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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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Which search tool should I use: Free Classroom Poster

Which search tool should I use: Free Classroom Poster | AC Library News | Scoop.it

This poster highlights the 'Big Three' search engines for teachers and
students and highlights the strengths and weaknesses for each one.

Google Search
Wolfram Alpha
Wikipedia



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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, June 11, 7:26 AM
Don't use them, use http://www.searchcredible.com/ for classroom research.
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s comment, June 11, 7:36 AM
Tom, don't use them, use: Don't use them, use http://www.searchcredible.com/ for classroom research. They are included.
R.Conrath, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 13, 2:28 PM
You can look at Wikipedia, just don't use it for academic research.
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Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge

Tech It Up Tuesday: 50 Tools & Apps for Showcasing Student Knowledge | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Greetings and welcome to “Tech It Up Tuesday”, a weekly series in which I share an edtech tool, app, site or other resource that can be utilized in the educational setting. This week features an ex…

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, April 28, 9:12 AM
Wonderful ways to engage students to show what they know. My students love many of these tools and we look forward to exploring more.
WEAC's curator insight, April 28, 9:51 AM

"With a myriad of web tools and apps available to teachers, it’s sometimes mind-boggling trying to identify which are the most effective for the classroom. But if you’re looking for some innovative ways to showcase student work, here’s an awesome visual collection of resources spanning 11 categories—audio recordings, collages, comics, posters, slides, digital books, narrated slideshows, movies, animations, screen casts and study aids—to help get you started!"

Harriet Rolfe's curator insight, May 25, 10:26 PM

I would like the concept of using ICT to showcase students work in a more engaging way - I think this would be a valuable addition to the 'mini-unit'

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100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homesch...

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Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more. | iPads in Education


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TEACHER - CLASSROOM Tools for formative assessment

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8 Excellent Tools for Formative Assessment to Try With Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | See more about Formative Assessment, Assessment and Mobile Learning.


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Top 10 Graphic Novels 2015

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Selected by the Good Comics for Kids bloggers, these graphic novels published in 2015 are the cream of the crop.


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 16, 2015 4:54 PM

Yep, another "best of" post - this time it's graphic novels and brought to you by School Library Journal! Enjoy!

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice

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The Shift From Content To Purpose: A Continuum of Choice


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 15, 2015 3:44 PM

I love this very clear and useful article that takes us from teacher-centered to student-centered to entrepreneurial. This is especially useful for those of you tinkering with personalized learning in your school or district. While libraries are the ORIGINAL personalized learning classroom, there is much to gain here. 

malek's comment, December 18, 2015 2:00 PM
from a marketing perspective, I like this visual nugget which summarizes a long tedious process
malek's curator insight, December 18, 2015 2:01 PM

from a marketing perspective, I like this visual nugget which summarizes a long tedious process

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Infographic | The Rise of Maker Ed - Getting SMART

Infographic | The Rise of Maker Ed - Getting SMART | AC Library News | Scoop.it
A google search of “Maker Movement and Education” reveals more than 36 million search results! That’s just one piece of evidence that the Maker Ed Movement is on the rise across formal and informal learning environments. Head to any education conference, talk to any STEAM teacher, ask anyone who tracks innovations in teaching and learning, or check out the new infographic featured below and you’ll be sure to find a lot more.

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How Turning Math Into a Maker Workshop Can Bring Calculations to Life - Mind/Shift

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It might have been the banana piano. Or perhaps the bongos, made from lemons that students had plucked from the citrus tree at school. Elizabeth Little, who teaches middle school math and science, doesn’t know exactly which of the hands-on projects she introduced to her remedial math class turned the class around. But by the end of the school year, all her math students, not just those needing extra support, were clamoring for more math.

How did this happen?

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Teaching, Tech and Twitter: Making Our Makerspace: Tips, Tricks, Resources & Ideas We Learned About Along the Way,

Teaching, Tech and Twitter: Making Our Makerspace: Tips, Tricks, Resources & Ideas We Learned About Along the Way, | AC Library News | Scoop.it
On October 1st, 2015 the very first class entered our STEM lab/Makerspace and it was truly magical. The kids were engaged, they were learning, exploring and discovering the entire time they were in there. It was the moment we had worked so hard when we created this innovative learning space. It was a long journey that our little Makerspace/STEM lab team took to get there and we learned a lot along the way!


The lab was originally Wendy Townlin's (@wtownlin) idea. She wanted to create a dedicated science lab for our school. It evolved into a STEM lab, then (with a little help from twitter) we decided to add in the element of a makerspace. With the support of our awesome principal Kris Martin-Meyer, four of us, Wendy, Amanda Young (@ajyoung53), Claire Simon (@MissSimon246) and I put our heads together, researched, reflected then began building. Here are some things we learned about along the way.

