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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Storytelling Lessons From Bill Cosby

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"What makes Bill Cosby one of the most compelling entertains of our time is his ability to connect with people and deliver his messages naturally in the form of story."

 

Here's more inspiration for 2012. Comedian Bill Cosby is a fabulous storyteller.  As the author says, we don't need to be a comedian to be able to tell our stories well.

 

But watch this series of videos of Cosby telling his stories.  The author suggests what to watch for in each video to help you build your storytelling skills.

 

Enjoy, laugh, be inspired -- and incorporate these lessons into your storytelling. Wow your customers and have more fun.

 

 


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Teaching Channel: Uncut Classrooms

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New collection of longer-form videos (approx. half-hour) of teachers teaching. First three are high school English:

Adapting Literature for a Screenplay

What's Your Perpsective? Challenge the Book

Making Sense of Symbols, Patterns, and Themes

 

More supposed to be coming soon. -JL

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We Would Prefer Not To Take Your Standardized Tests | Huffington Post: Lisa Nielsen

We Would Prefer Not To Take Your Standardized Tests | Huffington Post: Lisa Nielsen | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

School districts like New York City are considering making teacher performance ratings public. One of the many problems with this is that the state tests which these tests are based on, well... they suck. Yep. I said it.

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What’s Your EQ? Determine Your Entrepreneurial Quotient

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Northwestern Mutual Life's Entrepreneurship Test

 

Here’s a quiz to determine your “entrepreneurial quotient.” My intent is to test a person’s knowledge of entrepreneurship. However, scoring high doesn’t mean you’re the next Steve Jobs, and scoring low doesn’t mean you’re not. Some answers are debatable, so there will be many comments. #10, in particular, is tricky so read it very carefully.

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Skitch -Screen Grabbing and Annotation

Skitch -Screen Grabbing and Annotation | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Skitch is a fantastic tool for MAC users, now you can also use it on iPad / iPhone, Android etc. It's free to download and it enables you to take screenshots from iPad etc and annotate them for sharing online. Great tool.


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Abilio 's comment, December 31, 2011 10:44 AM
Unfortunately I haven´t got a Mac. It looks great, though.Tks anyway.My best wishes for 2012.
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The 10 Best Productivity Apps of 2011

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This has been a hectic year. Thankfully, technology is one of the best ways to manage an over-active schedule. 2011 has also been a very busy year for app developers, and we’ve seen them churn out productivity apps right and left.  Of all the apps we’ve come across, only 10 shine as the most practical and enjoyable to use, all of which are examples of beautiful design and precise attention to detail. Some of these apps have been growing and improving since 2010, while others are completely brand new this year.

Here’s TNW’s list of the 10 best productivity apps of 2011:

*Evernote

*Dropbox

*Sparrow

*TeuxDeux

*Instapaper

*Pulse

*Alfred

*CloudApp

*Fantastical

*iDonethis


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E.gg Timer - simple online countdown timer

E.gg Timer - simple online countdown timer | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

It's a timer. That's it. Doesn't get much simpler, but sometimes that's all you need. Does have some nice extra features, like being able to set up permalinks for specific durations and settings.


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Audrey Nay's comment, April 25, 2011 1:15 AM
love the variety of options!! eggcellent :)
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Welcome to Flubaroo

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Grade online assignments in a single step!
Get reporting and analysis on student performance!
Email students their scores.
Designed by a teacher, for other teachers!


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Heather Peretz's comment, July 21, 2011 10:50 AM
Love this script!
Doug Joubert's comment, August 18, 2011 7:31 AM
Thanks, Steve!
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Free Technology for Teachers: 2011 Most Popular Posts of the Year

Free Technology for Teachers: 2011 Most Popular Posts of the Year | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

At Free Technology for Teachers, enjoy Richard Byrne’s 25 most-clicked posts of 2011. Find out why and how to use Edmodo, locate several super search engines for students (like Famhoo, KidRex), learn about web safety resources like Your Own Space, an ebook for students. There's much more, including hard-to-resist PPt templates for TV-show based vocabulary games, covering most subjects and just about any age.

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6 Steps to Building Your Creative Endurance | Lateral Action

6 Steps to Building Your Creative Endurance | Lateral Action | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Finding the time is the first step in getting back into creative shape. The second step, is to build up your creative endurance.

 

Creative endurance is just like athletic endurance. No one ever runs a marathon on their first run – or even their tenth. You have to build up to it by training. That same training is what you need to get back into your creative swing. Sure, it’s going to be hard. Sure, you will struggle, but once you have your creative endurance back, creating will be a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.

