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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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HeraldNet.com - New role for teacher: selling lesson plans

HeraldNet.com - New role for teacher: selling lesson plans | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it


A trained teacher, Rachel Lynette no longer spends her days in a classroom. Even so, she's hard at work on lesson plans.

Those work sheets, it turns out, are valuable commodities.

"I earn about two-thirds of my living this way," the Bothell woman said. "My goal is $100 a day, every day -- seven days a week, not five."

In October, Lynette said, she earned $3,350 selling her original lesson plans at the TeachersPayTeachers website. She isn't getting rich, but the site's founder, and at least one top seller, make serious money.

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How Principals Can Grow Teacher Excellence | Edutopia

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At Cochrane Collegiate Academy, teachers credit their principal with helping them continually improve their practice through effective PD, ongoing support, and mutual trust.
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The Flipped Classroom Revisited

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This is a guest post from Jon Bergmann. Jon is a pioneer of the flipped classroom movement. You can join the Flipped Class community at FlippedClass.com, and can follow Jon on Twitter @jonbergmann.

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Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More | MindShift

Awesome New Apps for Building, Reading, X-Raying and More | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A review of our favorite educational apps released or updated in the past month. (Read all of our Educational Apps series.) Below you’ll find a mixture of iOS, Android, and Web-based apps.

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12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher

12 Tech Tools That Will Transform The Way You Teach! | Catlin Tucker, Honors English Teacher | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In a Simple K12 blog post titled “17 Signs Your Classroom is Behind the Times” they provide a list of things that characterize a classroom that has fallen behind. Number 16 lists a variety of technology tools that every educator should know about.

 

As I read the list, I realized that although many teachers are interested in and excited about technology integration, they are too busy to explore all the new technology tools available online.

 

This blog post is dedicated to all of the overworked teachers who just don’t have the time to seek out this information. I have provided brief explanations, links to and pictures of the tools mentioned by Simple K12 (and a couple of my favorites). I hope this makes it more manageable for teachers to pick and choose which tools they want to use.

 


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Schools add Internet etiquette, safety to coursework

Schools add Internet etiquette, safety to coursework | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Schools across the USA are adding coursework focused on Internet privacy, cyberbullying and electronic plagiarism.
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Harnessing the Power of Autonomy | Digital Learning Environments

Harnessing the Power of Autonomy | Digital Learning Environments | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

One of my favorite books is Daniel Pink's Drive: the Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us. And speaking of motivation, I was movitated to read his book after watching the animation of a talk he gave. I must have watched that video three or four times before getting online and ordering his book, and after devoring his book my mind kept thinking, "How can I use these ideas in my classroom?"

 

One of the real big things that stuck in my mind was the idea of autonomy -- or having the freedom to choose how we do something. He explains how this can be one of the biggest reasons why people succeed at a given task. The problem was that when I went back through my lesson plans I didn't see any autonomy for my students. Every one of them were step-by-step tech projects. So over the summer I started to revamp some of my lessons to include student autonomy.

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STEAM: Experts Make Case for Adding Arts to STEM

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Momentum is building to explore how the arts can be linked with STEM subjects to enhance student learning and help foster creativity and innovation.
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Clayton Christensen: Why online education is ready for disruption, now.

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Another great and informative post on Clayton Christensen's most recent activities, including a talk at The Future of State Universities conference. Excellent overview of some of Christensen's major points from "Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns."


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State universities should be overhauled .
They are more expensive than for profits.
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Technology Of The Future: The 11 Awesome Videos That Will Blow Your Mind

Technology Of The Future: The 11 Awesome Videos That Will Blow Your Mind | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Projectors and lasers and smartphones, oh my! It might still be 2011 (barely), but that hasn't stopped a whole bunch of technology companies, innovators and researchers from thinking about what the future might look like.

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Wired How-To Wiki

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Homepage to Wired magazine's wiki containing more than 300 reliable how-to articles in 12 categories such as Computers, Gadgets, iPad & iPhone, Internet, Software, and Work. -Jl

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Making Sense of Assessment with Voicethread

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Effective narrated slide deck featuring Michelle Pacansky-Brock on using Voicethread for assessment; emphasis is on assessment that builds upon students' capacities and motivation for self-driven learning. -JL

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Computers in Classrooms 29th November 2011 -- 3D Edition!

