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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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An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist

An iPad Toolkit – 29 apps that promote good learning - Education Evangelist | AC Library News | Scoop.it
In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m quite a fan of the iPad (the Lollipop Nexus 9’s not too bad either). Not because of its design or because its by Apple or any of that, but because of its keen heritage in the learning arena. Any one who knows me will tell you that I am not one for using tech for tech’s sake, despite my evangelist moniker. Use of technology in a cross curricular sense should be measured and done with consideration for the best potential learning outcomes.

With all that said, I’ve been doing this for quite some time now and I thought it time that I shared some of the Apps that have stuck by me or have struck me for their ease of use and impact upon learning in the classroom

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Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius

Understand when to reach for the tablet (or the laptop) - Daily Genius | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Occasionally you come across a kind of theological divide in EdTech around whether to focus on learning through the  iPad or via the laptop. Which is like wondering whether to have fish or vegetables for your dinner. Both are fine, but they don’t fill the same need.

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Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS

Coding on iPads - Beginner to Pro - IPAD 4 SCHOOLS | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Code and programming may not be the most important topics on the planet but it is an area of study that sufferers two major problems. one: an industry with millions of unfilled job positions and two: a world where not enough teachers feel confident to run programming projects. The iPad can offer a solution in these situations.

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How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog

How the SAMR model improves teaching with iPad | learnmakerblog | AC Library News | Scoop.it
There’s a very easy way to make better use of the iPad in class. Simply become more aware of what you’re using the iPad for when teaching. This is where the SAMR model comes in, something I believe all teachers should be familiar with. The SAMR model is a 4 stage framework, illustrated below by the fantastic Sylvia Duckworth, creator of many great sketch notes.

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Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite

Apps and Websites for Makers and Creators - graphite | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Making something from scratch is a great skill to have. It requires confidence and imagination. For students who are into making new creations, these terrific apps and other digital products can help them develop their creative chops.

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10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen - Learning in Hand

10 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Screen - Learning in Hand | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Projecting your iPad on a large screen is great for demonstrations, simulations, explanations, and showing examples. There are several ways this can be done in the classroom. Scroll to the end of this post for a comparison chart.

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Ly Torn's curator insight, May 1, 11:19 AM

Selles artiklis on 10 nõuannet selle kohta, kuidas saab iPadi ekraanipildi läbi projektori seinale kuvada. 

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Apple publish 'For Education' collection on the App Store - Book Creator app | Blog

Apple publish 'For Education' collection on the App Store - Book Creator app | Blog | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Apple recently added a new section to their App Store called ‘For Educators‘. Here, teachers can find resources – apps, guides, iBooks and iTunes U courses which Apple recommends.

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20 Facts About the Impact of E-Learning - Infographic

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The online-learning market is on track to reach $37.8B globally by 2020.

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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!

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2:07 AM

When I tell people it will take me about 4 years to finish my Library Diploma on-line/part time they ask how hard is it to learn how to lend out and shelve books.  Like that's all a librarian does!

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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?

Paul Simmons's curator insight, April 20, 5:55 AM

Schools are making mistakes for overlooking the skills and knowledge that librarians have about technology. When actually they are often at the forefront of technology. 

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Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired

Why The Maker Movement Matters - @Venspired | AC Library News | Scoop.it
I get caught up in things. Informercials. New gadgets. New shades of Sharpie. Every kid I’ve ever taught has said, “You say EVERYTHING is your “favorite thing.” It’s true. Life? It’s my favorite. I grew up, but my internal excitement level has stayed at a five year old’s level. So, I’ll just preface this post with that. I will also say that I’ve held off on writing this. Long enough to figure out if this whole “maker movement” was another “thing I love,” or more. It’s more. So much more.

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Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone - MakeUseOf.com

Keep Your Kids Safe When They’re Using a Smartphone  - MakeUseOf.com | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Nowadays, kids want to use smartphones. Of course, most parents aren’t willing to actually buy their kids a device, but plenty have no problem letting them play with one. Of course, when a child uses a cell phone they can potentially be exposed to all kinds of dangerous things that aren’t meant for young eyes.

