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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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What impact? 5 ways to put research into practice in the 1-to-1 classroom - Educate 1-TO-1

What impact? 5 ways to put research into practice in the 1-to-1 classroom - Educate 1-TO-1 | AC Library News | Scoop.it
So, what does research suggest works? Are there any ‘best bets’ that we can use as a starting point to evaluate and improve our practice? And how might a 1-to-1 mobile learning project contribute to such improvement? According to the Education Endowment Foundation’s Toolkit (from here on EEF) and the Sutton Trust’s most recent report on what makes great teaching, these are some of the elements of teaching that research suggests contribute to improved outcomes, accompanied by ways in which mobile technology might, on occasion, help along the way:

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, March 24, 5:45 PM

Great tips with sound reasoning behind them, thank you for sharing

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10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips - TeachThought

10 Smart Tools For Digital Exit Slips - TeachThought | AC Library News | Scoop.it
In the age of digital learning, exit tickets are no longer confined to small slips of paper collected by educators as students leave their classrooms (although this method is still fine). There are numerous digital tools at the disposal of educators to collect this valuable performance data from their students.

Here are ten digital exit slip tools to choose from.

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Three Free iPad Apps Students Can User Over and Over - Learning in Hand @TonyVincent

Three Free iPad Apps Students Can User Over and Over - Learning in Hand @TonyVincent | AC Library News | Scoop.it

 - Learning in Hand There are already a lot of apps in Apple's App Store for iPad and iPhone (over 1.5 million), and more are added each day. In fact, this month an average of 1,400 apps have been submitted to the App Store. Despite the outrageous number of apps, only a small percentage end up piquing my interest.

The apps I get most excited about are ones that are open-ended. I like to make things, and I love it when an app empowers students (and teachers) to create digital productions. Shadow Puppet Edu, Adobe Voice, and TeleStory are three apps that facilitate creativity. They provide students a way to retell stories, explain concepts, or persuade an audience.


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The (5) best ways to use Spotlight Search on your iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) best ways to use Spotlight Search on your iPad | iPad Insight | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Spotlight Search is probably one of the most under used tools on the iPad.  I know I have taken it for granted for years.  I know it’s there.  I know it can be a very useful search tool, and I know that it was enhanced with iOS 8. But, how often do we really ever use Spotlight Search on our own without being prompted?  If you’re anything like me, the answer is probably close to never.  I know there have to be some seasoned veterans out there who take full advantage of the powerful search capabilities of Spotlight Search–and that’s great.  Most of us, however, don’t.  So I thought I’d highlight a few of my favorite benefits of this built in utility, in no particular order.

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Three ways to embed a digital culture in your school - Daily Genius

Three ways to embed a digital culture in your school - Daily Genius | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Creating a digital culture in any organisation is less about technology (much of that is shared, and the best is intuitive to use), but it is about culture. That culture is about a willingness to experiment, to take responsibility for new approaches, to support people as they learn new skills, but to be firm about where the boundaries are.

There’s three ways you can start to create such a culture:

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Excellent Checklist for Online Professional Learning

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NoMarch 7, 2015
Today we are sharing with you this interesting checklist designed to help educators, teachers and school leaders evaluate online tools for professional learning. This checklist is part...


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 11, 1:57 PM

No kidding - this is an excellent tool when considering online tools to share with your staff. Well worth bookmarking and referral.

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A Guide to Google Tools – Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without

A Guide to Google Tools – Tips & Tricks You Can’t Live Without | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Whether you're a student, educator, executive or a scientist, Google offers online services and products that help everyone remain as productive as possible. There are many Google services that have come and gone through the years, but a few of them -- like Gmail, Google Drive and of course Google Search -- stay even more…

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 12, 9:43 AM

Whether you're going Google as a district or just want to leverage the tools more effectively, this is an excellent place to start!

Mrs. PH's curator insight, March 13, 12:10 PM

Great tools for everyone

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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques
by TeachThought Staff
As frequently as a chef needs to check a sauce for taste, teachers should check for understanding.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 19, 8:44 AM

I love the idea of frequent, seamless snapshots of understanding being taken throughout the school day/month/year instead of following the stress-inducing, false-positive kinds of testing in which we are currently heavily invested. This is a post you will want to read and share with classroom teachers!

