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3 Epic Technologies That Transform Teaching & Learning

3 Epic Technologies That Transform Teaching & Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I am a teacher, a developer, a parent, and a techie. I love technology in all its forms. Part of my role at my school is to ask, what is the benefit of technology in the classroom?
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I love the GPS-syllabus analogy. If you know the route and know how to get back on it, you're more likely to explore the side streets and offshoots, right? Translate that to school in a way that gives students the freedom to explore a subject but also know exactly how to get back to the route you planned. Very good article worth reading and worth using to examine what we're doing.

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Really neat thoughts shared!

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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 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, Today, 12:20 PM

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?
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

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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How I Spent My Summer Playing with Teachers

How I Spent My Summer Playing with Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Kevin Hodgson joined teacher playmates this summer for a wide-ranging exploration of making and connected learning that, while professional in purpose, reminded participants "of the nature of childhood inquisitiveness and the power of play."...
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What if teachers assigned homeplay instead of homework? What if kids were told to do their schoolplay instead of their schoolwork? Would it change the perception? While this article doesn't really go into these types of questions it does talk about the "power of play" and its purpose in education. Enjoy!

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Is It Time For Dumb Goals In Education?

Is It Time For Dumb Goals In Education? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST Is It Time For Dumb Goals In Education?
by Terry Heick
I’ve always liked SMART goals.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Time-Bound.
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If you haven't already, you'll start working on the TKES/LKES  SMART goals. Before you do, take a look at this article (and the video) and really think about all of this. It's an eye-opener...

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What Differentiation Is (And Is Not)

What Differentiation Is (And Is Not) | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
What is differentiated learning, anyway? Is it synonymous with personalized learning? Or personal learning?
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While I am now seeing less emphasis on "differentiation" and more emphasis on "personalized learning" as eduspeak, this is definitely worth reading so that you're on the same page as your teachers and admins. The library, by definition, is a differentiated space and that's a good conversation starter...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 4:46 PM

The key point for me was the first one. This is an old idea which is making another comeback. With all due respect to Carol Ann Tomlinson, others i.e. Dewey before her made us aware of the need to work individually with each student.

 

It does not take anything away from Tomlinson's work and it is important to keeping it on the front burner in School.

 

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's comment, August 14, 4:13 PM
Agreed, Ivon. Effective teachers have always known that not all students learned or grasped the same way. Perhaps the important point is to remember this fact in our current climate of "same test, same day, same results" thinking.
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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, Today, 12:25 PM

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, 3:09 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.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

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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60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers

60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern, Mobile Teachers
by TeachThought Staff
In the conversation around teacher quality and performance, crucially missing is the notion of time.
Simply put: Teachers.
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Some time-savers for teachers. Great suggestions from TeachThought!

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A Periodic Table To Help You Choose The Best Type Of Visualization

A Periodic Table To Help You Choose The Best Type Of Visualization | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
People love visuals. Visuals have been shown to help us learn more quickly and to retain more information than text alone. We’re more easily able to understand the world around us when we have visual components to aid us.
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I love this adaptation of a periodic table to show different forms of visualization. Share with an innovative science teacher who, by the way, is going to love it!

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What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework

What Teachers Need to Know about Depth of Knowledge (DOK) Framework | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
August 14, 2014
 Depth of Knowledge is a conceptual framework and a vocabulary reference developed by Webb (1977) to help with analyzing the cognitive demands and expectations students are to...
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

I find this to be quite similar to the Technology Integration Matrix but this may be useful to have handy when talking to teachers. I especially like the idea that curricular units should be a mix of these four levels since many times teachers think they aren't "doing it right" if every lesson isn't a full level four (full integration). 

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Katherine Gibbs's curator insight, August 14, 3:59 PM

This looks like a good tool for developing critical thinking prompts.