But the risks aren’t just for the children, but they can affect you, the parents, too. Kids could make unwanted in-app purchases, make calls to people you don’t want to talk to, they could even share photos you don’t want the world to see, and they can do plenty of other bad things. So what can you do? Check out the infographic below for the answers."


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Why teachers struggle to harness the learning potential of the iPad - Innovate My School

Why teachers struggle to harness the learning potential of the iPad - Innovate My School | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Over the last 100 years in teaching, how much has changed? Could you take a teacher from 1915 and drop them into a modern classroom? Apart from the strange haircuts and unfamiliar clothes they’d barely notice the difference, because the majority of school is still lecture driven. The teacher stands at the front, disseminating knowledge to the students. Now undertake the same scenario but with a surgeon. Bring a surgeon forward 100 years and it’s a different story. In a modern operating room our time traveller would be overwhelmed with sights and sounds. This is because technology has revolutionised surgery.

Yet that same technological revolution has already happened in education, it just hasn’t made it into our school system. At home, students can take part in lectures from America’s best Ivy League schools, video chat with experts from around the world, and access any billions of resources at any time. So why are schools so technological behind the world they’re preparing students for?"


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hennessy vargas's curator insight, April 23, 12:46 AM

I believe teachers should catch up and use technology to teach students because young students learn better and faster through these devices and programs set up on them. It also keeps their attention.

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Google Apps for the iPad - Shake Up Learning

Google Apps for the iPad - Shake Up Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
The following is a list of Google Apps for iOS (from Google, Inc. and third parties). This list is exhaustive and includes several apps that are not on the infographic Guide to Google Apps for the iPad. Some of these have natural classroom integration, and some are more for personal or business use. Some are optimized for both iPad and iPhone, some are only optimized for iPhone. Each app title is linked directly to the App Store so you can click directly from your device to download each app.

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Tom Perran's curator insight, April 30, 5:53 AM

Some useful links here. 

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iOS 8.4 Beta: 5 Things iPhone & iPad Users Need to Know

iOS 8.4 Beta: 5 Things iPhone & iPad Users Need to Know | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, Apple released a brand new iOS 8.4 beta. Unlike the first version, Apple’s second iOS 8.4 beta update opened the beta process up to the public for testing ahead of its public release. With a public beta now available, we want to take a look at five things you need to know about Apple’s iOS 8.4 beta for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don't Know About - InformED

30 Useful Apps For Students You Probably Don't Know About - InformED | AC Library News | Scoop.it
If you want to encourage your students to start taking advantage of the many technology tools available to them, here are a few examples of the types of productivity and learning apps that can support them in their studies.

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18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought

18 Simple Ways To Make Your iPad Faster - TeachThought | AC Library News | Scoop.it
You bought your iPad new three years ago, and now it’s getting a bit long in the tooth.

Opening apps can take forever. Sometimes they crash, stop responding, or won’t open to begin with. If you want to extend the life of your little glass rectangle–and make your iPad faster in general–the following tips can help. And all of these tips are simple(ish)–nothing crazy like jail-breaking or changing hardware.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 12, 1:01 PM

I love this! What to do w/ my old iPad 2?

Sell it back to Amazon or donate it to my school?

Marion Conrad's curator insight, May 1, 1:41 PM

Great tips for all iPad owners!

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, May 2, 8:23 PM

Soma good simple  tools and techniques for keeping your old iPad running.

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The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom

The 8 most common mistakes when integrating iPads into the classroom | AC Library News | Scoop.it

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Martin Debattista's curator insight, April 24, 2:35 AM

iPads or any kind of tablet for that matter.

Justin Henriks's curator insight, April 26, 7:36 PM

Some really good thoughts! We certainly do need to change the way we use software/apps and allow students to have greater power in deciding which apps to use and how they use them. As teachers, we are not always the expert on how to use apps!

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Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

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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

100 Ways To Use Google Drive In The Classroom | AC Library News | Scoop.it
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.