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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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The Student Guide to iPads - It's Great for Teachers Too

The Student Guide to iPads - It's Great for Teachers Too | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As intuitive as the iPad's user interface is, there are still some occasions on which students and teachers might get stuck. That's when a free iBook like The Student Guide to iPads & iOS 6 is ...


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Martha Lackey's curator insight, July 4, 2013 12:17 PM

Great for beginners or basic functions 

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, January 15, 2014 12:15 AM

Great reminder at the beginning of a new school year!

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Free Technology for Teachers: MyPermissions - Keep Track of the Apps That Access Your Online Accounts

Free Technology for Teachers: MyPermissions - Keep Track of the Apps That Access Your Online Accounts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Many services allow you to register and use their services by logging-in with your Facebook, Twitter, or Google credentials. If you use that option a lot, you might forgot just how many services have access to your Facebook, Twitter, and Google accounts. MyPermissions is a handy tool that will show you all of the services that you have authorized to access your social media accounts. The service can be used in your web browser or you can download the free MyPermissions iOS and Android apps."


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Quite a valuable service

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Bing - Searching Images by Usage Rights

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The Bing Image search team has been hard at work. Today, we are excited to offer the “Search by License” feature for Bing image search. At Bing, we love helping creative artists whether you’re a blogger, teacher, student or even a small business owner looking to market your latest creation. We understand how frustrating it can be to when you come up with just the right blog post or the perfect poster for your class project, only to realize you don’t have the appropriate rights to use them the way you intended to. Searching for photos online should be a simple and pleasant experience leaving you with just as many hair follicles as you started with!


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Free Technology for Teachers: gClassFolders Helps You Organize Google Drive Files Shared by Your Students | Diigo


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Kathleen Cercone's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:34 PM

Google Drive is a great tool that can help you create a paperless classroom. The challenge for teachers who have a lot of students spread across multiple courses is management of all of the files that students share with you.

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A Wonderful Chart on iPad Vs Chromebook ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Chart on iPad Vs Chromebook ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
RT @wejotx: A Wonderful Chart on iPad Vs Chromebook ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/RVjL8hr2IZ via @medkh9

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Dave's Faves: Blogs of Note | Educational Leadership

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:32 PM

ASCD's reference librarian offers a selective guide to 8+ eductional blogs he considers to be among the best.

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8 Ways You Can Use Pictures to Speak Better English | English Tonight

8 Ways You Can Use Pictures to Speak Better English | English Tonight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

8 Different Ways ESL Students Can Use Pictures When Learning English
1. Say what you see. (I see…)
2. List things that are in the picture (There is… There are…)
3. Make up a story about what is happening in the picture
4. Make up questions about the picture
5. Make a caption or headline for the picture
6. Describe what the person feels like and guess why they feel that way
7. Compare and contrast two pictures (similarities and differences)
8. Give your opinion / react to the picture

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:30 AM

These 8 strategies are excellent for teaching writing as well as developing creative thinking. They apply to far more than ESL education.

HJackson's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:45 PM

Appears to be great inofmraiton for teaching ESL students.

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40 Sites for Educational Games | Digital Learning Environments

40 Sites for Educational Games | Digital Learning Environments | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Kapuler

I decided to revisit a post I've done on sites for educational games.  This list, presented in alphabetical order, has a nice mix of subjects and grade levels that teachers can use with their students.

 

- See more at: http://www.guide2digitallearning.com/tools_technologies/40_sites_educational_games#sthash.jzrk7cxt.dpuf

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wwwatanabe: Using Google in Interesting Ways--Learned at ISTE13

wwwatanabe: Using Google in Interesting Ways--Learned at ISTE13 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

One goal at ISTE13 was to learn more about the hidden world of Google -- the scripts, extensions, and apps. I honestly wasn't aware of them until I read Linda Yollis' post after she went to the Google Teacher Academy... which led me to a post by Amy Mayer atfriEDTechnology, with her video explanation/tutorial:

After watching the above video, I decided I needed to learn more about what Google offers. At ISTE13, I attended several sessions which added to this quest, including Cool Google Tools for the BYOD Classroom by Tammy Worcester, and Real World Math Lessons with Google Earth by Thomas Petra. 


