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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should

50 Education Blogs You May Not Know About But Should | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

If you are an teacher, student, parent, or administrator, you should be following education blogs. Why? Simply because blogs are an ever-increasing way to spark ideas, creativity, and innovation. The following list is a compilation of blogs for those interested in education.
Written by parents, administrators, businessmen, teachers, and administrators, these blogs stand out with their unique style and excellent content.
Take a look.

Read more: http://newsroom.opencolleges.edu.au/features/50-education-blogs-you-may-not-know-about-but-should/#ixzz28vpmJvBg


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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Developing iPad learning workflows for best learning outcomes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Rethinking the approach to learning with an iPad was one of the key points that arose from our recent iPad study tour in Queensland.
Many of the schools talked about the development of 'Learning Workflows' where work is created in one app, then built on in another App and so on."


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The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson

The next evolution of schools: Highlights from our chat with Will Richardson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

What will schools look like in 25 years? Educator and parent Will Richardson sees profound changes beginning to bubble up in classrooms around the world. In the past, knowledge was bounded — both in books and in classrooms. But today, the internet provides nearly endless learning opportunities for anyone who is interested. Which means that education should no longer focus on dates and facts, all just a Google search away, but instead on critical thinking.


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Make Siri Smarter: Part 1 -- AppAdvice

Make Siri Smarter: Part 1 -- AppAdvice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Robin Rhys

 

"Does Siri ever frustrate you? Does she ever call the wrong person? Yeah, we’ve all cursed Siri’s name one time or another, but soon that’s going to change. Today we’re starting with part one in our Make Siri Smarter series, where we will show off small tips on how to make Siri more intelligent and usable. On today’s edition we talk about ways to get Siri to know you better, how to create phonetic first names in order to increase her calling skills, and how to use cute nicknames to win points with friends and make Siri’s life easier."

 

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Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement

Blended Learning: Strategies for Engagement | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model.

 

There are methods and models for implementing blended learning -- from the flipped classroom, to the flex model. All of them are on the continuum of just how much time is spent online and in the online classroom. Blended Learning can provide a unique way of not only engaging students in collaborative work and projects, but also personalizing and individualizing instruction for students.

However, there is still one piece that is missing from a great blended learning environment: engagement!


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10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq

10 best iPad art apps for painting and sketching | Creative Bloq | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"iPad art is a new phenomenon. When the iPad first launched it was pegged squarely as a media consumption device. To create professional art and design, you'd still need a fully-fledged laptop or desktop system running a full-fat operating system like Mac OS or Windows. Making art on the iPad was a crazy idea. Right?

 

"Wrong. The iPad art apps in this list prove that Apple's tablet has moved beyond just being for media consumption and is fast becoming ripe for content creation. If you're an illustrator, artist or graphic designer, you can now work effectively on the move - sketching, painting, prototyping, and annotating photos. Invest in a good quality stylus and try one of these amazing apps for creating art on the iPad ."

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The top 20 data visualisation tools

The top 20 data visualisation tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From simple charts to complex maps and infographics, Brian Suda's round-up of the best – and mostly free – tools has everything you need to bring your data to life...

A common question is how to get started with data visualisations. Beyond following blogs, you need to practice – and to practice, you need to understand the tools available. In this article, get introduced to 20 different tools for creating visualisations...


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Randy Rebman's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:33 PM

This looks like it might be a good source for integrating infographics into the classroom.

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, March 12, 2013 3:40 AM

A great tool for building infographics.

Caroline Matet's curator insight, April 22, 2013 4:08 PM

Le top 20 des outils pour faire ses propres data visualisations

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National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Education Programs

National Renewable Energy Laboratory: Education Programs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) believes that "educating students, teachers, and consumers is the other key to finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars." This site is full of important educational resources such as classroom activities, online quizzes, and fact sheets that deal with renewable energy technology and applied sciences. In the Educational Resources area, visitors can make their way through several dozen lesson plans, including "History of Solar Cells," "Teacher's Guide to Wind Energy," and "School Energy Audit." Moving on, the DOE Undergraduate Internships & Graduate Fellowships area gives interested parties access to application forms for the Science Undergraduate Laboratory Internship Program and the Graduate Fellowship Program. The site is rounded out by information on the annual Junior Solar Sprint & Hydrogen Fuel Cell Car Competition."

