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{12 Days: Tool 3} Common Core Cheat Sheet | Learning Unlimited

{12 Days: Tool 3} Common Core Cheat Sheet | Learning Unlimited | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kimberly Tyson

 

"Today’s tool, the “Common Core Cheat Sheet” for the ELA & Literacy standards (see image), is our way of helping you become more familiar with the Common Core ELA & Literacy standards. It’s a handy resource for teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators. The Common Core Cheat Sheet is one of 4 resources in our Common Core Toolkit. Since launching the toolkit 3 weeks ago, and it has been downloaded over 500 times. So, if you find today’s tool useful, you will want to download the entire set of resources in the Common Core Toolkit."

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Thanks for posting Jim. I follow you on LinkedIn and enjoy reading all your contributions there.
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Game Your Video for iPhone | Macworld

Game Your Video for iPhone | Macworld | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Global Delight’s Game Your Video wants to make the video-editing process as simple as possible, and it does an excellent job of it.

 

AVAILABLE FOR FREE UNTIL JAN 1 !!!

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This app received a 4 out of 5 rating from MacWorld. http://www.macworld.com/article/1165233/game_your_video_for_iphone.html

It's very full-featured and at no cost till Jan. 1, it's a great acquisition for your iPhone.

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RocketList - Tools and Videos to Inspire Students to Learn Real-World Skills of the Future

RocketList - Tools and Videos to Inspire Students to Learn Real-World Skills of the Future | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

RocketList premiered in Octoboer 2012. The site focuses on 21st century career preparation, with specific attention on the real-world business skills of the medium-range future: coding, design, engineering, storytelling, science, critical thinking and marketing.

 

Visitors may select any of the fields to learn about sites that provide free instruction, such as Code Academy, Physics.org, or Gamestar Mechanic. In addition, video interviews of professionals in each field offer students insights into the types of connections, skills, and pathways that enabled them to succeed in their work. A blog also highlights the work of young people who excel in their drive and creativity.

 

Site organizers also promise forthcoming "challenges and opportunities for students and schools  to demonstrate their prowess and encourage their growth."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 19, 2012 4:08 PM

This site bears watching. The links to learning sites are well chosen. As the interview library grows, along with the blog and promised "challenges and opportunites," this should become quite a robust destination for young people.

Tim Pixley's curator insight, December 20, 2012 7:30 AM

RocketList premiered in Octoboer 2012. The site focuses on 21st century career preparation, with specific attention on the real-world business skills of the medium-range future: coding, design, engineering, storytelling, science, critical thinking and marketing.

 

Visitors may select any of the fields to learn about sites that provide free instruction, such as Code Academy, Physics.org, or Gamestar Mechanic. In addition, video interviews of professionals in each field offer students insights into the types of connections, skills, and pathways that enabled them to succeed in their work. A blog also highlights the work of young people who excel in their drive and creativity.

 

Site organizers also promise forthcoming "challenges and opportunities for students and schools  to demonstrate their prowess and encourage their growth."

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Talking About Newtown: Resources for Parents & Educators | AERO

Talking About Newtown: Resources for Parents & Educators | AERO | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Our hearts are heavy following the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut.  We have compiled resources for parents and educators to use when talking about Newtown and other traumatic events with young people.  We have drawn heavily on the resources compiled by the NAEYC and NYCORE - Our thanks to them for gathering this important content.  If you have any additional resources to add, please share them on Facebook with us so everyone can access them.

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Links to a large number of excellent resources

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Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical

Teaching Kids to Curate Content Collections [ACTIVITY] - The Tempered Radical | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Bill Ferriter
Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

"Sixth-grade language arts teacher Bill Ferriter writes in this blog post about his students' experiment with Scoop.it -- a resource to help users curate collections of resources. Using the tool, students entered search terms related to New York City's ban on large, sugary drinks, then selected sources on the topic they thought should be shared. Scoop.it allows students to evaluate sources, build collections and publish content, Ferriter writes."
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A SCOOP ABOUT SCOOP.IT!

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YouTube introduces Capture for easy recording and sharing | CNET

YouTube introduces Capture for easy recording and sharing | CNET | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Casey Newton

"Google announced today a new iOS app called YouTube Capture that lets users film and upload a video in as few as three clicks. Users can post their videos simultaneously to YouTube, Google+, Facebook, and Twitter, or upload them privately. Advanced features let users perform color correction and stabilization, edit the video length, and even add music.

