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Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning

Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

As I work with teachers to implement game-based learning (GBL), they are always looking for any free tools that exist. While some are willing to pay for iPad game apps or using the Kinect, these tools often cost money. Luckily, there are many tools out there that are free and that teachers could use in the classroom as soon as tomorrow. Some of these tools are not only the games themselves, but also lesson plans and ideas for using the game in the classroom. Here are some of my favorite free GBL tools.

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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  


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This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  

 

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:05 AM

This is a great infographic for showing the thought process of finding information.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, August 16, 2015 11:50 AM

A pretty well-reasoned, fundamental thought process for most knowledge work research.  This serves as an even better backward (there-to-here) model to guide the core research workflow process automation  a knowledge worker may want to devise, install.  Think work product-informed -> DevonThink structures -> DevonAgent w/'Active Filtered' automated searches.  The most important drivers here are - 'ethical' - (more than just multiple sources, a stage needs to be added at the work product stage to provide authenticity) and - 'bias' -  (a post automated search,  subsequent manual search for corroborating items selection to provide authority).

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How Search Works - An Illustrated Explanation

How Search Works - An Illustrated Explanation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Google search is a part of our students' daily lives (most of them have never lived in world without Google), but often they don't know how the search results displayed before them got there. How Search Works is an animated graphic that reveals the basics of how websites are sorted, ranked, and presented to you in your search results. More information is revealed as you scroll down the How Search Works graphic.
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Understanding how a search engine works is one of the foundation stones for recognizing fake news. 

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, February 20, 3:47 PM

Understanding how a search engine works is one of the foundation stones for recognizing fake news. 

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The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free

The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The New York Public Library just released a treasure trove of digitized public domain images, everything from epic poetry from the 11th century to photographs of used car lots in Columbus, Ohio from the 1930s. Over 180,000 manuscripts, maps, photographs, sheet music, lithographs, postcards, and other images were released online Wednesday in incredibly high resolution, and are available to download using the library's user-friendly visualization tool. It's a nostalgist's dream come true.
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Mike McCallister's curator insight, February 6, 4:20 PM

Blogs and social media posts are always enhanced by graphics. More people look at and interact with posts with photos. Here's another place to find compelling graphics.

ROCAFORT's curator insight, February 7, 2:48 PM
The New York Public Library just uploaded nearly 200,000 images you can use for free
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Wow, just wow.
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EDUC 665 Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management

EDUC 665 Mindful Approaches to Classroom Management | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Research-based strategies to improve class climate that integrate Mindful practices and improve students’ social-emotional learning, self-regulation, motivation and academic performance while reducing test anxiety and bullying. Mindful approaches applied to student-teacher interpersonal communication and to the organization of space, routines, and procedures at all grade levels.
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Ways to create a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and schools.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 21, 4:56 PM

This new course from UW-Stout will help you find the space to teach and learn with your students.

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Ways to create a safe learning environment for students, teachers, and schools.  Find the time and space to teach with a mindful approach.

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Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators

Crafting Professional Development for Maker Educators | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Future-ready librarians are transforming traditional school libraries into bustling makerspaces where creativity and learning go hand in hand. The maker environment has the potential to teach our students to work collaboratively in ways that our curriculum often does not. Many of our students leave school lacking the abilities to solve problems, work in groups, act as leaders, and deal with failure because these skills aren’t covered in the curriculum.
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Shannon Mersand's course hits the mark for makers in the making.

Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit

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Teacher's Guide: Using Evaluation Games

Teacher's Guide: Using Evaluation Games | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Bad Apple and Use It? or Lose It? are designed to answer the question, "How good is the information?" Assessing the credibility of information can be an arduous task, especially for students who seldom see information in school that cannot be trusted.

The evaluation activities in this issue of the Resource Kit take a differe
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Help your students learn to evaluate websites with these online games.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, January 9, 3:12 PM

Help your students learn to evaluate websites with these online games.

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Très intéressant pour apprendre à vérifier l'information !
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How a science search engine is visualizing the discovery process - Storybench

How a science search engine is visualizing the discovery process - Storybench | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Scientists and journalists share similar skills and challenges in digital storytelling, especially when it comes to researching an unfamiliar field. Current tools for searching information from the academic world in particular can be difficult and time-consuming. PubMed and Google Scholar, for example, present searches linearly—a long list of things to sift through.


