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15 Popular EdTech Tools Being Used Around The World | Edudemic

15 Popular EdTech Tools Being Used Around The World | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"One of the many things that struck me was that most of these admittedly ‘connected teachers’ use the same web tools and apps. I loved when I discovered this and wanted to share some of the most popular tools with you.Most of these were written down as side-notes jotted down during a frantic attempt to accurately capture what people were telling me on the phone. Couple that with dropped Skype calls and poor scheduling and it’s a miracle that I was able to get these 15 tools.

 

"So without further ado, these following 15 tools (in no particular order) are apparently some of the most popular tools being used by the teachers I spoke with from around the world."

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Zinn Education Project

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Description written by Jason Tomaszewski for Education World

 

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Educators should know going in that there is a level of self-promotion here. The Zinn Education Project supports the use of Howard Zinn’s best-selling book A People’s History of the United Statesin middle- and high-school classrooms. Accordingly, the site’s stated goal is to introduce students to a more accurate, complex and engaging understanding of United States history than is found in traditional textbooks and curricula. The site aims for students to learn that history is made not by a few heroic individuals, but by people’s choices and actions.

 

"With lofty goals such as these, it is no surprise that The Zinn Project offers a wealth of classroom materials. Lessons, activities and printables are all available for download."

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6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek) | makeuseof

6 Basic Tech Skills Anyone Should Have (Even If You’re Not a Geek) | makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Let’s face it: in today’s world, technology is no longer just for geeks. While some people may take pleasure in hacking into their Android device or using a rare Linux build, most of us are just normal users, who simply want to get along. If merely using a computer used to be “only for geeks” in the 70s, it’s nothing like that today, and even my 90-year-old grandmother has her own PC and writes emails on a daily basis.

 

"If you consider yourself a geek, and have good control over your computer and other devices, this post might not be for you. If, however, you’re still finding your way in the computer world, or know someone who is, these basic skills are absolute must-haves. While computers and phones will work for you even without these basic tech skills, having them will ensure your privacy, your security, and will make your day-to-day experience as smooth as it can be."

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Evernote: A 0-to-60 MPH Guide

Evernote: A 0-to-60 MPH Guide | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Evernote is many things to many people because it’s so powerful. But for the same reason, Evernote’s purpose is vague enough that it can be hard to get started with it. First, you have to figure out what it can do for you.

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Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs--Internet--Tools & Tips for Multimedia Designers--Planet of the Web

Google Forms: how to create a quiz or a test that automatically grades itself in Google Docs--Internet--Tools & Tips for Multimedia Designers--Planet of the Web | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Nice illustrated step-by-step directions for creating a Google Form self-grading quiz courtesy of PlanetOfTheWeb.


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10 Ways To Use Learnist In The Classroom | Edudemic

10 Ways To Use Learnist In The Classroom | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Jeff Dunn

 

"How do you actually use Learnist? How are people using it right this second? I scoured the site and stumbled across a fabulous set of learning boards from Dawn Casey-Rowe. She assembled a bunch of different ways to use Learnist in a high school classroom. Each method is simple, useful, and time-saving. What more could a teacher want?"


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5 ways to get the most out of LinkedIn

5 ways to get the most out of LinkedIn | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"I'd say I get about 10 requests each week to join someone's network on LinkedIn. And while it's the place to be when looking for a job or to otherwise connect professionally, many people use it only to store their resumes. Yes, it's good for that. But it's also good for finding experts and ideas, meeting people in groups, staying in touch with friends and colleagues and increasing your Klout score. Problem is, many people don't realize that power is at their fingertips."


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Creativity Games - Brain Training for Creativity

Creativity Games - Brain Training for Creativity | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Terry Eichholtz

 

"Creativity Games is a site that offers a weekly creativity game every Monday. There are also weekly challenges and resources offered. Although it seems to be aimed at an adult audience, I believe many of the ideas could be used with younger students as well. For example, I love the “New World Education Game” that was offered on August 20th. It challenges you to think of a new university course using the 4 words provided. As the “Strategy” paragraph states, our students are entering a new world with different technologies, and we need to come up with novel ideas for preparing them for this. I could see my gifted and talented students loving this idea, and many of the other activities on Creativity Games. This is a great tool for educators."

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17 iPad Tips & Tricks

Simply Zesty are delighted to present some top iPad tips and tricks, to help improve your workflow and get the most out of your tablet. Visit www.simplyzesty...

