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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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10 Innovative Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom - Edudemic

10 Innovative Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
It starts with an image. Present ideas. Pack it full of content. Create links to amazing sites. Explore, share and create with ThingLink in the classroom!

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Encouraging Teachers to Teach Creativity | Powerful Learning Practice

Encouraging Teachers to Teach Creativity | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Margaret Haviland

 

" As the person most directly responsible for our school’s professional learning, I have been wondering what professional development looks like when you turn Bloom’s on its head and ask teachers to encourage students’ creative thinking early in the learning process. Teachers need to model their own creative thinking and embrace “messy” assessments."

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, January 3, 2013 3:00 PM

Change is good! we have to remember to encourage ourselves as well as our students. Model the risk-taking

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How to use QR codes in research and teaching | academiPad

How to use QR codes in research and teaching | academiPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jo Scholz

 

"This post is about the basics of why, where and how to use QR codes in your research and teaching. In addition, it will also suggest a few design tweaks that allow you to blend QR codes with the surrounding context (e.g., the keynote slide or a poster). And if you invest some time you can even closely integrate a QR code with your overall self-branding efforts."

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Joachim Scholz, PhD's comment, January 2, 2013 11:06 PM
and soon I will also put up a video on how to do such a nice Designer QR code. Its totally addictive.
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The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything

The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Ask yourself: If you could interview like Walter Cronkite, would you get more value from your meetings? Would your mentors become more valuable?
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A practical guide to asking open-ended questions.

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Hackidemia

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"HacKidemia is a a mobile invention lab that enables future change-makers to crowdcraft physical and virtual artifacts by attending and creating hands-on workshops. City by city, this will kickstart the development of community invention spaces for people of all ages."

Jim Lerman's insight:

One of the growing number of DIY/Maker-type initiatives to engage young people in creating interesting designed objects such as 3D printing, robots, and microelectronics.

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Picture Perfect: Teaching to Visual Literacy -- THE Journal

Picture Perfect: Teaching to Visual Literacy -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Visual Literacy proponent Lynell Burmark explains why the use of images is so important in the classroom and how it can help teachers meet the challenges of getting through the curriculum and engaging students in skills and content they'll actually...
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BookChook's curator insight, January 6, 2013 3:20 AM

Great explanation of the importance of images and vis lit - veni, vidi, velcro!

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Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The "Top 25" Websites foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover.

Media Sharing

Digital Storytelling

Manage & Organize

Social Networking & Communication

Content Resources

Curriculum Collaboration"

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Capture and Share Video Instantly with YouTube Capture

New! Capture and share videos instantly with YouTube Capture. More at http://youtube.com/capture
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Record quickly

Capture life's moments in fewer clicks and less lag time. YouTube Capture was designed for speed.
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Enhance automatically

Make your videos pop with automatic color correction, stabilization, trimming, and music tracks.
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Share easily

Upload videos to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter simultaneously, or share privately with friends and family.

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"YouTube Capture is a new (iOS) app (Android coming soon) that allows easy video recording and uploading to YouTube.

The free app can start recording as soon as you open it (if you set it to do so) and it provides you also with the option to add royalty free music to optimize the quality of the video."
http://www.scoop.it/t/online-video-publishing/p/3766039650/capture-and-share-video-instantly-with-youtube-capture

More info on Mashable:

http://mashable.com/2012/12/17/youtube-video-recording-app-ios/


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Robin Good's comment, December 26, 2012 4:29 AM
and here is the link for it in the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/youtube-capture/id576941441?mt=8
André Manssen's curator insight, February 23, 2013 4:44 PM

Bestaat er ook zo'n app voor de Android smartphone?

Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, May 5, 2013 8:51 AM

if you are iOS.. android coming..

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The moon and the lighthouse....

The moon and the lighthouse.... | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Great impage

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Jesús Hernández's comment, January 2, 2013 3:27 AM
Ty! :-)
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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

 

 

 


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Alessio Manca's comment, December 31, 2012 4:00 AM
GR8 Collection! TYVM John!
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, January 8, 2013 6:47 PM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

Devrim Ozdemir, Ph. D.'s curator insight, January 9, 2013 8:39 AM

While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, they-re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.

 

Some of them really simple. Most of them... visual. Try, gooo

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UltraFileSearch Lite: One Of The Best Free Replacements To Windows Search

UltraFileSearch Lite: One Of The Best Free Replacements To Windows Search | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Craig Snyder

 

"It’s a bit of a shame that the Windows Search experience has been lackluster in recent OS releases like XP, Vista, 7, and even (in my opinion) 8. Luckily, for the savvy user, there are a whole mess of third-party solutions that make searching the Windows file system what it ought to be: simple and effective.

 

"Picking at your brain on this subject, the first alternative that should come to many minds is Everything. This piece of software is to searching your Windows PC as Dropbox is to file synchronization. There are others though, and neglecting those options could mean you’re missing out on something you find to be even better!

