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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Tutorial: How To Upload a Video to YouTube

Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Tutorial: How To Upload a Video to YouTube | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Wesley Fryer

 

An illustrated step-by-step guide, suitable for personal use or for sharing with others. -JL

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Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 | Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies

Top 100 Tools for Learning 2012 | Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jane Hart

 

Since 2007, Hart has been polling learning professionals around the world about their choices of best tools to "create or deliver learning

content/solutions for others, or a tool for [their] own personal or professional learning. This site presents the results of her 2012 poll, release in early October. -JL

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Apps in Education: 10 iPad Apps for Documenting Learning

Apps in Education: 10 iPad Apps for Documenting Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Greg Swanson

 

"One of the things that really excites me about the iPad is the ability of the students to show their learning. I am not talking about the end product here, I am talking about the act of learning that can be shown by students recording their processes. It is often about the student putting the information they have learnt into a context. It is this contextualisation that helps the students create meaning. Here is a perfect example from a young 1st grade student who talks us through his investigation into transport. This example was shown on a recent school visit as one way a student could document their own learning. Our Lady of the Angels, Rouse Hill is an exemplar school combining principles of contemporary pedagogy with contemporary learning spaces."

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65 Interesting Ideas for Class Blog Posts

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Another one of Tom Barrett's crowd-sourced slide shows; this one chock full of teacher-contributed ideas for enlivening class blog posts. -JL

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103 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom-

103 Interesting Ways to use an iPad in the Classroom- | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tom Barrett has developed a great series of crowd-sourced slide shows on a wide variety of educational topics...primarily, but not entirely, for elementary-level teachers. This creative collection focuses on using iPads in the classroom. Viewers are sure to find something useful here. Keep up the great work Tom! -JL

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Diana Laufenberg on Teaching History Thematically | Teachinghistory.org

Diana Laufenberg on Teaching History Thematically | Teachinghistory.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Diana Laufenberg

 

 

"After a number of years of teaching history chronologically, I made the curricular decision to shift to a thematic approach. I am privileged to work in schools that allow me the flexibility to make these types of classroom decisions.

 

My rationale for this change was grounded in a number of gut-check teacher experiences but also in the writings of Sam Wineburg, Eric Foner, David Perkins, and James Loewen. America has never excelled at knowing its own past. As I watched the school days pass, I observed that students participated and engaged, but still did not meaningfully retain the information. Something had to give. I ditched chronological teaching."


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"If we teach history every year in school, why do the students retain so little of the information?"

 
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PBL and AP Webinar Part 1 of 2

AP courses are content heavy and are dictated by the College Board. Thus, teachers often find the most efficient way to "get through" the content is in the traditional lecture-style setting. AP veteran teacher and BIE National Faculty member, Dayna Laur, will take you through the process in which project-based learning allows your students to master AP content rather than merely memorize it. Strategies for maximizing student learning through project-based learning will be discussed, as will ways in which you can align College Board demands with 21st Century learning. Hear ideas on various projects for a variety of AP content areas and get ready to start implementing your own!


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ePortfolios - Overview - ePortfolios with GoogleApps

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A website to support the use of GoogleApps to construct ePortfolios in both K-12 schools and in higher education...


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Infinite Thinking Machine 3.01 - Game On

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From the website

 

"Episode 3.01 is all about gaming in education. Call it "gamification" or "serious fun" or whatever else you like, we just know it's wicked cool. Featured innovations include: using Minecraft in the classroom, GameStar Mechanic, NYC Haunts, and an interview with Lucien Vattel from GameDesk. Plus we do a little hacking."

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How to Solve a Rubik's Cube

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By Jon Allen and Jan Nelson

 

"Rubik's cube provides an easily accessible, hands on introduction to group theory. Learn about how you can use simple group theory to efficiently solve any Rubik's cube!"

 

This Learnist site offers solutions and game theory papers for enthusiasts of varying skill levels and ranges of intellectual interest. -JL

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Best 15 Free Video Conferencing Tools 2012

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Robin Good: If you are looking for a free video conferencing solution, here is my selection of the top 15 (and more) solutions available right now online.

