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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day - Part 1

Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day - Part 1 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Free Webinar, Tuesday June 12, 2012 3-4 pm Eastern.

 

"Flipped Learning is when educators actively transfer the responsibility and ownership of learning to their students. It happens when the teacher’s lecture is delivered to students via video outside of the classroom. Then traditional class time is used for active problem solving and one-to-one or small group tutoring with the teacher. The flipped class allows teachers to have more face-to-face time with students, allows for real differentiated or personalized learning to occur, causes student to take responsibility for their learning, and allows students to master material at their own pace.

 

"Join Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams, co-authors of Flip Your Classroom: Reach Every Student in Every Class Every Day (ISTE/ASCD, 2012) as they walk through their transformation from classroom lecturers to flipped learning pioneers. Take the journey with them as they show how the flipped class can transform today's educational climate."

 

This is Part 1 of a 2-part webinar.

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A Non-Designer's Guide to Typefaces and Layout

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By Adam Dachis

 

"Whether you realize it or not, you're designing every day. It might be a simple document, an updated resume, or a presentation, but either way you're making design choices, in particular about typefaces and layout. These decisions can have a significant impact that makes your work more compelling, or they can turn it into a boring, lifeless turd. Here's how you can use a few simple design principles to quickly improve the way you use type and layout in your everyday work."

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Free Technology for Teachers: Dropmark - Simple Private and Public File Sharing

Free Technology for Teachers: Dropmark - Simple Private and Public File Sharing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Dropmark is a service offering a simple platform for private and public file sharing. Dropmark is similar to DropCanvas that I reviewed on Tuesday but it offers some features that DropCanvas does not offer.

 

"To use Dropmark you do have to create an account. Once you have your account established you can simply drag files from your desktop onto a blank collection screen in your account. Once your files are in a collection you can make that collection public and share the url assigned to it. Alternatively, you can keep your collection private and share it only with people you invite. Within your Dropmark account you can create multiple collections."

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The Best Data Usage Tracker for Android

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By Alan Henry

 

"Whether you have an unlimited data plan or you're interested in carefully monitoring the mobile data you use, Android users have plenty of options when it comes to tools that keep track of their mobile data usage. Some carriers pre-load their own apps, but if you're looking for a better one, you can't go wrong with Onavo Count. Its widgets, support for 3G and 4G devices, and per-app display makes it the most useful app in the category.

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Supercharge and Automate Your Android Phone with On{X}

Supercharge and Automate Your Android Phone with On{X} | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Melanie Pinola

 

"Let's say every time your significant other sent you a text that said "Where are you?", your phone automatically replied with your location. Or maybe you want your phone to automatically send an "I'm on my way" text when you leave work. Or, perhaps in an effort to get in better shape, you tell your phone to bug you if you haven't been to the gym in the last three days. All of these (and many more) handy, automated processes are possible with on{X}.

 

"Here's how it works. In this post, we'll walk through how to use on{X}'s easy to use pre-made rule templates to get your phone to do things automatically, like remind you to take an umbrella if it's going to rain. Here's how to get more out of on{X} using those "recipes", and if you're so inclined, we'll also walk through how to code your own JavaScript instructions for your phone."

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Finally, OmniPlan on our iPads!! Create, Edit, Sync and Collaborate Project Gantt Charts | iGo With My iPad

Finally, OmniPlan on our iPads!! Create, Edit, Sync and Collaborate Project Gantt Charts | iGo With My iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Sure we love numbers, and we love working through problems, but we are mostly a visual group. We draw pictures, boxes and lines on the whiteboards to work through problems. It is so much easier for everyone to see in colors and lines how a project is doing than looking for a green, yellow and red numbers on a long list of tasks. There is a place still for our spreadsheets, as there is a place for our project plans, but projects start and track so much quicker when they are done with a Gantt Chart.

 

"Till today, this has meant we did those on our notebooks and desktops then transferred HTML versions or images of those charts to reference on our iPads when buzzing through our day. The folks at OmniGroup have ‘finally’ released a version of OmniPlan specific for the iPad… happy days!"

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LinkedIn Confirms Compromise, Change Your Passwords Now [Updated]

LinkedIn Confirms Compromise, Change Your Passwords Now [Updated] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you have a LinkedIn account, now's a good time to change your password. Up to 6.5 million user accounts and encrypted passwords have reportedly been leaked and posted to a Russian hacker site.
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TEDxNYED - April 28, 2012 - Tony Wagner

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"Tony Wagner recently accepted a position as the first Innovation Education Fellow at the Technology & Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard. Prior to this, he we was the founder and co-director of the Change Leadership Group at the Harvard Graduate School of Education for more than a decade. His previous work experience includes twelve years as a high school teacher, K-8 principal, university professor in teacher education, and founding executive director of Educators for Social Responsibility."

