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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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Nine fundraising tools to watch in 2015

Nine fundraising tools to watch in 2015 | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Over the last six months Nonprofit Tech for Good has bookmarked over 50 fundraising tools to prepare for this blog post. When the time came to write the post, at least 25% of the fundraising tools ..."


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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 2, 3:52 PM

My favorite line from this article: Libraries are reinventing themselves as content becomes more accessible online and their role becomes less about housing tomes and more about connecting learners and constructing knowledge.


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Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools

Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools | AC Library News | Scoop.it
April 13, 2015
Looking for a utility you can deploy and use at the district, school, or classroom levels? Here are a set of useful tools that can use to make your lives, and the lives of other...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 14, 9:47 AM

Short and sweet - this article is right on target with tools to help you in the library and help your teachers in their classrooms!

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | AC Library News | Scoop.it
From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 15, 9:10 AM

I love this statement: If anything, the internet has added to the range of services libraries provide and in turn this has also increased the variety of roles available to librarians.

While we in the profession know that to be true, it is difficult to make that known to the casual user (or the school administrator or state legislators). This would be an excellent article to keep on hand when that person comes in and comments on how nice it is to have a job where you can read all day...

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 16, 5:56 PM

Great sharing of the detailed work we do for every person we help.  Thank you!

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Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning

Librarians Lead the Way in EdTech | Tech Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 17, 4:29 PM

But... we all knew that, right?

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Rube Goldberg : Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game

Rube Goldberg : Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Do you have what it takes to turn Rube Goldberg’s humorous comics and cartoons into elaborate and incredible machines?

Developed by Electric Eggplant in partnership with Kalani Games and the Heirs of Rube Goldberg, Rube Works: The Official Rube Goldberg Invention Game is the first officially licensed Rube Goldberg game."


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#The100DayProject | The Great Discontent (TGD)

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Welcome to #The100DayProject home base! Here, you’ll find an overview of the project, discover how you can participate and follow other participants, and learn more about Elle Luna’s inspiration for the project.

What Is the 100-Day Project? It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.

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Makerspace Infographic - Heather Lister

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Makerspace | Piktochart Infographic Editor

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Michael MacNeil's curator insight, March 30, 11:53 AM

The Maker movement is pretty powerful and open to all.

Christine Rounsevell's curator insight, April 1, 7:45 PM

These are great infographics for educators.

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 6, 11:54 AM

Loving MakerSpace @ the library.

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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?

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""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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Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book | AC Library News | Scoop.it
40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book
by Terry Heick
You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much different.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 31, 10:25 AM

Very insightful piece that asks us to think about the different modalities involved in viewing vs. reading - is one more engaging and less rigorous than the other? The accompanying infographic is, IMHO, an excellent subject for a poster on the shelves in which you house your DVDs or videos (assuming you still have them...)

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4 Google Drive Tools Teachers Should Have

4 Google Drive Tools Teachers Should Have | AC Library News | Scoop.it
April 12, 2015
In today's post we are sharing with you four important Chrome apps to enhance your  productivity on Google Drive. We have already reviewed each of these apps in separate posts in...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 13, 4:50 PM

Quick read with great tips!

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 14, 2:14 PM

Awesome blog post from Te@chthought writers.

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Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship

Teacher’s Guide to Digital Citizenship | AC Library News | Scoop.it
The horror stories of young people not grasping the reach and influence of the content they put online are familiar to all of us.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 16, 2:41 PM

Excellent article to share with teachers AND parents. 

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
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Questions can be extraordinary learning tools.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 15, 10:42 AM

I love the Learning Taxonomy pie chart and I love the chart from The Right Question Institute. Good librarians have known for years (forever?) that the right question can mean the difference between helping and frustrating a patron - let's make sure students know how to focus their questions, too! Share this with your teachers.

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http://www.a-writer.com/

Character Minutes's curator insight, April 16, 9:50 PM

Video demonstration of a question seminar with student.

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Ready? Set. Make! - Venspired

Ready? Set. Make!  - Venspired | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Create. Collaborate. Iterate. Dream. Reflect. Design. Take risks. It’s the stuff learning is made of. Not the kind you find in a textbook or in testing practice. The kind you find in the world. The kind that grabs a hold of your interests, ignites your passions, and launches you into a space where there are possibilities. The kind that is messy and tangled and amazing. We all need to be reminded of what true, authentic learning really is. Deeper than standards, into a space where connections are made with each other and with the world. Let’s make that happen.

Or you could just turn to page 26 and continue following the textbook company’s idea of what will engage your learners.

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Defining Makerspaces: Part 2 - Renovated Learning

Defining Makerspaces: Part 2 - Renovated Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it

Last week, someone criticized my makerspace as not being a “real” Makerspace because it does’t have power tools and suggested that I research what “real makerspaces” are.  Part one of my response to this criticism was my post last week http://renovatedlearning.com/2015/04/02/defining-makerspaces-part-1/ where I looked for definitions from a variety of research and writing on makerspaces.  Today, I’m looking at what the Twitterverse had to say.


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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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