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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software

TinyTake - Best Free Windows Screen Capture Software | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Make the most of your screen captures. TinyTake gives you all the tools to capture, annotate, and share screen captures and screen casts for free.

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John Bostock's curator insight, August 26, 2013 6:58 AM

This looks an interesting alternative to Jing, with better tools for annotation.

technologytoteach's curator insight, August 28, 2013 2:15 PM

Will try this out, just downloading so unable to comment on its usefulness

Terheck's comment, September 1, 2013 4:54 AM
You can also try Greenshot : very nice, free and Open Source : http://getgreenshot.org/
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How to master Keynote's presentation tools

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Follow our guide and learn how to use Keynote's presentation tools to make sure the polished and well-designed project you created is presented how you intended.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, September 6, 2013 1:08 PM

For Keynote users. Detailed instructions how to create presentations using Keynote and put the available tools to good use.

Tony Gough's curator insight, September 9, 2013 3:31 AM

Good guide for exploiting Keynote on a Mac!

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40 iPad Apps for SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

40 iPad Apps for SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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The SAMR model enables the classification of level of technology use by educators: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. It is rather similar to the 5 levels of tech integration described in the original Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) research: Entry (non- or hesitant use), Adoption, Adaptation, Appropriation, and Innovation. This post includes sample apps for each level of the SAMR model, which can be helpful for educators trying to get handle on how to use this framework productively.

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Nik's QuickShout: Taking notes from the web on the iPad

Nik's QuickShout: Taking notes from the web on the iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nik Peachy


"Recently, while dong a workshop on mobile learning, I had a participant who had just bought an iPad and was upset because he couldn't easily switch between a website he was reading and a word processing program. He wanted to do what many of us do on a desktop or laptop computer and copy paste sections and quotes or take notes.


"After some research I found the Side by Side browser. This is a simple free app that you can download to your iPad (Sorry, no Android version) which allows you to have a browser window open in one half of the screen and a note taking app in the other half. You can type notes then send them to who ever you want or store them in DropBox."


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iOgrapher Mobile Media Case

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by Cassandra Khaw (TechHive)


"Teacher Dave Basulto knows first hand what shrinking budgets can mean to school arts programs. His solution? Pair an inexpensive iPad mini with theiOgrapher (funding through April 13), a mounting system he’s developed for Apple’s tiny tablet.


"The iOgrapher is a rigid plastic molding sporting wide, loopy handles intended to facilitate steadier operation of your device. Three accessory shoes, allowing you to attach equipment like lights or microphones, sit on the upper ridge. An attachment point placed underneath the iOgrapher enables you to mount the assemblage on various tripods, stands, and dollies. And a 37mm lens mount will let you add different lenses.


"Basulto plans to lunach a companion site, iOgrapherU.com, alongside the mount with tutorials for both the iPad and his creation, as well as related apps, workflow techniques, editing, and other information helpful for those engaged in audio/visual media production. Only those who’ve purchased an iOgrapher or one of Basulto’s other planned products will be granted access."

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I have no connection with this brand new company, founded by teacher Dave Basulto, but boy do I wish I did!


This is a fabulous concept and looks like a dynamite product. The website says the base frame unit will start shipping on Sept. 13, 2013 and cost just $65. The Accessories page suggests lenses, lights, microphones, and tripods. Excluding the cost of the iPad Mini, users can equip themselves with a very functional video-making kit for less than $300 (including a bunch of great apps).

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Animoby ℠ – Paint, type, draw, use voice in interactive board - Make presentations

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AniMoby is an app for iPads that allows users to record voice while using design tools on an interactive whiteboard. This combination makes AniMoby the perfect product for the creation of user-friendly presentations and lessons - which teachers can send to any student with internet connection to view anytime, anywhere. Unlike other interactive whiteboard apps, AniMoby does not use video file formats – so file sizes are small and can be saved/shared with ease.AniMoby also features a clipart library designed to help teachers make lessons.
Two versions of AniMoby are available – AniMobyPro and AniMobyStandardAniMoby Pro provides the most enhanced AniMoby experience, and includes unlimited recording durations and access to a larger library of templates and clipart. In theProVersion, animations can also be sent privately to others, and use of the app is free of advertisements.

