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How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark

How a Raccoon Became an Aardvark | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
On Wikipedia, the wisdom of the crowd often rules—as insensible as the crowd can be.
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Students Learn Best When You Do This

Students Learn Best When You Do This | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Students Learn Best When You Do This
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Teachers and librarians all need to read this again before school starts or before planning lessons....

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- Top 40 Web 2.0 Sites With Educational Portal

The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders.
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Nice list of  Web2.0 tools for the under 13 set or when you want the students accounts under your  main account.  Some fees apply.

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Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.
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See my comments on Webtools in Education. 

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, May 5, 2014 5:58 PM

Very interesting article explaining the decline of tablet sales and the different ways we access the web. BYOD is the way to go afterall. 

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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014 | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014 by Sara Briggs The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms...

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We usually see inspiring videos the week before school starts. I say, we need them now! We are dragging and still have 6 weeks to teach. Let's get inspired and finish the year motivated and excited about learning. Our students just may follow suit!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 22, 2014 11:30 AM

After having just read an article about the "droves" of teachers leaving the profession (NOT retiring but leaving), I found this piece. Since I'm nowhere near the retirement point (plus I'm still pretty passionate about my profession) I'm keeping this one handy to boost my spirits when I need it. Enjoy!

TWCLibrary's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:57 PM

Amazing collection of TED talks that you can dip into!

Naomi Bates's curator insight, May 1, 2014 1:07 PM

Love this!!  #tlchat #txlchat #edchat #txeduchat #txed #nisdchat

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Inquiring Minds: Tackling the process of inquiry in the classroom

Inquiring Minds: Tackling the process of inquiry in the classroom | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
In a story last year about Tony Wagner, author of The Global Achievement Gap, they quote him as saying, “The culture of schooling as we know it is radically at odds with the culture of learning that produces innovators.” We can tell you the kinds...

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This method of using inquiry to drive student investigations into topics of interest around a theme or historical event would be a great way to teach and learn. 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 25, 2014 1:05 PM

If you've ever needed a beautiful example of the process of turning your classroom into a culture of learning through inquiry, this is it. I love how the kids were initially afraid to ask too many questions for fear they would turn into gargantuan assignments. This article could turn into a pretty exciting PD session...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 25, 2014 3:00 PM

Students asking questions is vital and helps them examine information critically. We used a William Isaacs' term, mining for questions, in our classrooms.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, April 28, 2014 7:43 AM

Tracie Weisz focuses on inquiry.

"Have I quit assigning essays? No! However, instead of saying at the beginning that everyone will write one, I now wait and see where their inquiry goes. If they are culminating in something that really lends itself to an essay, I’ll suggest it, and they very often can see the sense in presenting their findings this way by that stage. But I’m also open to other ideas for presenting. Teaching this way has the added benefit of being much more interesting for me – it’s common during an initial inquiry session that I get as much into the questioning and discussion as they do!"

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EasyBib: Download our Trends in Information Literacy Infographic!

EasyBib: Download our Trends in Information Literacy Infographic! | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

Use our Trends in Information Literacy infographic to gain insight into how over 300 K-12 and college librarians see the trend of information literacy in their institution. 

 

When you download the infographic, you'll be provided with valuable information on how often students: 

resort to the open web.struggle with differentiating between paraphrasing, comments and quotations.have trouble developing their research topic and more!


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I agree with the findings, my students are typical. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 23, 2014 8:16 PM

Infographic + Goodies from EasyBib!

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Trends in #Informationliteracy by #Easybib

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Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Guides To Help Students Make Appropriate Citations and Bibliographies ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

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I'm loving Easybib more and more. Guides for citations of all types of sources, AND website evaluation. The integration into Google Drive is wonderful. It works like Bibme without the ads! 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 13, 2014 3:16 PM

COOL!

Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, April 14, 2014 3:27 AM

Citation of sources; referencing

Dean Mantz's curator insight, April 14, 2014 10:28 AM

Thanks to reuvenwerber for sharing this post on his Jewish Education Around the World page.  http://www.scoop.it/t/jewish-education-around-the-world/

 

This comes and a perfect time as my TnC356 preservice students from Sterling College are creating PSA videos and digital storytelling projects. 

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

In our emerging digital world, a new medium of exchange has developed: online engagement, especially via social media. Effectively engaging online requires a myriad of skills that we strive to foster in school – effective written communication, brevity and civility. These components are often highlighted in Digital Citizenship programs, but in tradition-bound K12 education, we often deride social media as trite or ineffective.


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Of course, the librarian is in the position to help teachers infuse digital literacy into student projects. 

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John McDermott Neill's curator insight, April 3, 2014 12:17 PM

Interesting post with good ideas.

LibrarianLand's curator insight, April 7, 2014 2:53 PM

Many students still do not understand the limitations of finding information on the free web. Google is about the extent of it and if it isn't found in the first few results, it does not exist or is too hard to find (or worse still, what is found must be "it.").

