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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners - Edudemic

5 Free Online Courses For Social Media Beginners - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"Becoming a savvy social media user isn’t easy. But the first steps are the hardest and these mini-courses are designed to help you take those steps. They were made (by me) to not be too daunting, lengthy, or advanced. So I hope you find some of these courses useful and get started using Modern Lessons (launched as of today!)."

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5 Reasons to Choose Vimeo Instead of YouTube

5 Reasons to Choose Vimeo Instead of YouTube | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Unsure which platform to upload your next video on? Take a look at our five reasons for choosing Vimeo over YouTube.

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11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning| TeachThought

11 Essential Tools For Better Project-Based Learning| TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Katre Laan

 

"For students, the core aim of project-based learning is to put theory into practice and gain new skills throughout the process. From prioritizing tasks to managing sources and summarizing concepts, they will be developing skills for life. As well as using interactive tools in group project helps students to grasp a better understanding of a concept.

 

"A major advantage of digital tools used is better engagement in the classroom. For students it’s the curiosity, for teachers it’s a great tool to work with, to inspire and grade students work! A major advantage is that digital tools enable students and teachers to see the result immediately and make necessary changes within the tool and the project.

 

"Browser-based tools and several apps used in education are especially useful for researching, storytelling and collaborative video making. These tools’ aim is to encourage students to approach a task by asking open-ended questions and develop a concept of a task. They also enhance personalized learning, where students discover their own strengths, whether it is analysing and mapping out ideas, research or even editing.

 

"Handy mobile devices allow students to be inspired when outside classroom by creating and sharing ideas and creations instantly. The benefit of some of tools is that they accommodate different approaches to projects. Whether the end result is a presentation, telling stories on an interactive timeline or a visual board. Some apps can be useful is many ways."

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 8, 2013 7:32 AM

A great site to learn about PBL

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How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students | TeachThought

How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"While many teachers embrace the chaos of digital research (it is the “real world,” after all), for others setting students loose on Google is a recipe for a research project chock-full of Yahoo! Answers and other less-than-ideal information sources. While evaluating the credibility of information is an important part of any research project, giving your students proper tools to do the cognitive heavy lifting you’d  like them to can be just as important.

 

"Luckily, Google gives you the option to customize students’ search experience to rope off certain sections of the internet, or to gently emphasize others. (In fact, you could even have students create their own custom search engine as a part of the project itself.)

 

"Below is an overview of the steps, from naming the search engine and choosing the sites you’d like students to select from, to customizing search features and sharing the link with students."

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How to Get Started With New Twitter Lists

How to Get Started With New Twitter Lists | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We're all excited about Twitter's new bigger and better "Lists" functionality. Here's how to get creating your own.

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6 Apps You Should Be Using with Evernote

6 Apps You Should Be Using with Evernote | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

Mashable calls it a second brain, Evernote is a powerful productivity app that, I believe, every teacher should be using. I know you probably have heard and read a lot about it but that elephant logo is still sitting there lonely and unused. It is about time to tap into to and discover its marvels.

 

Evernote is definitely one of the apps I use everyday. It helps me stay organized and scales up my productivity. However, the app has even more to offer when used with other partner apps. These apps  are particularly useful in expanding Evernote functionality  and in providing you with a richer and organized experience.

 

Here is a round-up of the apps I curated for you and which you can use with your Evernote to tap into its education potential.


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, June 3, 2013 3:11 PM
I really want to see the benifit of Evernote but I just don't. I think I need someone to sit down and talk me through it. Is it better on the web or as an app?
Jonathan Jarc's comment, June 3, 2013 4:07 PM
I use it almost exclusively as an app, and as a supplement to flashcards for my students. I also know some folks who use it to manage their budget and expenses, snapping photos of receipts, bills, etc...
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7 Things You Should Know About Social Content Curation | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Social Content Curation | EDUCAUSE.edu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"An emerging class of online tools, including Pinterest, Scoop.it, EduClipper, and others, allows users to quickly and easily gather, organize, and share collections of online resources, particularly visual content. These applications make it easy to collect and post disparate bits of content, providing visual groupings at a glance that can reveal important patterns. In academic settings, they can facilitate more visual thinking and discussion among students while providing a means to share collections of online content."

