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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Teaching and Modeling Good Digital Citizenship | MindShift

Teaching and Modeling Good Digital Citizenship | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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There are numerous online resources for teaching students about digital citizenship, from protecting their information online to dealing with cyberbullying. The writer of this blog post highlights free resources available from Common Sense Media, CyberWise and the U.S. Education Department. Such programs are complemented by educators, including Shannon McClintock Miller, who models responsible online use and utilizes social media in her classes.

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AnnMarie Polsenberg Thomas: Serious Play-Dough: Inspiring Young Circuit Designers

At the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, this engineering professor and her team demonstrate that science or engineering lessons can be found in almost anything -- and a sense of play can make those lessons accessible and incite young minds.

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Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent

Ways to Evaluate Educational Apps | Tony Vincent | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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I kept in mind that some apps are used to practice a discrete skill or present information just one time. Others are creative apps that a learner may use again and again, so it's a challenge to craft a rubric that can be used for a wide span of purposes. I tried to make my rubric work for the broadest range of apps, from drill and practice to creative endeavors, while stressing the purpose for using the app.

 

My rubric also emphasizes the ability to customize content or settings and how the app encourages the use of higher order thinking skills. Admittedly, there are good apps that are not customizable and focus on lower order thinking skills. Factor Samurai, for example, is a fantastic game for identifying prime and composite numbers. It would be nice if the app had flexibility to adjust difficultly, but it's still a good app if it is relevant to the learning purpose.

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Vincent provides his rubric for download and also a significant number of additional resources devoted to app analysis and evaluation from other individuals and organizations. Great compilation! -JL

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The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Resources For Beginning iPad Users | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

More than two dozen resources identified by Larry Ferlazzo and the readers of his blog. -JL

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Free Technology for Teachers: Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post

Free Technology for Teachers: Flipping Your Classroom With Free Web Tools - Guest Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Brian Bennett

 

The Flipped Classroom is gaining steam in schools across the world. Flipped classes focus on student interaction and engagement in class and a major component is the technology that can be used to create, deliver, and collaborate. Richard has posted on many of these tools, so I’ll be sharing how I use a combination of tools in a typical unit.

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70 Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away

70 Photos That Will Take Your Breath Away | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Just some enjoyment after a hard week. -JL

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Archos Announces $129 Child Pad with Ice Cream Sandwich

Archos Announces $129 Child Pad with Ice Cream Sandwich | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

You thought the $199 Kindle Fire was a good deal? You thought OLPC was doing the right thing with cheap laptops? Archos is going even further with the announcement of the Child Pad, a seven-inch kid-friendly tabletthat runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box.

 

Even though the Child Pad is hlearly being targeted toward the younger set, the specs aren’t exactly anemic either. You still get a 1GHz processor and a full gig of RAM, as well as access to a special Kids App Store powered by AppsLib. Like the Kindle Fire, this Child Pad uses Android, but won’t have true access to Android Market. Thankfully, the Kids App Store still has 10,000 apps across 14 categories. It also utilizes a special kid-friendly user interface with color icons, home screen folders, and so on.

 

In line with the kid-friendliness, the Child Pad also gets parental controls and safe web browser features courtesy of Editions Profil. Expect the Archos Child Pad to hit retailers by the end of the month for a mere $129.

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87 Free Web 2.0 Projects For the K-12 Classroom » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas

87 Free Web 2.0 Projects For the K-12 Classroom » Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Web 2.0 sites become more useful as the number of users grow. Fortunately for teachers, there's loads of free educational 2.0 applications that can be utilized in the classroom to help students research, collaborate and share what they've learned.

 

Hats off to British educator, Terry Freedman, who has solicited lessons from 94 teachers from around the world and edited them into a free downloadable book Download Amazing Web 2 Projects 2 online version (2 MB pdf) Hint: If you're not following Terry on Twitter (as I do) here's his Twitter link. The book also includes Twitter links to all the creative contributors to the project.

