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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Imagine Adjustable Prescription Glasses | NY Times

Imagine Adjustable Prescription Glasses | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Adlens is about to introduce eyeglasses with both celebrity cachet and a technology that lets you adjust the prescription by turning a knob.
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I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing | Lifehacker

I've Been Using Evernote All Wrong. Here's Why It's Actually Amazing | Lifehacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"For years, I kept hearing how awesome Evernote was: how it could store everything you possibly needed, make it available everywhere, and how scores of people couldn't live without it. I tried it multiple times, and never saw the appeal until now. Here's what I was missing.

 

"Any time we talk about Evernote, a good number of you say the same thing: you've tried it time and time again, but you could never really "get into it." I was in the same camp, but after reading the other side's experiences in this article and its comments, I decided to give it another shot. If you're like I was and haven't yet experienced the greatness of Evernote, here are some things you should try.

The More You Add, the More Useful Evernote Becomes

"Let's start with the most important trick: In order to see why everyone likes Evernote, it's important to take advantage of everything it has to offer (rather than use it as just another note taker). Reader ppdd says it best:

 

"The key to Evernote is to commit to it and jump in with both feet. It's pretty rotten if you're just using it for a few isolated tasks, because absolutely, it doesn't do any one thing perfectly and it's not as fast as other apps.

 

"It really starts to show its brilliance once you start using it as your default bookmark/webclip app, notetaker, recipe box, repository of all your reference material, and so on. It's great to have ALL the information you need indexed and searchable across every single platform you have. I love opening it up in a meeting and recording the meeting audio right along with my typed notes on my iPad. If I miss something (entirely possible while pecking things out on a glass screen) I can always return to it after the meeting."

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:36 PM

I've been using Evernote for about a year.  I'm still at the point the author describes in this piece.  I use it. But I'm not addicted.  Should I go all in and really see if I get hooked?  

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 14, 2013 3:39 PM

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Making the most of Evernote

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Rainbow Bright | Netted by the Webbys

Rainbow Bright | Netted by the Webbys | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Harnessing that power and sweetening photos has never been easier than with Psykopaint. An array of brushes let you add the trademark brushstrokes of some of your favorite painters as if they’d been personally reincarnated to drone away happily on this year’s honey of a family photo.


"It’s deceptively simple and provides more and more treats as you continue to experiment. A couple of tools like Brushes, Spraycans or the Crazy Cannon all have adjustable sizes and specific settings (so your photo looks like a Sisley or Seurat and so on).

 

"Each tool has keyboard shortcuts affiliated with it, too, so you can quickly switch between pixelating a tiny area or adding a honeycomb of effects across a wide swath. Exporting, sharing or saving to take a stab at later is then another couple of clicks away."

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Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools?

Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Are you mad about iPhoneography? If you are, then the newly launched Zitrr Camera may be of particular interest to you.
Released just moments ago, Zitrr Camera is yet another app that seeks to replace your iPhone’s native camera.

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A Great List of 70+ iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

A Great List of 70+ iPad Apps for Teachers and Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
iPad Academy featured a curated list of some great iPad apps for both teachers and students. I have gone through this list and found it really interesting and definitely worth sharing with you here....

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oCam Screen Recorder

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Features of the product:

* Computer screen, video recording is possible.
* Have large video formats to support more than 4GB.
* Recording sound from your computer.
* Recording area of the keyboard can be easily controlled.
* Can record the full screen and window area.
* During recording, the mouse cursor can be set to be included.


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Italien à Grenoble's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:54 PM

En anglais... mais avec une bonne qualité de capture.

Joan Sedeño's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:07 PM

Per a enregistar en vídeo les imatges de la pantalla de l'ordinador.

חטיב מגיד's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:16 PM

הורדה תוכנית להקלטה וידוי

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60 Educational Apps in 60 Minutes

A tour of some of the great iOS apps available out there for educators.

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Chris Brumbaugh's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:46 PM

An awesome Prezi on some great educational apps!

A4Academics's comment, March 27, 2013 2:25 PM
I had put a blog on mobile app development careers in my site http://a4academics.com/
stevecarter's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:39 AM

Great prezi on Ed Apps

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Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Critical thinking questions based on Common Core skills help students "think and write like a historian." It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's.

 

This 18-page iPad DBQ guides students through the historian's process. "Stop and think" prompts encourage a deep reading of many notables of the Gilded Age - including Russell Conwell, Henry George, Andrew Carnegie and Stephen Crane. Visual source material includes posters, 1908 Sears Catalogue, a gallery of photographs by Lewis Hine and video of one of Edison's early Vitascope films.

