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Download The Librarian s Skillbook: 51 Essential Career Skills for Information Professionals

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My Top 10 Sketchnotes in 2016 @sylviaduckworth

My Top 10 Sketchnotes in 2016 @sylviaduckworth | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
As the clock ticks down to the end of 2016, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months. I derive a huge pleasure in creating drawings related to education and then sharing them on social media. A question I often get is, “What are your most popular sketchnotes?”. Well, thanks to Twitter, it’s easy to get hard statistics to find out the answer. So hear they are, in order from 10 to 1. Make sure to read to the end to find out the most popular sketchnote for 2016!

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How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News

How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

Kalev Leetaru writes: "Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 14, 2016 12:01 PM

Things that stood out for me:

 

  • While the idea of an extension or plug-in that would flag fake news is appealing, Leetaru notes that fake news is "not black and white, it is a hundred shades of gray." The emotional language and the political disposition of the reader both play a part in the interpretation of fake news. (Although I'm still not clear how one can "interpret" facts differently, I get that two people could have different conclusions based on those facts.)
  • Leetaru's idea of a 3D graph to analyze coverage of a topic is intriguing, and easily adaptable for a class project. Looking at an organization's coverage of a topic and determining, on average, how positive or negative it is, how often (and in what detail) the topic is covered, and finally how emotionally charged the coverage is could be a fascinating project in a middle or high school classroom.  I'd love to tie this to the project we did with 7th grade science classes on using social media to sway public opinion on environmental issues.(And this year, I'd love to explore developing bots for that!) This all would be a great tie-in for anyone using Paul Fleischman's Eyes Wide Open book and website. 
Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:11 AM
Fake news ... we here about it everyday. this whole idea needs to be added to the idea of the need for a variety of literacies, not just digital literacy. This provides a challenge to educators, but something we need to step up about.
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How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing

How Robots in English Class Can Spark Empathy and Improve Writing | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Mention robots to many English teachers and they’ll immediately point down the hall to the science classroom or to the makerspace, if they have one. At many schools, if there’s a robot at all, it’s located in a science or math classroom or is being built by an after-school robotics club. It’s not usually a fixture in English classrooms. But as teachers continue to work at finding new entry points to old material for their students, robots are proving to be a great interdisciplinary tool that builds collaboration and literacy skills.

“For someone like me who teaches literature by lots of dead white guys, teaching programming adds relevance to my class,” said Jessica Herring, a high school English teacher at Benton High School in Arkansas. Herring first experimented using Sphero, essentially a programmable ball, when her American literature class was studying the writing of early settlers. Herring pushed the desks back and drew a maze on the floor with tape representing the journey from Europe to the New World. Her students used class iPads and an introductory manually guided app to steer their Spheros through the maze.

Herring, like many English teachers, was skeptical about how the Sphero robot could be a useful teaching tool in her classroom. She thought that type of technology would distract students from the core skills of reading, writing and analyzing literature. But she decided to try it after hearing about the success of another English teacher across the country.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 24, 2016 2:53 PM

Hands on pre-writing and brainstorming ahead. Great way to write across the curriculum.

Stephania Savva, Ph.D's curator insight, December 26, 2016 10:41 AM
Robotics in Education: not so far away from school routine.
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What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active?

What’s Happening In The Brain When Your Imagination Is Active? | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Imagination is often associated with childhood, but that doesn’t mean the process is simple. Conjuring images that one has never seen before is more complex than it seems, requiring the brain to reconfigure images it can readily identify in new ways.

In one hypothesis of the imagination network, the prefrontal cortex plays a crucial function as coordinator, signaling different networks of neurons representing images that wouldn’t normally be associated together, to fire at the same time. Called “mental synthesis,” some researchers now believe the infrastructure for life-long imaginative pursuits may be laid during childhood.

This TED-Ed video explains in more detail what scientists think is going on in the brain when our imaginations are at work.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, January 1, 9:44 PM
Well how about that. Childhood is actually very important in future education and thinking?? So why isn't education better resourced!
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How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News

How Data And Information Literacy Could End Fake News | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

Kalev Leetaru writes: "Technology alone cannot solve the fake news problem – only through teaching society to be data and information literate can we improve citizens’ ability to interpret the world around them."