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17-Year-Old Girl Creates Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer, Wins $100,000

17-Year-Old Girl Creates Nanoparticle That Kills Cancer, Wins $100,000 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The $100,000 Zhang earned comes with first prize in the Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology.

Her project, “Design of Image-guided, Photo-thermal Controlled Drug Releasing Multifunctional Nanosystem for the Treatment of Cancer Stem Cells,” was apparently as complex, thorough, and revolutionary as it sounds.

 

The nanoparticle Zhang created is already being referred to as something of a “swiss army knife” in the area of cancer treatment. That’s not to say it’s dull and rusty because I you didn’t take care of it when I was you were out camping, but rather that it has a whole bunch of useful applications.

 

The nanoparticle is delivered to tumors via the drug salinomycin where it kills cancer cells and deposits gold and iron-oxide materials to help with MRI imaging.


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Blending Computers Into Classrooms | Wall Street Journal

Blending Computers Into Classrooms | Wall Street Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
P.S. 100 is one of more than 80 schools in New York City that is radically redesigning classrooms or integrating technology to change the way students learn.
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The Periodic Table of Storytelling and Cultural Gender Bias

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Here’s a very cool thing indeed. Over on DeviantArt, someone going by the name of ComputerSherpa has put together a Periodic Table of Storytelling. I’ve included a small image in this post, but you really need to click on the link and see the chart in its full splendour. The table is based on the TV Tropes Wiki which bills itself as a catalogue of the tricks of the trade for writing fiction.

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Essential Skills for 21st Century Survival: Part 6: Storytelling

Essential Skills for 21st Century Survival: Part 6: Storytelling | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"In today’s polarized and fractured narrative landscape, the winners are those who can get above the noise and weave new mythologies that act as a beacon of light for the path ahead."

 

How here's some great food for thought about storytelling, how our cultural landscape is changing, and new stories that are emerging via businesses. The author suggests we've fallen into a myth gap.  As the author says, "People are disillusioned and lacking trust, and a new story infused with simplicity, aesthetics, beauty and grace will go far."

 

Are your stories big enough? Are they sustainable over time and space? Do your stories touch on the qualities the author lists?

 

I would love to know what do you think about this article & video and how it might shape your thinking/actions in 2012.....


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Web English Teacher

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The best of K-12 English Language Arts teaching resources: lesson plans for reading, writing, and speaking on all grade levels; literature (including nonfiction); poetry; drama; journalism; vocabulary; and professional development.
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Will Dropouts Save America? | New York Times

Will Dropouts Save America? | New York Times | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

American academia is good at producing writers, literary critics and historians. It is also good at producing professionals with degrees. But we don’t have a shortage of lawyers and professors. America has a shortage of job creators. And the people who create jobs aren’t traditional professionals, but start-up entrepreneurs.

 

If start-up activity is the true engine of job creation in America, one thing is clear: our current educational system is acting as the brakes. Simply put, from kindergarten through undergraduate and grad school, you learn very few skills or attitudes that would ever help you start a business. Skills like sales, networking, creativity and comfort with failure.

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Our Impact | The Future Project

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This is a relatively new and inspiring project. I encourage readers to look into it. -JL

 

The Future Project is committed to making an impact that is at once personal and universal, for the individual and for the community, for education and for service, for our country and for our world.

 

But even amid an intention of wide-ranging impact, focus is the key—in our case, a focus on inspiration. From the very start, we have measured to ensure that The Future Project is always moving forward in unleashing the factors that cause true drive in individuals, true passion in communities and in schools, and a paradigm shift from apathy to inspiration for our entire society.

 

Early indicators suggest that Future Fellows are dramatically more engaged in school and significantly more optimistic about their futures. As a result, they work harder and come to school more consistently. At Legacy School for Integrated Studies, 80% of students taking part in The Future Project have seen a dramatic increase in school attendance, and 35% have seen an improvement in grades – after only eight weeks in The Future Project.

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Professors Use Twitter to Increase Student Engagement and Grades - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

Professors Use Twitter to Increase Student Engagement and Grades - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Keeping college students off social media sites and focused on the course material is a daily challenge for many of today’s college faculty. But what if you could harness the power of today’s technologies and students’ proclivity toward social networking to enhance the learning experience rather than distract from it?

