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Nelson Mandela Video Available for Streaming, Creating Custom Clips

Nelson Mandela Video Available for Streaming, Creating Custom Clips | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The C-SPAN Video Library includes nearly 60 appearances by Nelson Mandela on the C-SPAN networks dating back to 1990.
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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, 11:07 AM

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, 11:08 AM

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, 7:28 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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A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class

A Wonderful Resource of Free Public Domain Images to Use in Class | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 3, 2014
Pixabay is a great platform where teachers and students can search for and find public domain images. Using Pixabay images you will not have to worry about copyright issues or...
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Excellent resource to share with students. Just remind them, as this article does, that there are images on Pixabay that are "sponsored" and, therefore, NOT free. 

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Call for 2015 YALSA Conference Programs

Call for 2015 YALSA Conference Programs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) is now accepting proposals for continuing education sessions to be presented at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, June 26-30, 2015.
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For all you librarians out there providing services to teens (and are incredibly organized and good at planning in advance), check out this call for proposals from YALSA!

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A Must Have Rubric for Effective Implementation of PBL in Your School

A Must Have Rubric for Effective  Implementation of PBL in Your School | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
May , 2014
Project based learning is a teaching learning methodology that has been widely praised for its efficacy in enhancing learning achievements.The premise underlying PBL revolves around...
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This is not only useful for units of study but for sharing with teachers who are interested in implementing an effective PBL strategy.

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3 Good iPad Apps for Creating Citations and Bibliographies

3 Good iPad Apps for Creating Citations and Bibliographies | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
June 2 , 2014
I just received an email from one of  the readers of Educational Technology and Mobile Learning asking about some good iPad apps for creating citations and bibliographies. I have...
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What a perfect piggy-back to my last post! 

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This is How to Add Audio Narration to Your PowerPoint Presentations

This is How to Add Audio Narration to Your PowerPoint Presentations | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
May 30, 2014
For those of you who use PowerPoint to create presentations the  tips included in this post will definitely enhance your PowerPoint presentations. These tips are about how to record...
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For your teachers that may still rely on Power Point, this is a good tutorial for adding narration/sound to your presentations. It is not an intuitive thing and I have personally spent quite a few hours in the program trying to figure it out... Take a look and then share these tips with your teachers!

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James Herriot’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’: Complimentary Common Core Aligned Teacher’s Edition | Sponsored Content

James Herriot’s ‘All Creatures Great and Small’: Complimentary Common Core Aligned Teacher’s Edition | Sponsored Content | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Are you an educator in the U.S.? E-mail Library@macmillanusa.com with your full name, title and mailing address to request your complimentary copy of James Herriot’s classic All Creatures Great and Small now with Common Core correlations for use in...
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You had me at "free."

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LeVar Burton Takes To The Internet To Bring Reading Rainbow To All Kids

LeVar Burton Takes To The Internet To Bring Reading Rainbow To All Kids | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 If a butterfly is in the sky and you feel you could, feasibly, fly twice as high, why not turn to Kickstarter to bring about the second coming of the Reading Rainbow? If you’re LeVar Burton, that’s just what you do.
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So, it seems that guest appearances on "The Big Bang Theory" weren't lucrative enough? Sorry, just kidding. I will be very interested to see where this goes.

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How We Write Out Loud: Envisioning Hugo Cabret

How We Write Out Loud: Envisioning Hugo Cabret | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Having helped her students visualize scenes and characters during read alouds, Mary Tarashuk tries the same idea with writing. She and her students "write aloud" as they create text to match the opening illustrations from Hugo Cabret's Invention.
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I love this lesson and it is a powerful reminder that reading aloud (and thus, writing aloud) can be a great tool to improve literacy and reading skills. Our hearing vocabulary is higher than our reading vocabulary and a good reader/storyteller can mesmerize a class full of students. Put this one in your back pocket to share with teachers in August!

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The Popular Animoto Video Maker is Now Available for iPad

The Popular Animoto Video Maker is Now Available for iPad | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
May 23, 2014
Animoto, one of  the most popular presentation and video creation tools online, has recently released Animoto app for iPad. Using this new app, you will be able to create video...
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Good news for schools going to iPad technology and BYOT. Animoto videos are fun, creative, and easy to make. Having an iPad app makes it that much more versatile!

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Yay! Animoto for iPad!

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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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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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How To Bring Your Lab Notebook Into The 21st Century

How To Bring Your Lab Notebook Into The 21st Century | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As more and more states adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), teachers are beginning to wonder what tools they will need to implement the new standards in their classrooms.
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There are some great ideas in this article that you can share with your science teachers. I think the creative TL will also instantly see where some of these tools will fit in other curricular areas too!

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New Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library ...

New Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library ... | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Leading Learning presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward.
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This post from Stephen Abrams includes a link to the full .pdf document.

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11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students

11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
May , 2014
One of the wonderful video resources I have been recommending for teachers and students is TED Ed video library on YouTube. This library features a wide variety of educational videos...
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Science, Math, Language Arts, Health - it's all here and worth bookmarking to share with students.

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Public Domain & Creative Commons Content - Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images - Research Guides at Harvard Library

Public Domain & Creative Commons Content - Finding Public Domain & Creative Commons Images - Research Guides at Harvard Library | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
This guide will help you find and correctly attribute public domain and Creative Commons images for your project or presentation.
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This is a great graphic to have in your library to help students find the perfect image AND credit their find properly. I also learned something new by reading the License Types so I'll be clearer when teaching resumes in August. Enjoy!

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A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster

A 3D Printed Cast That Can Heal Your Bones 40-80% Faster | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 It looks like something from the Borg (read, cool), but it’s actually a cast for healing bones. The Osteoid, created by Turkish student Deniz Karasahin, incorporates 3D printing and ultrasonic tech to make healing a broken bone more bearable.
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Okay...this has nothing to do with K-12 libraries but it DOES have to do with novel ways of doing and innovation (which, IMHO, is what libraries are all about). To me, this is an example of the power of 3-D printing and having such devices in schools will help students think of creative ways to solve real-world problems. I just love this!

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A 4-Step Guide To Effective Lesson Planning

A 4-Step Guide To Effective Lesson Planning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Building lesson plans is an integral part of every teacher’s day.
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If you're a school librarian with a few years of experience under your belt, your degree program might not have given you any formal lesson planning training. BUT, if you're a school librarian interested in keeping your job, knowing how to craft a quality lesson plan (a collaborative one to boot) is a skill that might just keep you in the building. This is a simple, straightforward infographic that will help you to apply a strategy to what you may already be doing. Enjoy!

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Here's how much each state spends on public school students - Washington Post

Here's how much each state spends on public school students - Washington Post | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Here's how much each state spends on public school students
Washington Post
As the above map shows, there is a fairly massive gap in the amount of money spent on students across the country.
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Wow. Let's correlate this map to one showing SAT/ACT rankings and see how it stacks up. Anyone want to put that together and post it?

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10 Blended Learning Trends

10 Blended Learning Trends | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Blended learning can tick a lot of boxes for a lot of different teachers who teach in potentially quite different scenarios.
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There's a great infographic included in this article that would be useful as a tool to share with teachers. That said, as I was reading the article I couldn't help but think about how this idea of blended learning, experimentation, creating, and flexibility fits into the new teacher evaluation systems that take test scores at face value to determine teacher effectiveness. Will it kill the kind of creativity and experimentation discusses in this article?

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