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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Jux. Simply the best showcase for your content

Jux. Simply the best showcase for your content | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by American Assn. of School Librarians

 

"Tell stories with graphics, text, and audio with this visually compelling application on desktops, iPads and iPhones. Network socially without sidebars, ads, or logos in this online environment that focuses on the content you create with photos, video, and slideshows.Tip: Use this tool to share daily life in your dynamic library with the school community using video, photos, and text."

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The Psychology of Storytelling: 10 Proven Ways to Create Better Stories (and Why Stories Sell)

The Psychology of Storytelling: 10 Proven Ways to Create Better Stories (and Why Stories Sell) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 By Gregory Ciotti

 

This blog post is generally aimed at a marketing audience, but within it is much wisdom regarding the power of storytelling and how to do it well. It also contains numerous links to relevant research. Very nice job. -JL


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Youth Converts Culture (Empowering Students to Change Their World)

Youth Converts Culture (Empowering Students to Change Their World) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Barbara Cervone

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A group of 27 students from impoverished Perry County, Ala., spent a week this summer learning how to use the power of technology to change their world. Participants at the Youth Converts Culture Summer Camp created a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter hashtag and a daily vlog -- or video blog -- to share their ideas about the culture and learning environment they hope to create. "We wanted to bridge the gap between technology and humanity by making our students content creators, not just audience members of the Internet," said social studies teacher and camp co-founder Beth Sanders."

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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Lot of interesting ways to use the iPad app Flipboard!


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Technology Tutorials at Internet 4 Classrooms

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Internet4Classrooms has been around since 2000, and teachers have visited the site more than 150 million times. They're definitely doing something right!

 

At first glance, this tech tutorials page might not look too strong, but dig down a little and you'll find some real gems.

 

Some of my favorites include the Excel workbooks and Mac and Windows troubleshooting. -JL

 

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The First Five Days of School with BYOT

The First Five Days of School with BYOT | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tim Clark

 

"I recently read an article by Dennis Pierce in eSchool News that discussed Alan November’s “First Five Days” project. November announced this project at his Building Learning Communities conference in Boston in July 2012 with the goal being to make the most out of the beginning of the school year in order to set the stage for nurturing further success.

 

"From my conversations with teachers around the country, many educators are returning to schools with new policies aimed at encouraging students to Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) to facilitate learning experiences. In thinking about the first five days in a BYOT classroom, what kinds of things should happen to successfully begin this transformational implementation?

 

"I brainstormed my own list and tried to organize it chronologically according to each of the five days. However, I again realized that in the BYOT classroom, many things have to happen just in time (or simultaneously), and a sequential list of orderly items was impossible (for me). As Anne Collier explained in her blog at NetFamilyNews.Org, all kinds of learning [happens] all at once with BYOT. Instead, I’ve enumerated a simple list of five strategies for the first five days of BYOT and provided links to additional resources whenever possible."

 

Very helpful list with numerous useful links. -JL

 

 

 

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"I feel like you're limiting me to correct answers."

"I feel like you're limiting me to correct answers." | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

'Nuff said. -JL

 

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25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education | Edudemic

25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"Some teachers embrace technology and social media. Others lurk. Many ignore. So what does the average teacher do if they’re somewhere in the middle? Why, use the handy infographic from Online Colleges of course!

 

"Below you’ll see a guide to who is using social media (pretty much everyone is aware of it) to which actual social networks they prefer.

 

"Surprising Info

 

"Most teachers don’t use Twitter. They opt for Facebook and YouTube by a large amount

LinkedIn is preferred over both wikis and Twitter

Just about every social network can play a pivotal role in education, so it’s time to start learning about all of them!"

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The Best Free Video Tools | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Free Video Tools | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

21 of the best free video tools for educators, selected by Med Kharbach. -JL

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Color Combinations in Slide Design

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By Robert Lane

 

"The color combinations you place on slides significantly affect their visual impact and appeal. Keep in mind the following characteristics: Reds, oranges, and yellows are referred to as warm colors. They tend to pop out and attract attention, especially red. Greens, blues, and purples are cool colors. These colors recede into the background and draw less attention (Figure 1).White and very light colors also catch the eye, whereas black and very dark colors generally are less noticeable."


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Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos | Google Gooru

Google Apps Expert | Google Apps Training Videos | Google Gooru | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Did you know that in 2011, Google Apps released 100+ new updates? With so many new updates how to keep does one keep up with all the new releases and updates? Try Ask Google Guru where you can find Google Apps Training Videos by topic, by level (beginner, intermediate, Gooru), and Migration Guides.