 

I found this to be a scintillating presentation, full of original research and innovative thinking. Two points that I take away from viewing are:

1. The culture of schooling as we know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that advances innovation.

2. Problems can no longer be solved, or even understood, within the lines of academic disciplines;  interdisciplinary, team-based approaches are required. -JL

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iPhoto: the ultimate guide for Mac and iPad | techradar.computing

iPhoto: the ultimate guide for Mac and iPad | techradar.computing | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Graham Barlow, Richard cobbett, and Rod Lawton

 

"iPhoto makes editing your images easy. On the Mac, everyone gets a free copy of it, and while you do have to pay extra for the new iOS version (£2.99), it's now possible to get the same controls in a touch-friendly way, but you will need at least an iPad 2/iPhone 4 to run it. If you're behind the technology curve here, check out other tools, such as Luminance or Snapseed for mobile editing. Over the next few pages, we'll show you how to use iPhoto to the full.

 

"Most images follow the same basic workflow - correct the lighting, correct the colour, then use more specific brushes to paint effects like red-eye removal and extra sharpness directly onto your photo. None of this is tricky, though it does take practice to work out how far you should go. In most cases, less is more, and too much processing in the name of brightness and saturation can look worse than the original unedited version.

 

:"With a few simple tweaks though, any photo you take can be ready to take pride of place on your wall."

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Snapguide Makes Anyone a Guide NY times

Snapguide Makes Anyone a Guide NY times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Nick Bilton

 

"This weekend I’m going to learn how to make tofu. I’m not going to take a class, or use a cookbook, I’m going to follow instructions from a new iPhone and iPad application called Snapguide.

 

"Snapguide, a free application and Web site that became available to the public Thursday (3/29/12), allows people to create a guide, for just about anything using videos, photos and words on a mobile device."

 

This should be very useful for teachers and students to create directions and how-tos. -JL

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How Jeff Utecht Got His Kids to Teach Themselves Key Google Skills | The Thinking Stick

How Jeff Utecht Got His Kids to Teach Themselves Key Google Skills | The Thinking Stick | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jeff Utecht

 

"Now comes the good news. I am releasing all the work (most importantly the tests) under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 3.0 License so that any school can take them and use them with their own students and staff.

 

"All I ask in return is that you share with the community and help keep all the tests updated....actually that's the hard part. As Google Apps changes keeping the tests updated will become important and I need/want all the help I can get. I need a community!

 

"I have everything you need to get started in a collection in Google Docs please fill out this form and I'll add you to the growing list of educators helping out and using the tests with their own students and faculty."

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Olivet Elementary School students star in segment filmed for NJTV's 'Classroom Close-up, NJ' program

Olivet Elementary School students star in segment filmed for NJTV's 'Classroom Close-up, NJ' program | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Brittany M. Wehner

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Fifth-grade students at Olivet Elementary School in Pittsgrove, N.J., recently participated in the filming of a segment of the NJTV series "Classroom Close-up, NJ." The segment, "Liberty, Literacy, My Ancestry and Me," highlighted books on family history that the students researched, wrote and published this school year. "We always look for successes. Our show is about what is working," said "Classroom Close-up" Executive Director Wanda Swanson."

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Technology Skills We Should Be Teaching in College

Technology Skills We Should Be Teaching in College | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Maria H. Andersen

 

"This is a follow-up to my recent research about Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age. I’ve spent considerable time thinking about how to alter the classes I teach to re-center them on a core of flexible learning. In all of my classes this semester, students will be completing a variety of learning projects that involve alternative ways to learn (e.g. blogging, making mindmaps, teaching a lesson, making a video presentation, or designing a non-digital game).

 

"The difficult part about including these alternative learning methods is teaching the students all the necessary technology skills first. Most of my students are the traditional freshman-level age-range (18-25). For the most part, they “get” technology (cell phones, facebook, video games, and gadgets), but they haven’t been taught how to do anything productive with technology – at least, not with regards to learning or career skills."

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Browse Like Bond: Use Any Computer Without Leaving a Trace with Tails

Browse Like Bond: Use Any Computer Without Leaving a Trace with Tails | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Thorin Klosowski

 

"If James Bond logs on to a computer, he doesn't want to leave a bunch of files, cookies, or his IP address out there for someone to find. It might seem extreme, but sometimes it's a good idea to take the same precautions yourself.