In the Standard versionrecordings are limited to two minutes, the template\clipart library is limited, and advertisements will be featured. AniMoby Pro is now being offered for a one-time payment of $7.99.


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Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, September 21, 2013 4:35 PM

A great app for creating presentations on iPad.

Sharla Shults's curator insight, September 22, 2013 6:26 PM

The age of technology...wonders never cease!

Animoby's comment, September 23, 2013 12:58 PM
Hope you folks enjoy using it! Let me know if you have any questions or need help! Thanks! - Eric (eric@appsis.com)
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 10 Terrific Tools in My Toolkit | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Susan Oxenvad


"The key to successful technology integration is the efficient use of digital tools tools that are appropriate for the task. Technology provides us all with the ability to develop our own toolkit of flexible resources for use when needed. Here is a toolkit I assembled that is filled with tools I frequently use for designing flexible student-driven learning experiences. Starting with a good toolkit is essential.

"Explore this interactive image to take a closer look at my collection of resources for use with these 10 terrific tools. Try them yourself and remember to start with something simple."


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Oxenvad has curated wonderful collections of resources and presented them in highly creative ways. Educators are well advised to check her work frequently.

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Antonia Rudenstine's curator insight, August 11, 2013 8:33 AM

Susan Oxnevad has a really nice blog for teachers looking for speedy and smooth ways to integrate tech tools into their practice. She is both knowledgeable about the various web 2.0 tools that are freely available, AND thoughtful about providing strategies for their integration. Her work is very influenced by UDL, which I find powrful in this age when so much online curriuclum is essentially digital worksheet completion.

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15 Tools For Better Project-Based Learning

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Project-Based Learning is a 21st century approach to learning that acts both as a curriculum and instruction tool, as well as a new way for students to think about school. Rather than strictly academic lessons and units, real-world problems can be solved, and students gain experience with long-term management of the learning process, and the possibility of self-direction.

Project-Based Learning allows naturally embedding of “school” in authentic environments whether those are digital or physical. It is a way of learning that is as much about the process as the project, allowing for the seamless integration of technology, and the inclusion of digital and social media to solve relevant personal and social challenges.


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Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Google+ for Schools- A Must Read Guide ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google+ for Schools is a short guide created by Eric Curts, a Google certified teacher. I have just finished reading it now and thought you might be interested in having a glance as well.This document walks you through a step by step process to learn everything you need in order to start leveraging the power of this social networking platform in schools."


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Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning ~ Edutopia

Resources and Downloads for Collaborative Learning ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Doug Keely


"At The College Preparatory School (College Prep) in Oakland, California, student collaboration happens on a daily basis, from group-centered math assignments, to student-led discussions in English. Below are documents provided by College Prep English teacher Julie Anderson and Math teacher Betsy Thomas."

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A Better List Of Ideas For Project-Based Learning

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While there is no magic bullet of practice, program, or framework that automatically produces progressive and effective learning, what makes project-based learning exceptional is its flexibility.


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Lots of very useful suggestions here. Definitely worth reading if you're into PBL.

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Secrets Of YouTube You Should Know ~ MakeUseOf

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by Simon Slangen


"YouTube is a favourite past-time for many of us; the chance to lead your own TV station. From you, for you. And yet, for all the time we spend on this web site, we know very little about it. It’s not surprising, seeing the size of this site, that there are a lot of back doors. A lot of ways to do things you wouldn’t expect.


"If you like YouTube, as many of us do, it’ll pay off to look into these secrets. With this knowledge, it’s easier to get what you want, when you want it; to enjoy YouTube in its full glory."

