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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Black History Month: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, Percy Julian, Rosa Parks

Black History Month: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights, Percy Julian, Rosa Parks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Resources that focus primarily on the Civil Rights Era in Black History, intended for students in grades 6-12. Personal accounts, newreel content, and reenactment footage, along with lesson guides and more. for use during Black History Month and any time of year.  Produced by PBS.

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Nota : Casual Collaboration

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Connect, collaborate, and co-create in real time! Nota, a dynamic whiteboard wiki, allows multiple users to write and integrate text, paste photos and maps, add video and audio to make brainstorms, presentations, and scrapbooks in a snap. -From AASL

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Pupils learn how to 'fail well'

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Is this a good idea for all schools? -JL

 

A top girls' school is planning a "failure week" to teach pupils to embrace risk, build resilience and learn from their mistakes.

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Scratch: imagine, program, share

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Scratch: a programming language for everyone (especially middle school and up). Create interactive stories, games, music and art - and share them online.

 

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art -- and share your creations on the web.

 

As young people create and share Scratch projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas, while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.

 

Scratch is developed by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, with financial support from the National Science Foundation, Microsoft, Intel Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, Google, Iomega and MIT Media Lab research consortia.

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Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? - Forbes

Who Are The Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers? - Forbes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Who are the most influential people in social media, the power influencers who have grasped what the social media revolution is all about?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Google Scholar for Education

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Google Scholar is a great search tool that too often is overlooked by teachers and students. In the 45 minute video below, Google Search Engineer Daniel Russell walks viewers through using Google Scholar to get the best results.

 

Applications for Education:

This video is part of Google's larger Search Education program through which you can find other webinar recordings, lessons for teaching search, and other reference materials that are useful for teaching and learning about best search techniques.

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Learning with 'e's: Five tools for global educators

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By Steve Wheeler

 

We are connected educators, linked in to a number of powerful global communities of practice, and we have access to resources, dialogue and audiences we would not enjoy in a traditional learning and teaching role. But what tools do we use to enable us to connect with these communities, resources, audiences around the globe? Here are my top five tools:

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Digital Learning: What Kids Really Want -- THE Journal

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According to Project Tomorrow CEO Julie Evans, "Today's students have their own 'student vision' for how they want to use technology for learning. That vision," she said, "is really a statement of how students want to learn in general."

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6 Reasons Tablets Are Ready for the Classroom

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This article explores the applications of tablet computers in higher education, based on reports from classrooms that have participated in pilot studies, citing that iPads fit with students’ current lifestyles.

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Seven Digital Learning Tips for Students | Edutopia

Seven Digital Learning Tips for Students | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Blogger Heather Wolpert-Gawron shares tips for students learning online.

 

In order to help them prep for an eventual transition to web-facilitated (some online usage) or hybrid schooling (up to 80 percent online), I’ve been pulling together a list of qualities common to many successful online learners. As many of us incorporate more and more online lessons, assignments, assessments, and digital presentations into our instruction, it’s important for students to understand the skills that they will need to function at their best.

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Great list of qualities!

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Learning with 'e's: Seven reasons teachers should blog

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I have written extensively on what makes a good blogpost and why it is so powerful. From personal experience blogging is one of the most beneficial professional development activities I have ever engaged with. I learn more from blogging than I do from almost any other activity I participate in. Here are 7 good reasons why teachers should blog:

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Google Voice - Google Teacher Academy Resources

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Here's a resource page rich in information about how to use Google Voice in education.

 

You'll find a number of videos, links to blogs, links to help pages, and list of suggestions about how to use this free tool to set up homework hotlines, gather scientific data, extend foreing language classes and spech classes. 

 

Clever Ideas provided by Lead Learners: Danny Silva, Cory Pavicich, & Henry "Hank" Thiele


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25 Free Digital Audio Editors You Should Know

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A digital audio editor is defined as a computerapplication for manipulating digital audio. As a multimedia creator, we normally use audio editor for recording audio, edit the duration and timeline, mix multiple sound tracks, apgly simple effects for audio enhancement and create conversion between different audio file formats.

 

There are countless ways that digital audio editor can be used, and fortunately there are plenty of good and free digital audio editors out there to help you with your own implementation. So if you’re thinking to purchase a license for Adobe Audition, Cool Edit or Soundforge, hold that thought first. Not to say they aren’t cool, but it’s always wiser to tryout free applications before going to the pay deal.


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brainstorming | edistorm

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Edistorm takes away the idea of sticky notes on a wall and makes it virtual. Brainstorm, think out ideas alone or with friends; plan out anything you like with Edistorm. Use virtual sticky notes in Edistorm to come up with a multitude of ideas all on one site.

