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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Why I’ll Start Using Pinterest Again After April 6th | Edudemic

Why I’ll Start Using Pinterest Again After April 6th | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jeff Dunn

 

"I deleted my Pinterest account on February 29, 2012. I still love the site and actually intend to restart my account after April 6th. That’s because Pinterest finally took action to correct some potentially disastrous mistakes: their Terms of Service, Acceptable Use Policy, and Privacy Policy."

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12 Most Important Metrics You Should Monitor on LinkedIn | 12 Most

12 Most Important Metrics You Should Monitor on LinkedIn | 12 Most | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Viveka von Rosen

 

"Measuring your progress on LinkedIn will help you stay on track and reach your goals. LinkedIn can be an elephant — and we all know the only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. Are you measuring those bites?"

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Free Technology for Teachers: Poll Everywhere Introduces Voting on Images

Free Technology for Teachers: Poll Everywhere Introduces Voting on Images | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Earlier this week the popular survey service Poll Everywhere released a very nice update, support for images and equations. Now you can put images into your polls and have students vote on the images. Another part of this update is the option to include mathematics equations in polls. The video below provides an overview of the updates."

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Encyclopedias, Wikipedia and Times Topic Pages: Research Resources and Ideas

Encyclopedias, Wikipedia and Times Topic Pages: Research Resources and Ideas | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Via NY Times Learning Network

By Katherine Schulten

 

Description by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"In light of the announcement that Encyclopedia Britannica will stop its print publication, the writers of this blog suggest several resources to teach students about researching in the digital age. Among their suggestions are to consider an approach to using Wikipedia and the best strategy for determining the reliability of such online sources. Plagiarism also is a concern when using online resources, the bloggers write."

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Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards | Teaching Channel

Daily Assessment with Tiered Exit Cards | Teaching Channel | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Marie Barchi models an effective process of formative assessment with her Algebra I students."

5-minute video.

 

Comment by Rebecca Zullo

 

"This video demonstrates a teacher who effectively uses informal and on-going assessment to drive her instruction. Your students know that you actually care that they learn each day's objectives and that they will be asked to demonstrate their learning before leaving the room. You are a true professional. Thanks for sharing. I will use this video in PD sessions to demonstrate superior use of exit tickets and formative assessment."

 

Comment by Isamari Cruz

 

"Actually, I do not teach Math but while observing the video I started to think on different skills in Social Studies and History. I think that I can create this tiered exit cards for skills like cause and effect, a short timeline, opinion vs. fact. This will help me identify quickly who might need reteaching or even I can incorporate cooperative learning. I will try in the following weeks and I will share my results. Thanks for sharing and congratulationa for a great idea."

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Reverse Printer Erases Content on Paper | Mashable

Reverse Printer Erases Content on Paper | Mashable | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"A team of researchers at the University of Cambridge has come up with an innovation that can “unprint” something.

 

"By using long and ultrashort pulsed lasers, the technology can remove laser-printed content, leaving the paper clean and undamaged. The paper can easily be reused and printed on again."


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The Relationship School | New York Times

The Relationship School | New York Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By David Brooks

 

The New American Academy in Brooklyn is an exciting experiment in education reform that centers everything around the teacher-student relationship.

 

"The New American Academy takes a different approach than the other exciting new education model, the “No Excuses” schools like Kipp Academy. New American is less structured. That was a problem at first, but Waronker says the academy has learned to get better control over students, and, on the day I visited, the school was well disciplined through the use of a bunch of subtle tricks."

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New Webinars and PLCs from edWeb.net

New Webinars and PLCs from edWeb.net | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Great list of free webinars coming up and in the archive of edWeb.net. Find compelling presentations on Mathematics, Reading Strategies across all grades and levels, iPads, Assessment of student tech projects, Gaming, Asperger's, and much more. -JL

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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved. What should collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking look like in a modern classroom? How can parents help educators accomplish their goals? We hope this guide helps bring more parents into the conversation about improving education."