Via Mary Reilley Clark, Dennis T OConnor
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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, December 14, 2016 12:01 PM

Things that stood out for me:

 

  • While the idea of an extension or plug-in that would flag fake news is appealing, Leetaru notes that fake news is "not black and white, it is a hundred shades of gray." The emotional language and the political disposition of the reader both play a part in the interpretation of fake news. (Although I'm still not clear how one can "interpret" facts differently, I get that two people could have different conclusions based on those facts.)
  • Leetaru's idea of a 3D graph to analyze coverage of a topic is intriguing, and easily adaptable for a class project. Looking at an organization's coverage of a topic and determining, on average, how positive or negative it is, how often (and in what detail) the topic is covered, and finally how emotionally charged the coverage is could be a fascinating project in a middle or high school classroom.  I'd love to tie this to the project we did with 7th grade science classes on using social media to sway public opinion on environmental issues.(And this year, I'd love to explore developing bots for that!) This all would be a great tie-in for anyone using Paul Fleischman's Eyes Wide Open book and website. 
Nancy Jones's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:11 AM
Fake news ... we here about it everyday. this whole idea needs to be added to the idea of the need for a variety of literacies, not just digital literacy. This provides a challenge to educators, but something we need to step up about.
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6 thinking hats: A tool for creative & critical thinking

To use in professional development at VVMS and in Bloomington Public Schools
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Critical Thinking Exercise Solution

Many complex looking problems may have a simple solution. Learn to think out of the box.
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How does classical education foster discernment and critical thinking?

Classical education is often celebrated as teaching our students to think. But how so? How does classical Christian education cultivate critical thinkin
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Critical Thinking. Coach to the Goal.

How to think and teach Critical Thinking with students in the classroom while working on collaborative creative projects.
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The Library Voice: Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics! When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace? 

The Library Voice: Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics! When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace?  | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

"This is one of the biggest questions we all have when we start our Makerspaces.  


When, How and Why Do Your Students Use The Makerspace? 

It is something that I worked through when we started ours.  

Now as my sister Heather kicks off her Mobile Makerspace at Amana Elementary, she is working through the same thing. 

I love the idea that Heather came up with for her Mobile Makerspace.  

She has created the Makerspace Rotation Chart.  

Each grade level has a laminated list of all the students.  When they come to the library each week, four students will have time in the Makerspace.  They will take a dry erase marker to cross out their name.  This will help Heather and her students keep track of the rotation without questions of whose turn it is week to week.  

With the charts being laminated, it will be easy to write and whip off the dry erase marker.  

Heather and I would LOVE to hear other ideas too.  

I created a Padlet today....Let's Share Our Makerspace Logistics that you can find here. 


https://padlet.com/shannonmmiller/makerspacelogistics "


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What is Critical Thinking?

Critical Thinking encompasses six vital skills: problem solving, analysis, creating thinking, interpretation, evaluation, and reasoning. These skills ar
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Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News)

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student Led Tech Team (EdSurge News) | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
You’ve probably heard of the student-led “Genius Bar”, which is generally a team of student leaders that provide technical support for the technology devices and programs in their schools. What a great way to utilize and develop student knowledge and skills, right? I couldn’t agree more.


Busch's student tech teams have four sub-committees: the “Newcast Directors," the “iPad Consultants," the “Makerspace Mentors," and the “Cyber Squad."
But what if we took the opportunity to develop young, skilled learners a step further, and asked those student leaders to support, collaborate with, and mentor teachers and their peers with in-class technology projects? What if we asked those student learners to create informative, instructional digital content that is accessible to all? After all, many of us would agree that the students are the ones who are usually the most knowledgeable, up-to-date resources for what is the latest and greatest with technology, so why not tap into their large knowledge base and cultivate their leadership potential?

Our school here in Wisconsin did just that, and the results have been astounding. Here’s how it happened.

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Makerspace Project - Make a Light Saber Using Paper Circuits

Makerspace Project - Make a Light Saber Using Paper Circuits | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Using paper circuits you can create a light saber from Star Wars. Learn about electricity and circuits. Fun and easy makerspace project.

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Sphero Tricks

Sphero Tricks | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
On our first day of Sphero in the Art room, we had three stations set up.  Painting, Water, and the Dark Room.  We realized that this was a bit difficult to get a good rotation for our older kids so we chose to add one more station, we called it the Trick Station.  We were by this time running out of space, so the area that we used was the carpet where we have the kids come in and sit at the start of class.  Once instruction was complete I asked the students to help me set up this station.

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"Manners Matter" in This Digital Citizenship Infographic

"Manners Matter" in This Digital Citizenship Infographic | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Enjoy this useful digital citizenship infographic produced by Knowthenet called “Manners Matter.” And they do, especially when it comes to teaching students proper digital citizenship skills. Resources such as this are a terrific way to share what’s important about technology with today’s digital learners!

