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The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis | 21st Century Learning and Teaching

The Fallacy of Information Overload | Brian Solis | 21st Century Learning and Teaching | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Excerpted from this article by Brian Solis:   "Information overload isn’t a new phenomenon by any means. The sensation of being overwhelmed by information has been linked to every media revolution.
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10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety | Common Sense Media

10 Simple Steps to Internet Safety | Common Sense Media | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 ways to keep your kids safe online and promote #digital citizenship #peel21st http://t.co/0j2kScaS...
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Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?

Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning? | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
One question. Eleven answers. (RT @razamirani: Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?
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What should students learn in the 21st century? | The eLearning Site

What should students learn in the 21st century? | The eLearning Site | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
It has become clear that teaching skills requires answering “What should students learn in the 21st century?” on a deep and broad basis. Teachers need to.
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Do You Trust the Information on Wikipedia?

Survey Nation is curious about Wikipedia. This convenient online encyclopedia just might be the best example of a functioning collective conscious on the Int...

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | 21st Century Information Fluency

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Teacher-Librarians | 21st Century Information Fluency | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

"Here's a megalist for my fellow media specialists/teacher-librarians. It's taken a while to gather all the information and I will continue to add to this page. Currently there are close to 160 sites listed. There is SO MUCH information out there! Please feel free to add your suggestions!"

Good listing of sources of many kind, check out!


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DOWNTOWN ABBEY Director Brian Percival to Adapt THE BOOK THIEF - Collider.com

DOWNTOWN ABBEY Director Brian Percival to Adapt THE BOOK THIEF - Collider.com | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Fox 2000 optioned Markus Zusak‘s young adult novel The Book Thief a few years ago. The project is moving forward now that the studio hired Brian Percival to direct.


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Hunger Games: School librarians weigh in on whether the books are too violent ... - Toronto.com

Hunger Games: School librarians weigh in on whether the books are too violent ... - Toronto.com | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
They’re meant for young adults, but with all the hype around The Hunger Games books — and now the movie — younger kids are clamouring to read them too.

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Edmodo: Facebook-like social learning portal!

Edmodo: Facebook-like social learning portal! | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Education 2.0: If you're looking for a Facebook alternative with more teacher controls and online safety features...look no further!


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Why Digital Citizenship? Why Now? | Internet Safety

Why Digital Citizenship? Why Now? | Internet Safety | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

The new media landscape is changing very quickly. Both the number of new tools and the ways digital technologies are becoming part our lives are growing at an incredible pace. Many of us feel like we can’t keep up.

 

... And in Wilmington, North Carolina, school librarian Jennifer LaGarde says she’s working with her students and staff to move beyond conversations about protecting students from the evils of social media and into conversations with about how to help kids “develop a safe and responsible online presence.”


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29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids

29 Steps to Internet Safety for Kids | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
This is a great list from Deb Ng, founder and former owner of the Freelance Writing Jobs. I thought hard about what she’d written to see if I could add anything, enhance or disagree.

 

Nothing. It’s a great list, as good as any I’ve seen since social media exploded on the education landscape. Read and take note:..

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Should Students Need a Driver’s Permit to Cruise Social Media? 

Should Students Need a Driver’s Permit to Cruise Social Media?  | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

We are giving them the most amazing vehicle—technology, but we are forgetting the importance of safety education and teaching them how to both “drive” these devices and navigate this information highway.


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Students want personalized learning, mobile technology

Students want personalized learning, mobile technology | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
eClassroom News (RT @Krissie_Marie: Students want personalized learning...mobile technologies...21st Century Skills once again @meshkin #education #edtech http://t.co/WX6UMxFl...)...
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A point of view on digital citizenship essentials

Five essential digital citizenship skills are presented together with an a approach on how to integrate these into the Australian curriculum.
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21 Things that Will Become Obsolute In Education by 2020 | San ...

1. Desks The 21st century does not fit neatly into rows. Neither should your students. Allow the network-based concepts of flow, collaboration, and dynamism help you rearrange your room for authentic 21st century learning.
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A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | 21st Century Learning KA

A Parent's Guide to 21st-Century Learning | 21st Century Learning KA | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Discover the tools and techniques today's teachers and classrooms are using to prepare students for tomorrow -- and how you can get involved.
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Alberta Education - Competencies for 21st Century Learning

Alberta Education - Competencies for 21st Century Learning | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
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School Library Monthly - Building Guided Inquiry Teams for 21st-Century Learners

"How can students learn to think for themselves, make good decisions, develop expertise, and become lifelong learners in a rapidly changing information environment? How can students learn, create, and find meaning from multiple sources of information? These are fundamental questions facing educators in designing schools for 21st-century learners. Guided inquiry is a practical way of implementing an inquiry approach that addresses these 21st-century learning needs for students."


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Why more schools aren’t teaching web literacy—and how they can start | eSchool News

Why more schools aren’t teaching web literacy—and how they can start | eSchool News | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

"This reality should be a warning to all educators that we must prepare our students to make meaning from the overwhelming amount of information at their fingertips, and we must guide their ability to create and publish new information worldwide. To do this effectively, we must return to the basics of what it means to be a good researcher—but at the same time, we must look at the new tools our students have access to."

Well argumented!


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To Ensure a Bright Future, Your Teen Needs to be Reading - ScoopSanDiego.com

To Ensure a Bright Future, Your Teen Needs to be Reading - ScoopSanDiego.com | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Being able to read well is more important than ever for young adults to achieve economic success. But more than 60 percent of middle and high school students score below “proficient” in reading achievement, according to a December 2011 report by the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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Getting Started with our K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum

Getting Started with our K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

“We know that we offer a lot of content at CommonsSense and it can be overwhelming!

 

Unfortunately, there’s not a simple answer to the best way to get started,  since every school environment is different. Every school approaches teaching these subjects from a different angle, sets aside different amounts of time, and puts it in the hands of different teachers.

 

But there are some simple steps you can take to ensure greater success. We’re working on a more formal implementation guide, but read on for these tips and a suggested K-12 scope and sequence of our lessons."


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10 Steps to Strengthen Digital and Media Literacy

10 Steps to Strengthen Digital and Media Literacy | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
A leading authority on media literacy education says education leaders should take these steps to improve digital and media literacy.

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Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Use multi-media to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths.

 

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate learning experiences that address the diverse learning needs of all students and help them develop 21st Century Skills. At it's most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences fueled by Essential Questions offering flexible learning paths, it can be the ticket to success. Here is a closer look at three components of effectively using technology as a tool for digital differentiation

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Student Safety in the Age of Facebook -- THE Journal

Student Safety in the Age of Facebook -- THE Journal | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Safety is the motive behind most school policies regarding filtering and limitations of the internet. But what happens when these policies are proven ineffective, even detrimental, to learning and safety of the students they claim to protect?

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Using Avatars to Teach Internet Safety ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Using Avatars to Teach Internet Safety ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Future Focus Learning in Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Use avatars and pen names to tech students about Internet safety. Get a complete lesson plan at the bottom of the blog post.


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