 


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An Incredible Keyboard App That Lets You Type Without Looking At Your Screen | Fast Company

An Incredible Keyboard App That Lets You Type Without Looking At Your Screen | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kyle Vanhemert

 

"Ioannis Verdelis and Kostas Eleftheriou, the two Greek computer scientists behind Fleksy, didn’t just set out to make a better touch-screen keyboard. They set out to make one as good as the keyboards we were using in 2005--or at least one that lets us type as easily and accurately as we were back then. Their software is currently available in beta for Android and as an iOS app, and while it’s still rough in places, that core, no-look functionality is already there to a remarkable extent. I loaded up Fleksy on my iPhone, directed my gaze elsewhere, and thumbed in my best approximation of the word "difficult." Without having to learn anything new, and without letting the app figure out what kind of thumb-typist I am, and without even pausing at first to make sure my fingers were lined up in any particular way beforehand, Fleksy got it right on the first try."

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Free Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com

Free Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

"This fluid, intuitive graphing calculator, compatible with Chrome browsers, makes graphing complex equations a snap. It includes all the functions of the large, rectangular model many high-school students are familiar with and produces easy-to read graphs with marked intercepts. Users can use the program to plot multiple graphs on top of one another, making this a great teaching tool."

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Netted | This App Sees Your Future

Netted | This App Sees Your Future | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"t's hard to keep track of everything you've got coming up. Email confirmations and receipts flutter in, and anything you forget to calendar can become out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

"If finding the thing you need feels like looking for a needle in a haystack, consider Cue a really big magnet.

"Cue is an online tool with a companion iPhone app that syncs up all the tools you use in a given day – email, Evernote, Twitter, the list goes on -- and creates an agenda for the hours, days, and weeks ahead of you.

"In addition to aggregating your manually entered plans and appointments, Cue also scans your inbox for auto-generated emails and uses them to create reminders for flights, restaurant reservations, and evites. It even keeps your address book socially synced and up-to-date, and pulls in recent tweets and Facebook posts to beef up calendar dates.

"We guess you could say Cue is out of sight and keeps you from going out of your mind."

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You'll Be Able To Buy This Amazing Gadget For $80 This May | Huffington Post

You'll Be Able To Buy This Amazing Gadget For $80 This May | Huffington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jason Gilbert

 

"Turns out that 2013 is, indeed, a Leap Year.

 

"Leap Motion, the company that makes the hotly anticipated gesture-control device of the same name, announced Wednesday morning that the first Leap Motion units would ship to pre-orderers around the world on May 13, and that everyone could get their hands (and fingers) on one on May 19.

 

"If you want one, you can order on Leap Motion's website here or, somewhat curiously, on BestBuy.com right here. The Leap Motion Controller costs $80 at either outlet.

 

"For a refresher, the Leap Motion controller plugs into almost any newer laptop and allows you to manipulate the screen via a series of hand and finger movements in the air. It's sort of like having a touchscreen computer, but without actually touching the screen. Watch this video below, made by Leap Motion, to get an idea of how the small device can wholly transform your computer"


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Lynnette Van Dyke's comment, March 6, 2013 10:55 AM
Great differentiation tool for students who might benefit from it!
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, March 6, 2013 11:30 AM
Agreed! Think of the implications for kids with physical disabilities for whom typing or mouse manipulation is not an option. Exciting.
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Personalized Learning

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David Freeburg asked a question about resoureces on Personalized Learning in Google+. The responses are yielding quite a collection of resources for those interested in the topic. -JL

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Official Google Reader Blog: Powering Down Google Reader

Official Google Reader Blog: Powering Down Google Reader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.


There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.


To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.


Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

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Netted | In Many Places At The Same TIme

Netted | In Many Places At The Same TIme | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Record one event from many angles

 

"You can stage the video yourself (scatter some friends to shoot from different points of view) or simply rely on Vyclone-using strangers to do their part. All videos shot with the app get uploaded to the cloud, where the app itself pieces together various shots taken from the same geo-targeted location. (Post-production editing is available, too.)"

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LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide

LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you're a recent grad who needs a leg-up on the job hunt or a current user who needs a refresher course, our LinkedIn guide can help.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:06 PM

Thanks to Reven Werber for scooping this article. If you're going to work in the 21st century, LinkedIn is THE social network to use. 

