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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson : Learning Solutions Magazine

Writing Multiple-Choice Questions for Higher-level Thinking by Mike Dickinson : Learning Solutions Magazine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

We eLearning developers are used to the question, “Which is better, eLearning or classroom instruction?” The answer is, “It depends.” It’s the same answer if one asks, “Which are better, multiple-choice or essay questions?” Either question type is useful for assessing a variety of levels of thinking, depending on how well the designer crafts the questions. Designing multiple-choice questions is not as daunting a task as one might think.

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Principals On The Cutting Edge [Series] – Michael Shepherd

Principals On The Cutting Edge [Series] – Michael Shepherd | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Michael Shepherd is the Headteacher of Hawes Side, a large three form entry Primary School on the North West coast of the UK.

 

4th in a series of informative interviews with school principals who are leading the infusion of educational technology in their schools.

 

Be sure to see the links to the other 3 interviews at the bottom of the page. -JL

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Top 10 Signs That Your Teacher Is A Geek

Top 10 Signs That Your Teacher Is A Geek | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
To help you unearth the technology elite in your school, here are the top 10 signs that your teacher is a geek:...
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45 Websites For Students To Create Original Artwork Online

45 Websites For Students To Create Original Artwork Online | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
More and more websites are coming online to give students the ability to unleash their creativity in new and innovative ways. From abstract art to pointillism, students now can click and draw their way into original works of art, and today’s freebie gives you a great list of places to begin.

The sites are labeled by grade level to help guide you to those that best suit your students. In addition, I’ve added ratings to give teachers and students an idea of how much interactivity is available at each site. Some allow students to create from beginning to end, while others simply generate the final product with minimal effort. What you will not find here are basic virtual coloring sheets. I tried to find sites that would give students a chance to generate their own original works of art. What could be better?

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What to Do When You've Forgotten Your Smartphone's Passcode

What to Do When You've Forgotten Your Smartphone's Passcode | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Some passcodes are so effective that even you can't remember what they are. If you've locked yourself out of your Android or iPhone, it's not to complicated to get back in.
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Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides

Convince Your School That Diigo Rocks In Just 7 Slides | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
There are two types of people in the world. Those that use Diigo, and those that are really missing out.

 

If you need more convincing that Diigo can help you share your web experience better, take a look at the linked slideshow. 

 

Handy for introducing Diigo to others.


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The Tech Curve: K12 Online Conference - Self Correcting Quiz Template: Video

The Tech Curve: K12 Online Conference - Self Correcting Quiz Template: Video | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Via Kern Kelly

 

One of Kelly's students, Kris Reman, presents a video on how to make a self-correcting quiz in Google Apps Forms.

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Google+ Reflection | The Thinking Stick

Google+ Reflection | The Thinking Stick | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A reflection on Google Plus and how it's changing the use of social-networks by Jeff Utecht, one of the earliest early adopters of everything ed tech related.

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Learning with 'e's: Building the future

Learning with 'e's: Building the future | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

How might this type of thinking be applied to K-12 type learning situations? -JL

 

On many of the working surfaces of the houses under construction on site (every one is sold before it is started and later transported on completion to its final destination), QR tags are stapled to the walls. At the appropriate point in their training, holding up their smart phones, students capture the appropriate QR image, which takes them directly to relevant websites that explain building techniques, safety procedures or specialist tool use.

 

In conversation with the lecturers who instigated this scheme, I asked how long it would take for the construction industry to adopt such leading edge practices for on the job training. 'We don't think it will be long', they replied. 'As soon as these students are qualified, they will be working in the construction industry', they explained. 'It is only a matter of time before they become lead builders, and eventually business owners within the industry. Then they will introduce similar technology supported training for their employees on site'.

 

Application of new technology that supports learning within authentic contexts. This is situated learning at its best, but is it the future of construction training?

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» New free online seminar: Rhetoric, the art of persuasive language. EverLearning

» New free online seminar: Rhetoric, the art of persuasive language. EverLearning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Seminar to start in January:

Rhetoric — the art of persuasive language, both written and spoken. Topics may vary but emphasis will be upon vindicating and validating the unaffiliated, out-of-the-loop scholar and organization. Projects will include papers, lectures and debates and selected products will be published.