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Jordan Anderson- www.havefunandprofit.com's curator insight, July 3, 2013 3:28 AM

Im sure this is going to be way cool...

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013: Voting open

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013: Voting open | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 is open and will take place during the Summer of 2013. This is the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools – and the Top 100 Tools 2013 list will be...

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 3, 2013 12:50 AM

This is always a great survey of what people are using. Be sure to submit your votes!!!

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Using Visual Narrative for Reflection

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This post is an abstract from a non refereed paper I delivered at a conference (Australian Association for Research in Education) back in 2006 when I was first beginning to use image based research...

The use of digital photography and images for documenting childrens' learning, and the development of new ideas draws upon childrens' creativity and narrative skills, and supports the development of new literacies.


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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, October 21, 2013 10:44 PM

Narelle Lemon explores an unusal but effective way of reflection of work for students, through visual based reflections.

Students take photos of the work they have created rather than writing about it. Lemon claims that "visual narrative makes visible the different parts or narratives of a story as well enabling opportunity to explore different positions within a dynamic environment or situation." This is a new and i believe, a fantastic approach to students refelctions. This allows students to become more creative and excited about their reflections, rather than just writing for the sake of it.

 

"Throughout the inquiry of students using digital cameras to create visual narratives themes emerged associated to the creation of learning communities and development of reflective skills. An exploration of first time use of the camera is discussed as well as some key themes that emerged over time."  

I would love to incorperate this form of reflection into my classroom as it is a modern approach to what can be a "boring" activity for students.  

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20 Free Tools to Annotate PDF Documents

20 Free Tools to Annotate PDF Documents | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Do you use PDF files or read documents in PDF format? Even if you don’t use them regularly, I’m sure that you’ve come across a PDF file or two in your lifetime.

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AnnaB's curator insight, July 5, 2013 4:44 AM

add your insight...

 
Maria Persson's curator insight, July 12, 2013 6:12 PM

Great blog site with enough info to guide your thinking on some of the many apps available for annotation. Especially like that it considers other OS and the variety of mobile devices as well as the sync functionality that is critical as we work over multiple places and spaces!

Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, August 21, 2013 8:40 AM
Thank you for such great feedback Maria Persson! Glad you have found this curation of interest/useful.
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A.nnotate.com: Upload, Annotate, Share. Online document review and collaboration - PDF, Word and HTML

A.nnotate.com: Upload, Annotate, Share. Online document review and collaboration - PDF, Word and HTML | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
A.nnotate offers online document review, annotation, collaboration, discussion, sticky notes, pdf indexing, pdf markup, sticky notes online, comments on web pages to annotate pdf documents online with online stikis...

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Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, June 24, 2013 8:29 AM

oso tresna erabilgarria irakurketa partekatuak egiteko ikasgelan. Sinple, erraza eta eraginkorra. A must...

 

Mauro Hernandez's curator insight, June 25, 2013 4:45 PM

Herramienta útil

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 | C4LPT

Jane Hart's annual survey is a great way to see a snapshkot of popular sites and apps for learning. It'a always interesting to see what rises and falls in popularity, and especially what is new and upcoming. Results are announced each October. Voting for the 2013 poll is currently open (July 4, 2013)

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LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment

LiveSlide - Capture Every Teachable Moment | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Your time in the classroom is invaluable. LiveSlide is ready to begin teaching the moment you are. No classes to set up.* No big files to download. No complex codes for students to enter. When you log in for the first time your classes, students, and profile photos are automatically populated. Just tap and you're ready to go.


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If Baiba Svenca says this is worth a look, then it is definitely worth a look. She knows her stuff when it comes to presentation apps and software.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 4, 2013 3:24 PM

join the waiting list !!! :)

Debra Evans's curator insight, July 5, 2013 5:18 AM

Worth a look

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How to Change Education - From the Ground Up with Sir Ken Robinson

This is the full webcast from the RSA Event on Monday, 1 July 2013. World-renowned educationalist Sir Ken Robinson delivers the long-awaited follow-up to his now legendary 'Changing Education Paradigms' talk.