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7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Infographic Creation Tools | EDUCAUSE.edu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"A new breed of tools is emerging that allow faster and easier creation of infographics, enabling users without deep skills in graphic design or the software that supports it. These tools provide templates, examples, and drag-and-drop functionality that allow creators to focus their efforts on the concept rather than also having to worry about creating the graphic. The nature of these tools encourages fast prototyping, allowing students to create, assess, and revise many versions of a graphic in a short amount of time. These tools also offer the opportunity to expand visual learning and thinking into fields where visual aspects of communication are not always included."

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7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces | EDUCAUSE.edu

7 Things You Should Know About Makerspaces | EDUCAUSE.edu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Makerspaces provide tools and working room in a community environment—a library, community center, private organization, or campus. Many are primarily used for technological experimentation, hardware development, and idea prototyping, but increasingly, self-directed individual inventors and creative teams are using makerspaces to build projects in fields other than engineering and technology. Makerspaces are zones of self-directed learning, providing a physical laboratory for inquiry-based learning and validating the drive for discovery that defines the researcher and the scholar."

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A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Graphic Featuring The 12 Principles of Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments

26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Need to create online assessments for a flipped classroom or for a blended learning environment? Here are 26 tools to get you started.

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Multimedia Curation: Create Embeddable Video Compilations with CratePlayer

Multimedia Curation: Create Embeddable Video Compilations with CratePlayer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Discover, collect, play, and share your favorite online media with CratePlayer.

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Alexander King's comment, May 9, 2013 8:16 PM
@wanderingsalsero: Simple. Reel Surfer and Keeeb do not allow you to have a persistant, global playlist. Also Keeeb isn't just focused on playable media.. it's a lot of different things. The "liner notes" that you are referring to are a feature that is coming soon to CratePlayer!
Gianfranco Marini's curator insight, May 10, 2013 5:04 PM

CratePlayer è una web app o un webware, come preferite, che consente la creazione di compilation audio e video dai numerosi social network e social media del web (youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, ecc.) e dai vari siti web. E' possibile farlo anche attraverso un apposito bookmarklet che consente di catturare il video desiderato in modo molto semplice.

 

E' inoltre possibile, per ogni raccolta creata, inserire una copertina, predisporre una descrizione, aggiugnere dei tag, configurarla come privata o pubblica, condividerla (Goggle+, Facebook, Twitter, ecc.), incorporarla.

 

Molto utile per la didattica in quanto consente di creare raccolte di video e/o audio da fonti diverse e su un deterimnato tema / argomento da fornire agli studenti per approfondimenti e per lo studio, senza dover fornire loro lunghe liste di  link. Utile anche come esercizio da far svolgere agli studenti fornendo loro un tema sul quale ricercare fonti audio e video da oprganizzare e integrare in una raccolta

 

per ulteriori informazioni: https://www.crateplayer.com

 

FAQ: https://www.crateplayer.com/about/faq

 

Esempi: https://www.crateplayer.com/crates

unspy's curator insight, June 2, 2013 1:57 PM

Taking "Fair Use" to the next level... CratePlayer is a web app which allows you to create compilations of video (and audio) clips coming from all your social media accounts as well as from YouTube, Vimeo, Dailymotion, Soundcloud or from any other website (a standard bookmarklet allows to easily grab video and audio content you find on the web.)

 

While it is not possible to upload your own files, it is possible to apply a visual cover, a description and relevant tags to each collection, which can be set to "private" or "public" depending on your needs. Furthermore you can invite additional persons to contribute to curate a specific collection.

 

Final collections can be easily shared on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest, via email, or can be embedded on any web site or blog.

