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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Free, Open Course with Dr. Curtis Bonk | blackBoard

Free, Open Course with Dr. Curtis Bonk | blackBoard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Course Title: Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success

 

Description: Motivating students and creating community within blended and online learning environments is crucial to academic achievement and success. This open course will provide both theoretical concepts and practical tools for instructors to improve motivation, retention, and engagement within blended and online courses.

 

Course Objectives:
Identify and apply relevant motivational strategies and instructional techniques

Construct thinking skill options for different types of learners and subjects

Design and share innovative thinking skill activities as well as unique cooperative learning

Map and apply instructional models and ideas to online learning tools

 

Course Duration: April 30th- June 4th ( A total of 5 weeks)

 

Enrollment is now open.

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The Honeymoon is not over: iPad is a creation tool

The Honeymoon is not over: iPad is a creation tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Royan Lee

 

"It seems the honeymoon is over with iPad devices in education. Whether it’s people questioning the efficacy of turning a personal device into a shared tool, the complex ethical dilemmas Foxconn presents us with, or the sheer consumerism and corporate lust that the words ‘iPad rollout’ imbue, the critics are many and mostly intelligent. As someone who has been lucky enough to use iPad devices with students since pretty much their release, I feel the need to briefly address and delicately admonish those that express perhaps the greatest criticism of iPad use in classrooms: it’s a consumption, not a creation, tool (you never hear this criticism of books).

 

"After using the first generation of iPad with students for a year, I agreed with this point. That’s because, in 2011 (yes waaay back in 2011!) iPad apps were mostly consumption and game based. It also had no camera. As a result, we spent most of the year using the devices for a small degree of creative activities, but mostly as dummy terminals to the internet, connecting to our social media tools.

 

"2012, equipped with iPad 2s, has been a far different story. The constant and exponential improvement of apps, coupled with the camera (integral, because it allows you to use it as a tool for capturing live learning), has turned it into a different device. I would describe our iPad 2s now as shared, digital scrap/sketchbooks. In fact, my students mostly use them for creation."

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100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics - Best Colleges Online

100 Serious Twitter Tips for Academics - Best Colleges Online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Twitter may have started off as a fun social media site for keeping up with friends and sharing updates about daily life, but it’s become much more than that for many users over the past few years as the site has evolved and grown. These days, Twitter is a powerhouse for marketing, communication, business, and even education, letting people from around the world work together, share ideas, and gain exposure. It has become a staple at many online colleges and campuses as well, leaving many academics wondering just how and if they should be using Twitter both in the classroom and in their professional lives. So we’ve revised our our original 2009 list to get you started or up to date. Whether you’re an academic or just interested in building your Twitter profile, keep reading to learn some tips and tricks that can help you take the first steps towards using Twitter for coursework, research, building a professional network, and beyond."

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Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop

Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Join your colleagues at the 9th Annual Sloan Consortium Blended Learning Conference and Workshop, Perfecting the Blend, as we problem-solve, exchange ideas, and explore effective strategies about blended learning. The conference provides the opportunity for instructors and faculty members, instructional designers, student advisors, administrative leaders, and researchers to share best practices, strategic considerations, models of practice, and challenges revealed through our experiences in practice and research."

 

This conference occurred on April 23 and 24, 2012. This page contains a listing of all the presentations, with links to them. Nearly all of the presentations have slide decks available to the public and many provide additional materials as well. No videos are available.

 

Although the focus of the conference was higher education, many of the presentations and presenters focused on K-12 also.

 

If you are interested in blended learning, these is sure to be something of interest for you here. -JL

 

 

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2012 Recordings - Classroom 2.0 - Social Learning Summit

2012 Recordings - Classroom 2.0 - Social Learning Summit | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This virutual conference was organized by Classroom 2.0 and the Discovery Educator Network and held on April 21, 2012.