I have personally checked each one of them, and while you may not like each one, they all guarantee the ability to video conference with more than two people (FlashMeeting is the only exception I have included) without you needing to pay anything for it.

 

Some, as good as Vidyo or Zoom.us may provide HD quality video and even full support for mobile platforms. Others, like MeBeam or Sinfor offer bare-bone ad-supported solutions that have zero frills but can do the job if you need an immediate, zero-cost solution.

 

Check it out here: http://pinterest.com/robingood/top-15-free-video-conferencing-tools-2012/

 

P.S.: Feel free to suggest tools you know that should belong in this collection.

 

 


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What about Skype? Too well-known?
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Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com

Virtual Class in Session: Startup's Technology Bring Users Together - Bloomberg.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Marcus Chan

 

"Net Power & Light, based in San Francisco, is making its debut with technology it calls Spinthat turns online education into a group activity, even if the participants are on opposite sides of the globe.

 

"The company has released three free iPad apps that allow users to create virtual gatherings where they can all watch educational content together from sources such as Harvard, Stanford University, TED and the National Geographic Channel. Users can also fast-forward to the best parts, pause the program so the group can debate a particular point via videoconferencing, or jump to a different clip."

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5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal

5 Tech-Friendly Lessons to Encourage Higher-Order Thinking -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Susan Brooks-Young

 

"Experts maintain that regular opportunities to engage in activities requiring use of higher order thinking skills can significantly improve student achievement as measured on standardized tests. My own experience as a classroom teacher, site administrator, and professional development provider supports this assertion.

 

"To this end, mobile apps and Web 2.0 tools can facilitate implementation of activities requiring students to use skills at the top three levels of Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy--analyzing, evaluating, and creating. Here are five examples of activities that target these levels of the taxonomy and can be used with students across grade levels in a variety of content areas. Teachers of very young children can implement these ideas as whole class projects."

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Project Based Learning – giving it a go in an English Classroom

Project Based Learning – giving it a go in an English Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Australian teacher Jenny Luca provides an unusually lengthy and detailed account of her venture into PBL with fellow teachers and her class. What I find so interesting is the way she weaves together her personal experience with numerous resources that others will find useful. I also enjoyed how Luca discussed using the Future Work Skills diagram (above) with her students as a springboard for timely reflection. -JL

 

"What’s been incredibly encouraging is the spoken feedback I’m getting from students. I’ve heard some say they are enjoying the challenge of thinking, of directing their own learning, of working with people they don’t normally mix with. One student stayed back after class to tell me how much she was enjoying learning this way and that she’d never thought it would be possible to work like this in an English classroom. Many are excited about their ideas and are genuinely interested in seeing them come to fruition and sharing their artifact with others. Most of them have structured manageable tasks, but some have been ambitious. I’ve made a point of saying to them repeatedly that it’s the collaborative work and process that is important here, and if what they come up with falls short of their plans due to time restraints, it’s still possible to do very well on this task if they have done what is expected from them. As teachers, we decided to weight collaboration most heavily for their assessment and the students know this. They’ve been provided with the assessment breakdown so they know what they are working towards."

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Writing Multiple Choice Questions For Higher Order Thinking: Instructional Design and eLearning

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By Connie Malamed

 

"Higher order thinking goes beyond memorizing and recalling facts and data. It even goes beyond comprehension. Higher-order thinking refers to cognitive processes that involve analytical, critical or creative thinking....

 

"Because test items must be aligned with learning objectives, you’ll need to include higher-order thinking skills from the start. And yes, these may be better measured through open ended questions, essays and discussions. But if you find yourself needing to use multiple choice tests as a necessity, you can make the best of this situation with these three approaches."

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35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | Edudemic

35 Ways To Build Your Personal Learning Network Online | Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Posted by Katie Lepi

 

"Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.

 

"Although PLNs have been around for years, in recent years social media has made it possible for these networks to grow exponentially.

 

"Now, it’s possible to expand and connect your network around the world anytime, anywhere. But how exactly do you go about doing that?

 

"Check out our guide to growing your personal learning network with social media, full of more than 30 different tips, ideas, useful resources, and social media tools that can make it all possible."