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Searching Google: 38 tips to get better results - Pocket-lint

Searching Google: 38 tips to get better results - Pocket-lint | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Recently passing the 1 billion user mark, Google has come a long way since it was first founded back in 1998 and has become a byword for internet searches. But, beyond chucking a couple of words into the main search box, do you really know how to get the best out of it? We've done some research and put together a few tips on how to get Google to do even more of the work for you."

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The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom

The Blues, Storytelling and Science | The Inspired Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Elizabeth Peterson writes about an interdisciplinary unit she conducted combining science study of Land and Water with blues songs about life on the Mississippi River - extracting rich narratives from the songs' lyrics. Pictures and music included. -JL

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New High-Quality Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine

New High-Quality Free Fonts | Smashing Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 "Every now and then, we look around, select fresh free high-quality fonts and present them to you in a brief overview. The choice is enormous, so the time you need to find them is usually time you should be investing in your projects. We search for them and find them so that you don’t have to.

 

"In this selection, we’re pleased to present Tondu, Banda, Morning Glory, Matilde, Bohema, Weston Round Slab, Highlands, Cabin, Linden Hill and other fonts. Please note that while most fonts are available for commercial projects, some are for personal use only and are clearly marked as such in their descriptions. Also, please read the licensing agreements carefully before using the fonts; they may change from time to time."

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CristinaSkyBox: Leaping into Online Publishing

CristinaSkyBox: Leaping into Online Publishing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Ana Christina Pratas describes 4 interesting web platforms designed to facilitate publishing work in different formats:

Carbonmade

Booktype

Magnt

Youblisher

 

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Best Practices for Laptops in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Best Practices for Laptops in the Classroom - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Mark Sample

 

"For another perspective on the question of laptops in the classroom, I recommend a new report from the Center for Research on Learning and Teaching (CRLT) at the University of Michigan. Available online or as a formatted PDF, the report “examined student perceptions of how laptops affect attentiveness, engagement, and learning” among undergraduate students at the University of Michigan."

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Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Web-based Polling and Survey Tools

Free Technology for Teachers: 11 Web-based Polling and Survey Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Yesterday, I wrote a short post about Kwiqpoll. After that post was published I got a few requests for suggestions about other web-based polling/ survey tools. Here are eleven other ways you can conduct polls and surveys online."

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GoogleWebSearchEducation

GoogleWebSearchEducation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google understands the importance of finding the right information at the right time. We create tools to let you find the information you need, of the kind you need, when you need it. In most cases, a simple search works really well. But for more specialized questions, a bit of instruction in how to search improves all searcher--from middle school students to trained professionals--and lets you discover and use more, higher quality sources than ever before.


"Check out our 9 lesson plans for teaching search, and bring Google to your classroom!


"We also have master lesson presentations for each of the classes offered by our team."

 

This is Google's main website for search education. -JL

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Google's New Spell Check Is Crazy Awesome | Lifehacker

Google's New Spell Check Is Crazy Awesome | Lifehacker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Google Docs—the beloved tool without which this site would grind to a halt—has updated its spell checker! Sure, in theory that's a "what could be more boring" scenario. But you guys, it's pretty awesome.

 

"The updated spell checking bakes in the power of Google's "Did you mean" technology, meaning that instead of relying on a static dictionary, it uses the context of your word alongside Google's powerful "Did you mean" database to learn new words, offer spelling suggestions based on context rather than just similarity, and that it can even catch typos when the misspelled word is just the wrong dictionary word. The advantages spelled out in more detail, from the Google Docs blog:"

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How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom

How Tech Will Transform the Traditional Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ben Jackson

 

"As the post-PC era moves from interesting theory to cold, hard reality, one of the most pressing questions is: How can we use tablets, and especially the iPad, to help people learn?

 

"But technology is only as good as the system it’s applied to. Much like a fresh coat of paint will not improve the fuel efficiency of a ’69 Mustang, the application of technology to a broken system masks deeper problems with short-term gains."

 

Jackson takes a hard look at today's tech in schools and sees a lot to like in tablet devices, particularly the iPad, and its cousins the iPhone and iPod Touch.

He talks about effective rollouts and intelligent classroom usage, while offering great links to many useful services and apps.