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Thanks for all the sharing
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Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas » Dedicated to relinquishing responsibility for learning to the students

Copy / Paste by Peter Pappas » Dedicated to relinquishing responsibility for learning to the students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

For years, I've posted pdf versions of my lessons and made them available for free. Here's some screenshots of a document based question (DBQ) I'm working on that explores the American Homefront in WWII. To see more of my free pdf lessons click here.

 

I've download iBooks Author and I think it's time to turn some of my PDF lessons into iBooks. Apple's new authoring program, certainly lowers the barrier for doing that. I look forward to the day when a student asks a teacher if it's OK to turn in that project as an iBook.

 

While searching the internet for some how to guides, I found this great video introduction to the process made by Jeremy Kemp.

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A blended approach to learning | edtalks.org

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Mark Callagher, 2008 eFellow from Wellington College, talks about his research into using a blended approach to learning. Mark describes his findings, including an increase in engagement, reflective writing, and the transfer to the face to face environment. From 2009.

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Simple Pinterest for Beginners

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Simple Pinterest for Beginners | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Pinterest is a new network that revolves around pinning photos. If a website or blog does not have a photo, it literally cannot be "pinned" to a pinterest board. (Listen up bloggers and website owners, powerful sharing is going on at Pinterest, if you want to be included, you should have nice graphics.)

 

I'd like to help you get started just like I did with QR Codes, Web 2.0, wikis, etc.

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25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative

25 Questions To Ask When You're Stuck | Accidental Creative | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Todd Henry

 

It’s bound to happen sooner or later. No matter how skilled you are and no matter how well you’ve prepared, you’re inevitably going to find yourself stuck on a tough problem without a clear path forward.

 

It’s tempting in these circumstances to keep your nose down and continue cranking on the problem. The problem with this method is that you may be digging yourself deeper into an existing rut.

 

Sometimes it’s valuable to have a set of questions at the ready to help you re-frame, shift, or view the problem through a different window.

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10 Ideas in Pursuit of a Global Curriculum | Edudemic

10 Ideas in Pursuit of a Global Curriculum | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In just under 20 pages, educator Terry Heick will help you get started down the path of “globalization,” offering strategies that can be immediately implemented in any K-12 classroom tomorrow. This book takes an approach intentionally balanced between thinking and action so that the “how” gets as much attention as the “why.” Ten ideas, 30 strategies, for $2.99 on Amazon.

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Edutopia

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Moriko Nobori

 

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can begin leveraging your students' critical-thinking skills in the classroom and beyond.

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Variety of Models Fuels Hybrid Charter Growth | Education Week

Variety of Models Fuels Hybrid Charter Growth | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In innovation-friendly pockets across the country, the number of hybrid charter schools—those that blend online and face-to-face instruction—has been growing over the past five years.

But now, the educational model seems to have shifted into overdrive.

 

Major philanthropies—most notably, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—have launched funding initiatives directed specifically at hybrid school models, which because of their unorthodox ways of allocating resources often are able to operate best as charter schools.

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The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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One of the strategies I’ll be writing about is cooperative learning. In the course of my research, I’ve found some pretty good sites that I thought readers might find useful.

 

I’ve divided them into two sections — one sharing sites that provide research results on its use and the second section with sites offering more practical ideas on how to implement cooperative learning in the classroom.

 

Here are my choices for The Best Sites For Cooperative Learning Ideas:

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Free Technology for Teachers: Web 2.0 Collaborative Projects in the Middle School

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By Denise Borck

 

I am the library media specialist for my school and part of my job is to assist my faculty with the integration of technology in the curriculum. As such, I am always searching for new ideas to use in collaborating with my classroom teachers. Showcased below are a few of the Web 2.0 tools I have used with classes along with details of specific projects I have helped students to produce.

