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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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pptPlex - free software for teachers

pptPlex - free software for teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

pptPlex is an Office Labs experiment that uses Plex technology to give you the power to zoom in and out of slide sections and move directly between slides that are not sequential in your presentation. It’s good for teaching, as it allows you to move around your prepared presentation without having to go from slide 1 to slide 2 to slide 3.


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The Innovative Educator: Service Learning, Educating the Heart

The Innovative Educator: Service Learning, Educating the Heart | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Guest post by Willyn Webb

 

I have seen service learning turn at-risk youth into contributing, giving, happy citizens who have a solid set of values and are ready to pursue college or career success. Service Learning is a set up for success in many ways.


Here are a few:

 

The great feeling that just comes from doing something good for someone else (increased self-esteem)

 

The perspective that just comes from seeing others that are more needy in some way than you (insight),

 

The learning that just comes from creating a project and following it through (task completion, life skills, reading, writing, math, speaking, etc).

 

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TechLearning: Special Section: Assistive Technology Roundup

TechLearning: Special Section: Assistive Technology Roundup | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Dozens of specific recommendations. -JL

 

From the website:

 

A student at Loudon County Public Schools (LCPS) in Virginia communicated mostly by pointing until the AT team handed him a TechSpeak 32 (www.enablemart.com/Catalog/AMDI-Inc/Tech- Speak). Now he’s able to comment on the environment, ask for what he needs, and make choices using multi-phrase sentences. Teachers of students with visual impairments use AT products to scan documents and turn them into Braille or into digital formats that get read out loud. Other LCPS students use text-to-speech programs to develop their literacy skills.

 

“We’re trying to model best practices in Universal Design for Learning for much of our operations,” says Mark E. Nichols, special education supervisor at LCPS. “We look at the tools that are already available and start with the least restrictive items. We work with teachers and providetraining so everyone knows what to do.”

 

For schools without an AT team, Nichols suggests developing a strong relationship with the instructional tech staff. “A lot of instructional decisions impact all children—including those with disabilities,” he says. “Try to provide input before those decisions are made.”

 

 

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Just Lin, Baby! 10 Lessons Jeremy Lin Can Teach Us Before We Go To Work Monday Morning - School Leadership 2.0

Just Lin, Baby! 10 Lessons Jeremy Lin Can Teach Us Before We Go To Work Monday Morning - School Leadership 2.0 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Lin-sanity has swept up the NBA over the last week.

 

Friday’s 38 point performance by Harvard grad Jeremy Lin for the New York Knicks against the LA Lakers was his greatest performance yet as a starter, since he burst on to the scene and propelled the team to 4 straight wins.

 

But what can all of us learn from this story of this incredible young man — and how can we apply the same lessons to our own lives when we go back to work on Monday morning?

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New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused

New App Tells Teachers When Students Are Confused | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The startup, which is launching Tuesday, makes a web-based app that serves as a constant back-channel to classroom discussion. Students can use it to post questions about the lecture, vote up questions their classmates have already submitted, set their statuses to “confused,” and contribute to polls and questions posted by the teacher.

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Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story | NY Times

Mooresville School District, a Laptop Success Story | NY Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As debate continues over whether schools invest wisely in technology — and whether it measurably improves student achievement — Mooresville, a modest community about 20 miles north of Charlotte best known as home to several Nascar teams and drivers, has quietly emerged as the de facto national model of the digital school.

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Lots of options for getting students into computer programming

Lots of options for getting students into computer programming | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Students have an array of introductions to computer programming, which develops critical thinking skills "completely transferable" to other areas of learning, says Lauren Bricker, a computer-science teacher at Seattle's Lakeside School.

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This article is great motivation for anyone trying to get into computer programming. Just in the first paragraph it talks about a kid who started learning how to program at 8 years old and now makes cell phone applications at 15. If he can do it at such a young age, I can surely do it now. There is a couple kids games that teach kids basic text in the article. I really wish I knew about these when I was younger, things would be a lot easier for me now. With no time for regret, I continued reading and it gave advice for highschool students. Some good books and programs were listed so I will reference them in the future. All in all, a very informative article.