"YouTube Capture looks to be a simple, effective way of recording and sharing video to the Web. But it also captures a moment in time -- one where two former close allies, Apple and Google, move away from integrating their software together and instead design standalone experiences that their customers must seek out separately. The apps tend to be more fully featured than they were when they were integrated, but they also require more work. And no matter how you feel about that trade-off, it's one we should probably get used to."
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ePortfolio Assessment Rubrics for Undergraduates | Assn. of American Colleges and Universities

ePortfolio Assessment Rubrics for Undergraduates | Assn. of American Colleges and Universities | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
(Please note that free registration is required to access the rubrics)

15 Rubrics in 3 general areas and 15 sub-areas

*Intellectual and Practical Skills
-Inquiry and analysis
-Critical thinking
-Creative thinking
-Written communication
-Oral communication
-Reading
-Quantitative literacy
-Information literacy
-Teamwork
-Problem solving

*Personal and Social Responsibility
-Civic knowledge and engagement-local and global
-Intercultural knowledge and competence
-Ethical reasoning
-Foundations and skills for lifelong learning

*Integrative and Applied Learning
-Integrative and applied learning
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Jim Lerman's curator insight, December 17, 2012 5:48 PM

Quite well-designed and articulated. Although focused on the undergraduate level, these rubrics will be helpful to educators at the graduate and secondary levels as well.

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Understanding World Events | Educators for Social Responsibility

Understanding World Events  | Educators for Social Responsibility | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
From the website

"The tragic events of December 14th in Newtown, Connecticut have evoked many emotions—sadness, grief, helplessness, anxiety, and anger. Schools are supposed to be one of the safe places, where students go to learn and be with friends. Children who are struggling with their thoughts and feelings about the stories and images of the shooting may turn to trusted adults for help and guidance. ESR is providing links here to a variety of high quality resources to help adults engage in conversations with students and children."
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Blended Learning Philanthropy - Getting Smart by Susan Patrick

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By Susan Patrick, President, International Association for Online K-12 Learning (iNACOL)

"As we think about what is possible to help all students access a world-class education today, there remain major issues and barriers to increasing access for each child to high-quality learning opportunities. A major focus must be on transforming education – and on creating models to expand access and drive a future of equitable systems with systems of supports. The key barriers I am focused on are 1) policy barriers such as seat-time, 2) quality assurance models, and 3) new learning models that can transform to more effective, student-centered, competency-based learning."
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A succinct and clear thought piece on the why and how of Blended Learning from one of the top leaders in the field. -JL

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How to talk to your kids about the Connecticut shooting - World - CBC News

How to talk to your kids about the Connecticut shooting - World - CBC News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By The Associated Press

"The killings at a Connecticut elementary school that claimed the lives of 20 children have left parents struggling to figure out what, if anything, to tell their own kids.

"President Barack Obama said he and his wife, Michelle, would tell their daughters that they love them and hug them a little tighter — and experts say that's a good example to follow.

"Parents also should allow children to talk about their feelings in the coming days while sheltering them from the 24/7 media coverage of the event, they say."

More, plus 2 videos. -JL

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6 Useful Apps to Create Short Movies | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Useful Apps to Create Short Movies | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Med Kharbach

"With the improved tech features of iPhone and iPad , more and more people are using their idevices to capture and immortalize some moments in their lives.This has never been as easier as it is now especially with the abundance of apps that enhance users and guide them through simple step by step process in creating their movie.In this regard, Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is providing you with some awesome apps that you, as a teacher and educator, can use to film your project and share it with the world. Check out the list below and let us know if you have other suggestions."
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Awesome Tools to Create Digital Magazines for your Class

Awesome Tools to Create Digital Magazines for your Class | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Med Kharbach

"A couple of weeks ago Educational Technology and Mobile Learning posted 9 Tools to Create eMagazines and Newspapers for your Class and today we are adding three more tools to this list. Similar to the web services mentioned in the previous post, the ones included below will also allow you to create some awesome magazine like pages for your class. They are fairly simple to use and have user friendly interfaces."
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The 20+ Apps To Know About In 2013 - Edudemic

