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20 Ways Teachers Can Use Edmodo

20 Ways Teachers Can Use Edmodo | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Edmodo provides a safe and easy way for your class to connect and collaborate, share content, and access homework, grades and school notices. It also  provides a wide variety of features...
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Our entire school system uses Edmodo and I have had limited success with it - this is a welcome article to help me dig a little further. Edmodo is an excellent "flipped classroom" tool so share this with teachers, too!

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10 Online Summer Learning Opportunities | Tech Learning

10 Online Summer Learning Opportunities | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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These might be worth posting on your school's webpage for that moment (I'm thinking sometime in late June) when students get bored and start looking for something to do!

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Marvelia Barrera's curator insight, May 23, 11:41 AM

Great activities for summer. 

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7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Tomorrow’s Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future
by Terry Heick
(Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2013 post)
So we’re taking a stand here. This is all subjective, but it’s worth talking about.
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There seems to be lots of room for libraries and librarians to interject their skill sets with these 7 shifts, especially in the areas of digital literacy, research literacy, physical-to-digital, connectivism... My biggest takeaway, though, is the idea that none of these ideas require a huge influx of funding - they can all be done tomorrow with concerted effort in the education community. 

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Creating A Fire For Inquiry Starts At The Beginning

Creating A Fire For Inquiry Starts At The Beginning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Creating A Fire For Inquiry Starts At The Beginning
by Brian Cleary, oldbrainteacher.com
If science is inquiry and inquiry is a fire, when does that fire start?
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Very thoughtful piece worth reading through the lens of the K-12 librarian - where do we fit in and how? There is a lot of room for collaborative work here and the entire burden should not be upon the classroom teacher.

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BFTP: Dangerous statements librarians make

BFTP: Dangerous statements librarians make | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sometimes librarians can be their own worst enemies. I shudder when I hear these phrases uttered:
1. But the school HAS to have a librarian/library.
2. The research proves that libraries improve student achievement.
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Have you ever said any of them? 

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The Educators' Guide To Web Browsers

The Educators' Guide To Web Browsers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I know that not everyone is into talking about web browsers to the same extent as I am. But it is an important topic. Web browsers directly impact our user experience on the web, and often we'll bl...
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Good information for librarians!

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 20, 8:21 PM

Really useful information and tips on getting the best experience with the browser you are using.

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The How's and Why's of Going 'Full STEAM Ahead' In Your Classroom - EdSurge

The How's and Why's of Going 'Full STEAM Ahead' In Your Classroom - EdSurge | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Giving children the tools to succeed in a rapidly changing technology-based economy is the key to ensuring their future success.
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While I maintain that adding the "R" to make this STREAM (reading is fundamental to it all, don't you think?), this is an excellent piece. 

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The Darwin Digest -- The Official E-Newsletter of AASL's 17th National Conference

The Darwin Digest -- The Official E-Newsletter of AASL's 17th National Conference | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Gearing up for National Conference!

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Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources

Coding in the Classroom: 16 Top Resources | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As cool as technology is, its intricacies and inner workings are sometimes intimidating, especially for young people who may be more interested in what technology can do for them rather than what they can do with technology.
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Looks like a great way to spend the "lazy" days of summer, right? Enjoy!

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 20, 8:28 PM

Great ideas and resources

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Quick, Draw a Scientist!

Quick, Draw a Scientist! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As long as science is perceived as geeky, U.S. students are less likely to embrace STEM subjects. They need to reimagine what scientists look like.
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This was fascinating to me and I read it through the lens of the library world questioning the lack of diversity in children's and young adult literature. How can the ideas of this article translate? Bringing in diverse authors and illustrators, helping teachers locate diverse experts to Skype into their classrooms... so many more ideas. 

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Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue

Maker Bookshelf: A starter collection for current and aspiring makebrarians | The Maker Issue | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
One of the basic tenets and strengths of the maker movement is its emphasis on constructive and collaborative learning through hands-on, trial-and-error experimentation.
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Are you looking for a core collection of books/resources for creating a maker space in your library media center? Check out these titles from SLJ to get started!

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 21, 2:50 AM

Great ideas for resources to get started

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2015’s Top Education Technology Trends

2015’s Top Education Technology Trends | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Editor’s note: This piece was originally written by Katie Lepi and ran on February 28th, 2014. A lot has changed since then, so we’ve had author Kristen Hicks update this piece with the latest techniques and innovations.
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There are no real surprises here but the trends are worth reading about. I'm happy to see that Redesigning Learning Spaces is part of the article AND that libraries are specifically mentioned. If the trend for technology inclusion continues, spaces simply have to be re-imagined.

