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Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification

Yahoo Acquires Natural Language Processing Company SkyPhrase To Help Drive Intent Identification | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Yahoo has acquired SkyPhrase, a startup that builds natural language processing technology, the company revealed today in a blog post.
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This could have some major implications in the library world. Will natural language questions lead to more relevant (better) answers? This reminds me of watching Star Trek when the officers would sit around the table and say "Computer. Tell us the history of Sargon 5" and the lovely female voice would give the answer - are we almost there? 

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September is Library Card Sign-up Month | Conferences & Events

September is Library Card Sign-up Month | Conferences & Events | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Toolkit for librarians planning a 2014 Library Card Sign-up Month celebration contains a sample letter-to-the-editor, sample scripts and proclamations to promote Library Card Sign-up Month locally, print and Web public service announcements (PSAs) featuring Honorary Chair Stan Lee, co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Xmen, Iron Man and the Fantastic Four.
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Get those graphic novels working overtime in getting library cards in the hands of students!

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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 30, 10:13 AM

Graphics to advocate for library cards - Pair them with your graphic novel display.

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- 10 More Easy Tech Tools That Every Educator Should Have Started Using Yesterday, Pt. 2

- 10 More Easy Tech Tools That Every Educator Should Have Started Using Yesterday, Pt. 2 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Some new and some familiar but all worth sharing with the teachers in your building!

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Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014

Teen Book Buzz Fall 2014 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Presented by: Harlequin Teen, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Llewellyn, and Egmont & School Library Journal Event Date & Time: Thursday, September 18th, 2014, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT From family strife during the Vietnam era to an...
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Hear about all the new titles coming out for your teen patrons! If you can't make it on the 18th you can still register to have access to the recorded program.

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The Giver | Walden Media

The Giver | Walden Media | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Share this with your teachers - there is information about the film, a poster, author information, and classroom activities. You can even follow the link to Fandango and order tickets: 50 cents of every ticket sold during the Labor Day weekend will be donated to charity.

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Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers

Reflective Teaching: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST Reflective Teaching Questions: A 30-Day Blogging Challenge For Teachers
by TeachThought Staff
We’ve talked about “reflective teaching” before, and shared ways to be a more reflective teacher as well.
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Very cool idea! Take the challenge!

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Heidi Blais named Cranston 'Teacher of the Year' - The Providence Journal

Heidi Blais named Cranston 'Teacher of the Year' - The Providence Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Heidi Blais named Cranston 'Teacher of the Year'
The Providence Journal
It is Heidi Blais, library media specialist at Cranston High School East, who has been teaching in Cranston for 14 years.
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So nice to see a library media specialist recognized for quality teaching!

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Critical Thinking Pathways

Critical Thinking Pathways | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
To teach critical thinking, consider applying six definitions of that discipline to the practices of authentic inquiry, PBL, and integrated studies.
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Excellent article about critical thinking including some definitions and insights that may help some of your teachers who may need support in transforming lessons.

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Access to Technology for Immigrant Students

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How a ninth-grade teacher handles BYOD issues with a largely immigrant classroom.
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In-depth and thoughtful, this article will have you thinking about how you manage your own foray into BYOD and how to manage the equity question.

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ICTPHMS's curator insight, August 26, 2:48 PM

We definitely have one into this situation within our school and technology classes. Having students who do NOT have access to certain technologies that the majority of their classmates have at home. 

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agregar su visión ...

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A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users

A Handy Google Drive Cheat Sheet for iPad Users | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 25, 2014
Here is another great Google Drive resource created and shared by Shake Up Learning. This is basically a Google Drive cheat sheet for iPad designed specifically to help mobile users...
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Sometimes things don't look the same when you switch from a PC to an iPad and this handy "cheat sheet" should help get you up to speed in no time.

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The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever!

The Adventures of Library Girl: 27 Ways To Make This the Best Year Ever! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @MrSchuReads: 27 Ways to Make This the Best School Year Ever by @jenniferlagarde http://t.co/nvXSknzwK5
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Pair this awesome poster with the one made by Mia MacMeekin "27 Things Your Teacher-Librarian Does" for an interesting and motivating wall! Great advice from active and inspiring Tweeters!

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Alison Roche Gray's curator insight, August 26, 9:51 AM

for all my fellow librarians!!

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The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education - Mashable

The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education - Mashable | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Modern Classroom: Students, Teachers and Data-Driven Education
Mashable
The days of paper textbooks seem destined to become as distant a memory as cursive handwriting.
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After reading this article I kept thinking "education as Amazon.com" - because technology is going to allow us to use those algorithms to individualize the educational experience. The BEST part, though, is under the heading "The human factor: Teachers and data." The technology is best utilized under the professional direction of a human facilitator...

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5 Resources For Discovering New And Exciting EdTech Products

5 Resources For Discovering New And Exciting EdTech Products | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
How do you decide what apps, software, and web tools to put to use in your classroom?
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Great list of resources for sifting through the constantly (and quickly) evolving edtech world - who really has time to read through it every day? I delete hundreds of suggestions just for my narrow focus of this blog so trying to even manage reading several curated sites is a huge time suck. I love the idea of Monthly Genius, too!

