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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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List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:28 AM

As always, double-check whatever you find on Wikipedia but this list is an excellent starting point for finding academic databases to use with your students. With just a quick glance I can tell that many of them are not FREE databases but if you're curating resources for your library it's useful to know what's out there!

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Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014 | AC Library News | Scoop.it

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2014 11:17 AM

And those "top ** of 2014" lists just keep coming! This will keep you busy for a while!

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5 Great Google Plus Communities for Teachers and Educators

5 Great Google Plus Communities for Teachers and Educators | AC Library News | Scoop.it
January 7, 2015
Google Plus is a powerful social networking platform with huge educational potential for teachers and educators. I featured it yesterday among the the top 5 platforms that teachers...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, January 9, 4:16 PM

Going Google? Even if your district isn't going full on, this is a worthwhile list to share with teachers who want to expand their PLNs.

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Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help

Shakespeare Comes Alive: Apps to Create Performance - AP Lit Help | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Think back to your experiences learning Shakespeare when you were in high school. Rather than simply reading the play, the teacher probably told you that you would be performing it in class. While this sounds like it might be fun, it probably devolved into a few apathetic students standing at the front of the room reading in monotone voices.

Students learn Shakespeare when they perform Shakespeare. They understand his words when they can truly interact with them. Unfortunately, most of our students aren’t actors, and they really aren’t comfortable performing in front of their classmates. How can we get our students to engage with Hamlet & Macbeth in ways that won’t bore or embarrass them?

There are some amazing tools available for iOS devices that will allow your students to create projects that force them to connect with the text in fun and exciting ways.

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, January 30, 6:59 AM

Very good post... not only for those who want to get The Bard into our students' heads, but also for those who merely want to get their students into reading and acting!!

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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers - TeachThought | AC Library News | Scoop.it
What exactly makes an app “essential” is open to interpretation. For pure productivity, you could consider the direction of Google Drive, Skype, Zoom Notes, iAnnotate–maybe a gradebook app, Class Dojo, etc.

But what if your classroom if is full of open-ended projects and you need to constantly communicate with students, parents, and the community? Google+, Google Hangouts, Remind, DIY, and maybe Trello?

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How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie

How To Do Green Screen Photography on an iPad at School - Jonathan Wylie | AC Library News | Scoop.it
There are lots of great learning opportunities when you use green screen effects in the classroom. I’ve written about some of those before, but almost all of them involved green screen movies. What about green screen photography? Is that possible on an iPad? It is, because there’s an app for that.

Recently I was reminded of the ability to do green screen photography when I read a blog post by Dr. Wesley Fryer. He did a green screen photo booth at the Fall Festival of the school he works at in Oklahoma. Great idea. So how do you do it? It all starts with the Green Screen app by DoInk. The rest is easy! Here’s how it works.

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How to reclaim your iPhone's storage space in under 2 minutes - Cult of Mac

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"There’s nothing more frustrating than a beautiful iPhone that has zero GB of storage left. Especially when you see that a lot of room is actually taken up by a mysterious “other” section that just seems to grow bigger over time.

 

In today’s handy video, I’m going to show you a few quick methods to clear your phone of unnecessary files, giving you more room for favorite albums, pictures and apps."




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No-Tech Board Games That Teach Coding Skills to Young Children - Mind/Shift

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Thanks in part to STEM education initiatives and the tech boom, coding in the classroom has become more ubiquitous. Computer programming tasks students to persistently work to solve problems by thinking logically. What’s more, learning how to code is a desired 21st century career skill.

There are several digital games designed for kids as young as 5 that turn coding into a fun activity, such as Kodable and Scratch Jr. But some game designers are going further back to programming’s fundamentals by creating physical games that can’t be found in any app store.

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Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
n today’s post I am sharing with you two important web tools that you can use with students in class to create interactive timelines. These timelines can include a wide variety of multimedia materials including: text, images, video, maps and many more. And in the case of Silk, there is even the possibility to invite collaborators to help with editing. Also, both of these apps are available for iPad users.

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 30, 3:43 PM

añada su visión ...

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The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning

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The Genius Hour Design Cycle: A Process For Planning
by Nigel Coutts, thelearnersway.net
Ed note: Part 1 of this 2-part series can be seen here; note that some of the language has been slightly revised from the original post by Nigel.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, January 20, 8:21 AM

I find this process very closely related to the research process so doesn't it make sense that this is a great fit for libraries? Maker spaces? 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, January 20, 4:52 PM

Ready to start brainstorming your next innovation?

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UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture

UDL and The Flipped Classroom: The Full Picture | AC Library News | Scoop.it

This post describes the principles of Universal Design for Learning and how they naturally occur when a full cycle of learning, including ideas related to the flipped classroom, are used within the instructional process.


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Chris Carter's comment, May 14, 2013 10:26 AM
Thank you, Martin!
Michele Ivanisevic's curator insight, May 14, 2013 11:35 AM

Vary the ways you present information/how students learn, vary the ways they can express themselves, and provide meaningful ways to engage students in their learning.

Chris Carter's comment, June 30, 2013 12:30 AM
All true.
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Flipped classrooms can improve STEM education

Flipped classrooms can improve STEM education | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Across the nation there is a growing movement to discard the “teacher-knows-all” mentality for a new educational model: the flipped classroom.

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Flipped Classroom A New Learning Revolution

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There has been a growing buzz around a recently coined phrase " Flipped Classroom". This term starts to take root in education as more and more educators are discovering it. So what is this all about and what are its advantages in learning and teaching?


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, August 27, 2013 7:41 AM

introductory ideas on flipping the classroom.