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BrandMyMail - Live social content, blog posts, signatures and more - in your mails

BrandMyMail - Live social content, blog posts, signatures and more - in your mails | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Have you ever wanted to tweak the appearance of your Gmail account? This is now possible, courtesy of BrandMyMail. First-time users can watch the short video on the homepage to learn about the functionality of the program, gather some insights into how one might best utilize its primary features. Visitors can add social media links to their emails, create different layouts, and tweak the colors for individual expression and uniqueness. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

 

There are free as well as premium versions of this service. -JL

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For Authentic Learning, Start With Real Problems | NY Times Learning Network

For Authentic Learning, Start With Real Problems | NY Times Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Suzie Boss

 

"If your students are prone to asking, “When will we ever need to know this?”, then maybe it’s time for a dose of reality.

 

"By sparking students’ interest in real issues that affect them and their peers around the world, you will give them cause to think more critically about what they are learning. Better yet, you may give them a head start on becoming tomorrow’s problem-solvers.

 

"Fixes, a series that is part of the Opinionator section of The New York Times, focuses on some of today’s most pressing social problems and the innovators working to solve them. These global dispatches offer ready entry points for projects that challenge students to propose their own solutions to issues that may strike close to home....

 

"Project-based learning, or P.B.L., offers a framework for investigating these real-world issues while also addressing academic learning goals."

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The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company

The New SimCity Will Turn You Into An Urban Planning Nut | CoExcist, Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ariel Schwartz

 

"SimCity, a city-building simulation series that was first released in 1989, has always been a virtual sandbox for aspiring urban planners, with a seemingly endless array of options--you could lay down roads; zone houses, industrial complexes, and commercial real estate; put up nuclear power plants; adjust taxation; and more. In the end, you could destroy your whole empire with a UFO or a well-placed asteroid strike. The newest version of SimCity, set to be released in February 2013, retains most of the game’s previous elements (including its addictive quality) while bringing a whole new level of complexity to the tilt-shift inspired world. You might not even notice how Maxis is subtly teaching you about the pros and cons of renewable energy, preserving natural resources, and cooperating with neighboring cities."

 

Two versions will be available, one for $60 and one for $80. -JL

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration | Edutopia

Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Doug Keely

 

"Dance in science, pop art in Spanish, or photography in math -- there’s no end to the ways arts can be integrated into other curricula. Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school."

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Our favorite Project Based Learning Resources | Powerful Learning Practice

Our favorite Project Based Learning Resources | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"As the world is becoming increasingly connected, the nature, use, ownership, and purpose of knowledge are changing in profound ways. Our goal as educators is to leverage these connections and changes as powerful means to improve teaching and learning in our schools.

 

"We recently tackled the hot topic of Project Based Learning in a free webinar we offered during Connected Educator Month. We’d like to share this recording with you! The free recording for the webinar session is here.

 

"We’ve also put together a full page of curated resources about PBL for you here."

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An Inside Look At How Project-Based Learning Actually Works | Edudemic

An Inside Look At How Project-Based Learning Actually Works | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Project-based learning is one of the most popular terms in education innovation today. We talk about PBL all the time and how it, combined with flipped classrooms, can basically change the way education works. It’s an exciting time to be sure.

But I love to actually see how this kinda stuff works in real life. It’s easier to just say ‘try out Project-Based Learning!’ to a teacher asking for innovative ideas … but it’s better to actually see how it all works. I stink at making videos but luckily others don’t. So I’ve compiled a few videos that act as simple windows into the PBL world.


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How To Hide Your Personal Information On Facebook

How To Hide Your Personal Information On Facebook | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In the age of the Internet, privacy is a luxury and you have to constantly be on your heels to maintain it. Facebook makes it particularly hard for users to guard their personal data.

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Make Siri Smarter: Part Two -- AppAdvice

Make Siri Smarter: Part Two -- AppAdvice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

TBy Robin Rhys

 

"Today we have part two in our Making Siri Smarter series. On today’s show, we learn how to add Related People, how to stalk your friends using Siri and Find My Friends, and how to edit her responses. We have a great show, so don’t miss it. Do you have any Siri tips? Let us know in the comments!"

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Teachers Guide on The Use of Mobile Devices in The Classroom

Teachers Guide on The Use of Mobile Devices in The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

" CELL PHONES IN THE CL A SSROOM: A BOON OR BLIGHT?
It’s a question many educators are facing these days. The Common Core State Standards call for students to develop digital media and technology skills. One way to help them reach that goal: incorporate gadgets they’re already familiar with — cell phones, tablets, and smartphones — into their learning environment. “The big potential with mobile is that it really is the primary portal for social communication right now,” says Mimi Ito, a cultural anthropologist in the departments of anthropology and informatics at the University of
California Irvine and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation chair in Digital Media and Learning. “Young people learn best when it’s relevant to them, when there’s social connection tied to it, and when they actually have a personal interest.” "


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The 10 best iPhone photo apps for designers | Creative Bloq

The 10 best iPhone photo apps for designers | Creative Bloq | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joanna Zhou 

 

"Instagram is a great app for sharing pictures, but there are only so many hipster jokes you can listen to before yearning for an alternative to those unmistakably garish filters.