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Simple Techniques for Applying Active Learning Strategies to Online Course Videos | Faculty Focus

Simple Techniques for Applying Active Learning Strategies to Online Course Videos | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
From Web-enhanced face-to-face courses to MOOCs, flipped, blended, and fully online courses, videos are an integral component of today’s educational landscape—from kindergarten all the way through higher education.

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Jennifer Hoover's curator insight, June 10, 2013 2:24 PM

distance learning or learning through course videos can be very passive.  As we move in this direction we need to be aware and careful of how to continue to engage our "virtual" students

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Educational Leadership:Faces of Poverty:How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement

Educational Leadership:Faces of Poverty:How Poverty Affects Classroom Engagement | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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Traditionals vs Montessori Learning Explained for Teachers

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23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom | TeachThought

23 Ways To Use The iPad In The 21st Century PBL Classroom | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

from the website

 

"The iPad is not magic, and as many educators have found integrating them meaningfully is by no means a just-add-water proposition.

 

"The same applies to Project-Based Learning.

 

"Project-Based Learning is a method of giving learners access to curriculum in authentic ways that promote collaboration, design, imagination, and innovation while also allowing for more natural integration of digital and social media. Below we’ve offered 23 ways that the iPad can be used in your classroom. While given strategies may or may not fit exactly into your curriculum or grade level, consider them instead as a kind of board of ideas to inspire your own thinking. If “Designing a tire” is beyond the ability of your 4th graders (and you’re certain of that), what else might they design instead? If analyzing narrative design sounds below your college freshman, what might them “consume and design” instead?

 

"Note that the visual is also arranged in a kind of visual spectrum, as our past visuals have been. But this time, rather than being distributed by complexity, it is instead laid out in terms of the kind of workflow a learner might encounter in a 21st century, K-20, project-based learning environment.

 

"Feel free to offer additional ideas in the comments below, via our twitter feed, or our facebook page!"

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A Four-Phase Process For Implementing Essential Questions | TeachThought

A Four-Phase Process For Implementing Essential Questions | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Grant Wiggins

 

"We had a delightful visit to The School of the Future in New York City the other day. Lots of engaged kids, a great blend of instruction and constructivist work, and an obvious intellectual culture. And as the picture illustrates, everywhere we went we also saw helpful visual reminders of the big ideas and essential questions framing the work we were watching:

 

"School of the Future staff have long been users of UbD tools and ideas.

But far too often over the years I have seen plenty of good stuff posted like this – but no deep embedding of the Essential Question (EQ) into the unit design and lessons that make it up.  Merely posting the EQs and occasionally reminding kids of it is pointless: the aim is to use the question to frame specific activities, to provide perspective and focus, to prioritize the course, and to signal to students that, eventually, THEY must – on their own – pose this and other key questions. (Note: I am not criticizing what we saw and heard at SoF, rather using this teachable moment to raise an issue that needs addressing by almost all faculty using our work.)

 

"Let’s start with a simple example from my own teaching. The EQ for the unit: Who sees and who is blind? The readings: The Emperor’s New Clothes, Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Oedipus the King. Students are instructed to take notes around the EQ and other questions that arise related to it (e.g. Why do people deceive themselves?). We alternate between small-group discussions of the previous night’s reading, Socratic Seminar on the readings with the whole class, some mini-lessons on reading and note-taking skills, and a teacher-led de-briefing of what worked, what didn’t in Seminar as well as a discussion of confusing points in the texts. The final assessment? An essay on the EQ.

 

"At every turn, in other words, the EQ looms large in the unit. Students are not only encouraged to keep pondering it across each reading, but they take notes on the question and routinely remind one another that this question is the focus.

 

"This is far different than what we typically see in walk-throughs where EQs are being used. The only person that keeps referring to the EQ is the teacher; the main use of the question is by teachers in which they point out “answers” to the EQ. Rarely is the EQ central to the assessment – in part, because all too often the EQ is too convergent and has a right answer that the teacher wants learned. Almost never does there appear to be a plan whereby the question goes from the teacher’s control to the students’ control."

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