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10 Reasons You Should Switch to Chrome for iPad

10 Reasons You Should Switch to Chrome for iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Chrome was just released from its beta chains and made tech news headlines when it was offered in Apple’s App Store a few days ago.

 

KF:  This article highlights some of the key features that will enhance and change your experience of web browsing.  From swiping between tabs to voice activated search functions, Chrome takes iPad web access to new levels.  In just a few short days Chrome has made its mark.


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ASUS reveals TAICHI convertible notebook/tablet with dual 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch displays

ASUS reveals TAICHI convertible notebook/tablet with dual 11.6-inch and 13.3-inch displays | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I couldn't resist scooping this amazing feat, two screens on one, lightweight notebook computer (one standard screen, one tablet screen). Included videos show prototype unveiled in June.

 

Price unknown. Availability estimated late 2012. Runs Windows 8. Will this be a useful device? Who knows, but we can dream. -JL

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Blogging is the New Persuasive Essay

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From Mindshift By Shelley Wright:

BLOGGING AS A SKILL

Students definitely need to understand how and why the mechanics (and style) of blogging are different. The solution? Blogging needs to start earlier, much earlier. I read recently of a kindergarten teacher who blogs with her students. Great idea. There’s a teacher in my division who does amazing things with her grade one class.


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A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator | Powerful Learning Practice

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator  | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"One of our main goals at Powerful Learning Practice is to turn educators into 21st Century educators. That is, teach them how to use social media and other powerful Web 2.0 tools to transform their classrooms into learning environments that are ready for today’s iGeneration students. One of the most common questions we get is, “But where do we find the time to use all this new technology?” To answer that question, we developed this infographic – A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator to show that using social media in your classroom and in your life can be integrated, easy, and fun."

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Layout Lets You Lay Out A Story With Your Photos

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Here at AppAdvice, we love photo-framing apps like Diptic and PicFrame, so it’s no surprise that Layout caught our eye.

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Snapshot of a modern learner | SmartBlogs

Snapshot of a modern learner | SmartBlogs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Mike Fisher

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Educational consultant and instructional coach Mike Fisher describes his view of today's modern learner, whom he dubs "Santos," a tech-savvy and connected young person who knows how to find information online but doesn't know how to evaluate or interpret it. He's self-taught in the things that interest him, but he thinks the things he learns in school don't have much relevance to his life. "His teachers mean well," Fisher writes in this blog post, "but Santos knows that they are accountable for specific content, delivered in ways to help him maximize his score on state assessments, which leaves little time for anything that would matter to him in a meaningful way."

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best free iPad app of the week — iPad Insight

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This week’s pick is Pic Collage, an app dedicated to helping you make collages on your iPad. Here’s a slice of its App Store introduction and a list of key features:


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Twitter Tutorials - A Brighter Web

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Anxious to learn more about the art of tweeting? Watch this video for a quick overview of Twitter, then dig into these tutorials to learn more Don’t see what you’re looking for? Shoot us a suggestion and we’ll be happy to assist you in any way we can.

 

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http://www.abrighterweb.com/twitter/

 

 

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50 Free Collaboration Tools That Are Awesome for Education | Accredited Online Colleges.com

50 Free Collaboration Tools That Are Awesome for Education | Accredited Online Colleges.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From group papers to file sharing to group communication, the following tools will help bring any educational group together seamlessly to produce awesome results.


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100 Powerful Search Engines You May Not Know About

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Check out Edudemic's new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.


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Global Education: Bringing the World to Your Classroom | Education Week

Global Education: Bringing the World to Your Classroom | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Noah Zeichner

 

"One takeaway from my fellowship experience is a clearer understanding of what teaching global competencies might look like in practice. The Asia Society and the Council of Chief State School Officers have produced a series of global competence matrices (PDF). I started using these matrices this year as a way to evaluate my own curriculum. Recently, I've been embedding competencies into my student assessment rubrics."

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Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups.

Wiggio - Makes it easy to work in groups. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"This web site supports the use of cell phones in the classroom by providing a controlled, secure environment for users. Students join teacher-created “cells” where phone numbers are kept private. Teachers can moderate all comments to make sure they are on-topic and appropriate for the group. Tip: After students text comments about a reading assignment, teachers can review the comments and display them using a projection device at the beginning of class the next day to stimulate discussion."

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The Complete Guide to The Use of Skype in Education

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By Med Kharbach

 

"Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has been diligently engaged over the last couple of weeks in writing a series of simple and easy to use guides to help teachers and educators better leverage the use of technology in education and empower them with the necessary tools to better carry out this task. What started as a simple guide on the use of social networking, expanded to be a series of similar guides covering blogging, personal learning networks, Evernote, Facebook and iPad in education. Our purpose is to give hand to both novice and experienced teachers in integrating technology within their classrooms. We are still working on several other guides which will be posted here intermittently and there will be a comprehesive ebook that will contain all these guides, so stay tuned."

