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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom

Instant Opinion Polls in the Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

For a long time now I have been looking for a tool that enables instant polling in the classroom or in the lecture room. I specifically wanted something that; doesn't require registration (especially from the people I'm polling), updates very quickly, works on any platform from computers to mobile devices

It looks like I have finally found what I've been looking for and best of all it's free. The tool that I have found is Mentimeter and it does all of the above.


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Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style!

Classroom Newspaper Google Docs Style! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Great Ideas! Love the idea of uploading newspaper to Youblisher. Turns it into a flippable page newspaper.


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Pam Cadwalder's comment, September 16, 2013 11:55 AM
Glad you liked it:)
Rachel Marker's curator insight, September 27, 2013 11:30 PM

Could replace monthly newsletter. Student written!

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When Students Do The Teaching | Edutopia

When Students Do The Teaching | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kiera Chase

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Students are getting first-hand knowledge of what it takes to be a teacher through a project in which students create video tutorials and teach concepts to their peers. The Web platform, called the Upside Down Academy, was part of a pilot program in which the Khan Academy model was used as the inspiration for a project-based curriculum for Envision schools, Kiera Chase, blended learning coach for Envision schools, writes in this blog post."

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The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Educational Twitter Hashtags | Edudemic

The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Educational Twitter Hashtags | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

" I heart Twitter. If you haven’t yet, follow @edudemic to keep up with what we’re doing, working on, and seeing (like last night’s tech event with GDGT in downtown Boston!). Twitter has become a massive hit in education and it’s too big to ignore. So that’s why we helped assemble the 2012 A-Z Guide To Twitter Hashtags. It’s been an invaluable resource for educators around the world.

 

"But that’s a very lengthy list. Lucky for you, our friends at Online College Courses repurposed our lengthy list and made it a whole lot less, well, difficult. The following visualization should be a handy resource for any teacher looking to make the dive into Twitter. Trust me, it’s a bit daunting but worth taking the plunge. Just don’t be surprised if you become an addict!"

 

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New Feature: What's Going On in This Picture? | NY Times

New Feature: What's Going On in This Picture? | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Katherine Schulten

 

"For our new “What’s Going On in This Picture” feature, we’ll collaborate weekly with Visual Thinking Strategies (V.T.S.). In this video, Philip Yenawine, one of the founders of the organization, conducts a live V.T.S. discussion about a work of art."

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"How do you make sense of what you see when you look at an image, especially if that image comes with no caption, headline, links or other clues about its origins? What can constructing meaning from an image teach you?

 

"That’s what we hope students will figure out together through our new feature, one that focuses on Times photojournalism, visual literacy and critical thinking by asking viewers to think about one interesting photograph a week.


We’ll be working with a program used in schools across the country called Visual Thinking Strategies, choosing the images and experimenting with running a virtual discussion about them on the blog together. Typically, V.T.S. centers on live classroom discussion of works of visual art, so attempting to do something similar online, and with photojournalism instead, will be an experiment for us both.

 

"Here’s how it will work:

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Cool Projects With Skype | Digital Learning Environments

Cool Projects With Skype | Digital Learning Environments | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Steven Anderson

 

"A while back I wrote about Skype and how to get started using it. If you are new or thinking about starting definitely check out that post.

 

"Then yesterday I saw this:

"Calling classes in North Carolina, USA or nearby states to join a book club http://t.co/cnmm1IBx #wsfcs"

 

"So when I saw that tweet I immediately passed it along to all my NC folks. Then I got to thinking. There are lots of great projects out there that need a partner and people ask all the time how to get connected via Skype.

