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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher 's Guide on Creating Personal Learning Networks | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

As social media become more and more predominant as platforms of connection and collaboration, the need for creating and maintaining a PLN ( Personal/Professional Learning Network ) becomes more pressing. As teachers and educators we are expected to be on top of the latest trends that can inform and enhance our classroom teaching as well as our professional growth.We are also expected to know the web tools that our students use and the new ones we can use with them in the future; but this is not always possible and because not all of our time constraints it becomes difficult to keep up the the new releases . It is at times like these that you can call upon your PLN.


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How to create great slides for presentations

How to create great PowerPoint slides. Top tips and tools to use to create slides using PowerPoint, including fonts, colours and themes.

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As a fervid follower of Presentation Zen, I give this preso 2 thumbs up...lots of good suggestions and sources.

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uamblearning's curator insight, January 31, 2013 8:40 AM

Excelentes recomendaciones para crear presentaciones. MPPB

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Two Pens's curator insight, July 15, 2013 6:23 PM

Nicely designed!

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20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics

20+ Tools to Create Your Own Infographics | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A picture is worth a thousand words – based on this, infographics would carry hundreds of thousands of words, yet if you let a reader choose between a full-length 1000-word article and an infographic that needs a few scroll-downs, they’d probably prefer absorbing information straight from the infographic. What’s not to like? Colored charts and illustrations deliver connections better than tables and figures and as users spend time looking back and forth the full infographic, they stay on the site longer. Plus, readers who like what they see are more likely to share visual guides more than articles. While not everyone can make infographics from scratch, there are tools available on the Web that will help you create your very own infographics. In this article, we’re listing more than 20 such options to help you get your messages across to your readers, visually.


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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, January 26, 2013 11:01 PM

A gr8 collection of tools for creating INFOGRAPHICS.

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VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome

VoiceNote: Another Excellent Voice-to-Text App for Google Chrome | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Once again Paul Hamilton brings us another great tool to use with Chrome, VoiceNote. He states that it "offers excellent voice-to-text...VoiceNote opens as a dictation window." Therefore it may "sit on top of a document being written" (or occupy your entire screen). A few of the features he mentions are:

* dictating directly into a text box facilitates creating paragraphs or longer selections of text

* on-screen buttons for adding punctuation

* suport for multiple languages

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How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World?

How Can Teachers Prepare Kids for a Connected World? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Educators are always striving to find ways to make curriculum relevant in students’ everyday lives. More and more teachers are using social media around lessons, allowing students to use their cell phones to do research and participate in class, and developing their curriculum around projects to ground learning around an activity. These strategies are all part of a larger goal to help students connect to social and cultural spaces."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 9, 2013 9:19 PM

A look at Henry Jenkins work on participatory learning and PLAY (Participatory Learning and You). So what is PLAY? "...'a mode of experimentation, of testing materials, trying out new solutions, exploring new horizons,' Jenkins said. It’s how kids interact with games – throwing themselves in without reading the rules, testing the limits and feeling free to try and fail."

This post provides a number of examples, discusses assesement and play, and provides links to additional articles on the subject.

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Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online | PDFConverter.com

Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online | PDFConverter.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Convert PDF presentations into PowerPoint slides free. Hassle free, online conversion service without the need to install anything on your computer.

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PMalliara's curator insight, January 14, 2013 10:51 AM
Free PDF to PowerPoint Conversion Online100% Free PDF to Powerpoint Converter

Use our online PDF to Powerpoint Converter to create editable Powerpoint slides easily and quickly. Conversion is done online, relieving you of the need to install yet another piece of software on your hard disk. All you need to do is upload your PDF file, provide the email address where we can send you your converted document, and sit back and relax. Maximum file size of an uploaded file is 2MB. You can also check out other types of file conversions we offer while you are waiting for your Powerpoint file to reach your inbox.

javiergil23's curator insight, February 11, 2013 12:15 PM

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Violeta Vasilijevic' Katanić's curator insight, February 17, 2013 11:46 AM

Ponekad je dobro prebaciti pdf fajl u ppt prezentaciju - i to on line! Odličan alat za profesore, nastavnike, učitelje!

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www.symphonical.com

www.symphonical.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by EdSurge

 

"SYMPHONICAL helps you get 'er done with digital post-it note templates that help you organize, brainstorm, and analyze tasks, ideas, and discussions. The pre-made templates make it clear that Symphonical is targeting the business-minded but there are plenty of applications for the classroom and beyond. Planning a new unit with the teaching team? Try out the handy SWOT analysis template. Dare to let students create their own learning path? Create a fluid weekly lesson plan and make students collaborators. Better yet, give their parents read-only privileges! There's even a blank canvas that allows you to build templates for any rubri... uh row/column format that you can conceive. The icing on the cake however is the seamless integration with Google Hangouts-- every great collaboration should be full of smiling (or smirking) faces."

