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Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers!

Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers! | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Last week, Texthelp announced that a surprise was coming soon in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. Today that surprise was revealed - Read&Write for Google is now Free for Teachers!

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Free Technology for Teachers: Find Primary Sources from All Over the World on the World Digital Library

Free Technology for Teachers: Find Primary Sources from All Over the World on the World Digital Library | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Find Primary Sources from All Over the World on the World Digital Library http://t.co/HN81g1gkP1 http://t.co/0kebVqQfSx

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Wendy Zaruba's curator insight, May 15, 2015 9:16 AM

The World Digital Library hosts more than 10,000 primary documents and images from collections around the world.

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This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation | eSchool News | eSchool News

This is how librarians can lead the digital transformation | eSchool News | eSchool News | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Despite being pressed for time and resources, librarians can serve as change agents in their schools' digital transformation

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 11, 2015 9:54 AM

Librarians as "change agents." Brilliant.

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 2015 6:06 PM

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Amy Archambault's curator insight, May 12, 2015 12:12 PM

Great questions to ask when deciding how to be a change agent...I personally felt this would be my #1 set of questions and go from there..."Second, and this is the big question to keep in mind, what’s best for the kids? We need to keep this at the forefront of our thinking. What do our students really need to help them become informationally and digitally literate? What will be most helpful for students to know and be able to do to be successful consumers and creators of information? How will we empower teachers to best serve our students?"

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20 Education Administrator Blogs

20 Education Administrator Blogs | AC Library News | Scoop.it
It’s not easy being a school administrator. As leader of your school or department, it may be difficult to find peers you can confide in, discuss challenges or get insights.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:03 PM

If you've ever lamented that other educators don't "get" what you do then you should visit this site to check out the blogs for those "others." It doesn't hurt to learn a little bit of another language and, who knows? You might just be able to tap into what keeps your administrator up at night and then find a solution that heavily involves YOU and your library!

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A Handy Google Drive App for Converting Audio Files

A Handy Google Drive App for Converting Audio Files | AC Library News | Scoop.it
May 13, 2015
Audio Converter is a good Chrome app to use on your Google Drive to convert audio files from one format to another. No software download is required, the app is web-based and works right...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 14, 2015 8:58 AM

A good one to share with students who are creating projects requiring audio.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 15, 2015 11:04 AM

Always a handy to have another way to convert audio files.

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Help Students Close Read Iconic Images

Help Students Close Read Iconic Images | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Every day news images flood our print publications, digital spaces and social media apps. Why do some become iconic and unforgettable?

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Kimberly Brosan's curator insight, May 13, 2015 3:10 PM

The suggestions in this article on how to teach students to read images were really helpful. I especially like that there's a recommendation for the NYTimes Learning Network's feature "What's Going on in This Picture?' http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/lesson-plans/whats-going-on-in-this-picture/

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, May 13, 2015 7:03 PM

This article discusses techniques that would be useful for Year 7-12 English students analysing a picture or cartoon.  Other links are provided.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 2015 10:16 AM

Thx Susan Grigsby

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Developing digital literacies | Jisc

Developing digital literacies | Jisc | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Provides ideas and resources to inspire the strategic development of digital literacies - those capabilities which support living, learning and working in a digital society

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Is Ed Tech Always a Good Thing?

Is Ed Tech Always a Good Thing? | AC Library News | Scoop.it

"Technology should be used to enhance learning, but we need to be careful that it doesn’t become the focal point. As much as I am a proponent for online education and all the tools that go along with it, it is hardly a substitute for live teacher-student interaction.

 

Still, ed tech is here to stay – as is evident by the infographic below (created by ISTE)."


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Google for Teaching & Learning

Google for Teaching & Learning | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Articles and information regarding the use of Google's tools, apps and hardware in education

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What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t

What Project-Based Learning Is — and What It Isn’t | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Screenshot/High Tech High The term "project-based learning" gets tossed around a lot in discussions about how to connect students to what they're learnin

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 23, 2015 12:10 PM

Interesting article that shows the difference between "project-based learning" and "project-oriented learning." Good to know...

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 2015 6:11 PM

Teaching resources.

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4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids

4 Excellent News Resources for Young Kids | AC Library News | Scoop.it
May 3, 2015
Great Websites for Kids is an excellent platform that reviews websites geared towards kids up to age 14. The reviews are carried out by members of the Association for Library Service to...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 2015 11:12 AM

Curated from the site by ALSC!

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Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education Selecting Text For Comprehension In the previous literacy posts in this series I identified a few guiding questions that stem from the research: Do students...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 2015 1:15 PM

Fantastic article to share with teachers in your building!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 5, 2015 4:21 PM

The Texas TEKS and most, if not all, state standards speak about complex texts. 