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19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know - Buzzfeed

19 Mind-Blowing Tricks Every iPhone And iPad User Should Know - Buzzfeed | AC Library News | Scoop.it
You spend like half of your life on that thing. Time to figure out what it really does.

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Alfonso C. Betancort's curator insight, January 11, 2014 9:45 AM

A Few Usefull Tricks you, iPhone or iPad User, Will Put to Good Use. Easy to remeber and perform.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, January 22, 2014 9:53 PM

The 'Guided Access' tip is fabulous for teachers of T-2 grades who want to keep the students from changing apps or deleting things!

Thanks!

Conners Sales Group's curator insight, November 9, 2015 10:43 AM

Good tips, include a few I didn't know about.

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Hillbrook’s Maker Space | The Awesome World of Making @ Hillbrook

Hillbrook’s Maker Space | The Awesome World of Making @ Hillbrook | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Before I joined the Hillbrook school community to help them build out their maker education program, a long standing history of learning about materials and real world building skills existed within our strong arts program. As a veteran middle school science teacher, I explored merging the hands on work kids were already doing in art, with topics in STEM. This exploration took two significant strands for me as an educator and for the school. The first strand involved the design of a physical space, which we called the iLab. This formerly obsolete computer room, was converted into a makerspace to promote engineering in the sciences. The second strand emphasized the use of constructionist learning theory and student choice within the curriculum. This new style of curriculum was named Problem based Science.

During year one, the makerspace essentially lived in a closet in the iLab. We had hand tools, a few power tools, and an Epilog mini laser cutter. We already had lots of NTX robotics kits for kids to experiment with and more e-waste than we knew how to store.

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asli telli's curator insight, September 24, 2015 12:40 AM

Makers make mistakes! #makers

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Spaces & Places - Maker Ed #makerspaces #makered

Spaces & Places - Maker Ed #makerspaces #makered | AC Library News | Scoop.it
“Spaces and Places” encompasses tours and descriptions of makerspaces, schools, libraries, and museums through video, images, and multimedia content. These examples may inspire anyone looking to jumpstart or organize his/her own makerspace. In addition, “Spaces and Places” links to articles and guides with concrete tips for those who are planning or improving a youth makerspace.

Maker Ed has also created several of its own resources around youth makerspaces, including but not limited to Youth Makerspace Playbook and Makerspaces: Highlights of Select Literature, all accessible at MakerEd.org/makerspaces and included among the resources below.

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100 Engineering Projects For Kids - The Homeschool Scientist

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Here's 100 Engineering Projects For Kids to get that them excited about construction, design, electronics, and more.

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nihal abitiu's curator insight, September 22, 2015 6:20 AM

100 Engineering Projects for Kids

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, January 17, 9:33 PM

This is great and just in time to help parents help their kiddos with science fair type projects.

Chris Carter's curator insight, January 18, 2:47 AM

Wow! 100 great ideas!

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Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein #makered

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein #makered | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Maker education, when planned around skills acquisition, can enhance social-emotional development.

Self-Awareness: Making in all its forms requires a full range of skills including cognitive, physical, and affective skills. Given this need for multiple and diverse skill set, effective and successful making comes from an accurate assessment of one’s strengths and limitations as well as having optimism and confidence that challenges can be overcome within the making process. Example questions related to self-awareness and making include:

     * What strategies am I using to increase my awareness of my emotions and how they influence my performance during the making-related tasks?

     * What are my strengths given this particular making task?

     * What are my limitations and how can I use my strengths to overcome them? ..."


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NLafferty's curator insight, May 11, 3:33 AM
This this post includes an infographic which summarises areas where students can gain self-awareness when involved in maker projects in the classroom. While the piece focuses on maker education in the school classroom it's also applicable to higher education. The areas of social-emotional development highlighted here resonate with the ones we've seen students identify in their reflective blogs when we run our Doctor as Digital Teacher SSC where they design and develop a digital learning resource.  
Stewart-Marshall's curator insight, May 11, 5:59 AM
Successful making comes from an accurate assessment of one’s strengths and limitations as well as having optimism and confidence that challenges can be overcome within the making process.
Helen Teague's curator insight, May 12, 1:26 PM
had not seen this skill combo before
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3 Secret Apps Kids are Using to Hide Photos

3 Secret Apps Kids are Using to Hide Photos | AC Library News | Scoop.it
If you are a parent or teacher of students with a smartphone, you may or may not be aware of hidden or secret apps. Many of these apps double as a “legit” looking application, but offer …

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How To Be A Terrible iPad Teacher

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I published this off my site: teachingwithipad.org about a month ago. I hope you enjoy the read. Please leave any comments that may be useful.



