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10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Great Video Game | Common Sense Media

10 Surprising Ways to Spot a Great Video Game | Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Shira Lee Katz

 

"What your kids look for in a snack might be different than what you look for as a parent. While they focus on taste, you focus on nutrition. Same goes for games. Glitzy, big-name games can be enticing, just like junk food. Some are flashy and addictive but do little to feed kids' curiosity or help them develop.

 

"But truly great video games can help your kids grow in ways you never thought possible -- just like delicious, healthful food. So how can you avoid the sugar-cereal equivalents in the game world? Read these 10 tips to find out."

 

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CyberWise uses Ethics Casebook to Talk About the Value of Wikipedia with 7th Graders

CyberWise uses Ethics Casebook to Talk About the Value of Wikipedia with 7th Graders | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Diana Graber

 

"The secret of Wikipedia is this: groups are remarkably smart. In fact, they are usually smarter than the smartest person in them. Nowhere is this explained better than in the book "The Wisdom of Crowds" by James Surowiecki. He opens the book with a story about British scientist Francis Galton who, in 1906, attended the West of England Fat Stock and Poultry Exhibition where he watched 800 people attempt to guess the weight of a fat ox. Out of curiosity, Galton set out to figure out the statistical mean of the group's guesses and discovered that the crowd guessed that the ox weighed 1,197 pounds. It's actual weight? 1,198 pounds. In other words, the crowd was pretty much spot on. Versions of this experiment have been conducted time and again, with results confirming that the crowd will almost always come up with a better answer than the smartest person in that crowd.

 

"For kids who have never heard of Encyclopedia Britannica and who readily turn to Wikipedia as a quick and easy reference for their schoolwork, learning how Wikipedia works, and understanding its strengths and weaknesses, is an important lesson in 21st century literacy. So we spent a couple weeks focusing on this topic during our 7th gradeCyberCivics classes at Journey School in Southern California."

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Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones | Common Sense Media

Parents' Guide to Kids and Cell Phones | Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Caroline Knorr

 

"These tips can help you:

Decide whether your kid is ready for a cell phone

Teach basic cell-phone safety

Explain responsible cell phone rules

Set limits"

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Screenplay Production: Script Your Next Video on your iPad with Storyist

Screenplay Production: Script Your Next Video on your iPad with Storyist | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Storyist is a Mac app designed to produce submission-ready manuscripts and screenplays that is now available also as an iPad app.

 

"Storyist provides a rich text editor with support for comments, images, headers, footers, and style sheets so you can create properly formatted manuscripts and screenplays. And Storyist comes with manuscript and screenplay templates so you can focus on the writing, not the formatting."

 

Key features:

 

-> Automatic manuscript and screenplay formatting.

 

-> Text Inspector for quick editing of formatting, style, and page settings.

 

-> Wireless printing with AirPrint.

 

-> Index card view with support for color-coding.

 

-> Customizable plot, character, and setting sheets.

 

-> Works great with the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock and Bluetooth wireless keyboards.

 

-> One-tap Dropbox sync.

 

-> Files compatible with Storyist for Mac.

 

-> Easy import and export of Storyist, RTF, Plain Text, and Final Draft v8 files via iTunes, Dropbox, and the Open In menu.
 

 

Download software and guides: http://www.storyist.com/downloads/ ;

 

More info: http://storyist.com/ipad/ ;

Available in the App Store here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/storyist/id438008294 ; ($9.99)


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lelapin's comment, July 14, 2012 7:06 PM
Not sure I want to cough up $9 for it.
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Not sure I want to cough up $9 for it.
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14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | Mind/Shift

14 Smart Tips for Using iPads in Class | Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Matt Levinson

 

"For schools that are about to deploy the iPad as their main mobile learning device, there’s wisdom to be learned from others who’ve gone down that road. Here are some tips to help smooth the transition."


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A Beginner’s Guide To Producing Home Music Recordings With Audacity

A Beginner’s Guide To Producing Home Music Recordings With Audacity | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Angela Alcorn

 

"In Audacity, recording voice or another instrument with a microphone is as simple as ensuring the microphone input is correct, pressing record and later pressing stop. This will record a single channel which shows as a wave form and can be edited individually."

 

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Curriculum & Resources: Maps That Stretch the Mind

Curriculum & Resources: Maps That Stretch the Mind | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

(Map above is based on population)

 

From the website

 

"Did you know that Africa is 14 times larger than Greenland? Or that the continental U.S. is actually smaller than Brazil? If you didn’t it’s with good reason—most of us learned our geography from a map that was designed for navigation, not for area accuracy.