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Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities

Webinar on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Ed” Co-sponsored by Kean U. and 4Humanities | 4Humanities | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Kean University Faculty Seminar in partnership with 4Humanities will be running an online faculty and professional webinar series on “The Global Crisis and Promise of Higher Education” with eight video conference meetings September 2012 to May 2013. "

 

FIRST SESSION: MONDAY, SEPT. 10, 3:20-4:20 PM EASTERN TIME

This is a free program

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DEBBIE MORRISON -‐ Session Leader for Sept. 10


THE FUTURE OF HIGHER EDUATION AND HOW EDUCATORS CAN REMAIN RELEVANT
Ms. Morrison is a leading exponent for online learning pedagogy and serves as the head curriculum developer for the Online Learning Department of a four-‐year liberal arts college in southern California

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Register at http://bit.ly/KEANhiedWBNR

 

I am co-chairing this series with Dennis Klein. -JL

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Apple and Orangutans: Apes Found to be Enamored with iPads | TIME.com

Apple and Orangutans: Apes Found to be Enamored with iPads | TIME.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Kharunya Paramaguru

 

"As part of a program called Apps for Apes, launched by New York based not-for-profit Orangutan Outreach, 12 zoos across North America have incorporated playing on donated iPads as part of the orangutans’ mental enrichment time.

 

"The animals spend anywhere between five minutes to half an hour playing on the tablets, which are held by the zookeepers. (Just like humans, the orangutans have a tendency to smash the screen.) Apps created for children tend to be the most popular, including finger-painting and drum apps. The apes are also said to be fond of nature documentaries by David Attenborough, the popular British broadcaster and naturalist of Planet Earth renown....

 

"As their name suggests (orangutan literally translates from Malay and Baha Indonesian to “man of the forest”), the orange or reddish apes are highly intelligent creatures that require mental stimulation to keep from growing bored or depressed."

 

Read more: http://newsfeed.time.com/2012/09/06/apple-and-orangutans-apes-found-to-be-enamored-with-ipads/#ixzz25jBnEgDo

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Free Technology for Teachers: The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning

Free Technology for Teachers: The Collaborative Lecture: A Hybrid Approach to Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Spiro Bolos

 

"But after class is over is where the lecture truly becomes collaborative and two-way. I always upload my slides to an online location so that students can access the information for their upcoming homework assignment. Each student is required to contribute a unique comment or annotation to an assigned number of slides. The contribution could be any or all of the following:


The individual student’s written notes or a meaningful question, now attached to one of my slides

 

A quote from the textbook which either extends or contradicts the information presented in class.

 

An analysis of one of the primary source images or historical quotes"

 


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Google+ hangout on writing, with Paul Allison | Teachers Teaching Teachers

Google+ hangout on writing, with Paul Allison | Teachers Teaching Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Paul Allison, an English teacher in a NYC high school, facilitates an in-depth conversation among 8 other English teachers and writing project leaders. The topic is a new matrix of language arts learning activities designed around the CCSS, which incorporate high-level tech competencies as well.

 

Here is Allison's intro to the conversation (posted on 9/2/12, before the video conversation took place on 9/5/12):

 

"I'm excited to invite teachers and their students into youthvoices.net/play -- our new game, a set of Challenges and Tasks that have this as the Object:

 

The object of the game is to become a social media power user through commenting on other players’ posts, responding to literary and informational texts, doing long-term research projects, composing, revising, and publishing with text and media, and becoming a self-directed learner.

 

Join us and help us build this new approach to curriculum in ELA, history and social studies, arts and media, and science.

 

Level One badges -- issued through P2PU -- are ready now. Level Two and Capstone Level badges will be ready later this week."

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Finishing The Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Era

Finishing The Dream: Learning from the Civil Rights Era | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Description by Jason Tomaszewski for Education World

 

"NBC News boasts a sterling reputation in the news industry, so it’s no surprise that the content here is equally good. Students can watch actual broadcasts from seminal events in the fight for civil rights. Additionally, produced segments and retrospectives provide commentary and add depth to the news pieces. While it is advantageous to see the broadcast of the Little Rock Nine integrating Central High School, it’s even better for students to hear firsthand accounts from those who experienced the event.Along with a plethora of video content, special tools embedded in the NBCLearn media player serve to enhance the footage. For example, an expandable transcript feature allows teachers to pull up a written transcript of the video they are watching."

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The Many Subjects of Flipped Learning: Webinars

The Many Subjects of Flipped Learning: Webinars | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Free webinars from the Flipped Learning Network. Do check them out. -JL

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How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Mind/Shift

How to Turn Your Classroom into an Idea Factory | Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Suzie Boss

The following suggestions for turning K-12 classrooms into innovation spaces come from Boss' new book, " Bringing Innovation to School: Empowering Students to Thrive in a Changing World", published in July by Solution Tree.

 

"How do we fill the gap between saying we must encourage innovation and teaching students how to actually generate and execute original ideas? The answers are emerging from classrooms across the country where pioneering teachers are making innovation a priority. Their strategies vary widely, from tinkering workshops and design studios to digital gaming and global challenges. By emphasizing problem solving and creativity in the core curriculum, these advance scouts are demonstrating that innovation is both powerful and teachable.

