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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 19 Great Web Curation Tools

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 19 Great Web Curation Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Because you never know when you'll need a cybrarian!

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How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain

How Technology Is Rewiring Your Brain | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As we all know, our minds are changing as technology integrates more and more into our lives. The use of technology in traditionally social situations has become so rife it that games have been invented in order to keep people off their phones.
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There are so many implications here - not the least of which how technology is changing our students' brains and how we, as educators, are going to adjust delivery to match these changes. I'll be thinking about this one...

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5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn

5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 5 Practical Learning Tips Based On How People Do–And Don’t–Learn
by Charlie Chung, Class Central
There has been a large body of work in neuroscience, psychology, and related fields offering more and more insight into how we learn.
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Last one for the day - great article for back to schoolers...

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5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms

5 Great Ways to Use Google Forms | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
One of my favorite features of Google Drive is Google Forms. If you’re unfamiliar with this, think of it as a way to create quick surveys that can be used for a number of applications.
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Yep...Google again. Sometimes when it rains it pours BUT I couldn't pass this one up. So many of my colleagues use Google forms in so many creative ways I had to share this with you. The creative reader will get many new ideas sparked by these 5. Enjoy!

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Google Hangout for Teachers- A Comprehensive Tutorial

Google Hangout for Teachers- A Comprehensive Tutorial | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 29, 2014
Google Hangout is an excellent service  that enables both one-on-one  and group chats with up to ten people at a time.Google Hangouts are not all video based. You can hold a...
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If you've been to a Google Hangout and wondered how you could create one of your own, this is the article to hit. Good info to help you get started.

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8 Good TED Talks on The Origin of Ideas

8 Good TED Talks on The Origin of Ideas | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 29, 2014
Looking for some great TED talks to watch this weekend ? Here is a collection of 8 talks compiled by the folks in TED covering one single theme: the origin of ideas. Yes, this is the...
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Who doesn't love a good TED talk? As we gear up to start back to school these selections on the origin of ideas might just spark some ideas of your own to share with teachers and students.

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Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design

Google Docs, Sheets And Slides Get New Home Screens With A Taste Of Material Design | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Google has rolled out a new look for its Docs, Sheets and Slides productivity web app suite, with new homepages for each that present your content in a visual grid and that introduce just a hint of Material Design into the look and feel of the...
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For fans of Google docs (and those of us that use them with students and teachers), this article gives a very brief look at some new looks for the web app suite.

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How Teens Are Really Using Social Media

How Teens Are Really Using Social Media | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A lot of kids are using social media these days, and even if that isn’t surprising to you, it may be surprising to you just how many of them are using it and just how much.
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This handy Infographic would be great to share with your teachers and administrators as you navigate BYOT policies. It helps to know what they're doing and with what tools, doesn't it? Of course, this will change as quickly as a new app shows up and the trend toward anonymity doesn't seem to be slowing... That said, this is still a well done visual.

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Google can't compete with a skilled librarian steeped in information technology

Google can't compete with a skilled librarian steeped in information technology | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In the six months Mikael Jacobsen has worked as learning experiences manager at the Skokie Public Library, his days have come to include everything from teaching classes to producing movies and offering information about Microsoft Office products.
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I recently saw a poster that said "Believing you don't need librarians because of Google is like believing you don't need a doctor because of WebMD." This article helps explain why...

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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolvin (Why the role of the school-based media specialist...


Via Darren Burris
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Back at work and back to sharing. A good article from Edutopia that may help visualize the shifting role of the media specialist in view of Common Core.

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Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer

Low-Cost Hardware Merchant Monoprice Now Offers A $1,199 3D Printer | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Monoprice, everyone’s favorite source for cheap $20-foot HDMI cables and other stuff that you don’t feel like going to Best Buy for, has just announced the availability of a new 3D printer, a dual extruder model that looks to be based on the...
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Hope this makes 3D printing more within reach of school libraries!

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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth by Saga Briggs, opencolleges.edu.au There’s a certain class of mistakes that all educators can eliminate with conscious effort, and in this post we outline 11 of them.
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Yes, I saw myself in some of these! As school librarians are morphing more and more into the role of teaching, this is an excellent article to read and reflect upon. The author not only points out the bad habit but suggests ways to alter it into a good one. 

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 9:06 PM

An article to share at the beginning of the year and midterm. ;-)

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21 Good iPad Apps for Teachers of 3rd-5th Grade Students to Try This Summer

21 Good iPad Apps for Teachers of 3rd-5th Grade Students to Try This Summer | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The summer is a great time to explore new-to-you iPad apps that you might want to add to the iPads that you have in your classroom. Each day this week I’m going to share a selection of apps appropriate for four ranges of pre-K-12 grades.
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This is a good blog to bookmark and visit again over the summer as the author plans to roll out suggestions each day this week for incorporating iPad apps into the K12 classroom.

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Free Downloadable Maps to Use in Class

Free Downloadable  Maps to Use in Class | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 3, 2014
I got an email earlier today from a teacher asking about a web resource where she can download US maps.USGS is the one I suggested to her. USGS provides digital topographic maps for...
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How many times have you been asked for a resource like this? If you're a school librarian I KNOW it's been more than once. Keep this one in your back pocket so you can whip it out next time that request comes across your desk...

