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Learning to find, evaluate and use digital information effectively, efficiently and ethically.
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Google Image Search Tutorial


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Nice to have an on demand tutorial for Google Image Search.  There are a lot of poweful aspects to the system.  Check out the Creative Commons filters! 

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Christine Bushong's curator insight, May 1, 2013 7:43 AM

Learn how to use Google's Image Search to find images with different usage restrictions.  Images require citation of your source, too, just like text.

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UW-Stout Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers

UW-Stout Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Renew your Teaching License!  

UW-Stout Great Online 
Graduate Courses 

Enroll now for Summer 2013


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UW-Stout: Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers

UW-Stout: Online Graduate Writing, Math, and STEM Classes for Teachers | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Renew your Teaching License!  
University of Wisconsin-Stout 
Online Professional Development
Great Online Graduate Courses 
Enroll now for Summer 2013

 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 25, 2013 4:56 PM

I've been working the University of Wisconsin Stout Online Professional Development program for nearly 10 years. We have 34 finely crafted online classes for teachers. Our courses are taught by experienced classroom teachers who are also master online teachers.  Take a look at what we have to offer for Summer 2013.

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Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
how to avoid plagiarism: an infographic for bloggers and harry potter fans.
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Dumped! by Google : The Last Word On Nothing

Dumped! by Google : The Last Word On Nothing | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

I returned to the Google fold with eyes wide open to my responsibilities as a user. In relationship terms, I am no longer monogamous. I store my data on other servers maintained by providers like Evernote, Dropbox, and WordPress, and the cloud is my standby, not my steady. I’ve swapped convenience for control: I back up my email and what I care about most on physical hard drives.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

What would happen to your working world if they 'took your cloud away?'


It's a chilling thought.  I like the advice to spread your data around and not depend on a single source.

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Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift

Getting Kids Engaged with Primary Sources | Cool Tools - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"The World Digital Library is a database of more than 7,000 primary source documents and images from around the world. Sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, WDL can be searched by date, era, country, continent, topic, and type of resource. Search tools and content descriptions are available in seven languages..."


Via Jenny Pesina
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Research with primary sources moves kids from textbooks to the real world. 

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, April 24, 2013 3:44 AM

We have the digital equivilent sources in Australian Libraries too

Judith Morais's curator insight, April 25, 2013 5:14 AM

A good range of primary resources that can be used for teaching. The World Digital Library takes you to Australian resources too.

Lucinda Scott-Kellermeier's curator insight, April 25, 2013 1:46 PM

Good links for students and teachers alike, especially in the fields of history and social studies.

 

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50 inspiring quotes about libraries and librarians - Ebook Friendly

50 inspiring quotes about libraries and librarians - Ebook Friendly | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A list of the best quotes about libraries and librarians, together with quotes that you can share as images.

 



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Ann Vega's curator insight, April 21, 2013 6:25 AM

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, April 21, 2013 2:21 PM

This will come in hand! 

Amy Barr's curator insight, April 22, 2013 1:59 PM

add qoutes to bookmarks

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Recast copyright law for the digital era. It's time to regain public respect with laws that make sense. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government

Recast copyright law for the digital era. It's time to regain public respect with laws that make sense. | We the People: Your Voice in Our Government | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Additionally, as responsible creators we need to be able to freely remix existing music and other forms of creative expression to create new works without undue fear of prosecution. This upholds the original Constitutional purpose of copyright, which is to promote progress."

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

This petiton need 100,000 signatures by May 14, 2014 to move forward at the White House.


So far it has less than 2000.  Do we need a new digital copyright law?  It the issue compelling, but the wording of this petition inadequate?


Where do you stand?

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Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us

Distorted world view: how computers are doing our thinking for us | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Algorithms are dictating much of what we are shown on the internet - but is this a good thing? Ben Grubb delves into the secret world to find out.


