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How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift

How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tasha Bergson-Michelson, a member of the Google Search Education Team, offers tips in this blog post for helping students identify search terms to yield the best results. Students first should identify the most important words in their research question. Students also can utilize an exercise -- known as a rebus -- in which students replace nouns, verbs and adjectives in their question with drawings to help them determine which words to include or leave out in their online queries.

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New Girl Scout Research Affirms Girls' Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - sacbee.com

New Girl Scout Research Affirms Girls' Interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math - sacbee.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute study Generation STEM: What Girls Say about Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,though a majority of today's girls have a clear interest in STEM, they don't prioritize STEM fields when thinking about their future careers.

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Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End | NY Times

Google to Sell Heads-Up Display Glasses by Year's End | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

People who constantly reach into a pocket to check a smartphone for bits of information will soon have another option: a pair of Google-made glasses that will be able to stream information to the wearer’s eyeballs in real time.

 

According to several Google employees familiar with the project who asked not to be named, the glasses will go on sale to the public by the end of the year. These people said they are expected “to cost around the price of current smartphones,” or $250 to $600.

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At Las Vegas charter school, iPads pave students' path to learning

At Las Vegas charter school, iPads pave students' path to learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A charter school in Clark County, Nev., has become the state's first iSchool, in which all students and staff use iPad tablet computers to learn across the curriculum. The school uses the devices to complement project-based and blended-learning methods, and educators say the devices help students -- who are grouped by ability rather than age -- learn at their own pace.

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New iPad App Lets Any Teacher Be Like Sal Khan | Edudemic

New iPad App Lets Any Teacher Be Like Sal Khan | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The Educreations iPad app, which launched this week as a free download in the App Store (iTunes link), transforms the tablet into an interactive whiteboard that records a teacher’s voice and handwriting as they explain a concept or work through an example problem. Teachers can add photos to their lessons from the iPad’s Photo Library or camera, or a Dropbox account, and they can animate the photos by tapping and dragging. Finished lessons are hosted on educreations.com, where they can be shared privately with a class of students or publicly with everyone.

 

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Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Use GoogleDocs Self-Grading Quiz as an Exit Ticket ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The GoogleDocs Form is an efficient way for teachers to collect small pieces of information because it automatically displays the information in a spreadsheet. Teachers can add formulas to those spreadsheets to create multiple-choice quizzes that grade themselves. Since a form can be linked or embedded into a website, wiki or blog, students do not need email accounts to take a quiz. The form works well on any portable computing device or full-blown computer which makes it perfect for use as an Exit Ticket at the end of a lesson. One simple 3-5 question Exit Ticket Quiz has at least three great uses.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Technology Education for Pre-Service Teachers - Guest Post

Free Technology for Teachers: Technology Education for Pre-Service Teachers - Guest Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jayme Linton

 

I am currently teaching Technology in the Classroom to a class of pre-service teachers, mostly seniors in their student teaching semester. The learning goals I have developed for this course are that students will:


develop and sustain a personal learning network for continual professional growth

design a website for communicating with students, parents, and other stakeholders

understand and apply the TPACK framework within their content areas

identify and reflect on applications of technology tools in classrooms

create a multimedia presentation to teach integration of a technology tool

utilize Web 2.0 tools and identify their applications for teaching and learning

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65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources | TeachHUB

65 Free Interactive Whiteboard Resources | TeachHUB | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Danny Nicholson

 

Interactive whiteboards are a great way for teachers to engage classrooms in learning. While many teachers are spending hours a day creating their own activities for their interactive whiteboards, there are tons of free sources to help teachers learn about and use IWBs with students.

Here is a list of 65 interactive whiteboard resources and activities guaranteed to stimulate learning:

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YouTube: Link to a Specific Spot in a Video

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We all share YouTube videos with each other. However, some videos aren’t cool until you get to a certain time mark. For instance there could be a great moment in a 10 minute video, but why make your friend watch the whole thing or try to jump ahead to find it?

 

Here’s a little known but groovy trick that lets you send your friends a link to a specific spot in a YouTube video.

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Upload Once and Distribute To All Video and Social Media Sharing Sites: OneLoad

Upload Once and Distribute To All Video and Social Media Sharing Sites: OneLoad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Robin Good: OneLoad lets users upload a video once and have it syndicated throughout multiple platforms.

 

"OneLoad is a video distribution service for brand
advertisers and content creators who want to easily
seed their videos to the top video and social networking sites."

 

The service, which was originally part of the TubeMogul service, in now fully independent.

 

Key features include: 

 

Create custom feeds for iTunes, Yahoo! And other MRSS feed readers
  Easily create and automate customized video distribution venues (predefined sets)
  Powerful reporting dashboard to view, compare and contrast viewership information on your videos across video-sharing sites - Analytics include views, comments and ratings trended over time
  Choose any frame from your video to be the thumbnail image
  Instead of uploading a video file to OneLoad manually, enter a URL where the file is already hosted
  Add and remove videos from any video sharing site immediately or according to your pre-set schedule.
  A free basic accout allows you to deploy up to 100 times the clips you have uploaded ((i.e. one video distributed to five sites counts as five video deployments).

