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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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The Importance of Teaching Mindfulness | Mind/Shift

The Importance of Teaching Mindfulness | Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Aran Lavasseur

 

"Think of sitting quietly in a spartan room. There are no TVs, computers, smartphones, books, magazines or music. If you’re like most people, this probably sounds like a recipe for boredom. In our culture, we avoid moments of “not-doing” because we don’t associate boredom with having any value. And our aversion to boredom and not-doing have been amplified in our hyper-connected age...

 

"Recent brain imaging studies reveal that sections of our brains are highly active during down time. This has led scientists to imply that moments of not-doing are critical for connecting and synthesizing new information, ideas and experiences. Dr. Michael Rich, a professor at Harvard Medical School put it this way in a 2010 New York Times article: “Downtime is to the brain what sleep is to the body.”

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The Art of a Flipped Classroom – Turning Learning on its Head | eSchool News

The Art of a Flipped Classroom – Turning Learning on its Head | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Part 1 of a 2-part webinar on how to plan for an implement the flipped learning model in your classroom. Presenters are Johnathan Bermann and Aaron Sams, originators of the Flipped Classroom model in Colorado in 2007. The webinar lasts for an hour. Free registration is required on the site in order to view it. The presenters move quickly through the fundamentals for teachers. -JL

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News Discovery Tools 2012 by Robin Good

News Discovery Tools 2012  by Robin Good | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The best news and content discovery tools available as selected and listed by Robin Good - updated monthly; arrayed in a mindmeister map with links to the tools. Approximately 45 tools are listed this month.

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Thank you for the rescoop and congratulations on the 91 scoop.it score. That is one of the highest that I have seen. I am happy that you found your niche! Best of luck to you!
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- My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad

- My Ten Most Used Apps to Become Fluent on the iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sylvia Tolisano

 

"It is no secret, that I enjoy my iPad tremendously. I even proclaimed, now and then, that I love it! From the beginning, I approached the iPad with one goal in mind: I wanted to become fluent in using it. There is a distinct difference, in my opinion, between being skilled, literate and fluent in the use of an iPad.

 

"I want to share my favorite apps that help me be a fluent (-ish) user of the iPad. As always, the recommendations come from personal experience and just intended as a starting point to be tweaked by interested readers. But I challenge YOU (yes, YOU), who has their iPad collecting dust or being merely used as a digital reading device to step it up, and make the effort to become fluent. The learning process alone is worth it."

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How and Why I Flipped My Classroom

In this Slideshare of 100 slides, Michelle Pacansky-Brock provides an outstanding overview of how she flipped her art history classroom in a community college. Her slide deck includes numerous videos and Voicethreads. The results of her surveys of student perceptions are very meaningful. Wonderful and quite instructive. Pacansky-Brock models excellent teaching behavior and great construction of slide decks. -JL

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Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical

Using Google Docs to Create Digital Kits for Student Projects - The Tempered Radical | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Bill Ferriter

 

"One of the most valuable #edtech lessons that I ever learned came from Hall Davidson, who suggests that teachers interested in incorporating digital storytelling projects into their classrooms create digital kits that students can use as starting points for their efforts.

 

"Digital kits are nothing more than collections of content -- still images, video clips, audio clips, passages of text -- connected to the topic being studied that teachers assemble for their kids before a project even begins. Then, students use the content in digital kits to assemble their final products."

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Characteristics of 21st Century Teachers

Characteristics of 21st Century Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Christopher Tully

 

"As others try to discover the next revolutionary idea to elicit changes in education, educators in the classroom are making things happen now, despite the hurdles they sometimes face. Innovative educators today are often referred to as 21st Century Teachers, and share many unique characteristics.

 

"I believe that 21st Century Teachers:..."

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Inside the Flipped Classroom -- THE Journal

Inside the Flipped Classroom -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kathleen Fulton

 

This article is a substantial and detailed description of why and how a high school sucessfully implemented the Flipped Classroom approach schoolwide over a period of a few years. Very instructive. -JL

 

"Darren Nelson, who teaches Basic Algebra, Algebra II/Trig, and Senior Math, describes some of the benefits he's seen: "This saves an amazing amount of time. We can demonstrate a math concept in a 10-minute video that normally we'd spend a whole period on in class. Students work at their own pace and, if they finish the problems in class, they move on to the next lesson."


"In class, Nelson is always on the move, watching as students do the problems, working with those who have trouble, encouraging students to help each other, offering praise. "I can work with them right when they need help," he goes on, "rather than have them get stuck at home with no support." He believes this approach gives him greater insight into how each student is learning, and more flexibility in his teaching."

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Mobile Users Get Help in Monitoring Data Plans - App Smart - NY Times

Mobile Users Get Help in Monitoring Data Plans - App Smart - NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Apps like DataMan and 3G Watchdog will analyze a mobile device’s data use by app, and alert the user when a limit is reached."