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Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom | Steven Anderson

Quick List Of iPad Resources For The Classroom | Steven Anderson | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Apps, case studies, reviews, articles, lessons and more from a variety of hand-picked sources. Anderson is a leader in district ed tech implementation and specializes in social media. -JL

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JSTOR: How Thematic Teaching Can Transform History Education

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The Clearing House, Vol. 68, No. 3 (Jan. - Feb., 1995), pp. 160-162

Excellent, short article from 1995! -JL


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Rachel G. Ragland | Changing Secondary Teachers' Views of Teaching American History | The History Teacher, 40.2 | The History Cooperative

Rachel G. Ragland | Changing Secondary Teachers' Views of Teaching American History | The History Teacher, 40.2 | The History Cooperative | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

CHANGING TEACHING PRACTICES in secondary history classrooms requires teachers to first change their attitudes and views towards teaching history. This was a key finding that emerged from the analysis of changes that took place in the teachers' classrooms during the course of our Teaching American History grant project that was successful in changing teachers' views and attitudes. What follows is a summary of the teachers' practices, ideas, and attitudes about teaching history before participating in the program, the professional development activities that took place with the goal of changing these attitudes and practices, and a summary of the new ideas and practices that were documented after the program. Key curriculum elements in the program that are believed to have produced the most significant changes in attitudes and classroom instruction will be highlighted.


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PBL and AP Webinar Part 2 of 2

AP courses are content heavy and are dictated by the College Board. Thus, teachers often find the most efficient way to "get through" the content is in the traditional lecture-style setting. AP veteran teacher and BIE National Faculty member, Dayna Laur, will take you through the process in which project-based learning allows your students to master AP content rather than merely memorize it. Strategies for maximizing student learning through project-based learning will be discussed, as will ways in which you can align College Board demands with 21st Century learning. Hear ideas on various projects for a variety of AP content areas and get ready to start implementing your own!


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Edcanvas

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Create an interactive online lesson with this brilliant site. Upload and curate all the resources for a lesson in one place and access them with one click. The site works with Office files, PDFs, flash files, small videos file, images, Youtube videos, internet links and even connects to Google Drive and Dropbox. Then simply share the link with anyone who need to use view it.

http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Planning+%26+Assessment

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English Language Arts CCSS gr. 1-8 | Learnist

English Language Arts CCSS gr. 1-8 | Learnist | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Megan Chapman has assembled an excellent and extensive collection of websites focused primarily on Informational Reading and Literature in the middle school grades 6-8. Additional ELA standards areas and lower grades are also addressed. Collection consists primarily of videos, quizzes, and activity sheets. A wonderful job, which is sure to grow in size and be helpful to teachers, students, and parents. -JL

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Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning

Personalize Learning: Blended Learning is Not the Only Way to Personalize Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Blended learning means offering a combination of face-to-face and online learning opportunities to learners. Blending these learning opportunities can contribute to personalizing learning. However, blended learning is not the only approach that personalizes learning. Personalizing learning starts with the learner. This means that learners have a stake in their learning by taking responsibility for their learning. When they own and drive their learning, they are more motivated to want to learn. In a learning environment that starts with the learner, teacher and learner roles change.


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ASCD Webinars - Free Professional Development

ASCD Webinars - Free Professional Development | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

More than 50 free webinars from ASCD; including presentations by Robert Marzano, Art Costa and Bena Kallick, Grant Wiggins, Carol Tomlinson, Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Jonathan Bergmann and Aaaron Sams, and Judy Willis. Many presentations include hard copy support materials.  Many presentations are focused on CCSS, but many can be found on additional topics such as the Flipped Classroom, Technology in Teaching, Motivation, Assessment, Evaluation, Differentiation, and Supervision.    - JL

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8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine

8 Unique Online Presentation Tools for Students| The Committed Sardine | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Ross Crockett

 

"Often students are called upon to make presentations for class projects, and many are eager to break out of the mold of the standard PowerPoint and do something really special. These are 8 unique online presentation tools that will help your students do exactly that. From zooming presentations to animations to timelines, there's a little something for every great idea here."

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