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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Glogster.edu (free webinar) ~ edWeb

Glogster.edu (free webinar) ~ edWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR - TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013

5:00-6:00 (Eastern time)



Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
"Many teachers are using digital content in their lessons, but how do we get students to present what they have learned in an engaging way? Glogster.EDU is a free TechTool that enables students to create digital posters containing text, video, audio, pictures, and graphics to demonstrate their knowledge of a particular subject.  Join Shannon Holden as he shows all of the powerful, easy-to-use features of this online platform."

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Duncan’s Dilemma ~ Tom Whitby

Duncan’s Dilemma ~ Tom Whitby | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tom Whitby, whose blog I follow regularly, posted this account of a Twitter exchange he had with Arne Duncan about engaging 100 connected eductors with the Secretary. Whitby also provides his view of the education "reform" landscape, its influence on Duncan, hope for how the 100 connected educators might interact with Duncan, and a copy of his 100 list.


It all makes for some interesting reading and for some interesting personal fantasies about what could come next from this. Way to go Tom.

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The Writing Teacher's Strategy Guide ~ Teaching That Makes Sense

by Steve Peha


"Includes strategies for topic selection, expository, persuasive, and narrative essays, effective beginnings and endings, adding descriptive detail, beating writer's block, and more. Easy-to-teach techniques for teachers up and down the grade levels and across the curriculum."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 16, 2013 10:06 AM

Wonderful guide from a great sharer of ideas, strategies, and content.

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ideas for Using Tellagami In School

Free Technology for Teachers: A Handful of Ideas for Using Tellagami In School | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Tellagami, a free iOS app that lets you create short animated movies called "Gamis," is one of my new favorite animation apps to explore. Although the site promotes the app as a way to send greetings and messages for use within social media, I see it as a great tool in the classroom. "


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Jordan Alixondria T-p's curator insight, September 10, 2013 1:45 AM

  look at this 

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TELLS library's curator insight, September 10, 2013 6:59 PM

This is a guest post from Samantha Morra at EdTechTeacher.org - she lists ideas for using this app with your students.

Michele Curley's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:26 PM

This may be one way to engage some of my advanced heritage speakers who are integrated into regular language classes. 

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Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Topsy: a game changer for search, e-reputation, & data analysis — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I regularly use Twitter’s own search as well as TweetDeck and Kred (once I am logged in) to scan and search the hashtags and keywords.

But, Topsy is a game changer.

The free comprehensive index and social analysis tool, searches keywords, hashtags and @ signs from minutes ago or from across a span of years, retrieving your social needles from millions of haystacks of billions of tweets.

Topsy is a way to instantly discover breaking news and just released press-releases and track current conversations and just posted media."


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luiy's curator insight, September 15, 2013 4:26 PM
TWITTER POLITICAL INDEX

During the 2012 U.S. Presidential election, Topsy and Twitter created the Twitter Political Index (or Twindex), which provided a daily gauge of voters’ sentiment for each candidate as expressed on Twitter. Using mentions of their last name or direct @mentions of their Twitter handle, the Twindex tracked sentiment for Obama and Romney from May 1 until Election day, showing when each gained momentum in the race.

How Twitter used Topsy APIs

Twitter used Topsy’s content and metrics API data to create a custom dashboard to help capture the nuance of public opinion.

Live tracking of sentiment to produce the Twindex. Additional, minute-level analysis during convention speeches and debatesMention counts on a wide array of topic areas—including the economy, foreign policy, and immigration—on a minute, hourly, and daily basisHistorical comparative analysis between the Gallup poll for presidential approval between 2010-2012 and Topsy sentiment for Obama, demonstrating a strong correlation between the two (and strongest when Topsy sentiment led the Gallup numbers by a few days)
Víctor Farré's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:14 AM

Para buscar información en twitter desde 2007. Para explorar temas al instante. Prueba #viacatalana, por ejemplo. Veras los twitts del último dia, la ultima semana, el último més 413.000. Las fotos, los links. Un invento!

roberto gilli's curator insight, September 17, 2013 6:20 AM

Great tool to gain data / intelligence / trend / emotions from Twitter . The social analytics section is a great tool to compare keywords and concepts.

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Docs Voice Comments (How to Add Voice Comments in Google Docs)

video by Jen Roberts

description by Vicki Davis


"Jen Roberts gives tips on how to add voice comments to Google Docs. If you're writing in Google Docs, this is a great technique as voice always gives you a closer connection, particularly for struggling readers. They can also hear your voice and know the intent of your words."

