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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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David Foster Wallace’s Timeless Graduation Speech on the Meaning of Life, Adapted in a Short Film

David Foster Wallace’s Timeless Graduation Speech on the Meaning of Life, Adapted in a Short Film | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Maria Popova

 

"On May 21, 2005, David Foster Wallace got up before the graduating class of Kenyon college and delivered one of history’s most memorable commencement addresses. It wasn’t until Wallace’s death in 2008 that the speech took on a life of its own under the title This Is Water, and was even adapted into a short book. Now, the fine folks of The Glossary have remixed an abridged version of Wallace’s original audio with a sequence of aptly chosen images to give one pause:"

 

Wallace: “The real value of a real education … has almost nothing to do with knowledge and everything to do with simple awareness.”

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, May 17, 2013 1:22 PM

Self-Awareness and Mindfulness.  Two pillars to smart decisions about what environments you invest in (education, knowledge), choose now and for the near future.  ~  Deb

Becky Poisson's curator insight, May 20, 2013 9:07 AM

Not banal at all.  Always good to get a different perspective.

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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley on TED

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them.

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Lorena Saltos Dueñas's comment, May 17, 2013 8:03 AM
That`s really true, his focus makes us to react.
Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, May 17, 2013 7:44 PM

The end of the "talk" is not seen in this video, but Boys, is he good

Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, May 18, 2013 10:12 AM

Great TED talk regarding education.  Some the key points I liked:

- Teaching is a creative profession.

- Educaitonn is about learning.

- Role of the teacher is to facilitate learning.

- Education is not a mechanized industrial system, but a human system.

- Role of Education Leaders is not command and control, but creating an institutional culture of possibility.

 

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Sir Ken Robinson | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

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New Ken Robinson video from Discovery Education Network, posted May 6, 2013. Runs for about an hour. Always a great pleasure to listen to him.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, May 15, 2013 2:08 AM

He certainly is passionate about education.

Anake Goodall's curator insight, May 15, 2013 6:00 PM

Ken Robinson also has a couple fo great TED talks; provocative, inspiring and encouraging ...

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15 Great Video Sites for Educators

15 Great Video Sites for Educators | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Some very good video sites for teachers...


Via Steven Engravalle, Jenny Smith, Deborah Millar , juandoming, Ana Rodera, Adriana Marichal, Susan, Ricard Garcia, Lee Hall, Angela Kerr, R.Conrath, Ed.D., Lynnette Van Dyke, Deborah Arnold
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Bnahha Langarika's curator insight, May 15, 2013 5:10 PM

Para aprender mas!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 23, 2013 1:42 PM

edgalaxy.com has a tag line 'cool stuff for nerdy teachers' this is me all over. Great videos worth spending the time having a look.

Nalya Ovshieva's curator insight, May 26, 2013 2:55 AM

The video sites  will broaden the scope of choices for educators striving to develop materials for students.

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How to Turn an Urban School District Around—Without Cheating | The Atlantic

How to Turn an Urban School District Around—Without Cheating | The Atlantic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Greg Anrig

Summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The Cincinnati school district has improved both test scores and graduation rates since 2003 while -- unlike Atlanta and Washington -- transparently pursuing highly collaborative reform strategies that, counter to the current trend, don't rely on rigid hierarchy and punitive accountability. Because Cincinnati has implemented proven instructional approaches while nurturing a culture in which administrators, teachers, parents, and community groups closely communicate and work together as teams, the case serves as an important counterweight to the public school stories that have been dominating the news in the past few years. It also can serve as a roadmap for reversing course from the high-pressure tactics that gave rise to the cheating scandals and led to little progress elsewhere."

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The eLearning Guild : 129 Tips on Using Technology in Virtual and Physical Classrooms : Publications Library

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Edited by Karen Forni

 

"Technology has expanded the meaning of “classroom” to include any physical or virtual space for formal learning. For educators and designers trained and experienced with the physical classroom, however, virtual classrooms can be daunting. How do you engage students you can’t see? What if someone’s network or Internet connection drops or is slow? How do you select the appropriate virtual-classroom (or virtual-world) platform?