 

"Every map is out of proportion in some way—it’s impossible to transfer a sphere to two dimensions without distortion—and each mapmaker chooses what to portray, depending on their agenda. ODT Maps’ mission is to teach people to see the world from a broader, more inclusive perspective, resulting in maps that show countries for their true size, and others with Australia up top—and why not?

 

"ODT Maps provides maps and resources to help people see that there are many ways to see the world—and a need for many maps!"

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Responsible Shopper: Guide to Promoting a Responsible Economy with Company Profiles

Responsible Shopper: Guide to Promoting a Responsible Economy with Company Profiles | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Green America's Responsible Shopper provides you with the real story about abuses by well-known companies, gives you actions to promote corporate responsibility, and helps you green your life and world."

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Visual Learning: Boom!

Visual Learning: Boom! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

How to read a picture; lesson plan and protocol. -JL

 

"Images, photos, and pictures stimulate the mind. For the viewer, they offer a chance to connect and question. They also offer potential for play and imagination, and pulling the observer into purposeful messages.

 

"Most often, newspaper and magazine readers take a quick glance at photos and their captions. With this YES! lesson plan, you and your students can luxuriate—and pause—to truly understand an image, its message, and why it’s interesting (or not)."

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5 Great Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for iPad

5 Great Free Collaborative Whiteboard Apps for iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"Collaborative Whiteboards are gaining more and more ground within our classrooms and if you are lucky enough to have one then you might be enjoying the interactive teaching many teachers elsewhere miss. These collaborative Whiteboards are great for holding students' attention and getting them foucsed on their learning. They are also useful when trying to explain to students hard-to-grasp concepts. Now with the advance of mobile technology, you can even turn these Whiteboards into better learning tools with many iPad apps allowing you to record whatever you are explaining and share your screen with a wider audience in real time. Using such apps can make your students' learning way more enjoyable then it ever used to be."


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An Open Infinite Canvas Where To Collect Anything You Want: Murally

Robin Good: Mural.ly is an infinite visual canvas that can be used to create visual maps, digital posters, collections of information resources, images and video clips.

Mural.ly makes it particularly easy to search the web and to import any image, video or content clip you decide to use.

Presently in invitation beta.  

Find out more and see work created with it here: http://beta.mural.ly/  ;


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The 10 Key Rules for Managing Time in Online Teaching - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

The 10 Key Rules for Managing Time in Online Teaching - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In my several years of teaching online I have developed a variety of time-management tools that have helped me to stay on top of my classes while making my efforts smoother and easier; hundreds of colleagues I’ve discussed this with over the years also have their favorite ways of managing time. As you can imagine, this collective wisdom includes a multitude of approaches (in fact, nearly 300 so far!), but what I present to you here is what I think are the best of the best. Use one, some, or all of these, and I assure you that you’ll have a much better time teaching online!


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Co-operation vs. Competition (vs. Collaboration)

Co-operation vs. Competition (vs. Collaboration) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Will Richardson

 

"...we need a different lens on a national level these days. At a moment where so much knowledge is at our fingertips, and when we’re facing so many seemingly insurmountable problems, we need to spend more of our time figuring out how to work together instead of work against each other. And this is especially true in education.

 

"I think it’s interesting that Sahlberg eschews the word collaboration here. And I’ve been persuaded by Stephen Downes and Harold Jarche and others that really, we need to talk less about collaborating in networks and focus instead on cooperation. The difference is not subtle."

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User activity: A Comparison of Social Networking Sites…05.15.12

User activity: A Comparison of Social Networking Sites…05.15.12 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Infographic providing a snapshot of social media use as of 5/15/12. -JL

 

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New Media Literacies - Teachers' Strategy Guides | USC Annenberg School of Communication

New Media Literacies - Teachers' Strategy Guides | USC Annenberg School of Communication | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We believe that the New Media Literacies need to be integrated across the curriculum - not as an added-on subject, but as a paradigm shift in how we teach and think about traditional school content. Each discipline needs to take ownership of those skills which are central to doing research in their area: science may want to take up issues of visualization and simulation; literature issues of appropriation.

To offer a model for how these skills might be better integrated into the curriculum, we are developing a series of teacher strategy guides which we hope will inform and inspire teachers working in that field, sparking further experimentation and innovation."

 

Outstanding collection of resources, readings, videos, and more. -JL

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Flipping...It's Not Just For The Classroom

Flipping...It's Not Just For The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Steven Anderson

 

"I've recently returned from a trip out to San Diego for #ISTE12. While there you could definitely sense several themes with the participants, sessions, and vendors. STEM was one. iPad and other Tablet cases, charging stations and protection plans was another. But overall the biggest topic that people wanted to talk about was Flipping the classroom.

