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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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David Rumsey Historical Map Collection | Reading Historical Maps Digitally: How Spatial Technologies Can Enable Close, Distant and Dynamic Interpretations

David Rumsey gave the opening keynote lecture for the Digital Humanities 2011 Conference at Stanford University on June 19, 2011.

 

If you like maps and you like technology, you should greatly enjoy this presentation. Rumsey, one of the world's foremost map collectors, takes some of his ancient (and not so ancient) maps and through technological manipulation turns them into even more expressive tools of meaning and story.

 

A wonderful 40 minute session. And don't be fooled as I was; this is a video. It just doesn't start to move until several minutes in. -JL

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Kentucky digital learning plan outlined

Kentucky digital learning plan outlined | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A preliminary draft report presented to the Kentucky Board of Education Wednesday offers ambitious goals for online and digital learning in the state's public schools, including shifting to online assessments and instructional materials.
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Young Adult Books-What We're Reading Now: Pamela's Picks: Best YA Titles 2011

Young Adult Books-What We're Reading Now: Pamela's Picks: Best YA Titles 2011 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Pamela Thompson , a middle school librarian in El Paso, TX, gives her best-of-the-year list for young adult fiction. Each selection is accompanied by a cover shot, an explanation of why Pamela picked the book, and a link to her review of the novel. -JL

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Office of Science Education - LifeWorks: Explore health and medical science careers

LifeWorks® is a career exploration web site for middle and high school students. LifeWorks® science career information promotes awareness of the wide variety of occupations in health and the medical sciences. -From the National Institutes of Health

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Proof in Study: Math App Improves Test Scores (And Engagement) | MindShift

Proof in Study: Math App Improves Test Scores (And Engagement) | MindShift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The app Motion Math, which teaches players about fractions, commissioned an independent study with 122 fifth-graders and came up with some encouraging results. According to the report, released by GameDesk, showed that fifth graders’ fractions test scores improved an average of over 15% after playing Motion Math for 20 minutes daily over a five-day period, a significant increase compared to a control group.

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educational-origami - Andrew Churches

educational-origami - Andrew Churches | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

An extraordinarily comprehensive wiki on 21st century learning maintained by Andrew Churches, author of the seminal article "Bloom's Digital Taxonomy." Resources (so many resources!) here range from the practical to the theoretical, inclulding topics such as Bloom's Taxonomy, Web. 2.0, and Graphic Organizers. Many, many links to original sources. Just a terrific repository and obviously a labor of love. -JL

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Download 8mm Vintage Camera in the iTunes App Store

Download 8mm Vintage Camera in the iTunes App Store | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Read reviews, get customer ratings, see screenshots and learn more about 8mm Vintage Camera on the App Store. Download 8mm Vintage Camera and enjoy it on your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

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Cell Phones in the Classroom

Cell Phones in the Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I propose that technology leaders take on the challenge of appropriate use of cell phones before we ask schools to take on the use of cell phones by students. I remember this same issue with the Internet. Teachers knew that the Internet could be useful, but fear and lack of knowledge made many resist the use of the Internet in the classroom. In my opinion, educators need the following things when trying to embrace change.


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hatch - make plans with friends or colleagues

Making plans with friends just got easy.

Forget email threads, confusing texts, or formal invite apps. Hatch now makes coordinating with friends simple and fun. To hatch a plan, just describe what you want to do and invite any friend you have an email or mobile number for. You can plan with anyone, even friends without the app.

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Websites That Will Let You Create Digital Magazines and Newspapers | blueblots.com

Websites That Will Let You Create Digital Magazines and Newspapers | blueblots.com | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Nowadays, the digital version of print magazines and newspapers are becoming increasingly popular among publishers as they can save printing and postage costs as well as they are able to reach a whole new audience in the online world.
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How to engage the disengaged

How to engage the disengaged | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
An English teacher discovers digital literacy really works...

 

My class of demotivated learners – the same class who undertook the Sugata Mitra/Carol Dweck lesson earlier in the year – have been working on Machinarium. If you haven't heard of it yet it's a puzzle point-and-click adventure game developed by Amanita Design (thank you Wikipedia) and, as a stimulus for lots of quality writing, it is simply wonderful. There is a free three level demo which my class have been working on but the downloaded paid version has thirty levels. I gave my lot a handful of lap tops and left them to it.

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Present Locally From Your Ipad To Up To 15 Other iPads Over WiFi: Idea Flight

Students with ASD can have ACCESS to information before, during, and after and therefore can COMMUNICATE/Talk about the information before, during, and after. Can be used for visual pre-teaching, providing schedules/changes in schedules, etc.

Idea Flight is a new iPad presentation app which allows you to deliver your presentation to up to 15 other local iPads connected over WiFi. 
You can invite other participants in for free via email and they'll be provided with a link to freely download the app.

Find out more here: http://www.ideaflight.com/ 


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3 EZ Tools to Expand Your Presence | Janet Calloway - the Natural Networker

3 EZ Tools to Expand Your Presence | Janet Calloway - the Natural Networker | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Easy is the operative word.

Whether you are online to build a business or to make connections for other reasons, the easier you make it for people to find you and to get to know you, the more likely it is you will achieve the desired results.

Here are 3 tools that are so simple to set up and use that even I use them. That being said, even though I am not using any of them to their full extent, they are still producing results for me.Blog post at : Easy is the operative word.