 

This is a particularly useful think piece. -JL

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Teacher Turnover Affects All Students' Achievement, Study Indicates

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By Stephen Sawchuk

 

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"Teacher turnover has a negative effect on overall student achievement, even among those not taught by the departing teacher, a new study finds. Researchers studied test data from fourth- and fifth-graders in New York City schools over an eight-year period and found that increases in teacher turnover corresponded with decreases in test scores, with the results being similar at schools of various types and sizes. "Though there may be cases where turnover is actually helpful to student achievement, on average, it is harmful," the study's authors concluded."

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Spotlight Turns Toward Virtual Ed. Accountability | Education Week

Spotlight Turns Toward Virtual Ed. Accountability | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Summary by PEN Weekly Newsblast

 

"In its annual Technology Counts report, Education Week assesses virtual education to be at a "critical juncture." The popularity of online education continues to rise as students, parents, and educators embrace its flexibility, multi-media, and personalized aspects. School districts are now building their own virtual programs, making district-based efforts the fastest-growing model for this form of education. But as e-learning moves further into the K-12 mainstream, it is also attracting closer scrutiny from educators, policymakers, researchers, and the media, prompting questions about its effectiveness. Even proponents concede the movement needs better accountability measures.

 

The overall report examines the growth of district-based programs designed with more local control, and tracks state legislative efforts to expand online education and evaluate its efficacy. It also covers accountability questions surrounding virtual education providers, particularly for-profit companies, and issues related to the financial sustainability of state-sponsored e-schools. The report deems accountability to be the upcoming challenge for online-education providers, whether for-profit, state-sponsored, virtual charters, or district-based online learning initiatives. All must determine what is not working, and implement measures to address those problems.

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3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) | Daniel Pink

3 tips for TED speakers (and other talkers) | Daniel Pink | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In his books A Whole New Mind, and now Drive, Dan Pink has proven to be a perceptive and clear thinker about modern trends. In this piece, he focuses on effective presentations with 3 key tips:

1. Prepare...but not too much.

2. Say something important.

3. Say it like yourself.

-JL

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Shelfster - Capture information from everywhere and create useful documents.

Shelfster - Capture information from everywhere and create useful documents. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by The Scout Report

 

"If you like physical shelves for storing books, DVDs, and other items, you'll probably enjoy the digital equivalent for storing documents, photos and the like: Shelfster. This application can be used to capture just about anything from any medium, including photos, spreadsheets, charts, and documents. Users will find that Shelfster can be used to bookmark websites, save images from the web, clip and move text blocks, and also record audio (with a smartphone device). This version is compatible with all operating systems as well as iPhones, iPads, and Android devices."

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Take control of any screen that has a browser with your smartphone

Take control of any screen that has a browser with your smartphone | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This is awesome. Any screen that has a browser (internet enabled...phone, computer, tv, etc.) can be synced to your iPhone or Android phone and, poof! The phone becomes a remote control to select, play, and operate any video on the slave device.

 

Control Kahn Academy videos from across the room. As great as this is, just think of where it's going to go in a few months!

 

Oh, and it's free. -JL

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Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology | The Inspired Classroom

Teaching Language Arts Using 1:1 Technology | The Inspired Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Mark Pullen offers useful suggestions on how to employ 1:1 tech in teaching Language Arts:

 

*For Reading: ebooks enable students to easily find definitions, search for a word or phrase, locate character descriptions, and access included links (in newer ebooks. Reading can become more collaborative as well, using sites such as Scribulus or OpenMargin.

 

*For Writing: using Google Docs for collaboration or peer editing and writing for a global audience. -JL

 

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Happy 5th Birthday, TED Talks: 5 All-Time Favorite Talks

Happy 5th Birthday, TED Talks: 5 All-Time Favorite Talks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In honor of TED Talks' 5th anniversary in June 2011, Maria Popova, one of my favorite curators, selects and explains why she picked, her 5 favorite TED videos. The 5th anniversary commemorates the 5 years of placing the talks online and coincides with there being 1000 videos online. Don't miss Popova's all-time favorite - Elizabeth Gilbert on genius. -JL

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