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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | GeekDad | Wired.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kevin Makice

 

"Evansville (Indiana) science teacher Brian Bennett describes the Flipped Classroom as an ideology, not a methodology:

 

'Video itself will not help kids achieve more in your class. The flipped classroom is about making connections with learners and differentiating your instruction. If videos are a part of that multi-faceted plan, great. If they are not, still great.'

 

"Sams seems to concur: “Anyone who blindly adopts ‘The Flipped Classroom’ (or inquiry, or lecturing, or unschooling, or whatever) model and never modifies it to meet the needs of his or her students will blindly lead his or her students into educational ruin.”

 

Entering Phase Three

 

Moving a lecture online changes where that information is consumed, not necessarily the degree of student engagement or its effectiveness. Curricula provider Mathalicious critiqued Khan Academy as “one of the most dangerous phenomena in education today.” That argument is not directed at the site itself, but centers around the negative impact Khan may have on innovation. The Khan style of teaching is the same step-by-step process that students have seen for generations:

 

'Khan Academy is great for what it is — a supplemental resource; homework help — but we’ve turned it into something it’s not. Indeed, something it was never intended to be.'

 

"For Fred Singer, CEO of Echo360, the Flipped Classroom movement represents an important progression toward “Phase Three” of education reform: blended learning. Meaning, the digital form moves beyond simply augmenting face-to-face teaching into a peer role where online and offline interaction directly supports learning goals. State legislators are coming closer to endorsing blended learning as a required experience."

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Edshelf: An Educational App Directory for Teachers

Edshelf: An Educational App Directory for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Audrey Watters

 

"Edshelf hopes to become a go-to site where teachers can recommend to one another what’s worked for them, and it’s building a directory of educational materials that have been reviewed for educators by educators. Apps and websites are reviewed based on student engagement and pedagogical effectiveness, as well as on how hard these tools are to learn."


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How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series)

How to Create a Portfolio with Evernote (Education Series) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Rob Van Nood

 

"I was using portfolios with limited success and spending a lot of time on them, until Evernote came into the picture.

 

"When I first started researching options, I was coming across a lot of companies that were really expensive, charging a lot for each student’s use. I also knew that we needed an app for mobile devices that would make it easy to capture and document paperwork and I wasn’t finding that in most of the tools I was evaluating. Evernote was free, had an app for virtually every device, and we could get started right away.

 

"After creating accounts for the students [learn more about how to get set up in the Portfolio Forum discussion] capturing and organizing information became insanely easy. Here is how we are using Evernote in the classroom:"

 

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TalkMiner - search for video lecturers and talks

TalkMiner - search for video lecturers and talks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by MIT's Technology Review (April 2011)

 

"A new online video search tool launched this week makes it easier to search the content of video lectures by automatically transcribing words used in the lecturer's visual aids.

 

"TalkMiner was created by researchers at Fuji Xerox Palo Alto Laboratory (FXPAL), in California, to help students and professionals search the ever-expanding online archives of video lectures and presentations. "It gives you a good shot at finding something that wasn't mentioned in the title or abstract but is buried deep inside the video," says Larry Rowe, president of FXPAL....

 

"TalkMiner overcomes this by skimming videos to find the speakers' presentation slides. It analyzes the footage once per second for telltale signs of a presentation slide, such as its shape and static nature; captures the slide image and compensates for any skewed angles; and uses optical character recognition (OCR) to detect the words on the slides. These words are then indexed into TalkMiner's search engine, which currently makes available 15,000 videos from institutions such as Stanford University, the University of California, Berkeley, and TED."


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The Seven Myths of Instructional Rigor

The Seven Myths of Instructional Rigor | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Barbara Blackburn

 

"Instructional rigor is one of the most discussed topics in education today. But there is much debate over what rigor is and is not. Let's look at seven myths, then a concrete definition of the actual meaning."

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Teach a Rigorous Curriculum

Teach a Rigorous Curriculum | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tammy Andrew

 

"Checking curriculum or lessons for rigor includes lessons for all students; rigor is not limited to gifted or college bound programs. Look for different ways that content can be presented and analyzed. Ask questions about the activities such as:

Are the activities inquiry or project based, requiring students to form their own answers?

Do students use the results of their answers to explore ways they can make a difference in the world around them?

Do lessons contain elements from different disciplines, encouraging students to make connections with previous knowledge?

Are students asked to examine their own emotions concerning dilemmas or to take a position on a controversial topic?"

 

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How To Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentations | Edudemic

How To Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentations | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the Website

 

"...We just stumbled across a new tool that’s designed to incorporate live tweets into your presentation. What could be better than that? While these tweets may not all be perfect and some may not be professional / appropriate, it’s a great tool to know about.

