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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Is Moodle Dead? Will Edmodo take over?

Is Moodle Dead?  Will Edmodo take over? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Interesting Q and A with a district tech director on the status of use of Moodle and Edmodo in his district. His answer: teachers and kids will vote with their clicks. For the time being, both will remain in use. -JL

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David McCandless: The beauty of data visualization | Video on TED.com

David McCandless turns complex data sets (like worldwide military spending, media buzz, Facebook status updates) into beautiful, simple diagrams that tease out unseen patterns and connections. Good design, he suggests, is the best way to navigate information glut -- and it may just change the way we see the world.


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Could Doceri be the IWB killer?

Could Doceri be the IWB killer? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The iPad app has all the normal software installed that would expect with your IWB, so you can use different modes such as a whiteboard mode that enables you to write on the board from your iPad using your finger or an additional stylus, or surf the internet and interact with the computer native software, or you can mix the two modes and annotate over web pages or software based applications. The app records your annotations too so that you can play them back as video animations.


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How to View Several PowerPoint Presentations in One Window

How to View Several PowerPoint Presentations in One Window | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Greenshot - a free and open source screenshot tool

Greenshot - a free and open source screenshot tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Greenshot allows quick creation of screenshots, easy annotation, highlighting and obfuscating using the built-in image editor and sending the screenshot to a file, the clipboard, a printer or as e-mail attachment.

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I really liked this tool on XP but have been having glitches on Win7. FYI
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Presentation Assistant for Doing Presentations, Teaching and Demo

Presentation Assistant for Doing Presentations, Teaching and Demo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The presentation aid software allows you to highlight, zoom, spotlight, capture and annotate screen that can aid during presentations.


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Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools

Teacher’s recommendations for academic uses of 5 fun free presentation tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

... ideas about ways to use these fun free tools in instructional situations and other academic applications.


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Beyond Dropbox: Build Your OwnCloud (Open-Source Web-based Personal Storage) | ZDNet

Beyond Dropbox: Build Your OwnCloud (Open-Source Web-based Personal Storage) | ZDNet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Everyone likes personal cloud services, like Apple’s iCloud, Google Music, and Dropbox. But, many of aren’t crazy about the fact that our files, music, and whatever are sitting on someone else’s servers without our control."

 

OwnCloud allows you to set up your own cloud server for file-sharing, music-streaming, and calendar, contact, and bookmark sharing project.

 

OwnCloud offers the ease-of-use and cost effectiveness of Dropbox and box.net with a more secure, better managed offering that, because it’s open source, offers greater flexibility and no vendor lock in."

 

OwnCloud enables universal access to files through a Web browser or WebDAV. It also provides a platform to easily view and sync contacts, calendars and bookmarks across all devices and enables basic editing right on the Web.

 

Programmers will be able to add features to it via its open application programming interface (API).

 

Read more about it: http://www.zdnet.com/blog/open-source/owncloud-an-open-source-cloud-to-call-your-own/10011 

 

Check the official site: http://owncloud.org/ 

 

Try it out now: http://demo.owncloud.org/files/index.php 

 

or download it: http://owncloud.org/releases/owncloud-2.0.1.tar.bz2 


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Get A Free Personal 10GB Cloud Storage Space and Sync All Your Computers and Devices: CX

Get A Free Personal 10GB Cloud Storage Space and Sync All Your Computers and Devices: CX | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

CX (free to $19.99 per month) is a cloud-based syncing and storage back-up solution, similar to the well-known Dropbox, that gives you access to your files from virtually any Internet-connected device.

 

CX offers free downloadable software that works seamlessly on Windows and Mac, as well as free apps for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.

 

Where native apps aren't supported—and they're notably missing from Android, BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, and Linux—a straightforward and responsive website, CX.com, stands in just fine.

 

The free basic account offers 10GB and all of the features.

 

Read the full review on PC Magazine: http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2395993,00.asp 

 

Features: https://www.cx.com/features/ 

 

Pricing: https://www.cx.com/plans/ 

 

Fid out more: https://www.cx.com/ 

 

 


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Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts

Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

If you were waiting for Google to release a screen-sharing feature inside the Hangout real-time collaboration platform, that time has come.

 

In the next 48 hours Google will be rolling out to all Google+ users the ability to screen-share during any hangout session.

 

From Christopher Johnson G+ post: "When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users.

 

We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design ( http://goo.gl/gG1NA ).

 

Highlights include:

 

- Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.

 

- Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements."

Source:  https://plus.google.com/115570939558790629700/posts/h9HHTRBK7CJ 


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How Do I Record Skype Calls for Free?

Recording skype audio can be performed for free by following these easy steps.

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How Students Learn: Thoughts from a Favorite Author - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus

How Students Learn: Thoughts from a Favorite Author - Faculty Focus | Faculty Focus | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A thoughtful, brief article that discusses effective teaching, regardless of age level or context. -JL


From the blog post by Maryellen Weimer:

A brief reflection piece that shares four moments that occur regularly in his classroom, followed by four learning principles that support what’s happening during those moments. The paragraph describing those principles is a wonderfully succinct description of what we know about how students learn best...

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A Beginner's Guide to Twitter | ReadWriteWeb

A Beginner's Guide to Twitter | ReadWriteWeb | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Many of ReadWriteWeb’s readers are old hands at Twitter, but the service gets thousands of new users every day. That includes a lot of folks who suddenly need to use Twitter as part of their job. If you’re just being introduced to the joys of Twitter (or introducing it to another user), here’s a short and friendly primer on what you need to know about using the site.