 

"In this eBook, experts provide 129 tips for educators and designers who want to make the best use of these technologies. Whether you are brand new to virtual classrooms and virtual worlds or have been working with them for a while, you should find something in here for you, in areas including:

Using virtual-classroom and virtual-world features effectivelyInstructional design and presentation skills for the classroomPros and cons of virtual classrooms and virtual worldsPros and cons of physical and blended classroomsGames for the classroomMobile and social learning for the classroom

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Embodied Cognition and Design: A New Approach and Vocabulary | Moments of Genius | Big Think

Embodied Cognition and Design: A New Approach and Vocabulary | Moments of Genius | Big Think | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Sam McNerney

 

"...it is inherently difficult for designers to explain and ultimately sell an idea to an analytically minded client. After all, with money on the line it is probably not reassuring if you, the client, hear from a designer that a design will work because it “elicits warmth” “feels positive” or “conforms to human nature.” These abstractions may correctly describe a design but they did not communicate, in concrete terms, its potential value well. 

 

"In a recent exchange Michael explained how embodiment might provide a new vocabulary with two examples. One involved a premium home goods project, in which he and his team gathered from consumer interviews that certain production details like hand sewn contrast stitching (as opposed to laser-welded seams) created impressions of authenticity and longevity. They converged on the product direction, “materials that wear in instead of wearing out” and used leather because scuffs and creases communicated personalization and durability. 

 

"In the second project Michael and his team wanted to design a product that communicated healthiness. He knew that taut, plump corners suggested “healthy” while ruffled corners suggested “wrinkled” and “old” but needed to show clients why. To do this Michael and his team juxtaposed a freshly picked apple with a withered apple and asked the client which one they would like to eat. The entire boardroom chose the fresh apple and the capital expenditure was approved for design production."

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MindMup: Working with Google Drive

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Gerald Carey's curator insight, May 11, 2013 5:28 PM

Includes instructions on how to save MindMups into Google Drive

Ronald BELLEZ's curator insight, May 12, 2013 1:15 PM

Un #outil d'#organisation simple et gratuit qui permet de stocker ses cartes mentales (#mindmaps) dans google #drive.

Mueller, Chad's curator insight, May 15, 2013 7:12 AM

What a great tool!

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Google Maps Engine

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"Google Maps Engine makes it easy for you to create beautiful maps, share them with others, and reach your audience no matter where they are. It's built on the same platform that provides Google services to millions of people worldwide, so your users have a consistent and familiar experience wherever they are."


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Johani Karonen's curator insight, May 8, 2013 1:08 AM

I love maps! Let's se what this little darling can do.

JoseMªRiveros's comment, May 8, 2013 7:06 AM
useful!
Francisco Javier 's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:51 PM

Google Maps Engine | @scoopit via @APHumanGeog http://sco.lt/...

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7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

7 Ways Teachers Can Create Videos without Installing any Software ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"Today while I was reading a short article on the importance of videos in education, it dawned on me to compile a list of some of the best video creation tools to share with you here. I do have a separate section here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning where I have been featuring a plethora of video tools . But today's collection is somehow different not only because it contains the cream of the crop but also because these tools are all web based.

"All of the web tools below do not require any software installation and you can work on them right from your browser. I am pretty sure you will find them very useful particularly  when working on video projects with your students. Please have a look and share with us if we have missed any important title. Enjoy"


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eduPLEX's curator insight, May 15, 2013 11:27 PM

Handy resources, indeed! Thank you :)

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What is a Youtube channel?...and a complete overview how to use it!

This is a complete overview of all the aspects you'll want to know, including... Your home page and content Live stream event to calendar Click on a dropdown...