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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask | AC Library News | Scoop.it
December 18, 2014
As I argued in an earlier post titled ”Critical Thinking Questions Based on Bloom's Taxonomy”, questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students  get...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 19, 2014 1:39 PM

I love the infographic that goes with this blog post but keep reading and you'll have some very good information about critical thinking questions to share with your teachers.

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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TEST The Learning And Design Principles Of Connected Learning
by Terry Heick
In 2015, no one should be hurting for compelling ed content.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 29, 2014 3:19 PM

I love this graphic because, to me, it is the personification of a school library in its design. Put a graphic of an active school library media center (or learning commons) in the center and you have the ideal 21st century model for that space. 

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30+ Websites to Download Free Photos

30+ Websites to Download Free Photos | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Last updated – January 14, 2015   If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos.   All of the photos that […]

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, January 27, 3:24 PM

Since we're always looking for good image sites to share with teachers and students, this is a good page to bookmark!

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Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman

Dragon Dictation: A Must-Have App for Writers - Brilliant or Insane - @AngelaStockman | AC Library News | Scoop.it
I began using Dragon Dictation a few years ago when my work with a group of struggling writers left me searching for a tool that could help them get the great ideas they were sharing aloud onto a page. I wanted something elegant: a tool that wouldn’t interrupt students as they were speaking but rather, quietly capture what they were saying and flip it into text.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, January 26, 9:09 PM

A useful tool for differentiation perhaps?

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Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

Great Collection of iPad Apps for Elementary Classrooms - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Technology very well supports a 21st century educator in her instruction, which is why technologies like iPads have also made their way in the elementary classroom.

So if you are an elementary teacher looking for iPad apps for your classroom, then here is a perfect list of apps for you, which will fill your classroom with fun and a great learning experience.

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Chris Carter's curator insight, January 27, 6:47 PM

Very nice!

Diane Therrien's curator insight, January 27, 8:40 PM

Thank you John!

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EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides!

EdTechnocation: Get your FREE Google Classroom iPad App User Guides! | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Get your FREE user guide for the new Google Classroom iPad App!
Google just released an Android & iOS app for Google Classroom. It's not full featured (yet) so it's important that teachers and students understand exactly what you can and can't do with the app. 

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 29, 9:49 AM

Looks like an easy to use guide you can download and/or print.

teachintechgal's curator insight, January 29, 7:47 PM

I Can't Love this enough!

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Redefining learning with iPads - Innovate My School

Redefining learning with iPads - Innovate My School | AC Library News | Scoop.it
The fatal mistake schools make when deploying mobile technology is thinking that by purchasing the hardware, that’s the hard part done. In fact, the easiest step in a school’s iPad journey is buying the technology; the successful use of the technology is determined by what schools do after this.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 29, 9:54 AM

The instructor uses the SAMR model and  provides examples of how he uses MineCraft PE app on iPad, app Panorama 360 Citiesprogram Airserver, and app Thinglink with students. 

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The (5) most useful accessibility features on the iPad | iPad Insight

The (5) most useful accessibility features on the iPad | iPad Insight | AC Library News | Scoop.it
One of the lesser know features of iOS that adds an incredible amount of functionality to the iPad is Accessibility. Unfortunately, not many people are aware of the many benefits gained with Accessibility–and even fewer are aware of how to access them on their iPad even if they wanted to.  For the sake of narrowing the focus of this post somewhat, I decided to list and give a brief overview of what I believe are the (5) most useful features found in accessibility on your iPad.  Obviously, if you have special needs that require assistance to use your iPad, you might have a very different list of features.  Luckily Apple breaks this feature into several sections that include additional help with Vision, Hearing, and Interaction with your iPad.

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The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Best Teacher Tools for Taking Screenshots and Annotating Pictures ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Creating tutorials and explanatory guides is best done through the help of screenshots. These are pictures we take of our screens to share with others or include in a visual demonstration of how, for example, a process works. As teachers and educators we often find ourselves in need of such visual annotations and cues to enhance our students comprehensibility. There are several web tools that we can use to create screenshots and we have already reviewed some of them in past publications here. Today, we are introducing you to what we consider to be the best 4 web tools for creating screenshots. Besides being free, these tools are very simple to use and are also student friendly. They will allow you to  capture your screen, crop and annotate your pictures using  arrows, colours, shapes, text and many more.

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, January 26, 4:03 PM

Thx John Evans

Jon C's curator insight, January 29, 4:25 PM

Always looking for easy tools to grab and annotate screens. Here are some more. Skitch used to be good but new version is awful - try these below

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, January 30, 1:30 PM

Easy to use tools make incorporating screenshots and tutorials into your online class a snap. 

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Educational Technology Guy: The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020

Educational Technology Guy: The 10 Most Important Work Skills in 2020 | AC Library News | Scoop.it

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, January 18, 10:41 AM

Educación y TICs

Deborah Rinio's curator insight, January 20, 1:55 PM

Did you know libraries can facilitate learning for most, if not all, of these skills? Ask your librarian how he or she can help you instill these skills and values in your students.

Russell Taylor's curator insight, January 23, 5:40 AM

Seems to me that most of the key skills are covered here for the modern workforce, so why don't we see educational institutions taking a lot more notice of these and make the necessary investment?

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Flipped Classroom

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The flipped classroom provides avenues for teachers to become facilitators of learning and move away from the sage on a stage approach to teaching. The foundational concepts of instructors guiding...

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Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video

Flipping the Classroom Requires More Than Video | AC Library News | Scoop.it

Ultimately, success with a flipped class is a combination of understanding the pedagogical goals and using the technology and method to support them.


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