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5 K-12 E-Learning Trends -- THE Journal

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From the website:

To find out what will be big in e-learning over the next several months THE Journal conferred with several academics and instructional technologists who revealed the following top five trends to watch in the year ahead.

 

This is an interesting document both for what it says and it doesn't say. I read it as rather vendor-centric. By that I mean the forecast seems to focus more on hardware, software, and software as a service than on changed educational practices. Sure, more online and distance learning, but will it or will it not consist of efforts to deliver the same test-driven content via different methods? When does the change to emphasis on learner creation of content and the 4 C's occur? (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration) -JL

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4 Lessons the Classroom Can Learn from the Design Studio | The Creativity Post

4 Lessons the Classroom Can Learn from the Design Studio | The Creativity Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Designers collaborate across disciplines, give and take constructive criticism, and embrace failure in the process of solving problems. Wouldn't children benefit from developing the same skills in school?

 

In his interview with the Carnegie Foundation, John Seely Brown, scholar and co-author of A New Culture of Learning, suggests that we look for education lessons in the architectural studio. In answer to the question of what could we do better in schools today, especially given the rapid pace of change, Brown responds by saying he's intrigued by the architectural studio. "All work in progress is made public . . . One of the things you learn in an architectural studio. . . is to accept critique [from your peers, from the master] . . . accept that, to appreciate that, and to learn from that. And that is one of the key platforms that you want for lifelong learning.”

 

So let’s examine the architectural studio–where we design the places in which we learn, live, heal, and work–to find out what the classroom can learn from these creative environments.

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Alice.org | Programming for kids

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Free educational software that teaches students computer programming in a 3D environment.

 

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience.

 

The Alice team has developed instructional materials to support students and teachers in using this new approach. Resources include textbooks, lessons, sample syllabuses, test banks, and more. Other authors have generously joined our efforts, creating additional textbooks.

 

New! - Subscribe to the Alice Educator Mailing List!

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Educational Technology Guy: Google Calendar for Educators

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From David Andrade

 

Google Calendar is one of Google's many free resources that I use. It has some features that make it very useful.

 

It's accessible on any web browser and integrates and syncs with smartphones, Outlook, Apple iCal and Mozilla Sunbird.

 

I have all of my appointments, due dates, deadlines, etc. on it. I color code them based on school, blog, degree program, meetings, fun, etc. My wife and I share our Google Calendar's with each other so we can easily see each other's schedules. If you use Google Tasks and set a due date for the task, it will show up on your calendar for that day. I also have US holidays and the Yankees schedule on my calendar.


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Google Cloud Print: It's Actually Awesome, and Here's How to Set It Up

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Google Cloud Print is an under-appreciated service that can send print jobs from virtually anywhere to a connected printer in any other location. Normally that involves tedious configuration on your network, but Cloud Print can do it in just a few minutes. It's really easy to set up, and there are a few things you can do to extend its support beyond the browser to make all your printing tasks a lot easier. Here's a look at what it can do, how you can set it up, and how to make it even better.

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Daily Writing Tips

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Daily articles on grammar, spelling, misused words, punctuation, fiction writing, freelance writing and more! Many ideas for quick writing exercises for class.

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simSchool: A Classroom Simulator for Educators

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simSchool is a classroom simulation that supports the rapid accumulation of a teacher's experience in analyzing student differences, adapting instruction to individual learner needs, gathering data about the impacts of instruction, and seeing the results of their teaching.

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Education Week: Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad

Education Week: Educators Evaluate Learning Benefits of iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
In the wake of the iPad 2 release, teachers are still determining best practices for the different versions of the tablet computing device.
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Integrating podcasting into your classroom

Learn the basics of podcasting from Colette Cassinelli, a technology evangelist, who will teach you everything you need to know about using podcasting in your classroom.

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Promoting Student Engagement: Students & Transformative Work (introduction to teacher presentations moderated by Alan November)

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Educators sometimes speak of preparing students to contribute to society at some point in the future, after graduation. What if we allowed, even encouraged, students to make a difference in the world around them NOW? This would amount to telling students that they matter and the work that they do in school matters. Educator @AngelaMaiers emphasizes the importance of telling people that they matter. Giving students the opportunity to do transformative work is the ultimate #youmatter message.

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100 Ways to Become a Twitter Power User

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At the end of this article I’ve listed my top ten most influential power users. But before you skip down to see who they are, let me show you why they are so influential in the first place.


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