 

Informative review by Bob Tedesci on the features of the best apps for keeping track of data usage on a mobile device or iPad. -JL

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Is This the Year of Games? - Online Debate April 18 | Promethean Planet

Is This the Year of Games? - Online Debate April 18  | Promethean Planet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The next Eduction Fast Forward debate is entitled Is this the Year of the Games? Innovation, Learning and Uncertainty.

 

"It will take place on April 18, 2012, and will be streamed live on Promethean Planet. The debate will start at 2 p.m. (GMT+1) and live tweeting will take place throughout.

 

"So far, 10 countries and 15 of the Foundation Fellows are involved, along with a host of specially invited guests.

 

"Guest presenters for this debate are Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, who will talk about education innovation, priorities for innovation and the relationship of games and play to hard work, and Dr. Paul Howard-Jones, Professor of Education at the University of Bristol, whose topic for discussion is ‘Educational Gaming and Neuroscience—The Next Level?’"

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The Adventures of Library Girl: The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader

The Adventures of Library Girl: The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jennifer LaGarde

 

"Awhile back Larry Ferlazzo wrote about the Web 2.0/Social Media tools that he uses every day. I read Larry’s blog all the time, but what struck me about this post was not the tools that he listed as being useful to him, (even though I use many of them myself), but rather the actual process of identifying the technology he uses each and every day. Not that this is hard work, mind you, it’s just that technology is such a ubiquitous part of my life; the tools/toys I use most often don’t feel like “tools” at all – rather they are almost an extension of who I am: a part of my daily routine so “normal” that I don’t think twice about the important role they play. Of course I start my day with a cup of coffee, my google reader and a personalized web curation app. Doesn’t everyone?"

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Project Glass - Google+

Project Glass - Google+ | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Well, this isn't exactly educational, but it sure is fun. Google's latest foray into imagined products -- Project Glass -- wherein beautiful actors model virtual reality glasses that work something like a smartphone. Great video. Parodies already abound. -JL

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WebVideoFetcher.com - Instant Online Video Converter.

WebVideoFetcher.com - Instant Online Video Converter. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Internet Scout Project

 

"The WebVideoFetcher is an application designed to allow users to convert and download nearly any audio or video URL from a range of sources, such as YouTube, Google, or Facebook. Visitors can simply drop the URL for the item in question into the handy form here and the application will take care of the rest. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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The Art of a Flipped Classroom – Turning Learning on its Head | eSchool News

The Art of a Flipped Classroom – Turning Learning on its Head | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Part 2 of the 2-partr webinar on this topic. Date: Thursday, May 3, 2012 Time: 3:00pm ET / 12:00 noon PT Duration: 1 hour. Free registration is required to view the webinar live or to access the archived verson a few days later. Presenters are Johnathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, originator of the Flipped Classroom strategy.

 

From the website:

 

"The Flipped-Mastery Classroom

Sign up for this free webinar to learn more about Flipped Learning and how to reach all of your students in every class every day. Whether you attended Part I or not, this webinar will discuss the Flipped-Mastery Classroom. Flipped Learning is when educators actively transfer the responsibility and ownership of learning to their students...

 

"Mastery learning occurs when students learn a series of objectives at their own pace instead of all students working on the same topic at the same time.

 

"The flipped-mastery classroom marries that with modern technology to make a sustainable, reproducible, and manageable environment for learning."

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Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture

Teaching Without Walls: Life Beyond the Lecture | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Michelle Pacansky-Brock is a prolific practitioner of social media in higher education and this is the homepage for her website. Pacansky's favorite tools appear to be VoiceThread and video. Her video library includes teaching examples, tips, tutorials, and interviews with other educators featuring their terrific teaching ideas! She is very concerned with using web 2.0 tools to make learning in higher ed settings engaging, creative, well-assessed, and visible. Her many online presentations offer excellent content as well as serve as rich examples of how to utilize the media effectively. This is a must-see site for higher ed educators. -JL

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The Ultimate Guide To Facebook’s New ‘Groups For Schools’ | Edudemic

The Ultimate Guide To Facebook’s New ‘Groups For Schools’ | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Facebook is moving back to its roots in education with this morning’s big announcement of custom groups for schools called, not surprisingly Groups for Schools. While I’m dubious about how, if, and why individual teachers may want to use the service… it’ll be great for entire schools who don’t have the budget or resources to build their very own online community.

 

"So here’s the deal: Facebook will let you have an area of the site where anyone with your school’s or district’s .edu email address can get in and participate. It’s basically the same model that Mark Zuckerberg used to launch the site many moons ago."

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Twitter 101 For School Leaders: Four Reasons to Join the Conversation Today!

