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PowToon | Engage Their Minds

PowToon | Engage Their Minds | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terri Eichholz


"During the summer, several of my favorite bloggers, including Richard Byrne at Free Tech 4 Teachers and Kelly Tenkely at iLearn Technology, posted about a new tool that is in Beta right now, called PowToon. If you have advanced from Powerpoint to Prezi, and are looking for a new presentation tool, PowToon might be your new choice. You will need to give them your e-mail address in order to get an invitation, but you should receive your login info fairly quickly; mine was in less than an hour. The basic level is free, granting you 20 uploads per month to YouTube...

 

"I will direct you to Richard’s and Kelly’s posts for more details on PowToon. Kelly’s post is quite detailed, and she recommends watching PowToon’s How to Create Series – which I also highly suggest – once you get logged in."

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Job Posting: Program Manager | NJCTL

Job Posting: Program Manager | NJCTL | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The NJ Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) is committed to the mission of dramatically improving student learning in science and mathematics. As schools join us in that effort, we are experiencing dramatic growth in New Jersey, across the United States and around the world. CTL is looking for talented individuals who are interested in joining us in this important work.

 

"We have specific needs for ongoing support for teachers in northern New Jersey; expansion into schools in southern New Jersey; travel throughout the United States; and work in South America and Africa. No single individual could assist us in all those areas. So, we are looking for the person with the strongest background in PSI Physics and the greatest commitment to helping students and teachers."

 

Posting closes Aug. 31, 2012

 

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Simplenote: Beyond the Basics | iPhone.AppStorm

Simplenote: Beyond the Basics | iPhone.AppStorm | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kevin Whipps

 

"The idea behind Simplenote is, well, simple: give users a quick way to jot something down, then sync it across every platform, everywhere. To do this, you can use the web app, a variety of different desktop apps for your Mac including Notational Velocity and nvALT, or the iOS app which works on both your iPhone and iPad.

 

"What makes Simplenote so awesome is the Simperium syncing service. This allows users to quickly transfer data across multiple machines, and it’s at the core of the Simplenote system. When I say it’s fast, I mean it’s fast. While typing this very sentence, I had Simplenote running on the web in the background. By the time I finished this next sentence, the previous one was already on the web — as was most of this one."

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Links toLearning 2.0 Keynote Speakers - Classroom 2.0

Links toLearning 2.0 Keynote Speakers - Classroom 2.0 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This page contains links to all the keynote presentations at the Learning 2.0 conference that concluded on Aug. 24, 2012, along with additional material. Great people! Do check this out. -JL

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Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor | NY Times

Things to Consider When Buying a Monitor | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kate Murphy

 

"Given that consumers are demanding more of a display, it might be time to get a new one. The technology has improved remarkably within the last few years, with crisper pictures, faster response times and sleeker, slimmer casing. Moreover, the cost has come down so an exceptional display can be purchased for as little as $200 with higher end, pinch-yourself displays costing about $1,000.

 

"Choosing the right display depends on what it will be used for and in what location, as well as the acuity of the user’s eyesight and personal taste in terms of saturation of color and contrast."

 

Lots of good into here on how to select a display that will best suit your needs. -JL

 

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Mind/Shift

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Suzie Boss 

Summary by EdSurge

 

"That’s the overarching message in this MindShift guide to turning your classroom into an idea factory. Policy-makers and budget wonks tussle over how to usher in the next era of K-12 education. That leaves teachers (and parents) the only remaining parties capable of affecting students right now. The article highlights eight tips from teachers who are already transforming classroom practices through project-based learning activities. A certain edsurgent design-thinker is really excited by Tip #4: Build Empathy. We imagine Mr. Ferriter would be excited about Tip #6: Amplify Worthy Ideas and Tip #8: Encourage Breakthroughs (see Motivation Optional) when you consider all the ways to share, tweet, pin, remix, and crowdfund ideas."

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Gallery of Master's Projects | Learning, Design and Technology - Stanford University

Gallery of Master's Projects | Learning, Design and Technology - Stanford University | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Master's Project is an opportunity for LDT students to further develop and apply their learning. Through a learner-centered design process, students identify learning problems and apply appropriate theories about learning to create educationally informed and empirically grounded learning environments, products, and programs that effectively employ emergent technologies in variety of settings."

 

This site archives all of the MA projects from a hihgly innovative program at Stanford. The projects themselves are fascinating to study and try out. -JL

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Make Service Learning Global | Education Week

Make Service Learning Global | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Heather Singmaster

Summary by SmartBrief on Ed Tech

 

"Educators can add a global aspect to their service-learning project by looking for the global implications of an existing project or by choosing a project -- such as poverty or the environment -- that's inherently global, writes guest blogger Heather Singmaster. In this blog post, she provides steps for implementing a globally focused service-learning project, including setting learning objectives, research, implementation, reflection and follow-up. As they participate in the project, Singmaster writes, help students see themselves as responsible citizens, not heroes."