Algorithms are now regularly applied to many web platforms so they can make decisions for us. For instance, social networks such as Facebook and search engines such as Google use them to display content they think we want to be shown, based on profiling.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/distorted-world-view-how-computers-are-doing-our-thinking-for-us-20130413-2hs9x.html#ixzz2QPElXeIi


But what are we missing out on when algorithms decide what we should consume? That's a question author Eli Pariser tried to answer in his 2011 book The Filter Bubble: What the Internet Is Hiding from You. In it he points out that the formation of filter bubbles on the web could be harmful, especially if internet users are not aware of their existence.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/technology/technology-news/distorted-world-view-how-computers-are-doing-our-thinking-for-us-20130413-2hs9x.html#ixzz2QPFIJ800

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

The danger in the bubble scneario is that the user is unaware of the filter effect. This could lead to distortion of the searchers perceptions by a hidden algorithms.


The answer to all this is to use multiple sources of information and to look to human curated information as often as you depend on search results from the likes of Google or Facebook.  

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Digital Berkeley: Making Open Educational Resources | Townsend Humanities Lab

Digital Berkeley: Making Open Educational Resources | Townsend Humanities Lab | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Inspired by projects in the Open Education movement such as the University of Michigan’s Open.Michigan, MIT’s OpenCourseWare and Berkeley’s Webcast program, Digital Berkeley seeks to connect students directly to the creation and dissemination of Berkeley course materials. The point of Digital Berkeley is to have students take materials from a Berkeley class, consult the professor(s)/lecturer(s)/facilitator(s) and turn those materials into legal, digital, accessible, usable, Open Educational Resources (OER).

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Berkeley OER: 

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Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard: Opening Harvard Research

Digital Access to Scholarship at Harvard: Opening Harvard Research | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A central, open-access repository of research by members of the Harvard community.

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OER from major universities: a wonderful way to discover orignial sources.

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Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ

Find, Select and Post the Most Relevant Stories On Any Topic with ContentDJ | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

A news aggregation, curation and social media publishing commercial tool.

 



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I always pay attention to Joyce Valenza's recommendations. 

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Robin Good's curator insight, March 10, 2013 10:02 AM



ContentDJ is a commercial web app which allows you to easily monitor your favorite topics via keywords and to share the most relevant ones to your preferred social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIN) or to your self-hosted WordPress blog.


In addition to these core capabilities, ContentDJ integrates an excellent social media editorial calendar facility which allows you to schedule and organize your postings to different social media according to your preferences, as well as a clean-cut and well orgamized dashboard of stats covering your social media activities.


ContentDJ has an excellent user interface making easy and intuitive to set up and configure your account in minutes. The app can notify you via email, according to your preferred scheduled time slots, about new content being available for your review.


Pricing starts at $6.75/mo where you get:

  • three trackable keywords ($14.25/mo gives you five)
  • one social account connected ($14.25 gives you two)
  • social media editorial calendar
  • daily email digest


P.S.: ContentDJ promises also a Playlist page, a public web page in which you can organize and showcase your best stuff, but it looks like as this feature has yet to be released, or is not part of what you can presently access through the free trial.



Key strengths:


  • easy-to-use
  • intuitive interface
  • aggregates and visibly rank incoming stories
  • easy to pick or reject content stories
  • publishes directly to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN
  • posts directly via XML-RPC to self-hosted Wordpress sites
  • create a post from scratch feature
  • free trial - no credit card required



Limits:


  • no free base level account available
  • no editing for selected stories (possible in editorial calendar)
  • no possibility to input selected RSS feeds or sources to monitor
  • no bookmarklet
  • unclear billing options on purchase page
  • no in-depth tutorials or videos



Review: https://lonelybrand.com/blog/curate-content-more-efficiently-with-content-dj/


Free 14-day trial available.


Find out more and try it out now: http://contentdj.com/




Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 10, 2013 11:25 AM

add your insight...