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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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The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q1, 2015 - EdSurge

The Top Ten S'Cool Tools for Q1, 2015 - EdSurge | AC Library News | Scoop.it
We can’t believe it’s already May.And we just remembered--after the first quarter of the year, we take the time to reflect on popular edtech tools we’ve seen over the past three months.Every week, EdSurge sends out an educator-specific INSTRUCT newsletter...

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How Librarians Are Rockin' the Makerspace Movement

How Librarians Are Rockin' the Makerspace Movement | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Turn your library into a creative workshop with tips from six media specialists.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 8, 2015 4:20 PM

Great article about library makerspaces from the folks at Common Sense.

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A Universal Framework For Modern Literacy Pedagogy

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A Universal Framework For Modern Literacy Pedagogy
by Terry Heick
Why do we need a framework?
Literacy instruction has done a relatively poor job of keeping up with the urgent pace of change in the ways people read and write.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 12, 2015 4:46 PM

Excellent article from Terry Heick of TeachThought complete with some interesting definitions of "media literacy" and "media literacy pedagogy." This is an area where savvy media specialists can provide added value to classroom objectives!

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Library To Learning Commons: 7 Reasons Why Your School Should Make The Shift

Library To Learning Commons: 7 Reasons Why Your School Should Make The Shift | AC Library News | Scoop.it
The transition into 21st Century Education is well underway in education
with some districts and schools being further along than others.
Philosophically and pedagogically changing a school is far from easy and
takes time.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 13, 2015 3:26 PM

Short and sweet but full of good info!

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Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue

Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue | AC Library News | Scoop.it
One of the basic tenets and strengths of the maker movement is its emphasis on constructive and collaborative learning through hands-on, trial-and-error experimentation.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 15, 2015 1:28 PM

Are you looking for a core collection of books/resources for creating a maker space in your library media center? Check out these titles from SLJ to get started!

TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 21, 2015 2:50 AM

Great ideas for resources to get started

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Some Notable Teacher-tested Tools for Elementary Students

Some Notable Teacher-tested Tools for Elementary Students | AC Library News | Scoop.it

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8 ways to make your pupils digitally-literate - Innovate My School

8 ways to make your pupils digitally-literate - Innovate My School | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Pupils have a huge amount of technological potential at their fingertips, but how to best go about making sure that they’re fully-set to take on the digital world beyond? Downe House’s Jane Basnett gives her top eight tips.

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Six free edtech resources to transform your teaching - Innovate My School

Six free edtech resources to transform your teaching - Innovate My School | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Sometimes it’s just great to recommend cool stuff for your peers. Here, Social Media and Educational Technology specialist Scott Hayden and teacher / e-learning coordinator Rachel Jones discuss their favourite free resources for the classroom.

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Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, May 6, 2015 9:14 AM

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Students who can use social media, web tools, video, and audio to research, collaborate, and explore in teamwork tasks, to problem-solve, communicate clearly, and critically think are only going to enhance their employability. It is an honour to be teaching at a time of educational technological revolution and it is our responsibility to work with our learners to find the tools that allow them to develop these skills.

Here are some tools that have worked for me and are fun, easy to use, and free.

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The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic

The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic | AC Library News | Scoop.it
Digital access, commerce, communication, literacy and etiquette… What do these words have in common? Well, for starters, they are all components of digital citizenship. In fact, these concepts---an...

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 4, 2015 10:40 AM

Nice image to use not only during your digital citizenship lessons but as a poster for computer areas in the school.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 2, 2015 3:15 AM

The 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship Infographic

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An Epic Guide to Student Engagement in the Classroom - A.J. Juliani

An Epic Guide to Student Engagement in the Classroom - A.J. Juliani | AC Library News | Scoop.it
When I first saw this infographic (created by Dr. Roland Rios) based on Schlechty’s Levels of Engagement, it actually took me a moment to collect my thoughts. I quickly asked myself, “What the heck does student engagement even mean?” And then followed that with, “I wonder if my students actually have high attention and commitment, or …

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 2015 10:54 AM

This says a lot about students who behave one way for Teacher A and make a complete 180 for Teacher B. What is the level of engagement in the school library? If it isn't near the top, what can we do to push it up there? This is an excellent poster to share with administrators and/or teachers who don't believe in independent self-selection...

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 6, 2015 9:45 AM

Check out this chart and evaluate how your students respond to you in the library.  What level of engagement are you striving for?

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | AC Library News | Scoop.it
From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 2015 4:42 PM

Great article about the variety of ways Makerspaces can take up residence in your library!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 6, 2015 9:42 AM

Love this quote, "Educators are now focusing on how the maker movement can be truly meaningful: it’s not about where making is happening, but about how creating, experimenting, and collaborating impact education. In addition, some high schoolers tinkering their free periods away can discover a passion—sometimes leading to a future educational focus or even scholarship money."

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 2015 6:08 PM

Program Management.