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Library as Platform: Unlocking the Potential of Our Communities | 21 century Learning Commons

Library as Platform: Unlocking the Potential of Our Communities | 21 century Learning Commons | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Our buildings matter. Our services matter. But they don’t matter on their own, and we do not determine their value – that is a job for the community.  David Lanke shares his thoughts on the future of the librarian and library, or learning commons.

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A Nice Graphic On The Risks of Social Networking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Nice Graphic On The Risks of Social Networking ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
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J3T2 Information Organization

Judy and Tara talk about how to manage information. How do students avoid plagiarism? How can software help to organize our ideas and sources?
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Usable Knowledge: What is Teaching for Understanding?

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The Teaching for Understanding framework is a guide that can help keep the focus of educational practice on developing student understanding.

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J3T6 Fast Media

Judy and Tara explore the challenges of fast media, like Twitter and other microblogging services. While valuable, how do we control the speed of such applic...
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Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic

Do Your Students Know How To Search? - Edudemic | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
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Thinking in the 21st century classroom

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The world has changed - and continues to change - rapidly and radically when it comes to the ways in which we learn, and what knowledge, skills, dispositions, and forms of literacy our children wil...

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25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner

25 Critical Thinking Strategies For The Modern Learner | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Critical thinking is the engine of learning.

Within this complex process or so many other relevant themes that contribute to learning: creativity, analysis, evaluation, innovation, application, and scores of other verbs from various learning taxonomies.

So the following infographic from Mentoring Minds is immediately relevant to all educators, and students as well. It’s a bit of a mash of Habits of Mind, various 21st century learning frameworks, and the aforementioned learning taxonomies, promoting collaboration, problem-solving, and real-world connections (standard “critical thinking fare” with Habits of Mind-sounding phrases such as “Open-Mindedness.”"


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Explore the World's Oldest Photography Museum via Google

Explore the World's Oldest Photography Museum via Google | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
The George Eastman House is the first museum of photography to join the Google Art Project, a digital collection for works of art.

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25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education

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25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education

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What Role Should Schools Play in Teens' Digital Social Life? | Common Sense Media

What Role Should Schools Play in Teens' Digital Social Life? | Common Sense Media | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
After a number of teen suicides related to bullying – and, more specifically, online harassment – the issue of cyberbullying, and how to put an en...
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Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction?

Should Computer Games Be Used for Classroom Instruction? | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Some say the future of classroom learning should be digitized and 'gamified,' so that students barely notice they are learning. Do students learn important skills and concepts playing computer games? What do you think?"


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Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English (Presentations)

Web 3.0 Concepts Explained in Plain English (Presentations) | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Web 3.0 will be about semantic web, personalization (e.g. iGoogle), intelligent search and behavioral advertising among other things.
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Free News, Magazines, Newspapers, Journals, Reference Articles and Classic Books - Free Online Library

Free Online Library: One of the largest online libraries in the world -- Millions of news, trade publications, newspapers, magazine, journal and reference documents on business, communications, entertainment, health, law, government, politics, science...
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10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers

10 of The Best Bibliography and Citation Tools for Teachers and Student Researchers | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, February 19, 6:27 PM

Fantastic collection, thank you!

systerwoody's curator insight, February 20, 12:10 PM

To which I would also add #EndNote 

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J3T5 Open Access Resources

Judy and Tara explore the changing nature of publishing, research and the resources available for teaching and learning. They probe open access journals and ...
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J3T3 Managing Digital Lives

Judy and Tara explore how to differentiate our digital lives. How do we separate private and professional roles, on and offline? How is our understanding of ...
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J3T8 The Google Effect

Judy and Tara probe the impact of the read-write web and the 'flattening' of expertise and the discrediting of experts such as teachers and librarians. Judy ...
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Research information literacy and digital scholarship good practice ...

A report published today highlights good practice examples designed to enhance the information literacy skills and know-how of postgraduate students and early career researchers in UK higher education.

