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YES! Recommends: Creative Change Educational Solutions

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

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"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

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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 ...

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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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Teachers Guide on The Use of iPad in Education

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By Med Kharbach

 

"iPad is a cool versatile tool that has a huge potential in education. It is widely believed that iPad has started tranforming the face of education and revolutionizng modes of learning. Results coming out of pilot studies on the integration of iPads in the classroom seem to be promising."

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50 Important Links for Common Core Educators - Online Colleges

50 Important Links for Common Core Educators - Online Colleges | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Educators across the nation are working hard this summer to begin developing updated curricula that will fit into the new Common Core State Standards, which will be fully applied in 45 U.S. states (Texas, Alaska, Nebraska, Virginia, and Minnesota have opted out of statewide participation) by 2015. Yet despite the hubbub about the new standards, which were created as a means of better equipping students with the knowledge they need to be competitive in the modern world, many teachers still have a lot of unanswered questions about what Common Core will mean for them, their students, and their schools. Luckily, the Internet abounds with helpful resources that can explain the intricacies of Common Core, offer resources for curriculum development, and even let teachers keep up with the latest news on the subject. We’ve collected just a few of those great resources here, which are essential reads for any K-12 educator in a Common Core-adopting state."

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Ken Robinson keynote at 2012 ISTE conference

"The ISTE 2012 Sunday Keynote featuring Sir Ken Robinson with Shawn Covell, Marc Prensky, and Mayim Bialik on the topic of "Redefining Horizons: Encouraging Students' Passion to Achieve."

 

"By having the courage to dig deep and expand horizons, educators can have a tremendous impact on the individual and collective learning experience of students. They can truly establish a culture and a climate that fosters a lifelong pursuit of new knowledge."

 

Robinson starts speaking about 45 minutes into the video.

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Google launches a MOOC for learning search « NeverEndingSearch

Google launches a MOOC for learning search « NeverEndingSearch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Joyce Valenza

 

"Need a little retooling of your search skills? Want to learn some new strategies for teaching search?The folks at the Google booth here at ISTE, just led me to their new free online searching course. Registration for Power Searching with Google, a short course on becoming a great internet searcher opens today (June 26, 2012). The MOOC  (massive open online course) begins on July 10th."

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What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? | Edutopia

What Makes Project-Based Learning a Success? | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Mariko Nobori

 

At one high school in Texas, where every class in every grade is project based, the answer is devotion to a consistent process, belief in relationships, and commitment to relevance and rigor. Results? Hard to beat.

 

Description from Knowledge Words Quarterly Newsletter:

 

"Manor New Technology High School, a school in the New Tech Network, was recently featured in an installment of Edutopia's Schools That Work . Located just outside of Austin in Manor, Texas, it is an entirely project-based learning school that has consistently achieved outstanding results since opening. Edutopia followed a project at the school for three weeks to find out what makes their model so effective."

 

Don't miss the 8-minute video "One Project from Start to Finish" at http://www.edutopia.org/stw-project-based-learning-best-practices-new-tech-video

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Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System

Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Chis Hedges

 

Please be warned, this is a strong indictment. -JL

 

"A nation that destroys its systems of education, degrades its public information, guts its public libraries and turns its airwaves into vehicles for cheap, mindless amusement becomes deaf, dumb and blind. It prizes test scores above critical thinking and literacy. It celebrates rote vocational training and the singular, amoral skill of making money. It churns out stunted human products, lacking the capacity and vocabulary to challenge the assumptions and structures of the corporate state. It funnels them into a caste system of drones and systems managers. It transforms a democratic state into a feudal system of corporate masters and serfs."

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I'm afraid this is really happening and not only in the US.
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Interesting points made here ....

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The Best Mac Apps of 2012 So Far | The Next Web

The Best Mac Apps of 2012 So Far | The Next Web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Anna Heim

 

"Here are our favorite OS X apps this year, from blockbusters to hidden gems."

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Got a new iPad? These are the first apps you should install | The Next Web

Got a new iPad? These are the first apps you should install | The Next Web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Nancy Messieh

 

For those just starting the iPad journey...

 

"...a ton of great apps...that you’ll want to get on to your iPad straight away. The list includes apps to handle your photos and videos, music apps, productivity apps, a few essentials to meet all of your social media needs, and of course a few games to keep you entertained."

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Visual Learning: Boom!