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Ileane Smith's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:42 AM

I make a brief cameo appearance in this video when Marty talks about the YouTube Inbox


Actually, it's more like my name makes an appearance not me but you know what I mean. hehe 

Jasmin Hodge's curator insight, May 13, 2013 12:23 AM

Great overview which I will use as an additional resource in our help area for staff and learners using media.

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How to verify your Blog on Pinterest! - The Classroom Companion

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"Tech Tip: How to Verify Your Blog on Pinterest
Jen Elliott gives directions on how to drive more traffic to your blog by verifying it on Pinterest." 

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Elina Juusola-Halonen's curator insight, May 10, 2013 7:07 AM

This is good advice. I like it. 

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5 Useful iPhone Apps For Student Bloggers - Edudemic

5 Useful iPhone Apps For Student Bloggers - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Student blogging is a wonderful way to get into the world of online writing and learning. These iPhone apps for student bloggers will enhance their skills.

 

Description by Karen Fraker

 

"Twila Berkley describes five apps which give students “on the go” access to a variety of blogging tools including: Pinterest, Evernote, WordPress, Analytics, and Hootsuite."

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Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution

Towards a New Strategy for Human Evolution | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

 

Date: 15–16 June 2013

Venue: Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, New York, USA

 

Preliminary Congress Program

 

The second international Global Future 2045 congress will take place on 15-16 June 2013 at the Lincoln Center in New York, and will be focused on discussion of a new evolutionary strategy for humanity aimed at overcoming the 21st century’s civilization challenges. The strategy is based on carrying out two revolutions: spiritual and sci-tech. We believe this is the only way to overcome existing crises.

 

At the congress, a vision will be presented for the spiritual transformation of humanity, and new technologies will be demonstrated which are likely to form the basis of the sci-tech revolution. The congress will also showcase our Avatar science mega-project, aimed at accelerating the creation of technologies enabling a gradual transition from our biological bodies to an increasingly advanced artificial carrier of the human self.

 

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This is shaping up to be a great event for future-oriented thinkers. Ray Kurzweil is one of the featured speakers. I'll be there!

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Google Play for Education: Google goes after Apple’s K-12 stranglehold with cheap apps, tablets

Google Play for Education: Google goes after Apple’s K-12 stranglehold with cheap apps, tablets | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

"Today at its I/O event, Google announced Google Play for Education: A version of the Play store that is aimed and curated for young kids.

 

"Applications that are in the Play for Education store are sorted by age and genre. So, users can find math-based applications that are appropriate for their kindergartener, who wants to learn more math.

 

"However, what is most interesting about Play for Education is the ability for administrators to send out applications to their entire tablet fleet. So, if a school wants to send an app to their 200 Nexus 7 devices, they can do so, by simply inputting the group’s name. The app will be pushed out by Google."

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Alex Wade's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:42 AM

It seems as if the ongoing battle between Google and Apple knows no limits.

Silvia Gallardo-Martin's curator insight, May 16, 2013 2:52 AM

This is a lovely tool for those having to teach younger learners

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 16, 2013 5:59 PM

Thank you for sharing

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Download our mobile App | Common Sense Media

Download our mobile App | Common Sense Media | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Get the latest ratings and reviews on the go

 

Search 19,000+ ratings and reviews of movies, DVDs, books, music, TV shows, games, websites, and apps

 

Create customized profiles to get recommendations for your kids

 

View top picks from our editors to discover new favorites

 

Watch video reviews of new movie releases

 

Scan barcodes to quickly check reviews before you rent or purchase

 

Save reviews as favorites, or share with friends on Facebook and Twitter or via email

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Common Sense Media, as I have mentioned previously on this site, is a reliable source of information on contemporary media. This app should prove to be very useful to parents and educators.

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iPhone 2: Intermediate (iOS6)

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"Do you want to get more out of your iPhone? Check out the second part of our in-depth guide to Apple’s premier phone. The second of a three part series from author Tim Brookes, this 12-lesson guide outlines everything from the camera to the App Store. Lesson-by-lesson, we’ll take you through your phone’s many functions, from the very basics to more advanced operations and features you might not have even been aware of.