 

"Here are eight tips to borrow from classrooms where teachers are reinventing yesterday’s schools as tomorrow’s idea factories."


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Presenter Resources - Google Apps for Education California Summit

Presenter Resources - Google Apps for Education California Summit | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Held on July 12 &13, 2012.

Resources, links, and slide shows from more than 60 workshops given at this premier event If you want to learn how to do something with Google's many apps, chances are you'll find out here.. -JL


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Three Collaborative Google Earth Projects » Random Connections

Three Collaborative Google Earth Projects » Random Connections | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I had wanted to entitle this post “Cool Google Earth Lesson Plans That Don’t Really Use Google Earth”, but I figure that would be a bit wordy. The idea was taken from my “Creating Media Rich Lessons with Google Earth” presentations that I’ve been doing lately. One of the strategies in that presentation is to embed content from other sources into Google Earth. As I was giving some examples to the workshop participants, it occurred to me that you could do a collaborative project in Google Earth where kids do most of their work in some other application, bringing these together at the last minute in Google Earth. Here are a few of those ideas, and the applications needed.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Hot Apps for Higher Order Thinking

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By Richard Byrne

 

"Hot Apps 4 HOTS (link opens to iTunes) is a free ebook about iOS apps that can be used to help students practice and develop higher order thinking skills. The book takes readers through a series of apps that are aligned to the various parts of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy. Examples and suggestions for app use are included in the book. As Hot Apps 4 HOTS is an ibook, it can only be viewed on an iOS device."

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Education Leadership: Will Richardson at TEDxMelbourne

video published Sept. 2, 2012

 

"Will Richardson has spent the past decade thinking and writing about how emerging web technologies can be best used in classrooms and schools. Called 'a trendsetter in education' by The New York Times, Will is author of the bestselling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms, and has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in more than a dozen countries about the value of online learning networks.

 

":Last month, in the middle of a cold Melbourne winter, we hosted a free event in the State Library of Victoria's Experimedia room -- a distinctive space where 19th-century grandeur meets 21st-century digital technology in a spacious bluestone-walled courtyard. Around 250 educators came together to explore the theme of Education Leadership.

 

"The attendees were encouraged to start thinking about how they can work together rather than in isolation within their own classrooms. The event focused on the changing nature of education and how technology can shape the future of learning which each of the speakers speaking passionately about their areas of expertise."

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5 Best Notebook iPad apps for students | ipadders.eu

5 Best Notebook iPad apps for students | ipadders.eu | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Below is an overview of the 5 best note-taking apps. Whichever Note taking app you chose to use. Stop using the simple Notes app that came with the iPad. It is not good enough to use in class. You need to use all of the other features of the iPad like, drawing, adding pictures and sound. Below is an overview of 5 different Note taking apps. Take this weekend to try out all of them."


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20 Ways to Use Edmodo

Straightforward slide deck on Slideshare that details 20 ways to use Edmodo in the classroom. Author, or contributors, not mentioned by name. Numerous practical and useful suggestions. -JL


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carldowse's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:11 AM

Edmodo provides a simple to set-up, easy to use virtual learning environment which is especially suited to smaller groups. It's a hosted service (unlike Moodle) and works quite well on mobile devices. If you're thinking of offering a blended learning package to your learners then it's a good place to start.

Anne-Mart Olsen's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:12 AM

I found that edmodo was particularly useful, as student easily identified with the platform.

Angel Bolton's curator insight, March 12, 2015 8:53 AM

Easy way to connect with students.

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Great Free Web Sites for Teaching Election 2012 | NY Times Learning Network

Great Free Web Sites for Teaching Election 2012 | NY Times Learning Network | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Michael Gonchar

Description by Accomplished Teacher

 

"There are a number of free websites available to help teach students about this year's presidential election. The writer of this blog lists 13, including PenPal News Red Blue, which partners students with pen pals in different geographical regions, and the nonpartisan nonprofit ProCon.org, which details candidates positions without the spin. MTV's Fantasy Election also allows students to pick their "team" of candidates similar to fantasy football. "

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Screenr - elearning: Learn how to remove the background from images in #PowerPoint 2007

Screenr - elearning: Learn how to remove the background from images in #PowerPoint 2007 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I don't know about you, but this has been a persistent problem for me. So glad to discover this 5-minute tutorial video that clears this right up. -JL

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Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning » The Rapid eLearning Blog

Here Are Ten Rules to Create Engaging Elearning » The Rapid eLearning Blog | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Instead of a series of click-and-read screens, give the learner a problem to solve"


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