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22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about

22 Chrome Apps Every Teacher Should Know about | AC Library News | Scoop.it
March 23, 2015
Over the last weekend, we spent sometime curating what we think are some of the best Chrome apps and extensions for teachers and students.Our selection is based on the reviews we have...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 24, 9:25 AM

I was already aware of many of these tools but did not realize they were part of the suite of apps available through Chrome. 

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Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers

Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers | AC Library News | Scoop.it
If you're designing an eLearning course, you need to keep the entire process as organized as possible. Stay focused with these 10 eLearning resources.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 16, 8:56 AM

If you are finding yourself in the position of making suggestions for blended learning tools, this is a great place to start. Some are free and sound easy to use - others may require an investment in funds as well as expertise to get up-to-speed with the tech requirements. If you have a Tech Specialist in your building, share this article and start a conersation!

Cyril BRUNEAU's curator insight, March 17, 7:14 PM

Voici une liste d'outils à tester qui seront d'une aide confortable pour la création, l'animation ... de vos cours en Elearning.

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How to Hook up an iPad to Printer - iPadable

How to Hook up an iPad to Printer - iPadable | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Apple iPad can be used to do a lot of things such as take pictures and videos and then edit them or you can go and play a lot of nice games, or you can can just go online and browse the Internet or maybe integrate yourself into social hubs like Facebook, Twitter or Google.

But sometimes you also use your iPad for productivity, and create some files, documents, tables, graphs and so on. The main advantage of the iPad is on course its portability. You can take it to the meetings and write your memos and sketches directly on it. And the good thing is that this portability means that you are able to have it with you, all the time with all the documents and files you need.

In case you decide to change some of them you’ve also a sync option that helps you get the same version in all your devices (iPad and Desktop or Laptop). So basically there is no need for printing your documents since you have it with you all the times in digital format. Still, for those of you who really need to actually print some things, here are the ways to Hook up an iPad to Printer and get going.

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10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies

10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies | AC Library News | Scoop.it
February, 2015
The literacy landscape is rapidly evolving to the extent that we can no longer expect what it will be like in the next coming years. Regardless of the nomenclature, whether you call...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 20, 4:00 PM

With links to amazon.com if you want to buy any of them or simply read more about what's inside!

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Get 500 Free Books on Coding

Get 500 Free Books on Coding | AC Library News | Scoop.it
February 27, 2015
Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 2, 8:25 AM

Good luck getting through this extensive list. I would suggest hitting the site when you have time to put your feet up, sip a favorite beverage, and browse. It could eat up your entire day...trust me.

Janice Phillips's curator insight, March 2, 10:51 AM

Guess we may need to learn this or maybe an app would be a good idea.

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10 Signs that You are an Excellent iPad Educator - teachingwithipad.org

10 Signs that You are an Excellent iPad Educator - teachingwithipad.org | AC Library News | Scoop.it

My good friend, fellow French teacher and colleague Sylvia Duckworth and I brainstormed the following. Sylvia has been a huge advocate for using technology in the classroom, and has actively used iPads in her classes for the past couple years. Check out her excellent website, which contains a multitude of teaching ideas using technology as a tool.


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Life After the Hour of Code - Edutopia

Life After the Hour of Code - Edutopia | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Now that the excitement of the Hour of Code has passed, and you still vividly remember your students' eyes light up while completing their coding challenges, you may be wondering how to keep that excitement going in your classroom. The only thing is, you don't teach computer science -- and you have no idea how to teach coding.

The great news is, that's fine!

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Tom Whitford's curator insight, March 24, 9:20 AM

I got my son the Hopscotch App for iPad and he has really enjoyed it.  Looks like a fun app for beginning coding.

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What makes an outstanding iPad lesson?