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Let’s hear it for audiobooks!

Let’s hear it for audiobooks! | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Audiobooks seem to greatly appeal to many people and alienate others, who consider them, somehow, a ‘cheat’ on the experience of reading.  For children, however, they are proven literacy tool that help kids by:

 

Introducing them to books above their reading level

Improving their vocabulary acquisition, fluency and comprehension

Teaching critical listening

 

I don’t really understand all the negative flap about them, though.

I think people get too hung up on the idea that somehow audiobooks replace reading – they don’t, and should not. They are simply a different experience that allows people/kids with different dominant learning modalities (auditory vs. visual, etc.) to enjoy the art of storytelling in a way most suited to their strengths, and are especially great to use with reluctant readers to lead the back into the reading process itself."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, June 8, 2013 10:42 PM

Free audiobooks are on offer again from SYNC during the US summer break. It is a great opportunity to download and listen to YA and classics for free. Go to http://www.audiobooksync.com/

for more details. If you live outside United States also look at this link http://www.audiobooksync.com/free-sync-downloads/non-u-s-listener/

Katie Frank's curator insight, June 9, 2013 4:08 PM

I believe that audiobooks are bringing back the art of storytelling, and that the actors who record audiobooks are often outstanding.  

Also, I've been loving the Whispersync feature from Amazon, making it possible to read, then listen, between devices. It allows me to be mindful of how I want to experience a book.

Janet Law's curator insight, August 12, 2013 5:19 AM

I think audio books are great for kids to learn the varying tones for reading. It's good model for them when they need to practise for oral. Many of our children read monotonously. They can certainly do with some interesting models of reading from these audio books. As well, audio books serve the visually impaired population and those who struggled to read. It can take the pain out of decoding and let them enjoy the book or story without the stress. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: Creating Blogs and Websites

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30 Video Editing Software And Online Tools

30 Video Editing Software And Online Tools | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Video editing could be very money consuming due to its requirement for large hard-disk storage, high computer performance and expensive video editing software. There’s tonnes of free tools that do the job fairly well. Here we bring you 30 free web services and tools for video editing. You don’t pay a penny while enjoying the fun of video clips editing.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 6, 2013 4:21 PM

Check this list of free web services and tools - a playground for teachers and students.

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Digital Citizenship: Bike Safety for The Modern Age | Common Sense Media

Digital Citizenship: Bike Safety for The Modern Age | Common Sense Media | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
By Heather Chaplin Last October, Anne McCoy of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), was the keynote speaker at a professional development day for the...
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A Real Lesson in Digital Citizenship

A Real Lesson in Digital Citizenship | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
My students and I had an “a-ha” moment the other day, in terms of digital citizenship and how we really need to think before we post images to the Internet. Or maybe even before we take the picture.

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What Most Schools Don't Teach - Short Film

Learn about a new "superpower" that isn't being taught in 90% of US schools. Starring Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, will.i.am, Chris Bosh, Jack Dorsey, Tony H...

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Kim Fox's curator insight, March 7, 2013 9:36 PM

This video about the power of learning to code demonstrated the adaptation, creativitity, collaboration, and innvation that is available to you when you are code literate.  The new technology curriculum requries that students use digital technologies to creative innovate and digitally work with, and share, data; this video shows how coding allows you to do all this in ways that are as indiviudal as each student.

Kim Fox's comment, March 7, 2013 9:38 PM
I am also a huge fan of the environments designed for the workplace in this video, specifically focuses on improving collaboration, creativity and engagement.
Kirsty Chaloner's comment, April 6, 2013 12:38 AM
Definitely one I will look into for teaching the older students Kim.
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Web 3.0

The Internet is changing . . . again.
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To many, Web 3.0 is something called the Semantic Web, a term coined by Tim  Berners-Lee, the man who invented the (first) World Wide Web. In essence, the  Semantic Web is a place where machines can read Web pages much as we humans  read them, a place where search engines and software agents can better troll  the Net and find what we're looking for

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