The theme: Academics should be judged by their works, not their degrees.

Will take place in a dormschool.everlearning.org.uk Moodle classroom and through periodic teleconferencing.

Duration: To be determined.

One predominant aspect of this class will be the study, analysis and appreciation of the work of the great orators of the past century. Nothing hones one’s improvisatory expressive abilities like listening to the speech of the masters. There may be some incidental study of the dribble and detritus commonly generated in the moribund wastes of established academia.

Organized by Abacus Ed.

For further information contact:

info@everlearning.org.uk

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Hechinger Report | Friendly advice for teachers: Beware of Facebook

Hechinger Report | Friendly advice for teachers: Beware of Facebook | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

John Palfrey of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society says there have always been teachers who say dumb things, but now social media amplifiy those comments.

 

“There’s a really simple concept here, which is [that] the nature of a conversation is changing in a digital age and the consequences of saying something that’s dumb are much greater,” Palfrey says. “People can get fired for [saying] something that otherwise would have been completely and quickly forgotten.”

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“How To” Pedagogy Sheets — Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center

“How To” Pedagogy Sheets — Tennessee Teaching and Learning Center | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Each two-page How To sheet includes an introduction to a teaching and learning topic, best practices and ideas, supporting research, and references.   Included below are also one page guides to a variety of teaching topics. 10 guides are included, providing guidance in topics such as Peer Teaching, Fishbowl Technique, How to Use PowerPoint for Better Learning, and Guided Discussion.

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middlespot.com

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Create a personal dashboard across all your devices. 


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Top 10 Tips For Using Facebook In The Classroom

Top 10 Tips For Using Facebook In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Get great ideas to use with your class, or download and present it to staff that may be interested in Facebook for education. The Prezi provides an engaging walk-through of ways you can use Facebook to enhance communication, networking and keep the classroom fun and relevant.

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7 Sites That Make Programming For Kids Fun

7 Sites That Make Programming For Kids Fun | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
With the huge number of sites and products dedicated to programming for kids, there has never been a better time to get your class coding.
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5 Current Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms

5 Current Technologies That Will Shape Our Classrooms | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Fractus Learning shares its ideas with us and discusses: Cloud Computing, Eye Tracking, Augmented Reality, 3D Printing, and Social Networks. Each of the 5 is briefly described and illustrated. -JL

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10 Microsoft Word Tricks Every Teacher Should Know

10 Microsoft Word Tricks Every Teacher Should Know | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
We all know that Word does a whole heap for the business world, but there are some features that work great for educators. Whether you are creating a test or worksheet, or helping your students format a formal paper, these tricks should make things easier. Plus, I just love easy, don't you?

Yes, there are more tricks up my nerdy little sleeve, but today I'm going to start with my top ten. Master this list and your nerd points will increase enough to handle my future posts. Good luck everyone.

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Do you have a Pulse?

Do you have a Pulse? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
“So, I want a way to send group text messages to my students and their parents from my iPad. I also don’t want to have to enter all their phone numbers to make this happen. Is there an app for that? Oh, and it needs to be free, of course.”

Yes, there’s a service that will do this, Pulse.to. While there’s not an app, you can access the service through a browser on your iPad. Making a shortcut on one of your iPad’s screens to the webpage is nearly the same as having an app. It does require an Internet connection to send a message. You can also use this on a phone (doesn’t have to be a smart phone), computer, or any devices with Internet access and a browser.

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Benefits of Using ePortfolios for Authentic Assessment

Benefits of Using ePortfolios for Authentic Assessment | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Nancy Rubin's notes from the invitational symposium "Innovate to Educate: System (Re)Design for Personalized Learning." Access the full symposium report at

http://bit.ly/d0iQCl

 

Don't miss Tim Manger's outstanding scenarios of personalized learning for the elementary and secondary levels in the appendix. Outstanding.

 

Nancy provides an excellent summary and the report is very instructive. -JL

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The Tech Curve: Students as Tech Support

The Tech Curve: Students as Tech Support | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Kern Kelly, a great ed tech leader. -JL

 

This is from one of my presentations at the 2011 Building Learning Communities Conference this summer. The best part is about 20 minutes in where the presentation is taken over by one of my students Kris Redman. He interacts with the educators in the room talking about ways he works with teachers as tech support in R.S.U. #19.