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Wallwisher in the Classroom | Thinking About Learning

Wallwisher in the Classroom | Thinking About Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Wallwisher is a free tool that allows you to create online bulletin boards. Teachers must create an account to create walls, but students do not have to have a wallwisher account or an email address to post sticky notes to the wall. There are so many ways to use Wallwisher! I used Jing to create a simple tutorial on getting started with Wallwisher."

 

Solid collection of ideas and instructions for how to use Wallwisher, and by extension, virtual corkboards in general. -JL

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New Policy Lets Anyone Post Materials on iTunesU - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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By Angela Chen

 

"Everyone can now use the iTunesU platform to deliver course material, Apple announced on Wednesday. Before, only professors at a university working with iTunesU—which collects free lectures from partner universities—could post audio and video clips, syllabi, and documents via the platform....

 

"With the change, any user, regardless of affiliation, can distribute content for up to 12 different courses. The courses must be private and limited to 50 students each. Professors must use the iTunesU app, which made its debut in January, to deliver the course, but students can access the content using the PC-compatible iTunes software."

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All the Web 2.0 Tools you'll ever need in one blog post! | Digital Learning Environments

All the Web 2.0 Tools you'll ever need in one blog post! | Digital Learning Environments | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The title of this post is absolutely correct. If you delight in trolling for web 2.0 tools, this list will keep you busy for a long, long time. -JL

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Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum - TeachTec - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

Finalists for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum - TeachTec - Site Home - MSDN Blogs | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Great projects from wonderful teachers! Be inspired by them. -JL

 

From the website

 

"Today we are excited to announce the official list of educators for the Microsoft Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum. This is the 8th annual Partners in Learning Forum, a global program that last year attracted more 250,000 educators from over 70 countries. The Partners in Learning 2012 US Forum focuses on showcasing and celebrating educators and the work they are doing in classrooms across the United States. A select few will go on to represent the U.S. at that Partners in Learning Global Forum in Athens, Greece in November.

 

"This summer we are inviting 102 educators from 25 states to showcase their projects (here is the official press release). Educators will travel to Microsoft’s worldwide campus in Redmond, WA (July 31-Aug 1) to share their work, collaborate with like-minded educators and participate in professional development activities. Each project will be carefully evaluated by judges who are education leaders from professional associations and non-profits, school and NBCT leadership, and master teachers. Finalists from the 2012 US Forum will go on to represent the U.S. at the Global Forum in Athens, Greece this fall for a unique opportunity to engage with educators from around the world."

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History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | Education Week

History Lessons Blend Content Knowledge, Literacy | Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Catherine Gewertz

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"A program that relies on primary-source documents rather than textbooks is getting a new look as teachers prepare to implement Common Core State Standards. "Reading Like a Historian" is a set of 75 U.S. history lessons in which students use letters, articles, speeches and other documents to understand and interpret historical events. The free lessons require teachers to change the way they prepare for class and to find class time for deeper exploration of events and concepts, proponents say. According to a 2008 study, students using the program outperformed those in a control group in factual knowledge, reading comprehension and "historical thinking."

 

Link to the complete, free program "Reading Like a Historian":

http://sheg.stanford.edu/?q=node/45

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2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0 :: FREE

2012 Learning 2.0 Virtual Conference - August 20 - 24 - Classroom 2.0 :: FREE | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"We are pleased to announce the Learning 2.0 Conference, a worldwide virtual event, August 20 - 24, 2012. This free conference is being held online, in multiple time zones, over the course of five days. It is being held in conjunction with Connected Educator Month, and will include an all-day virtual unconference (SocialEdCon online!) as well as a special educational start-up "pitchfire" event."

 

"Keynote sessions: Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Sugata Mitra, Marc Prensky, Audrey Watters."

 

This conference is free and has always presented a tremendous amount of excellent ideas. -JL

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Technology Training, Tutorials, Teaching Guides - Instructional Technology - Plano ISD

Technology Training, Tutorials, Teaching Guides - Instructional Technology - Plano ISD | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Links to more than 50 tech tutorials from the Plano Texas school district.

 

Sample topics include:

Creating PDFs from files for free

Working with digital audio

Building a website with Dreamweaver

Working with a document camera

Video converter guide with Prism

Quick Guide to Microsoft PhotoStory

 

and much more. -JL

 

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology |Edutopia

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology |Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Monique Flicikenger

 

Flickenger recounts her experience at an unconference proposing a session and then winding up having to facilitate it! She gulped hard, but had a great time.

 

She shared 5 great ideas and accompanying links (very valuable: check out the 3-minute videos "that show teachers in action using new technology in their classrooms" at http://bit.ly/R0M6dY).