 

So here is the definitive guide to the best iPhone photo apps for designers. Some you won't have heard of, others you'll be more familiar with. But they're all great at what they do - and best of all, they won’t cost you a penny!

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The 40 best free fonts for designers | Creative Bloq

The 40 best free fonts for designers | Creative Bloq | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Typography isn't just about communication, it can also add subtle references to the message you're trying to convey. Whole books have been written on the craft and nuanced world of typography and type design, but we're keeping things simple.

 

"In this article we've scoured the web to present you with a fine and varied selection of the best free fonts. Including scripts, serifs and a range of ligatures, these fonts will give you greater flexibility in your designs, and add to your arsenal of design tools."

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PicMonkey photoediting

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Description by the Internet Scout Project

 

"Looking to do some quick photo editing? PicMonkey can make that happen, and it's fun to use. The site allows visitors to check out some craft scissor frames, which can give every photo that "hand-made" look. First-time users can click on the "Edit a Photo" tab to start working on their own imag"e. Some of the tools here include a crop feature, along with rotate, exposure, and sharpen. Also, the Create a Collage feature is quite fun, and a nice way to play around with a variety of photos. This version is compatible with all operating systems.

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Center for Teaching Excellence - Lansing Community College

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"Based at the Lansing Community College, the Center for Teaching Excellence helps to support instructors committed to expanding their own teaching capabilities. Visitors can click on the Teaching & Learning Resources area to get started. Here they will find resources like "Classroom Strategies for Fostering Student Retention," "Dealing with Classroom Incivilities," and additional links on Internet copyright issues and academic journals. The Teaching Tips area contains 14 different categories of tips, including "Active Learning Strategies," "Assessment, Evaluation and Testing," and "Creating an Inclusive Classroom." All told, there are over 40 different activities and fact sheets here. Some of the overall highlights include "Tips for Teaching to a Diverse Student Body" and "Developing a Good Syllabus." The site is rounded out by the Self-Paced Online Workshops area which features directed workshops on course planning, development, and other topics that are available for all."

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YouTube's 4 Official Channels for Educators

YouTube's 4 Official Channels for Educators | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Since the time YouTube allowed individuals to create their own channels and start sharing their own videos with the world, we noticed a remarkable surge in the educational video ' industry'. More and more teachers from all corners of the world are creating their own channels and there is a growing community of educational video makers that is gaining more popularity and atop of them is TED Edu.


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Free Online Video Ripper

Free Online Video Ripper | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Video ripper is a very simple to use free online service for you to rip videos from YouTube, Metacafe, Vimeo, MySpace, Justin.tv, etc. It also allows you to rip online videos and convert local video files to MP4, AVI, 3GP, WMV, MKV, MP3 etc. Very useful.


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Teachers Find iPad Slide-sharing App Nearpod Like 'PowerPoint on Steroids' -- THE Journal

Teachers Find iPad Slide-sharing App Nearpod Like 'PowerPoint on Steroids' -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kim Forston

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The slide-based multimedia application Nearpod can help teachers keep students focused during lessons, says high-school technology director and teacher Frederico Padovan. The iPad app pushes slideshows to each student's tablet and even warns the teacher if the student is not following along. "It keeps them focused because now, instead of looking at a projector and using iPads for other things, students are forced not to steer away, because they will miss the presentation," Padovan said."

 

This does look like quite a versatile app and appears to represent a next step beyond SmartBoards. The challenge to teachers will be to keep classrooms student-centered. -JL

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Using Photos With English Language Learners | Edutopia

Using Photos With English Language Learners | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo

 

"Though the origin of this popular adage is unclear, one thing is clear: using photos with English Language Learners (ELLs) can be enormously effective in helping them learn far more than a thousand words -- and how to use them.

 

"Usable images for lessons can be found online or teachers and students can take and use their own.

 

"The activities presented below connect to multiple Common Core Standards including the following ELA Standards:

 

"Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

 

Develop the topic with relevant, well-chosen facts, definitions, concrete details, quotations, or other information and examples.

 

Use precise language and domain-specific vocabulary to inform about or explain the topic."

 

Most of these techniques are useful for language development in any setting. -JL

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