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Information Fluency is the ability to locate digital information efficiently, evaluate it effectively and use it ethically.

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10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs

10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs | AC Library News | Scoop.it
10 Back-To-School Tips For Teachers Using Google Docs by Brooks Hocog, The Google Docs Team Collaborate with colleagues Use Docs to collaborate with your colleagues on joint lesson plans or training materials in real-time, and to create shared...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, August 14, 4:31 PM

Practical and timely... Share with your teachers!

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, August 15, 3:01 PM

Good tips here.

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31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds #makered

31 Things You Can Make With A Cardboard Box That Will Blow Your Kids' Minds  #makered | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Who needs an iPad when you've got a cardboard box?"


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Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas - @gravescolleen #NewUpdates

Makerspace Resources and Programming ideas - @gravescolleen #NewUpdates | AC Library News | Scoop.it
I also created a resource list (adapted from a collaborative presentation with LISD librarian, Leah Mann) and year long programming ideas that I will continue to update on this page.

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Maker Camp - Make:

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A FREE summer camp for building, tinkering and exploring

 

Join young inventors and artists from around the world on Google+ to make awesome projects, go on epic virtual “field trips,” and meet the world’s coolest makers. Maker Camp inspires kids ages 13-18* to embrace their inner maker, get their hands dirty, fix some things, break some things, and have a lot of fun doing it."


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John Evans's curator insight, July 7, 2014 6:51 AM

Begins TODAY!

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David Geurin on Twitter

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21 things every 21st Century teacher should try this year. via @sjunkins #edtech #edchat pic.twitter.com/ldBVGAyCnZ

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How to Use Hangouts in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

How to Use Hangouts in the Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Here’s a list of some ways to use Google Hangouts in the classroom.

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Makerspaces in the Media Center | Edudemic

Makerspaces in the Media Center | Edudemic | AC Library News | Scoop.it
For most people when they hear the words location, location, location they think real estate.  I think of school library media centers.  In almost all schools the media center occupies the largest amount of real estate on the campus.  And just like a piece of real estate, there should be flexibility in the staging, products, services, and use of the space. This place, above all others, should be a dynamic space that allows for self expression, exploration, discovery, curiosity, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving.

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Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game

Can't Code? This iPad App Will Easily Let You Make Your Own Video Game | AC Library News | Scoop.it

There’s no shortage of nit-picking gamers who feel they could easily make better video games than what’s being released every week.


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Alice Goddard Library's curator insight, June 7, 2:14 AM

We need to be learning more coding!

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Defining Makerspaces: Part 1 - Renovated Learning

Defining Makerspaces: Part 1 - Renovated Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Recently, I had the unfortunate experience of dealing with criticism.  I was told (not to my face) by a visitor to our school that our library makerspace is not a “real makerspace”.  This same person stated that our woodshop is a “real makerspace” because it has power tools.  She even suggested that I “do some research” on what makerspaces actually are.

Feeling personally insulted aside, what bothers me most about this statement is the concept that some makerspaces are more valid than others and that a makerspace is solely defined by the tools it contains.  I do agree that our woodshop is a makerspace, even though we don’t call it that. Our woodshop is awesome, and I’m so glad that we have a space where students can learn how to use saws, drills and other tools to build awesome projects as part of their curriculum.  Yes, that is a makerspace.

But is my space any less of a makerspace simply because it doesn’t have power tools?  Because it doesn’t have a 3D printer?  Because my students build with LEGOs, K’nex and cardboard?

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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, June 6, 6:43 PM

I do think the definition of 'makerspace' needs to be very liberal - including the use of digital technologies to create artefacts.

LET Team's curator insight, June 6, 9:19 PM

Stay tuned for our own library maker space...coming soon!

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Teacher-tested Tools for Enhancing Collaboration in Class

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Teacher-tested Tools for Enhancing Collaboration in Class http://t.co/fXwzcEP5oU

#Edtech #mlearn

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Simon Awuyo's curator insight, May 18, 3:14 AM

As  an CCTI student  ICT  Integration in teacher training requires this background knowledge. This is essential component of learning for me.

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Educational Technology Guy: Padlet - free online multimedia notes and collaboration - great for projects

Educational Technology Guy: Padlet - free online multimedia notes and collaboration - great for projects | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Padlet is a free service that lets you create online "sticky notes" that you can share and collaborate on. The notes can include images, links and videos, can be moved and arranged and can be embedded into a website.

It's great for brainstorming, story boarding, organizing, projects and more. It is available online and even has a Chrome app and extension, a Kindle app, Safari and Firefox extensions, and a Wordpress plugin.

It's easy to use and fun and very useful.

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Online Tools

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Web 2.0 tools and online utilities have become more full-featured and useful over the years.  Here are some links to various online tools to help both teaching and learning. The online tools all...

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Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers!

Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Last week, Texthelp announced that a surprise was coming soon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Today that surprise was revealed - Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers!

