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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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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

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"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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How to Record Skype, Google Hangouts, and Webinars

How to Record Skype, Google Hangouts, and Webinars | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
This post offers a wealth of information when it comes to recording things like webinars, Google Hangouts, and Skype calls. Before we dive in, I want to

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:39 AM

Very usefull post about recording from SKype, google angouts...

Maria Claudia Londoño D's curator insight, February 23, 2013 1:29 PM

TIPS to use this tools properly if you want to record if you want to use it as further discussions or presentations...

Patrick Parsons's curator insight, March 3, 2013 7:23 PM

I found this to be very  helpful

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Record mp3: record live audio and get an mp3

Record mp3: record live audio and get an mp3 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Rhonda White's curator insight, February 27, 2013 9:07 AM

Always love finding nifty little resources you can use for free to market your online business.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, March 5, 2013 5:41 AM

Aardig audio gereedschap.

Donald McClendon's curator insight, March 21, 2013 11:17 AM

always good to find free applications to help you business or improve your craft.

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CamDip Free Group Video Chat

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CamDip is a Free Group Video chat application, very easy to use and very intuitive, designed with the ease of
use in mind. CamDip allows you to make group video and audio calls, chat and share quality time with your friends and family.

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Response: "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction" | Education Week

Response: "Ten Elements Of Effective Instruction" | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo

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"Autonomy, mastery and purpose drive motivation, writes National Board Certified Teacher David B. Cohen. In his response to a blog post by Larry Ferlazzo, Cohen writes that understanding motivation can help English teachers improve their craft. "Purpose may be the most essential of the three components of motivation," he writes. "The more we understand and believe in the purpose of a task or challenge, the more we are willing to persevere, and even relinquish some autonomy."

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TCEA 2013 Handouts

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All the handouts from the recent Texas Computer Educators Association conference.

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Evernote Hacked, Time to Change Your Passwords | LifeHacker

Evernote Hacked, Time to Change Your Passwords | LifeHacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"Note-taking service Evernote announced a breach on their network today, and has instituted a service-wide password reset. Here's what you need to know.

 

"Evernote's security was likely breached sometime in the past week, and attackers were able to take user information including usernames, email addresses, and encrypted passwords. Evernote says there is no evidence of payment details being compromised. User passwords are stored hashed and salted, which means stronger passwords are safer than weak ones, but Evernote has instituted a mandatory password change for all users. You won't be able to change your password from the Evernote app; instead, you need to head over to evernote.com and sign in. After signing in, you'll be prompted to change your password, but you should do it as soon as possible to be safe.

 

"As always, if you used your Evernote password on any other site, you should change all your passwords now that it's been compromised. Check out our guide to auditing and updating your passwords with LastPass for our recommendations on how to proceed."

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iPad apps and Lessons

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Great App Review Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (Great App Review Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/wplQbIpKdj)...

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Google Forms Gets A Refresh, Adds Collaboration And Smarter Editing Features

Google Forms Gets A Refresh, Adds Collaboration And Smarter Editing Features | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Forms just got a nice little refresh and now allows you to build questionnaires and collect the data in a Google Drive spreadsheet a bit easier.

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Mike Ellsworth's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:49 PM

I've used Google Forms before and found them a bit counter-intuitive. This refresh should help. 

Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 3, 2013 5:33 PM
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Tim Mortensen's curator insight, February 12, 2013 9:52 AM

I use google forms a lot, and any featuers to add for ease of use will he helpful.

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Netted | A Scanner, Smartly

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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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NaturalReader Text to Speech


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 24, 2013 9:01 AM

The NaturalReader text-to-speech(TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words. 

Instead of struggling to read text on the small screen of your iPhone, with this cutting edge technology you can have any text read to you in one of over 30 natural-sounding voices.

Squinting to reading tiny fonts on your iPhone screen can be tiring. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen. 

It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written. 

Moreover, NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. By listening to text rather reading, students are better able to comprehend reading materials or detect spelling errors in their own work.

Finally, NaturalReader is a great tool with which to learn a foreign language. You can practice your comprehension and pronunciation skills by listening to any written words being spoken at your preferred speed.

Gayla Keesee's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:33 AM

There's also a free download for your desktop computer. http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.php

Includes Microsoft VoicesCan read aloud any textCan adjust speed and change voiceComes with a floating bar to read any text in other applications
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Found - for MAC Users

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Description

Found provides a lightning-fast, intuitive search experience that finds files across your Mac and personal cloud services, including Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive/Docs, and Gmail (attachments).

With a double tap of the control key, Found slides out to reveal its unique Palette user interface. Start typing and get immediate results with an instant, full-sized preview of nearly any file, even files in the cloud.