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Useful explanation for use in an educational setting.

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Instructional Design PD Conferences 2013-2014 - Google Drive

Instructional Design PD Conferences 2013-2014 - Google Drive | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Click on title of scoop, or the image, to go to the list of conferences

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New Social RSS Feed Reader: Feedolu

New Social RSS Feed Reader: Feedolu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Feedolu is in public BETA from September 5th. It is an RSS feed reader that makes it easily to read, organize and share content.

Excerpt from review article by Shelly Kramer on V3 Blog:
"Feedolu uses advanced feed reading technology and combines that with social features commonly used on sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Feedolu users will have a public profile with their own URL (feedolu.com/username).
You can customize your background, create a bio and attach a link to a website (like Twitter) and website RSS feed as well.
When a user attaches an RSS feed to their profile, other users can then go and subscribe to that RSS feed, giving that user the opportunity of increased website traffic via subscriptions.

Here are key features:
- User Following;
- SEO;
- Unlimited Feeds and Feed Walls;
- Back-End Processing.

Free to use.

Try out Feedolu: https://www.feedolu.com

Read full interesting review article by Shelly Kramer:
http://www.v3im.com/2013/09/why-you-should-check-out-feedolu-asap/

Watch the introduction video:
http://youtu.be/Nvk4yAt1tYQ


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Miquel Loriz's curator insight, September 13, 2013 3:23 AM

Echaremos un vistazo, aunque Feedly funciona bien

ibiss helter's curator insight, September 20, 2013 6:38 AM

tremendous

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Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 12 Tools for Quickly Gathering Informal Feedback from Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes

Classmint.com - Awesome Study Notes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"What if you could create beautiful visual notes to explain various concepts quickly and without much fuss? It would be rather useful and such a thing is possible with Classmint. This application allows users to create interactive study notes with annotations, audio content, and images explaining everything from ecology to Euclidean geometry. Visitors can check out the tutorial, then create a login and go ahead and get started. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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A Short Guide to Creating and Grading Quizzes Through Google Forms ~ Free Technology for Teachers

A Short Guide to Creating and Grading Quizzes Through Google Forms ~ Free Technology for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Richard Byrne


"One of the things that I always do in my Google Apps workshops and webinars is teach people how to create self-grading quizzes through Google Forms and Spreadsheets. Depending upon the pace of the group we'll often look at creating image-based and multiple page quizzes too. I've recently put all of the screenshots of those processes into one PDF. You can view the PDF below."

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Tellagami - Our New Favorite App ~ EdReach

Tellagami - Our New Favorite App ~ EdReach | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Fred Delventhal


"Tellagami allows you to create a single slide presentation, digital story, etc. You get a customizable avatar that is animated on a background of your choosing. You then can record a voice or type in words for your avatar to speak."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 13, 2013 9:48 PM
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How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite

How The iPhone 5S Could Be The Universal Remote For Your Life ~ readwrite | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Dan Rowinski


"Take the just-announced iPhone 5S, for example. It will support both Bluetooth Smart and Wi-Fi Direct, and has capabilities built in to perform new functions such as AirDrop local sharing. Behind it stands Apple's thriving ecosystem, which will continue to churn out new apps that take advantage of those functions. All that makes the iPhone 5S not just Apple’s latest and greatest device, but one of the first devices available that has the potential to be a true universal remote."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 13, 2013 9:54 AM

I agree with Rowinski. The advent of the 5S, combined with iOS7, places us clearly on the cusp of quantum leap ahead, as our phones move to become the unversal remotes for the very soon to arrive internet of things.

Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, September 15, 2013 9:35 AM

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Using the YouTube Video Editor (free webinar) ~ edWeb

Using the YouTube Video Editor (free webinar) ~ edWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

FREE WEBINAR - TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

5:00-6:00 PM (Eastern time)



Presented by Shannon Holden, Assistant Principal, Republic Middle School, MO
"One resource that educators frequently overlook is the YouTube video editor.  YouTube has really beefed up its video editor with tons of great features – and it’s all FREE.  Teachers can add polls, quizzes, and other interactive features to their videos to help them flip their lessons, link to other relevant digital content, or simply to increase student engagement.  Join Shannon Holden as he explores all of the awesome features embedded in the YouTube video editor"

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My Twitter Stalwarts on Twitter ~ Tom Whitby

My Twitter Stalwarts on Twitter ~ Tom Whitby | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tom Whitby's list of connected educators on Twitter. If you don't know who to follow on Twitter, these (or some of them) are a good place to begin.

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