The 20+ Apps To Know About In 2013 - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Looking back at some of 2012′s most significant app launches and updates, Education Dive assembled a list of a few of the best apps on iOS and Android devices that we think educators should know about for 2013. Some of these are already out in the wild, and some are still twinkles in their developers’ eyes. All of 23 of them stand to be important, however, in the new year:
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Statistical Abstract Presents Portrait of America | NY Times

Statistical Abstract Presents Portrait of America | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sam Roberts

 

"The 2013 Statistical Abstract of the United States reveals a moving picture of how the nation has been changing, through subjects as diverse as pet preferences and student loan debt.

 

"College graduates have less leisure time than high school dropouts. More people are injured on toilets than by skiing or snowboarding. More households have dogs as pets than cats, but cat lovers are more likely to have multiple pets. And more foreigners visited New York (9.3 million) than any other American city (Los Angeles was a distant second with 3.7 million).

 

"Those facts are among the thousands gleaned from the 2013 edition of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, a compendium of figures that itself may go into the record books after being published by the government since 1878."

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If you are looking for data to use with your students, this will be a great source.

 

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Big History: An Organizing Principle for a Compelling Class, Block or School - Getting Smart

Big History: An Organizing Principle for a Compelling Class, Block or School - Getting Smart | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"After Bill Gates saw a series of lectures by David Christian on big history Gates said, “He really blew me away. Here’s a guy who’s read across the sciences, humanities, and social sciences and brought it together in a single framework. It made me wish that I could have taken big history when I was young, because it would have given me a way to think about all of the school work and reading that followed. In particular, it really put the sciences in an interesting historical context and explained how they apply to a lot of contemporary concerns.”

 

"Gates and Christian met and launched the Big History Project, an effort “to get Big History taught to as many students around the world as possible.” The team then went out to recruit current high school teachers, university level educators and curriculum specialists to design the course – working together with software developers and designers."

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MIDEA Workshop, iPads Revisited :: 25 iPad Tips & Tricks for Museum Educators

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"Scott Sayre from Sandbox Studios addresses the "State of the Union" of educators and iPads at the MIDEA Workshop: iPads Revisited conference in Austin, Texas. Sayre has compiled a comprehensive list of 25 tips and tricks museum educators can utilize in their museums. From art based games to Google Goggles, he demonstrates not only how-to, but gives fantastic application ideas for any museum or education setting, large or small."

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Finding Real-World Problems for STEM Lessons | MiddleWeb

Finding Real-World Problems for STEM Lessons | MiddleWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Anne Jolly
Summary by MiddleWeb Smartbrief

"Providing STEM students with real-world challenges fuels their curiosity & investigative interests, writes science educator Anne Jolly. But where do teachers find problems worthy of investigation? In a new post at MiddleWeb's STEM Imagineering blog, Jolly makes the case for real-world problem solving and points to Internet resources that can help teachers find suitable challenges in science, math and engineering."
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Excellent links to sources for ideas here...not just for middle school.

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Instructional Pacing: How Do Your Lessons Flow? | Edutopia

Instructional Pacing: How Do Your Lessons Flow? | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
by Rebecca Alber
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"Educator Rebecca Alber in this blog post offers seven tips for pacing a lesson to help teachers -- especially new teachers -- avoid making awkward transitions or spending too much time on one activity without leaving time for another. For example, Alber suggests teachers ensure all materials are ready ahead of time and instructions for an activity be presented visually, either on the board or as part of a PowerPoint or Prezi. "This helps keep that pace uninterrupted," she writes."
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Vizualization: A periodic table of visualisation methods to aid Memory and Visual LIteracy (hover over each for a diagram!)

Vizualization: A periodic table of visualisation methods to aid Memory and Visual LIteracy (hover over each for a diagram!) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Brilliant infographics on all things related to visual literacy.  Click on each "element" to learn more about visualization and visual literacy.  UBER COOL!


Via Meryl Jaffe, PhD
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2012 10:47 AM

Thanks, Jim Lerman - this is WAAAAY cool!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, January 9, 2013 7:29 AM
Thank you Tim, Peter, Susan, Lynnette, Jim and Kim for your visits and rescoops.
Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, February 12, 2014 1:37 PM

More types of infographics than you have dreamed of...all accessible by means of a periodical table type layout.

