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These Adorable Penguins Can Show You How Skype Is Trying To Revolutionize ... - Business Insider

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These Adorable Penguins Can Show You How Skype Is Trying To Revolutionize ...
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Since Skype launched its education initiative, Skype in the Classroom, nearly three years ago, the community has really taken off.
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Wondered about Skype in the Classroom? Check out this video that shows the power of leading kids directly to their subject. This is Primary Sourcing at its finest (and who doesn't love penguins?)

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Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask

Critical Thinking Questions Students Should Be Able to Ask | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
December 18, 2014
As I argued in an earlier post titled ”Critical Thinking Questions Based on Bloom's Taxonomy”, questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students  get...
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I love the infographic that goes with this blog post but keep reading and you'll have some very good information about critical thinking questions to share with your teachers.

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The 8 Most Game-Changing Innovations Of 2014

The 8 Most Game-Changing Innovations Of 2014 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As the year draws to a close, it’s worth glancing over our shoulder. What technologies and themes were brightest in 2014? Read on. (And keep in mind, attempting such a summation is ambitious to the extreme -- let us know what we missed!)

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I'm a sucker for these year-end lists and this one fascinates me. From DNA sequencing machines to contact lenses for measuring blood glucose levels in diabetics - this is one of those wow-inducing articles that, when quoted at parties, will start some interesting conversations...

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List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

List of academic databases and search engines - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This page contains a representative list of major databases and search engines useful in an academic setting for finding and accessing articles in academic journals, repositories, archives, or other collections of scientific and other articles.

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As always, double-check whatever you find on Wikipedia but this list is an excellent starting point for finding academic databases to use with your students. With just a quick glance I can tell that many of them are not FREE databases but if you're curating resources for your library it's useful to know what's out there!

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70 Apps Every Professional Should Know About and Use

70 Apps Every Professional Should Know About and Use | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Best Apps for 2015 - Career Apps - The Muse: We're all about that app life. And you should b...
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There were many on this list I'd never heard of so take a peak and see if there's something here that will be beneficial to you...

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Cartoons Only a Teacher Would Love

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: Cartoons Only a Teacher Would Love | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Via Skip Zalneraitis
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Just for fun... Share this with teachers to put a smile on their faces during this hectic week before the holiday break...

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Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED

Why the Future Will be Made by Creators, Not Consumers | WIRED | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Megan Smith, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and former Google executive, wants every child to be able to code.  That’s a sweeping but practical vision.
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Interesting article that affirms what "makers" have been saying for a while - the ability to code and create is an essential skill for kids. 

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52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015

52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 52 Of The Best Apps For Your Classroom In 2015
by TeachThought Staff
What are the best apps for your classroom? The best little bits of software to use tomorrow, in your school, to make your classroom go?
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Keeping those "best of" lists coming - but this one looks ahead (and who would expect less from TeachThought?) Keep your eyes out for these - one a week for 2015!

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
December, 2014
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity)...
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I love how a good graphic can cram in deep amounts of information in a pleasing "digestible" way and this one is no exception. This is one worth sharing when you're talking to teachers or administrators about your role in teaching digital literacy and how important it is.

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Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 10:56 AM

This is a nice breakdown which delineates different ways to approach information in an accessible fashion,  These skills go hand in hand with the research process to make students generate new knowledge and opinions.

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American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): AICL's Best Books of 2014

American Indians in Children's Literature (AICL): AICL's Best Books of 2014 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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A "best of" list that is worth mentioning, especially in view of the recent call for more diversity in children's literature. Put these on your purchase list for 2015!

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Shawn Wright's curator insight, December 14, 10:25 PM

Wado (Thank you) Honor and respect to Debbie Reese for her work helping find good materials for children, teachers, and schools that do try to teach truth. 

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What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking

What Teachers Need to Know about Critical Thinking Vs Creative Thinking | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
December 7, 2014
When it comes to differentiating critical thinking from creative thinking, things get a little bit blurry as there is now consensus as to what really defines these processes. This...
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Excellent piece explaining the differences with comparisons, exemplars, Venn diagrams, and graphics.

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Yvonne Krishnan's curator insight, December 9, 4:27 PM

A fantastic infographic that solidifies the differences between these two sought after ways of thinking.

Joyce Valenza's curator insight, December 14, 7:56 AM

Great visualization of the ways we may encourage and nurture thinking.

Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 12:05 PM

Since we need to be encouraging (and teaching) both kinds of thinks, visuals like these will reinforce the metacognition of our students.

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Do STEM and Sports Make a Good Match?

Do STEM and Sports Make a Good Match? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
STEM curriculum expert Anne Jolly sees considerable potential for connecting sports to a variety of engineering challenges and attracting otherwise disengaged students to STEM programs.
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I love this article as it makes an excellent case for holistic education. STEM learning and other subjects is not an "either-or" game - I've long been a vocal proponent of incorporating various subjects to stop the silo learning that is public education. Our brains don't separate history and language arts or science and math - it is looking for connections in all of these so why don't we make more of an effort to provide some of those connections with instructional delivery? 

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A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014

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TEST A Quick Guide To Teaching Hour Of Code 2014
by TeachThought Staff
What is Hour of Code?
Hour of Code is a week-long promotion of the teaching and learning of computer coding.
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This may be a little last-minute for those of you that like to plan in advance but good for sharing anyway. Enjoy!

