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Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

Real-time blended learning: 5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.


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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 15, 4:40 PM

Skype is a great tool to use in learning as it provides real time engagement with experts. This a great article with ideas about thinking outside of the box when integrating Skype. 

Phil Hobrla's curator insight, March 16, 8:04 PM

Microsoft recently showcased a new Skype feature that allows for real-time, two-way, voice translation! This feature will make the Skype Cultural Exchange even more extensible and will allow those who use Skype for non-native language acquisition to have in-depth conversations, in their own languages, about their progress and issues in their learning. 

Henry Lee's curator insight, March 16, 9:25 PM

Rescooped from Sarah Kozlowski. This make distance learning possible for virtual classrooms. While this setup up isn't ideal for a lot of virtual classroom setups, it can work as a low-tech solution.

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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills ~ Mind/Shift

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills ~ Mind/Shift | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

by Ian Quillen


"...students like Sam Blazes and Wilfried Hounyo, two winners in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge, say they see their passion for computer programming is potentially leading them into a wide range of future professions.


“There’s no specific place you can plan on going because there are so many different things you can do with programming,” Blazes told an audience during a panel discussion at The Atlanticmagazine’s Technologies in Education Forum earlier this month. “You can do pretty much anything with it that you can program.”


"That’s because computer programming is a study of languages more than of technology or mechanics. And command of those languages allows programmers to control the functionality of anything that is driven by a computer.


"For example, Blazes and Hounyo, both now high school students in the Washington, D.C. area, each won acclaim for helping to design educational video games. But they both said they initiallyembraced programming through school robotics clubs, where students not only build robots, but work to write code that can control robots’ movements and reactions. And as Blazes pointed out, the same skills could also be used for a wide range of career purposes, such as constructing meteorological simulations, making financial predictions, or creating personalized online learning curricula."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 10, 2013 4:20 AM
Great information. HABITS OF MIND!!
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Love this! TFI Sandbox: Adventures in Storytelling, Technology and Social Change.

Love this! TFI Sandbox: Adventures in Storytelling, Technology and Social Change. | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
TFI Sandbox is an initiative of the Tribeca Film Institute's New Media Fund. Bringing storytelling, technology and design together to innovate in the field, inspire audiences and create impact.

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ozziegontang's comment, February 24, 2013 11:10 AM
As always, much appreciated with all you share along with your insights.
Karen Dietz's comment, February 24, 2013 3:04 PM
Thank you Ozzie! I really enjoy your scoop.it.
Moya Sayer-Jones's curator insight, March 6, 2013 6:31 AM

Just wishing I lived in New York! Lots of great viewing here.

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Google Forms Gets A Refresh, Adds Collaboration And Smarter Editing Features

Google Forms Gets A Refresh, Adds Collaboration And Smarter Editing Features | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
Google Forms just got a nice little refresh and now allows you to build questionnaires and collect the data in a Google Drive spreadsheet a bit easier.

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Mike Ellsworth's curator insight, February 2, 2013 2:49 PM

I've used Google Forms before and found them a bit counter-intuitive. This refresh should help. 

Mike Ellsworth's comment, February 3, 2013 5:33 PM
Jimun, thanks for the reScoop!
Tim Mortensen's curator insight, February 12, 2013 9:52 AM

I use google forms a lot, and any featuers to add for ease of use will he helpful.

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Co-browsing: Share and Co-Navigate Any Web Page in Real-Time with Ve.rbatim.com

 

Robin Good: Ve.rbatim.com is a free web-based co-browsing tool which allows you to co-navigate with one or more people any web page, while being able to see the mouse cursor of your partner when desired.

 

The web app is very easy to use. You just click on "Start a sesson" on this page http://ve.rbatim.com/ and the new page that opens up has a URL that you can share with anyone you want to cobrowse with.

 

On this page you have an additional address bar in which you can input any url you want to cobrowse. An integrated text chat area is made visible by clicking on the large down arrow visibile on the top right side of your screen.