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1-to-1 Computing: Turning Around School Technology -- THE Journal

1-to-1 Computing: Turning Around School Technology -- THE Journal | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Early in the last decade, Piedmont City School District, a small three-school district in Eastern Alabama between Birmingham and Atlanta, laid claim to the worst computer-to-student ratio in the state. Since then, the Piedmont district, where 65 percent of students qualify for reduced or free lunch, has successfully shaken off that title after embarking on a number of ambitious technology-driven projects, including a 1-to-1 take-home laptop initiative--called Mpower--a remote-learning partnership with Stanford University, and a wide-scale E-rate-funded project that will eventually bring high-speed Internet access to every student's home.

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- Top 100 Sites of 2011: Technology and Learning: David Kapuler

- Top 100 Sites of 2011: Technology and Learning: David Kapuler | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The time is finally here for my annual list of favorite sites of the year. This year, I decided to up my post to the top 100 instead of 25 due to the number of sites that I reviewed and due to the popularity of the post. I tried to cover a wide range of sites, from flash card creators to digital storytelling and of course, social networks, which really shined in 2011. I hope everybody enjoys the read and has as much fun reading it as I did creating it!

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Pillarbox - Chrome Web Store

Pillarbox - Chrome Web Store | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"At times, finding a place for distraction-free writing (especially when online) can be almost impossible. Pillarbox provides that place, and it is a fullscreen text editor. Features include a live word count, typewriter scrolling, and it also has a customizable feature."

 

"Pillarbox is a neat fullscreen text editor along the lines of WriteMonkey or WriteRoom. Except that it lives in your browser for some reason. Disregard this."

 

Pillarbox is a Chrome plug-in, available only to users of the Chrome browser. It allows writing off-line, so no software program (such as Word) is needed. Its functions are quite customizable (font selection, size, etc.)

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Stem Up

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From the Scout Report:

 

Stem Up is a pilot program to aid the disadvantaged youth of Boyle Heights in Los Angeles. The intent of the program was to integrate STEM career pathways into schools and local communities. Visitors will find the K-12 Students tab near the top of the page to be filled with almost two dozen links for all levels of student learning about science and technology. Some of the sites include "Arrick Robotics", for 9-12 graders, "Extreme Science", for all ages, and "Fun Engineering" for kids aged 10-14. The "Boyle Heights" link is a great resource for residents of the LA neighborhood, as well as informative for those visitors unfamiliar with it. There is full contact information for the city and state representatives of the neighborhood, the Police Activities League, and a live theatre that performs outreach through theatre, and classical plays. The "Parents" link also provides a number of science and technology links that parents and kids can visit together.

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Number of Charter School Students in US Surpasses 2 Million

Number of Charter School Students in US Surpasses 2 Million | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Just keeping track. See the link to the Charter School Dashboard at end of press release for lots of additional data. -JL

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Talks from Learning Without Frontiers conference – London April 2011

Talks from Learning Without Frontiers conference – London April 2011 | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Videos of main conference speakers; including Guy Kawasaki, Ken Robinson, Jimmy Wales, Karen Cator, and many others.

Next conference coming up in Jan. 2012. -JL

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iPad's Hidden Keyboard Functions: Tips & Tricks

Clear demonstration of the the hidden keys and functions on the iPad keyboard. eg I discovered that an upward swipe on the exclamation/comma button = apostrophe ... :)


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5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook

5 Best Practices for Educators on Facebook | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Facebook has been pegged as a waste of time, a classroom disruption and a bad habit that is correlated with low grades. Missouri even went so far as to ban Facebook and other social media relationships between teachers and students (the law was later repealed).

But teachers such as Reynol Junco — who recently published a study that shows certain types of Facebook use are correlated with higher GPAs — are beginning to look at ways that they can use Facebook to their advantage.


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William Kwon's comment, December 8, 2011 9:50 PM
I really enjoyed this post because it reminded me of what Facebook could be used to do to support students at risk who are too nervous to even ask questions, example through using Face book Groups. Many adminsitrators have an immediate aversion to facebook and don't see its possibilites as a learning and modertated group discussion tool.
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Cable Companies Battle Digital Divide With $9.95 a Month Broadband

Cable Companies Battle Digital Divide With $9.95 a Month Broadband | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
The top cable companies plus Microsoft and Best Buy have gotten behind an FCC-driven program to offer cheap broadband to poor households.
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The Rise of Text Messaging [INFOGRAPHIC]

The Rise of Text Messaging [INFOGRAPHIC] | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Did you know that 14-17 year-old girls in the U.S. send an average of 100 texts each day? Check out this infographic for more interesting SMS stats and facts.

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Five Best Online File Storage Services

Five Best Online File Storage Services | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Working with the same files in multiple places used to be a hassle. You'd have to make sure to bring the file with you, email it to yourself, or save it in a place you could get to it later.

 

Now, there are a number of online file storage and syncing services that will make your data available on as many computers as you like. Here's a look at five of the best of those services.


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iPad in Education - Full toolkit for deployment

iPad in Education - Full toolkit for deployment | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

These folks from Palm Beach County FL are doing a fantastic service for the whole education community by documenting every step along the way of their large-scale implementation of iPads across their very large school district. Kudos all around! -JL


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