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Khan Academy founder talks online education success - CBS News

Khan Academy founder talks online education success - CBS News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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" Khan Academy founder Sal Khan in this interview considers the reasons behind the growing popularity of his education videos. The videos, Khan said, feature a conversational tone, taking the stress out of learning and making the concepts approachable. "I think that and the breadth of the content that's there has gotten people engaged," he said."

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Multimedia Programs Reduce Summer Learning Loss

Multimedia Programs  Reduce Summer Learning Loss | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Nora Fleming 

 

"Summer programs that use multimedia may improve student literacy, numeracy, phonics skills, and math vocabulary, according to a study released by WestEd, a nonprofit education research organization.

 

"The report examines the Electric Company's Summer Learning Program, which is sponsored by the Sesame Workshop, a nonprofit organization that produces "Sesame Street" and "The Electric Company," television series that air on PBS KIDS.

 

"Children in 12 different, five- to six-week-long summer programs around the U.S. were assessed last summer using the curriculum and found to have a 41 percent gain in math vocabulary, 20 percent gain in numeracy, and 17 percent gain in phonics skills. The curriculum combines TV shows, hands-on activities, and online gaming, geared toward children aged 6 to 8. Teachers also reported improved student behavior and interest, in addition to their own improved motivation and confidence."

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Five lessons from the nation’s best online teacher | eSchool News

Five lessons from the nation’s best online teacher | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Teacher Teresa Dove of the Florida Virtual School (FLVS) last week was chosen as the first winner of this new award, which not only recognizes excellent teaching but also the prevalence, and importance, of online learning across the country.

 

"The award, which recognizes an “outstanding online teacher for exceptional contributions to online K-12 education,” was created by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the International Association for K-12 Online Learning (iNACOL)."

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Get your free 13-page Twitter Guide for Teachers | Powerful Learning Practice

Get your free 13-page Twitter Guide for Teachers | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

We’ve created the Twitter Handbook for Teachers, a brand new, interactive, 13-page guide to Twitter. This guide is for educators who are new to Twitter, or veterans to the social media platform who want to bring Twitter into their classrooms or grow their network. Is that you? Sign up to get your free instant download!


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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Mohamed ( Med ) Kharbach

 

A wonderful collection of skills and links to sites that support use of the skills. Great research by Kharbach in pulling this all together. Many services I had not known before. -JL

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Knovio Turns Slides into Video Presentations for Free

Knovio Turns Slides into Video Presentations for Free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Knovio is a cool web tool that allows users to easily create online presentations. It basically turns PowerPoint slides into video presentations in your browser. Knovio is still in beta phase but you can ask for a request to use the service. It is completely free and easy to use.

 

"Knovio gives life to static slides and with a simple click you will be able to turn them into rich video and audio presentations that you can share with your friends and colleagues via email or popular social media websites. Knovio does not require any software installation or download, it is all web based."

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4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands | Chronicle of Higher Education

4 Professors Discuss Teaching Free Online Courses for Thousands | Chronicle of Higher Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jeffrey R. Young

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"What is it like to teach a free online course to tens of thousands of students? Dozens of professors are doing just that, experimenting with a format known as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC). In addition, there are more providers than ever, some working with elite universities, and others that allow professors to join in.

 

"In this series, The Chronicle of Higher Education asked four U.S. professors, teaching on different platforms, to share their thoughts on the experience:

 

-Peter Struck: associate professor of classical studies, University of Pennsylvania, teaching via Coursera

-David Evans: associate professor of computer science, University of Virginia, teaching via Udacity -Margaret Soltan: associate professor of English, George Washington University, teaching via Udemy

-Curtis Bonk: professor of education, Indiana University at Bloomington, teaching via Blackboard

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Year 2060: Education Predictions | Sal Khan

Sal Khan, originator of Khan Academy, goes out on a limb and makes predictions regarding what education will be like in about 50 years. Interesting video. -JL

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How to Force Quit an Unresponsive iOS App

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By Whitson Gordon

 

"If you find that one of your iPhone apps is hanging and causing your device to stop working, you don't have to reboot it entirely. Here's how to force quit the current app if it stops responding."

