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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide

LinkedIn: The Beginner's Guide | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you're a recent grad who needs a leg-up on the job hunt or a current user who needs a refresher course, our LinkedIn guide can help.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 4, 2013 4:06 PM

Thanks to Reven Werber for scooping this article. If you're going to work in the 21st century, LinkedIn is THE social network to use. 

Syed Amjad Ali's comment, March 5, 2013 12:11 AM
Liked it, thanks
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Martin (Marty) Smith's curator insight, March 13, 2013 12:28 AM

Oh good, another social net to learn (lol). 

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15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

15 of the Best Apps for Improving Reading Comprehension | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
15 of the Best Educational Apps for Improving Comprehension| Check them out at Learning Unlimited http://t.co/OcA553vuZX #edchat

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Buffy Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 2013 12:03 PM

There are some good leads here.

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The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad (Comparison Chart) - Edudemic

The 4 Easiest Ways To Mirror The iPad (Comparison Chart) - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Figuring out how to project or mirror the iPad display onto a TV or projection screen is not always easy. Here's a handy comparison chart to help!
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The Next Digital Paradigm - Forbes

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By Greg Satell

 

"For over half a century, we’ve been cramming more and more transistors into smaller and smaller spaces and doubling processing power about every 18 months.  Now we are nearing the physical limits of the present technology and, sometime around 2020, will begin a new digital paradigm.


"This new era won’t be based on solid state physics, the science that led to transistors, but on quantum information, the strange rules that govern the sub-atomic world. Two Nobel Prizes were awarded for discoveries in the field just this past year.

 

"New quantum computers have the potential to be millions of times faster than even our most powerful supercomputers today, quantum cryptography will usher in a new era of super-secure transactions and quantum storage will achieve unparalleled density."

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Ryan McMillan's curator insight, March 15, 2013 9:20 AM

Quantum computing may be the future of the IT industry which will involve the perforance of computers, the internet and cyber security.

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Word Clouds: 125 Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom

Word Clouds: 125  Ways... And Counting... To Use Wordle In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post I always have  fun writing. Last May I attempted finding ways to use Word Clouds (Wordle) in education. When I concluded writing that post I was at 108 possible ways. More than a ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 7, 2013 5:56 PM

Mike Gorman returns with 125 ways to use Word Clouds in your classroom. Although focused on Wordle any of the many tools available to create word clouds could be used. Gorman has taken the time to organize these ways into the following categories:

* All Subjects

* Science

* Language Arts

* Social Studies

* Math

* Health and PE and Consumer Sciences

* Art and Music 

* Foreign Languages
* Applied Arts

* Careers

Below are two of the 125 suggestions. The first one is for science.

* Create a simple food chain showing representing each population of animal by word size. In fact create a whole food web of an area or biome. Use advanced number feature.

And this one is for social studies.

* Using statistical information from a place such as CIA World Fact Book create word clouds that illustrate country statistics such as resources, ethnic groups, religions, languages, etc.  You may wish to use advanced number feature to illustrate prominence of each. 

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The Ultimate List of Cloud-Based Authoring Tools

The Ultimate List of Cloud-Based Authoring Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

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More and more eLearning tools are migrating to the cloud. eLearning developers access the content authoring tools over the Internet via a secure hosted system without thinking about IT configurations, software set-ups and licenses. At the following list you will find links with a short descriptions of the Cloud-Based Authoring Tools."

 

 


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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 12, 2013 4:46 PM

Una interesante  lista de 53 herramientas de autor en la nube para generar contenido online.

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Netted | A Scanner, Smartly

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From the website

 

"Genius Scan Digitizes Documents from Your Phone"

 

"Recently we've had scanners on the brain. Just last week we covered the Doxie One, a stapler-sized tool that scans to the cloud. Today, we’ve got an even more-portable solution: an app called Genius Scan.
 
Genius Scan might just fix your coverting woes. The app uses your phone camera to scan documents — all you have to do is snap a pic and tell Genius Scan what you want scanned. It does the rest.

Plus, it comes equipped with an arsenal of enhancement tools: It crops; it organizes and searches; it's got a litany of sharing options like Wi-Fi sharing, email, and cloud storage — the list goes on.
 
It’s available for free in Apple’s app store and for $1.09 in Android’s Play Store. If you use Droid and don’t feel like shelling out the buck-oh-nine, we recommend checking out yet another scanning option (are we overdoing this scanner thing?), CamScanner, which is free."