 

Pricing info: http://www.oneload.com/solutions/features 

 

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


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Hi Robin, hadn't seen this one. Have been using Blip.tv and am very happy with their service. Looks like they do similar things but also have some differences. Thanks for showing me something new
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The Ultimate Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter | The Edublogger

The Ultimate Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter | The Edublogger | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

With Twitter's recent redesign of its mobile apps and web interface I’ve decided it’s time to update my Twitteraholic’s Guide to tweets, hashtags, and all things Twitter post since a lot has changed since I wrote the post in July, 2010.

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How to Optimize Firefox for Better Performance

How to Optimize Firefox for Better Performance | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

Your web browser of choice is truly the gateway into accessing the global Internet. The web has been growing exponentially, and we have seen tremendous changes to browsing software as well. Mozilla has been keeping up well considering the recent release of Firefox 10 which has seen mostly positive reviews.

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3 Twitter Browser Extensions for Better Social Management

3 Twitter Browser Extensions for Better Social Management | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Dashboard apps can help you keep tabs on various networks at once and update multiple accounts.

However, when you want an enhanced Twitter experience from your browser, these three free tools can help.

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Why Apple didn't include Siri in OS X Mountain Lion - CNN.com

Why Apple didn't include Siri in OS X Mountain Lion - CNN.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Apple's new desktop update, Mountain Lion, arrived without the addition of the iPhone's most popular new feature, Siri. The voice-activated assistant was not added to other Apple devices for several reasons. For one, the microphones on iPads and notebooks aren't advanced enough or positioned correctly to make them effective with Siri. Also, Siri thrives on having access to GPS, which MacBooks do not include.

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The Innovative Educator’s Five Fave Ways to Create a Global Communication Center with Google

The Innovative Educator’s Five Fave Ways to Create a Global Communication Center with Google | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Whether you’re a classroom teacher or home educating family, you and the young people around you can collaborate with and connect to the world using Google tools. I’ve used numerous Google tools to connect to help myself and others connect to the world. I love using tools like Docs, Hangout, Goggles, Translate, Earth and more!
To learn more, watch this video overview and share with others who are interested in using Google’s free tools to connect with the world. Then read about my fave five with a description of how to use each.

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EmbedPlus - Enhance YouTube Videos for Learning

EmbedPlus - Enhance YouTube Videos for Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

EmbedPlus is a significant  tool for educators, because it lets you easily edit, watch, and share videoclips from YouTube  with   enhance playback and annotations as listed below.

 

Tools include:

Chapter Marking

Chapter buttons, click these to skip to marked times. Use the wizard to mark notable parts like game highlights, changing performers, and lecture sections. 

 

Crop

Crop, Cut, Splice, Chop. Play the interesting part of a video you decide.

 

Instant Replay / Loop
Replay an event soon after it happens. Also double-click to loop the replay.

 

Sweet Spot Marking

Helps you catch the best parts of a video by revealing the scenes that are generating the most buzz by other viewers. You can also use it for your creative/marketing efforts or just for your curiosity. 

 

Slow Motion On-Demand
Instantly watch videos at a slower rate to more clearly see what happens. Use it for videos with sports highlights, demos, tricks, and raw footage.

 

Movable Zoom
Added accessibility. Dynamically magnifies an area of the video as it plays. Use it to get a close look at objects, writing, and things like moving athletes.

 

Real-time Reactions

Discussions about a video occur in many places. Optionally enable this button to show viewers the latest Internet reactions, right inside the player. 

 

Third Party Annotations

Add your own timed annotations to any video. Use it to display titles, captions, scene labels, and side comments during playback. 

 

EmbedPlus could be a game-changer  because  the tools offer affordances that can add learning opportunities in to almost any video clip. (See also the Dial-e framework  for further discussion). The tools are straightforward to use, simply copy and paste the embed code on your (Wordpress), site, blog or post as directed.

 

More info: http://www.embedplus.com/ 

Post adapted from the original by @robingood - thanks!


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Edudemic Magazine | Edudemic

Edudemic Magazine | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Introducing the first-ever monthly iPad magazine dedicated to education and technology! From the editors at Edudemic.com, the Edudemic Magazine features a monthly look at what's happening in the edtech world. The magazine features interviews, case studies, guides, and news for everyone from kindergarten to medical school.

 

What's Edudemic?

Edudemic.com was founded 18 months ago as a way to discuss, share, and try out the latest education technology. It is now a 200,000-strong community of teachers, education administrators, and technology buffs looking to learn about and try the next big thing.

 

Why An iPad Magazine?

It’s impossible to talk about education technology without mentioning the Apple iPad. At least half of the articles and discussions on Edudemic involve the iPad in some way. That’s why editors Jeff Dunn and Terry Heick as well as 6 authors created the first-ever monthly education technology iPad magazine.

 

Subscription Information

You have the option to buy individual monthly issues for $1.99 anytime or to subscribe for 6 months or 1 year. The cost of a 6-month subscription (6 issues) is $10.99. A 1 year subscription (12 issues) is $21.99. Payment will be charged to your iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase.