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The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything | Fast Company

The One Conversational Tool That Will Make You Better At Absolutely Everything | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Shane Snow

"Good questions can move your business, organization, or career forward. They squeeze incremental value from interactions, the drops of which add up to reservoirs of insight. Of all the skills innovators can learn from journalists, the art of the expert Q&A is the most useful.

"The problem is, most of us ask terrible questions. We talk too much and accept bad answers (or worse, no answers). We’re too embarrassed to be direct, or we’re afraid of revealing our ignorance, so we throw softballs, hedge, and miss out on opportunities to grow.

"But we don’t have to.

"The following advice can make you a much better interrogator, not to mention conversationalist:"
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Educators need to learn to go deeper in their questioning than discussed here, but for those who are just learning to go beyond simple yes or no or multiple choice-type questions, this article provides good advice for moving in the right direction.

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Repository of Internet Resources to Prevent or Reduce Violence and Trauma in Schools | Kean University

Repository of Internet Resources to Prevent or Reduce Violence and Trauma in Schools | Kean University | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Dr. Juneau Gary

[Revised in 2012]

"Back in 2005, I compiled an online repository of mostly free resources to use in traumatic situations with school-aged students, such as the recent school shooting incident in Newtown, CT. The primary purpose of the repository was (and remains) to provide school specialists (e.g., teachers, school counselors, school psychologists, school nurses, principals, SACs, etc.) with immediate access to resources to assist in handling a wide variety of traumatic incidents. It also contains sections for parents/guardians/caregivers and adolescents to gain immediate access to resources to assist in handling traumatic situations for themselves (adolescents) or for their children (parents/guardians/caregivers). I updated my repository this semester.

"My repository is a free service to the counseling, mental health, and education communities. I receive NO fees from it. Listening to news reports over the weekend, it’s needed now. Again, I share it as a service to facilitate the healing process for primary and secondary victims of trauma (http://www.kean.edu/~trauma/). Please consider forwarding it to the Education faculty (full time and adjunct), TPC instructors and staff, supervisors of student teachers, and other relevant school specialists."
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#ETMOOC | A MOOC about educational technology & media – Coming January 2013

#ETMOOC | A MOOC about educational technology & media – Coming January 2013 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
From the website

"This space will act as an information hub for #etmooc, an open, online experience that is designed to facilitate & nurture conversations around the thoughtful integration of educational technology & media in teaching and learning.

Think of #etmooc as an experience situated somewhere between a course and a community. While there will be scheduled webinars and information shared each week, we know that there is a lot more that we will collectively need to do if we want to create a truly collaborative and passionate community.

We’re aiming to carry on those important conversations in many different spaces – through the use of social networks, collaborative tools, shared hashtags, and in personalized spaces. What #etmooc eventually becomes, and what it will mean to you, will depend upon the ways in which you participate and the participation and activities of all of its members. Let’s see if we can create something that is not just another hashtag – and, not just another course."
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The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Social Studies Sites Of 2012 — Part Two | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Larry Ferlazzo is one of education's most prolific and inveterate web clippers. His selections of best web sites always contain fresh, new items of high quality.

If social studies is your area, no doubt you will find something very useful here. -JL
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My 10 Favorite Learnist Boards Of The Year - Edudemic

My 10 Favorite Learnist Boards Of The Year - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
By Dawn Casey-Rowe

"This week’s top ten Learnist boards is a “year in review” of ed tech boards. Some have popped up before and others are hot off the presses.

As we talk more and more about getting tech in the hands of teachers and classes, which is a great conversation to have in honor of the 2012 Edublogger Awards, I want to take a moment to reflect on and review some of the best Learnist boards, apps and thoughts out there in terms of learning about and using educational technology."
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Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method

Turn your notes into writing using the Cornell method | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
From the website

"This post is by Dr Katherine Firth who works in Academic Skills at the University of Melbourne, with a particular interest in research student literacies. Basically, Katherine is a Thesis Whisperer, like me. Unlike me, Katherine is still an active researcher in her field of 20th-century poetry. Over coffee Katherine told me about the ‘Cornell Method’ and kindly agreed to write a post. I found it enlightening, I hope you do too."
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