 

That’s the intention of a number of forward-thinking professors — from Professor Monica Rankin’s in-class Twitter experiment in 2009 with her history students at the University of Texas at Dallas (reported here) to Professor Reynol Junco’s recent study which saw students in a first-year seminar course who used Twitter for educationally relevant activities outside of class achieve a higher GPA than the control group.

 

In the article The Effect of Twitter on College Student Engagement and Grades, published in November 2010 by the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, Junco revealed the findings of the 14-week study by concluding that it “provides the first piece of controlled experimental evidence that using Twitter in educationally relevant ways can increase student engagement and improve grades, and thus, that social media can be used as an educational tool to help students reach desired college outcomes.”

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Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations. Now with added prettiness!

Visible Tweets – Twitter Visualisations. Now with added prettiness! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Twitter visualizer. File it under simple, but elegant. Put in a keyword and it will create a 'screen saver' of sorts that pulls in tweets based on the term. Great for conferences, but could be just as useful for a digital frame in your school's entryway!


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@boodles64's comment, April 30, 2011 11:10 AM
This is great! Can't wait to try it out...possibly at some PD to encourage building a PLN. :)
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Edmodo Review - Social Learning Network

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Edmodo.com is a private online social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments. Built on a microblogging model, the site allows teachers the ability to handle a good deal of class activity online. Teachers can send out assignments, receive completed assignments and assign grades using the online platform. In addition, they can maintain a class calendar, store and share files, have a public (RSS) stream, and conduct polls. Teachers can also use the site to send text (SMS) alerts to students.

Users have a home page where they can see a summary of recent activity for their class. The home page allows the teacher to make a new assignments, assign an event to the calendar, send out an alert, write a note to an individual or a group of students, and share links or files with students. When a link or file is shared, a message can be added that explains the contents. A number of filters can be applied to the summary view, including notes, alerts, events, assignments, links and files. Teachers can also assign grades to assignments, and students can easily view a summary of their grades on all assignments.


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Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!

Animaps - Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Create and view beautifully informative animated maps, for free!


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Robin SellersEDU's comment, July 13, 2011 2:51 PM
Wow--I can think of some great ways to use this in the classroom starting with younger students making a map of their community. Thanks for sharing.
Heather Peretz's comment, August 4, 2011 12:31 AM
Just what my co-teacher and I were looking for!
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10 Essential Blogs for Creative Entrepreneurs | Lateral Action

10 Essential Blogs for Creative Entrepreneurs | Lateral Action | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By definition, creative entrepreneurs think and act differently to most folks around them. They were the odd one out at school or when they had a day job. But there’s only so much you can achieve on your own. And the great thing about the Internet is that it allows you to connect with like-minded creators, who you instinctively recognise as members of your tribe. Over time, certain bloggers emerge as thought leaders for the creative entrepreneur tribe, providing education, inspiration and a hub for conversation and community.

 

Here, in alphabetical order, are 10 blogs that are essential reading for creative entrepreneurs – they will fuel your creativity, sharpen your business skills, connect you with others on the same path, and sustain you through the ups and downs of your entrepreneurial journey.

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middlespot.com

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Create a personal dashboard across all your devices. It's the simplest way to view, read, and watch your documents, photos, links, and videos on all your devices.

Read your documents, watch your videos, click through presentations without ever leaving your dashboard.


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Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift

Three Trends That Define the Future of Teaching and Learning | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In today’s dynamic classrooms, the teaching and learning process is becoming more nuanced, more seamless, and it flows back and forth from students to teachers. Here’s a look at current trends in teaching and learning, their implications, and changes to watch for.


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Thanks for sharing the post..
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K-9 SelfDesign Learning Community - British Columbia

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This year, British Columbia has introduced the SelfDesign Learning Community for Grades K-9. Read more about this initiative.

 

For the 2011-2012 learning year, SelfDesign Learning Community (K-9) is offering:

 

> new insights into learning beyond the paradigm of schooling
> individualized support from one of our 100-plus Learning Consultants throughout BC (all BC certified teachers). View the bios for SelfDesign’s Learning Consultants on this site.
> access to The Village of Conversations, our unique online learning community featuring numerous learning-focused conferences and specialized mentors to support parents and learners
> a learning investment to support families in procuring individualized learning resources and services
> Special Education support
> a SelfDesigning Path workshop offered to the parents of kinder learners and other families new to SelfDesign.

 

Thank you Kathleen McClaskey for curating this site. I plan to interview the people from this program to learn more and how it can be replicated.


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