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Turn The Page On Stress

Turn The Page On Stress | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Stress -- it's one of the most harmful forces in our lives. It can damage our health, our relationships, our careers, our marriages and even curb our creativity.
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" 10 Great Library Presentations from Internet Librarian 2012

" 10 Great Library Presentations from Internet Librarian 2012 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
by Ellyssa Kroski I was sorry to miss the stellar Internet Librarian 2012 conference this year, but luckily they have made many of their presentations available online. Here are ten which I particularly enjoyed.
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The 2012 Election’s Big Winner: Math

The 2012 Election’s Big Winner: Math | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Independently of President Barack Obama's win last night, this year's campaign was one in which numbers trumped gut...
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7 Ways Holographic Technology Will Make Learning More Fun | Emerging Education Technology

7 Ways Holographic Technology Will Make Learning More Fun | Emerging Education Technology | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
How cool will it be when Holographic Telepresence can be a part of the instructional process?
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Connecting the Outer & Inner Worlds

Connecting the Outer & Inner Worlds | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In our technological world we have, for the first time, the capability to teach students how to use the strengths and passions of their inner world to make the outer world a better place.
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The Broken Lands

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A crossroads can be a place of great power. So begins this deliciously spine-tingling prequel to Kate Milford’s The Boneshaker, set in the colorful world of nineteenth-century Coney Island and New York City. Great read - just finished and I highly recommend it for middle readers and up who love fantasy, steampunk, action, adventure, and maybe a little romance. Loved it!

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Welcome to Lit2Go ETC

Welcome to Lit2Go ETC | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Lit2Go is a free online collection of stories and poems in Mp3 (audiobook) format. An abstract, citation, playing time, and word count are given for each of the passages.

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20 Time-Saving Grading Apps

20 Time-Saving Grading Apps | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Can apps help teachers to save time grading? Check out the BestCollegesOnline list of the 20 Time-Saving Grading Apps for your classroom.

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How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core?

How Are Districts Covering the Tech. Costs of Common Core? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Katie Ash and Ian Quillen are staff writers for Education Week Digital Directions. This article by Mike Bock asks how districts are covering the technical costs of Common Core.

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Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools

Create infographics that demand attention with these online tools | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Want to create an attractive infographic but don’t have the budget to hire a professional designer?

Then you should try using an infographic-creation tool.

If your small business is looking for an eye-catching and easy to comprehend way to teach, inform, and inspire others about its products and services, infographics might be a good solution. Infographics can be more effective and memorable than other ways to present data, making them particularly effective for online audiences.

To create an infographic, you should make a list of possible ideas that you want to get across, create the initial draft or skeleton, color scheme it, and research your content from authoritative sites. Then it’s time to select your design platform.

 

Read about three online tools that can help you create stunning infographics...


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16 New iPad tips 2012

http://www.youtube.com/user/JRESHOW?feature=mhee In this video Jon Samuelson shows 16 New ipad tips for new users covering the basics from copy and pasting to multitasking.


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AAEEBL's curator insight, January 20, 2013 9:10 PM

Not entirely focused on eportfolio, but definitely mobile!

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Animoto, a Web 2.0 teaching tool supporting 21st century learning skills

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Animoto is a Web 2.0 teaching tool that sparks creativity and develops communication and critical thinking skills – important 21st century learning skills.
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446 Places for Free Books Online

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This is a listing of 446 sites that legally offer free books (eBooks) for download or for online viewing.

 

Some time ago I went looking for some free eBooks and was surprised to find that there are many resources for this. I decided to put together this list of sites that offer free eBooks as a reference. Originally, the list was for 50 sites (hence that number in the link) and I thought that was a lot. I expect that this list will cross 500 sites in the near future. Given the large listing, you may want to check out the various Genre pages that I have put together.

 

I have tried to make certain that all of the eBooks at these sites are legally available for viewing/downloading. However, it is possible that I have made a mistake. If you suspect any of these sites of illegally offering copyrighted materials, then please let me know through the comments below.


Via Sharon Furlong, Jim Harmon, Andrew , Lynnette Van Dyke, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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The Best Mac Apps

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On this page, you will find the best Mac applications for all your needs. We’ve taken the effort to categorize the apps and picked only those we believe to be the best ones and which will most likely be useful to you.
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Obama Wins Second Term as President

Obama Wins Second Term as President | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Immediate fiscal challenges and a long to-do list on education policy face President Barack Obama in the next four years after a bruising campaign.
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Find & Fix your Potholes | David Lee King

Find & Fix your Potholes | David Lee King | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Does your website, your library, or your new service have potholes?
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Windows 8 Touch & Mouse Gestures

Windows 8 Touch & Mouse Gestures | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Windows 8 introduced some awesome new features. Some key ones are the mouse and touch gestures that allow you to perform important system functions with ease.
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Flipping for Sophia

