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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3]

Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Eichholz

 

"Think Link is a neat way to integrate technology into the activity that I wrote about yesterday – Hexagonal Learning. On the Think Link site, you can create your own board of hexagons, add notes to each one, and manipulate them. You can save your boards to be used whenever you like on that computer. This is an alternative to cutting out a lot of hexagons to distribute to your students. Think Link could be used for your students to generate hexagon words as a class about a particular topic. The board could be saved, and then different student groups could create their own relationships with the words to show their understanding of the topic.

 

"I highly recommend trying a Think Link activity with your students this year."

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dy/dan » Blog Archive » Khan Academy’s Introduction to Programming Modules Are Really Something Special

dy/dan » Blog Archive » Khan Academy’s Introduction to Programming Modules Are Really Something Special | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Dan Meyer

 

"Khan Academy released their Introduction to Programming modules today [8/14/12] and they're really great. Go play. Here are my favorite pieces:"

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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students

The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"With the advance of web 2.0 technologies, there emerged a wide range of educational tools that we can use with our students in and outside the classroom.Collaborative web tools is one example. Using such websites, teachers will be able to help in holding online and real-time discussions with their students, help them in their projects and assignments, guide their learning, do backchanneling, and synchronously moderate discussion threads and many more.

 

"We have prepared for you a list of such tools that you can use with your students, check it and share with us what you think about it."

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Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today | The Class Struggle

Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today | The Class Struggle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tristan Verboven

 

"If you are a 21st century educator and you are not an#edchat follower, you should really stay in more. Three years ago when the Twitter discussion group began, founders Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and Shell Terrell thought it would just be a casual chatroom for educators. It has since become the go-to barometer for education issues on the net.

 

"Here’s how it works. Every week, following twitterers pitch them education-related discussion topics. They choose 5 topics to go on twtpoll.com . The topic with the most votes is then discussed Tuesdays 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST). For about an hour, English-speaking twitter-savvy educators all over the world hash it out. This casual crowd-sourced consensus-based democratic system never fails to get educators talking. Read the trade press all you want, but if you want to know what’s really going on in education, its on #edchat.

 

"The beauty of a thing like Twitter, is that its possible for a guy like me to put the screws to it. Just for kicks, I collected all the discussion topics from the last three years, put them to some content analysis, and found some science to the madness. No study worth its salt would come without its data and methodology (below). But for those who want to cut to the chase, here are some interesting trends Ive noticed on the edu-twitesphere over the years:"

 

Quite an interesting piece of research and the methodology is equally intriguing. -JL

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What schools need: Vigor instead of rigor | Washington Post

What schools need: Vigor instead of  rigor | Washington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joanne Yatvin

 

"Now, more than ever, “rigor” is being used to promote the idea that American students need advanced course work, complex texts, stricter grading, and longer school days and years in order to be ready for college or the workplace. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) already adopted by 45 states, were designed for rigor and will inexorably lead to it in all forms in almost all classrooms.

 

"How much better our schools would be if they provided students with classes and activities throbbing with energy, growth and life. Although school buildings have walls, there should be no walls separating students from vigorous learning. No ceilings, either.

 

"To learn vigorously, students need more than academic skills and knowledge, more than the generalities and hypotheticals found in textbooks and workbooks. By reading newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, even the daily comics and Internet articles; and by getting to know people of all ages, types of work, and cultural backgrounds they can learn about the real world they live in. Although it is not practical to send hordes of children and teen-agers out into that world to learn all the things they need to know, many more in-school classes and supplemental activities can be vigorous."