 

"I headed over to the Skype In The Classroom website and discovered there are loads of great projects going on that any class with a Skype account can join. Here are just a few:"

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Best iOS apps for mobile learning (infographic) - EdTech Times

Best iOS apps for mobile learning (infographic) - EdTech Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Infographic of the 100 Best IOS Apps for Mobile Learning, originally created by OnlineUniversities.com; displayed here on  EdTech Times. -JL

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Edutopia Resource Guide: Mastering Online Discussion Board Facilitation

Discussion boards, or threaded discussions, are one of the most commonly used tools in online teaching. Discussion  forums provide the ability for asynchronous discussion to occur over a period of time. The ability to learn asynchronously is one of the primary benefits of online learning. Students are able to reflect upon their ideas before sharing them with the class, leading to more reflective responses and in-depth learning.


This guide has been designed to provide some practical suggestions to assist you in making the most of this versatile tool. A number of topics have been addressed, including: facilitation tips, content area suggestions, time management strategies and much more.


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Recording Online Video Interviews: Everything You Need To Know

Recording Online Video Interviews: Everything You Need To Know | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Robin Good: If you are about to be interviewed online, or need to record a quality video talk with a prestigious special guest, here is a good and comprehensive guide to everything you need to know.

 

From quality webcam alternatives, to microphones, lighting and backdrops, and recording software, Houston Neal has put together a useful reference that is useful for both PC and Mac users alike.

 

Useful. Resourceful. 8/10

 

Full guide: http://blog.softwareadvice.com/articles/crm/how-to-capture-great-web-interviews-1101212/

 

 


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What Does it Really Mean to Align Instruction to the Common Core? Flatlists vs. Three-Dimensional Arrays | Burkins & Yaris

What Does it Really Mean to Align Instruction to the Common Core? Flatlists vs. Three-Dimensional Arrays | Burkins & Yaris | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jan Burkins & Kim Yaris

 

"We need to think of the Common Core State Standards as the different colored squares of a Rubik’s Cube with which we are constantly working. Solving a Rubik’s cube requires the puzzler to consider the whole puzzle, to plan the long term, and to constantly work with a vision of the end goal. If you focus on one color/side of a Rubik’s Cube, you can solve it in isolation, but beyond that, you have to constantly think about the ways the color sets are connected. Similarly, if you want to teach beyond a very rudimentary implementation of the Common Core and surface understandings from students, then you have to step into more complex approaches to reading, interpreting, and teaching the standards. The standards may be a list on paper, but in our minds they need to operate as a three-dimensional array, with different pieces of the puzzle activated in every lesson. The alignment question then evolves from “Which standards does this lesson cover?” to “Which standards are integrated and activated in concert within this lesson, and how deeply?” It’s the Rubik’s Cube equivalent of saying, “How many squares on how many sides of the Rubik’s Cube get closer to the right place with this series of adjustments?”


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The Social News Discovery Visual Browser for iPads: Rockmelt


Robin Good: If you have an iPad and you are looking for a better way to find, discover, browse, search and consume news stories, the new Rockmelt browser for iPads is definitely worth a road test.

 

Unlike other popular browsers, "rather than showing you a big, empty window--or just whatever site you were looking at the last time you used it--Rockmelt offers up a visual stream of personalized content, culled from friends on Facebook and Twitter, RSS subscriptions, and sites that fall into your designated categories of interest.


Posts, articles, images, and the rest take the form of big, tappable tiles in two endless columns--an infinitely scrolling stream of content.


Touch one of the items, and, when possible, it pops open in a stripped-down reader view.


As you’re checking out that content, you can jump to a full view of the website it’s hosted on, follow links, or just dip back to your stream to find something else to look at."

 

"Overall, it’s a fairly radical take on what a tablet browser should be, one that starts with the go-anywhere, find-anything utility of the browsers we’re familiar with and grafts a visual, content-curation element on top of it all.


In this sense, the new Rockmelt is sort of like a mash-up of Pulse, Flipboard, and Safari--a browser that’s also a news reader, with a dash of social network to round it out."

 

Source: http://www.fastcodesign.com/1670978/a-tablet-web-browser-that-finds-the-good-stuff-for-you#1

 

FAQ/Help: http://help.rockmelt.com/

 

Find out more: http://www.rockmelt.com/

 

Available for free on the App Store: http://me.lt/31MYu

 

 


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ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web

ProfessorWord: Improve your vocabulary while you surf the web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Professor Word is a useful browser plugin to help you develop your vocabulary. It enables you to click on words in a text on any webpage and get a definition. It also shows related words. Good tool for vocabulary building.

