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Into the Driver's Seat
Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse

13 Easy-to-Use Tools for Creating Killer Visual Content | VerticalResponse | Into the Driver's Seat |

Creating your own images is also an excellent tactic for re-purposing text-only content into enticing images. Here are some examples: Turn quotes into an interesting slideshow, post an event announcement on a pretty picture, place stats onto eye-catching graphs, give a blog post title some pizzaz, create an infographic about the history of your biz, create a catchy, custom featured image for a video, etc. The possibilities are endless.

To help you create images that get BuzzFeed-worthy engagement, here are 13 of our favorite and easy-to-use visual content creation tools....

Via Jeff Domansky
ffeog's curator insight, March 13, 2015 4:38 AM

A picture speaks a thousand words - some good resources here for visual content and creation to add a visual dimension to your messages, which tend to perform much better for opens and clicks than text alone.

Carlene Kelsey's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:22 AM

Content is shared in many forms.  These tools make it pretty easy to get creative.

Michelle Gilstrap's curator insight, March 25, 2015 3:14 PM
Good article to help anyone wanting to create better content.
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When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier

When Students Are Inspired, They and Their Teachers Are Happier | Into the Driver's Seat |

Happiness interview: Andrew Mangino. By Gretchen Rubin...


How can we usher in a new era of happiness (and inspiration) in America's schools?

I had to include this question because it's the one I think about every day!


Our team at The Future Project believes that just as there is an achievement gap, there is also an inspiration deficit in our schools. When students (and teachers, administrators, custodians, coaches, and parents) are not inspired, they are not happy -- at least not as happy as they could be! Nor do they learn well; reform, we believe, must be built on a foundation of inspiration. So, we're aiming to bring about the world in which all students have found something that inspires and truly excites them, whether civil engineering, French food, botany, or the Roaring Twenties, and channeled it to improve the world around them. All before finishing high school!


Read more, very interesting...:


Via Gust MEES, Aki Puustinen, Jim Lerman
Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:51 AM
1. Explain. Some recent research shows that many students do poorly on assignments or in participation because they do not understand what to do or why they should do it. Teachers should spend more time explaining why we teach what we do, and why the topic or approach or activity is important and interesting and worthwhile.
2. Reward. Students who do not yet have powerful intrinsic motivation to learn can be helped by extrinsic motivators in the form of rewards. Rather than criticizing unwanted behaviour or answers, reward correct behaviour and answers.
3. Care. Students respond with interest and motivation to teachers who appear to be human and caring.
4. Have students participate. One of the major keys to motivation is the active involvement of students in their own learning.
5. Teach Inductively.
6. Satisfy students' needs. Attending to need satisfaction is a primary method of keeping students interested and happy.
7. Make learning visual. Use drawings, diagrams, pictures, charts, graphs, bulleted lists, even three-dimensional objects you can bring to class to help students anchor the idea to an image.
8. Use positive emotions to enhance learning and motivation. Strong and lasting memory is connected with the emotional state and experience of the learner.

Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, July 5, 2012 4:52 AM
Also, we have a large number of WEB 2.0 tools for free use in our class.
Gust MEES's comment, July 5, 2012 5:08 AM
@Konstantinos Kalemis,

Thanks for your comment, much appreciated...

have a nice day :-)
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Inspiration Maps for iPad

Inspiration Maps for iPad | Into the Driver's Seat |

Inspiration Maps is an iPad app that allows you to visually organize information. Inspiration Maps makes it easy to create clear mind maps that can help organize information for an essay or walk a student through a multi-step science experiment. The app comes with number of great looking templates for all different subject areas. If none of the templates meet your needs you can create your own.

Via Baiba Svenca
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Many may recall Inspiratiion as one of the first great mind-mapping tools, available for a long time only as software. Here is an online iPad app version.

Mara Busa's curator insight, August 15, 2013 2:31 AM

domu kartes

Ann's curator insight, August 25, 2013 11:07 AM

La app Inspiration Maps es gratis y es una herramienta para la enseñanza de conceptos en la educación @morreducation

Linda Mordan's curator insight, August 28, 2013 6:35 PM

I'll have to check this out!...