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Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls

Apple Patents Face Recognition Tech For Enhanced iPhone Privacy And Automated Controls | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Apple has been issued a patent by the USPO today (via AppleInsider) that describes a system for using facial recognition and detection on a mobile or desktop computing device.
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This is an interesting development and I'll be curious to see how this impacts school libraries, privacy issues, BYOD, etc. Could this also be the beginning of a more seamless interface for people with a variety of physical impediments to using current smartphone technology? 

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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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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, 3:26 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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I wish I found this when i was still in the classroom. Value thinking and learning in their glorious uncertainty and complexity.

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For 1:1, Content Is Key | Next Big Thing

For 1:1, Content Is Key | Next Big Thing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Back in January, I wrote that 2014 would be the year of 1:1. Little did I know the extent to which this would become true in my rural region. Seven of the districts that I serve are implementing some level of 1:1 for 2014-15.
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When we have the tools we need to focus on content and resources. Short, well-written piece that speaks to the role of the library/librarian in this environment.

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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Share this one with your teachers - good suggestions!

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This gives food for thought about teaching thoughtful research and a realistic way to do it - well done, Alan November, thank you for finding and sharing, Susan!

 

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This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades

This Riveting Art From the Front Lines of World War I Has Gone Largely Unseen for Decades | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
During WWI, the War Department sent American artists to Europe. The Smithsonian recently digitized the captivating artwork
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If you have teachers that teach this subject, this would be an excellent site to share with them for the visual literacy possibilities as well as the article that accompanies the drawings.

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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 21, 9:20 AM

Add this to your toolkit for narrative possibilities with your researchers building presentations or for teachers looking for realistic representations, etc.


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Removing The Gamification In Your Classroom

Removing The Gamification In Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST Removing The Gamification In Your Classroom
by Terry Heick
Leaving the classroom and becoming whatever it is that I am now has been a humbling experience.
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When I first saw the title I thought "why remove gamification? isn't that one of the things we've been thinking is a good shift in education?" But then I read the article and came away with a whole different perspective. What the author says, and her 7 steps for removing the gamification" are so right on target. My take away starts here: "Resiliency factors and ethics and charisma and a sense of self and purpose—and a dozen other factors–all matter a lot more than academic proficiency in terms of “college and career readiness.” Check it out...

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Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News

Teens Teach Tech Grants, Giveaways, and Teens’ Top Ten Voting Opens | SLJTeen News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Looking for a way to get your older patrons up to speed on the latest tech gadgets, but short on staff time? Turn to your teens for help by having them apply for a Teens Teaching Tech grant.
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Up to $250 available to your teen group for teaching tech to adults in your community.

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Are You Hacking Your School’s Learning Spaces?

Are You Hacking Your School’s Learning Spaces? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What happens, wonders teacher & technology coach Emily Vickery, when schools rethink the use of space – "shifting from traditional approaches to an emphasis on participatory spaces that take advantage of learning research and digital technologies?
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Excellent blog post that is appropriate to more than just those "in the middle." Redesigning spaces to accommodate a new generation of learners is something I think about a lot - and I'm sure savvy school librarians have been ahead of this curve. How do we keep from "layering" new technology over "old pedagogy?" Links included for further reading.

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Chinese Hackers Steal Personal Data From 4.5M Community Health Systems Patients

Chinese Hackers Steal Personal Data From 4.5M Community Health Systems Patients | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Community Health Systems, one of the largest hospital operators in the U.S., today announced that hackers stole about 4.5 million records with patient names, addresses, birth data, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.
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Not a library issue other than just another cautionary tale about the importance of online security and protecting (as much as possible) your personal information. I guess there is no such thing as "safe" in the online world so keep checking those credit reports, folks.

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3 Shifts To Create A Climate Of Possibility In Your Classroom

3 Shifts To Create A Climate Of Possibility In Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 3 Shifts To Create A Climate Of Possibility In Your Classroom by TeachThought Staff In May of last year, Ken Robinson–he of “Is School Killing Creativity”/TED Talk legend status–gave a brief talk on the idea of contrast, specifically the...
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What looks, on its surface, to be a simple shift can have some powerful consequences with regards to student engagement. I believe Dr. Robinson has hit the nail on the head - especially with libraries. School libraries are the PERFECT place to realize this shift and exemplary librarians have been doing just that for a while now.

