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Make Service Learning Global | Education Week

Make Service Learning Global | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Heather Singmaster

Summary by SmartBrief on Ed Tech

 

"Educators can add a global aspect to their service-learning project by looking for the global implications of an existing project or by choosing a project -- such as poverty or the environment -- that's inherently global, writes guest blogger Heather Singmaster. In this blog post, she provides steps for implementing a globally focused service-learning project, including setting learning objectives, research, implementation, reflection and follow-up. As they participate in the project, Singmaster writes, help students see themselves as responsible citizens, not heroes."

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10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic

10 Real-World BYOD Classrooms (And Whether It’s Worked Or Not) | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lapi

 

"With budgets tight, many schools are hoping to bring technology into the classroom without having to shell out for a device for each student. A solution for many has been to make classes BYOD (short for “bring your own device”), which allows students to bring laptops, tablets, and smartphonesfrom home and to use them in the classroom and share them with other students.

 

"It’s a promising idea, especially for schools that don’t have big tech budgets, but it has met with some criticism from those who don’t think that it’s a viable long-term or truly budget-conscious decision.

 

"Whether that’s the case is yet to be seen, but these stories of schools that have tried out BYOD programs seem to be largely positive, allowing educators and students to embrace technology in learning regardless of the limited resources they may have at hand."

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A Day In The Life Of: Mrs. Lisa Mims on EdSurge News

A Day In The Life Of: Mrs. Lisa Mims on EdSurge News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Leonard Medlock

 

"Transforming classrooms through technology is not a new practice for Mrs. Lisa Mims, who teaches at a public elementary school in Delaware. Long before Dropbox--even long before flashdrives--Mrs. Mims was engaging young minds with a different technology for storing important artifacts: the cardboard box.

 

"I’d turn off all the lights and all of the students would make a humming noise,” recalls Mrs. Mims, reflecting upon her NYC teaching days and the magical time machine that transported her and her social studies class. When the student designated as the time traveler climbed out of the box, the lights would go back on--and the class would proceed as if they were all in a different time and place.

 

"These days Mrs. Mims has traded in the cardboard box for a laptop cart but her desire to think outside... ahem.. inside the box to engage fully with her students is stronger than ever. At any given time you can find the 28-year teaching veteran using any of more than 20 tools in her fifth grade classroom at Pleasantville Elementary in Newcastle, Del. (You can follow her on Twitter @BriteEyes49)"

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Pocket (Formerly Read It Later) - iOS app | iTunes

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"In an era of information overload, sometimes you may just want to save something for later. The Pocket application (formerly known as "Read It Later") allows users to just click on a photo, document, or other file so they can look at it at a later time. There isn't a limit to how many files can be saved, and it's rather useful. The program is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPod running iOS 5.0 or later."

 

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How To: Wirelessly View Your Ipad Screen On Your Computer

How To: Wirelessly View Your Ipad Screen On Your Computer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
About 3 weeks ago I did a post about using Apple's new tool called Apple Configurator  and I received a lot of questions reguarding how I mirrored my ipad screen onto my computer screen.

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Once you go flat you never go back | SmartBlog on Education

Once you go flat you never go back | SmartBlog on Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Vicki Davis

 

"Traditionally the textbook and teacher were the two sources of information for students with a library visit or encyclopedia thrown in a few times a month for report writing. Students should be taught how to construct a personal learning network. Teachers should help students learn how to build a PLN using the devices they own to connect beyond the textbook to the people, communities, and current events happening around their topics of study.

 

"Students may have technology in their hands, but many are sadly lacking in the ability to connect it with their heads using advanced search, RSS, and the location of appropriate communities and hashtags where discussions happen. When my students are working on their personal passion projects, one of the first things I have them identify are the hashtags and active communities conversing about their topics. It is harder than it sounds."

