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Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Text Message Exchange Between Fictional Characters

Free Technology for Teachers: Create a Text Message Exchange Between Fictional Characters | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

"The ever clever Russel Tarr has developed a new neat tool for creating fictional text message exchanges between fictional and or historical characters. The Classtools SMS Generator is free to use and does not require students to log-in. To use the SMS Generator just click the left speech bubble icon and enter a message. Then to create a reply just click the right speech bubble icon and enter a new message. You can make the exchange as long as you like. To share the conversation click the sprocket icon and grab the embed code, direct link, or QR code for the exchange. "


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Jacq's comment, March 11, 2013 2:02 PM
nice idea
Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, March 11, 2013 4:52 PM

I like the way you can embed the conversation into your wiki or blog, password protect it and continue to add to the conversation.

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, March 11, 2013 7:14 PM

Great idea for biography compare and contrast.  This would have worked with that heroes of the 21st century project!

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Developing “Healthy Skeptics” in the Age of New Literacies

Developing “Healthy Skeptics” in the Age of New Literacies | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
One of my most poignant "slaps on the face" in the classroom came while conferring with a student over their research paper. During our conversation, confusion arose from the conflicting information that he had found on the web.
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How Minecraft unlocks creativity and collaboration in classrooms

How Minecraft unlocks creativity and collaboration in classrooms | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Microsoft's smash sandbox is expanding to more schools, and teachers claim real benefits.

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10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading @Edutopia

10 Innovative Learning Stations That Get Students Reading @Edutopia | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Whenever I would introduce a new novel to my students, I always got the same reaction: Students moaned and groaned about the storyline, expressed their lack of interest in the author’s writing style, and proclaimed their everlasting boredom with the class as a whole. In order to avoid student complaints, I decided to implement book clubs in my classroom—students now have the opportunity to work in groups and choose what book they as a group want to read for a given unit.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 1, 2016 8:49 AM

Great tips for lifelong reading habits.

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Finland Will Become the First Country in the World who Will Remove All School Subjects • WorldNews

Finland Will Become the First Country in the World who Will Remove All School Subjects • WorldNews | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Finland’s education system is considered one of the best in the world. In international ratings, it’s always in the top ten. However, the authorities there aren’t ready to rest on their laurels, and they’ve decided to carry through a real revolution in their school system.

Finnish officials want to remove school subjects from the curriculum. There will no longer be any classes in physics, math, literature, history, or geography.

The head of the Department of Education in Helsinki, Marjo Kyllonen, explained the changes:

“There are schools that are teaching in the old-fashioned way which was of benefit in the beginning of the 1900s — but the needs are not the same, and we need something fit for the 21st century.“

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Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift

Three Tools for Teaching Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills - MindShift | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
As the world economy shifts away from manufacturing jobs and towards service industry and creative jobs, there’s a consensus among parents, educators, politicians and business leaders that it is crucial students graduate into university or the workforce with the ability to identify and solve complex problems, think critically about information, work effectively in teams and communicate clearly about their thinking.

While many teachers agree with this premise, they don’t often know exactly how to teach these skills explicitly, especially because many of the mandates and required curriculum seem to push in the opposite direction. Process-oriented skills are hard to pin down; teachers can see them in certain students, but developing these competencies in students who aren’t already demonstrating them can be tricky. A few teachers in Ontario, Canada have been experimenting with tools they think could make the difference.

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3 iPad Apps You May Not Know About for Demonstrating Learning

3 iPad Apps You May Not Know About for Demonstrating Learning | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

While there are so many iPad apps that deliver content, I think the one of the best uses for technology in education is to make something with what you're learning.


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This is a great collection of open ended apps for students to demonstrate their learning. I'm particularly interested in the last one, in which students can create puzzles to demonstrate their learning and then others can play them!

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 2, 2014 10:22 PM

Thx msayrach

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, October 2, 2014 10:22 PM

Thx msayrach

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So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows - ReadWrite.com

So-Called "Digital Natives" Not Media Savvy, New Study Shows - ReadWrite.com | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

""In Google we trust."That may very well be the motto of today's young online users, a demographic group often dubbed the "digital natives" due their apparent tech-savvy. Having been born into a world where personal computers were not a revolution, but merely existed alongside air conditioning, microwaves and other appliances, there has been (a perhaps misguided) perception that the young are more digitally in-tune with the ways of the Web than others.

 

That may not be true, as it turns out. A new study coming out of Northwestern University, discovered that college students have a decided lack of Web savvy, especially when it comes to search engines and the ability to determine the credibility of search results. Apparently, the students favor search engine rankings above all other factors. The only thing that matters is that something is the top search result, not that it's legit."