 

"Another of our writers, Aaron, recently pulled through with an article that introduces users to seven pieces of software in this class. In the comments, I stumbled across a recommendation by one of our great readers: UltraFileSearch. After checking out the software, I thought it’d be right to feature a full article on it and introduce everyone else to the extensive round of features."

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Quite thoroughly researched.

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Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter

Free Video Converter for Mac and PC: Shedworx Smart Converter | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

 


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SmartConverter is a free downloadable video conversion utility for both Apple Mac computers and Windows PCs capable of transcoding almost any video file into the format most appropriate for playback on a number of different types of devices (especially Apple ones).


From iPhone/iPad to Playstation, tablets, computer screen, SmartConverter allows easy video conversion in just a few clicks by way of its many available conversion presets.


Very simple to use.


Good for non-techies and newbies. Free.


Mac version - Download from App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/smart-converter/id447513724?ls=1&mt=12


Windows version - http://shedworx.com/smartconverter-windows


Try it out: www.shedworx.com/smartconverter

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Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic

Why (And How) Teachers Should Start Using iTunes U - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Fred Sitkins explores some of the benefits of using what iTunes U has to offer schools, teachers, and administrators.
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Free Email Reminder Service | Reporter Connection

Free Email Reminder Service | Reporter Connection | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Bill Harrison

 

"FollowUpThen.com is a free email reminder service that makes it extremely simple to follow-up with anyone (including yourself). Simply write a normal email and include the time-interval@followupthen.com in the CC or BCC fields. Emailing a colleague you need that big report on Friday? Just CC your email to Friday@followupthen.com and on Friday the system will prompt you by sending you a copy of your original email. Need to remind yourself to re-consider an issue in three months?  Send an email to 3months@followupthen.com. A great tool."

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Flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice

Flipping Bloom’s Taxonomy | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Shelley Wright

 

"I think the revised Bloom’s Taxonomy is wrong. I agree that the taxonomy accurately classifies various types of cognitive thinking skills. It certainly identifies the different levels of complexity. But its organizing framework is dead wrong.

 

"Many teachers in many classrooms spend the majority of their time in the basement of the taxonomy, never really addressing or developing the higher order thinking skills that kids need to develop. We end up with rote and boring classrooms. Rote and boring curriculum. Much of today’s standardized testing rigorously tests the basement, further anchoring the focus of learning at the bottom steps, which is not beneficial for our students.

 

"I dislike the pyramid because it creates the impression that there is a scarcity of creativity — only those who can traverse the bottom levels and reach the summit can be creative. And while this may be how it plays out in many schools, it’s not due to any shortage of creative potential on the part of our students.

 

"I think the narrowing pyramid also posits that our students need a lot more focus on factual knowledge than creativity, or analyzing, or evaluating and applying what they’ve learned. And in a Google-world, it’s just not true.

Here’s what I propose. In the 21st century, we flip Bloom’s taxonomy. Rather than starting with knowledge, we start with creating, and eventually discern the knowledge that we need from it.

Jim Lerman's insight:

I think Wright has a good point here, albeit a bit overemphasized in her intro. Indeed, we do not always need to start with Remembering in an instructional sequence. From the beginning, advocates of Bloom's conceptual framework (at least those I encountered), urged a balance of objectives, from diverse levels, in any learning sequence. The sequencing of the levels in the learning ought to be designed with the overall intended outcomes in mind.

 

Ultimately, I think variety is the spice of learning. In order to keep instruction engaging, units should have varying structures. In order to sustain interest, we don't want our approaches to get stale. Starting with Creating once in a while, or even often, can be a great idea. But, if it's overused, it too can become boring.

 

Also to be remembered is that the Cognitive domain is only one of three domains described by Bloom. The other are the Affective and the Psychomotor. We are suffering from an overemphasis on the Cognitive and underemphasize the Affective and Psychomotor to our, and our students', disadvantage.

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Scribbler's Folly: Start Me Up

Scribbler's Folly: Start Me Up | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Amy Beth Arkawy

 

:"Start with the smell of burnt toast. Or look for a pair of missing earrings. Try falling out of love. Or waiting for an interview for a job you desperately want ( or one you never thought you'd have to get). Start with a line from a song or a classic movie. Look at a snapshot from a family album. Or a photo from the newspaper.

"These are all prompts I have used in creative writing workshops to help writers tap into the creative well that is available to every artist. We typically use the first twenty to thirty minutes of each session to just write, write, write. The prompt is merely a suggestion- a jumping off point- which can be used or eschewed in favor of an image or idea rumbling around in a writer's head. The premise: uncensored, uninhabited writing can open the creative passageway often blocked by the raging self-doubt of that pesky inner critic who always seems to tag along for the ride."

