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About the Open Directory Project

About the Open Directory Project | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

The Open Directory follows in the footsteps of some of the most important editor/contributor projects of the 20th century. Just as the Oxford English Dictionary became the definitive word on words through the efforts of volunteers, the Open Directory follows in its footsteps to become the definitive catalog of the Web.

 

The Open Directory was founded in the spirit of the Open Source movement, and is the only major directory that is 100% free. There is not, nor will there ever be, a cost to submit a site to the directory, and/or to use the directory's data. The Open Directory data is made available for free to anyone who agrees to comply with our free use license.


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Table of Contents for the WWW. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 12, 2013 6:47 PM

This directory is curated; editors select the content and place it in categories. As the site says, there are over 5 million sites, over a million categories and almost 100,000 editors.[i] There is a lot to browse. Fortunately for younger searchers, the content is, for the most part, safe (some information is suggestive).


[i] Dmoz.org, accessed on March 5, 2013, http://www.dmoz.org/.

Neo Puesto Pal'dinero's comment, March 17, 2013 5:07 AM
there is so much to browser
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Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift

Skype Announces Free Group Video Calling for Teachers | SXSWEdu - The Digital Shift | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

By Kathyh Ishizuka

 

"The ability for classrooms to beam in authors, subject experts, and fellow students from around the world has been one of the great advantages afforded by Skype. Commonly used by librarians and other K–12 educators to provide real-time engagement for their students, the service just got better. As of today, existing members of Skype in the classroom or new registrants can use Skype’s Group Video Calling free of charge.

 

"A feature previously available only to paid Skype Premium subscribers, Group Video Calling allows users to connect via Webcam with up to 10 parties. Skype’s blog post details instructions for signing up for free video calling. (Authentication may take 48 hours)"


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Sarah Kay: If I should have a daughter ... | Video on TED.com

"If I should have a daughter, instead of Mom, she's gonna call me Point B ... " began spoken word poet Sarah Kay, in a talk that inspired two standing ovations at TED2011.
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Information Fluency Video

Information Fluency Video | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
We received so many requests for videos of the Fluencies, we have created one for each of them. Here is the Information Fluency video. Please share this link with your friends and colleagues. More ...
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School library and student achievement | Infographic

School library and student achievement | Infographic | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

This infographic captures the impact of the school library and the school library staff on student learing, reading and academic achievement.


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Nice one to post on your webpage. 

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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, March 9, 2013 10:20 AM
Very good stuff
Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, March 9, 2013 10:20 AM
Very good stuff
Cindy Rogers's curator insight, May 5, 2013 1:53 AM

This graphic speaks for itself.

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Bookish Pinterest Directory

Bookish Pinterest Directory | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
The Bookish Pinterest Directory is the place to find book-related Pinterest boards and connect with libraries, librarians, authors, publishers and others using Pinterest. This Pinterest directory i...

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Good list of Pinterest boards for librarians

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Linda Dougherty's comment, February 21, 2013 7:18 PM
Now to go pin this on my Pinterest boards!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 23, 2013 9:53 AM
Brilliant! Thank you
Anne McLean's curator insight, February 25, 2013 11:43 PM

More great uses for Pinterest

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Booktalk Resources

Booktalk Resources | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

If you are interested in getting started creating and sharing booktalks there are a number of great locations that you can visit to begin. Here are a few excellent online book talk resources that librarians, teachers, and students can use to get started on booktalking:

 


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Beth Walker Mustar's curator insight, February 20, 2013 9:46 AM

A great list of "go-to" resources.

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Getting Started with Primary Source Research for Teachers and Students

Getting Started with Primary Source Research for Teachers and Students | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
The National Archives Digital Classroom: Primary Sources, Activities and Training for Educators and Students.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 17, 2013 5:19 PM

Check it out!!!

 

Lourense Das's curator insight, February 20, 2013 4:04 AM

Useful overview of resources, tools, activities and more [in English] related to USA education, but also interesting for others

lfredric's curator insight, February 20, 2013 9:34 AM

Excellent links for research  LF

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Literacy Resources For Librarians | Reading Rockets

Literacy Resources For Librarians | Reading Rockets | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Offers effective teaching strategies, activities, lessons, lesson plans, worksheets, exercises, skills, tests, assessments for reading comprehension, language arts, literacy, fluency, phonics and phonemic awareness for children, especially those...
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The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more

The Literacy Shed - Resources for Literacy Teachers - Films, Animation and more | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

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Michael Stapleton's curator insight, February 18, 2013 11:44 AM

A website for teachers filled with ideas for literacy teaching using visual resources such as film, animation, photographs and picture books.