 

This page includes Elluminate recordings of more than 70 sessions. Enjoy! -JL

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MediaShift . Pinterest: Why What It's Not Says So Much | PBS

MediaShift . Pinterest: Why What It's Not Says So Much | PBS | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Courtney Lowery Cowgill does a good job of describing Pinterest. -JL

 


"THE CONCEPT

The beauty of Pinterest is that it doesn't manufacture a need. Let me try to explain that. Basically, I mean that instead of making us share or create or produce -- or do something that we otherwise might not do in real life (like say, "poke" -- is that still a thing?), Pinterest takes what we all already do, puts it online, and makes it easier, simpler and more elegant.

 

"Pinning" by any other name is something we all do every day. We clip out recipes, we bookmark blog posts, we note the cut of the jacket of a passerby, we take a mental picture of a neighbor's living room layout, we marvel at the colors in a photograph on the gallery wall, we read a passage we like somewhere and save it for later.

 

"If you were able to put all of those things into one, well-designed place and keep them organized so they are easy to refer to, wouldn't that be great?

 

"That's what Pinterest does.

 

"What it is is so much more."

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Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom | Edutopia

Six Examples of iPad Integration in the 1:1 Classroom | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew Marcinek 

 

"At Burlington High School in Burlington, MA, we are entering our eighth month of a 1:1 iPad initiative that began in September 2011. Don't get me wrong, we think the iPad is a great device for learning and gives each of our students a dynamic learning tool that can be used across the content areas and to accomplish a variety of tasks. Many of the critics claim that we are backing our students into a corner by giving them one brand and one skill set to learn exclusively on one device. This is not the case at Burlington. Furthermore, I have support.

 

"Our teachers have been compiling exemplary work and engaging our students in a diverse manner. These results are not because of the iPad, but because we, and not just at Burlington, but also around the country, have given our expert teachers the opportunity to incorporate a device into their rich curriculum.

 

"Our teachers are not teaching to the iPad, nor are they teaching apps. They are teaching skills and assessing student learning in a more dynamic way. Many of our classrooms are flipped; project-based learning and assessments are being integrated more prevalently; and students are engaged in relevant, purposeful learning experiences."

 

Numerous examples of student use. -JL

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Killing Creativity: Why Kids Draw Pictures of Monsters & Adults Don't | Moments of Genius | Big Think

Killing Creativity: Why Kids Draw Pictures of Monsters & Adults Don't | Moments of Genius | Big Think | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sam McNerney

 

"What happens to our innate creativity when we age? Zabelina and Robinson discuss a few reasons. The first is that regions of the frontal cortex – a part of the brain responsible for rule-based behavior – are not fully developed until our teenage years. This means that when we are young our thoughts are free-flowing and without inhibitions. Curiosity, not logic and reason, guides our intellectual musings. The second is that current educational practices discourage creativity."

 

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Teaching with Apps: Top 12 iPad & iPhone Broswer Apps

Teaching with Apps: Top 12 iPad & iPhone Broswer Apps | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Elinda Gjondedaj

 

"If you are looking for something different from Safari to broswe the internet on your tablet or iphone, here are some alternatives. Some of them are really efficient for using with students as they can play flash content and support webpages that Safari cannot. Below, you can also find browsers that may support instant sharing of websites via email, video download on the mobile device, bookmarking, social media intergration and many more features. You can see the prices of each application at the end of the post via the virtual iphone."

 

Some are free, most cost a nominal amount. Nice collection from a EFL teacher in Greece. -JL


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The Many Forms of Socializing Online | Visual.ly

The Many Forms of Socializing Online | Visual.ly | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Brian Solis and the JESS3 Studio

 

"When we think of social networking, we are likely to immediately think of Facebook and Twitter. However, there are numerous websites that allow you to connect with others for different purposes such as music sharing, blogging, events, and podcasting. Here is a look at the most popular social networking sites and their platforms."

 

By the way, the Visual.ly environment, within which this infographic was built, is a free and relatively easy tool for creating one's own infographics. This would be a great project for students to work on...visualizing data. -JL

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Part Sixty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

Part Sixty-Four Of The Best Ways To Create Online Content Easily & Quickly | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Larry Ferlazzo

 

Ferlazzo is one of the great miners of the web, constantly on the lookout for practical, useful websites that will be of immediate (and longer term) assistance to teachers and students. After he finds great sites, he collects them in categories and publishes his lists...a great service to educators around the world.