 

Free to use.

 

Check this video: http://youtu.be/XgeTWHSjhTQ

 

Google Chrome Extension: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/mjiigdnknfcmjgaapnimjbmopdfbkech

 

Try it out now: http://ve.rbatim.com/ ;

 


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4 Ways to Empower Students Through Collaboration | Getting Smart

4 Ways to Empower Students Through Collaboration | Getting Smart | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

By Andrew K. Miller

 

"II you want students to collaborate it is imperative that educators establish this as a norm at the beginning of the school year. Great teachers leverage group work and collaborative activities and projects in their curriculum and instruction, but oftentimes teachers “push-back” with the difficulties of having their students collaborate. I agree, it is a daunting task, but I always respond, “How have you taught them to collaborate and providing scaffolding of that skill?” This is the key! If you want your students to collaborate effectively, you must give the opportunity to do so, as well as give the necessary instruction in skills and scaffolding."


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Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts

Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

If you were waiting for Google to release a screen-sharing feature inside the Hangout real-time collaboration platform, that time has come.

 

In the next 48 hours Google will be rolling out to all Google+ users the ability to screen-share during any hangout session.

 

From Christopher Johnson G+ post: "When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users.

 

We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design ( http://goo.gl/gG1NA ).

 

Highlights include:

 

- Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.

 

- Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements."

Source:  https://plus.google.com/115570939558790629700/posts/h9HHTRBK7CJ 


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An Infinite Collaborative Image Canvas: CanvasDropr

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CanvasDropr provides a virtually infinite online canvas on which you and your friends / contacts can easily add, position, resize and rotate photos and video clips at will.

CanvasDropr can be used to brainstorm around visual collections, to select and organize images, and to prepare visual portfolios or tours to share with others or to be published online. 

 

From the official site: "The center of the CanvasDropr idea is to work and collaborate on a so-called "Canvas".

 

The canvas can be shared by an unlimited amount of people, and changes made in the canvas are updated real-time in every user’s canvas.

 

Users can easily drag and drop new images directly from their desktop onto the canvas."

 

CanvasDrops allows you to text chat in real-time with other "collaborators" you have invited as well as to set permissions for what "public" users can edit or modify on a "public canvas.

 

It is possible to place photos and video clips coming from Facebook, YouTube, Flickr and Picasa or to import one simply by providing its URL. 

 

The final canvas can be shared on FB or Twitter, downloaded as an "image" or a .zip file containing all of its images and can also be "embedded" on any site or blog.

 

The service is free to use.

 

Check this video: http://vimeo.com/31591478 ;

Find out more: http://www.canvasdropr.com/ ;

 

or you can try it immediately with no need for signup if you alrady have a Twitter or facebook account: http://www.canvasdropr.com/Signup.aspx ;


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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 10, 2013 6:44 PM

A nice collaborative tool for images.

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Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Best Websites for Teaching and Learning | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

I love to browse lists like these.  I'm always looking for a site I've never heard about.  Half a dozen unkowns on this list~!  Fun! ~Den

 

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The "Top 25" Websites 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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Eric Bateman's comment, December 25, 2011 11:17 PM
Don't forget this is the third incarnation of this list -- there are 50 more websites included in the AASL "Top 25" lists for 2009 and 2010. Now if I could only get my teachers to use some of them...
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Show Your Favorite Images Live While Talking and Listening with Live Pics.io

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Live Pics.io is a free new web which allows you to showcase in real-time your favorite images, photos or illustrations while talking and listening with the other parties connecting in.


No registration or login required.


You just upload your selected images and share the link to the meeting room that you are given and you are ready to go.


Supersimple.


Free to use. 


Try it out now here: http://live.pics.io 


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Robin Good's curator insight, December 30, 2013 2:59 PM



Live Pics.io is a free new web which allows you to showcase in real-time your favorite images, photos or illustrations while talking and listening with the other parties connecting in.