"I am very skeptical of flipping. Mostly because of the fact that kids leave school to do more school and that just isn't right. (But that is a post for another time...)

 

"I do believe that there is a more practical application of the flip that doesn't involve the classroom.

 

"Faculty meetings."

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ISTE 2012 Attendees | At a Glance | Conference Takeaways

ISTE 2012 Attendees | At a Glance | Conference Takeaways | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

ISTE 2012...

 

Keep your learning alive post-conference. Choose some or all of the methods below for accessing ISTE 2012 content year round!

Video on Demand
Executive Summaries
Presenter Handouts & Papers


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50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic

50,000 (And Counting) Education Apps Worth Knowing About | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"You probably saw the title of this post and thought ‘okay there’s no friggin’ way he’s going to assemble a list of the best 50,000 education apps. But thanks to a partnership between Edudemic and FindTheBest, we’ve done just that. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to build a robust directory of, as of this writing, about 56,000 education apps.

But it’s not just a list… it’s a finely tuned directory capable of sorting out all the apps in ways not even available in the iTunes or Android stores."

 

Head over to http://apps.edudemic.com/ and start exploring!


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FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | SAP Web 2.0

FREE PowerPoint Twitter Tools | SAP Web 2.0 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Ever wanted to make presentations a more interactive, Web 2.0 experience? The PowerPoint Twitter Tools prototypes are now available.

 

"The PowerPoint Twitter Tools prototypes are now available. Created using SAP BusinessObjects Xcelsius (but requiring only PowerPoint for Windows and Adobe Flash to run), the twitter tools allow presenters to see and react to tweets in real-time, embedded directly within their presentations, either as a ticker or refreshable comment page.>

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YES! Recommends: Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) — YES! Magazine

YES! Recommends: Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) — YES! Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Mainstream American education is increasingly driven by standardized tests instead of real-life learning and curiosity. Too often we hear about—or worse, witness—students stressing out, checking out, or dropping out every day.

 

"The Institute for Democratic Education in America (IDEA) is at the eye of a new sustainable education movement to give students the education they deserve, and citizens the planet they need.

 

"Democratic education starts from the premise that every young person is unique, and that all young people deserve the opportunity to live and learn in an environment that practices meaningful participation, supports self-initiative in learning, and is directed towards greater equality and social justice.

 

"And, yes, it includes teaching the basics—literacy and numeracy—along with offering a clear connection between what students learn and how it will help them become savvy, fulfilled, and responsible members of their communities and the larger world."

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YES! Recommends: Creative Change Educational Solutions

YES! Recommends: Creative Change Educational Solutions | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"For Creative Change, sustainability education is not an add-on, but a lens for transforming teaching and learning. Programs are designed to improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement for all learners. And, sustainability education is integrated into existing professional development and instructional change initiatives. Its comprehensive approach to curriculum transformation places food systems, renewable energy, urban revitalization, and other sustainability issues that our communities and country are grappling with at the center of education innovation and reform.

 

"Creative Change is committed to students gaining a deep understanding of sustainability. Rather than skim-the-surface information framed in tidy, separate boxes, Creative Change content is in-depth and presented within and across disciplines. For example, “Our Town,” a program on sustainable communities connects land use and public policy, and links this with the science and economics of sustainable redevelopment."

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How to Use Google Docs Offline in Two Steps

How to Use Google Docs Offline in Two Steps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Google Docs now works offline on your laptop or desktop if you have Google Drive installed. You can now create and edit documents offline then have them sync to your Google account when you reconnect to the web.


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Mantis Interactive Presenter Pro

Use iPads as a new medium to conduct presentations with Mantis Interactive Presenter Suite. You will discover a whole new way of engaging your audience and you will have a stronger impact.

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The 12 Best Ning Groups for Teachers to Join

The 12 Best Ning Groups for Teachers to Join | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"Ning provides educators with strong and powerful personal learning networks where they can meet up with other like-minded teachers and expand their professional networks. I personally use it to keep track of the latest articles in educational technology and also to interact with my colleagues and share my own resources with them. There are several Ning groups that are really indespensable for teachers and that I am pretty sure will be of great help to your professional development."


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The Easy Portfolio App – ePortfolio Tool for Students & Teachers ...

The Easy Portfolio App – ePortfolio Tool for Students & Teachers ... | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The Easy Portfolio App – ePortfolio Tool for Students & Teachers. Posted on June 30, 2012 by mrrobbo. After months of development I am pleased to announce that the Easy Portfolio iPhone/iPad app has finally arrived.


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