make online or hard copy posters.

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Facebook Cheat Sheet: A Guide To Getting Your Message Out - Edudemic

Facebook Cheat Sheet: A Guide To Getting Your Message Out - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"When you’re using Facebook, you usually want other people to see what you post, correct? Whether it’s your students, parents, or just friends … it would help to have a ‘Facebook Cheat Sheet’ of some sort to know what to post on Facebook. Well, lucky for you … this infographic has you covered!

 

"It should come as no surprise that image-heavy posts (photos and other images uploaded) get the most interaction. This is why Instagram was sold for a gazillion dollars. But did you know that there are certain emoticons that are more engaging than others? I didn’t and don’t really care … but it’s worth knowing about!"

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A Case Study: Using Google Drive In The Classroom

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By Johnathan Hardison

 

"More efficient than an overworked teacher! More reliable than a carry-home satchel of ungraded papers! Able to simultaneously curate infinite comments from speedily working students! Look! On the computer screen! It’s an aggregator! It’s a sharing point! It’s Google Drive!

 

"Yes, it’s Google Drive…free application offered by the California-based internet giant with resourcefulness and organization more astounding than some seasoned educators of many years. Google Drive…which can offer students forms to submit comments, make students’ documents easily accessible in one location, and which, disguised as your average that-can’t-be-awesome-‘cause-it’s-free app, helps create an engaging and effective class of proficient learners through reliable and efficient technology.”

 

"All right. I know it sounds cheesy, but the above parody perfectly reflects my excitement and enthusiasm upon conceiving my latest AP Language lesson plan. It is exactly how I felt. Although I have been using Google Drive in the classroom for the past two years, the recent success and simplicity of my students’ last assignments have driven me to identify a superhero in Studio 113. And it is definitely not me.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | TeachThought

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"New contexts—digital environments that function as humanity-in-your-pocket—demand new approaches and new habits. Specifically, new habits of mind.

Persisting.

Managing impulsivity.

Responding with awe.

Questioning.

Innovating.

Thinking interdependently.

 

"And in an era of distinct academic standards and increasingly brazen technology, they are increasingly relevant."

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Tenth Grade Tech Trends

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By Josh Miller

 

"A few months ago, my fifteen-year-old sister told me that Snapchat was going to be the next Instagram. Many months before that she told me that Instagram was being used by her peers as much as Facebook. Both times I snickered.

 

"Learning from past mistakes, I took some time over the holiday break to ask my sister many, many questions about how her and her friends are using technology. Below I’ve shared some of the more interesting observations about Instragram, Facebook, Instant Messaging, Snapchat, Tumblr, Twitter, and FaceTime. I hope you’ll find them as informative, surprising, and humbling as I did."

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Best Cloud Storage Apps for iPhone and iPad to Stay Synced on the Move | iGeeksBlog

Best Cloud Storage Apps for iPhone and iPad to Stay Synced on the Move | iGeeksBlog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Cloud has become the thing of the present. It’s no longer a technology that you’re only reading about. From iCloud to Dropbox, there’s cloud everywhere.

 

"Apple’s iCloud has been quite a popular and seamless way to store your documents, photos, contacts and much more online but there are several limitations within iCloud. Basically, it wasn’t designed to be a storage like Dropbox where there’s more file-folder control and accessibility of documents and photos that you’ve synced to the cloud.

 

"We take a look at the most popular cloud storage apps currently available on the iPhone (and iPad) which can help you get started with cloud storage. These apps are powerful, great and in a way, get you all the features you’d need from a cloud storage service

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10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013 -- THE Journal

10 Predictions for Blended Learning in 2013 -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Michael Horn & Heather Staker

 

"n the year ahead we will see more public schools adopt blended learning, meaning online learning in physical schools. Blended learning is no longer entirely new or untried, and school leaders are hungry for a way to do more with less. Below are 10 predictions for blended learning in 2013."

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5 Ways to Backup Your Hard Drive | Mashable

5 Ways to Backup Your Hard Drive | Mashable | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kate Freeman

 

"To ensure your programs and apps are salvageable in the event of a crash, you might want to consider taking an image of your hard drive or cloning it. Instead of having to reinstall your operating system and your applications if your computer crashes (which takes hours), just recover your hard drive from an external source. This way, you only lose what you have installed after you saved your hard drive. "

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20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic

20 Creative Ways To Use Instagram In The Classroom - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The buzz around Instagram might have you thinking about jumping ship. Instead, why not consider a few ways to use the app in your classroom?

Via Gust MEES, Ivo Nový, Jim Lerman
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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 


Via 173 Sud, Chrisange , Rose Marie DeSousa, massimo facchinetti, Becky Gaylord, John van den Brink, Cendrine Marrouat - www.socialmediaslant.com, juandoming, olsen jay nelson, Jim Lerman
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Alessio Manca's comment, December 31, 2012 4:00 AM
GR8 Collection! TYVM John!
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:47 PM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

Devrim Ozdemir, Ph. D.'s curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:39 AM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

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UltraFileSearch Lite: One Of The Best Free Replacements To Windows Search

UltraFileSearch Lite: One Of The Best Free Replacements To Windows Search | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Craig Snyder

 

"It’s a bit of a shame that the Windows Search experience has been lackluster in recent OS releases like XP, Vista, 7, and even (in my opinion) 8. Luckily, for the savvy user, there are a whole mess of third-party solutions that make searching the Windows file system what it ought to be: simple and effective.

 

"Picking at your brain on this subject, the first alternative that should come to many minds is Everything. This piece of software is to searching your Windows PC as Dropbox is to file synchronization. There are others though, and neglecting those options could mean you’re missing out on something you find to be even better!