Via Andreas Christodoulou, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD, Elizabeth E Charles
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Something new for a new year!

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John Edwards's curator insight, June 10, 2016 4:26 AM
Great idea...
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9 lessons to boost media literacy

9 lessons to boost media literacy | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Those who control the messages know how to push our buttons — to get us to buy products and vote for candidates. By helping our students to critically assess media messages, we are teaching them to be savvy media consumers.

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ISTE Infographic -- good advice.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 29, 2016 1:13 AM
Some good ideas for information literacy lessons using media. 
Lilydale High School's curator insight, December 29, 2016 3:37 PM
Media evaluation.
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Media literacy
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Root | The robot that brings code to life | FixTheGap

Root | The robot that brings code to life | FixTheGap | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Root is on a mission to get more kids (and adults) coding. Root is a fun, easy-to-use robot which teaches coding to anyone ages 4 to 99. Root has over 50 sensors and actuators with which it can draw, erase, play music, explore its world, and even defy gravity by using magnetism to drive on wall mounted whiteboards — making coding activities applicable to a range of topics, social, and way more cool. Root grows coding experience with people in a familiar and consistent platform — offering years of learning opportunities rather than days. As coding skills improve, kids advance from programming with a blocks-based graphical interface (a child can use it even before they know how to read) to programming with fully text-based languages like Swift, JavaScript, and Python.
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Root Coding Robots would be a great addition to any maker space oriented library. I read Seymour Papert's Mindstorms when I was a young teacher.  I taught Turtle geometry and Logo programming to 10 year olds and built Lego robots with 8th graders back in the 80's. It changed my life. Learning to code with a robot has been a long time coming.  Root looks like the real deal to me

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 21, 2016 4:13 PM

I read Seymour Papert's Mindstorms when I was a young teacher.  I taught Turtle geometry and Logo programming to 10 year olds and built Lego robots with 8th graders back in the 80's. It changed my life. Learning to code with a robot has been a long time coming.  Root looks like the real deal to me

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How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News

How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Kalev Leetaru writes: "Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 14, 2016 12:01 PM

Things that stood out for me:

 

  • While the idea of an extension or plug-in that would flag fake news is appealing, Leetaru notes that fake news is "not black and white, it is a hundred shades of gray." The emotional language and the political disposition of the reader both play a part in the interpretation of fake news. (Although I'm still not clear how one can "interpret" facts differently, I get that two people could have different conclusions based on those facts.)
  • Leetaru's idea of a 3D graph to analyze coverage of a topic is intriguing, and easily adaptable for a class project. Looking at an organization's coverage of a topic and determining, on average, how positive or negative it is, how often (and in what detail) the topic is covered, and finally how emotionally charged the coverage is could be a fascinating project in a middle or high school classroom.  I'd love to tie this to the project we did with 7th grade science classes on using social media to sway public opinion on environmental issues.(And this year, I'd love to explore developing bots for that!) This all would be a great tie-in for anyone using Paul Fleischman's Eyes Wide Open book and website. 
Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:11 AM
Fake news ... we here about it everyday. this whole idea needs to be added to the idea of the need for a variety of literacies, not just digital literacy. This provides a challenge to educators, but something we need to step up about.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 3, 3:22 AM
Data And Information Literacy
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Graduate Online Course: The Maker Culture

Graduate Online Course: The Maker Culture | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
How can you support the learning by doing maker movement in your classroom or school library media center?
Learn evidence-based instructional strategies that support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels. Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.
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This course on Maker Culture is taught by school media specialist Shannon Mersand. Learn how to  Make something happen in your Library!

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 23, 2015 9:41 PM

Open for September Registration! 


Cook up something grand with ideas and inspirations from this new online course from UW-Stout taught by Library Media Specialist Shannon Mersand.  

Jean Marrapodi's curator insight, April 1, 2015 8:06 PM

Love the maker movement. Wish we could do more in elearning with it.

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Books and New Ideas For Motivating Reading - 100% Online Classes

Books and New Ideas For Motivating Reading - 100% Online Classes | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

RDGED 703 Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Spring: RDGED 703 930 January 9 - March 17, 2017

RDGED 704 Young Adult (YA) Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)
Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Spring: RDGED 704 930 January 9 - March 17, 2017


Join one of these classes in January and share ideas for integrating books into every corner of your curriculum, develop activities to motivate reading and inspire learning and curiosity.