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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lapi

 

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."

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A Day In The Life Of: Mrs. Lisa Mims on EdSurge News

A Day In The Life Of: Mrs. Lisa Mims on EdSurge News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Leonard Medlock

 

"Transforming classrooms through technology is not a new practice for Mrs. Lisa Mims, who teaches at a public elementary school in Delaware. Long before Dropbox--even long before flashdrives--Mrs. Mims was engaging young minds with a different technology for storing important artifacts: the cardboard box.

 

"I’d turn off all the lights and all of the students would make a humming noise,” recalls Mrs. Mims, reflecting upon her NYC teaching days and the magical time machine that transported her and her social studies class. When the student designated as the time traveler climbed out of the box, the lights would go back on--and the class would proceed as if they were all in a different time and place.

 

"These days Mrs. Mims has traded in the cardboard box for a laptop cart but her desire to think outside... ahem.. inside the box to engage fully with her students is stronger than ever. At any given time you can find the 28-year teaching veteran using any of more than 20 tools in her fifth grade classroom at Pleasantville Elementary in Newcastle, Del. (You can follow her on Twitter @BriteEyes49)"

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Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) - iOS app | iTunes

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"In an era of information overload, sometimes you may just want to save something for later. The Pocket application (formerly known as "Read It Later") allows users to just click on a photo, document, or other file so they can look at it at a later time. There isn't a limit to how many files can be saved, and it's rather useful. The program is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPod running iOS 5.0 or later."

 

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How To: Wirelessly View Your Ipad Screen On Your Computer

How To: Wirelessly View Your Ipad Screen On Your Computer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
About 3 weeks ago I did a post about using Apple's new tool called Apple Configurator  and I received a lot of questions reguarding how I mirrored my ipad screen onto my computer screen.

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Once you go flat you never go back | SmartBlog on Education

Once you go flat you never go back | SmartBlog on Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Vicki Davis

 

"Traditionally the textbook and teacher were the two sources of information for students with a library visit or encyclopedia thrown in a few times a month for report writing. Students should be taught how to construct a personal learning network. Teachers should help students learn how to build a PLN using the devices they own to connect beyond the textbook to the people, communities, and current events happening around their topics of study.

 

"Students may have technology in their hands, but many are sadly lacking in the ability to connect it with their heads using advanced search, RSS, and the location of appropriate communities and hashtags where discussions happen. When my students are working on their personal passion projects, one of the first things I have them identify are the hashtags and active communities conversing about their topics. It is harder than it sounds."

 

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Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools | Engage Their Minds

Standing Ovation for DC Public Schools | Engage Their Minds | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terri Eichholz

 

"It is quite obvious from looking at my blog stats that a lot of people on the internet are searching for inspirational videos for teachers. During this time of year, when many teachers are returning to the classroom to begin a new school year, there is, perhaps, a desire to find some material that will help to motivate and invigorate these educators.

 

"One source for inspirational teacher videos that I discovered recently is a YouTube Channel for DC Public Schools. On this channel, there are several videos that spotlight Washington D.C. teachers who have won D.C.’s “Excellence in Teaching” Award."

 

Go to article for links. -JL

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11 Secrets Of Effective Communication And Empathy | Appitive

11 Secrets Of Effective Communication And Empathy | Appitive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Communication and empathy are the basis of all social and relationship skills, and a core competency of emotional intelligence. The communication competency includes listening with an open mind, sending convincing and clear messages, and cultivating an empathetic give-and-take. The empathy competency includes understanding other people and being actively interested in other people’s concerns, thoughts, and feelings.

Here are my 11 secrets of effective communication and empathy.

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://appitive.com/business/2012/08/10/11-secrets-of-effective-communication-and-empathy/

 


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A Chance to Call 15 Friends to Video Chat in High Def | Wall St. Journal

A Chance to Call 15 Friends to Video Chat in High Def | Wall St. Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Walt Mossberg

 

"Now, there is a new, independent, service called Zoom.us, launched on Tuesday, that offers free, high-definition, group video calls for up to 15 people simultaneously (Skype maxes out at 10). It works over wired and Wi-Fi Internet connections, or cellular 3G and 4G networks. It comes from a small Silicon Valley start-up called Zoom Video Communications.

 

"This new service not only features group video chatting, but also has text chatting and even allows any member of the group to share a computer screen with the others. It works on Macs, Windows PCs, iPhones and iPads, and any group call can be made with a mix of these devices. An Android version is planned for the fall.

 

"I’ve been testing Zoom.us, and despite a few limitations, I like it a lot and can recommend it. In all but one of my tests, video was sharp and smooth, and all the features worked as promised."

