A higher-order thinker is a critical thinker. What are the attributes of a critical thinker? In The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts and Tools, Richard Paul and Linda Elder describe a well-cultivated critical thinker as someone who: raises vital questions and problems, formulating them clearly and precisely;gathers and assesses relevant information, using abstract ideas to interpret it effectively; comes to well-reasoned conclusions and solutions, testing them against relevant criteria and standards;thinks open-mindedly within alternative systems of thought, recognizing and assessing their assumptions, implications and practical consequences as need be; andcommunicates effectively with others in figuring out solutions to complex problems.
This site contains examples webpages of effective practice for elementary, middle, and high schools. Effective practice categories include: reports, book and reading promotions, digital storytelling, PLNs, bloggers, resources, digital citizenship, and virtual cafes.
Reminders - Destiny upgrade coming this weekend, End of Life for Panda & Horizon, Follett Challenge, METC Session information, Hour of Code next week, Got News Button, Resources - 11 more Hour of Code resources, PBS Learning Media, TED Talks for Educators, Padlet integration ideas, Socrative pre-made quizzes, ISTE Coaching Standards and the Domains of Professional Practice, Google - Redesigned Drive, Adding Attachments in Calendar, Follett Destiny - Student Emails & more on ILL, About Books - 3 dozen suggestions for books to read or give this holiday season, 16 chapter books for younger students, @your Library - December is READ a book month, event almanac for December, Personalized Learning - upcoming webinars, Announcement from SLCL on branch closures due to remodeling, News About the Profession - New & Improved Libraries, Discovery Education - Toolkit Overview with handouts and quick reference guides, Library Lessons - App Smashing with students, Camera uploads, Student Opps.
Reminders - book reviews due, Follett eBook offer, got news button, ISTE coaching standards resources, Resources - emaze, video prompts, Aurasma, web 2.0 tools in LiveBinder, Destiny - enhancement requests, Personalized Learning, @your Library promotions, More webinars, About Books - authorama.com public domain eBooks, Camera Uploads - Spark!, and Show Me a Movie Contest
Reminders - MASL proposals and contest, book reviews due soon, ordering books from Follett, meeting of the minds, World Book ordering info, about ISTE standard - Technology Operations and Concepts and resources, Highlighted resources - Curriki, classtools.net, would you rather, goREACT chemistry, and 321 tools for teachers, Google - research tool in Docs, G+ polls for high school students, and screencastify app in Chrome, Library Activities - 10 nonfiction activity ideas for students, Destiny - FAQ Site, email notifications, F & P subscription for MS, Brytewave update, Camera uploads, @your library - authors, card campaign, and promotional ideas, Personalized Learning - CEM and Global Ed Conference, Student opportunities - FBI Safe online surfing, SLCL Teen Mini Conventions, JSTOR course, and Show Me a Movie contest (submission window open), About Books - Read your way across America map
Are you a Google Drive / Google Docs fan? Do you take notes, compose papers, construct spreadsheets, and build presentations in real-time on the web while collaborating with others? I’m not necessarily promoting Google Drive; just merely pointing out a few of the powerful ways the free tool can help you save time and keep you better organized.
I’ve had a post about how to effectively use Google Drive in education on the back burner for several months. It’s been sitting as a ‘draft’ and is now finally ready for primetime. That’s because I stumbled across a fabulous new visual guide put together by Susan Oxnevad on Glogster. In the graphic, she showcases a dozen different ways to easily and effectively integrate Google Drive into your classroom.
Reminders - Book reviews due, meeting of the minds, MASL contest, newsletter information, Got News button, ISTE Standards for Coaches, Resources - HEC-TV, NIE, current events, managing mobile classrooms, MOOCS, Google - Classroom enhancements, created works sited within Docs, finding files in Drive, Library Activities - current events, Destiny - ILL, Titlewave analysis, Follett ordering, eBook special offer, About Books - 100 books for 1st graders, Personalized Learning - CEM Conference, Global Education Conference, @your Library - National Friends of the Library Week, picture book month, family literacy day, More Personalized Learning - Left Bank Books, Discovery Education, Student Opportunities - Internet challenge, last teen mini-con at SLCL, Show Me a Movie Contest Submission open, More about Books - 20 anticipated YA novels currently being published, and Camera Uploads
Join the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 3:00 pm EST for a webcast presentation and discussion with Sherri Hope Culver, Associate Professor at Temple University. In this high energy and interactive presentation, a wide range of apps and online activities will be shared that many teachers are using (or could use) in the classroom.