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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week

Gallup: Student Engagement Drops With Each Grade | Eduction Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Fancesca Duffy

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"A recent Gallup poll of 500,000 students in 37 states finds that with each year they progress in school, students are less engaged -- with just 4 in 10 high-school students reportedly engaged, down from 8 in 10 in elementary school, Ellen Wexler writes in this guest blog post. Among the possible reasons cited for the decline is the increased focus on standardized testing in later grades and a lack of options for students who are not on the college path."

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Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship

Reinventing Education To Teach Creativity And Entrepreneurship | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Jennifer Medbery

 

"Our schools should be producing kids who tinker, make, experiment, collaborate, question, and embrace failure as an opportunity to learn. Our schools must be staffed with passionate teachers who are not just prepared to foster creativity, perseverance, and empathy, but are responsible for ensuring kids develop these skills.

 

"Most importantly, in these schools, old-fashioned gradebooks and multiple-choice tests aren’t good enough. Teachers need better tools to track several dimensions of student progress. Kids are more than just test scores. The narrative is important, and teaching demands a new type of CRM (classroom relationship management) to capture anecdotal notes and evidence of student growth. Teachers must become disciplined and analytical about identifying students’ strengths and skill gaps, continuously turning classroom data into a plan of action."

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12 Of The Best Math iPad Apps Of 2012

12 Of The Best Math iPad Apps Of 2012 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
12 Of The Best Math iPad Apps Of 2012: math, apps, ipad, common core

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23 Free Learning Tools For Monological, Dialogical and Polyphonic Forms of Teaching

23 Free Learning Tools For Monological, Dialogical and Polyphonic Forms of Teaching | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
23 Free Learning Tools For Monological, Dialogical and Polyphonic Forms of Teaching - A Follow Up To The Article: A Pedagogical Framework for Digital Tools

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 13, 2013 11:46 AM

A MUST read...

 

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, January 13, 2013 2:22 PM

Intrigued to learn about this Venn diagram of three forms of learning digital learning tools, for which several are listed as having elements off all three forms.   Digital, on-line educators, what do you think?  ~  Deb

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Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool

Text Compactor: Free Online Automatic Text Summarization Tool | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Follow these simple steps to create a summary of your text.

Step 1Type or paste your text into the box. Step 2Drag the slider, or enter a number in the box, to set the percentage of text to keep in the summary. 

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Step 3

Read your summarized text. If you would like a different summary, repeat Step 2. When you are happy with the summary, copy and paste the text into a word processor, or text to speech program, or language translation tool


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Sarah McElrath's comment, January 23, 2013 8:43 AM
Great tool! Thanks for sharing.
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How To Create An Animated Doodle Video for a School History Project

How To Create An Animated Doodle Video for a School History Project | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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Simply terrific

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Ken Morrison's curator insight, January 13, 2013 10:50 AM

This looks like a lot of work, but I can see students really getting into it.  It looks like a great way to 'trick' students into working very hard to learn the things needed for a successful project. (that they would have fun doing).

 

ben bernard's comment, January 13, 2013 9:10 PM
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Ignacio Jaramillo's curator insight, March 27, 2013 12:53 PM

Simple Great!

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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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MrsTucceri's curator insight, September 1, 2014 8:17 AM

Helpful collection of educational apps organized by grade levels and categories

Karen E Smith's curator insight, October 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Every teacher should create a list of apps that work/don't work for their teaching purposes.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:28 AM

I really appreciate the early childhood apps. I'm gonna recommend them to my students' parents

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Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs | Google Gooru

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Docs | Google Gooru | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Gooru

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, January 11, 2013 10:14 PM

Google Gooru is an excellent source for tutorials on how to use Google Apps.

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Facebook Pages and Groups for Teachers

Facebook Pages and Groups for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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6 Must Do Tips For A Quality Screencast

6 Must Do Tips For A Quality Screencast | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Stop! Before you get ready to record your next online tutorial, take a quick looksee at the 6 tips I present in this video. These are some of the easiest things to do that, if you pay just a little attention to them, can help differentiate your online screencasts as a step above in quality from all the others.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 3, 2013 3:23 PM

Some great practical tips from an experienced trainer for anyone who wants to improve their screencasting skill.

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PageFlip Free PDF to PowerPoint

PageFlip Free PDF to PowerPoint | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

100% Freeware PageFlip PDF to PowerPoint let you quickly convert much PDF file into an easy-to-view PowerPoint version. It preserves the original layout of text, columns, tables, and even hyperlinks of PDF files to PowerPoint presentation. There’s no need to retype or reformat the converted presentations. Once converted, you can show on your website so that your reader can download directly.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 11, 2013 11:13 AM

A handy tool for turning your PDF files into a PowerPoint presentation. Batch conversion. Free download.