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'Threading the RCA Projector', A 1950s Instructional Film ...

'Threading the RCA Projector', A 1950s Instructional Film ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
YouTube archivists WDTVLIVE42 have unearthed “Threading the RCA Projector”, a 1950s instructional film showing viewers the proper way to operate a 16mm projector. The film, which was was produced by the State ...
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As many of us (at least here in the sunny South) are heading back to our schools today, I thought I'd share this and put a smile on your face. This would be great as a "the way we were" video when talking to teachers about new technology. Enjoy!

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What Motivates Teachers?

What Motivates Teachers? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers overwhelmingly report that they love their jobs, but hate their workplaces. Teachers weigh in on why they love the classroom and how things could change to make their lives easier.
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This is a thought-provoking piece that will hit home with many educators who love their job and hate their workplace. While the article doesn't offer any quick fixes or real solutions, the stories told by the educators are powerful and will resonate.

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Secrets of Instruction: How to Teach for Real Life

Secrets of Instruction: How to Teach for Real Life | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teaching experts Annette Breaux & Todd Whitaker are back with more teaching ideas from the 2nd edition of Seven Simple Secrets. This time it's advice on keeping instruction real for today's students. Read the classroom tales of Teacher A & Teacher B.
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The principles laid out in these article are appropriate to more than just middle school students. This is a good one to read and share with your classroom teachers AND a good one for you to read and then be ready to offer up some amazing library components to these ideas!

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This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive

This Is How to Create Videos in Google Drive | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 29, 2014
This week's tip for teachers is about creating videos in Google Drive. As you know, since the  time Google made it possible to integrate third party apps into Google Drive, there...
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I guess it's a Google Drive kind of day... a new look, a cheat sheet, and how a guide on how to create videos within the program. Have fun!

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A Great New Google Drive Cheat Sheet for Teachers

A Great New Google Drive Cheat Sheet for Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 28, 2014
Here is a new excellent Google Drive cheat sheet created and shared by Shake Up Learning (one of my favourite blogs for Ed Tech). This cheat sheet is created after the latest updates to...
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To piggyback on my last scoop, here's a great Cheat Sheet that you can download (free!) and print to share with teachers and students. Very simple visual - this would also make a great poster to put up in areas where student workstations are located.

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Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps

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TEST Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps
by TeachThought Staff
This is post is sponsored by Drawp. They had nothing to do with the content–only asked that we include a link back to their platform, which you can see above.
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The SAMR Model is a great framework to see where you/your lessons stand with technology and higher-order thinking integration. This is worth checking out!

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11 Amazing Evernote Features Every Teacher Should Know about

11 Amazing Evernote Features Every Teacher Should Know about | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 28, 2014
Evernote is a powerful note taking web tool and mobile app. It is definitely an elemental component of teachers workflow. I have been using it for a few years now and I just can't live...
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I love Evernote and I'm always a little surprised when something like this comes out and I discover yet another thing it can do.

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With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book

With Apple’s Novel Acquisition, A Chance To Reinvent The Book | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Apple’s acquisition of BookLamp, a Boise, Idaho-based startup billed as a “Pandora for Books,” is a key move in the battle over the future of our printed-and-bound friends.
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This could be an interesting development in the drive for eBook customers and libraries.

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A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of

A Set of Educational Web Tools You Might Not Be Aware of | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 7, 2014
From elementary school to college, students of all ages have a growing pool of educational tools available to them. Here are a set of tools you might not be aware of, and have been...
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Love these articles from Education Technology & Mobile Learning blog! This is one that will be very helpful and includes a curated list of students organizers by district librarian Shonda Brisco - a great example for all of us to follow!

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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 7, 2:07 PM

Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! These are valuable for teachers AND students - share with your families, too!

Anita Vance's curator insight, June 7, 2:08 PM

Thank you to Sue Grigsby for finding and posting this collection of great tools - nice to find tried and true sites! - A great variety for all ages.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 10, 10:28 AM

New tools to explore!

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4 Free And Simple Blogging Platforms That Are NOT WordPress

4 Free And Simple Blogging Platforms That Are NOT WordPress | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Blogging can be a great tool for both teachers and students.
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Because sometimes you need an alternative...

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What Were The Breakthrough Technologies For 2014?

What Were The Breakthrough Technologies For 2014? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What Were The Breakthrough Technologies For 2014? Whether you’re a proponent of technology, are wary but willing, or against it entirely, it’s impossible not to be intrigued by its rapid development. While “technology” is a...
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This is fascinating to me. As I read about the "breakthrough" technologies I think about what's going on in libraries, in schools, and in classrooms that contributes to this new knowledge and understanding. Are we really thinking about how to prepare our students to be successful in this world?

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How the maker movement is embracing education

How the maker movement is embracing education | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I have a confession: I am not a “maker” in the conventional sense. I have no idea how to program in Arduino, no desire to 3D print anything, and I have yet to take advantage of the free soldering lessons offered at the Maker Faire each year.
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The entire section under "What Maker Culture Brings to Education" is worth a read. I see libraries all over it.

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