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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com

Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Marcus Chan

 

"Net Power & Light, based in San Francisco, is making its debut with technology it calls Spinthat turns online education into a group activity, even if the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

 

"The company has released three free iPad apps that allow users to create virtual gatherings where they can all watch educational content together from sources such as Harvard, Stanford University, TED and the National Geographic Channel. Users can also fast-forward to the best parts, pause the program so the group can debate a particular point via videoconferencing, or jump to a different clip."

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5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Susan Brooks-Young

 

"Experts maintain that regular opportunities to engage in activities requiring use of higher order thinking skills can significantly improve student achievement as measured on standardized tests. My own experience as a classroom teacher, site administrator, and professional development provider supports this assertion.

 

"To this end, mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Here are five examples of activities that target these levels of the taxonomy and can be used with students across grade levels in a variety of content areas. Teachers of very young children can implement these ideas as whole class projects."

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All Teachers are New Teachers in Blended Learning

All Teachers are New Teachers in Blended Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Judy Burton

 

"When Alliance College-Ready Public Schools launched Blended Learning for Alliance School Transformation (BLAST) at three high schools in 2011 and 2012, we were confident that the integration of technology into our college preparatory curriculum would help us individualize instruction for all students. What we didn’t fully appreciate was the impact of this powerful model on teachers at every level of experience.

 

"Once the year began, we quickly discovered that the demands of blended learning essentially transformed all teachers into novices. We saw that teachers with more experience often faced steep learning curves as they struggled to unlearn certain ingrained habits and practices, and that true first year teachers were just as likely to develop effective blended learning practices as those with more years in the classroom."

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How Technology Can Be Used To Better Understand Text | TeachThought

How Technology Can Be Used To Better Understand Text | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The following presentation by gramener.com explores some of the ways text can currently be disaggregated, from the now familiar word clouds, all the way to some very complex-looking–and less traditional–text visualizations.

 

"As huge stores of data are archived–and analyzed–the potential is literally unlimited, especially as human readers better understand the tools and how they might be used, and we collectively refine the software itself that makes it all happen.

 

"Check it out."

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iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips | iPad Insight

iPad Voice Dictation: Commands List & Tips | iPad Insight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Voice Dictation, or just Dictation as Apple calls it, is one of my favorite features of iOS on the iPad.

Voice Dictation, or just Dictation as Apple calls it, is one of my favorite features of iOS on the iPad. As I’ve mentioned recently here, I use it more and more and it just keeps getting better. Though Siri may draw more attention, I think dictation is the far more useful feature right now.

If you haven’t tried out dictation on the iPad you really should give it a go. It can be much faster than typing at times. Here are a few little tips and some common commands you can use to get even more out of dictation:

Speak slowly and clearly: I know this sounds obvious, but it’s an easy one to forget. I find that when I speak too quickly or run my words


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Picisto is the easiest way to make a collage photo or vision board.

Picisto is the easiest way to make a collage photo or vision board. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"Picisto is a great way to modify, edit and create wonderful photo collages. Visitors can choose a layout, add text and shapes, and even buy prints of their creations if they so desire. First-time users may wish to check out the Create Collage link to get a feel for how the application works. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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50 Best Websites 2012 - Time

50 Best Websites 2012 - Time | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"TIME's annual salute to sites and services that keep you entertained and informed, save you time and money — and maybe even change your life."

 

It's not the Webbys, but Time's tech lists are always interesting and yield an interesting crop of new places to visit and use. -JL

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Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-Learning Professional ~ Stephen's Web

Ten Web 2.0 Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes to Be a More Successful E-Learning Professional ~ Stephen's Web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Stephen Downes

 

"The following list was inspired by eLearn Magazine Editor-in-Chief Lisa Neal's blog post "Ten Things You Can Do in Ten Minutes To Be a More Successful e-learning Professional." We'd like to offer the "Web 2.0 Edition" of Lisa's list: "

 

What great suggestions! -JL

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Former NFL QB Kitna Tackles Dual Coaching, Teaching Role | Education News

Former NFL QB Kitna Tackles Dual Coaching, Teaching Role | Education News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Julia Lawrence

 

"Jon Kitna’s days are very different now since he retired from the NFL after a 15-year-career as a quarterback. That doesn’t, however, mean that they’re any less tough. Merely a month after announcing that he was leaving the world of professional sports, Kitna signed up to become an algebra teacher and the football coach at his alma mater: Lincoln High School in Tacoma, Washington."

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The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources

The Teacher’s A-Z Guide To Important Education Resources | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"The following links are perfect for bookmarking and referring back to if you’re looking to enhance your understanding of the world of education. These links are chosen and maintained by Gutman Library Research Services staff at Harvard GSE."

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Learn Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone and iOS 6 with Apple's User Guide eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know About the iPhone and iOS 6 with Apple's User Guide eBook | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Melanie Pinola

 

"iOS: Want to become more familiar with Apple's new iOS 6 or the iPhone? Apple has recently published a 153-page manual that can teach you the ins and outs of both. The guidebook is available for free on iTunes.

 

"iOS 6 comes with over 200 new features for iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. While we've highlighted the best new features in iOS 6 and even ten secret ones, this eBook is a useful manual to virtually thumb through when you have some down time."