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Texting In The Classroom: 3 Tools To Do It Right - Edudemic

Texting In The Classroom: 3 Tools To Do It Right - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

"Many people think that sending group text messages is a cumbersome process: inputting each individual’s information into your address book, and creating a ‘message’ for each class by manually adding each contact in? It sounds annoying even typing it. Lots of other people thought so, too, and thus there are a number of group text messaging services out there, some even specially designed for use by teachers who need to keep in touch with groups of students or parents. Here are a few that we find easy to use and classroom friendly:"

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Innosight Institute » Blended-Learning Model Definitions

Innosight Institute » Blended-Learning Model Definitions | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The Innosight Instittute provides its graphic and wtitten definitiions of 6 models for blended learning.

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4 No-Cost Tools for Educators -- THE Journal

4 No-Cost Tools for Educators -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Technology doesn't have to be expensive. Just ask John Kuglin, a long-time tech guru who shows educators how to tap into myriad free Web resources that can be used in and out of the classroom.

 

""Free applications, software, and other tools help break down some of the barriers that educators face when implementing new tech tools," says Kuglin, a senior consultant at Kuglin Consulting in Denver. "When you focus on the free options, there are no roadblocks."

 

"As the number of technology tools available to educators has proliferated, Kuglin says he came to the conclusion that no-cost Web applications and learning resourceshave opened doors for teachers who would often overlook the free options. As school budgets have tightened up and as more institutions have striven to integrate technology into their classrooms, the need for free resources has grew exponentially."

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Howtosmile.org: Search, Collect, and Share

Howtosmile.org: Search, Collect, and Share | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"SMILE's learning activities, tools, and services are available to all but are designed especially for those who teach school-aged children in non-classroom settings (like museums, zoos, aquaria, and afterschool or outdoor education programs). SMILE is dedicated to bringing the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) activities developed by informal science organizations around the country to the wider informal educator community, while encouraging that community to both use and contribute to SMILE's growing collection."

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Road & perspective....

Road & perspective.... | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Great image

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Mary Dantes's comment, December 31, 2012 3:30 AM
I love it...... Wonderful......
Mary Dantes's comment, January 2, 2013 12:54 AM
Thank you, Jim Lerman.
Jesús Hernández's comment, January 2, 2013 3:27 AM
Obrigado Mary!
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Cheery Children Education Center, Nairobi, Kenya

Cheery Children Education Center, Nairobi, Kenya | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

THERE IS NO LINK TO THIS SITE FROM THE TITLE BAR OR FROM THE PHOTO. FIND THE LINK IN THE MESSAGE BELOW.

 

I received this message through my LinkedIn account today. It seems legitimate to me, although I have no way of knowing for sure. The cause is certainly a good one. I'll be making a contribution and I hope you will consider making one too. -Jim

 

"Tracy Hanson Founder of Next Generation Global Education and Mistacres Homeschool Co-op

To: Jim Lerman

Date: January 1, 2013

This being the first day of 2013, I take a moment to reflect on how lucky I am to be given the opportunity to work with and learn from people, young and old, from all over the world. This is especially true when I look back on the wonderful year I have had teaching the children of Cheery Children Education Center in Nairobi, Kenya. In less then ideal situations, a group of 16 young learners have been meeting with me three days a week to share academic learning as well as to exchange culture. We have done this all with just one laptop computer.Now, 20 more students will be joining us and we are in great need of a projector that will hook up to their computer along with 15-20 tablets that will allow them to access NGGE curriculum.
I am asking all my friends and connections to take a minute to visit these children. ( http://k12nextgeneration.org/about-cheery-childrens-education-center/ ) Then please make a donation of what ever you can afford; $1, $3, $5? Pass this link around to your friends and ask them to do the same. Such a small amount from each of us will change the world of many deserving children."

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Meta - Contemporary Camera App Filters for the iPhone

Meta - Contemporary Camera App Filters for the iPhone | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Meta – After getting a camera with enough megapixels and a good lens, all that remains is finding the right visual filters to enhance the look of your images. It would be really helpful if you could simply view what the picture would look like with the filter while you were taking it. In other words, you need an image filter application with real time effects. Meta offers precisely that. Read more: Meta: Apply Filters to Your Photos While You Are Taking Them [iOS]"
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Blended Learning Booklets for Teachers | Didactics and Technology in Education

Blended Learning Booklets for Teachers | Didactics and Technology in Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
They have produced a nice page that answers some common blended learning questions, gives exemplars, and provides four excellent booklets on blended learning techniques.

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A Simple Guide To Complex Learning Theories

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Do you know the actual theories of learning? This helpful infographic does a solid job of breaking down the basics of learning theories in a visual and understandable format.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen, Pascal STIEVENARD, Frederic DOMON, JoelleYalin
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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, December 27, 2012 11:29 AM

Starting with a brain-based illustration on the chart,  is a good sign for this sort of learning theory.  ~  D

Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 30, 2012 5:57 PM

I am very  interested in this whole constructivism thing and find this visual chart helpful

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:15 AM

A picture is worth 1,000 words - plenty of words on this Inforgrapic but organized in a way to make understanding (and hopefully appling)  these learning theories to good pedagogy