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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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labs - Data Locker - AppSense

labs - Data Locker - AppSense | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"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

Printing tips and tricks in OS X | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
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

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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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Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun | Common Sense Media

Camp Virtual: Your Guide to Making Summer Learning Fun | Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Send your kids to summer camp...virtually. Using our new Learning Ratings, it's easy to find apps, games, and websites that will let your kids have fun — and learn new skills over the summer.

 

"And what better way to orient skills than around camp themes? Download our summer learning guide, which has 50+ recommendations with the highest Learning Ratings for kids age 2-17. There are also great tips and activities that you can use to support your kids as they sharpen their skills.

 

"Download Your Camp Virtual Guide

 

"Select the Camp Virtual guide for your kid's age below -- or download the complete guide to get our recommendations for all ages. And don't forget to share with other potential campers, too!"

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Get The Math

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"Making math fun, interesting, and relevant for middle and high school students can be a challenge. We were impressed by how Get the Math stepped up to meet that challenge by showing students how algebraic reasoning is necessary in a variety of contexts, from music to fashion to special effects. The problems push students not only to complete complex, multi-step problems, but also to reflect on the reasoning behind their approaches. Once students have worked their way through initial interactive problems, related problems build on and reinforce their understanding. The skillful use of multimedia to augment learning ensures that students will internalize math as a way of thinking, rather than simply something to memorize.

 

"How does math get used in the "real world?" The short answer is that it is used to create hip-hop music, in fashion design, and through a number of other endeavors. This interactive website combines video and web interactive to help young people develop algebraic thinking skills for solving real-world problems. The series is funded by The Moody's Foundation, along with assistance from WNET and American Public Television. The sections of the site include The Challenges, Video, and Teachers. In The Challenges area, users will find video segments profiling the various young professionals who use math in their work, along with interactive tools to help students solve the challenges they are presented with. Moving on, the Teachers area includes resources for teachers, such as a training video showing how to use project materials in the classroom, along with student handouts. Visitors shouldn't miss the Basketball challenge, featuring NBA player Elton Brand talking about the problems presented by free throw shooting."

 

 

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 2012. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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Mobile Learning and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

Mobile Learning and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein has been on a tear lately, having written 5 lengthy posts on the Flipped Classroom in a short period of time. In a very interesting variation on the Flip, she has integrated it into Bernice McCarthy's 4MAT system, to make for a very rich and systematic approach to Flipping, built on a very solid and well-researched foundation. Lots of great links and some videos. I commend this series to you highly. -JL

 

Find the additional posts in the series below:

-The Flipped Classroom Model: A Full Picture

http://bit.ly/L0pHby

-Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture for Higher Education http://bit.ly/M3XcrL

-Flippped Classroom Full Picture: An Example Lesson http://bit.ly/Md6iFI

-UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture http://bit.ly/M3XKy3

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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

From the website:

 

"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

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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

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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

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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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The Saylor Foundation | Free College Level Courses

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Description from Internet Scout Project

 

"At the Scout Report, we are all about lifelong learning. So when we learned about the Saylor Foundation's website, we were hooked. The website provides access to complete college-level courses in a diverse set of fields, including art history, biology, economics, and mathematics. Visitors can click on each topic area to learn about the course offerings in each discipline. Each subject features a student handbook area, an FAQ section, and a bit of material about each course of study. Additionally, many of the materials are available via iTunes and YouTube.

 

"The tag line of the Saylor website is "Harnessing Technology to Make Education Free." The site is the brainchild of MIT graduate and founder of MicroStrategy, Michael Saylor. Visitors will find that this online education resource is a little different than some other websites that offer free online courses. Although Saylor.org does not grant degrees, students can download a certificate of completion for successfully passing the exam at the end of each course. The setup of the courses offers a more structured approach for those lifelong learners out there, and can even provide a feel for the content of an undergraduate course to students considering or curious about college.

 

"There are thirteen areas of study that visitors can choose to explore, including STEM subjects such as Computer Science, Chemistry, and Mechanical Engineering. Each course is peer-reviewed, and visitors can find a list of the faculty from universities and colleges around the world that author the courses can be found in the About Us section, under the Our Trustee & Team link."

 

 

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 2012. http://scout.wisc.edu/

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How to Teach Internet Safety to Younger Elementary Students

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By Mary Beth Hertz

 

"Back in October, I wrote a post about Teaching Digital Citizenship in the Elementary Classroom. As it is Internet Safety Month, I want to share a sample lesson for teaching Internet Safety to students as young as kindergarten. Yes, you read correctly . . . kindergarten.

 

"With children spending time online at younger and younger ages, it is vital that we explicitly teach young children how to protect themselves online. Most young children get the "Stranger Danger" talk at school, so they know about how to handle strangers in their neighborhood and in face-to-face situations."

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