 

This is one of Ferlazzo's periodic lists that deals with content creation online. Within the blog post, he also includes links to previous collections in this series.

 

All in all, this is a great post to lead educators to terrific sources for students to create content. -JL

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Mark Anderson's Blog » Student workflow on iPad in your lessons

Mark Anderson's Blog » Student workflow on iPad in your lessons | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"It has been obvious to me for some time now that any learning that is based around use of an iPad should really not be hung on one particular app. That it is about a flow of work, be it individual, or collaborative. Yes, there are some powerful productivity apps that will assist with note taking and organising oneself such as Evernote, OmniFocus, OmniOutliner, Paper, Penultimate, so forth and so on. There are also amazing apps with content such as Solar Walk, Star Walk, The Elements, Wonders of the Universe, etc, but actually – in an environment where students, or groups even, have access to iPads – we want them to be able to demonstrate their understanding and ultimately their learning through the generation of their own content.

 

"With that in mind, I’ve been thinking that really, there are two main tiers of creation based apps for the iPad. There are those that are compilers and those that are the creation tools, i.e. those tools that take all of the various elements that you have created (creation tools) and those that put all of those things in to a combined format (compilation tools).

 

"Once you have this kind of framework, you can then slot the different apps that you have in to those two areas, which will then inform lesson and activity planning which in turn will enable learning to take place."

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Garbology

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A nifty site that delves into "the science of waste with NatureBridge’s online interactive learning tool, MyGarbology." With sections for teachers, students, and families, MyGarbology was nominated for a 2012 Webby award. -JL

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Grant Writing as an English Lit Assignment | video | Teaching Channel

Grant Writing as an English Lit Assignment | video | Teaching Channel | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Inspiring video. Excellent supporting resources. -JL

 

AP English Literature students respond to reading about the American Dream by creating a non-profit organization that helps local citizens realize the American Dream.

 

"After watching Sarah Brown Wessling’s video, Grant Writing as an English Lit Assignment, former student Blane Chesnut wrote:

“I consider this project the most beneficial project I worked on in high school because it helped prepare me for college better than any other project… Thank you for the skills you taught me.”

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iPad PDF Reading Tips | iPads House

iPad PDF Reading Tips | iPads House | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The Apple iPad is no longer solely for content indulgence and iPad PDF can be very effective and easy if you know these five handy tips.

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EducationOnAir - Free Online Google Conference - May 2

EducationOnAir - Free Online Google Conference - May 2 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Google is hosting an education technology conference entirely online and completely free. Learn about topics ranging from Blended Learning to how Google tools can help with productivity, collaboration, and instruction.The conference will be on May 2 12pm to 10pm ET and features educators giving over 40 sessions all using Google+ Hangouts On Air (live group video chats).

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New TED-Ed Site Turns YouTube Videos Into 'Flipped' Lessons -The Chronicle of Higher Education

New TED-Ed Site Turns YouTube Videos Into 'Flipped' Lessons -The Chronicle of Higher Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Nick DeSantis

 

"The new Web site, unveiled today, lets professors turn TED’s educational videos—as well as any video on YouTube—into interactive lessons inspired by the “flipped” classroom model. The site’s introduction is the second phase of an education-focused effort called TED-Ed, which began last month when the group released a series of highly produced, animated videos on a new YouTube channel.

 

"The TED-Ed site is both a portal for finding education videos and a tool for flipping them. On one page, videos are organized by themes, such as the pursuit of happiness and inventions that shaped history. Instructors who want to use videos that are directly related to the subjects they teach can visit another page, where videos are organized in more traditional categories such as the arts and health."

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How to Build Your Child's Self-Control | Big Think

How to Build Your Child's Self-Control | Big Think | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sandra Aamodt 

 

"The basics of social behavior come from the brain’s emotional system, which is an important contributor to empathy and morality from infancy through adulthood. Babies often cry when they hear another baby crying, because knowing that another person is unhappy makes them feel bad. Even rats will work to help another rat who seems to be in distress. So some precursors of social skills are probably built into the brain, but experience also influences how well children understand and respond to the needs of other people."