The online course provides time for participants to read the books on your "I want to read list" and focuses on current books that have been published during the past five years.

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Great online classes for librarians and reading teachers from UW-Stout. 3 semester hours - graduate credit

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Wolfram|Alpha Webinar: A Free Resource for Librarians

Wolfram|Alpha Webinar: A Free Resource for Librarians | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Wolfram|Alpha is a professional research and computation tool available for free on the web. This webinar will show you how to make the most out of this resource for your students, users and patrons. You'll learn how to access, cite and perform natural language computations with real-world data like weather, stock market and chemical data. We'll discuss ideas and resources to run workshops for all ages and backgrounds, including super simple 3D printing! You will also learn how Wolfram|Alpha can integrate with existing research and academic tools like Google Drive. The free, online webinar assumes no background with Wolfram|Alpha—we'll show you everything you need to know!
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December 1, 2016 4 - 5 pm EST

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UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

UNESCO Launches Five Laws of Media and Information Literacy (MIL) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
his global strategy marries the large, but often separated, disciplines of information literacy and media literacy and creates a common vocabulary for folks in multiple areas of knowledge to engage in conversation. It also positions these critical literacies as a combined set of competencies–knowledge, skills and attitudes–central for living and working in our world today.
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Sharpen your global understanding. 

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Matt Manfredi's curator insight, February 21, 8:42 PM
So critical, now more than ever!!
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A Handy Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Creative Commons Licences Students Should Know about

A Handy Visual Featuring The 6 Types of Creative Commons Licences Students Should Know about | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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Use CC licenses to share your work. Bread upon the water.

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Le mag 2.0 de l'Asfored's curator insight, February 10, 11:21 AM

S'y retrouver dans les licences Creative Commons, pas toujours simple. Voici un récapitulatif bien utile en attendant notre prochaine formation sur le droit d'auteur ;) le 23 février : http://asfored.org/edinovo/stage-14DT158

 

Chris Simon's curator insight, February 11, 2:24 PM
Si retrouver dans Les Creatives Commons Licences !
Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 16, 4:48 PM
A clear and useful graphic (Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs CC by ND)  that you can use with students to explain how to use other people's created works fairly and legitimately.
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Join Now: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Join Now: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Learn evidence-based instructional strategies and how to use tools (physical or virtual) to support building models, prototypes, inventions and innovations and encourage creative problem solving and team collaboration across a wide range of subject matters and all grade levels.


Applications of learning theory and assessment strategies will be employed to create K-12 interdisciplinary inquiry-based maker experiences.

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Engage your students with the ultimate hands on approach to learning.  Make your library the heart beat of innovation. 

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Executive Summary: Evaluating Information

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Recent study from Stanford confirms what we already know. 

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, January 12, 6:40 PM

A recent study from Stanford...  

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Evaluating Information
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Danah Boyd: Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points

Danah Boyd: Did Media Literacy Backfire? – Data & Society: Points | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Danah Boyd:

 

What Is Truth?


As a huge proponent for media literacy for over a decade, I’m struggling with the ways in which I missed the mark. The reality is that my assumptions and beliefs do not align with most Americans. Because of my privilege as a scholar, I get to see how expert knowledge and information is produced and have a deep respect for the strengths and limitations of scientific inquiry. Surrounded by journalists and people working to distribute information, I get to see how incentives shape information production and dissemination and the fault lines of that process. I believe that information intermediaries are important, that honed expertise matters, and that no one can ever be fully informed. As a result, I have long believed that we have to outsource certain matters and to trust others to do right by us as individuals and society as a whole. This is what it means to live in a democracy, but, more importantly, it’s what it means to live in a society.

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Researcher Danah Boyd asks tough questions about media literacy.  The most thought provoking questions are those with no clear answer.  This article will shake your point of view and get you thinking. 

