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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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MaryFran's Google Docs Tutorials

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A list of online resources used to compliment Google Docs workshop given by MaryFran Lynch.

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How to Use a Teleprompter

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Watch Public Speaking Training. How to Use a Teleprompter | Public Speaking Training


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 24, 2013 5:00 AM

Excellent tips for the smarter use of a teleprompter which for some presenters may provide a vital support when giving longer presentations.

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What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | MindShift

What Online Tools Work for Teaching Language Arts? | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Katrina Schwartz

 

"When it comes to language arts, the jury’s still out on the quality and effectiveness of the available software. Some schools are investing and experimenting with different products, with mixed results, while others are working with free available web 2.0 tools. Here are two case studies examining each approach."

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Explore the Design Museum On Your iPad | iPad Apps for School

Explore the Design Museum On Your iPad | iPad Apps for School | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"The Design Museum Collection for iPad is a collection of 59 featured objects from London’s Design Museum. The collection includes items that changed the way we work, items that changed the way entire categories of products are designed, and some items that are notable just for being different. As you browse through the collection you can read about the items, watch videos about them, and listen to museum curators talk about what makes the items notable."

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Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More | MindShift

Awesome Apps for Science Experiments, Storytelling, Coding and More | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Audrey Watters

 

"Every month, we review some of our favorite educational apps that have been released or updated. You can find all the posts in our series here. Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android and Web-based apps."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Month in Review - February's Most Popular Posts

Free Technology for Teachers: Month in Review - February's Most Popular Posts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

 

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Byrne always comes up with great sites and tips. Here is a list of the top ten most popular of his posts for the month of February.

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DropTask Turns Your Tasks Into an Awesome Venn Diagram of Productivity

DropTask Turns Your Tasks Into an Awesome Venn Diagram of Productivity | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"Managing your tasks is a boring but necessary chore. DropTask changes the way you view your to-dos by mapping it out in a visual, drag-and-drop interface perfect for viewing the stuff you have to do, especially if you work with others.

 

"DropTask is incredibly intuitive, and while it can seem a little weird at first—not to mention space-inefficient—it can be pretty handy if you're managing larger projects. In fact, where it really shows its stuff is when you work with other people. If you sign your entire team up for DropTask, you can assign tasks or groups of tasks to different people with just a flick of the mouse, making it really easy to dole out responsibilities. Check out the video above to see it in action, or click the link below to try it out."

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Well, it's not exactly Venn diagrams that DropTask allows you to create, but this is a very intuitive and visual way to organize tasks, especially multi-step tasks or if you, or your team, has numerous things to do. Nice free app.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, March 1, 2013 8:02 PM

Thank you Jim for sharing.

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How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide | MindShift

How to Foster Grit, Tenacity and Perseverance: An Educator’s Guide | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tina Barseghian

 

"How can we best prepare children and adolescents to thrive in the 21st century? This question is at the heart of what every educator attempts to do on a daily basis. Apart from imparting content of knowledge and facts, however, it’s becoming clear that the “noncognitive competencies” known as grit, perseverance, and tenacity are just as important, if not more so, in preparing kids to be self-sufficient and successful.

 

"To that end, the Department of Education’s Office of Technology has released a report called  Promoting Grit, Tenacity, and Perseverance —Critical Factors for Success in the 21st Century, drafted by research firm SRI International, which addresses how educators can integrate these ideas into their teaching practice: Are these competencies malleable and teachable? How significant a role do they play in students’ success? What are the best learning environments to encourage and foster these attributes?

 

“The test score accountability movement and conventional educational approaches tend to focus on intellectual aspects of success, such as content knowledge. However, this is not sufficient,” the report states. “If students are to achieve their full potential, they must have opportunities to engage and develop a much richer set of skills.”

 

"The entire report [PDF] is well worth the read. Here are a few noteworthy highlights excerpted from different parts of the report."

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How would you fill an Edcanvas? — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

How would you fill an Edcanvas? — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joyce Valenza

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"Teacher-librarian Joyce Valenza in this blog post highlights a Web-based program called Edcanvas, which helps teachers and students organize work by dragging and dropping resources from a computer or the Internet -- such as videos, links or files -- into "tile" templates in the program. The program also allows teachers to create a classroom file in which multiple students can create projects."

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Technology Tips Newsletter - Using Digital Feedback to Improve Learner Motivation

Technology Tips Newsletter - Using Digital Feedback to Improve Learner Motivation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Karen Franker

 

"Explore techniques and resources for providing meaningful and personalized feedback to learners. View examples of timely digital feedback that improves learner motivation and performance."


