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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf

Top 10 Uses For Dropbox You May Not Have Thought Of | MakeUseOf | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"For many advanced computer users, Dropboxis the premiere cloud-based storage and sharing document service. It has replaced the Documents folder on my Mac, and is the primary way I sync files between my devices. Similar and equally useful free services include Google Drive and Box.com.

 

"We’ve already covered some awesome uses for Dropbox, including How to Run Multiple Dropbox Accounts Simultaneously [Mac], how to send send files to your Dropbox without using Dropbox, how to upload files faster and easier with Dropbox, and even how to host a WordPress blog on your Dropbox account. The following are a handful of other ideas for new and maybe more experienced users of Dropbox."

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How to get Google Maps back on your Iphone

How to get Google Maps back on your Iphone | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Carly Page

 

"However, there is a way to get Google Maps back on your Iphone. Simply fire up the Safari web browser, head over to maps.google.com, click the Share button at the bottom and then tap "add to the home screen". This will add a shortcut to your home screen pointing to Google Maps, which throughout our hands-on testing has already proven much more helpful than Apple Maps."

 

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A Must-Have Guide To Gaming In The Classroom | Edudemic

A Must-Have Guide To Gaming In The Classroom | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"Gaming, wikis, blogs, social media, interactive polls and QR codes: just some of the technologies that teachers are bringing into the classroom. The dizzying pace of tech evolutions offers some challenges as teachers and administrators race to keep up with the latest tools. The research discussed here shows the payoff for schools that become “friends” with educational gaming."

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The 20 Most Useful #hashtags In Education

The 20 Most Useful #hashtags In Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Heick

 

"As a teacher, continuing education is so important that most school districts require that teachers enroll in some form of coursework on a regular basis to keep their knowledge and skills fresh. And while those courses are essential, staying on top of the cutting edge of educational development is important as well.

 

"Through Twitter discussions, teachers can follow the latest in education, whether it’s educational technology or new ways to teach math. These 20 hashtags offer teachers a convenient way to become part of chats and discussions that share the absolute latest in education news, resources, and ideas."

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The 30 Best iPad apps for college students and academics | academiPad

The 30 Best iPad apps for college students and academics | academiPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joachim Scholz

 

 

"This is my personal list of the 30 best iPad apps for college / grad students and professors. It is not one of these countless posts that list a bunch of generic apps like Safari, Facebook and iBooks. Those are not really specific to people in university, and I also bet you knew those already. I am also not going to throw a list at you filled with niche iPad apps targeted at one particular subject or at earlier years of education. So what will you find here?

 

"This is a list of my favorite iPad apps that are useful for everybody in academia – college students, grad students, postdocs, lecturers and professors – because they help us excel in our core workflows: Writing, Reading, Thinking, Presenting and Organizing our academic lives."

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25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms | Edudemic

25 TED Talks Perfect For Classrooms | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Whether you’re looking to inspire or entertain your students, the following TED talks have terrific lessons embedded in fascinating talks.While not every single talk may float your boat, there are likely a few that you should think about showing to students this year."

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How to set up a QR Code Treasure Hunt

How to set up a QR Code Treasure Hunt | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"A QR-Code Treasure Hunt is a fun, simple way to get students using their mobile devices to continue learning outside of lesson time. Here's how we set one up at the International School of Toulouse with some guidance on how to do the same with your own students using the QR Treasure Hunt Generator at ClassTools.net."

 


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20 Ways to Use Edmodo

20 Ways to Use Edmodo...

 

Are learning management systems going the way of the Web 2.0 tools?  I often opt for the philosophy of 'small tools loosely joined' when I work with students. I have to be careful that I don't give them too many digital places to go, too many usernames and passwords, too many learning curves.  After all it is not the tools that are primar, but the affordances they offer and the adjacent and unexpected possibles that open up as they use these tools to research, write and share.

 

So that's the long way around the barn to say:  perhaps Edmodo is a useful tool still because it does so much.  It reminds me of Diigo.  Perhaps as teachers who use tech in our teaching we should measure the cognitive weight of the tools we ask our students to use with an eye toward getting good 'weight'. 

