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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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Kids and Family Reading Report

Kids and Family Reading Report | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
A national survey of children and their parents exploring attitudes and behaviors around reading
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A report well worth reading.

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Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric ~ Edutopia ~ by Lisa Yokana

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric ~ Edutopia ~ by Lisa Yokana | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
While many teachers are excited about the maker movement and may even be creating projects for their classrooms, assessment can be puzzling even to veteran classroom teachers. How can teachers prove that deep, rich learning is occurring through making? How do we justify a grade to students and parents alike, especially to the student who "just isn’t good at art"? By crafting a three-part rubric that assesses process, understanding, and product, teachers can rest assured that they are covering all the bases.

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Get 500 Free Books on Coding

Get 500 Free Books on Coding | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
February 27, 2015
Coding is one of the most demanded skills in the 21st century learning. There is a growing need for teaching students the fundamentals of coding and computer programming not only...
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Good luck getting through this extensive list. I would suggest hitting the site when you have time to put your feet up, sip a favorite beverage, and browse. It could eat up your entire day...trust me.

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Janice Phillips's curator insight, March 2, 10:51 AM

Guess we may need to learn this or maybe an app would be a good idea.

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The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing | Tech Learning

The Social Media Game Elementary School Students Should Be Playing | Tech Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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What? Social media for elementary kids? This actually sounds like fun - check it out yourself to see what you think but I could see all kinds of media literacy standards being addressed here - along with some economy lessons...

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How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree

How Google and Coursera may upend the traditional college degree | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Last week the online education firm Coursera announced a new arrangement with Google, Instagram and other tech firms to launch what some are calling “microdegrees” – a set of online courses plus a hands-on capstone project designed in conjunction with top universities and leading high-tech firms.Together with other developments, such as rival MOOC developer Udacity’s “nanodegree” program, the Coursera announcement could be an important step in a radical shakeu
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This is especially interesting to K-12 teacher-librarians since we are tasked with making sure students graduate "college and career ready." But what if college is significantly changed? What if "microdegrees" and employer-credentialed programs become the norm as college tuition continues to go up? No one wants to graduate with a Bachelor's degree and $80k in debt. Worth keeping an eye on this trend...

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Bobbi Dunham's curator insight, February 26, 10:15 PM

Seems like there is still a lot of denial out there. The same question keeps popping up: Is a 4-year degree worth it? 

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10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies

10 Must Read Books on The 21st Century Literacies | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
February, 2015
The literacy landscape is rapidly evolving to the extent that we can no longer expect what it will be like in the next coming years. Regardless of the nomenclature, whether you call...
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With links to amazon.com if you want to buy any of them or simply read more about what's inside!

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7 Terrific Chrome Apps for Science Teachers

7 Terrific Chrome Apps for Science Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
February 19, 2015
Today we spent sometime in Chrome web store sifting through the different educational extensions they have there and we ended up with the list below. These are some very good tools...
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Whenever I hear media specialists/teacher-librarians talking about collaboration challenges, math and science come up frequently as difficult subjects. This article will go a long way in getting you started in a good collaborative conversation with your science teachers so share with them!

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31 Sources Of Royalty-Free Images

31 Sources Of Royalty-Free Images | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
31 Sources Of Royalty-Free Images
by TeachThought Staff
In a digital world, images are everything–and that goes for the classroom, too.
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Great selection of resources for images under Creative Commons without worrying about violating copyright. Share with students but elementary teachers should, of course, preview the sites first!

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A Beautiful Timeline On The Evolution of Learning Technologies

A Beautiful Timeline On The Evolution of Learning Technologies | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
February 16, 2015
"Human beings have always been seekers of knowledge. The minute we discover something new, we want to share it with others and move onto the next achievement. Since the beginning of...
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I love this timeline! This would be a great graphic to share when presenting to others about how technology has changed learning and teaching from hieroglyphics to brain implants, 3D printers, and wearable tech. Enjoy!

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Carlos Oropeza's curator insight, February 18, 5:12 PM

Los organizadores gráficos son extraordinarios para transmitir y consolidar ideas y conceptos.

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Book Writer: App Allows Students to Create Their Own eBooks

Book Writer: App Allows Students to Create Their Own eBooks | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
After reading online reviews and testing the app with my students for several weeks, I can endorse Book Writer as the best eBook creator for iOS.
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This could be a great learning station in your media center, an addition to your makerspace, or a tool to share with your ELA teachers who are working on the writing process. The article provides a very thorough description of Book Writer with a good critique of the tool and suggestions for use. Through collaborative planning, you could also think about using the final creations as part of your library's eBook collection!

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How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom

How to Fight Plagiarism in Your Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In 2011, Edutopia published an article discussing how to combat plagiarism. Four years later, we are still looking for ways to fix this problem. In this article, we’ll look at how to identify plagiarism and how to prevent it.
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Since we all know that technology is not foolproof in detecting plagiarism, this article gives some great tips to combat this perennial problem. Share with your teachers!

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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, February 16, 3:56 PM

Helping teachers create research assignments that "live in the moment" and have staggered project deadlines, and creative products, will go a long way toward solving the plagiarism problem. 

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Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library funding bill

Sens. Reed and Cochran introduce school library funding bill | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Last week, U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) joined Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Thad Cochran (R-MS) in introducing the SKILLS Act (S.312).
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Thanks @liberrygurl! This is great news and Senators Reed and Cochran should be getting tons of thank-you notes from librarians...

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Melissa Summerford's curator insight, February 18, 7:30 PM

Literacy is so important and libraries play a big part in that!