 

"It’s called SAP Web 2.0 it’s as simple to use as PowerPoint. In fact, you just add in a slide that is supplied to you and that’s it. Quite simple. Click here to check out the instructions page on how to use SAP Web 2.0."

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- instaGrok - awesome education search, curation, and journal site

- instaGrok - awesome education search, curation, and journal site | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"instaGrok is a type of search engine that finds educational content and retrieves it in multiple formats, including web pages, images, videos and even forums. It filters out non-educational content and profanity, uses crowd sourcing to rate the quality of each search result, displays search results according to grade level difficulty, provides source notes, visualizes concepts in an interactive concept map, updates the concept map as you refine your topic. It also allows curation and tracking of your websites, concepts, student activities, and can generate multiple-choice questions from the search results. Students can use it to create editable research journals ("groks") and the groks will be populated with websites visited and the concepts covered. Teachers can review the students' groks and add comments."

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Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time

Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Clintondale HS in Clinton, Michigan has established a strong reputation for having successfully implemented the flipped instructional model building-wide, under the leadership of principal Greg Green. This has led to substantial improvements in student achievement in a short period of time.

 

Educators will be interested to view some of the over 300 (and counting) videos now posted on the school's website. Covering the areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, ACT Prep, and Learning Strategies, most videos are from3 to 8 minutes long and are available in web, iPad, or iPod/mobile formats.

 

This is really inspiring to me!-JL

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Kids Building Huge Hover Craft at Dunbar Middle School

Kids Building Huge Hover Craft at Dunbar Middle School | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Lauren Compton via ABC Ch. 13 Lynchburg, VA.

summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Students in a technology-education course at a Virginia middle school recently built a 20-foot, operational hovercraft. Students involved with the yearlong project say they have improved their math and technology skills. "I really didn't like technology that much, but when I got here it taught me like a lot of stuff about technology. Now I want to take that to college," said Dre Eppes, an eighth-grade student."

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Awesome Stories

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Description by MiddleWeb's "Of Particular Interest"

 

"With over 2.5 million visits in 2011, Awesome Stories has proven its value to educators, parents, and students. The free site, created by attorney Carole Bos, provides multi-faceted stories of people, events and cultures using primary sources in a wide range of media. The 13-year-old website is the first place to go for info that connects the classroom to recent movies, plus the latest on history, the arts, and more."

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10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote

10 Tips for Teachers Using Evernote | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Evernote is a great application for educators. It’s usefulness can range from planning a course to delivering a lesson plan to capturing feedback after class. I experimented with using Evernote while I was teaching courses at San Jose State University. It proved to be an excellent classroom companion. Here are some ways to use Evernote to achieve your teaching goals...


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Curriculum Not Included : Stager-to-Go

Curriculum Not Included : Stager-to-Go | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Gary Stager

 

"For the past several months, I have been working a few days a week as a S.T.E.M. consultant at a school in Los Angeles. The goal is to improve the quality of teaching in the school and I am doing a lot of modeling in classrooms. A couple of weeks ago, I began using robotics in the 5th grade class. I have lots of objectives for using my favorite robotics materials, Pico Crickets, but here are three big ones. I could list a bazillion sub-skills and affective objectives, but I will spare those details.

 

"Specific science, engineering, mathematics and programming concepts come to life in a tactile fashion.

Students develop important habits of mind and inquiry skills by tinkering, invention and complex open-ended project work.

You can learn an awful lot about individual student learning styles, talents and prior knowledge by working alongside them during problem-solving activities. You also learn a lot about their prior educational experiences."

 

Wonderful and detailed description of how a class has gone about working with Pico Crickets. I enjoyed reading this a great deal. -JL

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Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator | ManMade

Cool Site of the Day: Online Stencil Generator | ManMade | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Strix, the same clever team that brought us the Ransom Note Generator, has released The Stencil Generator. It allows you to upload any photo (or even provide an image URL) and create a stencil for internet graffiti, or to print and cut for an actual piece of art.The app thankfully includes a white point selector that allows you to choose how much contrast you want in your image."

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Access All Your Computer Files from your iPhone/iPad/Android with Polkast

Robin Good: Polkast is a free iOS and Android app which allows you to connect directly to your remote computer and instantly access all your files, videos, photos and music you have on it.

 

Polkast does not use any "cloud storage" type of solution to achieve this, but simply connects your mobile device or Windows 7 PC to your selected "home/work" Mac/PC, and then gives you direct access to all of your files through an organized system.

 

The app is free to download and use.