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 26, 2013 12:37 PM

I see this as a simple collaboration and time management tool.  I've created an account and entered a week's worth of notes.  I find it useful to see what's ahead.  I doubt this will surplant my Google Calendar useage.  I really need automatic reminders. 

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A Curated Collection of Quality Clipart and Illustrations: ClipArt ETC

A Curated Collection of Quality Clipart and Illustrations: ClipArt ETC | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Robin Good's curator insight, January 19, 2013 7:45 AM


ClipArt ETC is a wonderful collection of quality educational clipart providing simple illustrations, icons and drawings in a multitude of areas, from history, to business, art, literature, music and sports.


A project of the Florida Center for Instructional Technology of University of South Florida), ClipArt ETC has curated over 65,000 images and organized, categorized each one of them, while providing descriptions and multiple file formats in which to download them.


I must say they really did a wonderful job. The images are great, the quality is excellent, the organization of the catalog is well done and easy to navigate.


From the official site: "Every item comes with a choice of image size and format as well as complete source information for proper citations in school projects.


No advertisement-filled pages with pop-up windows or inappropriate links here.


A friendly license allows teachers and students to use up to 50 educational clipart items in a single, non-commercial project without further permission."


The ClipArt ETC resource was designed and intended for educational projects but due to the many commercial requests it has received it now offers a "commercial" shopping cart to purchase any of its images for commercial applications. More info here: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/info/license


FAQ: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/info/faq


Check it out now: http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/


(Thanks to Maria Cristina Pratas for uncovering this gem)



commons's curator insight, November 12, 2013 5:55 AM

Nice!

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The Collaborative Visual Board: RealtimeBoard

 

 


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Gatis Šeršņevs's curator insight, January 23, 2013 12:20 PM

sadarbības rīks

 

Minna Kilpeläinen's curator insight, January 26, 2013 5:49 PM

Watch the tutorial! This Collaborative Visual Board seems to be a great tool for virtual and face-to-face classrooms and meetings. Really worth trying. 

 

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Lauren Kelly's curator insight, February 20, 2013 12:54 AM

This is another interesting platform that allows for visual collaboration.  These sorts of posts make me want to narrow down my topic to just online visual collaboration and information sharing!

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CO13 on WizIQ 5th annual live online conference from Feb 1-3

CO13 on WizIQ 5th annual live online conference from Feb 1-3 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You are cordially invited to attend CO13, the Connecting Online 2013 conference, from 1-3 Feb, 2013. It's the 5th edition of free annual conference on WizIQ.

 

"The theme of the conference is, connecting online for instruction and learning that goes beyond the classroom. Presenters from around the globe will discuss the following topics:

Connecting Online to Improve Instruction and Learning: Online Learning and Instructional ExperiencesExperiences with technology in face-to-face and online classes. What worked and what didn't work for you?How do you use technology to promote your online workshops, consultation, and communities?Research conducted on e-learningBooks written on e-learning21st Century learning and teachingChallenges of the 21st Century learning/teaching environmentLeading a business with e-learning technology"
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Dr. Nellie Deutsch's curator insight, January 23, 2013 5:46 PM

Join us at the 5th annual CO13 free online conference on connecting online for instruction and learning:http://www.wiziq.com/events/co13.htm

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eyeReport

EyeReport provides a quick, simple and effective method to combine visual presence of the user on filmed material as picture-in-picture.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 25, 2013 1:01 PM

This is a very clever free app which allows you to record picture in picture video commentary. You can also over lay video commentary onto your existing videos. This could be a very useful teaching tool.

Ana Lara's comment, January 26, 2013 6:16 PM
I don't know how to insert a comentary. Could you give moré information about it?
Alexandra Koukoumialou's curator insight, January 27, 2013 6:34 AM

Great narrative potential for both Ss and T :-)

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How to make a Prezi


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Christine Bushong's curator insight, January 28, 2013 12:16 PM

Here's a video tutorial for creating a presentation using Prezi.