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Makerbot Releases Zee, A Blank Canvas For Artists

 Not content with selling the best-selling consumer 3D printer on the market, Makerbot is working hard to become a force in just-in-time design and alternative art.
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A (to me) natural extension of the 3D printer phenom is the idea that you can purchase pre-designed items that can be printed on your machine and then customized by the end user. What an interesting way to bridge technology and art! A great way to have a STEAM curriculum!

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15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching

15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching by Terry Heick 15 Examples of Student-Centered Teaching–And 15 That Are Not So Much On Sunday, we’re going to release a basic framework to begin to make sense of what “student-centered learning” mean in...
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I love this very clear "before and after" set of examples to help us more fully understand the nuances of a student-centered classroom. I think school libraries have been a model of this behavior for years but if you're talking to teachers about how to make the change, this article would be an excellent start.

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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
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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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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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Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife - ABC News

Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife - ABC News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
ABC News Ferguson Library Becomes Refuge for Adults and Children Amid Strife ABC News As the Ferguson-Florissant School District postponed the start of the school year for more than a week, teachers set up shop at the Ferguson library, providing...
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A little glimmer of light in a very dark situation and it's not lost on me that it comes from a library and librarian.

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YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamlined | News Bites

YALSA Maker Contest; NAACP Launches Literacy Campaign; Storia Is Streamlined | News Bites | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
GRANTS, SCHOLARSHIPS, AND COMPETITIONS
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is looking for submissions forits 2014 Maker Contest.
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Hurry! The deadline for YALSA's Maker Contest is September 1st!

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Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights

Understanding Ferguson: Resources on Protest, Nonviolent Resistance, and Civil Rights | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A St. Louis bookstore, LeftBankBooks, is devising a reading list for educators and parents, with titles including Never Been a Time: The 1917 Race Riot That Sparked the Civil Rights Movement (Walker & Company, 2008), Boy, Snow, Bird (Riverhead,...
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Take advantage of what could be a teachable moment by sharing this article with teachers who may be using the Ferguson news as a discussion tool in the classroom. Touchy subject, to be sure, but SLJ has created an great list of resources that can be used to help students understand what's going on there.

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Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers

Excellent Google Drive Resources for Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 18, 2014
On the occasion of the first back-to-school week, I compiled this list of excellent resources to help teachers make the best of Google Drive in their classrooms. I firmly believe that...
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Great list of Google Resources that you can share with teachers (or maybe hang onto for some personal PD!). Enjoy!

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New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library

New Florida University Unveils Bookless Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Florida’s newest public university—Florida Polytechnic University (FPU)—is so new it doesn’t even have accreditation yet.
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While I'm a little "squeamish" about the idea of a bookless library, I think this design concept is cool and something worth reading about.

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Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class

Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 18, 2014
Over this weekend, I spent some time sifting through the piles of posts in this blog looking for materials and posts to help new teachers better integrate technology in education. The...
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If you are the tech leader or instructional coach in your school, these infographics will help you teach your staff the differences between technology use and technology integration along with suggestions for infusion. Who knows? Some of these may give YOU a new idea too!

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Anita Vance's curator insight, August 21, 9:25 AM

a little something to help get started - everyone is somewhere in the learning curve for technology - this graphic helps focus on achievable steps to keep moving forward.  Thank you Susan G.!

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Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts

Truth Lets You Send Anonymous Texts | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 With Whisper and Secret raising millions of dollars to build anonymous services, all kinds of apps are popping up that let you share things without attaching your identity.
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Heads up, school friends. Here is a new app that students will be flocking to because it lets the user send anonymous texts to anyone in their contact list. The text begins with "The truth is..."

This is RIPE for online bullying - especially in the middle school where the "pause button in the brain" has not yet kicked in. Be aware, folks, and share this with your admin team.

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Second-Graders Start Adorable Indiegogo Campaign To Reinstate School Library

After their school lost its library, two Northern California second-graders are taking to crowdfunding to raise enough money to get the library up and running again. Jen Markham has the adorable...
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You've got to love these little girls and their entrepreneurial spirit! Obviously they've been impacted by a school library/librarian. This should go VIRAL, IMHO...

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, August 16, 12:09 PM

Adorable?  This breaks my heart.  These kiddos deserve a library and a librarian.

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How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World

How Google Glass Is Being Used In Classrooms Around The World | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I’ve been lucky to be a member of the Google Glass Explorer Program for the past year.
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While still outside the affordability realm of most educators, this is a very interesting blog post about how Google Glass could be used in the classroom. There are some interesting stories here that may spark some ideas for using a different gadget to get a very similar result. That said, if we're going to be around elementary and middle school students using this tool, one should be mindful of using phrases like "passed Glass..." ;-)

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