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The Ultimate Guide To Pinterest | Michael Litman

Complete guide to using Pinterest for educators. First part is a lot of history and statistics, but then it gets down to very clear how-tos. -JL

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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"Some educators seek out the ideal of a 21st century learning environment constantly, while others prefer that we lose the phrase altogether, insisting that learning hasn’t changed, and good learning looks the same whether it’s the 12th or 21st century.

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"t TeachThought, we tend towards the tech-infused model, but do spend time exploring the limits and challenges of technology, the impact of rapid technology change, and carefully considering important questions before diving in head-first.

 

"The following take on 21st century learning developed by TeachThought is notable here because of the absence of technology. There is very little about iPads, social media, 1:10 laptops, or other tech-implementation. In that way, it is closer to the “classic” approach to “good learning” than it is the full-on digital fare we often explore.

 

"The size of the circles on the map are intended to convey priority."

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8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine

8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ross Crockett

 

"Often students are called upon to make presentations for class projects, and many are eager to break out of the mold of the standard PowerPoint and do something really special. These are 8 unique online presentation tools that will help your students do exactly that. From zooming presentations to animations to timelines, there's a little something for every great idea here."

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Classifying K-12 Blended Learning | Innosight Institute

Classifying K-12 Blended Learning | Innosight Institute | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Heather Staker and Michael B. Horn

 

"This paper revises the preliminary blended-learning taxonomy that we introduced in “The rise of
K–12 blended learning,” published in January 2011, and its follow-on report, “The rise of K–12
blended learning: Profiles of emerging models,” published in May 2011. Its most notable change
is the condensing of the six blended-learning models to four. Numerous education experts
provided feedback to help us arrive at the four models. The following is a discussion of some of
the rationale behind the changes."

 

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How to energize a blended classroom using an online learning platform

How to energize a blended classroom using an online learning platform | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Two videos of conferences presentations by Catlin Tucker (one in which she is joined by Colt Briner) setting out ways to use Collaborize Classroom (or other online educational platform) to promote student engagement and achievement. Numerous useful tips make these videos a worthwhile investment of time. Althought the videos are hosted on the Collaborize Classroom site and feature this product, the strategies and techniques are applicable using almost any online hosting platform of this type.-JL

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5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad

5 Cool Teleprompter Apps for iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Some people love making fun of teleprompters and those who use them. But these tools can be quite helpful in improving your public speaking skills.


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Creative APP-titude: iPad Multimedia Tools for Creativity

This presentation gives an overview of apps that can be used in the classroom to develop creative learning projects.


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What Makes Google's Maps So Good | NY Times

What Makes Google's Maps So Good | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Pogue

 

"Nobody ever raved about Google’s mapping app for phones until they saw how hard it was for Apple to come up with a rival. In my Times column today, I wrote about the challenges Apple has faced in replacing its iPhone GPS/mapping app, substituting its own data sources for Google’s. I noted that the new app is beautiful and will be really terrific someday — once it does a better job of incorporating all of its various data sources."

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UW-Stout E-Learning Certificate Program: E-Learning Jobs: Job Listings.

UW-Stout E-Learning Certificate Program: E-Learning Jobs: Job Listings. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Here is a link to a curated list of jobs I maintain as a service for the graduate students in the UW-Stout E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program. I update this list (almost) daily.


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David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts » 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom

David Truss :: Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts » 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Truss

 

"I’ll be talking about Inquiry Learning and our new Inquiry Hub school, (more on the school here and here). However, the Inquiry Hub has deconstructed the school day, getting rid of class blocks and it also provides online blended learning opportunities that most schools simply could not duplicate. That said, much of what we are doing can be done in any classroom. So here are seven key aspects we are exploring at the Inquiry Hub that can help transform any classroom into a more engaging, and student-empowered learning space."

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Digital Citizenship Guide from Edmodo and Common Sense Media

Free Technology for Teachers: A Digital Citizenship Guide from Edmodo and Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Riachard Byrne

 

"You can download the digital citizenship starter kit from this Edmodo page without registering or signing into Edmodo. Even though the kit clearly has a secondary purpose of getting teachers and students to sign-up for Edmodo, it is still a nice little resource for an introductory lesson on digital citizenship."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Historical Thinking Matters - Multimedia Investigations in U.S. History

Free Technology for Teachers: Historical Thinking Matters - Multimedia Investigations in U.S. History | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Historical Thinking Matters is site that every teacher of U.S. History should bookmark. Through the investigations students not only learn about the four events in the series, they also develop skills in analyzing primary sources. And ff you want to create your own historical thinking investigations, Historical Thinking Matters provides a good model to follow. "

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Beautiful Presentations with Haiku Deck | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Haiku Deck is an iPad app that all students and teachers should have installed on their iPads. Haiku Deck enables anyone to create beautiful slide presentations. It's so easy to use that when I was describing the app to someone last week I said it was like "Animoto for slide decks." Like other slide presentation apps Haiku provides templates for creating your presentation. But there are some significant differences between Haiku Deck and other presentation apps.

 

"There are two features of Haiku Deck that stand out. First, Haiku Deck intentionally limits how much text that you can put on each of your slides. Second, Haiku Deck helps you find Creative Commons licensed images for your presentations. When you type a word or words on your slides you can have Haiku Deck search for images for you. The images that Haiku Deck serves up are large enough to completely fill your slide. You can also upload your own images from your iPad or import images from Instagram and Facebook."

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25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education

25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education."

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