Syed Amjad Ali's comment, March 5, 2013 12:11 AM
Liked it, thanks
http://www.elearningserv.com/blog/mobile-learning-training
Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:28 AM

Oh good, another social net to learn (lol). 

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15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
15 of the Best Educational Apps for Improving Comprehension| Check them out at Learning Unlimited http://t.co/OcA553vuZX #edchat

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Buffy Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2013 12:03 PM

There are some good leads here.

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The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad (Comparison Chart) - Edudemic

The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad (Comparison Chart) - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Figuring out how to project or mirror the iPad display onto a TV or projection screen is not always easy. Here's a handy comparison chart to help!
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The Next Digital Paradigm - Forbes

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By Greg Satell

 

"For over half a century, we’ve been cramming more and more transistors into smaller and smaller spaces and doubling processing power about every 18 months.  Now we are nearing the physical limits of the present technology and, sometime around 2020, will begin a new digital paradigm.


"This new era won’t be based on solid state physics, the science that led to transistors, but on quantum information, the strange rules that govern the sub-atomic world. Two Nobel Prizes were awarded for discoveries in the field just this past year.

 

"New quantum computers have the potential to be millions of times faster than even our most powerful supercomputers today, quantum cryptography will usher in a new era of super-secure transactions and quantum storage will achieve unparalleled density."

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Ryan McMillan's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:20 AM

Quantum computing may be the future of the IT industry which will involve the perforance of computers, the internet and cyber security.

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Word Clouds: 125 Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom

Word Clouds: 125  Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last May I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 2013 5:56 PM

Mike Gorman returns with 125 ways to use Word Clouds in your classroom. Although focused on Wordle any of the many tools available to create word clouds could be used. Gorman has taken the time to organize these ways into the following categories:

* All Subjects

* Science

* Language Arts

* Social Studies

* Math

* Health and PE and Consumer Sciences

* Art and Music 

* Foreign Languages
* Applied Arts

* Careers

Below are two of the 125 suggestions. The first one is for science.

* Create a simple food chain showing representing each population of animal by word size. In fact create a whole food web of an area or biome. Use advanced number feature.

And this one is for social studies.

* Using statistical information from a place such as CIA World Fact Book create word clouds that illustrate country statistics such as resources, ethnic groups, religions, languages, etc.  You may wish to use advanced number feature to illustrate prominence of each. 

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The Ultimate List of Cloud-Based Authoring Tools

The Ultimate List of Cloud-Based Authoring Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

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More and more eLearning tools are migrating to the cloud. eLearning developers access the content authoring tools over the Internet via a secure hosted system without thinking about IT configurations, software set-ups and licenses. At the following list you will find links with a short descriptions of the Cloud-Based Authoring Tools."

 

 


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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:46 PM

Una interesante  lista de 53 herramientas de autor en la nube para generar contenido online.

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Netted | A Scanner, Smartly

Netted | A Scanner, Smartly | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Genius Scan Digitizes Documents from Your Phone"

 

"Recently we've had scanners on the brain. Just last week we covered the Doxie One, a stapler-sized tool that scans to the cloud. Today, we’ve got an even more-portable solution: an app called Genius Scan.
 
Genius Scan might just fix your coverting woes. The app uses your phone camera to scan documents — all you have to do is snap a pic and tell Genius Scan what you want scanned. It does the rest.

Plus, it comes equipped with an arsenal of enhancement tools: It crops; it organizes and searches; it's got a litany of sharing options like Wi-Fi sharing, email, and cloud storage — the list goes on.
 
It’s available for free in Apple’s app store and for $1.09 in Android’s Play Store. If you use Droid and don’t feel like shelling out the buck-oh-nine, we recommend checking out yet another scanning option (are we overdoing this scanner thing?), CamScanner, which is free."

 

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Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kathyh Ishizuka

 

"The ability for classrooms to beam in authors, subject experts, and fellow students from around the world has been one of the great advantages afforded by Skype. Commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, the service just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

 

"A feature previously available only to paid Skype Premium subscribers, Group Video Calling allows users to connect via Webcam with up to 10 parties. Skype’s blog post details instructions for signing up for free video calling. (Authentication may take 48 hours)"

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Charge Your Cell Phone In 5 Seconds

Supercapacitors: They'll enable you to charge your cell phone in 5 seconds, or an electric car in about a minute. They're cheap, biodegradable, never wear ou...


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Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders

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Cisco is proud to convene this year’s online Forum of extraordinarily talented education leaders who are transforming education today. March 19/20 2013 


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