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Moodlecommons.org: Moodle Training Videos

Moodlecommons.org: Moodle Training Videos | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

These videos feature interactive opportunities for viewers.  A good selection of basic and intermediate concepts for Moodle using instructors. (Pre-2.0) ~ Dennis

 

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The items are divided by topic. Once you find the topic that you are interested in, select the particular video that will help you from within that topic.

 

You can download this course for your own Moodle server. Just be sure to include the CC License and attribution with the course.


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Collaboration 1: Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning

Collaboration 1: Collaboration is the key influence in the quality of teaching - Ewan McIntosh | Digital Media & Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Innovative teaching happens more in environments where teachers collaborate. In schools where teachers report more frequent collaboration with one another on teaching practices, innovative teaching scores tend to be higher... Teachers told us that collaboration can be an important mechanism for sharing teaching practices and for mutual support toward improving them."


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Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting

Tech Tools for Teachers: Podcasting | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In the first instalment of his brand-new series, Nik Peachey looks at podcasting and how it can be used to help students develop their listening and speaking skills both inside and outside the classroom. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on podcasting, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.


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ScreenCastle | One Click Screencasting

ScreenCastle | One Click Screencasting | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Record a screencast directly from you browser.


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VIDEO tutorial: Popplet in the classroom

VIDEO tutorial: Popplet in the classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Mark Brumley


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Embed Videos into Powerpoint via Zamzar

Embed Videos into Powerpoint via Zamzar | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

We’re often asked here at Zamzar how you can embed videos into Microsoft Powerpoint presentations, to give them that extra "wow" factor. We decided to put together a step by step guide to take you...


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Videoconference Through Your Large Screen TV Monitor: Warpia ConnectHD

Tired of squinting in front of a small laptop screen for the next videoconference?

 

The Warpia ConnectHD device provides users with an easy way to stream content wirelessly (up to 1080p HD video quality) from any laptop computer to a television screen or HDTV without any limitation.

 

ConnectHD integrates a wide-angle HD video camera and a multidirectional microphone, and it provides the perfect technology fit to do videoconferencing from the comfort of your living room, and with the great view offered by your large screen TV monitor.

 

ConnectHD starts at $129. 

 

Find out more: http://store.warpia.com/product_p/swp400vc.htm 


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Beyond Task Lists, Project Gantt Charts and Mindmaps: Organize Your Information Tasks with mySimpleSurface

Beyond Task Lists, Project Gantt Charts and Mindmaps: Organize Your Information Tasks with mySimpleSurface | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Mysimplesurface is a new kind of visualization and information-organization tool that sits between a mindmap, a project management and a task-list tool.

 

From the site: "My simple surface is fast and designed to manage lots of things in a semi-structured environment."

 

"...My simple surface is like a big white board for quickly and easily organising lots of things. When there's too much going on, you need space. You need a surface to put things on. Move things around. Step back. Organise, and re-organise."

 

Sets of information nodes can be organized into "surfaces", which are logical group of items connected together.

 

"Capture points quickly onto a surface. Organise, and re-organise later.

 

Create as many surfaces as you need and link them together. Manage large projects with inter-related surfaces. Organise them in the way that makes sense to you."

 

Surfaces can be shared with selected team members by inviting them via email through the dedicated Share function.

 

See an introductory video: http://www.mysimplesurface.com/intro 

 

Start creating your first surface: http://www.mysimplesurface.com/design 

 

More info: http://www.mysimplesurface.com/ 

 

(Reviewed by Robin Good)


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Chat In Any Language You Want: TransFire XP iPhone Application

From the official press release: 

TransFire XP is the first Instant Messaging App for iPhone with real-time translated chat. 

 

Say for example, your Argentinian cousin, Carlos, speaks only Spanish. With Transfire XP, you can now chat with each other in real-time, without any language barrier. Send a message wishing Carlos a "Happy Birthday!", and he will read "Feliz Cumpleaños!" on his phone. Carlos then responds, "Gracias," and you read, "Thank you."

 

TNT Creations announced today the release of their iPhone application, Transfire XP, free for a limited time. 

 

Transfire XP brings the first chat and instant-messaging app with real-time, translated text. The application features a user-friendly interface, fast message delivery, and supports over 50 languages.

 

Transfire XP finds contacts on your local phone or device, and supports contacts from Gchat and Yahoo Messenger. Upcoming support for chat on Facebook, ICQ, Baidu is coming next.

 

The translation is made possible by integrating Google Translate. 

 

Transfire XP is free for a limited time.

 

Find out more about it: http://www.transfireapp.com/ 

 

Available in the AppStore here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/translation-fire/id413486753?mt=8&ls=1 


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what a great tool!
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A Day in the Life of the National Online Teacher of the Year - MyEdNext

A Day in the Life of the National Online Teacher of the Year - MyEdNext | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A 5-minute video profiling Kristin Kipp, National Online Teacher of the Year 2011. This is the first time such an award has been made. -JL

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Learnadoodledastic: Adding Voiceover Sound to Powerpoint

Learnadoodledastic: Adding Voiceover Sound to Powerpoint | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"a 4 part series of videos demonstrating and discussing how to include voice-over sound in PowerPoint presentations. For those that are new to PowerPoint, electronic presentations or are slightly technophobic in these matters hopefully these videos will be useful to you."


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Free Searching With Google Workbook | Simple K-12

Free Searching With Google Workbook | Simple K-12 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

This is a free offer to obtain a workbook containing 15 "Real Life" examples of how to use Google to easily engage your students' "learning brain". You must sign up with your email address and agree to receive future periodic messages. On the plus side, this is a reputable company that does good work in offering both free and paid support for tech-using teachers. -JL

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