Students as Tech Support BLC11One of the best aspects of the session came after the camera had been turned off. Kris was chatting with Dave McCollum from Tech Smith about how the skills that he was showing, his poise with adults and his ability to communicate, are skills that cannot be represented by a standard paper resume. And with this video, he would be able to show a real example of what he's capable of.

 

To be honest, for me the most important part of presenting at a conference like BLC is as an educational opportunity for my students. Anytime we can show students that we are learning, just like they are, is always a good thing. (And helping teachers is an added bonus.)

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Innovative Interface Introduces “KnowU” | TeachThought

Innovative Interface Introduces “KnowU” | TeachThought | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Online learning is exploding in popularity through extremely diverse forms, but all have one thing in common. Though unique in form and audience, MITx, Khan Academy, Eduplanet, YouTube, and even the “Flipped Classroom” all owe at least part of their innovation to the internet.

 

Beyond compelling features or statistical milestones, we’re now safely past the point where these stories are interesting simply because they feature “learning online.” Harrison College is also entering the fray, but the twist here is the interface.

 

Rather than leveraging connectivity for purely academic purposes, KnowU’s inviting interface caters more to student social needs. A graphically distinct online portal whose splash page resembles second life and Playstation Home, the portal also collects contacts from popular social media platforms like Linkedin, Twitter and Facebook, and allows for message exchanges between these platforms.

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TES iBoard: a massive, free collection of high quality interactive K to 6 learning activities - Welcome to NCS-Tech!

TES iBoard: a massive, free collection of high quality interactive K to 6 learning activities - Welcome to NCS-Tech! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Kevin Jarrett writes about how much he appreciates this free site for Interactive White Board activities. He considers this ssite "one of the very, very best of interactive resources I've EVER found."

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#takethetest: NewSchools Venture Fund | Johnathan Schorr

#takethetest: NewSchools Venture Fund | Johnathan Schorr | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The trend is in the form of a hashtag (for those who aren’t fully twitterate, that’s a label for a conversation topic, preceded by a #) called #takethetest. In short, it urges policymakers and other folks in positions of leadership in education who support test-based accountability, to take tests themselves. The trend was called out in a post yesterday on the New York Times’ SchoolBook blog, which in turn traces its roots to “a [Dec. 5] post on The Washington Post’s Answer Sheet blog that told the story of a school board member who took his state’s standardized math and reading tests for 10th graders.”

 

That’s why I love #takethetest so much—because it’ll get us talking about the actual tools more, and the politics less. In fact, there’s a movement building inside my office for all of us at NewSchools to take the standardized tests that are used to track student progress in the schools and other entrepreneurial organizations that we support.

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Social Networks Matter: Friends Increase the Size of Your Brain | The Creativity Post

Social Networks Matter: Friends Increase the Size of Your Brain | The Creativity Post | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By comparing the differences between individuals and the size of their online network of friends, real-world friends, as well as the size of neocortical brain regions involved in social behavior, the researchers were able to identify a strong correlation between the volume of three neocortical regions and the number of that individual’s Facebook friends. Crucially, these brain regions (the right superior temporal sulcus, left middle temporal gyrus, and entorhinal cortex, areas previously implicated in social perception and associative memory) had no relationship to the real-world social networks of these individuals. There was only one area, the amygdala, that showed a correlation between gray matter density and both forms of social networking. The other brain regions seemed to be, quite literally, wired for the web.

 

However, unlike the study with monkey social networks, there was no way to determine whether it was the number of an individual’s Facebook friends that had pushed this neocortical growth or if it was actually the other way around. But given the similarities in function, it is certainly a tempting conclusion to reach. Could it be that online technology has allowed some individuals to express (and expand) a form of social behavior that emerged for other adaptive reasons but which has been underutilized until now?

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National Geographic Documentaries and Videos | Watch Free Movies and Documentaries Online | SnagFilms

National Geographic Documentaries and Videos | Watch Free Movies and Documentaries Online | SnagFilms | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Watch National Geographic documentaries and videos. Nat Geo videos on environment, history, culture, and more. .

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