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Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven

Libraries and Makerspaces: a match made in heaven | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Every discussion of libraries in the age of austerity always includes at least one blowhard who opines, "What do we need libraries for? We've got the Internet now!"


Facepalm.


The problem is that Mr. Blowhard has confused a library with a book depository. Now, those are useful, too, but a library isn't just (or even necessarily) a place where you go to get books for free. Public libraries have always been places where skilled information professionals assisted the general public with the eternal quest to understand the world. Historically, librarians have sat at the coalface between the entire universe of published material and patrons, choosing books with at least a colorable claim to credibility, carefully cataloging and shelving them, and then assisting patrons in understanding how to synthesize the material contained therein.

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Libraries as a place to invent and share. Libraries as a place to learn and build. Libraries as makerspaces.  

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 3:07 AM
Nice piece, those who don't understand what libraries are about should read this!
GwynethJones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 11:39 AM
Libraries & Makerspaces: a Match made in Heaven -- LOVE this Best Practice! #TLChat
Susan Schatvet's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:00 AM

Libraries on the forefront of revitalizing the American Dream

21st Century Information Fluency
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.  


Check it out?

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, January 29, 9:37 PM

This is a great resource.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, January 30, 11:41 AM

Flujos de Información: Infografía Interactiva 

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How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research

How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Many of us sincerely wish students would follow their passions, but many of them, especially the younger ones, sincerely don’t know what that is. When we ask them, “What interests you?” and they respond, “I don’t know,” they aren’t being disingenuous or stubborn. The enormity and vagueness of the question after they’ve been conditioned to provide “right” or “correct” answers sets them up for fear and a blank brain.

Below are strategies I teach teachers when they want to encourage student-led research and they are willing to slow down the process to make the early steps visible.
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Teach them how to generate a question and find their own interests. 

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Promoting Academic Integrity: Are We Doing Enough?

Promoting Academic Integrity: Are We Doing Enough? | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Maryellen Weimer, PhD:



'Could it be that in our efforts to prevent cheating we have failed to also promote academic integrity? Another study found that students understood they weren’t supposed to plagiarize, but they weren’t sure why. These students avoided plagiarizing so they wouldn’t get in trouble with the teacher, not because they really understood what it was or why it was a problem."

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 I agree that addressing personal integrity is a powerful element in the complex mix of understanding plagiarism and cheating. 


However, without information literacy (let alone fluency) students simply can't cope in the online environment.  For me the foundation is built on understanding ethical use of digital information.

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Michael Westwood's curator insight, April 23, 5:40 PM

A very thoughtful article. The comments are also interesting.

Are students confronting themselves with what cheating does to them? The damage to the sense of self-worth is difficult to repair. Cheaters lie to themselves and they lie to others. By deciding to cheat, these students are telling themselves that it doesn’t matter that they haven’t learned or haven’t done the work, and that it’s OK to pretend to others that they have. And those aren’t the type of actions that make a person feel proud and accomplished. Cheating may improve a grade but the costs to personal integrity are high and far-reaching. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/promoting-academic-integrity-are-we-doing-enough/#sthash.AkssHLVu.dpufAre students confronting themselves with what cheating does to them? The damage to the sense of self-worth is difficult to repair. Cheaters lie to themselves and they lie to others. By deciding to cheat, these students are telling themselves that it doesn’t matter that they haven’t learned or haven’t done the work, and that it’s OK to pretend to others that they have. And those aren’t the type of actions that make a person feel proud and accomplished. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/promoting-academic-integrity-are-we-doing-enough/#sthash.AkssHLVu.dpufAre students confronting themselves with what cheating does to them? The damage to the sense of self-worth is difficult to repair. Cheaters lie to themselves and they lie to others. By deciding to cheat, these students are telling themselves that it doesn’t matter that they haven’t learned or haven’t done the work, and that it’s OK to pretend to others that they have. And those aren’t the type of actions that make a person feel proud and accomplished. Cheating may improve a grade but the costs to personal integrity are high and far-reaching. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/promoting-academic-integrity-are-we-doing-enough/#sthash.AkssHLVu.dpufAre students confronting themselves with what cheating does to them? The damage to the sense of self-worth is difficult to repair. Cheaters lie to themselves and they lie to others. By deciding to cheat, these students are telling themselves that it doesn’t matter that they haven’t learned or haven’t done the work, and that it’s OK to pretend to others that they have. And those aren’t the type of actions that make a person feel proud and accomplished. - See more at: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/teaching-professor-blog/promoting-academic-integrity-are-we-doing-enough/#sthash.AkssHLVu.dpuf
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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom - YouTube

A school-wide approach to blended learning that allows teachers the flexibility to define and implement online instruction that meets their students needs.