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John Cleese on Creativity

Posted on Mar. 23, 2012 by Webster University Vienna

 

There is no obvious additional information about this 36-minute video of a lecture by Cleese on Cretivity. It looks to be about 20 years old, judging by Cleese's appearance. He speaks quite eruditely, and humorously (what else?), about a topic that is clearly of great interest to him. His range of knowledge is quite extraordinary. Well worth a look. -JL

 

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Blogging – how to awaken your creativity

Blogging – how to awaken your creativity | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Lilach Bullock

 

"Unfortunately for many blog owners the biggest problem in meeting this demanding schedule is not the time it takes to write the blog but actually what to write about. Assuming you set yourself this goal and you write every working day (even business bloggers deserve the weekend off) that’s 206 unique articles to create. So how do you go about generating so much content? Staring at a blank page for hours devoid of inspiration is the fastest way to turn yourself off blogging for good. So here are some of the tactics I use to inspire myself and get going on those days when the creative muses have left the building by the back exit."

 

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Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking| The Committed Sardine

Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking| The Committed Sardine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Lots of fodder for discussion here. We are all creators, meant to create, so combining creativity with every single aspect of our lives, including literacy, is hugely important. 


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Why Curation Is Important for Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons, Tools and Resources

Why Curation Is Important for Education and Learning: 10 Key Reasons, Tools and Resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Is Curation the new search?  Robin Good proposes that it is.  I believe that we do trust some people more than some algorithms.  This is a very interesting article about how curation can shape education.  

Ken

 

 

Robin Good: Content curation will play a major role both in the way we "teach" and in the way we educate ourselves on any topic. When and where it will be adopted, it will deeply affect many key aspects of the educational ecosystem.

 

This article, builds up over my recent presentation on Content Curation for Education that I delivered at Emerge2012 virtual conference.

 

In that presentation I claimed that the adoption of "curation approaches" will directly affect the way competences are taught, how textbooks are put together, how students are going to learn about a subject, and more than anything, the value that can be generated for "others" through a personal learning path.

 

If we learn not by memorizing facts, but by collaborating with others in the creation of a meaningful collection-explanations of specific topics/issues/events then, for the first time in history, we can enrich planetary knowledge each time we take on a new learning task.

 

And it's already happening.

 

Yes, we are only at the very early stages, but, in my humble opinion, there are enough signs and indications that this is not going to be something marginal.

 

In this article I outline ten key factors, already at work, which, among others, will very likely pave the way for a much greater and rapid adoption of curation practices in the educational / academic world.

 

Full article: http://www.masternewmedia.org/curation-for-education-and-learning/

 

(Image credit: Shutterstock)

 

 

 


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Giuseppe Mauriello's comment, August 9, 2012 9:41 AM
Thanks Robin!
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Thank you for the rescoop. If your aren't following him already, I highly suggest following Robin Good's topics on here. There is some great information about wise curation there. Good luck to you :)
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Thank you for the rescoop. I appreciate your scoop.it sites. Your 4th Era one was one of the first that I began following.
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Mind Edutainment raises funds from Accel Partners, others | VCCircle

Mind Edutainment raises funds from Accel Partners, others | VCCircle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Nandana Das

 

"Delhi based education company Mind Edutainment Pvt Ltd (MEPL) has raised Rs 2.7 crore from Accel Partners and a group of angels led by Meena Ganesh, CEO and MD of Pearson Education Services India.

 

"The funds will help the company to scale the initial pilot project of THOTS Lab, (a scientifically designed space in schools, with a purpose to equip the future generations with the wisdom of structured thinking skills and thinking processes’) from three cities to eight cities.

 

Set up in 2007, Mind Edutainment was created with a focus on child development through cognitive thinking process by the husband-wife duo of Ashutosh Khurana and Sangeeta A Khurana, who pioneered the concept of HOTS development programme in India with the use of physical thinking tools and mind games’.

 

"The company claims the programme created by them has been adopted by more than 40 schools and more than 50,000 students of UKG to Grade VIII as a complete subject on thinking skills development."