 

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Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners

Education Rethink: 15 Ways to Engage Reluctant Learners | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By John T. Spencer

 

"I hit a point yesterday where I found myself overwhelmed by the standards. I was trying to make sense out of how to organize them into units and then how to integrate the topics from subject to subject. I became tense, clenched jaw, deep breaths and all. I had unit plans and a week-by-week framework and brainstorms of different strategies and I began to obsess about what I was missing and how I was organizing it.

 

"Then I walked away and refocussed. I made a web connecting concepts from one subject to another. I saw themes emerge. Real themes. Meaningful themes. I began to ask, "Why does this matter?" rather than "How do I organize it?" I started to picture myself as a student and then I pictured former students.

 

"I pulled out a sheet of paper (yep, I still use that) and write the words, "Be intentional." From there, I started my own list of what I plan to do to engage students. I'm planning the framework this week, but I plan to look honestly at everything next week and ask myself if my plans have the following:"

 

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SOLO Taxonomy | Engage Their Minds [1]

SOLO Taxonomy | Engage Their Minds [1] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Eichholz

 

"SOLO stands for “Structure of Observed Learning Outcomes”. I came across this taxonomy when I was researching another resource that I will be offering in tomorrow’s post. I thought it might be helpful to offer this one first just in case you, like me, have never heard of SOLO.

 

"The graphic...[above], taken from the Otonga Primary School blog, gives an overview of SOLO:

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Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3]

Think Link | Engage Their Minds [3] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Eichholz

 

"Think Link is a neat way to integrate technology into the activity that I wrote about yesterday – Hexagonal Learning. On the Think Link site, you can create your own board of hexagons, add notes to each one, and manipulate them. You can save your boards to be used whenever you like on that computer. This is an alternative to cutting out a lot of hexagons to distribute to your students. Think Link could be used for your students to generate hexagon words as a class about a particular topic. The board could be saved, and then different student groups could create their own relationships with the words to show their understanding of the topic.

 

"I highly recommend trying a Think Link activity with your students this year."

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dy/dan » Blog Archive » Khan Academy’s Introduction to Programming Modules Are Really Something Special

dy/dan » Blog Archive » Khan Academy’s Introduction to Programming Modules Are Really Something Special | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Dan Meyer

 

"Khan Academy released their Introduction to Programming modules today [8/14/12] and they're really great. Go play. Here are my favorite pieces:"

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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students

The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"With the advance of web 2.0 technologies, there emerged a wide range of educational tools that we can use with our students in and outside the classroom.Collaborative web tools is one example. Using such websites, teachers will be able to help in holding online and real-time discussions with their students, help them in their projects and assignments, guide their learning, do backchanneling, and synchronously moderate discussion threads and many more.

 

"We have prepared for you a list of such tools that you can use with your students, check it and share with us what you think about it."

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Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today | The Class Struggle

Topic Trends on #edchat and What They Say about Education Today | The Class Struggle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tristan Verboven

 

"If you are a 21st century educator and you are not an#edchat follower, you should really stay in more. Three years ago when the Twitter discussion group began, founders Tom Whitby, Steven Anderson, and Shell Terrell thought it would just be a casual chatroom for educators. It has since become the go-to barometer for education issues on the net.

 

"Here’s how it works. Every week, following twitterers pitch them education-related discussion topics. They choose 5 topics to go on twtpoll.com . The topic with the most votes is then discussed Tuesdays 12pm NYT (EST) and 7pm NYT (EST). For about an hour, English-speaking twitter-savvy educators all over the world hash it out. This casual crowd-sourced consensus-based democratic system never fails to get educators talking. Read the trade press all you want, but if you want to know what’s really going on in education, its on #edchat.

 

"The beauty of a thing like Twitter, is that its possible for a guy like me to put the screws to it. Just for kicks, I collected all the discussion topics from the last three years, put them to some content analysis, and found some science to the madness. No study worth its salt would come without its data and methodology (below). But for those who want to cut to the chase, here are some interesting trends Ive noticed on the edu-twitesphere over the years:"

 

Quite an interesting piece of research and the methodology is equally intriguing. -JL

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What schools need: Vigor instead of rigor | Washington Post

What schools need: Vigor instead of  rigor | Washington Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joanne Yatvin

 

"Now, more than ever, “rigor” is being used to promote the idea that American students need advanced course work, complex texts, stricter grading, and longer school days and years in order to be ready for college or the workplace. The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) already adopted by 45 states, were designed for rigor and will inexorably lead to it in all forms in almost all classrooms.