 

From article: "We need to ensure that they know how to evaluate a website, a blog post, a tweet, a Facebook entry. These evaluative skills transfer cross curricularly and prepare students for the broader world of online communication."

 

 

Antonis Michailidis's curator insight, April 26, 2014 5:49 AM

Πώς εξελίσσεται η διδακτική πράξη.

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3 Solid Apps for Creating Visuals

3 Solid Apps for Creating Visuals | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
I'm not usually a fan of lists of apps.  Let's be honest - how many of those 50 apps in 50 minutes are you actually going to remember, let alone implement in your class?  However, I am a fan of wel...
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Nice recommendations including an integration idea for each. 

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5 famous copyright infringement cases (and what you can learn)

5 famous copyright infringement cases (and what you can learn) | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
This was one of the top 20 blog posts on The Creative Edge from 2013! Don't miss out on the rest. Copyright has never been an easy, black-and-white kind of i

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Some interesting copyright cases I had not heard of, mostly art related. Includes the Vanilla Ice/Bowie&Queen case with video interview from Youtube.  This one from the comments is especially interesting: Must add of these to my Copyright lessons for Ts and Ss.Cindy Callais
Missed one! Around year 2000, an FBI agent walked into a Kinko's with a black and white photo and asked for copies. (copyright infringement was being investigated) The employee said, "No problem. How many?" Agent asked about the copyright printed on the front of the picture. Not a problem. The employee arranged the pictured on the copier to omit the copyright in reproductions for a nicer image. The fine was in the millions and now FedEx owns Kinko's.Apr 26, 2013
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Naomi Bates's curator insight, March 15, 2014 9:17 AM

Good info to share About copyright infringement 

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A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit

A Copyright-Friendly Toolkit | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
A true digital citizen understands how to ethically use the works of others to build his or her own creative products—music, art, video,...

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I'd say  this just about covers it!  Thanks @Joyce Valenza

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Stacey Py Flynn's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:53 AM

A great overview with useful links! 

Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 7, 2014 4:35 PM

What a great find! Keep this handy for the inevitable questions that arise as students delve into research and create projects.  Thanks Karen Bonanno for sharing!

Character Minutes's curator insight, March 8, 2014 6:21 PM

Looks like a great resource!

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Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote Voluntary Free Re...
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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 1, 2014 10:12 AM

While there is really nothing here we haven't heard or used before, it is a good list to use to review what you have done in the past and update it. I know I need to promote books on my library website, but when was the last time I updated it? or what about your digital displays? are they stale? I think the thing is to chose where to focus your time and make a regularly scheduled time to update it. 

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Ten Pointers Promoting Academics In Online Discussions.. Digital Citizenship Series

Ten Pointers Promoting Academics In Online Discussions.. Digital Citizenship Series | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Welcome to a post I am certain will help you, and many others, as you facilitate online discussion forums to promote real learning.   First, to ensure you do not miss one of these valuable posts or...
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Great post. Useful for online discussion in any content area.

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Solar Panels Drain the Sun's Energy, Experts Say

Solar Panels Drain the Sun's Energy, Experts Say | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Scientists say that solar panels not only collect the sun's rays to convert into energy, but also force the sun to produce more energy.
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Good bogus article to use in your website evaluation lessons.

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What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

What Teachers Need to Know about The New Creative Commons 4.0 Licenses ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

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Howard Cohen's curator insight, May 7, 2014 8:03 AM

It is important to consider that education and business have a lot of connecting points. 

Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 7, 2014 10:05 AM

Thanks to John Evans for sharing Educator's Technology recent post on the updates to Creative Commons.  

 

This visual does a nice job of explaining each CC diagram. 

Henrietta Marcella Paz-Amor's curator insight, May 13, 2014 2:45 PM

Important changes to know about Creative Commons Licenses...

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7 Brain-based Tips for eLearning Success

7 Brain-based Tips for eLearning Success | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

The brain is constantly on the lookout for ways to improve by obtaining new knowledge and skills, even before birth. Unfortunately, retaining information can be challenging, simply because instructors and course designers do not always use methods that facilitate remembering. The following seven points look at key principles from neuroscience research paired with tips that will allow course creators to achieve effective eLearning development.


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, May 1, 2014 8:58 PM

These are good tips to use in your teaching and learning environment.

Siegfried Holle's curator insight, May 2, 2014 1:57 PM

food for thought

Iris Velasquez P's curator insight, May 3, 2014 8:44 AM

Muy interesante y útil.

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For Teachers: The Difference between Fair Use and Copyright

For Teachers: The Difference between Fair Use and Copyright | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
April 22, 2014
Some of you are still probably not sure about the difference between what constitutes a copyright infringement and fair use. Well the post I have for you today might help illuminate...

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Simple explanation of copyright and fair use. I like the document with the graphic from Common Sense Media. 