 

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Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kathyh Ishizuka

 

"The ability for classrooms to beam in authors, subject experts, and fellow students from around the world has been one of the great advantages afforded by Skype. Commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, the service just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

 

"A feature previously available only to paid Skype Premium subscribers, Group Video Calling allows users to connect via Webcam with up to 10 parties. Skype’s blog post details instructions for signing up for free video calling. (Authentication may take 48 hours)"

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Charge Your Cell Phone In 5 Seconds

Supercapacitors: They'll enable you to charge your cell phone in 5 seconds, or an electric car in about a minute. They're cheap, biodegradable, never wear ou...


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Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders

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Cisco is proud to convene this year’s online Forum of extraordinarily talented education leaders who are transforming education today. March 19/20 2013 


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NaturalReader Text to Speech


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 24, 2013 9:01 AM

The NaturalReader text-to-speech(TTS) application converts PDF files, MS Word documents, and e-books into spoken words. 

Instead of struggling to read text on the small screen of your iPhone, with this cutting edge technology you can have any text read to you in one of over 30 natural-sounding voices.

Squinting to reading tiny fonts on your iPhone screen can be tiring. NaturalReader saves you from experiencing eye strain, and lets you sit back, relax, and listen. 

It is also an efficient proofreading tool; it not only picks out mistakes in your work, but gives you a good sense of the natural flow of what you have written. 

Moreover, NaturalReader is a great help to students with dyslexia or other learning difficulties. By listening to text rather reading, students are better able to comprehend reading materials or detect spelling errors in their own work.

Finally, NaturalReader is a great tool with which to learn a foreign language. You can practice your comprehension and pronunciation skills by listening to any written words being spoken at your preferred speed.

Gayla Keesee's curator insight, March 6, 2013 10:33 AM

There's also a free download for your desktop computer. http://www.naturalreaders.com/index.php

Includes Microsoft VoicesCan read aloud any textCan adjust speed and change voiceComes with a floating bar to read any text in other applications
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Found - for MAC Users

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Description

Found provides a lightning-fast, intuitive search experience that finds files across your Mac and personal cloud services, including Dropbox, Evernote, SkyDrive, Google Drive/Docs, and Gmail (attachments).

With a double tap of the control key, Found slides out to reveal its unique Palette user interface. Start typing and get immediate results with an instant, full-sized preview of nearly any file, even files in the cloud.


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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, February 25, 2013 9:29 AM

Key features:
* Get back to the file you just downloaded or were recently using by typing a few characters
* Quickly look up a file or note and glance at its contents without having to dig through Finder and launch an application
* No need to log into Google Drive/Docs or Gmail just to look at or re-download a file/attachment
* Drag and drop search results into local folders as copies or emails as attachments
* Search and preview files and notes whether you're online or offline

What sources does Found search?
* Your Mac's hard drive and attached external drives
* Dropbox
* Evernote - attach multiple accounts
* SkyDrive
* Google Drive/Docs and Gmail attachments - attach multiple Google accounts, both personal and Google Apps accounts

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31 Top Apps for Education from FETC 2013 -- THE Journal

31 Top Apps for Education from FETC 2013 -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Like last year, this year's popular App Shootout at FETC 2013 tossed around dozens of useful apps for teachers and students.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 1, 2013 2:48 AM

Not all are free though. 

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, March 1, 2013 9:52 AM

This was great fun to attend but missed half the information.  Glad to have this for review.

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Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools?

Does Zitrr Camera Offer An A to Z Of iPhoneography Tools? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Are you mad about iPhoneography? If you are, then the newly launched Zitrr Camera may be of particular interest to you.
Released just moments ago, Zitrr Camera is yet another app that seeks to replace your iPhone’s native camera.

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A Great List of 70+ iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

A Great List of 70+ iPad Apps for Teachers and Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
iPad Academy featured a curated list of some great iPad apps for both teachers and students. I have gone through this list and found it really interesting and definitely worth sharing with you here....

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oCam Screen Recorder

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Features of the product:

* Computer screen, video recording is possible.
* Have large video formats to support more than 4GB.
* Recording sound from your computer.
* Recording area of the keyboard can be easily controlled.
* Can record the full screen and window area.
* During recording, the mouse cursor can be set to be included.


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Italien à Grenoble's curator insight, March 13, 2013 4:54 PM

En anglais... mais avec une bonne qualité de capture.

Joan Sedeño's curator insight, March 16, 2013 2:07 PM

Per a enregistar en vídeo les imatges de la pantalla de l'ordinador.

חטיב מגיד's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:16 PM

הורדה תוכנית להקלטה וידוי

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60 Educational Apps in 60 Minutes

A tour of some of the great iOS apps available out there for educators.