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daniel peled's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:21 AM

כדאי לשים לב לתובנות. סר קן מרכז את הבסיס הפדגוגי שעומד במרכזה של כל רפורמה מוצעת. כל שנשאר הוא ליישם את העקרונות

daniel peled's curator insight, March 12, 2014 3:40 AM

 

כדאי לשים לב לתובנות. סר קן מרכז את הבסיס הפדגוגי שעומד במרכזה של כל רפורמה מוצעת. כל שנשאר הוא ליישם את העקרונות

 
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הרצאה בנושא חינוך של קן רובינסון - שווה זמן צפייה

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Wi-Fi is about to get a lot faster and more reliable

Wi-Fi is about to get a lot faster and more reliable | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
YouTube videos stopping and starting? Spreadsheets taking an eternity to upload? Connections suddenly dropping?

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 22, 2013 9:03 AM

These are promising changes.

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Common Core Toolkits for Principals | Powerful Learning Practice

Common Core Toolkits for Principals | Powerful Learning Practice | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Gerald Aungst

 

"As part of my district’s plan to realign our curriculum with the Common Core State Standards (which we are calling the C4 Project, for Cheltenham Common Core Curriculum), I will be developing a Toolkit for Principals. Each month, I will prepare a four-part package of resources and activities they can use both for their own professional development and as part of faculty meetings with their staff members. The four parts each month will be

Think: a warm up article, blog post, or video to set the stage for a faculty discussionShare: two activities principals can use with staff members during the month in faculty or team meetingsTest Drive: A key instructional practice that teachers can try out in their classrooms without expectationsExplore: Links to other resources with more information for those who want to dig deeper

"Though these kits will be geared heavily towards the particular needs of our own district, I thought others might find them useful, and so I’ll be posting them here. Enjoy, and please do give me feedback on what is working and what you’d like to see in future toolkits!"

 

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This collection of 5 Common Core Toolkits for Principals is excellent. Each kit focuses on a specific topic. The 4 parts of each kit constitute an absorbing and well designed package that come together as engaging and enlightening. Aside from their value for supporting educators in their journeys toward CCSS mastery and comfort, these toolkits also demonstrate exemplary approaches to the design of contemporary professional development. Overall, highly commendable.

 

I hope Aungst continues to produce this series in the coming school year. Thanks to Powerful Learning Practice for highlighting this work and a huge shower of kudos to Aungst for his generous, helpful, and outstanding efforts.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, July 3, 2013 7:54 PM

If your state is doing Common Core.. these will be important to know about.

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Newspaper 2.0 – Your Guide to RSS

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What’s RSS? And should you use it? Find out with our latest manual, “Newspaper 2.0: Your Guide To RSS”. This guide, from MakeUseOf staffer Kannon Yamada, explains everything you ever wanted to know about RSS. You’ll find what this powerful information gathering tool is, its surprising history and its future in a post-Google Reader world.

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Shelly Terrell’s Presentations on SlideShare

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Read and download presentations by Shelly Terrell

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Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia

Five Keys to Successful Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Studies show that sustained and well-integrated social and emotional learning (SEL) engages students and improves achievement. Explore classroom practices that make up the most effective SEL programs.
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Amy Kimberlin's curator insight, July 3, 2013 9:39 AM

Evolutionary thought in teaching our youth!  Awesome!!

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Three ways to create digital talking books for students with disabilities using Microsoft Word

Three ways to create digital talking books for students with disabilities using Microsoft Word | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Create digital talking books for students with disabilities, in three steps, using Microsoft Word.

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Sunflower Foundation's curator insight, July 1, 2013 7:00 PM

Excellent idea. Not just for kiddies either. But it does presuppose computers and IT resources, which aren't necessarily available in developing countries. That is the filter I apply as our Foundation funds girls' education in those communities.