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Help Students Close Read Iconic Images

Help Students Close Read Iconic Images | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every day news images flood our print publications, digital spaces and social media apps. Why do some become iconic and unforgettable?
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I love the suggestions in this article to build close-reading skills among students using visual images. This goes beyond the story starter idea!

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Kimberly Brosan's curator insight, May 13, 3:10 PM

The suggestions in this article on how to teach students to read images were really helpful. I especially like that there's a recommendation for the NYTimes Learning Network's feature "What's Going on in This Picture?' http://learning.blogs.nytimes.com/category/lesson-plans/whats-going-on-in-this-picture/

Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, May 13, 7:03 PM

This article discusses techniques that would be useful for Year 7-12 English students analysing a picture or cartoon.  Other links are provided.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 10:16 AM

Thx Susan Grigsby

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Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools

Six Top Sources for Free Images, Video, and Audio | Cool Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A curated list of resources to help students find high-quality, copyright friendly media for use in projects or presentations.
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Nice list of sites on which students can find free images to use in their school work. 

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, May 14, 10:20 AM

Thx Susan Grigsby

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Taking Poetry Writing into Digital Spaces

Using Google Slides for poetry writing proved to be a win-win for Kevin Hodgson and his 6th graders, who tried out various poetic forms, used technology to publish original writing, applied elements of web design, and learned to attribute the work...
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I love this application of Google Slides in the classroom. This could be easily replicated so please share with your ELA teachers!

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Make Learning Transparent with Badges

Make Learning Transparent with Badges | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Students find value and motivation in mastering the steps toward a goal.
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I love this idea and I think it goes a long way towards personalizing learning - if we see a student has already earned a badge then we move on with that student. Peer-to-peer teaching could also be encouraged since students can see expertise through the badges and then go to each other for help.

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Five Ways School Administrators Can Work With School Libraries to Support Students and Educators

Five Ways School Administrators Can Work With School Libraries to Support Students and Educators | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learn how school administrators can work with their school libraries to support student research and classroom instruction
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Excellent article to share with admins!

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The Challenge Of Personalizing Learning In Real-Time

The Challenge Of Personalizing Learning In Real-Time | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Challenge Of Personalizing Learning In Real-Time
by Dr. Philip Lanoue
The conversation on the need to use student achievement data in education is fast-tracking its importance in today’s classrooms.
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Interesting article about the "productive struggle" and using Waggle.

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The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources

The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!
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I know the school year is almost over but this site promises weekly updates and you just never know when something will pop up that will fit perfectly with your program.

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Halina Ostańkowicz-Bazan's curator insight, May 20, 5:46 AM

 The latest updates!

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AASA | The School Superintendents Association

AASA | The School Superintendents Association | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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I love that this article is featured in a publication for School Superintendents. We need more of this to break down the silos!

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Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future

Made by College Seniors, These Seven Products Give Us a Glimpse Into the Future | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Engineering students at universities across the country took these projects from sketch to reality in one year
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THIS is why we have maker spaces in K-12 libraries!

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Finding Your Sweet Spot: The Honeycomb Approach to Personalized Learning (EdSurge News)

Finding Your Sweet Spot: The Honeycomb Approach to Personalized Learning (EdSurge News) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As any educator will tell you, personalizing learning can be pretty messy when you get up close. Ideas and practices overlap—it’s nearly impossible to tackle one without touching another—and the work itself can be both overwhelming and exhilarating. But one thing remains constant: Underneath the la
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Really cool... lots to digest but this is a good one for sharing with teachers who are ready to dip their toes in..

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The Characteristics Of A Good School

The Characteristics Of A Good School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Characteristics Of A Good School
by Terry Heick
As social tools, when a society changes, so must its tools. Definitions of purpose and quality must also be revised continuously. What should a school “do”?
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This is a fantastic article to get you thinking about your school - is it a good school? Are you helping make it so? I especially love the comment about the ballet - it makes me think of the invisibility of all the things that make a library a well-oiled machine...

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A Handy Google Drive App for Converting Audio Files

A Handy Google Drive App for Converting Audio Files | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
May 13, 2015
Audio Converter is a good Chrome app to use on your Google Drive to convert audio files from one format to another. No software download is required, the app is web-based and works right...
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A good one to share with students who are creating projects requiring audio.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 15, 11:04 AM

Always a handy to have another way to convert audio files.

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Library To Learning Commons: 7 Reasons Why Your School Should Make The Shift

Library To Learning Commons: 7 Reasons Why Your School Should Make The Shift | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The transition into 21st Century Education is well underway in education
with some districts and schools being further along than others.
Philosophically and pedagogically changing a school is far from easy and
takes time.
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Short and sweet but full of good info!

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Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Why LIbrarians Are Awesome #TLChat

Blogging About The Web 2.0 Connected Classroom: Why LIbrarians Are Awesome #TLChat | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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