 

"How much better our schools would be if they provided students with classes and activities throbbing with energy, growth and life. Although school buildings have walls, there should be no walls separating students from vigorous learning. No ceilings, either.

 

"To learn vigorously, students need more than academic skills and knowledge, more than the generalities and hypotheticals found in textbooks and workbooks. By reading newspapers, magazines, graphic novels, even the daily comics and Internet articles; and by getting to know people of all ages, types of work, and cultural backgrounds they can learn about the real world they live in. Although it is not practical to send hordes of children and teen-agers out into that world to learn all the things they need to know, many more in-school classes and supplemental activities can be vigorous."

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home |Th Edutopia

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home |Th Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Elena Aguilar

Summary by Accomplished Teacher

 

"Transformational leadership coach Elena Aguilar in this blog post explains why, as an elementary- and middle-school teacher, she wrapped up the first day of class every year by calling the parents of each of her students to make a positive comment about each student's first day -- and then followed up those initial calls with many more throughout the year. "If every teacher allocated 15 minutes a day to calling parents with good news, the impact could be tremendous," Aguilar writes"

 

The telephone may definitely be old school, but it still have tremendous power. -JL

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Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier?

Free Technology for Teachers: What Makes Searching Difficult? What Makes it Easier? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"A couple of times this summer I've mentioned Dan Russell's resources for making you a better web researcher. Most recently I featured this video in which he talks about search strategies. Today, I read another of Dan Russell's blog posts that I think many teachers and students can benefit from reading.

 

"In Internet Search: What makes it simple, difficult, or impossible? Dan Russell explains what can make searches difficult, common search mistakes, and strategies for better searches. I read Dan's article and have to admit that I am sometimes guilty of falling into the trap of the "framing effect" that he describes. Breaking out the "framing effect" will improve my search methods and I'm sure it will for you too."

 

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SoundDownloader - free soundcloud downloader, youtube to mp3 downloader

SoundDownloader - free soundcloud downloader, youtube to mp3 downloader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Interent Scout Project

 

"If you want to download sounds, this application is the perfect tool. Visitors can use SoundDownloader to download music audio files from YouTube and other popular websites with little fuss. The program can be set up to download multiple files at the same time, and it is easy to use. This version is compatible with PCs running Windows 2000 and newer."

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Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide for Using YouTube's Editing Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"This afternoon I'm running a short workshop on using the video editing tools built into YouTube. Below you should see the basic directions for the three topics I'll be covering."

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Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times

Videos of Top Teachers Explaining Their Craft | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Motoko Rich

 

"As much as showing the content of the classes, the videos help teachers identify techniques for organizing a lesson or eliciting sophisticated questions from students...."

 

"The District of Columbia is not the only public school district or educational organization that is using video for the professional development of teachers. Teaching Channel, a nonprofit, has amassed more than 500 videos of teachers who are recommended by school districts, teaching organizations and a panel of advisers."

 

"Uncommon Schools, which runs 32 schools, mostly in Brooklyn and Newark, show videos like these during teacher training.

A YouTube video shows Juliana Worrell, a first-grade teacher, with her students at North Star Academy Vailsburg Elementary School."