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Chris Brumbaugh's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:46 PM

An awesome Prezi on some great educational apps!

A4Academics's comment, March 27, 2013 2:25 PM
I had put a blog on mobile app development careers in my site http://a4academics.com/
stevecarter's curator insight, April 16, 2013 6:39 AM

Great prezi on Ed Apps

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Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

Master Common Core Skills with Free DBQ iBook » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Critical thinking questions based on Common Core skills help students "think and write like a historian." It's a great resource for use in the classroom, and serves as a model for teacher or student curation of historic content into interactive digital DBQ's.

 

This 18-page iPad DBQ guides students through the historian's process. "Stop and think" prompts encourage a deep reading of many notables of the Gilded Age - including Russell Conwell, Henry George, Andrew Carnegie and Stephen Crane. Visual source material includes posters, 1908 Sears Catalogue, a gallery of photographs by Lewis Hine and video of one of Edison's early Vitascope films.

 


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An Incredible Keyboard App That Lets You Type Without Looking At Your Screen | Fast Company

An Incredible Keyboard App That Lets You Type Without Looking At Your Screen | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kyle Vanhemert

 

"Ioannis Verdelis and Kostas Eleftheriou, the two Greek computer scientists behind Fleksy, didn’t just set out to make a better touch-screen keyboard. They set out to make one as good as the keyboards we were using in 2005--or at least one that lets us type as easily and accurately as we were back then. Their software is currently available in beta for Android and as an iOS app, and while it’s still rough in places, that core, no-look functionality is already there to a remarkable extent. I loaded up Fleksy on my iPhone, directed my gaze elsewhere, and thumbed in my best approximation of the word "difficult." Without having to learn anything new, and without letting the app figure out what kind of thumb-typist I am, and without even pausing at first to make sure my fingers were lined up in any particular way beforehand, Fleksy got it right on the first try."

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Free Graphing Calculator by Desmos.com

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Description by Internet Scout Project

"This fluid, intuitive graphing calculator, compatible with Chrome browsers, makes graphing complex equations a snap. It includes all the functions of the large, rectangular model many high-school students are familiar with and produces easy-to read graphs with marked intercepts. Users can use the program to plot multiple graphs on top of one another, making this a great teaching tool."

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Netted | This App Sees Your Future

Netted | This App Sees Your Future | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"t's hard to keep track of everything you've got coming up. Email confirmations and receipts flutter in, and anything you forget to calendar can become out-of-sight, out-of-mind.

"If finding the thing you need feels like looking for a needle in a haystack, consider Cue a really big magnet.

"Cue is an online tool with a companion iPhone app that syncs up all the tools you use in a given day – email, Evernote, Twitter, the list goes on -- and creates an agenda for the hours, days, and weeks ahead of you.

"In addition to aggregating your manually entered plans and appointments, Cue also scans your inbox for auto-generated emails and uses them to create reminders for flights, restaurant reservations, and evites. It even keeps your address book socially synced and up-to-date, and pulls in recent tweets and Facebook posts to beef up calendar dates.

"We guess you could say Cue is out of sight and keeps you from going out of your mind."

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You'll Be Able To Buy This Amazing Gadget For $80 This May | Huffington Post

You'll Be Able To Buy This Amazing Gadget For $80 This May | Huffington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jason Gilbert

 

"Turns out that 2013 is, indeed, a Leap Year.

 

"Leap Motion, the company that makes the hotly anticipated gesture-control device of the same name, announced Wednesday morning that the first Leap Motion units would ship to pre-orderers around the world on May 13, and that everyone could get their hands (and fingers) on one on May 19.

 

"If you want one, you can order on Leap Motion's website here or, somewhat curiously, on BestBuy.com right here. The Leap Motion Controller costs $80 at either outlet.

 

"For a refresher, the Leap Motion controller plugs into almost any newer laptop and allows you to manipulate the screen via a series of hand and finger movements in the air. It's sort of like having a touchscreen computer, but without actually touching the screen. Watch this video below, made by Leap Motion, to get an idea of how the small device can wholly transform your computer"


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Lynnette Van Dyke's comment, March 6, 2013 10:55 AM
Great differentiation tool for students who might benefit from it!
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, March 6, 2013 11:30 AM
Agreed! Think of the implications for kids with physical disabilities for whom typing or mouse manipulation is not an option. Exciting.
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Personalized Learning

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David Freeburg asked a question about resoureces on Personalized Learning in Google+. The responses are yielding quite a collection of resources for those interested in the topic. -JL

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