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Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Susan Oxnevad

 

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation.

 

Be sure to mouse over the diagrams below the first one to see how the author effectively incorporates the use of ThingLink -JL

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The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners | Classroom Talk

The 40 Best iPad Apps for Young Learners | Classroom Talk | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jasmine Hall

Here are 40 of the best apps for your young Einstein. Most of them are paid apps, but if you’ve got $500 to drop
on an iPad, we’re thinking you won’t mind.

 

Snarky comments (above) aren't useful in this arena, I think, but the selection is top notch. -JL

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Cloud Hosting: How Does it Really Work?

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By Jake Rocheleau

 

The Internet has expanded so quickly in just a couple of decades. This growth has also accompanied a tremendous uptick in technological advancement allowing Internetspeeds to increase while server costs have dramatically fallen. I’m sure by now most of you have heard about hosting your files “within the cloud”. More advanced hosting companies have begun to offer cloud hosting solutions. But what does this really mean?

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NPR Launches An Answer To Spotify On The iPad With Streaming, Concerts, Offline Playlists | Fast Company

NPR Launches An Answer To Spotify On The iPad With Streaming, Concerts, Offline Playlists | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
So much for relying on your FM dial and antenna's reception. Today, NPR launched the NRP Music app for the iPad, a new platform that gives listeners access to streaming content, first-listen albums, and live concerts.
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The Best App To Create Professionally Looking Charts and Graphs: Infogr.am

The Best App To Create Professionally Looking Charts and Graphs: Infogr.am | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Registration required, free to use. -JL

 

Robin Good: This has got to be a dream come true.

 

Create professionally-looking interactive graph charts (and soon also full infographics) with the best tool and easiest interface available out there.

 

Infogr.am makes it as easy as it can possibly be the creation of charts that will always look great and effective no matter what your design skill level is.

 

You simply choose the type of graph you want (bar, line, pie, matrix) to create, edit the existing data with your own, and you are ready to go.

 

Each chart is designed following some basic information design principles, allowing data to be easily read and for the chart to look very credible and "professional".


Also: each chart created with Infogram can be easily embedded on any web site, and customized in size and colors used.

 

Infogram integrates an online library where to save your completed work, and an upcoming online store.

Try it out now: http://infogr.am/app/  

 

Awesome. 10/10 


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Group Video Calling Across Any Web Browser and All Mobile Devices: FriendCaller

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Robin Good: C2Call GmbH provider of the FriendCaller voice and video calling apps, has expanded its service with the introduction of multi-point video and voice conferencing capabilities supporting up to ten call participants.

 

FriendCaller supports Apple iOS devices including iPhone(R), iPod touch(R) and iPad(TM), Android(TM)-based smart phones and tablets, and the FriendCaller WebPhone at www.FriendCaller.com.

 

From their official press release:

"For now, we are starting by supporting up to four video participants, and up to six audio participants. Later this month, we will be demonstrating even more advanced capabilities at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, including support for up to seven video participants, and up to 20 voice participants."

(Source: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/friendcaller-introduces-cross-platform-multi-party-group-video-calling-2012-02-02

 

FriendCaller provides additional features besides group video calling. These include:

 

- Text Messaging (SMS),

- Browser-based WebPhone

- Caller-ID

- unique CallMe-Links

- a real phone number.

 

Features: http://www.friendcaller.com/en/friendcaller/features.html 

 

The service is based on an advertising business model which allows users to benefit from all FriendCaller features at no price.

 

The updated FriendCaller apps with the multi-point video conferencing feature are available starting today on the iTunes App Store, Android Market and the FriendCaller.com website.

 

Getting Started / FAQ: http://www.friendcaller.com/en/help.html 

 

N.B.: C2Call C2Call is the first company to offer free cloud hosted video and voice calls without the need to download software. C2Call's FriendCaller is the first free multi-point video calling app that works across all desktop browsers and smart phone platforms.

 

Find out more or try it out now: http://www.friendcaller.com/ 


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DOWNLOAD Using YouTube: From Consumption To Production

DOWNLOAD Using YouTube: From Consumption To Production | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Do you want to get the most out of YouTube? If so, we’ve got just the guide for you, then – “Using YouTube : From Consumption To Production“, the latest free manual from MakeUseOf. By author Matt Smith, this guide goes over everything you need to know about YouTube, whether you’re an enthusiast or a budding director.

 

There are really two sides to the YouTube coin – consumption and production. YouTube is unique from most other forms of media because it allows people using the service to both view content and create it. Becoming a content creator doesn’t require any special permission. All you need is an account and a video file to upload.

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Nice Primer on Google Apps for the iPad

Free Technology for Teachers: A Nice Primer on Google Apps for the iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Google Apps for the iPad is a small site built by Google Certified Teacher Jill Galloway. The site addresses a lot of common questions about using Google Apps on iPads. Additionally, you will find some helpful tips for first time users of Google Apps on iPads. If you're just getting started using an iPad, Google Apps for iPad is a good reference to look at.

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