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JK Rowling releases 12 new wizard stories

JK Rowling releases 12 new wizard stories | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Harry Potter fans can look forward to a very Harry Christmas with the release of 12 new Harry Potter-based stories every day from Friday.
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Good news for Harry Potter fans! 

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Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014

Top 100 Sites & Apps of 2014 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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And those "top ** of 2014" lists just keep coming! This will keep you busy for a while!

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 43 Free iPad Apps for Geography, History, Civics & Social Studies Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 43 Free iPad Apps for Geography, History, Civics & Social Studies Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Via Skip Zalneraitis
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This is a great list! Enjoy! (Thank you @cybrarian77!)4

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Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, December 19, 5:18 PM

Free apps for iPads if that is what your students are using are listed for Social Studies and History.

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Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction

Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The best nonfiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal's columnists
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A great list for non-fiction (mostly adult) readers that includes business and consumer health titles as well as memoirs, poetry, and sci-tech. I had a lot of fun just reading the descriptions...

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Libraries need to decide their future before someone else does...!

Libraries need to decide their future before someone else does...! | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
I was forwarded a very interesting article the other day. "Clash in the Stacks" by Carl Straumshein on Inside Higher Ed. Several library directors at liberal arts institutions have lost their jobs ...
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Very interesting read that is just for us, library land. Something to ponder as we are being told to "JUST PICK!" You'll see what I mean...

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The Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech: 40 Ways to Improve Your Writing

The Periodic Table of the Figures of Speech: 40 Ways to Improve Your Writing | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
At the root of all good writing lies an understanding of how sentences are built. In kindergarten, we learn the fundamentals of grammar and the basic concepts of how sentences are constructed. For most of our elementary and secondary training in writing, we are taught simply to improve those grammatical and mechanical skills. A good writer, however, understands the complexities and rhetorical effects of how modifying sentence structure (known as sentence "schemes") improves the flow, interest, a
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

This is a fantastic re-imagined periodic table for ELA - and why not put it up right next to the original? Great idea for a classroom poster.

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Lucy Wyatt's curator insight, December 19, 9:38 AM

This is an interesting way to examine the teaching of writing skills.

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20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning

20 Free Tools for Making Comics and Cartoons for Teaching and Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Comic Strips and Cartooning can be a Fun Way for Students to Explore Learning Topics There are so many good free tools for creating comics and cartoons on the
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This is a great list and this is a great idea to use with students. Want to be more engaging with that standard "hero biography report?" Do it as a graphic novel/comic strip. I have seen kids who couldn't be bothered to write a paper go all-in when given the opportunity to tell a story through comics. Check these out!

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25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube

25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
TEST 25 Of The Best Resources For Teaching With YouTube
by TeachThought Staff
As both hardware and software design improve, the possibility of mobile learning is increasingly accessible.
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Anybody notice a theme in my last few posts? I love year-end "best of" lists so I can't help but share them out...

When you have system folks questioning the value of unblocking and/or using YouTube, you'll have these to share. Happy viewing!

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Best EdTech of 2014

Best EdTech of 2014 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Common Sense Graphite editors and reviewers rated and reviewed hundreds of learning tools in 2014, using our research-backed rubric and rigorous evaluative process. Out of that pack, these 30 tools not only rated highly for engagement, pedagogy, and support, but stood out as truly head of the class.
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30 products recommended out of the hundreds that come across the desks of Common Sense Graphite editors. There's something for just about everyone here and many are free downloads. Enjoy!

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This Is How to Create A Library in Google Scholar

This Is How to Create A Library in Google Scholar | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
December 6, 2014
We have recently started a series of posts on Google Scholar. The purpose of these posts is to help teachers and students make the best of this educational search engine through...
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This is a quick and easy article with a tip that will have long range benefits! Share with teachers - especially those earning higher degrees.

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Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic shows elearning professionals what to follow in the coming year.
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Comprehensive infographic with some trends to watch for 2015. Interesting information worth thinking about.

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Itsdevelopmental's curator insight, December 10, 4:01 AM

A good list  - no surprises here and what has changed from 2013, 2014?

Lucila Pérez's curator insight, December 10, 8:16 AM

Proyecciones 2015 sobre E-Learning: Aprendizaje Personalizado, Gamificación, Realidad Aumentada, Aprendizaje Móvil, entre otros

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On-the-Spot Support: Using the Scaffolding Technique in Your Teaching Approach

On-the-Spot Support: Using the Scaffolding Technique in Your Teaching Approach | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you think about scaffolds, you probably visualize the structures used during construction to support workers and materials.
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This is a practical, useful article that you might want to share with your classroom teachers (after you read it yourself!). Complete with ideas for scaffolding instruction, this is a keeper.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 9, 12:45 PM

Simple explanation of scaffolded learning.  Do you scaffold for your adult learners as well?

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A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge

A Good Visual On Bloom's Taxonomy Vs Depth of Knowledge | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
December 5, 2014
Bloom's taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge are two popular conceptual learning frameworks. They both approach the learning process from relatively different stands:Bloom's taxonomy seem...
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This is a simple visualization that will help you bridge Bloom's to DOK. Share with teachers!

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