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Building the independence of learners through thoughtful uses of technology
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6 Tools for Teachers

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Bill Gates highlights six promising apps and websites for making your teacher’s job easier: BetterLesson, Lightsail, ThinkCERCA, FineTune, Edmondo, and BloomBoard.

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Creating SuperCool Images and Videos for Instagram: 20 Great Apps To Do It

Creating SuperCool Images and Videos for Instagram: 20 Great Apps To Do It | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Check out these cool apps to create and edit outstanding images and videos for Instagram.


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Here's a great selection of 20 apps for Instagram that allow you to add special visual effects, shoot in the dark, add text and graphic elements to your images or create video clips with your best shots.


Short reviews easy to understand.


Useful. 7/10


Full set of reviews: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/instagram-photo-and-video-apps/ 


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Robin Good's curator insight, November 28, 2013 5:09 PM



Here's a great selection of 20 apps for Instagram that allow you to add special visual effects, shoot in the dark, add text and graphic elements to your images or create video clips with your best shots.


Short reviews easy to understand.


Useful. 7/10


Full set of reviews: http://www.socialmediaexaminer.com/instagram-photo-and-video-apps/ 



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Top 100 Apps for Teachers, Students and Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 100 Apps for Teachers, Students and Researchers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach


"Today while I was doing some research into qualitative research methods I stumbled upon this excellent list of apps curated by TQR ( The Qualitative Research ) which is a peer reviewed, weekly open access journal published by Nova Southeastern University. I have spent some time going through all the titles mentioned in this list and I was really amazed to discover some great new apps I did not know about before....

"And although this list is curated by people interested in scientific and academic research, the apps cover a wide variety of skills including writing, presentation making, mind mapping, referencing, and many more. In fact, I could not offer you any better than this great list for back to school. Make sure to go through it yourself before you share with your students. Enjoy

"Here is a snapshot of part of this list, click HERE to access the entire original list."

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Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process ~ Edutopia

Creativity on the Run: 18 Apps that Support the Creative Process ~ Edutopia | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Diane Darrow


"We do not need to teach creativity, but rather inspire its daily practice. Somewhere along the way, we simply forgot to honor this innate gift and how to access its power. Our role as educators is to encourage learning experiences that increase the ability to recognize and listen to our inner voice.


"Let us begin by shifting emphasis from finding the right answer to creating school cultures that encourage risk-taking and embrace ambiguity. Psychologist Carl Rogers believed that we repress and even hide creative talent if our working environment is not psychologically safe or grounded on unconditional acceptance and empathy. Building a culture of trust is the first essential ingredient for an innovative community of thinkers to emerge. In order for innovation to breed, we need to feel safe enough to get out of our comfort zone, embrace uncertainty, take chances, and effectively collaborate with others. Together we can build ways to enhance rather than undermine creative thinking. No app, nor piece of technology, can produce this. It grows from the hearts, hands and guidance of a caring community."

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Well delivered rundown on apps that support 

  • Capturing thoughts
  • Fluent and flexible thinking
  • Visualization
  • Inquiry questions
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Apps for Multiple Intelligences

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Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

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Andrew Aker's curator insight, September 5, 2013 5:55 AM

This site is great for multiplying your multiple intelligences! 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, September 10, 2013 8:58 AM

Thanks to Ana Cristina Pratas.

Dean J. Fusto's comment, September 11, 2013 9:24 PM
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Ipad Projects & Products for Primary by Lisa Carnazzo

Presented at ipadpalooza 2013, Showcases ipad projects and products for primary classrooms. Examples are from Lisa Carnazzo's 2nd grade classroom
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Inspiration Maps for iPad

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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.


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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.

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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!...

 

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A Crash Course On How Mobile Apps Are Changing Storytelling

A Crash Course On How Mobile Apps Are Changing Storytelling | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, July 18, 2013 2:25 AM

Michelle Lhooq:  'The increased predominance of mobile devices—not to mention our clingy dependence on them—has sparked a boom of ambitious apps for phones and tablets that are case studies for storytelling in the “digital age.”'

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Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | AASL

Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013 | AASL | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

The American Association of School Librarians has just released "The 2013 Best Websites for Teaching and Learning foster the qualities of innovation, creativity, active participation, and collaboration. They are free, Web-based sites that are user friendly and encourage a community of learners to explore and discover."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 1, 2013 1:02 PM

Great list of educational tools for 2013 from AASL!

