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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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The Adventures of Library Girl: The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader

The Adventures of Library Girl: The 10 Web 2.0 Tools/Apps I Use Most As A Teacher, Learner & Leader | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jennifer LaGarde

 

"Awhile back Larry Ferlazzo wrote about the Web 2.0/Social Media tools that he uses every day. I read Larry’s blog all the time, but what struck me about this post was not the tools that he listed as being useful to him, (even though I use many of them myself), but rather the actual process of identifying the technology he uses each and every day. Not that this is hard work, mind you, it’s just that technology is such a ubiquitous part of my life; the tools/toys I use most often don’t feel like “tools” at all – rather they are almost an extension of who I am: a part of my daily routine so “normal” that I don’t think twice about the important role they play. Of course I start my day with a cup of coffee, my google reader and a personalized web curation app. Doesn’t everyone?"

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Project Glass - Google+

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Well, this isn't exactly educational, but it sure is fun. Google's latest foray into imagined products -- Project Glass -- wherein beautiful actors model virtual reality glasses that work something like a smartphone. Great video. Parodies already abound. -JL

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WebVideoFetcher.com - Instant Online Video Converter.

WebVideoFetcher.com - Instant Online Video Converter. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From Internet Scout Project

 

"The WebVideoFetcher is an application designed to allow users to convert and download nearly any audio or video URL from a range of sources, such as YouTube, Google, or Facebook. Visitors can simply drop the URL for the item in question into the handy form here and the application will take care of the rest. This version is compatible with all operating systems."

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Technovation Challenge A Course In Entrepreneurship For High School Girls - And Their Mentors - Forbes

Technovation Challenge A Course In Entrepreneurship For High School Girls - And Their Mentors - Forbes | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Angie Chang

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"More than 500 high-school girls from across the country will participate in the Technovation Challenge this spring. The program is designed to give girls the knowledge and confidence to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors in the technology business."

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Apple - Education Seminars & Events - Education Content for iPad

Apple - Education Seminars & Events - Education Content for iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I received this announcement today from the New Media Consortium about a free Webinar to be offered twice by Apple -JL:

 

We're pleased to tell you that our partner, Apple Education, is hosting a free webcast specifically for educators on using the iPad and all its content -- iTunes U, iBooks textbooks, and iBook Author, etc. -- most effectively.

 

There has been a lot of discussion and excitement surrounding these tools and resources in the NMC Community, so this is your opportunity to get expert tips and explore creative uses of the iPad.

 

For your convenience, Apple Education is offering this webcast twice, so make sure to register for either date:

Friday, April 20th: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Eastern / 10 am - 11:30 am Pacific

Wednesday, May 2nd: 4:00 pm - 5:30 am Eastern / 1 pm - 2:30 pm Pacific

Register at https://edseminars.apple.com/s/ij1CR-m6a81/5540447.

 

More about the Apple Webcast:

iPad is transforming the learning experience, making it more interactive, engaging, and mobile. It's not just a device, but a world of amazing content available in the form of apps, iBooks textbooks, and iTunes U courses and collections, and the tools for content creation and distribution.

In this live Apple Education webcast, you'll get an overview of apps for teaching and learning, and see interactive iBooks textbooks built with iBooks Author. You'll see how iTunes U gives educators and organizations the powerful yet easy-to-use tools to develop and distribute courses. Discover how iTunes U, iBooks textbooks, and iBooks Author can work together.

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Guide to Using Free Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills

Guide to Using Free Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Via Learning in Hand

 

"Lisa Johnson and Yolanda Barker have published an eBook titled Hot Apps 4 HOTS: A Guide to Using Free Apps to Support Higher Order Thinking Skills. The book includes nine step-by-step activities that focus on each level of Bloom's taxonomy and includes loads of links to further resources. Like the title says, Lisa and Yolanda write about free apps and most of them work on both iPads and iPod touches. Here are the apps used in the activities:"

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State Of Now – EDU | Exploring the State of Education NOW

State Of Now – EDU | Exploring the State of Education NOW | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This event will take place July 31st and August 1st 2012 at the 92nd Street Y (1395 Lexington Avenue) in New York City.