 

"In this post, we'll walk through how to use a USB stick or DVD to anonymize, encrypt, and hide everything you do on a computer no matter where you are. When we say "browse without leaving a trace", we truly mean it. Using the Linux-based, live-boot operating system Tails (The Amnesiac Incognito Live System), you can use any computer anywhere without anyone knowing you were ever on it."

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Top 22 Best Web Conferencing and Online Meeting Tools - Quertime

Top 22 Best Web Conferencing and Online Meeting Tools - Quertime | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Which is the best tool for online meeting? These days, we spend a lot of time communicating with people on the web rather than face-to-face talking.


Via Informatics, Jenny Smith
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labs - Data Locker - AppSense

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Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"Personal cloud services are growing rapidly and they can be quite useful. However, they open up various security concerns and people can be a bit wary of using them. The DataLocker suite of products is free, and it can encrypt and store secure files in any local file system or cloud storage system, including Dropbox. First-time visitors can check out a tutorial on this website to decide whether they wish to download the application. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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Typing Stats Analyzes Your Typing Skills While You Use Firefox

Typing Stats Analyzes Your Typing Skills While You Use Firefox | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Melanie Pinola

 

"Firefox: Typing Stats is an add-on designed to help you improve your typing skills and, thus, your productivity. The add-on shows statistics about your typing speed and accuracy, and even which fingers made the most mistakes.

 

"Typing Stats runs in the background while you type in the browser (e.g., typing up emails or a Google Doc). Its analysis is pretty comprehensive, with data on how many keystrokes you type correctly per minute, how many characters you correct using the backspace per minute, your total typing time, and the characters you've had to correct the most. If you're a start-and-stop-again type of typist, the "histogram of intervals between keystrokes" will show you that."

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iPaddiction: 8 Burning Questions About iPads in Class (Answered!)

iPaddiction: 8 Burning Questions About iPads in Class (Answered!) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"I recently received an email from a media and tech teacher from a school district in Wisconsin. The questions she has asked are awesome and could be helpful to others. My answers to her questions are followed with actual video clips from my classroom. Enjoy and may this be helpful!"

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10 Great Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers | Fractus Learning

10 Great Tools for Tech Savvy Teachers | Fractus Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Laura Bates

"A list of 10 great educational tools for tech savvy teachers to use in their classrooms."

 

You may have heard of several of these, but others are new to me and look quite interesting. -JL

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Printing tips and tricks in OS X

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There are some behind-the-scenes features in the OS X print system that can be convenient options for managing printers and printing in OS X. Read this blog post by Topher Kessler on MacFixIt.
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The 25 Best Smartphone Apps Developed By Students | Online Universities

The 25 Best Smartphone Apps Developed By Students | Online Universities | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"By the end of 2012, paid mobile apps are projected to be an $8 billion a year market. To put that in perspective, that’s how much money the entire National Football League brought in in 2010. So if you can’t throw a 70-yard pass or tackle a 250-pound running back, it might be wise to explore a career in app design. Many enterprising and creative students have already begun making waves in this still-new industry. Here are 25 of the best products they’ve come up with."

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Amanda's Million

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by Yancey Strickler

 

"Last week Amanda Palmer became the first musician to raise more than a million dollars on Kickstarter. Her project's numbers: $1,192,793 pledged by 24,883 people in 30 days. A musician getting a million dollars from the internet is a very big deal. How did it happen?"

 

What an inspiring story! -JL

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7 Free iPad Apps for Educators and Students | The Edublogger

7 Free iPad Apps for Educators and Students | The Edublogger | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ronnie Burt

 

"If you haven’t noticed, we’re a bit obsessed with the iPad here.

Our recent survey results show that the use of iPads in classrooms is majorly on the rise.

So, here are seven of our favorite apps that every educator should have – and students too!"

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Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world - SlashGear

Google World Wonders Project lets you explore ancient sites around the world - SlashGear | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Shane McGlaun

 

"This week [June 1, 2012] Google launched a new project called the World Wonders Project. The goal of the project is to let people explore ancient and cultural sites around the world up close. It sounds sort of like Street view for history and archaeology buffs. The World Wonders Project currently has 132 ancient and cultural sites located in 18 different countries for people to view."

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10 Must Have Bookmarklets for Teachers

10 Must Have Bookmarklets for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"There are in fact several useful bookmarklets that teachers and students can use. Some of these bookmarklets are listed below. Just keep in mind that most of the social networking websites have thier own bookmarklet that you can drag and drop into your toolbar. So if you use a certain service on a daily basis, then you better search for its bookmarklet that might be provided in their homepage.

 

"Here are some examples of interesting bookmarklets that I personally use on my browser:"

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