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Two Handy Blogging Rubrics for Teachers to Use with Their Students

Two Handy Blogging Rubrics for Teachers to Use with Their Students | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
February 20, 2014
There is no blinking the fact that blogging has a wide range of educational pluses for students in different grades. Besides improving their literacy skills such as reading and...
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These two rubrics are wonderful for sharing with teachers interested in using blogging as a teaching tool. The other nice thing about this article is the link to a list of excellent blogging sites to use. Enjoy!

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Kidblog is my favorite. 

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May also be helpful at HE level for assessing reflective blogs

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10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box

10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box by Thom Markham Albert Einstein nailed it–“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly...
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If you don't read any other article today - or even this week - this is the one you ought to check out. I will be thinking about this one for days because it is so on-target. These are terms that I just accepted and never thought about in regards to the limitations they impose. Definitely worth a read.

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Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools

Eight Apps to Support Early Reading and Writing | Cool Tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As we all know, it’s never too early to encourage reading. I regularly Skype with my two young nieces, who live 1,200 miles away. The four-year-old shares her current bedtime book with me, and shows me the words she can recognize in it.
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Here are some tools to get you started with your emerging reader/writers!

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5 Strategies For Engaging The Netflix Generation

5 Strategies For Engaging The Netflix Generation | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video
by James Cross
Online video is taking the world by storm, and today’s students are the biggest consumers of online video content — they’re the ‘Netflix Generation’.
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This fits nicely with my last post about 27 strategies to motivate. We are increasingly teaching to the "on-demand" generation. Here's how to start thinking about engaging them.

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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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Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods

Amazon Launches A 3D Printing Store With Customizable Goods | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Amazon has launched a new store for 3D-printed goods, which include items that can be customized to change their size, color, material and even aspects of their design.
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This is my techie share for the day. So, the 3D printing phenom is going commercial (as we all knew it would). I remember years ago telling students it was only a matter of time before you could one-click order from Amazon and have the item itself pop out of your "printer." Who knew I had a crystal ball?

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Courageous Hearts: Teachers Write about Their Work

Courageous Hearts: Teachers Write about Their Work | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Editors from The Center for Courage & Renewal introduce four short essays from a new book, Teaching with Heart, each written by an educator who reflects on an inspirational poem. Re-energize yourself as you begin to prepare for the new school year!
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Inspiring words to get you started back into the school year...

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27 Strategies to Motivate Students in Class

27 Strategies to Motivate Students in Class | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
July 30, 2014
Looking for ways to motivate your students? Mia from Anethicalisland has 27 strategies for you to use in class to get your students motivated.These strategies cover both types of...
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This is another fine example of the power of Infographics from one of my favorites, Mia MacMeekin. This would be a great handout to give to teachers when you meet with them to talk about how YOU support them in instructional design and delivery.

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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

Using The SAMR Model To Frame How To Teach With Apps | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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!