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Workshop: Propaganda and Media Manipulation

Workshop: Propaganda and Media Manipulation | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
On May 19, 2017, Data & Society will host a workshop in NYC on the ways in which technology and algorithmic practices have altered dynamics of propaganda and media manipulation. The purpose of the D&S Workshop series is to enable deep dives with a broad community of interdisciplinary researchers into topics at the core of Data & Society’s concerns.
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Serious research:

 

Dates

Application Deadline: February 15, 2017
Selection Decisions: March 1, 2017
Full Paper Deadline: April 14, 2017
Workshop: May 19, 2017

 

 

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10 Great Academic Search Engines for Research Students

10 Great Academic Search Engines for Research Students | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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Those who search for research will may have already found these search engines.  Don't rely on a single search engine. Triangulate your queries, look for multiple credible sources.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 26, 2016 1:49 AM
Something for me to share in the New Year. Great to add to research lesson for secondary school students. 
Andy Bull's curator insight, February 4, 7:00 AM
...and for journalists
Oskar Almazan's curator insight, February 8, 8:42 AM
Niche-specific content is usually not readily available through regular generic search engines. One example is the academic and scholarly content. While running a search query about an academic topic through a generic search engine such as Google would probably render fairly decent results, it, however, usually takes digging into so much fluff before finally landing on relevant results. This is where having access to topic-specific search engines comes in handy. Such search engines do not only provide specific content tailored to the topic under study but their content is more likely to be reliable and authoritative. To this end, we have compiled this list of excellent academic search engines that teachers, student researchers and academics can use to quickly locate and access scholarly works and publications. We have only included what we believe are the most relevant and popular titles out there.
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6 Great Search Engines Designed Specifically for Kids

6 Great Search Engines Designed Specifically for Kids | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Help them find it for themselves.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 28, 2016 8:12 AM
Search engines for kids. Another great list to show that Google is not the only option.
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Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a grant

Matchmaker, matchmaker, find me a grant | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Recommendation engine Instrumentl aims to speed grant searching.
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This new search engine is signing up scientists for free accounts to help match them with grants.
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The research librarian of the future: data scientist and co-investigator

The research librarian of the future: data scientist and co-investigator | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
There remains something of a disconnect between how research librarians themselves see their role and its responsibilities and how these are viewed by their faculty colleagues. Jeannette Ekstrøm, Mikael Elbaek, Chris Erdmann and Ivo Grigorov imagine how the research librarian of the future might work, utilising new data science and digital skills to drive more collaborative and open scholarship. Arguably this future is already upon us but institutions must implement a structured approach to developing librarians’ skills and services to fully realise the benefits.

Imagine research librarians as equal partners in the research process, helping a researcher in any discipline to map existing knowledge gaps, identify emerging disciplinary crossovers before they even happen, and assist in the formulation and refinement of frontier research questions.

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Learn to use the new tools to revitalize your career.

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Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools Online Course University of Wisconsin-Stout

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EDUC 656 Bullying and Cyberbullying in Schools

Online Course 2 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Shannon Mersand
Spring: EDUC 656 930 January 17 - February 24, 2017
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This important and timely class helps you create a safe learning environment for your students. Learn how to prevent bullying in both face to face and online settings.

 

This course is a must for new and veteran educators who wish to get new ideas to build positive, safe and respectful school cultures.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 18, 2016 2:45 PM

This important and timely class helps you create a safe learning environment for your students. Learn how to prevent bullying in both face to face and online settings.

 

This course is a must for new and veteran educators who wish to get new ideas to build positive, safe and respectful school cultures.

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Learning from Rock Star Librarians

Learning from Rock Star Librarians | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
This month’s One-Question Survey asked our readers to name the ‘school library rock stars’ who are the biggest influence on their work and what it is that makes these individuals stand out. The resulting word cloud of school library luminaries is certainly fun to view but really not too surprising—much more intriguing are the explanations of the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that set these individuals apart. What can we learn from these rock star librarians?
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No surprise seeing Joyce Valenza;s name in this word cloud.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 4, 2016 5:44 PM

Honored to be mentioned! These people are my inspirations, too! Esp. Joyce, Jennifer, Tiffany, & Shannon.

Joyce Valenza's comment, December 5, 2016 1:31 PM
So flattered to be included in this cloud with so many people I so admire. Including dear Gwyneth!
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About the Fair Use | U.S. Copyright Office

About the Fair Use | U.S. Copyright Office | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Welcome to the U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index. ...Fair use is a longstanding and vital aspect of American copyright law. The goal of the Index is to make the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody).

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Thanks to Mike Odom (J.D,) for leading us to this database of court cases dealing with copyright and fair use.

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