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/complete-guide-to-use-of-skype-in.html#.T--zBzsgfQw.facebook

 


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20+ ways to create your own Apps

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20+ ways to create your own Apps ... many require no technical knowledge. 


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pleft's comment, July 4, 2012 3:25 PM
The article needs updating I think - as I understand it, Google App Inventor was discontinued some time ago and transferred to MIT's App Inventor.
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The Best Time to Buy a Laptop May Be Now: Prices at Record Lows

The Best Time to Buy a Laptop May Be Now: Prices at Record Lows | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Melanie Pinola, PC World

 

"If you've been waiting for the perfect time to purchase a new laptop, you may want to grab your credit card now. Price-predicting service Decide.com says late June to mid-July is one of the best times of the year to get the best deal on a new notebook."

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Free Open Education Resources Workshop with excellent list of resources

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By Zaid Ali Alsagoff

 

"This 2-day (or 1 1/2 day) workshop will be conducted at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) from 27th – 28th June, 2012. It provides an introduction to the understanding of Open Educational Resources (OER), and how OER can be found, reused, remixed and created. During the workshop, we will explore and discuss together the concept of OER, Creative Commons, business models, and variety of OpenCourseWare (OCW) case studies and content development tools. During the 2nd day, participants will be required to work in groups (hands-on) to create a course topic/module (of choice) by reusing and remixing OER from a variety of sources. In the final session, we will discuss how to move forward with OER at USM."


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A Crash Course In Creative Breakthroughs

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Article by Drake Baer

 

Interview with Tina Seeling, author of "What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20", who has written a new book - "InGenius: A Crash Course in Creativity". Seeling's first book was an international best seller (and I liked it a great deal...shows how to teach creativity); her most recent has garnered a great deal of praise from the likes of Guy Kawasaki, Nancy Duarte, and Fortune magazine. -JL

 

The interview covers " how to cultivate a creative ecosystem at work, why building a better mousetrap stops short of true invention, and how to finally start brainstorming effectively."

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100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers - via Online College Courses

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers -  via Online College Courses | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos [on YouTube] for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.


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Students Can Do Hard Things » MiddleWeb

Students Can Do Hard Things » MiddleWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Anthony Cody

 

"Our students can do hard things, but they do not always know that. High self-regard is important for all the kids we teach, but it is not built through empty praise. It grows as the student actually succeeds in creating quality work. True satisfaction comes when we know for sure that we have achieved excellence. Then let the celebration begin!"

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Stream Music From Your iPad to Your Stereo Speakers

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From the website

 

"With a very simple setup you have an inexpensive solution to stream your iTunes music through your iPad to your home stereo! See how."

 

Just for fun. -JL

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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...

 

How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?


I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!

 

Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!

 

Read more, very interesting...:

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-happiness-project/201107/when-students-are-inspired-they-and-their-teachers-are-happier

 


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 1:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 1:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
Gust MEES's comment, July 5, 2012 2:08 AM
@Konstantinos Kalemis,

Hi,
Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...

have a nice day :-)
Gust
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The Best Way to Organize iPhone Apps & Folders

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Tweet; Share · Email. Organizing the apps on the iPhone is a task that while unpleasant is necessary to keep things simple and usable. Most iPhone owners have more than just four or five apps installed on their iPhone, and ...


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ISTE 2012: Flattening Classroom Walls with Blogging and Global Collaboration | The Edublogger

ISTE 2012: Flattening Classroom Walls with Blogging and Global Collaboration | The Edublogger | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"This is a guest post by educational bloggers, Linda Yollis (Los Angeles, USA) and Kathleen Morris (Geelong, Australia).

 

"The long-time blogging buddies met face to face for the first time before the ISTE 2012 conference in San Diego. They presented together on educational blogging and global collaboration. This post summarizes their presentation.

 

"Linda and Kathleen are both passionate about integrating technology in the classroom and have been heavily involved in educational blogging since 2008.

 

"In early 2009, Linda came across Kathleen’s class blog and from just one comment a rewarding friendship and collaborative adventure began.

 

"The unique relationship has now spanned over three years and connected eight different cohorts of students. Throughout this time, the classes have moved from isolated to integrated, irregular to frequent, and from the superficial to rich global collaboration.

 

"Despite being physically positioned in opposite hemispheres, Mrs. Yollis’ class and 4KM (formerly 2KM) connect each week via blogs, Skype, and other online tools. The two classes have worked on many collaborative projects together, some of which have included other classes around the world."

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48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers

48 Ultra-Cool Summer Sites for Kids and Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Keith Ferrell

 

"A good majority of northern hemisphere and international schools are winding down the 2011-12 school year, and doors will be closing as the students and teachers take off on their summer adventures. Here is a list of great sites for kids and teachers to keep you happily productive and learning this summer. These are in no way in any order of personal preference or coolness."

 

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DocsTeach | National Archives

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"Educators can “find and create learning activities with primary source documents that promote historical thinking skills.” Use the more than 3000 original documents from the National Archives to create rich, online learning experiences for students.Tip: Use the interactive learning activity tools to help students “think like historians.”

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