 

A small, but high quality, selection of teacher videos, with links to sources for more. -JL

 

Via Accomplished Teacher

 

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In the Classroom: Live Oak Elementary School Students Produce Audio Podcasts | Edspace

In the Classroom: Live Oak Elementary School Students Produce Audio Podcasts | Edspace | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Matthew Williams

Published by KQED Edspace

Summary by  SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Students in Monina Salazar's third-grade classroom at Live Oak Elementary School in San Ramon, Calif., used to make dioramas about science biomes; now, they create audio podcasts. The technology activity is much more valuable, Salazar says, because it allows her to integrate science into reading and writing. As they create their podcasts, students practice fluency, learn how to write a paragraph, research and take notes, select music for mood and choose sound effects to convey place and time"

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The Top Educational iPad Apps Every Teacher and Student should Know about ( 100+)

The Top Educational iPad Apps Every Teacher and Student should Know about ( 100+) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach via Sylvia Rosenthal Tolisano

 

Kharbach has borrowed 5 outstanding graphic collections of iPad apps from Tolisano (unfortunately without properly crediting her), and nicely gathered them in one place. The illustration above is just one of 4 more.

 

This affords a very useful visual map for readers to locate appropriate apps for quite specific purposes. Congratulations to Kharbach for taking Tolisano's groundbreaking synthesis and making it even more useful and accessible. -JL

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Hexagonal Learning | Engage Their Minds [2]

Hexagonal Learning | Engage Their Minds [2] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terry Eichholz

 

"Yesterday, I posted about SOLO, a taxonomy that is somewhat similar to Bloom’s, but is presented to the students differently and used for assessment in some schools. SOLO has 5 different stages, and one of the more interesting activities that I’ve seen for engaging students in the later stages (multi-structural, relational, extended abstract) is called Hexagonal Learning. This activity could be adapted to pretty much any subject and any age level (for non-readers, one could use pictures). The students are given numerous hexagons that have words related to the topic, and must arrange the hexagons to show how the words connect to each other. This post on Hexagonal Learning, by David Didau, gives a great explanation of how he used it with a study of Macbeth.

 

"What is intriguing about the use of the hexagons is the many ways that groups of students could interpret the relations between the words. I also like David’s suggestion of using the connecting nodes in order to develop more abstract questions and conclusions about the learning."

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Daisy the Dinosaur | Engage Their Minds

Daisy the Dinosaur | Engage Their Minds | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Terri Eichholz

 

"Daisy the Dinosaur is an iPad app that teaches basic programming to young children. It has a Challenge Mode, in which the user is given 5 challenges that increase in difficulty, beginning with programming the dinosaur to walk forward. In Freeplay Mode, the user can experiment with several different commands, including making Daisy grow or shrink....


"Daisy the Dinosaur is a good introduction to programming. If you have a child that catches on to Daisy pretty quickly, you might want to also let them try Cargo-Bot, another free programming app. I reviewed Cargo-Bot previously on this blog. Cargo-bot is addictively fun, but is definitely aimed toward older children (probably at least 9 or 10). Another way to hook children in that age range, although much more complex and expensive, is to get them involved in Robotics using the Lego Mindstorms kit."

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Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox | Lifehacker

Top 10 Clever Uses for Dropbox | Lifehacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Whitson Gordon

 

"Dropbox is an awesome service. You can back your files up to the cloud, sync them between computers, and share them with your friends. That's not all it can do, though. Here are our top 10 favorite clever uses for our favorite file syncing program.

 

"Note: If you don't use Dropbox, don't fret—you can do most of these things with any file syncer you want, whether it's SkyDrive, Google Drive, Cubby, or something else."

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7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Challenge-Based Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

" Challenge-based learning (CBL) is similar to problem-based learning, but with CBL, students formulate the challenges they will address. Through a process of discussion and research, students identify a selection of questions that might be workable for their project, work on solutions, and publish those solutions online. In this way, CBL provides the satisfaction that comes from figuring out both the issue to be tackled and the solution to it, even though CBL requires a heavier time commitment than more traditional academic activities. Students gain meaningful skills through these projects, including how to share work, collaborate, organize, and express themselves more effectively."

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Best Learning Channels on YouTube | The Class Struggle

Best Learning Channels on YouTube | The Class Struggle | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Harry Martin

 

"YouTube offers an enormous number of channels completely geared to education. These links can help develop career standards and grab a prosperous future. So, take a look at the following ten YouTube channels that can be extremely helpful for educators:"

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