 

Check out this video: http://youtu.be/U-znhyxcw2I ;

 

FAQ: http://support.polkast.com/forums/20022187-frequently-asked-questions ;

 

Mac download (for base station): http://itunes.apple.com/app/polkast/id501330662?mt=12 

 

PC download: http://dl.polkast.com/d/PolkastSetup.exe ;

 

More info: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/polkast/id448187970?mt=8 

 

(Via Ana Cristina Pratas)


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Notability - Take Notes & Annotate PDFs with Dropbox Sync for iPad

Notability is optimized for the new iPad! It powerfully integrates handwriting, PDF annotation, typing, recording, and organizing so you can take notes your way! Discover the freedom to capture ideas, share insights, and present information in one perfect place on iPad.

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What is Instructional Rigor?

What is Instructional Rigor? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Barbara Blackburn

 

"True instructional rigor, however, is centered around student learning. Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels."

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How to Create a Rigorous Lesson

How to Create a Rigorous Lesson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tammy Andrew

 

"Whether adapting an existing lesson or creating a new one, keep in mind Bloom’s taxonomy. While examining the lesson, ask questions such as, “Are students asked to apply their knowledge to solve a similar situation,” “Are students asked to relate this information to something else,” “Are students asked how they would improve something,” or “Can they explain why they made certain choices.” Also consider how student centered the work will be and look for ways for students to interact with each other while learning.

 

"Once teachers understand what rigor is, they may find that it is already present in some of their activities. The challenge then becomes identifying where, tweaking it to be more effective and finding more places in the curriculum to use it. Bloom's taxonomy, especially the cognitive and affective domains, gives a starting place for understanding rigor using a familiar set of categories."

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Top 12 Effective End of the Year Activities | TeachHUB

Top 12 Effective End of the Year Activities | TeachHUB | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kim Haynes

 

Some thoughtful and creative ways to end of the last weeks of school with engaging and meaningful acitivities. Something for all grade levels and subjects here. -JL

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Pocket for iPad Updated – Page Flipping, Dark Theme and More — iPad Insight

Pocket for iPad Updated – Page Flipping, Dark Theme and More — iPad Insight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Patrick Jordan

 

"Pocket for iPad, the app formerly know as Read It Later, was updated yesterday – the same day as its closest rival, Instapaper. The new version number is 4.1 and it’s a substantial update for Pocket.

 

"I’ve been using both Pocket and Instapaper – and I have to say I’m very impressed with this update for Pocket. In particular, I like the way that switching between scrolling mode and page flipping mode is a little more seamless in Pocket. It changes as soon as you make either a swipe (left or right) or a scrolling gesture."


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- Google Drive is here! Free online file storage and syncing.

- Google Drive is here! Free online file storage and syncing. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google Drive, Google's online file storage system, is now live. With it you can upload and access all of your files including videos, photos, PDFs, Google Docs and more, just like with Dropbox or Sugarsync.

 

"Google Docs is integrated with Google Drive so you can work on all your documents, presentations and spreadsheets, as well as share content and then add and reply to comments on any file (PDF, image, video, and so on) and receive notifications when some one else comments on a shared item. It has added some social networking features to cloud file storage. Drive will also recognize text in scanned documents. (similar to what Evernote does)."

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Student video: How high-stakes tests affect kids

Student video: How high-stakes tests affect kids | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Valeria Strauss

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A high-school senior in Florida recently produced a video with help from a digital educator, in which she featured seven top students who failed state exams on their first try. In the video, the students describe how the high-stakes exams affected their lives, with some being shifted from Advanced Placement to remedial courses. A Florida school board member also is featured in the video, describing his experience taking -- and failing -- a test similar to those administered to students."

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Home - New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School

Home - New Tools - LibGuides at Springfield Township High School | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza, Head Librarian at Springfield Township HS in Pennsylvania, is one of the great archive builders on the web. Valenza gathers resources and then posts them on her library's website for the maximum use by students and educators.

 

This truly awesome collection of New Tools, groups the tools into 49 categories. When a category is selected, all the tools in the category are displayed in a very easy to browse fashion. Sample categories include:

Apps for iPads, iPhones, & Mobile Devices

Conversion Tools

Curriculum Standards

Databases & Pathfinders

Digital Citizenship, Privacy, & Safety

Google Docs & Apps

Images, avatars, fots, & colors

Interactive Whiteboards

Polling & Survey Tools

ScreenCasting/ScreenSharing/Podcasting

 

This is one of the great resource collections on the web! -JL

 

 

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28 Webinars and 18 Learning Communities from edWeb.net

28 Webinars and 18 Learning Communities from edWeb.net | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Free webinars and learning communities on practical topics for technology-using educators. All without cost. Award-winning presenters. -JL

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