Computers in Classrooms 29th November 2011 -- 3D Edition! | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Terry Freedman is quite a prolific writer and ed tech evangelist in Great Britain. He publishes a monthly newsletter that contains a great deal of useful and interesting infromation. The November issue came out on the 29th and is devoted primarily to things 3D.

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Rewards of Role Reversal: Teachers Learn, Students Teach | MindShift

Rewards of Role Reversal: Teachers Learn, Students Teach | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Tracy Pirkle, OHLSD’s director of curriculum and e-learning, created a pilot program last year called eKIDS (eLearning Kids in Demand) that turned a handful of seventh-graders at each of the district’s middle schools into “e-learning consultants.”

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Ten Tips for Engaging Underperforming Students | Edutopia

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Guided by research, educators at Cochrane Collegiate have homed in on ten top teaching methods, and teachers receive weekly PD to help them implement the practices. Watch the video.

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Potential Quick Fixes When Your iPad Won’t Connect to Your Wifi Network — iPad Insight

Potential Quick Fixes When Your iPad Won’t Connect to Your Wifi Network — iPad Insight | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The iPad is a great device even when its offline, but like nearly all computing devices these days it is much greater when it’s connected to the web.
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National Creativity Showcase - Erica McWilliam - What is creativity?

Erica McWilliam is the conference speaker who has most inspired my education-related professional learning on several occasions over the the past 3 years.


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TEDxUBC - Chris Kennedy: 25 Student Stories that bring Personalized Learning to Life

"In his presentation StudentsLive! Real-world learning at the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Chris Kennedy shares the story of twenty-five students who brought the notion of personalized learning to life and learned how powerful social media can be for learning."


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Card Game Helps School Leaders Think Through Budget Decisions - District Dossier - Education Week

Card Game Helps School Leaders Think Through Budget Decisions - District Dossier - Education Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Education Resource Strategies, a Watertown, Mass.-based company that helps large urban districts strategize how to deploy their resources, has created a novel process to help school leaders think about budget tradeoffs.

 

Called School Budget Hold 'Em, the goal is to create a "winning hand" of cards that meld budget priorities with educational priorities.

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- From the Classroom: Best Tech Practice Video of the Week

- From the Classroom: Best Tech Practice Video of the Week | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

In this new weekly series, Tech & Learning spotlights best practices in teaching with technology with the aim of helping our readers make the most of their classroom hardware and software. Today's video features The Odyssey Stations Lesson Plan from teacher Kim Sharp of Klein ISD in Klein, Texas.The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators.

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U.S. Education Department Finds Salary Gap in Poor Schools

U.S. Education Department Finds Salary Gap in Poor Schools | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
More state and local dollars are spent on salaries in higher-income areas, the federal Department of Education found.
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Welcome to Skype in the classroom | Skype Education

Welcome to Skype in the classroom | Skype Education | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Introducing Skype in the classroom

Skype in the classroom is a free community to help teachers everywhere use Skype to help their students learn.

 

It’s a place for teachers to connect with each other, find partner classes and share inspiration. This is a global initiative that was created in response to the growing number of teachers using Skype in their classrooms. Read more...


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The 10 most important things to teach your Excel users | TechRepublic

The 10 most important things to teach your Excel users | TechRepublic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
You can help new Excel users become more productive and self-reliant if you explain these core concepts, efficiency tricks, and essential features.

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Download Youtube Videos and more with Freecorder 4

Download Youtube Videos and more with Freecorder 4 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

My favorite software ever!!

Freecorder 4 makes it easy to download videos from YouTube and other sites. It also includes a free converter and audio recorder.


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Part 1: Flipping The Classroom? … 12 Resources To Keep You On Your Feet

Part 1: Flipping The Classroom? … 12 Resources To Keep You On Your Feet | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
If you are beginning to investigate what a Flipped Classroom is, with the thought of possibly trying some kind of Flip yourself… then this is also the right place. I have researched and tried to find you the very best resources to get educators in all positions thinking about what a Flipped Classroom” really is”? I know that if you take a look at the resources provided you will walk away with a better understanding, and a well thought out implementation.
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