The following…


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Kleinspiration: 7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!

Kleinspiration: 7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads! | AC Library News | Scoop.it

RT @KleinErin: Kleinspiration: 7 Ways to Creatively Ask Questions in the Classroom Using iPads!


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The Best Children’s Books of 2015

The Best Children’s Books of 2015 | AC Library News | Scoop.it

From power-hungry sheep to power-hungry tigers, by way of ghosts, E.E. Cummings, and the unseen Dr. Seuss.


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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 16, 2015 8:11 AM

You've got the Best Art Books, the Best Science Books - here's the trifecta! Some you may have already seen but I am always surprised by a hidden treasure with this annual blog post from @brainpickings

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4 Reasons Your School Should Invest In A 3D Printer - TeachThought

4 Reasons Your School Should Invest In A 3D Printer - TeachThought | AC Library News | Scoop.it
The use of 3D printers is becoming increasingly prevalent across the workforce, from medicine to confectionary, aerospace to sportswear.

The mere concept of them can seem daunting, and it is therefore easy for school leaders to overlook the benefits a 3D printer can have for their pupils. We’ve put together a list of strong arguments in favor of this fantastic investment in a bid to help you put forward a winning pitch to your school decision makers.

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Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace @Catlin_Tucker

Transform Your Classroom into a Makerspace @Catlin_Tucker | AC Library News | Scoop.it
As finals approached this year, I had a desire to do something different. In the past I’ve had students write a timed five-paragraph argument essay about whether Montag, from Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, is a conformist or nonconformist. My students had already written four essays this year, so I decided to ditch the essay. Instead, I had them select a metaphor from the novel and asked them to bring it to life creating a 3D visual metaphor.

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom - TeachThought | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Today, there is a wide assortment of free technology options available to enhance your instruction. The tools are changing… quickly. So making the best choices, based on the resources available in your school, or through your board, is critical. Here are some top sure-fire picks to ensure your goal has real purpose, not just an introduction of technology for the sake of looking tech-savvy. These are easy to use teaching tools–about as grab-and-go as it gets.

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Coolwired's curator insight, November 20, 2015 9:19 AM

Here are some unique and interesting tools for Teachers.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 20, 2015 10:30 AM

Great tools.

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Makerspace FAQ - Ask questions, get answers | Makerspaces

Makerspace FAQ - Ask questions, get answers | Makerspaces | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Learning to set up and run a makerspace can be confusing for many people especially if you just rely on the search engines.  You can experience information overload due to the amounts of resources and choices out there which can make it overwhelming for most.  This is why we’ve set up this website and this page in particular.  We’re going to simplify the process of setting up and running a makerspace by listing all of the top questions from our community and then documenting the answers.  We encourage everyone to submit all the questions they have and also make sure to participate in the conversation along the way.  Working together as a group we can accomplish a lot more, faster.

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10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius

10 reasons teachers do NOT use education technology - Daily Genius | AC Library News | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons teachers do not use education technology. It’s expensive. It’s hard to always find a reason to implement edtech into a particular lesson. That’s all true and valid, really.

But what are the other big reasons that teachers don’t use technology in the classroom? We did a little digging through surveys, social media, blogs, reports, and the Daily Genius community to uncover the top 10 reasons that edtech is getting passed over. The results might (or might not) surprise you.

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, October 5, 2015 1:48 PM

This article and infographic shares some of the reasons faculty do not use technology in their courses. Any surprises?

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Resources for Youth Makerspaces - Maker Ed #makered #makerspaces #MakerEdSpace

Resources for Youth Makerspaces - Maker Ed #makered #makerspaces #MakerEdSpace | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"The Youth Makerspace Playbook is a resource providing context and support around planning spaces for youth to make. It offers practical suggestions on finding spaces to make, outfitting spaces with tools and materials, exploring the possible educational approaches within spaces, and sustaining spaces in the long-term.

 

Accompanying the Youth Makerspace Playbook is “Makerspaces: Highlights of Select Literature,” a selection of the latest thinking emerging from the growth of makerspaces and their developing roles in education and communities. "


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School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist?

School Libraries and Makerspaces: Can They Coexist? | AC Library News | Scoop.it
While libraries and makerspaces are both interdisciplinary, resource-filled places of informal learning, each serves distinct purposes for enriching student experience and school culture.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 25, 2015 10:32 AM

Informal learning takes place on a daily basis when students are allowed to explore their potential with #MakerSpaces or design.