 


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Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 6:09 AM
contact the developers!
Maria Valdes's comment, October 15, 2012 7:11 AM
It does work with Mac, I've just checked. It might be a problem of the browser, not the app.
Maria Pia Montoro's comment, October 15, 2012 7:21 AM
it works fine for me as well!
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Ipads in the primary classroom

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Website maintained by Sheli Blackburn, an ICT coordinator at a primary school in the UK. It is highly recommended by Dr. Jo Badge. -JL

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32 Tips for Hosting a Successful Hangout with Your Students - Best Colleges Online

32 Tips for Hosting a Successful Hangout with Your Students - Best Colleges Online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are things that educators need to know before diving in to ensure that Hangouts are both fun and successful for students.

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New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know

New Guide! Mobile Devices for Learning: What You Need to Know | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Learn how cellphones, e-book readers, and tablets are getting kids engaged with learning, focused on working smarter, and ready for the future.

 

KF:  While the focus is K-12 many of the learning principles still apply in higher education.  This guide is a useful stimulus towards rethinking and expanding gthe vision (and practice) of mobile strategies for learnign in higher ed.


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Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week

Classroom Strategies to Foster a Growth Mindset | Eduction Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Larry Ferlazzo, with Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell

Summary by MiddleWeb SmartBrief

 

"Larry Ferlazzo compiles in this blog post a list of tips from "growth mindset" experts Carol Dweck and Lisa Blackwell, co-founders of Mindset Works, on how teachers can nurture students' belief that they can improve their intelligence, which research shows gives students greater motivation to achieve. Their suggestions include giving detailed feedback on what students can control, such as their effort on an assignment, and setting high expectations for what they can learn."

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Shoot, Edit, Download and Share Video with Loopster.com

Shoot, Edit, Download and Share Video with Loopster.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


Robin Good: Loopster is a web-based free video editor which allows you to easily upload, edit, share and download your favorite video clips.

The service utilizes a traditional timeline and offers the option to edit individual clips by trimming their start and ending point, to add text captions and overlay titles, transitions, and audio effects and a soundtrack.

 

The final edited clip can be downloaded in .MPG format or shared directly on anyone of the major social networks.

 

The service is free to use.

 

FAQ: http://www.loopster.com/faqs/

 

More info: http://www.loopster.com/

 


(A big thank you to Giuseppe Mauriello who kindly discovered it and suggested it)


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10 Reasons to Ban Pens and Pencils in the Classroom | MindShift

10 Reasons to Ban Pens and Pencils in the Classroom | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A parody by Katie Stansberry

 

"According to a recent MSNBC article, 69% of high school currently ban cell phones. But you’d be hard-pressed to find a school anywhere that has enacted a blanket ban on pens and pencils. Here are 10 reasons to reconsider the widespread acceptance of these distracting and potentially dangerous implements."

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New Presentation Tool Lets You Easily Keep Students Engaged

New Presentation Tool Lets You Easily Keep Students Engaged | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Prezi to Google Docs to PowerPoint, there's no shortage of ways for teachers to put together a dynamic presentation. But Klowd wanted to take a different approach to help improve the presentation experience for both the person at the front of the classroom and in the back row.


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David Truss :: 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom

David Truss :: 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

David Truss shares his Inquiry Hub model and a Slideshare presentation on the 7 Ways to Transform Your Classroom along with audio recordings of the Classroom 2.0 Show "Inquiry Learning and Empowering Students" on September 29th.  Here is just a glimpse of the 7 Ways to transform your classroom.

 

> Transforming Classrooms with Inquiry: It starts with educators asking really good questions.

> Transforming Classrooms with Voice: Be it a presentation to a small group, the entire school, the local community or online (with the world), work with students to craft their message in thoughtful, well represented ways.