No registration or login required.


You just upload your selected images and share the link to the meeting room that you are given and you are ready to go.


Supersimple.


Free to use. 


Try it out now here: http://live.pics.io 






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DebateGraph

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description by Internet Scout Project


DebateGraph states, "to change the world you need to look at it in a different way." Many would agree; this platform gives multiple partners the ability to visualize and share different ideas. It's a neat concept and it's one that has been used by the United Kingdom's Foreign Office and CNN. A helpful "how-to" area can get users started and the application allows visitors to link ideas visually via a very easy-to-use interface. This version of debate graph is compatible with all operating systems

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An online, interactive, collaborative mind-mapping tool. Looks quite versatile.

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WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud

WeVideo - Collaborative Online Video Editor in the Cloud | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it
WeVideo lets you tell your story with video. Our online video editing platform is affordable, simple to use, and uniquely collaborative. Learn more today.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 2, 2013 10:48 AM

Give it a try...

 

Community Village Sites's comment, February 3, 2013 8:36 PM
excellent!
Alison Rostetter's curator insight, February 24, 2013 11:59 AM

you never know... maybe one day I'll have time for stuff like these and even a smart phone to do it with...

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RealtimeBoard

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This is an amazing collaborative whiteboard where multiple users can edit a multimedia board in real time. The site allows you to signup and sign in using a Google account and you can access and add your files and media on your Google Docs/Drive area making this a fabulous companion to schools using Google Apps for education. You can write by typing or you can write in 'freehand' so you can use your interactive whiteboard to write and archive the lesson to use or refer to later.
http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools


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IMA-EDU.GR's curator insight, January 15, 2013 5:56 PM

υτό είναι ένα καταπληκτικό συνεργασίας πίνακα, όπου πολλοί χρήστες μπορούν να επεξεργαστούν μια πλακέτα πολυμέσων σε πραγματικό χρόνο. Η ιστοσελίδα σας δίνει τη δυνατότητα να εγγραφείτε και να συνδεθείτε χρησιμοποιώντας ένα λογαριασμό Google και μπορείτε να έχετε πρόσβαση και να προσθέσετε αρχεία πολυμέσων σας και στο Google Docs σας / περιοχή κίνησης καθιστώντας το μια υπέροχη συντροφιά στα σχολεία χρησιμοποιώντας το Google Apps για την εκπαίδευση. Μπορείτε να γράψετε με πληκτρολόγηση ή μπορείτε να γράψετε στο «ελεύθερο» ώστε να μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε τον διαδραστικό σας πίνακα να γράφει και να αρχειοθετήσετε το μάθημα να χρησιμοποιήσει ή να αναφερθώ αργότερα.http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+% 26 + + Εργαλεία Web

Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 17, 2013 3:54 PM

Fantastic online collaborative board.

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Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros

Facilitating Collaborative Learning: 20 Things You Need to Know From the Pros | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Why have your students work collaboratively? "Collaborative learning teams are said to attain higher levels of thinking and preserve information for longer times that students working individually."

This post provides 20 suggestions to help collaborative groups work more effectively. A few are:

* Establish group goals.

* Keep groups mid-sized.

* Build trust and promote open communication.

* Consider the learning process asa part of the assessment.

The post includes links to a variety of resources and each point has an explantion with additional information.


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Channylt's curator insight, April 7, 2014 10:56 AM

Great tips on how to facilitate collaborative learning. Learners that work collaborativley are engaged in their learning and have better learning outcomes. 

Marina Cousins's curator insight, April 10, 2014 8:06 PM

I liked this article, as it highlighted to me the importance of collaborative learning is much better than individual learning.  As I have mentioned several times, the learning and assessment that takes place within my workplace has a strong behaviourist foundation of learning and repeating key words and actions to pass an assessment (it is a very individual approach to learning).