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to get you Started with Photographing Children

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to get you Started with Photographing Children | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kaspars Grinvalds

 

"Little ones are definitely fun and very positive subjects to photograph! Getting those real and authentic emotions and showing through your pictures the joy of a childhood is a very warm and sincere feeling.

 

"However dealing with kids sometimes can be quite challenging. You have to be ready that they often have their own thoughts on their mind and you need to be very patient and adapt to their natural behavior. Don’t assume that they will listen carefully and follow your instructions exactly. That’s why you most probably won’t be able to use these samples as posing cheat sheet. Use them rather as a reference for ideas and different scenarios for you photo shoot."

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Men

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Men | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kaspars Grinvalds

 

"It is always a good idea to prepare before the photo shoot. Just one more peace of advice – involve your subject in the process! He will feel more confident knowing the plan, what he has to “do” and what kind of outcome is expected. Showing this kind of posing cheat sheet to your model is indeed a very good way to prepare your subject for a photo shoot and make him feel more relaxed and confident at the same time."

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Writing Peer Review TOP 10 Mistakes

"4th and 5th graders show how NOT to conduct a peer review. Show this video to your class to help them make better use of peer review opportunities. Please visit http://www.timbedley.com for more teaching ideas. I understand that "real" peer review is done by the scientific community. However; in my elementary school class we stole the term to refer to a one-on-one critique of each other's writing."

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How to Make an Educational Screencast (Mac)

Paul Andersen shows you how to use Screenflow, Keynote, and Omnidazzle to make an educational screencast.
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“Hello, I Am Sabu ... ” | New York Magazine

“Hello, I Am Sabu ... ” | New York Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Steve Fishman

Summary by New York Magzine

 

"From a rough upbringing in the projects on Avenue D, Hector Monsegur grew into perhaps the most influential hacker in the world, a Che Guevara of the Internet who attacked the powerful in the name of the oppressed. Then the FBI came knocking, and he embraced a very different calling."

 

A simply mind-blowing narrative of a world-class hacker who rose from a hard life in the projects, briefly influenced world events, turned FBI informant, and then crashed and burned. A stunning side of Internet life only dimly seen by most people and a sobering tale of our times. Superbly researched and deftly told. Be forewarned, there is a good deal of very strong language used in this piece - but oh, what a story. -JL

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What's your Technology Quotient (TQ)? | Hybrid Reality | Big Think

What's your Technology Quotient (TQ)? | Hybrid Reality | Big Think | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Parag and Ayesha Khanna

 

"Whether the future is a dystopian global class struggle over technology or a Pax Technologica of transparency, access and equity will depend on spreading TQ above all else. In our new book Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization, we explore the frontier of the information revolution: The Hybrid Age.

 

"The Hybrid Age is the transition period between the Information Age and the moment of Singularity (when machines surpass human intelligence) that inventor Ray Kurzweil, author of The Singularity Is Near, estimates we may reach by 2040 (perhaps sooner). The Hybrid Age is a liminal phase in which we cross the threshold toward a new mode of arranging global society. The philosopher Karl Jaspers saw such times as both destructive and constructive, because our “unquestioned grasp on life is loosened” and we “ask radical questions.” Nicholas Negroponte of MIT, whose seminal 1995 book Being Digital foresaw the Internet as a “global social fabric,” now argues that the Internet is only a transitory instrument that facilitates the far deeper shift now under way. You may continue to live your life without understanding the implications of the still-distant Singularity, but you should not underestimate how quickly we are accelerating into the Hybrid Age nor delay in managing this transition yourself."

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Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers

Best Free Digital Storytelling Tools for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Originally by Mohamed ( Med ) Kharbach

 

"Digital storytelling, the practice of combining narrative with digital content, is gaining more ground in the educational field.Many schools and educational centres all around the globe are including learning method in their curriculums and the results are really promising : more of students engagement and a bigger degree of motivation."


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How to present like Ken Robinson

A thorough analysis of Andrew Lightheart of how Ken Robinson assembled and put across his TED talk on How Schools Kill Creativity -- one of the most downloaded of all the TED talks. -JL


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New York Times Infographics and data visualizations | Small labs Inc.

