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Thousands of Free High Resolution Maps for Teachers to Use and Download

Thousands of Free High Resolution Maps for Teachers to Use and Download | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
April 4, 2014
New York Public Library has recently announced the release of more than 20.000 cartographic works and maps as high resolution downloads. NYPL is distributing these maps under a ...
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This is great for sharing with your Social Studies teachers. Those of you with poster printers will be happy to know that these are high res downloads so you should be able to blow them up for classroom display. Enjoy!

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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!

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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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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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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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