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23 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able To Do With An iPad

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What should a teacher be able to do with an iPad? Here's a list of 23+ items and growing.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, April 8, 2013 7:50 PM

Apply this to other devices as well in a lot of cases.

LundTechIntegration's curator insight, April 9, 2013 10:05 AM

This is a great resource for teachers.

systerwoody's curator insight, April 9, 2013 5:00 PM

Affording one should be #1

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Library Journal on Pinterest

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Library Journal is using Pinterest, an online pinboard to collect and share what inspires you.

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Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World

Pew Study Suggests Libraries (And Print) Still Have A Future In An E-Book World | Information Explorer | Scoop.it
A new study from the Pew Internet and American Life Project looks at the future of libraries.

 

The study, titled “Library services in the digital age,” doesn’t include anything particularly shocking or revelatory, but it suggests that many people still value the role of libraries, and that librarians are thinking about how their services can evolve.

 

The new survey finds that many library patrons are eager to see libraries’ digital services expand, yet also feel that print books remain important in the digital age.

 

It also explores the changing world of library services by exploring the activities at libraries that are already in transition and the kinds of services citizens would like to see if they could redesign libraries themselves. It is part of a larger research effort by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project that is exploring the role libraries play in people’s lives and in their communities. The research is underwritten by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

 

Read the full study here: http://libraries.pewinternet.org/2013/01/22/Library-services/

 


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9 Great Online Libraries for Educators

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Libraries are significant resources for written text and educational materials. It is true that the surge in blogs, search engines, ebooks catalogues, and document sharing communities has tremendously weakened the online presence of libraries but still often times libraries provide a treasure trove of information and rare documents that you can hardly find elsewhere.

 

Educators should at least know about two or three library resources where to look for and find precious documentations. They should also introduce students to such links to use in their research.

 

Check out this list of some of the best libraries online and share it with your colleagues:  http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/07/8-great-online-libraries-for-educators.html


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Teacher-librarians change with the times

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Along with introducing students to books, teacher-librarians now teach them to use critical thinking while doing Internet research.


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Citing Sources: A magical, graphic guide to citing sources.

Citing Sources: A magical, graphic guide to citing sources. | Information Explorer | Scoop.it

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:28 AM

Lovely child friendly way to explain!

katana Robertson's curator insight, April 2, 2014 1:09 AM

This website adds insight into the proper way of referencing and avoiding plagiarism. This website is necessary for any written assessment.

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20 Essential Technology Terms for Teachers

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Let's lay out some of the more confusing technology terms that educators will encounter on a regular basis and see just what is behind each one.

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Lou Salza's curator insight, March 6, 2013 12:20 PM

Adam Heckler writes:

" The worst part about it is that the technology world moves so fast and changes so rapidly that the jargon and slang is extremely hard to keep up with, even for people who try to pay close attention.

So today I thought I’d bring you a mini-encyclopedia or mini-dictionary of sorts, where I’ll lay out some of the more confusing technology terms that educators will encounter on a regular basis. I’ll do my best to explain them as well, so you can at least sound knowledgeable if you are, say, stuck in a conversation with someone who knows a lot about technology. Here we go!..."

Cathy Booth's curator insight, March 26, 2013 12:17 PM

To read

Cathy Booth's comment, March 26, 2013 12:18 PM
Useful for learning terminology for how technology is being used in education.
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Books behind Bars: Profile of former prison librarian Avi Steinberg

Books behind Bars: Profile of former prison librarian Avi Steinberg | Information Explorer | Scoop.it
Avi Steinberg's memoir of life as a prison librarian

 

In his oublished memoir, Running the Books: The Adventures of an Accidental Prison Librarian (Random House),  Steinberg promoted for nearly two years books and creative writing to a multitude of prisoners ~ students, pimps, prostitutes, junkies, thugs, robbers, con men, and even killers. At the prison, inmates nicknamed him “Bookie.”

 

This book "is a rich meditation on this wild experience and the related nuanced questions about morality and humanity that he confronted armed with little more than his own sensitivities and book learning."

 

“A prison library is a fascinating place,” Steinberg says in retrospect. “People there have a dire need to connect—with other people, with estranged loved ones, with their past, with themselves.” At the same time, the library is the only place, apart from solitary confinement, where inmates can experience any quiet in a social setting; carpeting and books dull the roar and screams of prison life that reverberate against all that steel and concrete.

 

It was within this context of books—of writing, reading, and thinking—that Steinberg aspired to create “a space where you can make people open up instead of close down, to awaken people instead of numbing them,” he explains. “Everywhere else in prison is a place of shut down, lock down, literally.” The library allows people to relax, briefly, away from the power-mongering and threats of physical harm, and reminds them “that they are more than criminals, if they choose to be.”

 

More here:  http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/01/books-behind-bars?page=all

 


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Fe Angela M. Verzosa's comment, January 24, 2013 1:17 AM
From another unsung hero! ~ “A prison library is a fascinating place,” Steinberg says in retrospect. “People there have a dire need to connect—with other people, with estranged loved ones, with their past, with themselves.”

Read the interesting memoirs of a prison librarian here ~ http://harvardmagazine.com/2011/01/books-behind-bars?page=all
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80 Apps to Learn a New Language | iPhone.AppStorm

80 Apps to Learn a New Language | iPhone.AppStorm | Information Explorer | Scoop.it
You've been telling yourself for years that you'll learn a new language or at least dust off those high school Spanish skills.

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Olivia Solis Casso's curator insight, December 18, 2012 1:42 AM

The best way to learn another language is by spending time with it and using it. The instruments are up to the learners. The apps sound like one of the many great tools out there to spend time with the target language.

Olivia Solis Casso's curator insight, December 19, 2012 3:12 PM

Technology is here to stay, and we should use it as an ally; not viceversa.

Blake Turnbull's curator insight, April 19, 2013 1:05 AM

This is a GREAT article!! It provides at least 10 apps under each of the categories of Spanish, French, German, English, Italian, Chinese, Sigh Language (!) and Miscellaneous. Definitely worth a look if you study/teach any of these languages!

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A Beginner’s Guide To Setting Up An eBook Library On Your iPad

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The recently announced iPad mini, along with similar digital tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nexus 7 make for nearly perfect e-reading devices.

 

Building an e-library is ten times easier than building and maintaining a paper book library.

 

So after you’ve purchased your iPad, you will want to install at least two e-book reading apps on your device: the iBooks Reader and the Kindle for the iPad. Both are free downloads.

 

This beginner’s guide recommends apps and features to get you started in building your library. Though the focus on is on the iPad, because it’s the device used for the last two years to build an e-library, the recommendations apply to other devices, including the Amazon Kindle and the Barnes and Nobel Nook. But the iPad offers some extra features that you will eventually find useful over other devices.

 

Read more here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/beginners-guide-setting-ebook-library-ipad/


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100 Things Kids Will Miss if they don't have a School Librarian in their School

100 Things Kids Will Miss if they don't have a School Librarian in their School | Information Explorer | Scoop.it

1.Books that are professionally selected to meet school and personal needs.

2.Equitable access to computers and other forms of technology. 3.Someone to talk to and someone who listens – the school librarian. 4.A place to get help when they need it. A place to assemble with their friends openly..........


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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, February 23, 2013 4:07 PM
Let's use it (our unique skill set) :)
Lucy Beaton's comment, February 24, 2013 5:53 PM
Use it or lose it!
Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, February 27, 2013 1:22 PM

Cosas que los niños extrañarán si su escuela no tiene un Bibliotecario.