 

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Website Evaluation | Common Craft

Website Evaluation | Common Craft | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This video walks through the basics of evaluating a website to find quality information. It encourages viewers to evaluate websites in the way an editor would review an article.  By thinking like an editor, we can be our own gatekeeper and learn to find the most trustworthy information. It teaches:

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

As always Common Craft provides clever concept clarification videos that explain tech tools and processes.  In thie case the basics of web evaluation are not just a video away. Check it out! 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 11, 2013 12:44 PM

Lee Lever of Common Craft asks the viewer of this video to become an editor and evaluate the quality of the websites they visit.  


Change editor to curator and you have the basics of Content Curation. These skills are the foundation for working with Scoop.it or any other curation platform.  


Endorse quality resources.

Be the gatekeeper for your topics.

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 12, 2013 11:18 AM

This meets some of the new Common Core standards.

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Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement

Pennsylvania Study Concludes School Librarians Boost Student Achievement | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

The Pennsylvania School Librarians Association (PSLA), Education Law Center (ELC) and Health Sciences Library Consortium were awarded a National Leadership research grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this study. By analyzing the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA), which measures reading, writing, math, and science achievement for schoolchildren, this study determined that “reading and writing scores are better for students who have a full-time certified librarian than those who don’t.”


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I"m surprised research is still being done on this topic.  For my money, Kieth Curry Lance proved the point sometime ago: http://keithcurrylance.com/

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:26 PM

Advocate outside the education sector to get some attention.

 

It is this statement that alerts me to the need to do this ... "When the study initially began, researchers discovered that many lawmakers were ignorant to the struggles facing school libraries in that many did not know that schools were not required to have libraries, while others were unaware of how quickly school library programs were being cut."

Dennis T OConnor's comment, April 30, 2013 12:21 PM
Those interested in research that PROVES the power of a professionally staffed library media center should go to Kiety Curry Lance's website. His decade long studies are the strongest research I know of that look into the effectiveness of library media specialists. http://keithcurrylance.com/
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Wizard Tool for Searching

Wizard Tool for Searching | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

This tool is built on Google's Advanced Search and conducts a Google search with the keywords that you fill in for each field. As you type, WATCH as the Wizard builds your query in the search box above. Then click Search. Evaluate the results and revise your keywords to get the best results for your topic!

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

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Christine Bushong's curator insight, May 7, 2013 5:11 AM
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Think of this as Google Training Wheels!  This advanced search help page will guide you though the hidden search features of Google. Click the question mark for context sensitive help and tips.

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14 Handy Tips on How to Better Use Google Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

14 Handy Tips on How to Better Use Google Images ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Med Kharbach


This is the fifth guide I created in a series of several posts on how to tap into the educational potential of Google services. Today's topic is Google Images. This is probably among those most used services in education. Teachers and students use images for a variety of learning and teaching reasons. However, before  including images in any classroom project, students need to learn about copyright issues.

Dennis T OConnor's insight:

Excellent tips on how to search Google Images, including how to filter for Creative Commons licensed images. 

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Heather Perkinson's curator insight, April 24, 2013 2:45 AM

Don't miss the other Google App guides created by this author:

Simple Visual Guide on How to Refine Google Search9 Steps to Create Posters Using Google Docs8 Things Every Teacher should Able to Do with Google Docs Teacher's Guide to Search for Apps Using Google4 YouTube Services Teachers should Know about
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Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection | EngageNY

Selection of Authentic Texts for Common Core Instruction: Guidance and a List of Resources for Text Selection | EngageNY | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Authentic Reading Materials

CCSS-aligned instructional materials include authentic reading materials. Authentic reading materials include published works that are typically encountered by students in daily life, such as in magazines, books or newspapers. The use of authentic reading material may mean that some material is emotionally charged or may use language outside of a student's particular cultural experience.


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Yahoo + Summly = A New Flagship iOS App... But News Littered With Garbage

Yahoo + Summly = A New Flagship iOS App... But News Littered With Garbage | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Yahoo's new flagship app, dubbed "Yahoo!," is a deliberately stripped down news reader with terrific design — but often lousy stories to display.