 

{I attended last year's event...it was great. For $1.40 for a 2-day conference, how can you go wrong? ;-) -JL}

 

Ever since the first #140conf event in New York City back in June 2009, we have been looking at the effects of the real-time web on Education. To date, the #140conf events have provided a platform for: students, elementary and secondary school teachers, college professors and high school principals.

 

In an attempt to provide more attention and more voices to the educators of the world, we have partnered with Chris Lehmann (@chrislehmann) – Principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia and we are bringing #140edu back to the 92nd Street Y for our second year.

 

Ticket Prices for this 2 day event will remain the same as last year. Tickets are $140 for vendors / suppliers in the Education ecosystem; $14 for Students and $1.40 for Educators. Registration for #140edu is now open.

 

The changes in the way we live our lives must create change in the way we teach and learn. The real-time web should create profound changes in the way we think about what, how and why students and teachers can do, create and communicate. The very nature of what we consider "school" should be radically different given the powerful reach of the communicate tools our students have at their disposal. #140edu is dedicated to exploring
and expanding that change. Join us.

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A Call For Speakers

With today's "Call for Speakers" we are looking for creative, out-of-the-box thinkers to come forward and pitch me something relevant they would like to discuss from inside the respective worlds of the education segment they are operating in. Educators from around the world are encouraged to come forward and share their ideas. Students and parents are also encouraged to come forward and share their perspectives. And anyone and/or everyone who has a vested interested in the State of Education NOW are invited to come forward and share their perspective. Our hope is to have a variety of industries represented at our first event.

 

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Pen Pal Kids Club Offers Free Classroom Subscriptions -- THE Journal

Pen Pal Kids Club Offers Free Classroom Subscriptions -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Joshua Bolkan

Description by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"Schools worldwide now can access free subscriptions to Pen Pal Kids Club, a social network for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. On the site, students can communicate securely with other students -- or pen pals -- worldwide whom their teachers approve. Messages are translated in English, Spanish, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Japanese, with more languages to be added."

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15 big ways the Internet is changing our brain | KurzweilAI

15 big ways the Internet is changing our brain | KurzweilAI | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Via The Committed Sardine

 

With much of human knowledge now our fingertips, the Internet is rewiring our brains in various ways, Online College finds:

The Internet is our external hard drive

Children are learning differently

We hardly ever give tasks our full attention

We don’t bother to remember

We’re getting better at finding information

Difficult questions make us think about computers

IQ is increasing over time

Our concentration is suffering

We’re getting better at determining relevance

We’re becoming physically addicted to technology

The more you use the Internet, the more it lights up your brain

Our brains constantly seek out incoming information

We’ve become power browsers

Online thinking persists even offline

Creative thinking may suffer

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6 Tips to Improve Typing on the iPad

6 Tips to Improve Typing on the iPad | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Paul Horowitz

 

"I love the iPad but I really hate typing on it. Though touch screens are magnificent for some tasks, frankly typing just isn’t one of them. Maybe it’s my hands and fingers fault or maybe I’m just a grouchy old school tactile typer, but I struggle to get in any kind of real workflow that involves typing more than a sentence or two on touch screens. I’m probably not the only one to feel this way, so here are six helpful tips to improve the typing and writing experience on the iPad:"

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Young coders: what's happening in the rest of the world?

Young coders: what's happening in the rest of the world? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"How is computing (ie computer science) taught in other countries? A look around the world shows that most other countries are experiencing the same epiphany as the UK. The current ferment of excitement around computer science as a school subject here (Google chairman Eric Schmidt's speech criticising British educatioin, Gove's announcements at BETT, the Royal Society report, new GCSEs announced, Raspberry Pi and .NET Gadgeteer, the Turing centenary, etc) makes the UK unique. Other countries are now looking to Britain for lessons about how to do it right. Comparisons are not straightforward, because of the diversity of educational systems. Nevertheless, there are some lessons we can learn from the international experience:"

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The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students

The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"The Entire Guide to Google Search Features for Teachers and Students is the third ebook I am publishing here exclusively for Educational Technology and Mobile Learning readers. After the success of 80 Alternatives to YouTube and The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools in Education, I am expecting my readers to find this guide of the same importance if not more."

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A New Community and Resources for Games for Learning

A New Community and Resources for Games for Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew Miller 

 

"You knew it was coming, didn't you? Edutopia has officially launched its new Games for Learning Community, and I am honored to be its facilitator. I'm excited to have a space where teachers can share best practices, ask questions around implementation and nerd out on gaming in the classroom.

