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Using an iPad with Free Applications in the Classroom

Using an iPad with FreeApplications in the ClassroomMonica BurnsFifth Grade TeacherAlain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental StewardshipPS 208 - South Harl

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How to Make a PSA

Starting with a topic that you feel passionate about, you can change the world one PSA at a time. Watch this quick video to get the best tips and guidelines on how to begin! Find out the guidelines and best tips to make a memorable PSA.


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Ariana Amorim's curator insight, May 24, 2013 6:33 AM

Tips for creating a Public Service Announcement (PSA)

 

More on this topic:

http://www.centerdigitaled.com/artsandhumanities/How-to-Create-the-Perfect-Public-Service-Announcement.html

 

A handy pdf guide:

http://www.janegoodall.ca/documents/MakingaPSA.pdf

 

Here you'll find some examples and resources for creating Public Service Announcement (PSA) and Commercials. Some are lesson plans and others are examples that may be used with students. https://sites.google.com/site/teacherquality/psa

 

http://www.ehow.com/how_2241597_create-public-service-announcement-film.html

 

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Making Thinking Visible at Bailey Lake Elementary

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, May 27, 2013 1:26 PM

Making Thinking Visible!  

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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Google has made it possible for us to have instant information gratification. Just start typing the first letters of your search word and the site intuits your question and offers you the smartest choice of answers.


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Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, May 23, 2013 9:20 PM

Tips to improve your searching technique

Nikolaus Wood's curator insight, May 24, 2013 11:26 AM

Personally I never use this model of search beyong spell checking. Using google to find a new interst seems rather broken to me, instead I prefer to find connections from what I am already interested in. Therefor having relivant searches rather than just extensions of the letters already typed would be more beneficial.

Shirley Blowers's curator insight, June 10, 2013 6:53 PM

12 Ways to be Search savvy

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Many educators are explicitly teaching online research skills, such as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.


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What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t | TIME.com

What Graduation Speeches Should Say but Don’t | TIME.com | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There is a strong chance you will wind up miserable with no sense of purpose if you don't figure out one very important thing.
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Step inside - 3 years old - initial stage - visible thinking

On this short video you will see a group of 3 years old children doing the thinking routine "step inside" A routine for learning to see things from different...

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The Book Chook: Visual Literacy - Investigate and Play with Images

The Book Chook: Visual Literacy - Investigate and Play with Images | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, March 31, 2013 2:09 PM

Help kids develop skills in visual literacy by using picture books, apps, websites and other media. 

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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.
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Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

Teens, Social Media, and Privacy | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.

 

 

 

 

 

Key findings include:

 

Teens are sharing more information about themselves on their social media profiles than they did when we last surveyed in 2006:

 

- 91% post a photo of themselves, up from 79% in 2006.

 

- 71% post their school name, up from 49%.

 

- 71% post the city or town where they live, up from 61%.

 

- 53% post their email address, up from 29%.

 

- 20% post their cell phone number, up from 2%.

 


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Deanya Lattimore Schempp's curator insight, May 22, 2013 7:58 AM

The Pew Reports are always fascinating.

Dave Webb's curator insight, May 22, 2013 11:28 AM

Youth are sharing more personal information on their profiles than in the past. They choose private settings for Facebook, but share with large networks of friends.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:29 PM

Educators should be aware of this. Will there be issues or concerns down the road?

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How Teens Are Really Using Facebook

How Teens Are Really Using Facebook | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Facebook generation is fed up with Facebook. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September to produce a 107-page report on their online habits.

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:01 AM

The power of Facebook is diminishing? 

Anu Ojaranta's comment, May 22, 2013 6:13 AM
Have others been able to share this on Facebook?
Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, May 22, 2013 6:36 AM

I'm not sure if I should Tweet or post on Facebook or what. 

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7 Steps to Safer Social Media in the Classroom

7 Steps to Safer Social Media in the Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
How to create guidelines for responsible use of social tools.

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2nd Grade Media Literacy Web Quest : Ruth Borchardt Elementary Library

2nd Grade Media Literacy Web Quest : Ruth Borchardt Elementary Library | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"This web quest will ask students to read and think critically about some of the media sources they are familiar with. Students will look closely at the purposes of the different kinds of media, look at the techniques used to create the different types of media and their messages. Students will also examine different written conventions for different types of media."


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Ken Morrison's curator insight, May 24, 2013 8:55 PM

I am very happy that the are introducing this at an early age. I learned last week that Canadian students are introduced to media literacy very early in their education.  This is crucial because they receive an onslaught of US-centric messages jumping over the border

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Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim!

Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim! | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

First Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Minnesota. 

 

As reported by Education Week, State Online Testing Problems Continue to Raise Concerns. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/03/30testing.h32.html?r=946252590

 

Now Virginia!