 


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carldowse's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:11 AM

Edmodo provides a simple to set-up, easy to use virtual learning environment which is especially suited to smaller groups. It's a hosted service (unlike Moodle) and works quite well on mobile devices. If you're thinking of offering a blended learning package to your learners then it's a good place to start.

Anne-Mart Olsen's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:12 AM

I found that edmodo was particularly useful, as student easily identified with the platform.

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Improving Reading, Writing and Critical Thinking Skills with Media ...

Shared August 7, 2012, in Missoula, Montana: Interested in helping students become better readers, writers, and critical thinkers?

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The Writing Revolution | The Atlantic

The Writing Revolution | The Atlantic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Peg Tyre

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"New Dorp High School in Staten Island, N.Y., seemed on the brink of closure in 2009 when principal Deirdre DeAngelis and her staff began focusing on analytic writing throughout the curriculum. Teachers began by showing students the basic parts of speech and essay structure. Test scores have since increased with more students taking college preparatory classes and the graduation rate is expected to reach 80%, increasing from 63% before the writing program started."

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ASCD Webinars - Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, Flipped Classroom Webinars (FREE)

ASCD Webinars - Jon Bergmann and Aaron Sams, Flipped Classroom Webinars (FREE) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams lead two free, archived webinars sponsored by ASCD. PDFs of handouts are also included. -JL

 

From the website:

 

"Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day, Part One (June 12, 2012)

Part one of this two-part series began with a discussion of the techniques of the flipped classroom and the structure of a flipped lesson—from the technical to the teaching.

 

"Flipped-Mastery Learning Model: Students in Charge of Learning, Part Two (September 12, 2012)

In this session, Bergmann and Sams, walked through their transformation from classroom lecturers to flipped-mastery learning pioneers."

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Free Webinar - Intro to the Flipped Learning Classroom

Free Webinar - Intro to the Flipped Learning Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The free webinar will be held on Sept. 27 at 4 PM Eastern (1 PM Pacific) and will last for 1 hour.

 

Announcement was listed on the Flipped Learning Network website. Event is sponsored by SIATech/RAPSA. Webinar leaders are listed at Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, pioneers of the Flipped Classroom movement and authors of the new book, "Flip Your Classroom", published by ASCD and ISTE.

 

SIATech operates 15 Job Corps education programs and RAPSA is an educator professional development organization that grew out of SIATech's work.

 

Click on the headline or the image to go to the registration site. -JL

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Soraya Raneo de Benito's curator insight, March 2, 8:59 AM

Libro que me gustaría leer para obtener información con la que elaborar el marco teórico de mi TFM. Los autores del libro son los pioneros de esta metodología. La dificultad reside en el idioma pero creo que merecerá la pena realizar el esfuerzo. 

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Pinterest 101 for Teachers: 5 Power Pinners You Should Follow | Education World Community

Pinterest 101 for Teachers: 5 Power Pinners You Should Follow | Education World Community | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sarah Caron

Description by eSchool News

 

"Though Pinterest may still be considered a great place to post wonderful recipes for peach cobbler, it’s also becoming a place for innovative educators to post thought-leading ideas. “The key is to follow others who actively use Pinterest to collect great classroom- and education-related resources and ideas,” says EducationWorld. “Who you follow really matters because it directly influence the quality of content you see when you visit Pinterest…we’ve put together a list of five must-follow users to help you get in the pinning groove.”

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Teach Teachers Tech | A Platform for Good.org

Teach Teachers Tech | A Platform for Good.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The remarkable Adora Svitak surfaces once again! (If you don't know much about her, a Google search will yield amazing information. For example, she organized her own TEDx conference at the age of 12).

 

Ms. Svitak is now 14 and offering helpful suggestions to educators about how to make their classroom more engaging and technologically connected. Each of her 5 short videos is accompanied by a page of teaching suggestions and resources. -JL

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20 Education Technology Books You Should Be Reading | Edudemic

20 Education Technology Books You Should Be Reading | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"We’ve put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research, that will help you learn about and implement educational technologies and curricula that can truly benefit both you and your students."

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10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know | Gigaon

10 new iOS 6 features iPad users should know | Gigaon | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Geoffrey Goetz

 


"Apple didn’t spend very much time at last week’s press event discussing the details of its newest mobile operating system because, naturally, most people wanted to hear about the iPhone 5. While the focus on Wednesday, when the software becomes available for download, will be on how iOS 6 works on the iPhone there’s a lot of great new stuff for the iPad nestled in there too. The following is a list of 10 new and interesting iOS 6 features expressly for iPad users."