 

"If you are new to the conversation around games for learning, it is a large umbrella that contains many aspects of using games and game mechanics in the classroom. Whether you're a seasoned gamer or a total noob, here's an intro video and a glossary so that we can all have a common understanding."

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Ten education blogs worth following | eSchool News

Ten education blogs worth following | eSchool News | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Meris Stansbury

 

"Education blogs, on any and every topic, abound online. Unfortunately, educators are probably the last people who have the time to go out and search for them. Which blogs review good free resources? Which can offer information about school reform trends? Which highlight short, how-to videos for those who aren’t very tech-savvy?

 

"In this time-saving list, you’ll find 10 of the best education blogs that readers have recommended, that have won multiple awards, or that other educators just can’t stop talking about."

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Codecademy | Learn to write code online, for free

Codecademy | Learn to write code online, for free | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Codecademy is the easiest way to learn how to code. It's interactive, fun, and you can do it with your friends.

 

From the NY Times, 9/14/11

 

"That’s how he and Mr. Bubinski got the idea of creating a way to help newbies to computer science learn coding skills painlessly and quickly — with easy lessons on the Web and built-in rewards to keep them motivated. The idea led to Codecademy, an online tool designed to give computer science newbies a crash course in the basics.

 

"Codecademy was introduced less than a month ago, and since then, more than 550,000 people have used the site, completing more than six million exercises. Mr. Sims said most users do more than just peruse the site; they spend time working their way through the exercises."

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Work That Matters | High Tech High

Work That Matters | High Tech High | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The teacher's guide to project-based learning" Free for download

 

How to design and run projects for students that begin with an enquiry and end with a tangible, publicly exhibited product. This guide has grown out of the partnership between High Tech High, the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Innovation Unit."

 

This newly published 100-page guide is available for free download. It is the product of an extensive collaboration primarily between High Tech High (a 10-year-old network of 11 public charter schools in San Diego) and Learning Futures (a UK-based non-profit organization that has worked with over 40 schools on innovative methods of teaching and learning, focusing on student engagement). -JL

 

The guide "offers step-by-step advice on planning and managing extended, interdisciplinary projects as well as useful protocols for critique sessions, templates for important documents such as project plans, and examples of high-impact projects."

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100 Mobile Tools for Teachers | Cellphones.org

100 Mobile Tools for Teachers | Cellphones.org | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Cherrye Moore

 

"It is a common-known fact that teaching is a labor of love for most educators. They are overworked and under-appreciated and many of them spend their own money, time and energy to improve their students’ education. With all of the new mobile tools on the market today, teachers can more easily work from satellite locations, share educational resources and access school-related data directly from their cell phones. Here are 100 mobile tools for teachers that make the grade."

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Ways to use Facebook effectively in class | ZDNet

Ways to use Facebook effectively in class | ZDNet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Charlie Osborne

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"The writer of this blog post offers 10 ways in which teachers can use Facebook to help students learn. Charlie Osborne suggests establishing a Facebook group to communicate with the class, taking advantage of Facebook mobile applications, following news feeds and following people of interest. Facebook also is a useful site to communicate with others in a foreign language, conduct questions and polls, share multimedia and collaborate, Osborne writes"

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What works best

What works best | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I had the pleasure of spending about half of yesterday in the company of Alan November at the Scaling Up Student Success conference run by Educztion Week in Jersey City, NJ at the Hyatt Regency Jersey City. (If you ever get the chance to attend an event at this venue, don't miss it!. The views of lower Manhattan and NY harbor from the 9th floor ballroom and patio are spectacular - and this is coming from a jaded New Yorker.)

 

I enjoy listening to and watching Alan present. I love his iconoclasm, clarity, approach to scholarship, informality, and even his sense of humor. Most of all, I enjoy and believe in a lot of what he has to say. Of course, as with most strong personalities, there are those who do not find him their cup of tea, but that's another story.

 

In any event, at one point Alan made reference to the work of John Hattie, an educational scholar who, until yesterday, was unknown to me. Alan took us to a webpage that seems to do a good job of summarizing a couple of decades of Hattie's work, focused on what works best in education.The link for this Scoop.it post will take you to that page. (I can't wait to compare his conclusions to those of Marzano).