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Flash Comes To The Classroom iPad Thanks To iSwifter's Rover » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News

Flash Comes To The Classroom iPad Thanks To iSwifter's Rover » 148Apps » iPhone and iPod Touch Application Reviews and News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Rover provides cloud-based streaming through iSwifter’s technology, enabling iPads to stream Flash content alongside other useful education tools. Free to download, it’s targeted towards the K-12 education sector having partnered with education brands such as Discovery Education, Mathletics and Funbrain. Partnering with such brands immediately makes Roveran immensely useful resource of offering both fun and knowledge without the child even realising how much they are learning. free to download
Read more: http://www.148apps.com/news/flash-classroom-ipad-iswifters-rover/#ixzz1mEff1bSs

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iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1

iPads can’t improve learning without good teaching Pt 1 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

However, no matter how versatile and potentially powerful a product the iPad is, it is merely an extremely expensive placemat without creative, well planned teaching behind its use. Before committing to an iPad implementation of any size, schools need to thoroughly think through how these technological marvels are going to enhance the teaching and learning process.

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20 Great Classroom iPad Apps to add to your Collection (#1-5) | edte.ch

20 Great Classroom iPad Apps to add to your Collection (#1-5) | edte.ch | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Over the last year and a half I have really enjoyed exploring the types of iPad apps that can be used in the classroom and so I thought I would begin to draw together some of my favourites and share them with you here. This is the first of 4 posts in which I feature my first 5 recommendations.

 

Tom Barrett is a primary grade teacher in the UK who writes a great blog at EDTE.CH.

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HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon | 9to5Google | Beyond Good and Evil

HUD Google Glasses are real and they are coming soon | 9to5Google | Beyond Good and Evil | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

They are in late prototype stages of wearable glasses that look similar to thick-rimmed glasses that “normal people” wear. However, these provide a display with a heads up computer interface. There are a few buttons on the arms of the glasses, but otherwise, they could be mistaken for normal glasses. Additionally, we are not sure of the technology being employed here, but it is likely a transparent LCD or AMOLED display such as the one demonstrated below:

In addition, we have heard that this device is not an “Android peripheral” as the NYT stated. According to our source, it communicates directly with the Cloud over IP. Although, the “Google Goggles” could use a phone’s Internet connection, through Wi-Fi or a low power Bluetooth 4.0.

The use-case is augmented reality that would tie into Google’s location services. A user can walk around with information popping up and into display -Terminator-style- based on preferences, location and Google’s information.

Therefore, these things likely connect to the Internet and have GPS. They also likely run a version of Android.

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A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning

A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The use of case studies is a powerful pedagogical approach to incorporate student-centered learning activities into lessons. Claire Davis and Elizabeth Wilcock conducted an excellent literature review and created a phenomenal resource called Teaching Materials Using Case Studies.


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Using Technology in the Social Studies Classroom

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Teacher Erik Odom from The East Bronx Academy incorporates real-world learning through the use of technology. Students consider ideas to promote their school using social networking and web design.
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MentorMob - Free online curation tool for educators and presenters

MentorMob - Free online curation tool for educators and presenters | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

MentorMob is a Learning Playlist platform that allows users to curate, collaborate on, and share any kind of online content. Presentations, press kits, or lesson plans, the Learning Playlist is great interactive way to present all formats of content and information.


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"50 Best iPhone Apps of 2012" | TIME magazine

"50 Best iPhone Apps of 2012"  | TIME magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Whether you're looking to load up a new iPhone or simply expand your collection, here's our 2012 list of download-deserving apps.
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TechLearning: Video Tutorial: How to chat on your iOS using Skype

TechLearning: Video Tutorial: How to chat on your iOS using Skype | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Learn how to video chat on your iOS in this quick video tutorial

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Hopper — save links, text, images, and files in moments.

Hopper — save links, text, images, and files in moments. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Think of your Hopper as a bottomless junk drawer, albeit one with a search bar. Been emailing yourself notes? Store them in Hopper. Have photos you want to access anywhere? Into the Hopper. Bookmarking articles to read later? You get the idea.

 

Add items from on or offline via copy and paste; in Firefox and Chrome, drag and drop will work, too.

 

For storing whole sites, the bookmarklet is an even easier way to go.