 


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This article reinforces the need for teacher librarians in schools - teaching students how to research and evaluate websites, not just taking the first hit on Google!

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Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, March 18, 2014 8:24 AM

Somos muchos los que venimos diciendo hace años que los nativos digitales no son tan nativos...

teachintechgal's curator insight, March 18, 2014 11:34 AM

We've got work to do k-12 teachers!

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Digital literacies - year 10 orientation

Digital literacies - year 10 orientation | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
I can't believe how long it's been in between posts. Anyone out there still? So, I am finally back in the blog with something to share. We've just been taking an intensive stream of orientation cla...

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Great lesson on digital literacies.

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14 Web Tools For Teaching Without Student Logins - Edudemic

14 Web Tools For Teaching Without Student Logins - Edudemic | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
What happens when you or your students forget your online password? You should start using some of these web tools for teaching without student logins.

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Catherine Ricoul's curator insight, November 20, 2013 2:21 PM
… voire pour contourner des plateformes verrouillées à double tour…
marc augier's curator insight, November 22, 2013 5:13 AM

Quelques petits outils sympa à utiliser avec modération

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:44 PM

It is wonderful to have sites that neither you nor your students have to create or remember logins.

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Project Based Learning - The 7 Phase Model & The 7 Essentials

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 18, 2013 10:28 PM

This infographic shows you the 7-Phase Model and the 7 Essentials of Project-Based Learning. The 7 Phase Model information comes from an article published by Edutopia (and is linked to in the post) and The 7 Essentials is based on a PBL GUide: A Resource for Instructors and Program Administrators, published by the National Academy Foundation and the Pearson Foundation. For more information on this topic be sure to check out these two resources.

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Pop Culture in Education

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Launching our fourth issue of the AvatarGeneration iPad magazine, we focus on using popular culture in education, and give our readers hints, tips and links to the most innovative popular cultural resources on the web for teachers.


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Jess's curator insight, October 19, 2015 7:52 PM

I hope this will be a useful resource for pop culture in the classroom.

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Years 5–6 The Arts: Youth culture and the media | Asia Education Foundation

Years 5–6 The Arts: Youth culture and the media | Asia Education Foundation | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
This module is about popular print and online magazines and media broadcasts aimed at youth culture. Source material is from Japan, India and Australia.

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Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, September 30, 2013 1:05 AM

Fabulous way to integrate ARts with Geography

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Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games

Manifesto: The 21st Century Will Be Defined By Games | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, September 11, 2013 12:32 PM

"Systems theory, communications theory, cybernetics, artificial intelligence, computer science – these fields, many of them emerging well before electronic computers, helped create the “information revolution.”

The abstraction of information has made possible massively complex bureaucracies and technologies, from telegraph and telephone networks to NASDAQ and Facebook."

Anna Goldfeder's curator insight, September 11, 2013 8:20 PM

Great article.

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Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming

Neil Gaiman: Why our future depends on libraries, reading and daydreaming | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

A lecture explaining why using our imaginations, and providing for others to use theirs, is an obligation for all citizens (The case for libraries: freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication.


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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 16, 2013 6:44 AM

Dear Neil,

Thank you for being there for us librarians & literacy lovers. You get it. You preach it. You Live it. You Rock.

Cheers!,

Gwyneth Jones

The Daring Librarian.

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, October 17, 2013 4:44 AM

Great for advocating for libraries and librarians.

Darryl Barnaby's curator insight, October 30, 2013 9:07 AM

Neil Gaiman library champion makes the case for libraries and the role of reading in stimulating the imagination.

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Nineteen Ways for Students to Prepare for Flipped Classrooms

Nineteen Ways for Students to Prepare for Flipped Classrooms | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
In a flipped classroom, students typically interact with a short micro-video (flipped video) before class and then class time is transformed into an active place of engagement and learning. Some teachers think that students take to flipped learning quickly. However, since many students have been trained in how to learn passively, they need to have explicit instructions on how to learn differently in a flipped classroom. Below is a series of suggestions teachers may find helpful to hand out to students to prepare them for a flipped classroom.