What makes an outstanding iPad lesson? | AC Library News | Scoop.it

""Technology is in no way a synonym for ‘outstanding.’ But, it is something that can facilitate that outcome again and again. It can seem melodramatic to say things like ‘iPads have changed the world,’ but they have. The very fact that there is a debate within educational establishments across the world as to whether they and their likenesses are the key to unlocking the future of learning should show all the sceptics that technology is not going away. It is something that needs to be embraced and explored. So what does an outstanding iPad lesson look like?"


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Three iPad Apps for Creating Talking Pictures - iPad Apps for School

Three iPad Apps for Creating Talking Pictures - iPad Apps for School | AC Library News | Scoop.it
A couple of weeks ago at the Future Schools Expo in Sydney I facilitated a workshop about making media with mobile apps. The idea of creating talking pictures was one of the ideas that was a hit with some of the participants in the workshop. In the workshop I shared examples of using ChatterPix Kids to have students create short audio stories about their favorite animals. I also shared an example of using Morfo to create audio biographies in which students give voice to famous people in history. Below is a short summary of both of those apps as well as another app useful for a similar purpose.

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0ver 150 EdTech Tutorials to Help You Integrate iPad in Your Instruction

0ver 150 EdTech Tutorials to Help You Integrate iPad in Your Instruction | AC Library News | Scoop.it
EdTech Teacher Tutorials is an excellent resource of educational video tutorials covering a variety of EdTech tools and apps. This work is created by Paul Hamilton and is available for free download from iTunes store. We have spent some time browsing through the numerous tutorials Paul integrated in this app and we found them really worth your attention.

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8 Steps To Design Problem-Based Learning In Your Classroom

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What Is Problem-Based Learning?
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What is problem-based learning? One definition, if we want to start simple, is learning that is based around a problem.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 11, 2:51 PM

I absolutely LOVE this article and accompanying infographic. This is a great conversation starter with teachers in your building who might want to play but didn't know where to start. Think of what a classroom teacher and media specialist could do with this!

Natarsha Miller's curator insight, March 17, 11:14 PM

This is a solid article and breaks down "what problem based learning is"

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Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Blended Learning Visually Explained for Teachers | AC Library News | Scoop.it
March 17, 2015
Blended Learning is one of the major learning concepts that came about as a direct result of the impact of technology integration in education.In blended learning students and teachers...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 19, 8:23 AM

I LOVE this Infographic that shows what blended learning is so you can better understand it yourself and help you help teachers make the leap!

Fran Bove's curator insight, March 23, 9:06 AM

A neat info-graphic that explains blended learning to teachers.

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Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children

Steps for Cultivating a Love of Reading in Young Children | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Daniel Willingham's new book is full of advice for parents and teachers hoping to nurture a love of reading in kids.
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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 19, 1:59 PM

I love that this author makes the distinction between teaching reading and developing a love of reading. One does not create the other...

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Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation

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Digital Credibility: 13 Lessons For the Google Generation
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This post is promoted by Encyclopedia Britannica Noet Edition, who asked us to talk about the credibility of information research in a digital world.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 24, 10:57 AM

Lesson 1: Not all sources are created equal... This is why we need a certified, professionally-trained library media specialist in every school.

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5 Good iPad Apps for Learning Vocabulary - EdTech & MLearning

5 Good iPad Apps for Learning Vocabulary - EdTech & MLearning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Below is a list of some useful iPad apps to help students learn new vocabulary in interactive and engaging ways. Unlike the old plain vocabulary learning, these apps enhance students learning of new vocabulary  through a variety of engaging actives such as : playing games, using flashcards to build word lists, working on brainy quizzes and many more.

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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day | AC Library News | Scoop.it
In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 4, 4:32 PM

Planning for Pi Day? This year has a most auspicious event at a particular time of the day (true Pi aficionados already know about it). Check out these resources in an updated blog post that orinally posted in March, 2013.

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3 Important Google Drive Tips for Teachers

February 17, 2015
For those of you who haven’t seen them yet, Google for Education has recently added some interesting posts covering a bunch of handy features to use on your Google Drive. Here are...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, February 19, 11:18 AM

These are great tips for teachers and students! From searching for published documents on the web to citing sources within a Google doc - these visual aids will have you using Drive in  new ways!