P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School
GRADES K-12 | GAINESVILLE, FL
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The enormous challenge for teachers engaged blended learning is being fluent in both online and classroom teaching techniques. Being a teacher has always been challenging. (That's a good thing!)

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, April 13, 3:15 AM

Mooie getuigenis van twee leerkrachten die mee evolueren zonder dat ze het kind met het badwater weggooien.

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Making Learning Interactive

Making Learning Interactive | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Mary Alice Anderson:


"Last September I introduced the recently published Student Discovery Sets from the Library of Congress. These ebooks are collections of primary source sets designed to provide interactive, inquiry learning while introducing students to primary sources on common curricular topics."

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Mary Alice Anderson is a great librarian and online teacher. Check out  Teaching Digital Media Literacy in the Content Areas: Teaching with Primary SourcesShe received a Top Online Educator recognition from Walter McKenzie's Surf Aquarium.

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, April 9, 12:22 AM

Inquiry and challenge models work well at all levels

jane fullerton's curator insight, April 9, 8:59 AM

Love these ideas for using the Library of Cngress

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 9, 6:38 PM

Share with ELAR AND SS teachers. 

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News 2015 - ProQuest and Google Collaborate to Improve Researchers’ Workflows

News 2015 - ProQuest and Google Collaborate to Improve Researchers’ Workflows | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
ANN ARBOR, MI, March 24, 2015 – ProQuest will enable the full text of its scholarly journal content to be indexed in Google Scholar, improving research outcomes. Work is underway and the company anticipates that by the third-quarter of 2015, users starting their research in Google Scholar will be able to access scholarly content via ProQuest.
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edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric

edutopia: Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.
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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects. 


Libraries become hives of invention when you promote a maker culture.

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Creating rubrics is always a challenge.  Look here for ideas on assessing Maker projects.

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3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tutorial - Create a Flipped Video Lesson with TedEd - YouTube

This entry in the "3 Minute Teaching With Tech Tip" video series shows how easy it is to 'flip' any YouTube video with the structured tool set provided at ed.ted.com. These lessons can be public or private, and the easy to use tools let teachers add associated content, a brief quiz, and online discussions associate with the video that is the focus point of the lesson. TedEd is totally free, and teachers get summary feedback on lesson views, quiz results, discussions, etc.
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Learn how to build a video lesson in just three minutes. Good ideas don't have to be complex. Take advantage of TedEd features to keep your flipping classroom rolling! 8-)

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Maggie McGuirk Veres's curator insight, April 4, 6:49 PM

I love this!

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, April 5, 1:06 AM

Lets try out TedEd

Carmen Ramos's curator insight, April 10, 12:29 PM

Schnell und einfach Videos für den Unterricht aufbereiten.

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The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online

The Guggenheim Puts 109 Free Modern Art Books Online | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Back in January, 2012, we mentioned that the Guggenheim (the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed modern art museum in NYC) had put 65 art catalogues on the web, all free of charge.

We're happy to report that, between then and now, the number of free texts has grown to 109.
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Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA

Educade | Lesson Plans | CREATE A NARRATIVE-DRIVEN SCAVENGER HUNT WITH AURASMA | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Aurasma can encourage learners to go beyond the classroom to connect and enhance what they learn by pulling resources from the physical and the digital and then sharing those augmented reality scenes with others.


Learning Objectives:

  • Write a multi-part fictional narrative that logically ties in with actual locations on the school campus.
  • Create an engaging narrative experience for the reader through expressive and provocative narration, animation, and/or images.
  • Evaluate and deconstruct the narratives of others through class-wide discussion and reflection of own narrative.

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Ah the things we can do with mobile phones and big net tech. A project using Aurasma could make your school year sing. 