 

Company website at http://www.mindedutainment.com/index.php

 

This seems to offer some real potential. I'd love to learn more about it. -JL

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A Day In The Life of Greg Schwanbeck on EdSurge News

A Day In The Life of Greg Schwanbeck on EdSurge News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 by Leonard Medlock (blog post June 12, 2012)

 

"At the end of the day, Mr. Schwanbeck still relies on solid pedagogy and building strong relationships with his students. With the exception of GatherEducation (which is used outside of the school), all of the outside technology he incorporates as part of his core physics instruction is available via web browser and, at least for now, completely free of charge.

 

"New technology needs should be evaluated much in the same way as a new textbook, he contends: Does it improve teaching and learning? Is it going to benefit the kids? Does it free up the teacher to focus on other ways to make student learning better? And does it make things more efficient?

 

"Simple questions with tough answers to be sure but all thoroughly addressed in the technology that Mr. Schwanbeckhas incorporated in his classroom."

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How to... Digital Video for Beginners

A nice intro to how to use consumer video to create content.


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Ken Morrison's comment, August 15, 2012 11:34 AM
THank you for the rescoop. I like what I see on your site. Keep up the great work.
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THank you for the rescoop!.
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You are seleções, Ken...
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Education 2.0

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"With bContext teachers and students can create and share lessons using their iPads."

 

This appears to be quite a versatile and robust iPad app. It's only about 2 months old, so the documentation is really limited. I'm going to have to play with it for awhile before I venture an opinion, but it certainly looks interesting and the fact it is free, at least for now, is a big plus. -JL

 


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Daisy the Dinosaur | Engage Their Minds

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

By Terri Eichholz

 

"Daisy the Dinosaur is an iPad app that teaches basic programming to young children. It has a Challenge Mode, in which the user is given 5 challenges that increase in difficulty, beginning with programming the dinosaur to walk forward. In Freeplay Mode, the user can experiment with several different commands, including making Daisy grow or shrink....


"Daisy the Dinosaur is a good introduction to programming. If you have a child that catches on to Daisy pretty quickly, you might want to also let them try Cargo-Bot, another free programming app. I reviewed Cargo-Bot previously on this blog. Cargo-bot is addictively fun, but is definitely aimed toward older children (probably at least 9 or 10). Another way to hook children in that age range, although much more complex and expensive, is to get them involved in Robotics using the Lego Mindstorms kit."

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Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox | Lifehacker

Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox | Lifehacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"Dropbox is an awesome service. You can back your files up to the cloud, sync them between computers, and share them with your friends. That's not all it can do, though. Here are our top 10 favorite clever uses for our favorite file syncing program.

 

"Note: If you don't use Dropbox, don't fret—you can do most of these things with any file syncer you want, whether it's SkyDrive, Google Drive, Cubby, or something else."

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7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

" Challenge-based learning (CBL) is similar to problem-based learning, but with CBL, students formulate the challenges they will address. Through a process of discussion and research, students identify a selection of questions that might be workable for their project, work on solutions, and publish those solutions online. In this way, CBL provides the satisfaction that comes from figuring out both the issue to be tackled and the solution to it, even though CBL requires a heavier time commitment than more traditional academic activities. Students gain meaningful skills through these projects, including how to share work, collaborate, organize, and express themselves more effectively."

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Best Learning Channels on YouTube | The Class Struggle

Best Learning Channels on YouTube | The Class Struggle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Harry Martin

 

"YouTube offers an enormous number of channels completely geared to education. These links can help develop career standards and grab a prosperous future. So, take a look at the following ten YouTube channels that can be extremely helpful for educators:"

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How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia

How to Roll Out a 1:1 iPad Program | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jac de Haan

Summary by SmartBrief on Ed Tech

 

"What does it take to ensure the successful rollout of a one-to-one iPad program? In this blog post, Jac de Haan, technology integration specialist, outlines step-by-step what a successful two-month rollout should look like. In the first week, students establish solid academic habits without the iPads, before students and parents learn about the devices. By week four, students are given the iPads at the beginning of class and asked to return them at the end, building up to week nine when students are trusted to use the devices as they see fit."