 

Claudia Robinson's curator insight, July 7, 2013 12:43 PM

Great sites that make tech engaging for students...sharing, collaborating, and sites to help with organization, plus much more.

davidconover's curator insight, July 9, 2013 10:34 PM

This list ties together a number of resources that can help a teacher organize their teaching tools that address 21st-century learning.

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The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations

The Best PowerPoint Alternatives for Creating Great Presentations | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

We’ve all endured “death by PowerPoint.” It’s a painful experience for the audience and probably not all that fun for the presenter either. To help my students deliver effective presentations—free of those deadly bullet points—I have my go-to applications.


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SlideHunter's comment, June 7, 2013 1:17 PM
Hi Baiba. We are aware about the campaigns anti PowerPoint and decided to be proactive and offer some nice diagrams for free download from our website, here is hte link http://slidehunter.com/powerpoint-templates/
Baiba Svenca's comment, June 7, 2013 4:07 PM
Thanks for this link, SlideHunter!
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, June 23, 2013 11:42 AM

by Richard Byrne

 

his suggestions about PowerPoint alternatives (browser and mobile applications)

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iPad apps and Lessons

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Great App Review Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning (Great App Review Checklists for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/wplQbIpKdj)...

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Popcorn Maker: A Dead-Simple Drag-and-Drop App For Remixing Web Videos | FastCompany

Popcorn Maker: A Dead-Simple Drag-and-Drop App For Remixing Web Videos | FastCompany | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By John Pavlus

 

"Popcorn Maker... lets you grab almost any piece of common online media (like videos from YouTube or Vimeo, or SoundCloud audio files) and augment it with clickable interactive widgets. If you’ve ever wanted to paste "Pop Up Video"-style commentary bubbles over your favorite YouTube clip, Popcorn Maker’s drag-and-drop UI couldn’t be simpler. But you can also add more sophisticated interactivity like Google Maps, live Twitter feeds, and Wikipedia articles just as easily. Here’s an enhanced audio documentary by WNYC’s "Radio Rookies" that shows off the app’s magic powers:"

 

 


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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 15 Fantastic Ways to Use Flipboard | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Lot of interesting ways to use the iPad app Flipboard!


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New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data

New MIT Media Lab Tool Lets Anyone Visualize Unwieldy Government Data | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

DataViva, a project developed in part by Media Lab professor Csar Hidalgo, aims to make a wide swath of government economic data usable with a series of visualization apps.

In the four years since the U.S. government created data.gov, the first national repository for open data, more than 400,000 datasets are available online from 175 agencies. Governments all over the world have taken steps to make data more transparent and available. But in practice, much of that data--accessible as spreadsheets through sites like data.gov--is incomprehensible to the average person.

DataViva offers web apps that turn those spreadsheets into something more comprehensible for the average user. The site, which officially launched last week, has lofty goals: to visualize data encompassing the entire Brazilian economy over the last decade, with more than 100 million interactive visualizations that can be created at the touch of a button in a series of apps. The future of open government isn't just dumping raw datasets onto a server: It's also about making those datasets digestible for a less data-savvy public.


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MixBit - create videos together

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Record, edit and publish videos right from your mobile device. We provide powerful yet simple editing tools like rearranging and trimming clips — everything you need for that perfect video.

MixBit is brought to you by Chad Hurley and Steve Chen, the co-founders of YouTube. We created YouTube to give you a way to share videos, and now we want to help you create videos, together.


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Lara N. Madden's curator insight, October 24, 2013 1:43 PM

We were just talking about an app like this... @uaaftc #iteachak

Mary Cunningham's curator insight, October 27, 2013 10:11 PM

Create and collaborate on videos up to an hour long ...

gustavo salazar's curator insight, November 6, 2013 9:51 AM

excelente aplicación

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The Teacher's Guide To The One iPad Classroom - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To The One iPad Classroom - Edudemic | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to integrate just one iPad into your daily routine in class? Here's a visual guide to the one iPad classroom perfect for teachers.
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My APPitic

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Get recommended app lists, webcasts and resources selected by Apple Distinguished Educators. Our recommended apps have been tested in a variety of different grade levels, instructional strategies and classroom settings.

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Excellent collection of apps organized by useful categories. Well done.

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Karine Thonnard's curator insight, August 27, 2013 8:19 AM

add your insight...

 

 
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40 iPad Apps for SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

40 iPad Apps for SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

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The SAMR model enables the classification of level of technology use by educators: Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition. It is rather similar to the 5 levels of tech integration described in the original Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT) research: Entry (non- or hesitant use), Adoption, Adaptation, Appropriation, and Innovation. This post includes sample apps for each level of the SAMR model, which can be helpful for educators trying to get handle on how to use this framework productively.