> Transforming Classrooms with Audience: Through the use of blogs, wikis, digital portfolios and social media tools, you can invite the world to be a participatory audience in the work that our students do.

> Transforming Classrooms with Community: Provide opportunities for projects to extend beyond age-group peers to include younger and/or older students, parents and teachers, community members, subject area experts, and students from around the globe.

> Transforming Classrooms with Leadership: Buddy up with students in younger classes. Create activities and events which truly allow students to ‘run the show’.

> Transforming Classrooms with Play: There is a lot of pedagogy in play (at all ages). Do we provide “gaps” in our teaching? Time and spaces where students can be creative beyond the scope of the content we are teaching?

> Transforming Classrooms with Networks: Skype is a great tool to bring classes from across the country or across the globe together.

 

Thank you David for sharing your model and vision to transform learning!

 


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Audrey's comment, January 8, 2013 5:50 PM
I am looking forward to learning these transformations, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Student Guide to iPads & iOS 6 | Technology with Intention

Student Guide to iPads & iOS 6 | Technology with Intention | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A free book that looks at iOS6 for the iPad. Jac de Haan states that this is a "bare-bones intro to iPad & iOS 6 for my students – just enough to get comfortable with basic iPad use and get organized."  The book is geared to middle and high school students, with a focus on iOS productivity apps and basic troubleshooting. It is available for free in the iTunes store. To go directly to the book in iTunes - https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/student-guide-to-ipads-ios/id570579620?mt=11.


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Although geared at high school students, this bare-bones intro provides a lot of key information for the novice user.

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The HD WiFi Broadcaster Webcam from Logitech

Robin Good: The Logitech Broadcaster is a 720p resolution wifi webcam which allows for wireless transmission from 50 feet away to any Mac computer, iPhone or iPad.

 

The Broadcaster features an instant Ustream-supported live streaming ability as well as a one button toggle between itself and your computer/iPhone/iPad integrated webcam.

 

The webcam plastic carrying case which sports an elegant magnetic lid doubles up as an alternative webcam stand.

 

Expected retail prices: $200 in the US and €180 in Europe

 

For more info: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/webcams/broadcaster-wifi-webcam

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, October 18, 2012 4:15 AM
Stéphane, I agree with you 100%. Thanks for pointing this out to everyone.
Steve Troletti's comment, October 18, 2012 8:45 AM
A quick search reveals the following from Logitech's site: Take the Broadcaster everywhere thanks to a hard plastic carrying case that doubles as a stand. A magnetic base on the lid makes mounting your camera effortless and lets you easily adjust it for the perfect angle. For more versatility, the lid also attaches to your favorite tripod. (http://www.logitech.com/en-us/webcam-communications/webcams/broadcaster-wifi-webcam)
Robin Good's comment, October 18, 2012 12:45 PM
Thanks Steve for digging deeper. That's a great contribution and much appreciated.
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Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar

Join Alan November and Tim DiScipio for a special free webinar | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

HOW SOCIAL LEARNING NETWORKS BUILD FOR EDUCATION DRIVE INNOVATION

 

Thursday, Oct 8 at 2 PM Eastern

Presented by:
Alan November of November Learning
Tim DiScipio of ePals

 

"How can principals, technology directors and curriculum coordinators ensure students and teachers are armed with the full suite of tools required for 21st century innovation? Join education thought leaders Alan November of November Learning and Tim DiScipio of ePals on October 18th for a discussion on how education networks honed through years of educator feedback are maximized to promote digital-era collaboration, content curation, streamlined workflow, and a generally efficient digital school ecosystem, in ways mainstream tools aren't designed to do."

 

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Inkle Writer

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This site provides a easy to use platform to create branching stories. Add a new story thread at the touch of a button and you can even add images from the web. Preview your story as a map, publish online and share with the link with others.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/English


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Transitioning to blended learning

The following presentation is an overview of the what, the why, and the how to transition to blended learning.

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