Flipping for Sophia | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Sophia, Bill Nye and Capella University have teamed up to make back to school learning fun.
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Meet Common Core Standards with Pixie

Meet Common Core Standards with Pixie | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Align creativity, your curriculum, and the Common Core Standards with Pixie.
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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

NP: Four years ago, Channel One News, the weekday news program for middle and high school kids featured a dynamic area cartogram as a way of making the point that some states have much more electoral weight than others. In that broadcast, the map of the United States, featuring the familiar red and blue states indicating presidential election results, became animated. States with smaller populations squeezed into tiny shapes, while states with large populations expanded. At the time, we didn't know this kind of map was called an area cartogram; we called it a "squishy map." It does a nice job of making this case: some states matter more than others when it comes to US presidential elections.

 

Seeing the map on Channel One also launched me into work that continues with my dissertation. What kind of sense do kids make from complex representations like an area cartogram? In the Channel One broadcast in 2008, the map was presented as part of a sensible lesson about "electoral weight." With Vanderbilt professors Rogers Hall and Kevin Leander, we wondered if the map made sense to kids and if the argument was strengthened by the map.

 

Four years later, I'm still working on those questions and others like them. In the mean time, here's another awesome area cartogram. In this case, NPR's "It's All Politics" blogger Adam Cole makes an argument about the advertisement spending of superPACs and other outside groups. Which states matter to these groups? And how much do they spend per voter on these ads? The squishy maps tell the story. Cole has a great video here as well--it's whimsical and informative. Finally, another move by Cole in these maps is the scaling of elections at the level of the state by popular vote. This means that states that are more contested turn purple (half blue and half red) rather than the color of the winning candidate from the last election.

 


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Matt Mallinson's comment, November 5, 2012 11:28 AM
All the states blown up in size are the deciding factors in this years election as usual, this map is an interesting way to look at things. It's still crazy to me that this is how our voting system works and that some states dominate the others.
Lindsey Robinson's comment, November 5, 2012 11:32 AM
This map is perfect for young voters. It uses visuals to show how important states like Ohio and Florida are during the election. It shows people why the candidates are always spending campaign money on these swing states and not states like Massachusetts, Rhode Island, etc. In states like these, Republican voters almost don't even matter because the two states are so democratic. The electoral votes automatically make the state blue. The same goes with strictly Republican states like Texas or Oklahoma.
Lisa Fonseca's comment, November 6, 2012 9:56 PM
I found this article to be very informative, it represented information to those who aren't familiar with the facts of an election. It demonstrated that it isnt the size of a state that matter it is the electoral vote that counts, therefore regardless a state is so large it may not count as much in electoral votes as a smaller state. It also explained how bigger states need to spend more money because they are the states needing to get their point across and making a larger difference.
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Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

Credit: Edutopia... Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education. ME: what about the Reading and Arts component? 

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Infographics and Visualizations as Tools For the Mind by @albertocairo

Infographics and Visualizations as Tools For the Mind by @albertocairo | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Alberto Cairo teaches infographics and visualization at the University of Miami.

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Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python

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Description by Internet Scout Project

 

"Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your own computer games? This is now a possibility, and all one needs to do is look over the excellent "Invent Your Own Computer Games with Python" site. The guide has been written to be understood by people as young as 10 and each chapter gives users the complete source guide, then teaches the programming concepts from the example. There are twenty chapters here, including "Using the Debugger," "Hangman," "Tic Tac Toe," and "Installing Python." Each chapter includes graphics and flow-charts designed to help neophytes get acclimated to the entire experience and process. The work is rounded out by the inclusion of four appendices, including "Common Error Messages in Python."


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Editable PowerPoint Newspapers PowerPoint Template

Editable PowerPoint Newspapers PowerPoint Template | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

We have just updated our popular editable PowerPoint newspapers. With these you can create your own news headlines, articles and insert your own pictures.

Following a couple of requests we have updated these so that you can now add in your own newspaper name.

A few different types of newspapers are included in the template.

These spoof newspaper templates could have many uses, including college and school projects and fun cards to send news to your friends and family. You could make a nice news magazine using the template.

The template is also available in portrait (vertical) format and our latest template in the series the Magazine PowerPoint

 

Read more:

http://www.presentationmagazine.com/editable-powerpoint-newspapers-407.htm


Via Gust MEES, Baiba Svenca, R.Conrath, Ed.D.
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UNREAL #54 | Candy Unjunked

UNREAL #54 | Candy Unjunked | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it

UNREAL Candy 54 - Candy coated chocolates with peanuts. No corn syrup, no artificial ingredients, no GMOs. Don't mean to advertise here but this looks like some good stuff - AND invented by a 15-year-old kid and a chef. You gotta love THAT!

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