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:29 AM

Key features:
* Get back to the file you just downloaded or were recently using by typing a few characters
* Quickly look up a file or note and glance at its contents without having to dig through Finder and launch an application
* No need to log into Google Drive/Docs or Gmail just to look at or re-download a file/attachment
* Drag and drop search results into local folders as copies or emails as attachments
* Search and preview files and notes whether you're online or offline

What sources does Found search?
* Your Mac's hard drive and attached external drives
* Dropbox
* Evernote - attach multiple accounts
* SkyDrive
* Google Drive/Docs and Gmail attachments - attach multiple Google accounts, both personal and Google Apps accounts

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31 Top Apps for Education from FETC 2013 -- THE Journal

31 Top Apps for Education from FETC 2013 -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Like last year, this year's popular App Shootout at FETC 2013 tossed around dozens of useful apps for teachers and students.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 1, 2013 2:48 AM

Not all are free though. 

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, March 1, 2013 9:52 AM

This was great fun to attend but missed half the information.  Glad to have this for review.

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Dr. James "Buster" Brown Centennial Celebration

"On his centennial weekend, we gather to celebrate his soaring spirit of love and generosity and the artful mastery of his chosen means of expression…tap dance. We rejoice in the teaching and re-creation of some of his most famous dance pieces, immerse ourselves in films of his work and discussions of his importance, and bring it home to party at Swing 46, site of one of his most enduring and endearing creations, the Buster Brown Tap Jam. This will be a weekend packed with memories to last a lifetime."x

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 4, 2013 11:33 PM

I know there are some tap dance fans and supporters out there!

 

My daughter, Michela, was a close protege of Buster Brown's, and our whole family were close friends with him.

 

We are so happy and proud that Michela is organizing a centennial celebration for Buster, one of one of the great human beings, and performers, of the 20th century. Joining with her in this effort are Tony Waag and the American Tap Dance Foundation.

 

Please watch this video and consider donating to the Kickstarter campaign in support of this wonderful event. Any amount will be greatly appreciated.

 

And if you can, please share this post with all in your social network.

 

Finally, of course, please consider attending what will be a wonderful weekend.

 

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Who Are You? Putting Faces on Virtual Learners | Faculty Focus

Who Are You? Putting Faces on Virtual Learners | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Cynde Gregory

 

"One of the first and most difficult tasks an online instructor faces is how to establish the presence of a learning community. Learning in isolation may be possible, but it’s neither enjoyable nor complete, and many online students end up quitting or failing the course simply because they miss the classmate support that is readily available in face-to-face classes. To ignore the importance of peer learning and personal connection in any classroom, including those in which participants might not physically meet, is to deny the significance of social interaction in learning. "

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Screenleap Offers One-Click Screen Sharing for Free, No Sign-Ups or Installs Required | LifeHacker

Screenleap Offers One-Click Screen Sharing for Free, No Sign-Ups or Installs Required | LifeHacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Alan Henry

 

"Just when you thought there were plenty of free web services that allow you to easily share your desktop with others, new webapp Screenleap simplifies screen sharing even further. Screenleap allows you to share your desktop with as many people as you choose, without signing up for an account, downloading and installing anything, and does it all for free."

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FotoSketcher - Turn photos into art

FotoSketcher - Turn photos into art | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FotoSketcher is a 100% free program for Windows which converts your digital photos into art automatically and in just a few mouse clicks. Over 20 different styles are available from pencil sketches to watercolor or oil paintings, pen & ink drawings and cartoons.

You can also improve your original photos with simple tools (enhance contrast, sharpen, simplify image, increase luminosity, color saturation etc…) and add simple or realistic frames and text.


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Baiba Svenca's comment, February 26, 2013 10:20 AM
Linda, it's only for Windows, no version for Mac.
Linda Alexander's comment, February 26, 2013 10:36 AM
Okay, thanks, Baiba. That solves the mystery of why I couldn't get it to work. Too bad!
Marga Roig's curator insight, February 27, 2013 12:41 AM

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Promoting Student Engagement: Moving from Students as Consumers to Creators of Digital Content

Promoting Student Engagement: Moving from Students as Consumers to Creators of Digital Content | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Eric Williams

 

"Digital storytellers include youth, although often they create digital stories independent of school. In school, most youth only consume digital stories and resources. We need to transition from consumption to creation of digital content, from students as consumers to students as creators of digital content. When students create digital content that they value, they are much more likely to be engaged. With greater engagement, they commit themselves more fully to learning so their learning is deeper and more enduring. "

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