- See more at: http://www.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/resources/blog.cfm#sthash.XpZPmmKA.dpuf

 

 

Via Univ. of Wisconsin-Stout

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Links to 7 websites, each selected invidually and briefly described, that assist eductors in providing motivating feedback to students. Great resources.

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5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad - Edudemic

5 Free Apps For Classrooms With A Single iPad - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You don’t have to be in a 1:1 classroom to infuse technology. If you have one iPad, these free apps for classrooms are worth knowing about.
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Seven new iPad apps to know about | eSchool News

Seven new iPad apps to know about | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Last month, we launched a brand-new feature called App of the Week, in which our editors highlight a new educational app every week. Here are the first seven apps we've featured.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, March 13, 2013 2:02 PM

Some of these apps cost but several are free.

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Editorially: Write Better

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From the Editorially blog:

 

"It’s with all this in mind that we came together to make Editorially, a new collaborative writing and editing platform. We believe that the web is not merely another distribution pipeline, but a unique and deserving space for both reading and writing. Our goal is to support and encourage that writing process — from the first flash of inspiration all the way through to publication, and at every point in between.

 

"Editorially achieves this goal in many ways: a Markdown-based writing environment lets you focus on the words and create clean markup easily; collaboration tools let you invite friends and trusted colleagues to review or edit your work; a document version system lets you mark points in a document’s history and compare versions to see what changed; notes and activity feeds encourage you to reflect on your work, for yourself and for others; and discussion threads recognize that the conversation around a text is just as important as the text itself.

 

"And we’re only getting started. This is not just another text editor: it’s an ecosystem for the writing process. We’ve designed a space that brings you closer to both the words and the people — the only things that matter."

 

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:11 PM

This could be a really big deal.

 

Right now, Editorially is still in closed beta, but you can sign up for an invitation. They say they will open up very soon.

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Very interesting. With the way education is going, this could have a hugh impact in that sector--but only if it isn't priced too high.
Sarah McElrath's curator insight, February 27, 2013 11:53 AM

Could be very useful. Still in closed beta, but you can sign up for a trial or follow on Twitter.

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NetClick - Instant student feedback

NetClick - Instant student feedback | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

With NetClick, you can make your existing slide content interactive.

Upload your presentation. Your slides will be synchronized on any connected students' mobile displays. Get instant, visual feedback on what part of a slide is confusing. Students can indicate exactly what part of diagrams, pictures or text they want to discuss — in an instant!


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 20, 2013 3:04 PM

NetClick enables you to make your presentations interactive which is perfect for getting student feedback instantly. This is extremely useful when you are explaining new things or demonstrating objects or textual content.

 

The service is free for teachers if students pay $5 per semester but there are some other licence options.

Todd Wright's curator insight, March 2, 2013 10:24 AM

Looks like this might be worth checking out. Solid research beind the use and results.

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TotSplash - Organize and Present Ideas using Mind Maps and Prezi Effects

TotSplash - Organize and Present Ideas using Mind Maps and Prezi Effects | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Online mind mapping and presentation app. Awesome way to organize and present ideas.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 28, 2013 12:59 PM

An interesting new mind mapping tool which also works as a presentation app. First you create your mind map and then select the desired presentation effect. "Pan and zoom" works similarly to Prezi. No downloads, no installation.

You can make only one free "tot" of 2 MB. For more you have to pay $5.75/month.

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36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do

36 Things Every 21st Century Teacher Should Be Able To Do | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

 

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

 

"I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36."

 

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

 

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf

What should every teacher in the 21st century know and be able to do?

That’s an interesting question. After just now seeing this excellent post on educatorstechnology.com, I thought I’d contribute to the conversation.

I added the twist of ranking them from least complex to most complex, so novices can start at the bottom, and you veterans out there can skip right to 36.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/36-things-every-21st-century-teacher-should-be-able-to-do/#sthash.iidmBmoR.dpuf
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Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students | MindShift

Coding, Making, and the Arts: Essential Tools for Students | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tina Barseghian

 

"Some of the most important subject areas and activities we want students to learn are the very ones that are left out of many schools: the arts, computer programming, and learning to making things by hand.

 

"We know that arts integration can open all kinds of opportunities for learning and fostering creativity. We’re learning why computer science is an essential skill for every student to thrive in the digital world. And we’re understanding how allowing kids to get their hands on do-it-yourself projects shows them the value of designing, creating, and the process of making.

 

"Until such time that schools provide these essential skills to all students, certain individuals and organizations are stepping in to fill the void. We met a few of these changemakers who are bringing these essential tools to students recently at the Big Ideas Fest in Half Moon Bay. Here are their stories. Perhaps their work and influence will make progress towards bringing these skills from outside the school system to where it belongs.