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The 10 Best iPad Apps for The Start of School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 10 Best iPad Apps for The Start of School Year ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Med Kharbach

 

"In response to the emails I got from some of you regarding the iPad apps to use to survive the first month of school I decided to jot down this quick list comprising, what I believe,  the 10 most indispensable apps I would recommend not only for the start of school but also to constantly use in the course of the entire school year. Again the selection is personal and is based on my own experience of reviewing hundreds of educational apps. Feel free to share with us your selections."

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Google Apps Training Videos | Google Apps Expert | Google Gooru

Google Apps Training Videos | Google Apps Expert | Google Gooru | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
 

"The largest collection of tips, tricks, training videos & resources for Google Apps and Gmail users.

 

"If you can’t already tell, we love Google Apps at BetterCloud. So it was a natural extension for us to launch a resource site where we could publish the tips and tricks that we share in our offices every day. What started as a fun side project is now the largest resource of its kind for Google Apps customers, and an important division of BetterCloud.

 

"Whether you subscribe to Gooru’s daily newsletter, install the Chrome extension, or simply head to the website when you have a question, we’re confident you will learn at least one new tidbit from the Gooru."

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An amazing free service.

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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 4, 2013 8:44 PM

Thank you for sharing.

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PublishME - Create Presentations 'on-the-go'

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PublishME enables you to create, edit, and share vibrant presentations. Upload existing presentations, PDFs, Word or Excel documents or create a new presentation from scratch, using the canvas.

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BobbiJames's curator insight, July 4, 2013 5:38 AM

Another good option for sharing student work!

Sandra Yeadon's curator insight, July 5, 2013 3:35 PM

Great if you own an iPad!

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:06 AM

only for iPad users

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How To : Visually Record Ideas Using an iPad

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How To : Visually Record Ideas Using an iPad

Visual recording is similar to audio recording: they both use the same concept that is : recording. One uses voice and the other uses visual cues like diagrams, charts, lines, arrows...etc. Think about visual recording as visual mind mapping.

This is Visual Recording and NOT (in this case) Visual Facilitation


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Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, June 17, 2013 3:36 PM

ipad is creating new opportunities...

Jessica Laney Petty's comment, June 26, 2013 3:48 PM
Thanks for the video. These storytelling videos are great. http://sandiegoweddingplaces.com
Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, November 28, 2013 9:32 PM

fascinating!  I will try it out.

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8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios

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8 Educational Apps To Create Digital Portfolios

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Ralph Springett's curator insight, May 24, 2013 7:57 AM

Useful, but what about the obvious - a blog?

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15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have - Apps linked to your learning goals

15 iPad Skills Every Teacher and Student should Have - Apps linked to your learning goals | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Med Kharbach

 

"iPad has made such a radical change in education with more and more school districts  adopting it as a learning tool inside the classroom. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning  has been helping teachers all along the way with reviews and tutorials on how to get started using iPad in education. We have reviewed more than 500 apps and we are planning to do more reviews this year.

"Having accumulated a modest experience in dealing with educational iPad apps, we deem it important that we share with you some of the learning goals you should keep in mind when using iPad with your students. We have particularly associated sets of educational iPad apps with each learning goal to make it easier for you to achieve the targeted goal.

"Check the learning goals below and share with us your feedback. Enjoy"


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Jynto's curator insight, January 12, 2013 3:47 AM

Great resource, clearly laid out. Does anyone have something similar for Android devices?  

 

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A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric for Teachers

A Must Have App Evaluation Rubric for Teachers | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

How about after you find the apps, do you know how to evaluate their pedagogic implications ? Are they educationally valid ? Do they target skills you want your students to work on ? Are they flexible enough to let students learn in different settings ? Are they student friendly ?


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Cristian Cerda's comment, December 8, 2012 8:32 PM
Interesting application, but the content has the same trouble that many of the rubric available on the web: It says nothing:
Ove Christensen's comment, December 9, 2012 6:38 AM
Well I think you should see it as a help for reflection on apps and use of apps. No tools are doing the hard work for you but they help you to remember what to cover.
Jim Lerman's comment, December 9, 2012 5:44 PM
@Cristian...I don't see it the same way. The criteria, in my opinion, do provide a useful framework for judging the efficacy of a web app. The value in the criteria is implicit; if one shares the values inherently stated in the criteria (for example, "authentic practice of targeted skills"), then I think the criteria are indeed helpful. If the values and meaning of the criteria do no speak to you, the reader, then I can see where one could feel they do not say anything. As Ove says, "no tools are doing the hard work for you."