Katharina Kulle's comment, February 19, 2013 4:22 AM
Wow!
Jodi Lynn's curator insight, February 19, 2013 12:13 PM

This is great for k-12 teachers!

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21st Century Information Fluency: Teacher's Guide: Ethical Use GameKit

21st Century Information Fluency: Teacher's Guide: Ethical Use GameKit | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

This guide provides instructions and ideas for using the Action Zone activities that are bundled in this Ethical Use Kit. The Sorting Hat Challenge requires searchers to dig for information within a site to find its author. Four new MicroModule Companions test skills in finding information about Copyright, Citation and Plagiarism (2 sets). In addition to serving as tutorial resources, each one may be used to assess the extent to which students are able to demonstrate skills in secondary searching and citing resources properly.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, February 7, 2013 6:03 PM

This is vintage work from Dr. Carl Heine and me.  I'm always pleased to share this!  You'll find lots of goodies here! 

Lourense Das's curator insight, February 9, 2013 6:34 AM

Info and tools to discuss search techniques, copyright, plagiarism

Nancy Jones's curator insight, February 21, 2013 12:44 PM

Always good stuff from the work of Dennis O'Connor and Carl Heine. Thanks for making our jobs a little easier while helping make our students a little wiser.

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Top 20 LiveBinders you should not Miss

Top 20 LiveBinders you should not Miss | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Digital bookmarking  is a pivotal learning skill. It does not only allow you to organize your information into one single platform accessible from anywhere with an internet connection...

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50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
50 Activities To Promote Digital Media Literacy In Students

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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Use some of these ideas in your library lessons. The ELA teacher will love it. 

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Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions \ The Lab

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions \ The Lab | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
'Essential questions' are all too often lower order. And not that essential.

 

When we're working with schools on our Design Thinking School programme, one of the easiest ways to explain what we're looking for in the way a project is set, is whether the statement or questions being asked can be Googled easily: is this a Googleable or Not Googleable topic?


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I love this simple way to explain a good "essential question."

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 3:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 3:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 15, 2013 3:19 AM
Thanks, will take a look.
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TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE STUDENTS BLOG ABOUT THEIR READING EXPERIENCES by Russ Anderson

TOP TEN REASONS TO HAVE STUDENTS BLOG ABOUT THEIR READING EXPERIENCES by Russ Anderson | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
About a year and a half ago, a few of my colleagues and I had our students begin blogging about their independent reading. Some students finished four posts a year. Some students finished ten. Some...
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Must get my virtual book club going!

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Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com

Are Librarians Still Important? | Scholastic.com | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
In a word, yes. In fact, they may be an administrator's most underutilized resource. Learn how schools are freeing them up to help students, faculty, and principals find the information they need.
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73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities

73% of Teachers Use Cellphones for Classroom Activities | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
A new Pew study looks at teachers' increased technology use, but also expresses educators' concerns about the digital divide.

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This article is more about use of technology in the classroom and access than it is about cell phone use. 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, March 4, 2013 8:19 AM
True; the cell phone is just becoming a more ubiquitous tool in schools that once banned them entirely.
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Transitions to Digital Media | District Administration Magazine

Transitions to Digital Media | District Administration Magazine | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
News, Articles and Community for district-level decision makers in K-12 education. Magazine published monthly, with daily news and blogs and online content. Archives available.
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Very good article in a journal for administrators! Nice to see advocacy in the right place!

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: So...You Wanna Be A Good Digital Citizen | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
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Edutopia News | February 13, 2013

Edutopia News | February 13, 2013 | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

Dealing with Digital Behavior Issues, social media, tips for parents, 

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E-Book Media and Communications Toolkit | Transforming Libraries

E-Book Media and Communications Toolkit | Transforming Libraries | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

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Jennifer Smith's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:53 PM

Great tools to use when selecting e-book services and pitfalls to beware.

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AdViews

AdViews | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Thousands of television commercials created or collected by the D'Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles (DMB&B) advertising agency, dated 1950s - 1980s.
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Use for media literacy examples.

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