New York Times Infographics and data visualizations | Small labs Inc. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

For those who love infographics, this site is devoted to collecting them only from the NY Times. Currently (6-13-12), there are 329 of them. -JL

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Nik's QuickShout: Engage Students with Flipped Video Tasks

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Nik Peachy describes, and then illustrates in a video, how to create a "vialogue": a video with questions and polls inserted to make a video more of a two-way exchange between its creator and its viewer(s). This seems like a pretty nifty tool to liven up the videos in flipped classroom settings.

 

It seems to me that in order to really foster a dialogue between creator and viewer (or among viewers), all questions should not be just at the recall or explanation level. Otherwise the learning experience (what we used to call a lesson) is not a lot more than the old "read the book and answer the questions."

 

The vialogue seems like a step in the right direction, and the makers of the questions need to challenge themselves to create questions that are interesting and engaging, in order to maximize the value of the tool. -JL

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5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals

5 Ways Twitter Strengthens A School’s Learning Community | Connected Principals | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joe Mazza

 

"This year, our K-6 staff began learning in a new virtual way using Twitter. After a couple staff in-service trainings and after school workshops, parents and teachers ventured into this new educational Twitterverse. As we enter the final week of school, I’d like to share it’s initial impact on teaching and learning from my principal’s lens.

 

"Our staff’s “learning by Twitter” has occurred in multiple formats this school year:

-From each other

-From classroom to classroom

-From our school parentsFrom their developing Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

-From local & national conferencesFrom our district hashtag (#nped)

-From weekly education chats like #ptchat, #5thchat, #edchat #ntchat & others

 

"Below are five examples of collaborative and transparent learning compliments of @KnappElementary staff and parents. Without the efforts of teachers AND parents “trying” social media at school, something very new to most of us, none of these benefits would be possible."

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Cool Tools: Freesound - The best free sound library

Cool Tools: Freesound - The best free sound library | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Timothy Lord

 

"There are sound effects libraries that cost more than a small car, and they're probably worth it to certain kinds of users — like movie studios or audio production houses — but not to me. In search of interesting, appropriately licensed sounds for personal amusement, some google searching led me to Freesound.org, which has many thousands of freely usable, user-contributed sound recordings, all Creative Commons licensed. Some of them are tiny snippets, the audio equivalent of the icons on a computer screen, and some are lengthy field recordings. (Many of the sounds here are purely synthetic, too, or remixes that the CC licensing facilitates.) Last Halloween, I set up a playlist for my family's "haunted condo," consisting of screams, clanks, and creepy laughter (but also repurposed sounds like foghorns and musical instruments I thought sounded ominious), with sounds drawn entirely from this site."

http://www.freesound.org/

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Couples

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Couples | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kaspars Grinvalds

 

"In individual person portraits the main subject was a single person and her or his personality. In comparison, couple photography is more about connection, interaction and above all – feelings between two people. And most probably those are very deep and passionate feelings, which makes couple photography so delightful and positive.

 

"Generally a couple should be easy to engage in a photo shoot. If they are initially a bit shy or feeling uncomfortable, just ask them to show you how they felt and looked when they met for the first time. You will invoke them on an emotional level, providing you with natural and loving expressions in their portraits."

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Female Subjects

Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Female Subjects | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kaspars Grinvalds

 

"If you ever run out of ideas, get stuck in creativity or simply need some guidance when shooting female subjects, you may use following posing samples as a “posing cheat sheet”. Many pro photographers use such a technique when preparing for and during the photo shoot.

 

"The poses in this article are selected as initial reference. I would advise to look at the poses together with your subject, especially if she’s inexperienced. During a photo shoot don’t hesitate to discuss with the subject which pose is or isn’t working in any particular situation. It’s usually very productive and you both will feel more confident in what you are doing."

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Photographing Groups of People

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"There are usually three kinds of group shots. First are just formal shots with a large number of people. Second are more informal shots with a group of friends. And finally, photographing a group or family members. In this order, let’s look at some sample poses and posing ideas."

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Creating Interactive Tabs in Powerpoint

A tutorial on how to add interactive tabs containing hidden information into a powerpoint lecture.
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Nicholas Fragkias's comment, June 11, 2012 3:22 PM
Thanks Maria...