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If A Child Is Off-Task…

If A Child Is Off-Task… | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST If A Child Is Off-Task… by TeachThought Staff Quick-hitting thought someone sent to us via email recently that resonated with us: If a child is off-task, perhaps the problem is not the child, but the task –Alfie Kohn If a child is off task,...
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That's all there is to say about that...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 6:30 PM

Perhaps it is our perception of what it means to be off-task. Perhaps the student is fully on task and immersed in something important in their learning.

 

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.
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And why wouldn't we ask students to tell US what engages them? I loved the fact that about "10 categories representing reoccurrin themes that appeared again and again." And when you look at the responses? Well... read for yourself how alarmingly simple it can really be.

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Georgia Peach Book Award for Teen Readers

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Nicely designed new website for the Georgia Peach Book Awards!

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6 Ways Teachers Respond To Education Technology

6 Ways Teachers Respond To Education Technology | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 6 Ways Teachers Respond To Education Technology
by TeachThought Staff
The Backstory of the Pencil Metaphor
If you’re looking for the 6 ways part–well, hold your horses; first, a little backstory.
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I love the pencil metaphor for ed tech adoption. The "Woods" are especially prevalent, aren't they? This would make an interesting visual with which to open a meeting about infusing technology into the classroom.

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September Holidays 2014 (Official) Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Unknown, Crazy, Bizarre, Silly Holiday Observances.

September Holidays 2014 (Official) Monthly, Weekly, Daily, Unknown, Crazy, Bizarre, Silly Holiday Observances. | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
September has tons of observances. Check them out!
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Get ready for the month of September with this extensive list of monthly, weekly, and daily observations. This website will give you lots of ideas for library programming plus September is Library Card Sign-Up Month! Enjoy!

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Using flipped learning to boost engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News

Using flipped learning to boost engagement | eSchool News | eSchool News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Flipped learning, a growing instructional model, helps educators personalize instruction for students and increases student engagement.
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It seems counterintuitive to say that flipped learning allows for more face-to-face interaction but this article will help you see that point and give you tips for getting started with this model.

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Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? - NPR (blog)

Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators? - NPR (blog) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Is Google's Free Software A Good Deal For Educators?
NPR (blog)
Classroom enables a teacher to create a "class" at the touch of a button.
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Very good points are made here about data mining, privacy, and Google's "terms of service" that are agreed upon when using these tools. Is it a marketing ploy to hook young people on to the brand of Google? What about when apps are no longer supported? What about students who have no home access? IMHO, we've heard all these arguments before - I'm not saying they should be dismissed but isn't it time we discussed solutions instead?

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Enhance Students Productivity with These Web Tools

Enhance Students Productivity with These Web Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 26, 2014
There is a growing number of tools for students offering benefits from organizing assignments to creating study groups to taking notes. Here are some notable options for your students...
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Some of these will be very familiar to teachers but some are less well-known. I'm going to be investigating these to see which ones to recommend to teachers. Enjoy!

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A Pep Talk For Teachers

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TEST A Pep Talk For Teachers From Kid President
by TeachThought Staff
We can all use a good pep talk now and then.
For teachers, these can come from conferences, colleagues, or the latest Ken Robinson video.
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Okay... I can't help it. I love this kid - I don't know who writes for him or if he comes up with this stuff on his own but he is highly watchable, really cute, and will put a smile on your face. Oh, and... share it with a teacher you love (that's what I'm doing, Kid President!)

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30+ Resources for Students to Learn about Coding Languages

30+ Resources for Students to Learn about Coding Languages | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 25, 2014
Learning coding is becoming a necessary skill that kids needs to master in order to thrive in tomorrow's job market. There is now a growing trend in schools and educational cirlces...
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If you're interested in driving this boat, this poster will help you and your teachers locate great resources to get coding a part of your school's day. Enjoy!

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Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 25, 6:37 PM

Fabulous  visual aid.

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How To Choose A Learning Game

How To Choose A Learning Game | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Keep in mind some of the key elements of a good educational game when trying to sort through the hundreds of games available.
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Great advice from one of my favorite bloggers...

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Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others

Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 21, 2014
Google Drive has some wonderful features that enhance collaborative and group work. The video below by Andrew Boan walks you through the different collaborative features in Drive and...
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This article features a video that would make an excellent flipped learning tool for PD. Check it out!

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Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 25, 6:38 PM

Creation to Curation.

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Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation

Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST This Is Our Classroom Of Wisdom: 10 Statements of Affirmation by TeachThought Staff This is part one in our four-part “This is our classroom” series, one that will help you and your students take a look at your classroom as a “whole...
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This is a piece I'll probably post on my wall...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 21, 6:26 PM

There are some good points. I would take some a step further. For example, it is not just about minimizing the separation between what we learn and how we live. There is no separation between those two things as is there is no separation between teaching, learning, and living.

 

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D Langen's curator insight, August 22, 10:07 AM

I wish I found this when i was still in the classroom. Value thinking and learning in their glorious uncertainty and complexity.