 

The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Schools (Virginia) acknowledged “significant problems” administering the state standards of learning tests. In one of the nation's largest school districts, thousands of the 41,975 tests administered on Thursday alone are affected and results called into question.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:21 AM

Self-proclaimed school reform experts continue to underestimate the challenges in moving so rapidly from paper to online tests! Their arrogance and lack of respect for educators is reflected in their repeated refusals to ask anyone who has actually made such a transition. Obviously, they are afraid they may get an answer they don't want to hear.


Keep in mind:


  • This school district has a decade of experience with online testing. What will happen in states with no experience?
  • These tests are barriers to graduation.
  • Teachers will still be held accountable for the results.


While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

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Picture Match -Matching Game for Young Learners

Picture Match -Matching Game for Young Learners | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Picture Match is a matching game that reinforces the concept of beginning-letter and short- and long-vowel sounds.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 26, 2013 7:39 PM

Phonological awareness at the phonemic awareness level and phonics are crucial to learning to read! Sounds of the spoken language lay the foundation for the sound/letter relationships in the written word.

Morten Ulstrup's curator insight, May 27, 2013 9:46 AM

Ser ud til at være et godt værktøj i begynder-engelskunderviningen i DK

Suzie Sue's curator insight, June 26, 2013 10:35 PM

Perfect for small classes and also for issuing as homework. 

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Summer Reading for 21st century learning: A dozen 2013 Suggestions

Summer Reading for 21st century learning: A dozen 2013 Suggestions | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I get asked this question often every spring, so I'd thought I'd offer a few thoughts here on the blog. This list sticks to the (relatively) current, the books I've read or encountered since last M...
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Understanding The Role Of Collaborative Educational Games

Understanding The Role Of Collaborative Educational Games | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"During the digital age, the potential for technology tools to help change the products generated during class work are unparalleled. The SAMR framework helps to flesh out a pragmatic definition of how technology changes learning. Many programs are starting to implement tablet or BYOD initiatives with exciting, transformative results. This wonderful article from Jeff Dunn at Edudemic also highlights how an iPad game can promote competition and collaboration with the use of mobile devices; generating real-time data to help teachers with instruction."


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New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New Handy Chart on The Difference Between Projects and Project-based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Projects vs Project Based Learning: What's the difference? http://t.co/z9JxHAZmpq #PBL
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Policy Priorities:Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards:Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards

Policy Priorities:Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards:Coming to Terms with Common Core Standards | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom

46 Tools To Make Infographics In The Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Infographics are interesting–a mash of (hopefully) easily-consumed visuals (so, symbols, shapes, and images) and added relevant character-based data (so, numbers, words, and brief sentences).

The learning application for them is clear, with many academic standards–including the Common Core standards–requiring teachers to use a variety of media forms, charts, and other data for both information reading as well as general fluency...


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maite collados's curator insight, January 14, 2014 11:24 AM

Las infografías son una herramienta muy útil por su factor visual: en poco espacio y de forma visulamente agradable y atrayente, engloba datos y relaciona conceptos.

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, July 30, 2014 7:50 AM

For more resources on Social Media & Content Curation visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl




Cynthia Day's curator insight, July 30, 2014 2:45 PM

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Study: Free Computers Don’t Close The Rich-Poor Education Gap | TechCrunch

Study: Free Computers Don’t Close The Rich-Poor Education Gap | TechCrunch | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
According to a new study, we really don't have to worry too much about the nearly 1 in 4 children without access to FarmVille at home.
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Karl Gude - What Makes an Infographic Cool? - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics

Karl Gude - What Makes an Infographic Cool? - Blog About Infographics and Data Visualization - Cool Infographics | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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Infographics: Inform, Illuminate

What makes infographics cool is...
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Karl was a presenter at the VizThink Conference, MI.http://www.vizliteracy.com/conference/

 

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Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions

Learners Should Be Developing Their Own Essential Questions | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"Having essential questions drive curriculum and learning has become core to many educators' instructional practices.  Grant Wiggins, in his work on Understanding By Design, describes an essential quetion as:  

A meaning of “essential” involves important questions that recur throughout one’s life. Such questions are broad in scope and timeless by nature. They are perpetually arguable – What is justice?  Is art a matter of taste or principles? How far should we tamper with our own biology and chemistry?  Is science compatible with religion? Is an author’s view privileged in determining the meaning of a text? We may arrive at or be helped to grasp understandings for these questions, but we soon learn that answers to them are invariably provisional..."


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Patrice Bucci's curator insight, September 29, 2013 7:00 PM

So true... I cringe when I am in classrooms with the packaged program "essential question" of the week on the board...and very often those "essential questions" lack cognitive clarity for the students

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 8, 2014 1:33 PM

A great summary of why questioning still matters.  We've been talking about metacognition a lot this year in the library.  Learning how to develop questions is a large part of learning how you learn and think.

Stacey Jackowski's curator insight, February 19, 2014 8:20 PM

This quote is so true.  Learning how to ask essential questions is a skill that we can carry with us for the rest of our lives and facilitates a lifetime of learning.