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Naomi Bates's curator insight, April 22, 2014 7:03 PM

Another great resource is Rene Hobbs, who wrote Copyright Clarity: 

 

http://mediaeducationlab.com/copyright

Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, April 23, 2014 6:42 AM

something to check out and share.

Sonia Barchet's curator insight, April 23, 2014 9:00 AM

Great copyright info.

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15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills

15 Must Have Google  Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
April , 2014
Google is one of the primary search engines students turn to when doing their research. On the face of it, searching Google seems as simple as typing in a search query and waiting for...

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I agree we need to teach students how to use general search engines as well as research databases. The question I have is when do we start it? As soon as I do, I know they will abandon the databases and I want them to learn to use them first. 

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Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, May 13, 2014 3:40 PM

Kids do not know this stuff.

Jo Laretive's curator insight, May 14, 2014 5:38 AM

Always keen to up-skill myself and students with online searching.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, May 15, 2014 9:29 PM

Thanks for sharing, the more we teach on this the better of our students will be in the information-saturated world they live in!

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5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library

5 Reasons Why You Need Take Your Kids To The Library | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
Some say that the children's rooms of libraries are an anachronism in a world of mobile screens with books on demand. But I say that while childhood has changed quite a bit, children have not....

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Share this post far and wide! So many of my students do not have public library cards. Let's get a drive going!

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Lourense Das's curator insight, April 21, 2014 3:47 AM

For parents: 5 reasons why you need to take your kids to the library

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 25, 2014 8:16 AM

The number of choices, the styles of pictures, the myriad of stories available, the physical presence of possibilities and the ability to choose without cost - all of these cannot be found anywhere else...

Dana Kuhlmann's curator insight, July 2, 2014 2:58 PM

Great place to go this summer!

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Hunger Games! -->Fun Lib activity - RUN!

Hunger Games! -->Fun Lib activity - RUN! | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
There's something you need to know about me and The Hunger Games, I love them way too much. There was one time we were discussing the trilogy in my Youth Literature class during library school, tha...

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Always need fun library activities.  Add this blog to  Feedly. 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 25, 2013 9:36 PM

I swear, I feel like if I ever need a clever activity idea I just have to go to Rad Books for Rad Kids blog and BAZINGA! Awesome ideas!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 12, 2014 6:58 PM

This blogger might be hibernating (like I should talk!) but this is an interesting idea.  Maybe for the incoming 6th graders next year.

Found this one on @GwynethJones's scoop.it board.  I always wanted to tie the food drive with the Hunger Isn't a Game movement.  Maybe we could give bonus points to those who donate to the food drive. (Or is that too much like the rich tributes from the Capitol getting extra gifts?)

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Literary Fusions

Literary Fusions | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it
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Super duo workshop presenters and a great blog to follow, a mixture of books and technology. 

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How to Choose the Best Colors for Your Presentations

How to Choose the Best Colors for Your Presentations | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

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Selecting color schemes is not limited to presentations. How about your signage and bulletin boards in the library or digital flyers and posters used to advertise and promote the library programs and resources. Even your website may be spiffied up a bit with a new color selection. 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 17, 2014 6:28 PM

Great ideas here! I also love Colour Lovers to find great, already organized colour palette's!

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15 Amazing Web Tools Facilitating Pre-Search Strategies… Digital Literacy Series Part 2

15 Amazing Web Tools Facilitating Pre-Search Strategies… Digital Literacy Series Part 2 | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

by Michael Gorman

 

"Last time we reflected on the idea of the internet being an amazing place filled with a wealth of information. I addressed what I feel are ten important pre-search strategies when beginning research with students.  You can read about these strategies in the prior post. In this post, I wish to build on  the steps outlined earlier. I would like to introduce some tools that can be used to help facilitate the pre-search period of time with students. By understanding the need for pre-search one can see how these tools, some of which you may already know, can be used in a different way to help students as they get ready to research.  Please enjoy the tools and let me know of other that I can include in a future post."


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Some. Different  tools for classroom collaboration and research. 

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10 Steps For Pre-Search Strategies... Digital Literacy Series Part 1

10 Steps For Pre-Search Strategies... Digital Literacy Series Part 1 | Information for Librarians | Scoop.it

by Michael Gorman

 

"Welcome to a series that examines the process of research. The first few posts will include that important pre-search process. In this series you are sure to find something that will fit any classroom"


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Ravi Bhatia's curator insight, March 4, 2014 12:07 AM

 

10 Steps For Pre-Search Strategies... Digital Literacy Series Part 1
Sharon Murdoch's curator insight, March 4, 2014 8:40 AM

There are those who believe that, because of the wealth of information available on the internet, the importance of the librarian is diminished.  On the contrary, teaching digital literacy is an important role of the school librarian.

 

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 5, 2014 11:57 PM

Steps in pre-search to help students develop their research questions. How often do we skip this, just give them the topic and move on for lack of time?