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My Top 10 Sketchnotes in 2016 @sylviaduckworth

My Top 10 Sketchnotes in 2016 @sylviaduckworth | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
As the clock ticks down to the end of 2016, it’s a perfect time to reflect on the past 12 months. I derive a huge pleasure in creating drawings related to education and then sharing them on social media. A question I often get is, “What are your most popular sketchnotes?”. Well, thanks to Twitter, it’s easy to get hard statistics to find out the answer. So hear they are, in order from 10 to 1. Make sure to read to the end to find out the most popular sketchnote for 2016!

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Essential Extensions: Practical Chrome Extensions for Education | Tech Learning

Essential Extensions: Practical Chrome Extensions for Education | Tech Learning | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
I love it when I find a new app or extension that does something cool. Whether it’s a new function, a more efficient workflow, or it will block spoilers for Star Wars, a good extension is a powerful tool. As I often write about, there’s not enough time in education to waste, so I’m particularly fond of the tools that help save clicks and make our work more effective, both for students and teachers.

Lately, I’ve been exploring new online tools to add functionality to Google Chrome and improve the way we are using presentation tools. I wanted to explore better ways to screen shot (RIP, Snagit), annotate, and work smarter within the G Suite ecosystem.

Here are three extensions that are new to me that have had a big impact on my practice, along with some practical ideas of how I use them in my classroom and coaching. The images are courtesy of the Chrome Web Store, and each link will take you directly to the extension for more information

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Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 18, 2016 4:32 AM
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13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen

13 iPad Games For Honing Critical Thinking Skills - Global Digital Citizen | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

"The phrase “don’t play games with me” is about to get a turnover. Play games all you want—your brain (and especially your students’ brains) will thank you for it!

When your students learn to recognize patterns and develop problem solving strategies, their probing questions and insightful answers will enhance instruction in every subject you teach. Gaming is a great way to develop these kinds of skills.

The following are a few short lists of great tablet games that develop and refine critical thinking skills. They’re separated by grade levels, and are among some of the best ones out there."


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benefits of critical thinking for students

Critical Thinking helps you become a better student, be anaylytical in your studies, write better reports, assignments, essays, perform intelligently i
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Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is the capacity to distinguish between valid and invalid information sources and processes of inference, it requires the formation o
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The information archaeologist: learning skills from context

The philosophy of ‘preservation by record’ is morally bankrupt if we are not competent to both manage the records we generate and to hand them on to futur
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
As you probably know, Google Drive is far more than a place to store files online. It also includes a suite of versatile creation tools, many of which perform the same functions as the ones we use in other spaces. These include Google Docs, a word processing program that behaves similarly to Microsoft Word, Google Slides, a presentation program similar to PowerPoint, and Google Forms, a survey-creation tool similar to Survey Monkey. Although Drive also includes other tools, these three are particularly useful for creating rigorous, academically robust projects. If your school uses Google Classroom or at least gives students access to Google Drive, your students are probably already using these tools to write papers or create slideshow presentations, but there are other projects they could be doing that you may not have thought of.

Below I have listed 16 great ideas for projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms. (If you and your students want to learn more about how to use these apps, check out my Google Drive Basics course; more info at the end of this post!)

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, August 21, 2016 9:25 AM

Para ponerse a trabajar en ellas.

Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 22, 2016 8:09 AM
Some of these tools would be awesome to use with students for social emotional learning. The choose your own adventure idea would be great to teach about consequences. Creating the story would lead to rich discussions. The blogging feature might be nice for journaling.  What if students could tell their story in the format of a magazine? These tools allow for unlimited options for self-expression and socio-emotional learning. 
suzanne b's curator insight, August 22, 2016 12:39 PM
Useful tools for practitioners and educators. Let's keep the kids going in the most productive and fun direction.
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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …

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Mindy Terry's curator insight, October 21, 2014 8:46 AM

Some great apps with checking into.

Sandrine Delage (Borgé)'s curator insight, February 4, 2015 4:02 PM

A garder dans ma boite à outils !

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Media and information literacy 

Media and information literacy  | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Media and information literacy is a hot topic in media development today. And for those who don't know exactly what the term means and why it's so vitally important, we've put together this overview for you.
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LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 17, 2016 10:05 AM
This article shows the important connection between media and information literacy. They're really inseparable but often folks describe about them like they are different things, inhabiting separate domains.