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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills ~ Mind/Shift

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by Ian Quillen


"...students like Sam Blazes and Wilfried Hounyo, two winners in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, say they see their passion for computer programming is potentially leading them into a wide range of future professions.


“There’s no specific place you can plan on going because there are so many different things you can do with programming,” Blazes told an audience during a panel discussion at The Atlanticmagazine’s Technologies in Education Forum earlier this month. “You can do pretty much anything with it that you can program.”


"That’s because computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer.


"For example, Blazes and Hounyo, both now high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, each won acclaim for helping to design educational video games. But they both said they initiallyembraced programming through school robotics clubs, where students not only build robots, but work to write code that can control robots’ movements and reactions. And as Blazes pointed out, the same skills could also be used for a wide range of career purposes, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 10, 2013 4:20 AM
Great information. HABITS OF MIND!!
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TouchCast - Creating interactive video on the iPad

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TouchCast is an iPad app that I downloaded recently and have been exploring a bit over the last couple of weeks. It's not often an app come along which really shakes up and existing genre like video, but I think TouchCast does and in a way that can be very beneficial for learners.


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Gregory Fortin-Vidah's curator insight, September 18, 2013 8:28 PM

Seems interesting. Should take a look.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, September 19, 2013 3:55 AM

This looks like a fantastic tool along the lines of Zaption, where vieoes can have other content overlaid. Looking forward to having a play :)

Melanie Holcombe's curator insight, September 20, 2013 5:03 AM

Need to try this.

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How to Write on PowerPoint Slides during a Presentation

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During a PowerPoint presentation you may be tempted to apply some changes to the presentation slides. Even if you can close the slideshow and go directly to the slide where...


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John Purificati's comment, September 16, 2013 9:57 PM
I've been looking for something like this.
Linda Denty's curator insight, October 7, 2013 12:38 AM

More useful stuff!

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How to Write on PowerPoint Slides during a Presentation

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Josef Albers’s ‘Interaction of Color’ Book Comes to Life in iPad App

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An iPad app lets you interact, literally, with Josef Albers’s theories of color.

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Quickly Manage And Share Lists With Silo

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This slick list app is lightning fast and makes it easy to share your lists with others.

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Free MOOC on Blended Learning for Educators (EdSurge News)

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by Christina Quattrocchi


"Silicon Schools Fund CEO Brian Greenberg believes that blended learning is about “reconceiving the role of the student, the teachers, and how you define schools.” But such cosmic shifts require guidance, coaching, and encouragement. With edtech coaches and coordinators still a relatively new field, teachers often have few direct resources on how to get started.


"The emergence of a new blended learning MOOC, compliments of Coursera’s new focus on teacher professional development, could provide such guidance--for free.


"To deliver the course, blended learning connoisseurs Greenberg and Michael Horn (Co-founder, Clayton Christensen Institute) will join forces with teacher training expert Rob Schwartz of the New Teacher Center.


"Aimed at educators and parents with access to some form of a classroom, the six-week course will focus on implementing blended learning models, looking at factors like physical space, budget and how to choose the right software. "Students" will focus on case studies at KIPP Los AngelesSummit Public Schools and Navigator Schools in Gilroy,CA, described by Greenberg “the best school you never heard of.” These studies will serve as a guide through the questions, obstacles, and decisions that come up when implementing various versions of blended learning models. By the end of the course, educators and parents will be expected to launch blended learning pilots in their own schools, however big or small."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:26 PM

Course begins Oct. 15 on Coursera

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Teachers Now “Pinning” Common Core Resources in MasteryConnect

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"Recently, MasteryConnect unveiled a cool, social bookmarking feature for standards aligned resources. Much like the Pinterest paradigm of social bookmarking, teachers find or upload any resource on the web, align it to a state or Common Core standard, and “pin” it to a board or collection. Like MasteryConnect’s community of teacher-created formative assessments, it seems that MasteryConnect is at it again, working to create the biggest collection of resources for the Common Core."


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