 

In this blog post Flickenger also describes 5 good ideas she received from others in her session.

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Design Thinking for Educators

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Presented by IDEO and Riverdale Country School

 

"Design Thinking is a mindset.

 

"Design Thinking is the confidence that everyone can be part of creating a more desirable future, and a process to take action when faced with a difficult challenge. That kind of optimism is well needed in education.

 

"Classrooms and schools across the world are facing design challenges every single day, from teacher feedback systems to daily schedules. Wherever they fall on the spectrum of scale—the challenges educators are confronted with are real, complex, and varied. And as such, they require new perspectives, new tools, and new approaches. Design Thinking is one of them.

 

"The Design Thinking Toolkit for Educators

 

"This toolkit contains the process and methods of design, adapted specifically for the context of K-12 education. It offers new ways to be intentional and collaborative when designing, and empowers educators to create impactful solutions.

 

"At IDEO, we’ve been using similar processes, methods and tools for years in tackling some dauntingly complex challenges. More often than not, we’ve experienced how Design Thinking helps to get to the next step. That’s why we are excited to see how it can impact the world of education. The partnership with Riverdale Country School has enabled us to create this toolkit and make it publicly available.

 

"This is an invitation to experiment with the design process. Let it inspire you to approach challenges differently, and experience how Design Thinking adds a new perspective to your work."

 

Download the Design Thinking Toolkit for Education from the large black rectangle near the center of this webpage. -JL

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Netted | Hit the Road, Jack

Netted | Hit the Road, Jack | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Adventure: hitting the road and discovering the best this country has to offer.

 

"Tragedy: traveling from strip mall to strip mall.

 

"Roadtrippers plots the quickest route between two points, but adds a corridor in which to discover history, nature, attractions, entertainment, and more. Choose an exploration radius as small as ten miles off the beaten path or as large as, well, the entire map.

 

"The website (a mobile version is in the works) has prepopulated categories that drop pins on everything from filming locations and architectural gems to boutique hotels and local dining favorites. As points of interest are added to your itinerary, Roadtrippers updates the trip’s total distance, duration, and estimated gas costs.

 

"Maps can be saved and modified, so you can work tirelessly planning the perfect ramble. When finished, print step-by-step directions and share the itinerary via a link that updates along with your changing plans."

 

Although rather clearly not intended to be an educational app, in the school-y sense of the term, I can see Roadtrippers be enormously helpful in supporting to students to obtain an excellent sense of place for purposes related to social studies and even creative writing. Travel directions have great utility for math and for developing higher order thinking skills such as analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating -- with a bit of creating thrown in too. -JL

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MacMost Video Archive By Category

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From the website

 

"MacMost includes more than 600 free video tutorials on how to use your Mac, iPad, iPhone and other Apple technology. Select a category below, or search above to find a tutorial and learn how to get the most from your Mac!"

 

A remarkable collection of video tutorials on more aspects of Mac operations than most of us could ever think of -- and all for free. This must be a major labor of love for our host and tutor, Gary Rosenzweig. Well done! -JL

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The Best Video Encoding Settings for YouTube: The Full Guide

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Robin Good: If you have been spending countless hours trying to figure out by yourself what are the best encoding settings to use for uploading video to YouTube, this video guide has all the info and tips you may need.

 

The guide covers lots of useful ground, provides some very useful reference tables, and goes over 1080p and 720p encoding, SD resolution, data-rates, key-frame interval, audio quality settings, and a lot more.

 

Recommended. Excellent info. 9/10

 

Full guide: http://www.streamingmedia.com/Articles/Editorial/Featured-Articles/Encoding-for-YouTube-How-to-Get-the-Best-Results-83876.aspx



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32 Interesting Ways to Use Wallwisher in the Classroom

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Tom Barrett's Google Docs slide deck on creative ways to use Wallwisher. Barrett has invited viewers to contribute ideas to the slide deck and it has nearly doubled in size through this crowd sourcing. -JL

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Part Three: Ten Steps… Transforming Past Lessons For the 21st Century Digital Classroom

Part Three: Ten Steps… Transforming Past Lessons For the 21st Century Digital Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Michael Gorman

 

"In the last two articles before the Flipped Class PostI introduced the first five steps in this Ten Steps… Transforming Past Lessons for the 21st Century Classroom Series. If you missed it then make sure you check out Article One Steps 1-3 and Article Two Steps 4-5 for practical information and great resources. Read on and discover steps six and seven and then sign up for future post that will include the remaining steps. I have even included in the last post of this four part series, a powerful downloadable document that will be helpful in planning for a lesson’s transformation. You will want to return and be sure to download a copy!"

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