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What 6 Years of Study Says About Using Clickers in the Classroom | edcetera

What 6 Years of Study Says About Using Clickers in the Classroom | edcetera | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Funk

 

"After six years of study, more than 3,000 student surveys, nearly 40 interviews, close to 700 anonymous written responses, and numerous observations of students in classes across four disciplines, Dr. Angel Hoekstra knows a thing or two about how to use clickers in the classroom.

 

"Among her findings, the symbolic interactionist (she studies how students construct meaning around the use of technology) and sociology professor at the University of Colorado – Boulder, says the biggest was this: the technology is reliable and easy to use, but the pedagogy is challenging."

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13 Must-Have Gadgets and Apps for Educators -- THE Journal

13 Must-Have Gadgets and Apps for Educators -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.

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The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today - Online Universities

The 20 Best Books About EdTech Today - Online Universities | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We've put together a list of some of the best edtech reads out there, from essential texts on the subject to cutting-edge research.

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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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What about Skype? Too well-known?
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Lino.it for collaboration | Techy Teacher Librarian

Lino.it for collaboration | Techy Teacher Librarian | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Wells

 

"If you are a teacher and are looking for some tools to use to collaborate in the classroom, investigate Lino.it. I was told about the site last semester because I was using Wallwisher and had some problems with the overall site. Upgrades or something were frustrating me and I needed a quick way for the students to share what they know. I tried it and the concept went very well.

 

"First of all, lino is a site that allows you and collaborators to insert sticky notes onto a wall, or a canvas as lino calls them. You can custom design the canvas you want to use (special images for backgrounds, etc.) and you can customize your sticky notes. What is fantastic about this site, you can create private groups and invite people to join them. I did that for my classes and each class had a canvas to use and work with."

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Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board

Mural.ly - a tool to fluidly lay out all ideas on one simple digital board | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Mural.ly is a new tool (still in beta, launched last week) that is a cross between Prezi and mind maps. It’s easy to use and share what you create (perfect for most students, teachers, and parents) but the real beauty of mural.ly is in its lack of structure.

What draws me to use the site is the ability to fluidly lay out all your ideas, thoughts, images, and whatever else you want on one simple board. It’s designed to be home to your random ideas, inspiration, and other thoughts."


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LundTechIntegration's curator insight, January 21, 2013 12:22 PM

This has so many possiblities for students.  The ability to collaborate and share resources on a project, creating a place for an artist to brainstorm their ideas, and a place to brainstorm for content, planning or curriculum.  Looking forward to learning more about this site and how to implement in the classroom.

Kimberley Lyles-Folkman, Ph.D.'s curator insight, February 23, 2013 9:20 PM

We used mural.ly as a class...so far we like it as a tool in which to share ideas.

Colette Cairns's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:15 AM

Mural.ly also has an app!

 

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Practical PBL: The Ongoing Challenges of Assessment

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HOW TEACHERS CAN ASSESS GROUP WORK

 

By Katie Piper

Summary by The Accomplished Teacher

 

"Teachers can take steps to ensure students working in teams receive fair, individualized assessments, high-school social studies teacher Katie Piper writes in this blog post. She writes that the project-based learning model sometimes makes high-performing students uneasy about how grades will be assigned. Her tips include having students create portfolios identifying their roles, grading students on their individual roles in the projects and self- and peer evaluations."

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50 Surprising Ways To Use Your Amazon Kindle | Edudemic

50 Surprising Ways To Use Your Amazon Kindle | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Postd by Jeff Dunn

 

"The Kindle is good. The Kindle is great. We surrender our will, as of this date! Amazon’s own ereader attracts its fair share of fans, but its potential stretches well beyond merely reading various ebook documents.

 

"In addition, numerous hacks and tricks exist to push the Kindle even further, either extending its life, saving money, or tacking on some brand new features. Enjoy a few random tips to pique ebook readers’ interest, some of which require a bit of hardware and software literacy, some of which can be executed with only one neuron firing."

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Guide to Building a Professional Learning Network

Learn how to use web 2.0 and social media tools to become a connected educator.
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