 

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The Nation’s Top Educators Awarded at Microsoft Partners in Learning U.S. Forum

The Nation’s Top Educators Awarded at Microsoft Partners in Learning U.S. Forum | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Microsoft Corp. today announced 16 educators from California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Michigan, Texas and Washington have been selected as winners of the Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. The annual event recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way kids learn and increase student success. Out of thousands that applied, 100 educators from 25 states attended the event to compete for the opportunity to represent the United States at the Partners in Learning Global Forum this November."

 

The site includes links to all the winning projects as well as the useful judging rubric. This is quite an inspiring event that Microsoft runs. -JL

 

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To Sketch, to Draw, to Create, With No Pencil in Sight | NY Times

To Sketch, to Draw, to Create, With No Pencil in Sight | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kit Eaton

 

Numerous drawing apps reviewed for iPads, iPhones, Android phones, and Windows phones. Quite useful if you're looking for something in this area. -JL

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Father’s Age Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia | NY Times

Father’s Age Linked to Autism and Schizophrenia | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Benedict Carey

 

"Older men are more likely than young ones to father a child who develops autism or schizophrenia, because of random mutations that become more numerous with advancing paternal age, scientists reported on Wednesday, in the first study to quantify the effect as it builds each year. The age of mothers had no bearing on the risk for these disorders, the study found.

 

"Experts said that the finding was hardly reason to forgo fatherhood later in life, though it might have some influence on reproductive decisions. The overall risk to a man in his 40s or older is in the range of 2 percent, at most, and there are other contributing biological factors that are entirely unknown."

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Flipped Learning Webinars Coming Up (4 free, 1 pay)

Flipped Learning Webinars Coming Up (4 free, 1 pay) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I received this information today from the Flipped Learning Network. -JL

(No links in this Scoop.it post)

 

Hosted by ASCD: Flipped-Mastery Learning Model: Students in Charge of Learning, Part II, September 12, 3 pm ET
Register for free webinar

Hosted by TechSmith: To Flip or Not to Flip? September 19, 3 pm ET
Register for free webinar.

Hosted by SIATech/RAPSA: The Flipped Classroom 101, September 27, 4 pm ET
Register for free webinar.

Hosted by Schoolwires: Flipped Learning: What it means for School Administrators, October 17, 4 pm ET
Register for free webinar.

Hosted by ISTE: Oct. 23 & Nov. 20, 4 pm ET.
Register for fee-based webinar.
Part I (The Basics) or Part II (Mastery-Learning)

Read more about the Flipped Learning Network.

 

Go to this url for links to the webinars, and more: http://www.flippedlearning.org/events

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home |Th Edutopia

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home |Th Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Elena Aguilar

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar in this blog post explains why, as an elementary- and middle-school teacher, she wrapped up the first day of class every year by calling the parents of each of her students to make a positive comment about each student's first day -- and then followed up those initial calls with many more throughout the year. "If every teacher allocated 15 minutes a day to calling parents with good news, the impact could be tremendous," Aguilar writes"

 

The telephone may definitely be old school, but it still have tremendous power. -JL

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Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier?

Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"A couple of times this summer I've mentioned Dan Russell's resources for making you a better web researcher. Most recently I featured this video in which he talks about search strategies. Today, I read another of Dan Russell's blog posts that I think many teachers and students can benefit from reading.

 

"In Internet Search: What makes it simple, difficult, or impossible? Dan Russell explains what can make searches difficult, common search mistakes, and strategies for better searches. I read Dan's article and have to admit that I am sometimes guilty of falling into the trap of the "framing effect" that he describes. Breaking out the "framing effect" will improve my search methods and I'm sure it will for you too."

 

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SoundDownloader - free soundcloud downloader, youtube to mp3 downloader

SoundDownloader - free soundcloud downloader, youtube to mp3 downloader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Interent Scout Project

 

"If you want to download sounds, this application is the perfect tool. Visitors can use SoundDownloader to download music audio files from YouTube and other popular websites with little fuss. The program can be set up to download multiple files at the same time, and it is easy to use. This version is compatible with PCs running Windows 2000 and newer."

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"This afternoon I'm running a short workshop on using the video editing tools built into YouTube. Below you should see the basic directions for the three topics I'll be covering."

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Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times

Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Motoko Rich

 

"As much as showing the content of the classes, the videos help teachers identify techniques for organizing a lesson or eliciting sophisticated questions from students...."

 

"The District of Columbia is not the only public school district or educational organization that is using video for the professional development of teachers. Teaching Channel, a nonprofit, has amassed more than 500 videos of teachers who are recommended by school districts, teaching organizations and a panel of advisers."

 

"Uncommon Schools, which runs 32 schools, mostly in Brooklyn and Newark, show videos like these during teacher training.

A YouTube video shows Juliana Worrell, a first-grade teacher, with her students at North Star Academy Vailsburg Elementary School."

 

A small, but high quality, selection of teacher videos, with links to sources for more. -JL

 

Via Accomplished Teacher

 

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