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Free Webinar: Using Free Internet Resources to Engage Students | edWeb.net

Free Webinar: Using Free Internet Resources to Engage Students | edWeb.net | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tues. Feb. 21, 5 PM Eastern. Led by Shannon J. Holden

 

This is a collaborative online community where educators can discover new resources, free technology, and great ideas for integrating technology into the classroom to engage and inspire students.

 

In this series of free webinars, live chats, and online discussions, you'll collaborate with other teachers as you learn about, and explore tech tools that engage students.

 

Learn ways to integrate technology into your lessons.

Develop a repertoire of instructional strategies that utilize free software and other types of technology.

Integrate technology into your lessons, even though you may not have access to ANY technology at your school.

Gain access to rubrics and other methods to grade student multimedia projects.

Discover resources you can turn to for assistance when necessary.

Use free technology to prepare students for standardized tests and other common assessments.

Use technology to entice parents to become more involved in their student’s education.

Discover how you can use technology to make your lessons EASIER to create…not more difficult! Use free techniques to help students access your interesting lessons from anywhere, including their mobile phones!

Use technology to teach your students 24 hours a day, seven days a week…even while you do other things!

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Goalbook - Social IEPs for everyone? Actually, yes | ZDNet

Goalbook - Social IEPs for everyone? Actually, yes | ZDNet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Goalbook could revolutionize how we approach differentiated instruction and outcome-based education.
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Tweeting for teachers: how can social media support teacher professional development? | Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning

Tweeting for teachers: how can social media support teacher professional development? | Pearson Centre for Policy and Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 In the current constrained financial climate, this type of low cost, self-directed teacher development is interesting. Might the spread of such informal, peer-based, online CPD help to support the drive to raise teaching standards at minimal cost? This report explores this question, focusing on:

• how teachers and other educators are currently using social media to aid their professional development, and what they and their students gain from it;

• what evidence there is for the benefits of peer-to-peer teacher CPD, and for using social media in this way; and

• what teaching can learn from industry in this respect.

Drawing on emerging academic research in this area, and on the experience of trailblazing teachers, it recommends ways in which school leaders and policymakers can exploit the benefits of social media for effective and affordable teacher professional development.

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A Commitment to Digital Learning by Eric Sheninger - School Leadership 2.0

A Commitment to Digital Learning by Eric Sheninger - School Leadership 2.0 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

New Milford High School proudly joined 37 states, 15,000 teachers, and over 2 million students on February 1 for the inaugural Digital Learning Day. This day, however, was not really much different than any other day at NMHS as we have made a commitment to integrate digital learning into school culture for some time now. As Principal I am proud to state that many of the pedagogical techniques, learning activities, and tools described in the rest of this post are consistently in use on a daily basis across all content areas. The reason for this is that we have put a premium on creating a teaching and learning culture that better meets the needs of our learners while enhancing essential skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, media literacy, and global awareness. Below I have summarized some of the pre-planned activities that my teachers planned and had their students engaged in on Digital Learning Day.

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Google Dashboard – Good to Know – Google

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If you have a Google Account, Google Dashboard helps you answer the question, “What does Google know about me?”. It shows you the information stored in your Google Account and enables you to change your privacy settings for many products from one central location.

 

When you go to your Dashboard you’ll find a single page where you can see the various products you use with your account and what’s stored in them, along with easy access to the product-specific controls. Dashboard can remind you of your last Blogger blog, your favorite YouTube playlist, your uploaded photos and more.


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How To Build A Tribe On Twitter | Kurat

How To Build A Tribe On Twitter | Kurat | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Because attention is so easy to gather on Twitter, and because your follower count can climb with the speed of a soaring stock, you might find yourself falling into the too typical trap of thinking Twitter’s purpose is to gather as much attention as possible. It’s not.

 

Attention is great, but it’s only the end result of getting what you’re really after – quality relationships.

 

The more you establish quality relationships, the more easily you’ll be able to leverage them for your own benefit, whether you’re trying to build your brand or broaden your influence. People in your day-to-day life are happy to help you because you have an existing relationship. The same holds true online.

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Making It Click: Assessment with Technology

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Freshman math teacher Carrie Hochgrebe uses clickers to monitor individual and group achievement. With this information, she can assist individual students, make instructional decisions and ensure that all students are learning.
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