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How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift

How Audiobooks Can Help Kids Who Struggle with Reading - MindShift | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Educators like Mary Ann Scheuer, who has taught with and promoted audiobooks in the classroom — and began her own blog Great Kid Books —  sees how exposing kids to the spoken word via rich stories improves literacy. While books require readers to decode every word, stories told aloud free up the listener to connect with the story and the storyteller. “It provides an emotional connection to the narrator,” Scheuer said, which in turn motivates kids to continue listening. Well-told stories can also fill the vocabulary gap for those students who haven’t been exposed to a rich array of words over their lives. For children with already abundant vocabularies, listening to stories with more complex language expands their stable of words and exposes them to more sophisticated stories. Scheuer said her 8th grade daughter, who struggles with ADD, listened to Walter Isaacson’s massive biography of Steve Jobs—something she would have given up on in written form—while doodling in a notebook. “It pulled her in and kept her attention,” she said.

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Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, November 1, 2016 5:14 AM
luisterboeken: Een dankbare opstap naar het lezen en al het mooie wat het ons te bieden heeft. 
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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Genius hour is a movement in schools that allows students to explore their own passions. The concept for Genius Hour is derived in part from the idea of “20%
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Jessica Álvarez's curator insight, November 13, 2016 3:12 PM
How can teachers increase learners' motivation in the classroom? usually, the language thematics normally implemented in the learning environments do not relate to the foreign language learners’ likes and interests. For that reason, this article provides a learning movement called "Genius Hour" which allows learners to explore their own passions and creativity . Moreover, this article mentioned that "Genius
Hour"  allows teachers to chose a specific piece of content, and then having students learn a skill by going deeper through that content. On the other hand, this movement also gives learners the choice to choose their content, what they want to learn, what they’re interested about by accomplishing the same skills and standards that they should attain; nonetheless, when learners feel driven to learn, their willingness to be active class participants improves. 
 
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SAMR as a framework for Education 3.0 | Education Visuals | Pinterest

SAMR as a framework for Education 3.0 | Education Visuals | Pinterest | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
This Pin was discovered by Socrative. Discover (and save!) your own Pins on Pinterest. | See more about education.

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Great infographic on SAMR and web 3.0.

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michelle sullivan's curator insight, May 6, 2016 8:03 AM

How using the SAMR Model actually looks in the classroom.

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Technolibrary: Design

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Design ideas for libraries

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A great collection of library design ideas.

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QR Codes in K: Capture the Voice - Mrs. Silky Cactus

QR Codes in K: Capture the Voice - Mrs. Silky Cactus | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

A"The following activity was my first successful attempt at using QR Codes in the classroom. You can use QR Codes in many ways but I specifically wanted to use them to capture the voices of my students explaining imaginary people they created."

 


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A great way to use iPads and QR codes in a Kinder/Prep classroom to encourage children to express themselves through art and verbally!

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msayrach's curator insight, September 28, 2014 6:34 AM
Codis QR a infantil: capturar la veu
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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 | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | 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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Read Aloud - Importance of Reading Aloud

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ozziegontang's curator insight, November 25, 2013 10:28 PM

The proof is in the reading.  And making it a daily practice.

Lee Hall's curator insight, November 26, 2013 2:42 PM

This is so important. It isn't just important for mothers to read aloud. It is very important that fathers take a turn too.

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 26, 2013 5:09 PM

We know this, but it bears repeating, and repeating and repeating!!!!

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8 Excellent iPad Apps to Create Portfolios ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

8 Excellent iPad Apps to Create Portfolios ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it

"So you want to be able to create and access your digital portfolios on the go. There are apps that allows you to do that and some of don't cost a dime. There is also the possibility to work on your digital portfolios on Google Drive, in fact EdTech did a great video tutorial on how to use Drive as a portfolio solution in your iPad classroom. Below are some of the good apps you can try on your iPad to create digital portfolios and as always if you know about another good app to add to the list, please share with us in the comment form below. Enjoy"


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Some great options for digital portfolios. Hoping one of them works for me next year!

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, November 21, 2013 8:48 AM

Great one.

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, November 22, 2013 4:51 AM

Excellent solutions for "iPad" classrooms

Philippe-Didier Gauthier's curator insight, November 24, 2013 5:01 AM

#ePortfolio en ligne : le développement du ePortfolio distribué s'accélère : iphone, ipad, tablettes, et autres supports mobiles sont les moyens de transporter son ePortfolio pour nomade : avoir son ePortfolio toujours sur soi est une des clés de la sérendipité.

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The Boy Who Lives On: Harry Potter's Place in Popular Culture

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Harry Potter flew so high in popular cultural consciousness not by some force of magic, but by the simple, sometimes thrilling machinations of pop culture.

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Youth and Popular Culture - Gaming = fun + learning

Youth and Popular Culture - Gaming = fun + learning | ICT and Library in Primary Schools | Scoop.it
Gaming = fun + learning. Engaging with video games from an early age.

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