 

I won't attempt to summarize the summary, but in addition to saying that I think Hattie's work warrants some significant attention, I'd like to comment a bit the work of the website's author, James Atherton - for his work seems worthy of more than a passing glance as well.

 

Atherton is a "semi-retired" professor, teacher, web-writer, and professional gadfly. His websites get about a million hits per year, which is no small change. Basically he likes to ask "why" and to tell it like it is. Most of his writing revolves around teaching and learning. What I've read so far is great material. Don't miss the profile of him by the (London) Times Education Supplement, a link to which can be found on the hompage of Atherton's website named doceo (www.doceo.co.uk/me.htm).

 

Lots to think about here. Enjoy! -JL

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Spring Cleaning Your Family’s Media Habits: A How-to Guide | Common Sense Media

Spring Cleaning Your Family’s Media Habits: A How-to Guide | Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Caroline Knorr

 

"If the long winter months have sent your kid into the arms of Facebook, Angry Birds, or Sesame Streetreruns, it's time for a little spring cleaning. Thankfully, cleaning up your media act is a lot more fun than figuring out how all those insect wings landed in that weird space in the attic.

 

"The first step is taking stock of the stuff your kid is watching, playing, and downloading. We'll help you figure out what to keep (the good stuff), what to toss (the not-so-good stuff), and what you, as a parent, can "give away" (support strategies for every age).

 

"Stay tuned for the next installment, where we'll tackle the issues that come up and provide handy resources for problem solving.

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How our mobiles became Frankenstein's monster - CNN.com

How our mobiles became Frankenstein's monster - CNN.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew Keen

 

"As always, Mobile World Congress, the world's largest mobile telephone extravaganza, is being held in Barcelona this year. But it really should be held in Geneva, close to where Mary Shelley created Frankenstein.

 

"That's because, with our increasing addiction to our mobile phones, we are in danger of creating a monster that we are less and less able to control.

 

"Exaggeration? When was the last time you went out without your smartphone? How naked, how lost, do you feel without your mobile device? How much essential data, I mean really personal stuff that you wouldn't want anyone else to see, does your mobile phone contain?"

 

Via the Committed Sardine

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The Impact of the iPad on K-12 Schools

The Impact of the iPad on K-12 Schools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Tanya Roscorla

 

"Across the country, schools announce iPad pilots, bring the mobile devices into the classroom and rave about their new tools.

 

"To figure out how this device impacts schools, we'll take a look at pilot programs in two California schools and one Oregon school district. Keep reading to find out the technical and instructional implications of the iPad in the classroom."

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Why all our kids should be taught how to code

Why all our kids should be taught how to code | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By John Naughton

 

"There is a growing consensus that the way children in schools are being taught information technology is in need of a radical overhaul. Here John Naughton explains the problem and offers a manifesto for revolutionary action."

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Technology Timesavers for Teachers - myTeachersLounge

Technology Timesavers for Teachers - myTeachersLounge | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jill Scott

 

"Teachers today are fortunate to have access to technological tools that make our jobs easier and minimize the paperwork involved in educating our students. I didn’t grow up with computers like today’s students did, but I’m very much on board with becoming more tech savvy and, yes, even accepting help from my students when I have technical difficulties.

 

"About a year ago I bought myself an iPad after saving for it for months. It was going to help me organize my life, both at home and at school, and guess what? It did. I love my iPad and I can’t see myself living without it. Today I want to share with you some of my favorite apps and websites that I use in the classroom."

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The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students

The Comprehensive Guide to Google Free Tools for Teachers and Students | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"Given the huge importance of Google services in education and the pressing need for us as teachers and for our students as learners to get to know and use these tools, I have compiled a thorough guide containing all the Google tools that we can use in education. I have been working on this guide for sometime now and it took me several days to check what some edu-bloggers have written about this topic because I do not want to repeat what others have already said. I am thinking I came up with a unique guide in that it is video based more than text based. For every single service I included I provide a video tutorial showing how to use it. The purpose is to get as many students to use it as possible. I know students attention when it comes to a lengthy guide full of paragraphs would very easily be distracted and chances are they would not read it all. This is why I included videos to spur them to discover all the tools."

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