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John Cleese On Creativity

Posted Mar. 28, 2012 by quantumsingularityup.

 

About 10 and a half minutes of Cleese addressing the topic of creativity. Quite informative. This is probably a fairly recent recording since Cleese speaks about being old. What a magnificent intellect he has. -JL

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16 tools to make awesome Infographics

16 tools to make awesome Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Lilach Bullock

 

"I recently shared an infograhic (Know Thy Internet Marketing Commandments) and found that generated a lot more shares than an average blog post. Using inforgraphics is a great way to share content, get more backlinks and more traffic back to your blog."

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4 Ways to Empower Students Through Collaboration | Getting Smart

4 Ways to Empower Students Through Collaboration | Getting Smart | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew K. Miller

 

"II you want students to collaborate it is imperative that educators establish this as a norm at the beginning of the school year. Great teachers leverage group work and collaborative activities and projects in their curriculum and instruction, but oftentimes teachers “push-back” with the difficulties of having their students collaborate. I agree, it is a daunting task, but I always respond, “How have you taught them to collaborate and providing scaffolding of that skill?” This is the key! If you want your students to collaborate effectively, you must give the opportunity to do so, as well as give the necessary instruction in skills and scaffolding."


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Top Tech Trends and People of 2012

Here is the textbook that I created/curated for teaching my New Media Technology class during the Spring semester of 2012 at Hannam University's Linton Global College. I took great effort to give credit where it is due. I aimed to show my students how they could access enough free info on the web that was of equal or greater value than the wonderful information found in expensive textbooks. Feel free to share and please support the true authors of this book in any way you can (money, likes, blog comments, links, etc.) I am simply the currator of this content.

If you would like a free tablet-friendly PDF file, just email me at kenmorrison30 @ yahoo.com (no spaces)

 


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Linda Alexander's curator insight, January 17, 2013 11:23 PM

This is a course created by fellow curator Ken Morrison.  It contains enough information on social media that everyone will find something of interest.  Thanks for sharing, Ken!

Toni Plourde's comment, February 1, 2013 2:47 PM
Thanks for the PDF ! It's great!
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Young Readers Will Never Run Out of Books With MeeGenius | GeekDad | Wired.com

Young Readers Will Never Run Out of Books With MeeGenius | GeekDad | Wired.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by James Floyd Kelly

 

"About a year ago I was introduced to the MeeGenius library — this is a company that is celebrating its second birthday on Thursday, April 26. A very young company! Besides accessing their large digital book library (currently over 700 titles) via a web browser, they also now have apps for both Android and the iPad. I can’t speak to the Android app, but I absolutely love the MeeGenius iPad and iPhone app and so does Decker [author's son]. The app mimics the Apple iBooks bookshelf by placing small books on the My Books shelf with their colorful covers. A single tap opens a downloaded book and offers to either read the book to Decker or another button that allows him to read the book by himself. The narrated reading highlights each of the words as they are spoken, allowing Decker to hear and see words that are new to him. Hopefully, this will help expand his vocabulary as he replays his favorite stories over and over again. I’m trying to make it a point to have him first listen to a new story once or twice and then we go over a story together with me helping him with the more difficult words. So far, it seems to be working, and he’s discovered a few new words on his own by sounding them out and understanding their relevance to a particular point in the story."

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Teacher Innovation, Making, and Underwater Mood Robots | edUpgrade

Teacher Innovation, Making, and Underwater Mood Robots | edUpgrade | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Beth Rabbitt (blog post dated May 17, 2012)

 

"We’re planning to profile a few extraordinary teacher innovators on the blog. In the spirit of this week’s Maker Faire, we wanted to share a profile of teacher-preneur Karl Wendt (he’s presenting today and Saturday). As a physics and engineering teacher, Karl created a pretty amazing projects-based learning program and is now working to support other teachers in doing the same. Check it out to learn about Wendt and the work!– Beth"

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The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack

The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Another app list to check out!!


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