 

Many of my colleagues view this experience of learning & assessment in a negative way.  What are some of the ways to overcome this negative view of learning?

 

After reading this article, I will seriously consider using a collaborative learning style within my workplace (if I get the opportunity).  The advantage of using real world problems or clinical incidents is that it offers the learner the opportunitity to improve their critical thinking skills and problem-solving ability.  

 

Therefore, by using collaborative learning you can apply the following learning theories of cognitivism, constructivism, objectivism.

Hazel Kuveya's curator insight, April 10, 2014 9:22 PM

Keeping the groups at moderate levels will ensure an effective exchange of ideas and participation in all involved, I can echo the same statement that two heads are better than one. It is also interesting to learn that collaborative teams attain higher level thinking and preserve information for longer periods as compared to  their individual counterparts., yes the use of technology makes collaborative learning manageable.

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Full Videoconferencing For Everyone with Meetings.io

Full Videoconferencing For Everyone with Meetings.io | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Meetings.io is a new videoconferencing service which allows you to meet up with to 5 people in your own branded and persistent collaboration room.

 

There is no software to download or install as Meetings.io is completely web-based.

 

Meetings.io also include other key collaboration features such as:

File transfer (coming) Group notes Text chat Screen sharing (coming) Video playback within meetings Call conferencing support Meeting management and scheduling Custom domain for your persistent room Public or Private mode

 

Free to use. No registration required.

 

Key features: http://meetings.io/features 

 

FAQ: http://meetings.io/help 

 

More info: http://meetings.io/ 


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A Real-Time Collaborative Whiteboard That Integrates With Skype: IDroo (PC only)

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Robin Good: Idroo is a real-time collaborative whiteboard (for Windows PCs only) that allows 10 or more people to annotate, highight, draw and markup over any image they want to. 

Idroo integrates perfectly with Skype allowing you to invite through Skype your meeting attendants and to talk to them while working together on the shared whiteboard.

 

Key features include:

 

FREE for non-commercial use 10 or more simultaneous participants Vector drawing tools  Import images Skype integration Supports digital tablets (such as Wacom)

 

Download (Windows only): http://www.idroo.com/download 

 

Getting started guide: http://www.idroo.com/documentation/inviting-users 

 

Find out more: http://www.idroo.com/ 


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Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts

Screen-Sharing Comes To Google+ Hangouts | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

If you were waiting for Google to release a screen-sharing feature inside the Hangout real-time collaboration platform, that time has come.

 

In the next 48 hours Google will be rolling out to all Google+ users the ability to screen-share during any hangout session.

 

From Christopher Johnson G+ post: "When we launched Hangouts with Extras last September, we wanted to test new features and get feedback from users.

 

We’ve learned a lot over the past few months, and today we’re rolling out a new Hangouts look and feel that incorporates some of the “extras,” and better reflects Google’s overall design ( http://goo.gl/gG1NA ).

 

Highlights include:

 

- Screensharing: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. This is the first of many extras we’re graduating to Hangouts proper.

 

- Bigger video: we’ve put more emphasis on the live video itself by optimizing white space and other screen elements."

Source:  https://plus.google.com/115570939558790629700/posts/h9HHTRBK7CJ 


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Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or?

Content Creation vs Content Curation: Is It Really An Either Or? | Into the Driver's Seat | Scoop.it

There is no curation without original content. However, curators can expand the readership and help their niche find meaning and insight in the material as it relates to them. 

 

There is too much information. The author explains that the real power of content marketing lies in the orginal content creation. Mixing curated content with your original content builds authority. There is a video "Is Your Content Good Enough To Be Curated"? That's where it is for all of us that write. Why would anyone curate my post?

 

Commentary first written by Jan Gordon "Covering Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond" and I adapted her commentary.

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/w104L6]


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Beth Kanter's comment, December 16, 2011 3:37 PM
Thanks for this article. I agree with you that it isn't an either/or - you need to curate to create good quality content.