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Suzy Hirsch's curator insight, December 22, 2014 1:12 PM
Can't wait to try this?
Mike Dilger's curator insight, December 25, 2014 4:03 PM

Augmented Reality will impact on education in the future If not already. Get on board and explore the possibilities.  Very exciting.  Can be tough at first but worth pushing through the pain.

Karen E Smith's curator insight, March 27, 9:26 AM

I am using this and enjoy it.

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Honor the eyes and brains of your readers: Whitespace

Honor the eyes and brains of your readers:  Whitespace | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

By Mark Boulton:


“Whitespace,” or “negative space” is the space between elements in a composition. More specifically, the space between major elements in a composition is “macro whitespace.” Micro whitespace, is—yes, you’ve guessed it—the space between smaller elements: between list items, between a caption and an image, or between words and letters. The itty-bitty stuff.

So what does whitespace do?

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This vintage (2007) article explains the importance of whitespace in web design.  When we read online our brains crave easy to scan text that doesn't overload the senses.  It's a basic lesson that every instructional designer and online teacher should take to heart. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 23, 1:07 PM

This vintage (2007) article explains the importance of whitespace in web design.  When we read online our brains crave easy to scan text that doesn't overload the senses.  It's a basic lesson that every instructional designer and online teacher should take to heart. 

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Teaching Research Skills to Elementary School Children

Teaching Research Skills to Elementary School Children | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Search engines can streamline the process of teaching basic research to elementary schoolchildren who require expert guidance on how to navigate the Web — and the earlier, the better.


Elementary school is when kids first begin to learn how to learn. Kids start using search engines quite early on, making elementary school the perfect time to teach research skills that become a foundation for a lifetime of learning.


The base skill for all schoolchildren is the ability to sift content for relevance and accuracy. Here are five ways teachers can help improve this skill in elementary-age children.

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Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph

Lost Sherlock Holmes story discovered in man's attic - Telegraph | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
An historian has unearthed the first unseen Sherlock Holmes story in more than 80 years that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote to help save a town bridge.


Walter Elliot, 80, found the 1,300-word tale starring the famous detective in a collection of short stories written for a local bazaar.
The wooden bridge in the Scottish town of Selkirk was destroyed by the great flood of 1902 and locals organised a three-day event to raise funds for a new one in 1904.

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This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 21, 1:32 PM

This is no hoax. This find says something reassuring about printing on paper.  


Surprisingly, modern telecommunications are part of the picture as Conan Doyle's portrayal of 'editorial demands' set's the scene.  


I suspect most modern writers and nearly all bloggers are part- time workers at  "Institute of  Fiction" and reminded that card carrying members of  the 'Faculty of Imagination". 


The article includes a link to the full manuscript.  I've read and re-read all of the Sherlock Holmes stories many times. What a treat! 

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"Resist Googling" & 5 Other Strategies For Meaningful Modern Research

"Resist Googling" & 5 Other Strategies For Meaningful Modern Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Most people teaching today weren’t trained to instruct students about researching in a technologically advanced world. Many need a quick refresher course or tutoring packet on successful student research. The tips below are meant to help teachers and students get off to a good start as they embark on an inquiry adventure:
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Understanding Creative Commons - Infographic

Understanding Creative Commons - Infographic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A good summary/overview of CC licenses and use for photos.


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Good graphic representation of a complex topic.

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Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, May 2, 1:19 AM

#DémarchePortfolio  Une infographie sur la licence CC très complète.

Dênia Falcão's curator insight, May 2, 5:32 PM

adicionar sua visão ...

Bev Jones's curator insight, May 3, 10:28 AM

Useful infographic to support the understanding of Creative Commons.

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Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature | Collections | Library of Congress

Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature | Collections | Library of Congress | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Listen to audio-recorded readings of former Consultants in Poetry Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks and Robert Frost; Nobel Laureates Mario Vargas Llosa and Czeslaw Milosz, and renowned writers such as Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut read from their work at the Library of Congress.

The Archive of Recorded Poetry and Literature at the Library of Congress dates back to 1943, when Allen Tate was Consultant in Poetry. It contains nearly two thousand recordings—of poets and prose writers participating in literary events at the Library’s Capitol Hill campus as well as sessions at the Library’s Recording Laboratory.