So it's easy to see how Yahoo is banking on summation technology as the future of mobile news consumption. But even with the smartest, leanest "organic" algorithms in the consumer tech industry, the company still faces a big problem: The sour reputation of Yahoo News, which covers as much celebrity gossip and viral Internet videos as it does hard news of substance


~Nick Statt.

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I have a half dozen news apps on my phone.  I'll stry Summly next.  I chased this story a month ago when it was launched in Europe, now it's our turn. 


Read the story for the details on how to set up your content preferances.  That might be a turn off. 

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Writing professors question plagiarism detection software | Inside Higher Ed

Writing professors question plagiarism detection software | Inside Higher Ed | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Software to detect student plagiarism is faced with renewed criticism from the faculty members who may confront more plagiarism than do most of their colleagues – college writing professors.

Members of the Conference on College Composition and Communication passed a resolution at their annual convention last month to denounce plagiarism detection services, including products like Turnitin.

 

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Anson also complained about Turnitin’s practice of building its database by including submitted student papers. The company says it has “300+ million archived student papers” to aid its plagiarism detection efforts. The practice has been the subject of unsuccessful litigation against the company.

“Talk about taking work without attribution – they are taking students’ work without compensation. So it’s a strange, underhanded violation of intellectual property rights on behalf of students,” Anson said."


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Plagiarism remains a third rail...lots of heat, not much light.

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RSS Reader Reinvented: The Best Google Reader Alternative (after Feedly) Is MultiPLX

RSS Reader Reinvented: The Best Google Reader Alternative (after Feedly) Is MultiPLX | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
RSS Reader Reimagined; Everything you want to read - news, your favorite blogs, art and more - in one convenient place designed for you.

 



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I love the idea of a visual rss feeder.  I tend to scan feeds and images can convey a lot of meaning quickly.  Catch my eye and lead me to the ideas!


I've requested an invite.  I want to give this a go!

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, May 8, 2013 1:41 AM

Google gaat de Google Reader service, een rss feedreader, stopzetten. Nu is Feedly een uitstekende vervanger, maar ook MultiPLX lijkt een goed alternatief. Het design heeft veel weg van Pinterest. Toch denk ik niet dat ik mijn Feedly account snel zal opgeven.

Maria Palaska's comment, May 9, 2013 5:02 AM
thanks for the information!
Sam Stormborn Ormandy's comment, May 9, 2013 5:07 AM
You're welcome Maria! :)
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27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does

27 Things Your Teacher Librarian Does | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

We love Teacher Librarians! This infographic is created by Mia MacMeekin.


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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 14, 2013 7:23 PM

The Librarian...the most diversified teacher of all!

Christine Margocs's curator insight, June 5, 2013 5:14 PM

Great for the library website!

Ana María Correa's curator insight, February 25, 7:59 AM

A really lovely infographic that brings it all home...

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MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials

MIT OpenCourseWare | Free Online Course Materials | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
MIT OpenCourseWare is a web-based publication of virtually all MIT course content. OCW is open and available to the world and is a permanent MIT activity.
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MIT OER:  Huge archive of teaching materials open for use.

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OER Resources - Stanford ASEE WIKI

OER Resources - Stanford ASEE WIKI | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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Stanford OER;  Lot's of original content and video courses to explore.

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News and Topic Monitoring: Eight Alternatives If Google Kills "Alerts"

News and Topic Monitoring: Eight Alternatives If Google Kills "Alerts" | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Google Alerts have become a critical part of my business from brand monitoring to topic monitoring, but it may be going away."


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As a librarian do you teach the use of automated search as one way to filter the net for resources of interest?  I do. 

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Elsie Whitelock's curator insight, May 6, 2013 6:12 AM

 some good alternatives for alerts..

Robyn Mather's comment, June 8, 2013 12:07 PM
Looking at talkwalker.com/alerts as a possible replacement for google
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Looking at talkwalker.com/alerts as a possible replacement for google
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A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

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Here's an 'at-a-glance' chart to help with social media citation. 

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Patricia LeClaire's curator insight, April 18, 2013 6:33 AM

A useful guide not provided in the current versions of the ALA and MLA manuals.