 

"The iPhone is a revolutionary device thanks to its user-friendly interface and sleek minimalist design – but that doesn’t mean it’s always straightforward. Many of the iPhone’s advanced or lesser-used features are hidden away and Apple don’t always do the greatest job of filling you in."

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, May 14, 2013 10:37 AM

The guides produced by makeuseof are consistently helpful and well done.

 

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What Are The Best Gmail Plugins For Chrome? | makeuseof

What Are The Best Gmail Plugins For Chrome? | makeuseof | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Justin Pot

 

"Tweak Gmail to work exactly the way you want it to. Whether you want to integrate social media icons in your signature, see more information about your contacts, or deal with an email later instead of now, Chrome’s seemingly endless collection of extensions has you covered.

 

"If you’re looking to get the most out of Gmail, you’ve come to the right place.

 

"We take great pride in our list of the best Chrome extensions, and try to update it regularly. There are more than a few Gmail-related extensions to be found there, but they’re not all there – and there is no way to filter to only Gmail-specific plugins. This list is an attempt to remedy that.

 

"Some of these extensions I use; some I hear about constantly from friends and colleagues. Everyone’s workflow is different, so not every extension will work for everyone. If you love Gmail, however, at least one of these tools is bound to make you happy."

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What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning

What You Need To Know About Self-Directed Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter, Apres, Ken Morrison, Jim Lerman
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Victoria Collins's curator insight, May 13, 2013 4:38 AM

What an insightful graphic! So true.

Tracy Hanson's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:30 AM

It is the foundation of NGGE.

Dr. Steven F. Simmons's curator insight, May 18, 2013 10:16 AM

To thrive in the 21st Century Knolwedge Economy, people must embrace self-directed learning.

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Five Best Mind Mapping Tools

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Mind mapping is a great way to brainstorm, make a plan, or turn ideas into the steps needed to make it real. Thankfully, there are great tools out there to help you build mind maps, organize them, and save them for later.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 3, 2013 6:26 AM

Could be helpful as I organize my dissertation topic.

Pam Mulready's curator insight, June 18, 2013 11:46 PM

Some more useful tools here for connecting concepts and thinking.

KOMADOK by D.FRAGUELA's curator insight, September 25, 2013 12:23 AM

Le mind map reste très utile pour vous aider à élaborer votre stratégie éditoriale en fonctions des objectifs de communication et/ou marketing que vous aurez préalablement définis.

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Narrated Slideshow – Screencast Tool Comparison

Narrated Slideshow – Screencast Tool Comparison | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

A screencast is a digital recording of a computer screen with audio narration. Screencasts can include telestrator (‘John Madden pen’) annotations. Narrated slideshows include audio recordings synchronized to images without hand-drawn annotations.

Screencasts and narrated slideshows can be created with two kinds of tools:

1. Browser-based: Create an account on the website and use a modern web browser like Google Chrome or FireFox to record, save and share it.

2. Client-based: Download and install software on a computing device to record and save.


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Jenn Alevy's comment, May 12, 2013 7:35 PM
Thank you for sharing!
Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, May 14, 2013 12:06 AM

Great comparison !!

Katie Jane's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:55 AM

This looks like it would be something that could be really handy for prodjects for class. that way we could not only have all of the information in front of us to see, but also hear whats going on as well.

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Why Single-Tasking Makes You Smarter

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When I ask people at what age they feel they were (or are) the sharpest, it is shocking to me that no matter their current age – 20s, 50s, 80s – they always say their peak performance was 10, and often 20, years earlier. It does not have to be that way.


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donhornsby's curator insight, May 10, 2013 4:25 AM

(From the article): If you are a chronic multitasker, there is good news: You are never too old (or too young) to be proactive about brain health and performance. Recent studies provide evidence that adopting healthier thinking habits and improved cognitive strategies can rejuvenate your mind, reversing its clock by decades.