 

"Another of our writers, Aaron, recently pulled through with an article that introduces users to seven pieces of software in this class. In the comments, I stumbled across a recommendation by one of our great readers: UltraFileSearch. After checking out the software, I thought it’d be right to feature a full article on it and introduce everyone else to the extensive round of features."

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Quite thoroughly researched.

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Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter

Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

 


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SmartConverter is a free downloadable video conversion utility for both Apple Mac computers and Windows PCs capable of transcoding almost any video file into the format most appropriate for playback on a number of different types of devices (especially Apple ones).


From iPhone/iPad to Playstation, tablets, computer screen, SmartConverter allows easy video conversion in just a few clicks by way of its many available conversion presets.


Very simple to use.


Good for non-techies and newbies. Free.


Mac version - Download from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-converter/id447513724?ls=1&mt=12


Windows version - http://shedworx.com/smartconverter-windows


Try it out: www.shedworx.com/smartconverter

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Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic

Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Fred Sitkins explores some of the benefits of using what iTunes U has to offer schools, teachers, and administrators.
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6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides - Edudemic

6 iPad Apps That Help You Create Interactive Study Guides - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Felecia Young

 

"Check out these six iPad apps to create fun, engaging, interactive study guides for your students."

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How The Nearpod iPad App Changed An Entire School - Edudemic

How The Nearpod iPad App Changed An Entire School - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Bryan Miller

 

"I have been wanting to write a post for a while about the amazing tool that we came across last year, that has truly changed the way we use iPads in our classrooms, but haven’t had a venue to do so.  Now that I have my new website, I decided it was a must!  If you aren’t familiar with this groundbreaking Nearpod iPad app, I want to take a minute to share it with you and explain how it changed our school.

 

"Nearpod is an App that allows teachers to share presentations; but wait, there’s more!  It also lets you be a fully engaged participant and interact with the presentation through polls, quizzes, videos, drawing interactivity, website-sharing, self-guided quizzes and more.

 

"Needless to say, it is a presenter’s dream come true.  Our faculty use this in a number of different ways, from having students solve math problems, to reading teachers having students underline a text’s main ideas, to drawing the anatomy of plants."

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15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of

15 Free Learning Tools You've Probably Never Heard Of | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"It can be hard to keep up with the ever-growing list of free educational sites out there, much less distinguish which ones will best meet your needs and help you learn skills you really need without shelling out big bucks. New sites are always being launched and even those that have been on the scene for a while sometimes don’t garner enough attention to make it onto your radar, often getting overshadowed by more high-profile sites. As a result, even those who are in the ed tech loop can miss out on some seriously helpful free learning sites. Here we highlight just a few of these under-the-radar free learning sites, that run the gamut from providing full degree programs to simple job-skill training tools, offering a little something for every kind of learner."

Jim Lerman's insight:

They're correct...I haven't heard of of most of these before. Looks like a useful list.

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11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning - TeachThought

11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning - TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Katre Laan

 

"For students, the core aim of project-based learning is to put theory into practice and gain new skills throughout the process. From prioritizing tasks to managing sources and summarizing concepts, they will be developing skills for life. As well as using interactive tools in group project helps students to grasp a better understanding of a concept.

 

"A major advantage of digital tools used is better engagement in the classroom. For students it’s the curiosity, for teachers it’s a great tool to work with, to inspire and grade students work! A major advantage is that digital tools enable students and teachers to see the result immediately and make necessary changes within the tool and the project"

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Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course | User-Generated Education

Developing a MOOC-Inspired Course | User-Generated Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jackie Gerstein

 

"During Fall, 2012, I taught a Boise State University EdTech graduate course in Social Networking Learning.  I wrote about this course in Educators as Social Networked Learners.

 

"I decided to write a separate post about their final assignment, creating a MOOC-Inspired course.  The assignment description, some of the group MOOCs produced, the peer assessment, and some student reflections about the project follow:"

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I've taken a few MOOC courses, but have yet to contemplate the prospect of putting one together. Gerstein gives quite a thorough behind-the-scences glimpse from the "professor's" point of view

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Siri: The ultimate guide | iMore.com

Siri: The ultimate guide | iMore.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Rene Ritchie

 

"Everything you need to know about setting up Siri, and commands for phone, launching apps, text or iMessage, calendar, sports, maps, Twitter, Facebook, restaurants, movies, music, email, weather, stocks, find my friends, notes, the web, Wolfram|Alpha, and the Apple Store."

 

"Siri is the name of Apple's personal digital assistant. It's basically voice control that talks back to you, that understands relationships and context, and with a personality straight out of Pixar. Ask Siri questions, or ask Siri to do things for you, just like you would ask a real assistant, and Siri will help keep you connected, informed, in the right place, and on time. You can even use Siri's built in Dictation feature to enter text almost everywhere by simply using your voice."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 3 Places to Find Online Children's Audio Books

Free Technology for Teachers: 3 Places to Find Online Children's Audio Books | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"This post is born out of a request for help from someone that I met at the Teacher 2 Teacher conference in Bow Island, Alberta. She was looking for some free online talking storybooks to use in her grade 1 class. I didn't have anything coming to mind right off, so I searched Diigo and my blog archives to find these three places to find and free online talking children's storybooks."

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Top 7 Guides on how to Use iPad in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 7 Guides on how to Use iPad in your Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"iPad is definitely a gadget of huge potential in education. Many schools in the States and Canada are adopting it as a learning tool within their curriculum. Developers have already started creating e-textbooks with enhanced mobile compatibility. More important, there are now several apps that are easy to use and that enable teachers to create their own teaching content to go on iPad.

 

"Given this growing important of iPad in education, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning deemed it crucial to provide its readers with some of its best guides and posts we have published here  during this year. Be it a beginner who has just started using iPad or an advanced user, these guides will definitely help you better understand and use iPad for teaching and learning purposes. Enjoy ::"

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