Check out Demo presentation, the program creates truly beautiful and functional presentations.

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Handy New Diigo Browser Extension Features

Handy New Diigo Browser Extension Features | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Richard Byrne

 

"Over the last month I've started using Diigo as my primary tool for bookmarking links. Yesterday, Diigo released a new version of their browser extension. The updated extension includes some features that are quite handy.

"The most significant of the updates is a streamlined screenshot process. Now you can click the browser extension to take a screenshot of the page that you're viewing. You can capture all or part of a page in your screenshot. Your screenshot can be annotated with the integrated Diigo drawing and typing tools. All screenshots can be saved as individual files in your Diigo account or attached to the URL that you're bookmarking.

"The updated Diigo browser extension now includes the option to save images that you find on the web as stand-alone files or attach them to a URL that you're bookmarking."


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Andrrey Yatsenko's curator insight, February 12, 2014 7:04 AM

New  Browser  for  teaching !

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10 videos for learning in the 21st Century

10 videos for learning in the 21st Century | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
VideoAmy has collected a playlist of brief, compelling videos about education that can be used to start meetings with a bang and get everyone from parents to teachers engaged.

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, January 14, 2013 11:46 AM

Excllent playlist of breif, compelling videos about education that can be used to start meetings with a bang and get everyone from parents to teachers engaged.

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Fifth-graders discuss 21st century skills | Emporia Gazette

Fifth-graders discuss 21st century skills | Emporia Gazette | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
New Program element integrates technology, entrepreneurship and critical thinking

 

By John Giffin

 

"A new element to the program was added this year titled “How can I positively impact Emporia and it’s future?” During the project, students will address different areas, including designing a campaign to promote Emporia, find community service for fifth-graders, determine what types of businesses and services are needed in Emporia and develop a business plan for those possible businesses and services."

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Fascinating piece

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The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community

The 2013 School Leadership Summit (SchoolLeadershipSummit.com) - The TICAL Community | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"The Technology Information Center for Administrative Leadership (TICAL) and Steve Hargadon are pleased to announce the inaugural virtual and worldwide School Leadership Summit, Thursday, March 28th, 2013. This free conference will be held online and will be a unique chance to participate in a collaborative global conversation on school leadership with presentations by your peers. It is being co-chaired by Steve Hargadon, whose virtual educational conferences had over 100,000 attendee logins last year.

 

"To be kept informed of the latest conference news and updates, please join the Admin 2.0 network and conference website at http://www.schoolleadershipsummit.com. Conference strands (aligned to the internationally-recognized ISTE National Education Technology Standards for Administrators) will include the leadership topics:

Vision in a Changing WorldTeaching and Learning in a Changing WorldProfessional Learning in a Changing WorldData-driven Reform in a Changing WorldEthical and Responsible Use in a Changing World"

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Free Podcast Tools

Free Podcast Tools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A list of free podcast tools


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e_learnglobal's curator insight, January 13, 2013 3:34 PM

Free Podcast tools. This is what I love about being an Instrucitonal Designer in this age, all of the cool tools you get ot play with.

Bart van Maanen's curator insight, January 15, 2013 4:54 AM

Afhankelijk van wat je wil, kun je veel - meest Amerikaanse - online programma's vinden die je kunnen helpen bij het maken van podcasts. Van het vinden en opnemen van geluid tot het monteren en distribueren van je podcast.

e_learnglobal's comment, June 4, 2013 7:42 AM
Ok so I got down to business of creating a podcast, and didn't find any on this very helpful. I did a search and then did find this youtube video (using Podomatic) VERY helpful, as it also includes how to easily get your podcasts onto youtube. Have fun!
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New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets

New Web App Recommends Books Based on Your Tweets | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
BookRx is a simple and innovative tool to use if you're looking for interesting reading material. It uses your tweets to predict which books you will enjoy.

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Reading a book is a significant investment of time. That's why it's common to ask friends for recommendations when looking for interesting literature. If you haven't said it yourself, you've probably heard someone say the common refrain: "Read any good books lately?"

That method has worked fairly well thus far, but an innovative new web appsources recommendations from the person who knows you best — you.

Simply insert your Twitter handle into BookRx, and seconds later the app produces a list of categories and specific books you might enjoy. The app, which was launched yesterday, is a product of Northwestern University'sKnight Lab. Shawn O'Banion, a third-year PhD student, worked with his professor, Larry Birnbaum, to create BookRx.

 

 


 

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tellsMashable.

“Twitter is really unique because it’s a stream of consciousness for the user," O'Banion tells Mashable. "Typically you’re projecting an image of yourself on Twitter with the things that you say; while that might not be your true self, it’s actually who you want to represent on social media.”

 


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