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Educational ideas now and for the future | edtalks.org - Ewan McIntosh

Educational ideas now and for the future | edtalks.org - Ewan McIntosh | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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In this EDtalk Ewan McIntosh from No Tosh talks about the benefits of students directing their own learning - benefits for teachers as well as students. Ewan gives some examples, and believes that over time outcomes from student-directed learning can be tied back to the curriculum. No date given.

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Top eBook and ePublishing Tips

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From Univ. of Wisconsin - Stout

 

This newsletter features how to use eBooks and electronic publishing to create customized and meaningful content. Explore our list of best resources for helping instructors and learners to create and share digital books.

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Flip Your Classroom - Get Your Students to Do the Work

Flip Your Classroom - Get Your Students to Do the Work | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Here's a 7-step how to that flips the delivery of the lesson to homework.

 

Recently I shared lunch with colleague and friend, Mike Gwaltney. He teaches in a variety of blending settings both in class and online. We got into an interesting discussion about ways to deliver instructional content and learning process both in and outside the classroom. The conversation quickly turned to the notion of "flipping the classroom." This is the idea that teachers shoot videos of their lessons, then make them available online for students to view at home. Class time is then devoted to problem solving - with the teacher acting as a guide to teams of students. It's a great approach that flips the delivery of the lesson to homework - it's like a TiVo time shift that can reshape your classroom.

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Simon Breakspear: Personalisation as the way forward | edtalks.org

Simon Breakspear: Personalisation as the way forward | edtalks.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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While at ULearn11 keynote speaker Simon Breakspear (@simonbreakspear) spoke about the increased personalisation enabled by smart technologies. As a provocative speaker on educational futures and innovation, Simon has a refreshing view on personalisation as a way to increase standardised results, and he takes us through some examples and where this trend is heading.

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Connect Your Classroom to the Outside World | TeachHUB

Connect Your Classroom to the Outside World | TeachHUB | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Including people and experiences outside the classroom has become ever more difficult with budget cuts. But with the cyber world and the U.S. mail at your disposal, you can connect your kids in lots of ways that are inexpensive or free.

Here are a few ideas to connect your classroom to the outside world

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The Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) School Support Pack | ALT Online Newsletter

The Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE) School Support Pack | ALT Online Newsletter | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Sugata Mitra’s most recent publication Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning (TED Books), available via Amazon as a Kindle e-book, introduces the concept of a Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE). This document is designed to support the implementation of Sugata Mitra’s SOLE into multiple school contexts. It contains ‘whole school’ related information for Head Teachers and senior staff in addition to teaching and learning support for teachers and support staff.

 

What is a SOLE?

 

In this document, ‘Self Organised Learning Environment’ refers to the adaptation of a school space to facilitate Enquiry Based Learning. A teacher encourages their class to work as a community to answer questions using computers with internet access. The class work around a guiding set of rules:

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How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom?

How Are Wikis Really Being Used in the K-12 Classroom? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

What does wiki usage in the K-12 classroom reallylook like? How are teachers and students using them? And are these online learning opportunities equitably distributed across different socioeconomic populations?

 

We have a better sense of the answers to those questions now thanks to the work of Harvard doctoral student and education researcher Justin Reich, who has just released a report and white paper detailing his investigation into wiki usage in K-12 schools. (His article, co-authored with Richard Murnane and John Willett, "The State of Wiki Usage in U.S. K-12 Schools: Leveraging Web 2.0 Data Warehouses to Assess Quality and Equality in U.S. K-12 Schools" will appear in this month's issue of Educational Researcher.)

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Christian Long: Design thinking - an agile methodology for a complex future | edtalks.org

Christian Long: Design thinking - an agile methodology for a complex future | edtalks.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Learning@School keynote speaker Christian Long (@christianlong) is an educator, designer, school planner, technology expert, educational futurist, and passionate advocate for innovative learning communities. In his keynote he describes some of these projects, and challenges us to design learning that teaches young people to be agile and divergent, regardless of the community they belong to. From 2012

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