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5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox

5 Truths about Making and Makerspaces in Our Libraries — @TLT16 Teen Librarian Toolbox | AC Library News | Scoop.it
I am in the midst of a profound “Maker awakening”. Yes, that’s what I think I will dub it. I have spent the last couple of months immersed in the research and development of incorporating the maker movement into the library I am currently working at. I have been reading, reading some more, and refining what I think it means to incorporate the concept of makers and maker spaces into our libraries.

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Engineering on a Dime: 3 STEM Challenges You Can Do Today - Minds in Bloom

Engineering on a Dime: 3 STEM Challenges You Can Do Today - Minds in Bloom | AC Library News | Scoop.it
STEM challenges are a great way to explore engineering when you lack the time to devote to a rigorous engineering design challenge. These three challenges can be set up with very little prep time and with materials you either have on hand or can easily obtain. 

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Building the #Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams - Edutopia #makered

Building the #Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams - Edutopia #makered | AC Library News | Scoop.it
"There's a huge gap between the needs and requirements of the job market of the 21st century and what the education system is delivering," said Vishal Talreja, founder and CEO of Dream A Dream, a Bangalore-based organization that prepares young people from vulnerable backgrounds to succeed in a changing world.

Talreja is right -- neither employers nor education leaders (not to mention some students themselves) would argue otherwise. But it is the second point Talreja made before the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference that educator-innovators should pay the most attention to: "Learning spaces, which could be physical spaces of learning or just safe environments for learning, are extremely critical."

A learning space differs in both look and feel from the traditional classroom. In the past year, we've met social entrepreneurs with an eye on education who are creating cost-effective methods to infuse schools with the type of culture and design that students need to better develop their curiosity, creativity, and imagination, and better achieve desired learning outcomes.

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The Mindset of the Maker Educator - User Generated Education

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Here are some graphics, Thinglinks, and the slideshow I created for my Mindset of the Maker Educator Workshop:  

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 7, 7:22 AM

Jackie Gerstein does a wonderful job developing graphics and a slide deck to explain how a Maker Educator needs to rethink his/her role and take on new mindsets. 

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67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn in 2015

67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn in 2015 | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Who are the influential leaders in education today? We scoured the field to present you with 67 individuals we believe are shaping learning around the world.

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The Guide Google Apps for the iPad [infographic] - Updated! (31 Apps!)

The Guide Google Apps for the iPad [infographic] - Updated! (31 Apps!) | AC Library News | Scoop.it
There are now tons of apps for iOS devices that integrate well with Google, and Google has release several official apps for the iPad. There is hope, Obi Wan, Google and Apple can play nice!

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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

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LET Team's curator insight, June 3, 7:37 PM

Who's for Duct Tape Ninja?

Rachel Benoit's curator insight, June 4, 8:56 AM

'Fearless learners', now that is a great concept, and who doesn't love duct tape. 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 24, 9:31 AM

Makerspace reasoning.

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Comparing Evernote and Google Drive for iPad

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After my last post I have been asked by people to give some sense of how I considered the Google Drive shift. Here is a visual that I created for the faculty at my school to help compare the use o...


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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | AC Library News | Scoop.it
We have, however, recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! Kids can come in during lunch or when they've finished their work to explore, craft, and create in the Library Media Center.


I re-purposed 4 empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library.  The grouping includes a Lego Creation Station, a Duct Tape Craft Cubby, and a Makey Makey Coding Corner."


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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, June 15, 1:57 PM

Makerspaces are coming to our County - Solana Beach is leading the way! 

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 16, 4:40 AM

Vooral de Duct Tape Craft Cubby spreekt me aan!

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Deleting Photos & Videos – How to Free Up Storage Space | iPad Academy

Deleting Photos & Videos – How to Free Up Storage Space | iPad Academy | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"I recently received this request for managing storage on an iPad:

 

"Hello I hope you can help me! I deleted a video to free up storage
space on my ipad, but even though the video is gone, my storage is
still full! The video was very large, so I thought this would free up
space. Do I have to do something more to fully delete the video and
reclaim the storage space it had used?"

 

iOS 8 added a new album in the Photos app called Recently Deleted. The purpose of this album is to offer you a way to easily recover deleted photos. Photos and videos are held here for 30 days, then permanently deleted. You’ll see the number of days remaining for each item. This tells you when each photo or video will be permanently deleted."

 


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50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org

50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post, and she quickly agreed to do so. Below is a list of iPad apps that we both use in our language classrooms. The ones marked with an * are the essential, must-have ones. We have divided the list into two categories: Content consumption apps and content creation apps."

 


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 10, 2014 6:14 AM

Interesting collection of well-chosen apps for the classroom or even for home with Mum and Dad!!

Lee Hall's curator insight, May 11, 11:57 AM

Some cost, so check them carefully.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 1:57 AM

Pour les profs de langues.

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4 Terrific Blended Learning Projects for Your Students

4 Terrific Blended Learning Projects for Your Students | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Check out these 4 great blended learning projects for getting your students fired up in your classroom.

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