McSotos's curator insight, January 30, 2013 4:28 PM

ενδιαφέρον

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 3, 2014 2:41 PM

A very simple video por really beginner

Sound and voice are not... the best, but still if you want to start with prezi... give it a go

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Teacher's Guide on The Use of Google Sites in The Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Guide on The Use of Google Sites in The Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"Google Sites is a great tool for creating webpages . It is in fact a wiki, blog,portfolio, all rolled into one easy to use package. Google Sites brings together all of the other great Google services in that it allows users to embed  Google Docs, Calendar, YouTube, Picasa albums, and much more. In this post Educational Technology and Mobile Learning is going to explore with you different ways and tips on how to  tap into the educational potential of this tool and provide you with some practical ideas on how to use it with your students in the classroom."

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Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have

Top 10 Good Tech Habits Everyone Should Have | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You've probably heard people tell you should back up your computer, or you should have more secure passwords.

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Ken Morrison's comment, January 27, 2013 7:39 AM
This is a helpful framework. Thanks for sharing.
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ÜberConference - Free Visual Conference Calls

ÜberConference - Free Visual Conference Calls | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
ÜberConference provides a rich visual interface for conference calls. Simple, visual, and free to use, it's audio conferencing done right.

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6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking

6 Great Videos on Teaching Critical Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

What we have for you today is a great series of videos on critical thinking. As a teacher, you can use these videos with your students to start a discussion on what it means to think critically and introduce them to the concept of logical fallacies. The videos are animated in such a way that your students will find it easy to grasp hard concepts .Enjoy


Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge, Jaime Salcedo Luna, Ramon Aragon, THE *OFFICIAL ANDREASCY*
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Mediajockeys's curator insight, December 12, 2012 3:47 AM

Kritisch denken en reflecteren, te weining mensen doen het. Leer het eerst zelf en draag het dan over. Mooi gemaakt.

Audrey's comment, July 2, 2013 3:48 PM
Thank you. The learning from the videos was enjoyable, audrey@homeschoolsource.co.uk
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27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking

27 Ways To Publish Student Thinking | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Publishing student thinking can be among the most powerful ways to improve learning.

There are a variety of reasons for this, but the biggest reason is that the 'threat' of publishing moves the lodestone from the classroom to the 'real world.' This, of course, changes everything."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 27, 2012 10:33 PM

The post continues to explore what should be published, noting that "finished products and the thinking process itself are two very different things." 

Why publish? Think of it as a process of authentic experience. Students like to have the ability to see their work online and have others respond to it. The post provides a table that lists 25 apps that range from "videos to graphics, blogging to concept mapping" across many platforms. This is interactive and links to edshelf where you may learn more about the app. In addition there is a list of 27 tools (many of which are listed inthe table). 

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Technology-Enhanced Social-Emotional Activities

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Source:  http://www.projecthappiness.org/programs/social-emotional-learning/

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 11, 2013 6:18 AM

This new website from Jackie Gerstein explores technology use in social and emotional learning. Quoting from the site "This website has been designed to describe technology activities that facilitate social emotional learing.The links in the menu lead to descriptions of the individual activities. They can be sued within formal and inforrmal educational setting. Even though the focus of the activities are on building and enhacing social emtional learning, many can be connected with content standards related to language arts, oral communication, media literacy, and ISTE's National Education Standards for Students."

The website is very easy to use. There is a menu that provides a list of 14 activities, including Conflict Management Strategies Posters, Book Trailers, and Teach Tech to Grandparents. Most have samples of projects. Not all are relevant to all ages but she does state that she has used some with both elementary and college students.

 

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Screencasting Software

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ScreenFlow is my favourite screencasting software tool and the one that I use to make all the video tutorials for my Tech Tools for Teachers series on OneStopEnglish and for the award winning Blended Learning in ELT course I designed for Bell. I'm now using it to create iPad tutorials and it works really well.


~Record from desktop, a video camera, microphone and computer's audio all at the same time
~Full screen HD capture, optimized for the best, most efficient screen capture
~Intuitive editing interface allows you to add professional touches
~Keynote and PowerPoint support
~Full range of elegant 2D & 3D transitions
~Publish directly to YouTube, Vimeo or Flash movie
~Optimized to take advantage of productivity enhancements in Mac OS X Lion


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Sharrock's comment, March 19, 2013 12:54 PM
Wow. I have to check out CamStudio.
Alejandro Peñalosa C.'s comment, March 19, 2013 12:57 PM
Thank you Sharrok, please let me know your results...
Alejandro Peñalosa C.'s comment, March 19, 2013 12:58 PM
Thank you Nenad, I am sure CamStudio is a very good Open Source alternative!!
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20 Ways to Use Edmodo

20 Ways to Use Edmodo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
** Watch the 20 Ways to Use Edmodo webinar for more details. **   1. Assessments Utilize the Edmodo quiz builder or poll feature to assess students’ learning during or after a unit of study. &...
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