 

When you train your brain to think more strategically and efficiently, measurable improvements register on the biological level. Our own studies show that after only six hours of training, subjects can experience upsurges in neuron-nourishing blood flow, the genesis of new brain cells, improved communication between regions of the brain and increased white matter growth.

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The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American

The Reading Brain in the Digital Age: The Science of Paper versus Screens: Scientific American | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
E-readers and tablets are becoming more popular as such technologies improve, but research suggests that reading on paper still boasts unique advantages

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RitaZ's curator insight, May 12, 2013 5:00 AM
Teachers need to find a way to take advantage of the different modes of reading for different purposes in order to reap the benefits of each (and to teach our students to do so). Thanks, Adele! 
Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 12, 2013 12:12 PM

This article does a great job and helping us realize the real and perceived reasons why people feel that reading on paper is more benefitial for them. At this point in history, people do tend to remember more if they read from paper.  We can often remember which region of a page we learned something even if we read it several weeks ago.  We like the transition of one side of the book being heavier than the other as we progress through the pages.  Book designers take great efforts to design how books look, feel and smell.  Digital books are disrupting our experience and interaction with the written text.  Many people are in a mental state before reading a printed text that it is more serious and meaningful.  This mindset may be changing how we engage the brain and thus how much we remember.

 

 

luiy's curator insight, May 13, 2013 2:54 PM

But why, one could ask, are we working so hard to make reading with new technologies like tablets and e-readers so similar to the experience of reading on the very ancient technology that is paper? Why not keep paper and evolve screen-based reading into something else entirely? Screens obviously offer readers experiences that paper cannot. Scrolling may not be the ideal way to navigate a text as long and dense as Moby Dick, but the New York Times, Washington Post, ESPN and other media outlets have created beautiful, highly visual articles that depend entirely on scrolling and could not appear in print in the same way. Some Web comics andinfographics turn scrolling into a strength rather than a weakness. Similarly, Robin Sloan has pioneered the tap essay for mobile devices. The immensely popular interactive Scale of the Universe tool could not have been made on paper in any practical way. New e-publishing companies like Atavist offer tablet readers long-form journalism with embedded interactive graphics, maps, timelines, animations and sound tracks. And some writers are pairing up with computer programmers to produce ever more sophisticated interactive fiction and nonfiction in which one's choices determine what one reads, hears and sees next.

When it comes to intensively reading long pieces of plain text, paper and ink may still have the advantage. But text is not the only way to read.

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This Year’s Thiel Fellows Include A Fashion Designer, A Poet, And A Harvard Dropout | Fast Company

This Year’s Thiel Fellows Include A Fashion Designer, A Poet, And A Harvard  Dropout | Fast Company | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Anya Kamenetz

 

"As in past years, the 2013 fellows are weighted severely towards guys--only four women among them. They are a bit more international than they have been previously, with participants from Canada, Britain, India, China, and Singapore. One of them founded India’s answer to Airbnb, another has been doing research at MIT since he was 13, and Maddy Maxey is the Thiel Fellows’ first fashion designer. In addition, two of the fellows are working on education-related projects, which seems to be a personal favorite of Thiel’s. "If you focus on solving your own problems, you know your company will always have at least one customer," Jonathan Cain, president of the Thiel Foundation, told Fast Company. "Since young people are the ones currently suffering through school, they are well-equipped to identify what’s broken in education."

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Cool tools for enhancing your blog posts | Edublogs Teacher Challenges

Cool tools for enhancing your blog posts | Edublogs Teacher Challenges | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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"Tech Tip: Cool Tools for Enhancing Your Blog PostsSue Waters shares a variety of tools for embedding polls, presentations, quizzes, and videos into blog posts. Included are step-by-step instructions for adding embed codes. "
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