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Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’

Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’ | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Thom Markham sees an opportunity for teachers to tell stories about themselves and their profession to give more voice to what's important to them.
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I know I'm going to read this one more than once. This statement is my take-away: "The concerns of teachers everywhere have converged, and every forward-focused teacher can be not just a local teacher, but part of connected network of educators trying to rally the world on behalf of youth." 

Indeed.

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Apply: Latino Americans

Apply: Latino Americans | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Grant program to bring Latino American programming and materials to libraries, museums, community arts/cultural organizations, historical societies, public TV station affiliates, and others. Deadline is May 1. Link to grant application on the site.

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What Really Gets Kids Reading?

What Really Gets Kids Reading? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Children are increasingly setting aside books to spend time with tablets and cell phones.
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My biggest take-away from this: reading decreases as internet use grows. What does that tell us? That there needs to be more dedicated time in the school day for accessing and using print sources. Not everything has to be digital and, if we subscribe to the above conclusion, boosting reading proficiency on SAT tests would dictate doing so. So it begs the question of how the school librarian gets involved in this?

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Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Creating the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.
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Very interesting blog post with accompanying infographic that explains what "deeper learning" is all about. Of course, you'lll have to buy the book if you want the full story but the infographic in this blog post will have you wondering what's inside.

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64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers

64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
64 Varied And Essential iPad Apps For Teachers
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Not all are free but there is a lot here to choose from. Share with teachers who are using iPads!

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Dru Reis's curator insight, February 26, 6:13 PM

A relevant article for this project...

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Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom

Ideas for Using Google Hangouts in the Classroom | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Great ideas for using Google Hangout in the classroom in this blog post. Share with your teachers or use these ideas yourself in your media center!

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Alejandro Escribano's curator insight, February 26, 8:41 AM

24 February 2015, by Monti Aguirre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Press Release: Coca Cola Sued by Chilean artist Alejandro Escribano for Art Plagiarism.

We wish to report a criminal complaint filed by plagiarism against Coca-Cola Company. This is the exact reproduction of a painting mural that was destroyed by the tsunami of February 27, 2010 in the town of Dichato, Chile. The mural was duly registered with the Department of Intellectual Rights Dibam 2012. The lawsuit, filed in 2014, was admitted to processing and an order to investigate the Brigade Police Crime Investigation Tome emanated by the Local Prosecutor of that Commune. Next March 10, 2015 will be the first hearing took between artist Alejandro Escribano and his counsel and offended and representatives of Coca-Cola suspicion of plagiarism. The photographs of the original and plagiarism are awesome. Attached comparative photographs of the work. The copy was made without the permission of the artist, not even his name or authorship is mentioned, which is clearly an offense under Law 17.336 on intellectual property in Chile.

   Sadness gives remember the harsh treatment that exerts justice against humble people who pirate movies and hesitant to act when faced with large companies.

Contacts:

Alejandro Escribano: alejandroescribano@yahoo.es

Rogelio Martinez Escobar (attorney): rogeliomartinezescobar@gmail.com 

Monti Aguirre (Escribano’s agent): montidelmar@gmail.com. Mobile: +1-707-591-1220 (USA)

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Oscar Week Special: 7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Oscar Week Special: 7 Teaching Resources on Film Literacy | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Explore a collection of seven online resources for teachers and parents who are interested in teaching film literacy.
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With the Academy Awards buzzing social media, this is a timely article for teachers who want to bring that excitement into the classroom!

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3 Important Google Drive Tips for Teachers

February 17, 2015
For those of you who haven’t seen them yet, Google for Education has recently added some interesting posts covering a bunch of handy features to use on your Google Drive. Here are...
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These are great tips for teachers and students! From searching for published documents on the web to citing sources within a Google doc - these visual aids will have you using Drive in  new ways!

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Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits

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Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits
by TeachThought Staff
Being a relatively new concept, the definition of Maker Ed isn’t exactly set in stone, though it roughly relates learning by making.
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Interesting list of kits to get you started in your MakerSpace. I absolutely love that along with robotics and 3D printers, our friends at TeachThought included a kit for making soap. Making doesn't have to mean electronics, y'all!

PS: Minecraft paper craft is, indeed, a thing - my son has made 100s of the little guys...

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STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Excellent explanation of why we need to add the A (arts) to STEM.

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When They Read But Don’t Understand

When They Read But Don’t Understand | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension
by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education
How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? You know the answer.
Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's insight:

Fascinating article by Grant Wiggins that will resonate with you and your reading/ELA teachers. His points are so obvious I never saw them before but I love how he points out that we, as teachers, like to tell students to re-read which is just as unhelpful as telling them to "think harder." If they are not comprehending in the first place, how will re-reading make a difference if we don't know where the gaps in comprehension exist? I'm looking forward to the promised subsequent posts on this.

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Free PD for TLs (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Free PD for TLs (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Joyce V. never disappoints and this post is no exception. The infographic she created to help TLs tap into the wealth of professional development tools is one to keep.

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Watch The New Phorm iPad Mini Case Generate Physical Keys Out Of Thin Air

Watch The New Phorm iPad Mini Case Generate Physical Keys Out Of Thin Air | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
 Apple’s touch-based devices have changed the way we interact with computers entirely, but that hasn’t stopped users from occasionally thinking wistfully of the days when physical keyboards ruled the roost.
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While I normally don't share info about tools, this one really caught my eye. I'm a touch-typist and when this becomes available (and affordable) you can bet I'll have one for my tablet.

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