Most of these recordings are captured on magnetic tape reels, and only accessible at the Library itself. In digitizing the archive and presenting it online, the Library hopes to greatly broaden its use and value. The material featured on this online presentation represents a sample of this collection. The site will continue to provide additional items from this archive on a monthly basis over the next several years.
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Treasures of literature from the LOC.  Just a click away.

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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, April 22, 12:50 AM

Goosebumps alert! Just spent a glorious hour listening to a lecture given by Kurt Vonnegut at the Library of Congress in 1971. The author also read from “Breakfast of Champions,” a book that wowed the preadolescent me when it came out, and set me on a trajectory to read everything Vonnegut would write. The last in my collection is the audiobook “If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?” a collection of commencement speeches and other advice Vonnegut gave to young people. Vonnegut has died. Professional readers narrate the speeches. I had never heard Vonnegut’s voice until tonight. The lecture is part of a newly digitized collection of author and poet talks that the LOC has posted online.  Next I’m going to listen to Ray Bradbury in hopes that he’ll reference “Dandelion Wine,” another novel that I loved when I read it in a high school english class. I’m spoiled today. I hear popular authors speak regularly on the New York City Public Library podcasts. But hearing the voices of great writers who have passed is a real treat. Thanks, LOC, for digitizing these lectures so we can hear them without making a trip to Washington D.C.!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, April 22, 10:37 AM

Just in time for your April Poetry activities!

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Using and Teaching Visual Literacy in the Library

Using and Teaching Visual Literacy in the Library | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Visual literacy can be incorporated into activities with students of nearly any age, from emergent readers to teens. Below are some ideas to spark your imagination, including a real sample program from Champaign Public Library, plus links to resources to guide you as you develop a program suited for your own community or library.
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Strong resources/bibliography distinguish this library oriented site. also Includes Media and Information literacy Resources

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US NSF - News - Special Reports - Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research

US NSF - News - Special Reports - Public Access to Results of NSF-funded Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The National Science Foundation (NSF or Foundation) has developed a plan outlining a framework for activities to increase public access to scientific publications and digital scientific data resulting from research the foundation funds. The plan, entitled “Today’s Data, Tomorrow’s Discoveries,” is consistent with the objectives set forth in the Office of Science and Technology Policy's Feb. 22, 2013, memorandum, "Increasing Access to the Results of Federally Funded Research," and with long-standing policies encouraging data sharing and communication of research results.
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Public Access - of course!

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Web & Digital Literacies MOOC

This video is about Web & Digital Literacies MOOC


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Enroll in this self-paced course at: https://openeducation.blackboard.com/mooc-catalog/courseDetails/view?course_id=_222_1

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Anne Whaits's curator insight, March 31, 5:21 PM

A beautifully designed activity-based self-paced open online course for all students and teachers. Informed by the Mozilla Web Literacies Map and Dr Doug Belshaw's digital literacies it is a must for all who use the World Wide Web.

 

Enroll here:

https://openeducation.blackboard.com/myvciielearn

 

 

Learning Units Overview

 

Learning Unit 1 Navigate ~ Infrastructure ~ Web Mechanics

Learning Unit 2 Credibility ~ Security ~ Privacy

Learning Unit 3 Open Practices ~ Search ~ Compose

Learning Unit 4 Share ~ Collaborate ~ Participate

Learning Unit 5 Coding/Scripting ~ Design ~ Remix

Learning Unit 6 The Ultimate Remix

Anne Whaits's curator insight, March 31, 5:25 PM

A beautifully designed activity-based self-paced open online course for all students and teachers. Informed by the Mozilla Web Literacies Map and Dr Doug Belshaw's digital literacies it is a must for all who use the World Wide Web.

 

Enroll here:

https://openeducation.blackboard.com/mooc-catalog/courseDetails/view?course_id=_222_1

 

https://openeducation.blackboard.com/myvciielearn

 

 

Learning Units Overview

 

Learning Unit 1 Navigate ~ Infrastructure ~ Web Mechanics

Learning Unit 2 Credibility ~ Security ~ Privacy

Learning Unit 3 Open Practices ~ Search ~ Compose

Learning Unit 4 Share ~ Collaborate ~ Participate

Learning Unit 5 Coding/Scripting ~ Design ~ Remix

Learning Unit 6 The Ultimate Remix

 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Get Smart by Texting w/ @Text_Engine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Text Engine was developed to offer cell phone users a means to search the web using their text messaging service. This is great news for educators and students in low-income and rural communities.  