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If the Web is your textbook, Scrible offers new ways to mark it up | GigaOm

If the Web is your textbook, Scrible offers new ways to mark it up | GigaOm | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ki Mae Heussner

 

"For students and professors at traditional schools, it can provide a way to organize and save web research and encourage group learning. But there could also be interesting applications and integrations with online education providers. As more educational content and experiences go digital, platforms like Scrible could boost collaborative learning and individual engagement around online documents."

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Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started | MindShift

Want to Start a Makerspace at School? Tips to Get Started  | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tina Barseghian

 

"As the Maker Movement starts to gain momentum, schools that are trying to find ways to foster the do-it-yourself environment can learn a few lessons from another nexus in the universe: public libraries.

 

"Dale Dougherty, founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine — and the de factor leader of the Maker Movement — has a vision to create a network of libraries, museums, and schools with what he calls “makerspaces” that draw on common resources and experts in each community. Libraries and museums, he said, are easier places to incorporate makerspaces than schools, because they have more space flexibility and they’re trying to attract teens with their program."

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10 Educational iPad Apps For A Well-Rounded Elementary Curriculum | TeachThought

10 Educational iPad Apps For A Well-Rounded Elementary Curriculum | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By TeachThought Staff

 

"The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

 

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look

 

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

The Education category of the App Store features an overwhelming number of apps, great for both parents and teachers.

Each subject search displays a diverse and colorful selection of apps to cover just about anything you’ll be adding to your digital curriculum. However, with so many choices, it’s hard to discern a download-worthy app from the next. (A simple search for math apps yielded well over 200 results.) Here is a list of educational iPad apps by subject matter that you may not have heard of before, but are certainly worth a look.

- See more at: http://www.teachthought.com/apps-2/10-educational-ipad-apps-for-a-well-rounded-elementary-curriculum/#sthash.TzqDheI6.dpuf

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Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal

Turnitin Launches Teaching Tool to Evaluate Online Sources -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sharleen Nelson''

 

"Turnitin has released Source Educational Evaluation Rubric (SEER), an evaluation tool designed to help writing students determine the academic quality of the Internet sources cited in their research papers.

 

"Available for instructors to download from the Turnitin Web site, the rubric identifies and provides ratings for more than 300 sources based on authority, educational value, intent, originality, and quality."

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Given all the time I"ve put into evaluating online resources, I'd like to know more about this product!

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Netted | It Likes Big Files And It Cannot Lie

Netted | It Likes Big Files And It Cannot Lie | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Files used to live on computers. Now any byte worth its salt resides in the cloud, primed for sharing, syncing, storing, and streaming.

"Copy is the newest way to manage your cloud, and we’ll be frank: We’re impressed.

"The service – with apps for iPhone, Android, Mac, and Windows – installs a folder on your computer where you can drop files that are automatically synced across your devices. Well-tread territory, for sure, but it’s the paths less traveled that interest us most.

"For starters, there’s no registration required for one-off file shares. Simply drag and drop a file on the homepage and it’ll spit out a unique sharing link. (If you join, the first 5GB of storage are on the house.)

"Also, when sharing from your computer, a simple right-click opens a message box (a nice one-up on Dropbox, which forces sharing through its website). And the mobile app gives the option of streaming audio and video files or downloading them to the device for offline use.

"For a newcomer, Copy sure acts like a well-seasoned vet."

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Evernote for Student Audio Feedback - joanvinallcox.ca

Evernote for Student Audio Feedback - joanvinallcox.ca | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Joan Vinali-Cox provides step-by-step instructions for using the Audio Notes feature of the Evernote app to record feedback to email to individual students.

 

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College Board to make changes to SAT | Washington Post

College Board to make changes to SAT | Washington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Lyndsey Layton ane Nick Anderson

 

"The SAT, the most widely used college entrance exam for generations of students, is getting a makeover.

 

"David Coleman, president of the College Board, which creates and administers the SAT, e-mailed his 6,000 members on Tuesday to inform them that the board will redesign the test to more sharply focus on the “core set of knowledge and skills” that high school graduates need to succeed in college.

 

In his brief message, Coleman called the project an “ambitious endeavor” but did not provide details about why the College Board wants to change the exam, how long it will take or what the process will entail."

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E-Learning Certificate Program: EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies

E-Learning Certificate Program: EDUC 650 Integrating Social Media Instructional Strategies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Explore effective ways to use social media for communication with parents, in the classroom and for personal professional development. Learn how to use social networks and cloud-based tools including Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, and other personal learning networks.


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