 

A collection of 6 articles, with links all on this one page, giving advice on the important topic of helping children control themselves. -JL

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Pinterest as a learning tool: Do the two compute? | ZDNet

Pinterest as a learning tool: Do the two compute? | ZDNet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Charlie Osborne

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Teachers worldwide are beginning to use the social-networking website Pinterest to make lessons more interactive. Possible uses for the site, in which users "pin" images to a virtual bulletin board, include planning lessons, sharing ideas and using as a tool for project-based learning. Before beginning a project, students can organize pins on the board by topic, helping to organize Web sources and information."

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48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics - Plus 7 Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog

48 Significant Social Media Facts, Figures and Statistics - Plus 7 Infographics | Jeffbullas's Blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jeff Bullas

 

"The social media landscape changes rapidly and keeping up with the latest numbers is a challenge."

 

Bullas supplies a remarkable amount of current information about uses and users of 7 major social media networks:

Facebook

Twitter

LinkedIn

YouTube

Instagram

Pinterest

Google+

 

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HOW TO: Setup A (Free) Scoop.it Magazine For Your Community | Nonprofit Marketing 360

HOW TO: Setup A (Free) Scoop.it Magazine For Your Community | Nonprofit Marketing 360 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"The name of the game is ‘curation.’ Scoop.It certainly offers you opportunity to connect to your own organization’s blog, website, Twitter account, etc. But so too do you want to ‘scoop’ engaging and relevant stories about your field, your efforts, and your constituents. By scooping such content (and remember: you can make more than one e-magazine/collection, even in a free account) you will bring new readers and followers to your educational portal and to your organization’s donation and volunteer pages."

 

A thorough and easy-to-follow guide to how to make Scoop.it sites for groups or individuals. -JL


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10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Learning Today

10 Ways to Use Skype in the Classroom | Learning Today | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

10 thoughtful ways on how to use Skype, 5 companion tools to use with Skype, links to online Skype communities, global Skype projects, and directories of Skpe users, and a link to a Skype tutorial for teacher beginners. The video depicts 6th graders from Cosgrove Middle School, in Spencerport, NY, having a Skype video conversation with author Barbara Mahler ("Hole in the Sky").  Nice collection. -JL

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Making a Digital Storytelling Project in iMovie '11

These workshop notes show you how to go through the process of creating a photo-based digital story using iMovie 2011.


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10 reasons teachers love blended learning

10 reasons teachers love blended learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tom Vander Ark

 

"Teachers have tough jobs—lots of kids and lots of responsibility—and budget cuts are making things worse. They have administrators telling them to boost achievement and personalize learning, but most of them are on their own without tools. But that is beginning to change as schools are beginning to blend traditional teaching with online learning...

 

"Blending the best of online and onsite learning can work better for students and teachers. Here’s ten reasons that blended learning makes teaching a better job:"

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Obstacles and Solutions to Integrating Technology into the Kindergarten Content Areas

Obstacles and Solutions to Integrating Technology into the Kindergarten Content Areas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Randi Lembke

 

"Integrating technology in the kindergarten curriculum is an exciting and rewarding experience. The children are drawn to technology in a way that sparks higher level thinking skills and leads students to effective problem solving. There are challenges that present themselves, however I feel like they are manageable. The content areas as well as student scores are improved with technology, making the need for effective integration even more necessary.

 

"One issue that presents itself in the kindergarten content areas is screen time. If students are in front of a computer screen, Smartboard, and iPad for much of the school day, will technology have an adverse effect? The answer is simply, yes. If students are put in front of these tools all day they will have issues with activity levels, motor development, social skills, as well as cognitive development. That is why students should only use these tools when it is truly beneficial throughout the day. If my students utilize iPads for 15 minutes during reading, I will limit the time they are “plugged in” for the remainder of the day. I will also be sure to balance other best practices; time with manipulatives, peers, and hands on learning. The secret to this obstacle, as with many in life, is balance."

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