And that's a good thing, because while smartphones are popular, there is still a great need for text-only services in low-income and rural districts. There is also a need in districts like NYC that empower students to bring their own devices to school, but don't have the means to enable students to connect to the internet.  
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Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 16, 12:06 PM

Think of the text capabilities of your phone as a search engine in your pocket?   Great tool and concept.  

Tony Guzman's curator insight, March 30, 9:44 AM

In this short article and video advertisement learn how you can leverage a texting free tool to obtain Internet info. This is a great tool for anyone with limited data plan, or no data plan.

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Jon Bergmann: Preparing Your Students for Flipped Learning #flipclass @coolcatteacher

Jon Bergmann: Preparing Your Students for Flipped Learning #flipclass @coolcatteacher | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Jon Bergmann talks with Vicki about flipped learning by which he means moving direct instruction to the individual space so the classroom space can be freed up for collaborative projects. Listen now to find out more about this pedagogical method.
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Sometimes we miss the obvious. Bergman reminds us that students have to be taught how to watch instructional videos. 


A simple tip with a powerful punch.

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Sometimes we miss the obvious. Bergman reminds us that students have to be taught how to watch instructional videos. 


A simple tip with a powerful punch.

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Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report

Sneak Peek At The Future: 2015 K-12 NMC Horizon Report | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A preview of the NMC Horizon Report's interim results for its 2015 K-12 education edition - emerging technologies & trends & challenges in education worldwide

Via David W. Deeds, mjonesED
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What's that coming over the horizon?

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, March 29, 9:36 PM

I like where we are going...

Designing for Learning's curator insight, March 29, 9:53 PM

this #evolution is relevant across education even in #highered sectors. integration of these ideas into #curriculumdesign challenges the full spectrum of work in learning and teaching

David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 5:55 PM

A look into what may be coming to the K-12 classroom in the next few years. Some of these technologies are already in use in many places.

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15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College

15 Rules of Netiquette for Online Discussion Boards [INFOGRAPHIC] - Online Education Blog of Touro College | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
“Netiquette” refers to rules of etiquette that apply to online communication.

Follow these 15 rules of netiquette to make sure you sound respectful, polite, and knowledgeable when you post to your class’s online discussion boards.
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Here are good ideas presented in a light graphic fashion.  A written version of the 15 Rules is found below the infographic. 

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alvarojasd's curator insight, February 1, 9:02 AM

añada su visión ...

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, March 26, 8:22 AM

Nice reference.

 

Ajo Monzó's curator insight, March 29, 8:04 AM

Thanks!!!

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Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine

Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.
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This link leads you Google Books where you can read specifically about how to use our Scoop.it magazine dedicated to 21st century information fluency. 

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Brenda Vargas's curator insight, March 23, 10:32 PM

It is and interesting tool to get useful information to learn and teach

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:56 AM

Understanding curation by creating and using a Scoop.it magazine is one of the projects in EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators.  Constructing knowledge by skillfully tagging, annotating, and sharing information is a way to filter and use the ocean of information we live and teach with. 8-) 

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The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. — Room to Read Insider — Medium

The Results Are In: Libraries Matter. - Room to Read Insider - Medium
Measuring the impact of thousands of libraries across multiple countries is quite a formidable undertaking, but with support from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, we commissioned an independent, external research team to examine our libraries in Laos, Nepal, India, Sri Lanka, Zambia, and South Africa. To establish a baseline, we began evaluations at the schools before a Room to Read library was established and tracked progress in reading habits over the course of two years.
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This international study confirms the national research: Libraries matter! 

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Google Tips and Tricks - "I didn't know I could do that in Google!"

Google tips and tricks presentation to educators on Nov. 6, 2014 at BIT14 (ECOO) in Niagara Falls Ontario Canada.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Lars-Göran Hedström
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Click through and see if you find a few surprises.  I did! 

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Fenia's curator insight, April 5, 5:52 AM

Excellent presentation

Miguel Garcia Mulet's curator insight, April 7, 7:25 AM

It pays to know how to "google"!

Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, April 14, 8:59 AM

So much fun stuff! Liking Google Keep.