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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

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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)

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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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Tch This Week: 3 Big Shifts in Common Core ELA

Tch This Week: 3 Big Shifts in Common Core ELA | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sarah Brown Wessling

 

"I’m excited to continue our summer look at the Common Core, especially in the ways that it asks us to make shifts in our classrooms. Before I offer a few of the big shifts teachers, administrators and parents can expect from the ELA standards, I want to remind us that the standards are not curriculum guides, nor do they house instructional methodology. The standards guide our instructional design as we continue to meet our students where they are, putting their needs first."

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Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry - A Beginning - Practical Theory

Beyond Googling: Structuring Inquiry - A Beginning - Practical Theory | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Chris Lehmann is the founding Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, one of the most leading edge schools in the US. Inquiry has been at the heart of the learning design of the school and Lehmann writes a blog piece that begins to go beneath the surface to give examples of what he means. It accompanies his presentation on this subject at ISTE 2012. He promises to expand on this blog in the next few days. -JL

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e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » 7 principles of learning design

e4innovation.com » Blog Archive » 7 principles of learning design | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In this blog post I want to describe seven principles of learning design. I would welcome comments. Are there any others I have missed for example?

The first is that teachers are bewildered by the plethora of tools available and lack the skills necessary to make informed learning design decisions. Therefore a key facet of all the tools is that they attempt to provide practitioners with some form of guidance and support around their design practice. The aim is to help them shift from an implicit, belief-based approach to design to one that is more explicit and design-based (Conole 2009). Evidence of the evaluation of the use of these tools shows that they do help shift practitioners from a focus on content to activities and the learner experience.


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Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back | Huffington Post

Should I Stay or Should I Go? Teachers on the Students Who Keep Them Coming Back | Huffington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Starting this week, we'll be running a series of reflections -- honest, measured, and sometimes bittersweet -- from teachers who are grappling with the question of whether to remain in the teaching profession.

 

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

"As part of a new series in The Huffington Post, the organization TeachPlus is running a series of reflections by teachers grappling with whether to remain in the teaching profession. Gene Roundtree of Madison Park High School in Boston relates that he left teaching to pursue an Ed. M in Education Policy and Management because he wanted to influence public education beyond the classroom, but then returned. In his graduate program, he was confronted with the fact that teachers are the single most important in-school factor for student outcomes. Kylie Alsofrom at the D.C. Preparatory Edgewood Elementary in the District of Columbia didn't intend to teach past her second year. "But when it came time to leave the classroom, I could not pull myself away," she says. "Although I had my struggles, there were a lot of people within my school and the teaching profession who inspired me and showed me that with hard work, the payoff is unspeakable." Brittany Clark of Middle College High School in Memphis confesses she never wanted to be a teacher, just saw it as a stepping-stone toward being a post-secondary professor. Nine years later, she can't imagine doing anything other than teaching, though she admits every year she has moments she contemplates leaving the classroom."

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Beyond Technology, How to Spark Kids’ Passions

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by Tina Barseghian

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Some speakers at this week's International Society for Technology in Education conference shared the message that a teacher's role is to help students find their passion, writes journalist Tina Barseghian in this blog post. One of those speakers, author Marc Prensky, offered suggestions about how teachers can engage students. Listen to them, he said. Respect their ideas, have high expectations for them and teach them the skills you know they'll need. "Helping students find their passion will lead them to achievement," Prensky said."

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TakingITGlobal - Social Networking for Social Good

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"Managing any innovation can be a challenge, and social networking for social good is no exception. This resource is an attempt to highlight some of the best practices and lessons learned for teachers, schools, districts and other organizations attempting to create new projects at the intersection of global education and educational technology. Over the course of our research, several themes emerged:

 

-Finding and speaking to your students’ passion and making the local-global connection create engaging learning experiences

 

-Giving students the opportunity to co-creating learning experiences and work in active collaboration with a public audience help students take ownership of their learning

 

-Professional support networks for teachers make the task of innovating in the classroom more manageable

 

"Each of the case studies presents one or more best practices specifically linked to one of these themes. We hope that you, educators passionate about educational technology and global education, can incorporate these stories and the best practices in your daily teaching practices. We invite you to start connecting!"

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The Best Android Apps of 2012 So Far | The Next Web

The Best Android Apps of 2012 So Far | The Next Web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Paul Sawers

 

The Next Web's list of its favorite Android apps of 2012 so far, for a general audience. 

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