Twitter 101 For School Leaders: Four Reasons to Join the Conversation Today! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Chances are if you are reading this post, you are already somewhat interested in joining the Twitter community. Maybe you’ve heard about it from friends. Perhaps you’ve seen the official hash tags at sports events (how I got interested) or at professional conferences. Maybe your child’s school uses Twitter. Regardless of what got you here, you are looking, and I assume you’d like to know more.

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Flashback Removal Tool |CNET

Flashback Removal Tool |CNET | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Free tool that automates the detection and removal of the widespread Flashback Mac OS X malware. The tools creates a log file (RemoveFlashback.log) on current user's Desktop. If any infections are found, they are quarantined into an encrypted ZIP file (flashback_quarantine.zip) to the current user's Home folder. The ZIP is encrypted with the password 'infected'.
Read more: Flashback Removal Tool for Mac - Download.com http://download.cnet.com/Flashback-Removal-Tool/3000-2239_4-75700492.html#ixzz1rwZfdoo6

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How to search a Scoop.it site using Google

How to search a Scoop.it site using Google | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Surely Scoop.it is hard at work developing a way for readers and curators to search within its sites, but the tool just isn't ready yet.

 

In the meantime, I wanted to share a workaround so folks who want to search within a Scoop.it site can do so.

 

The way to do this is to go to Google search and type the prefix "site:" in front of the url of the desired site to be searched. Then skip a space and enter the search term(s).

 

For example, if I wanted to search one of my Scoop.it sites, Into the Driver's Seat, for

entries containing information about the Flipped Classroom, the search string would look like this:

 

site:http://www.scoop.it/t/into-the-driver-s-seat Flipped Classroom

 

Note that there is no space between the colon after "site" and the url, but there is a space after the url and the search term(s). In my experience, it does not seem to matter if the first letter of the search term words is a capital.

 

If you have additional suggestions for how to search a specific Scoop.it site, please hit the sharing icon (dialogue bubble), below, and comment.

 

Hope this is helpful. -JL

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The Best Writing Apps of 2012 The Write Stuff

The Best Writing Apps of 2012 The Write Stuff | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jane Johnson

 

"Your smartphone or tablet might not seem well-suited for writing—and by itself, it isn’t—but the right app can make all the difference. These tools can make your device a 24-hour secretary to keep you organized and record your ideas as they come."

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Watch How Your iPad Really Gets Made

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"A lot has been said and written about the conditions under which Foxconn workers construct the millions of iPads that are sold each quarter. But strip all that away, focus on the process itself, and what are you left with?"

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The Innovative Educator: The 5 Cs to Developing Your Personal Learning Network

The Innovative Educator: The 5 Cs to Developing Your Personal Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Lisa Nielsen

 

"In the 21st century teachers are no longer the sole imparters of information. Instead their role shifts to empowering students to learn independently in part by developing personal learning networks in areas of passions, talents, and interests. Not only are these real-world connections valuable, they enable learning to move from the preparation for life to the living of life by providing individuals with access to learners, leaders and experts around the world bringing together communities, resources and information impossible to access solely from within school walls.

 

"The five Cs below will empower educators to discover how they and their students can begin building personal learning networks specific to the learner’s needs extending relevant learning connections to like-interested people around the globe."

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Friday Institute for Educational Innovation - FIZZ-Flipped Classroom Supports

Friday Institute for Educational Innovation - FIZZ-Flipped Classroom Supports | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Very interesting approach to the Flipped Classroom spearheaded by Dr. Lodge McCammon at North Carolina State University's College of Education. Numerous specific resources and how-tos are offered. An interesting take on the Flip, combining Bloom's Taxonomy and Learning Styles. Particular attention is paid to the making of videos easily and using music as an instructional aid. -JL

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Ten education blogs worth following | eSchool News

Ten education blogs worth following | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Meris Stansbury

 

"Education blogs, on any and every topic, abound online. Unfortunately, educators are probably the last people who have the time to go out and search for them. Which blogs review good free resources? Which can offer information about school reform trends? Which highlight short, how-to videos for those who aren’t very tech-savvy?

 

"In this time-saving list, you’ll find 10 of the best education blogs that readers have recommended, that have won multiple awards, or that other educators just can’t stop talking about."

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Codecademy | Learn to write code online, for free

Codecademy | Learn to write code online, for free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.

 

From the NY Times, 9/14/11

 

"That’s how he and Mr. Bubinski got the idea of creating a way to help newbies to computer science learn coding skills painlessly and quickly — with easy lessons on the Web and built-in rewards to keep them motivated. The idea led to Codecademy, an online tool designed to give computer science newbies a crash course in the basics.

 

"Codecademy was introduced less than a month ago, and since then, more than 550,000 people have used the site, completing more than six million exercises. Mr. Sims said most users do more than just peruse the site; they spend time working their way through the exercises."

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