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Collected articles about new findings affecting Early Learning and Literacy Connections.
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Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan

Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ... - Bridge Michigan | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Guest commentary: It's past time to extend 'exquisite beauty' of early ...
Bridge Michigan
Across our nation there is a growing debate. How much should we spend to support early childhood programs? How should we spend it?
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"Our nation’s ability to provide the experience of early learning success to all our children will largely determine the quality of our social and economic future. Let’s get it right."  Reasons to advocate....

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State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin

State can't scrimp on early learning - Walla Walla Union-Bulletin | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
State can't scrimp on early learning
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
The Washington state Legislature engages in a delusional false economy when it scrimps on money for early-learning programs.
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Logic on the page that supports early learning programs.  Some details to help with advocy discussions....

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Where Essential Questions Come From

Where Essential Questions Come From | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Where do essential questions come from? Grant Wiggins explains.
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It's not so much that they can't, but a reminder of how to think.....in a different way, with permission to expand on their own.....

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The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base

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A step-by-step visual that makes underestanding and application easy for elementary and middle grades.  Thank you for sharing!

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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows - Wired (blog)

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows - Wired (blog) | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Wired (blog)Books Change How a Child's Brain GrowsWired (blog)NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA—Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual...

Via Christine Bushong
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More info about brain based learning and adding it to your box of tricks.

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Education

Education | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
brain break activities using dice
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Quick and sweet - catch a break and refocus for a clearer picturer, a second look, a better understanding.

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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different
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Looking at how we are processing information - how are our students learnning to sift through information?  A new perspective...

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Neuroscience For Kids

Intended for elementary and secondary school students and teachers who are interested in learning about the nervous system and brain with hands on activities, experiments and information.
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Linking to more brain-based info on a student level.

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Infographic: How Search Engines Work - KIDS DISCOVER

Infographic: How Search Engines Work - KIDS DISCOVER | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Learn about how a web search works with this fun infographic from KIDS DISCOVER, perfect for the classroom or home.
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Pictures help with the explanation....strategies built from understanding the process could build from there....

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Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills

Teaching Students Better Online Research Skills | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Many educators are explicitly teaching such skills as how to evaluate a website's credibility, how to use precise keywords, and how to better mine search engines.
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Librarians will find a teacher advocate in this article.  We need this kind of support.  Thank you Leslie!!!

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The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries on Film and TV

The 20 Most Beautiful Libraries on Film and TV | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
If you read this space with any frequency, you'll know that Flavorwire is perhaps unnaturally fond of the beautiful library. Recently, Book Riot mused over which Doctor Who library is the best -- o...
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Oh. just because.....is your favorite here?

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Children's Spatial Skills Seen as Key to Math Learning

Children's Spatial Skills Seen as Key to Math Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
All that time cutting paper and tracing shapes helps young pupils master math later on, according to new research.
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best practice for best learning - a natural sequence needs to be followed in acquiring skills.....

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Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills - San Jose Mercury News

Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills - San Jose Mercury News | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Santa Clara County libraries promote early literacy skills
San Jose Mercury News
The Campbell Library is part of the Santa Clara County Library District, which includes libraries in Saratoga, Cupertino, Los Altos, Gilroy, Milpitas and Morgan Hill.
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Libraries are an important stop for parents looking for materials and models of early learning strategies.

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8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World

8 Tips For Helping Students Tell Stories In A Social Media World | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Human beings are storytellers by nature. Children especially love to hear stories, but aren’t always so keen on telling their own. Partly because they’re kids. Telling stories is more about the imagination and the curiosity...
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A good outline for plannng a project. Several sites are listed for sampling and ideas to begin a plan. 

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27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning

27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
27 Actions That Promote Self-Directed Learning
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A great listing of ways to scaffold an assignment for research!  These ideas encourage students to drive their research through a focused perspective. That is one of the most difficult parts of setting a project into motion.

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To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small | MindShift | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
It can be amazing and illuminating, once this door is opened, to see and hear the myriad ways that students understand learning and engagement.
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Fiinding and taking advantage of a teachable moment extends to the use of apps.  Having a student share something through a new venue renews the energy of learning and sharing of new knowledge.

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Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research

Rutgers Beginner's Guide to Research | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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a visual aid - helpful for upper grades, or as a tutorial.  Any way we can help with examining a topic and planning the search is appreciated.

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Lourense Das's curator insight, May 29, 2013 9:39 AM

Great interactive tool to teach your students (and yourself) about 'how to do research'

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, May 30, 2013 5:29 PM

Look at this from the POV of when and how you will teach research skills. Students need consistent requirements for excellence and accountability.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, June 6, 2013 3:49 AM

a great tool to teach your students how to research

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Powtoon Video Genre Intros

Powtoon Video Genre Intros | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it

I used Powtoon for 8th grade orientation, and students were 100% attentive!


Via Mary Clark, Christine Bushong
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Anything that adds novelty!  What a great idea!

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Stacey Py Flynn's comment, June 15, 2013 8:24 AM
It looks cool! Can you record your own voice as a track?
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9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning

9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
9 Characteristics Of 21st Century Learning
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Visualizing the learning process incorporating media....the comments expand on this topic very nicely, too.  Good piece for discussion!

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36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf

36 Digital Storytelling Sites and Apps From edshelf | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
by edshelf: Reviews & recommendations of tools for education Once upon a time, there was a teacher looking for ways to help her students tell a story. She wanted to give them a variety of tools from...
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A mini-bookshelf of apps- Thank you for sharing!  Think of the fun of exploring and comparing oach of these.....

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The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom

The Simple Things I Do To Promote Brain-Based Learning In My Classroom | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
You don't have to be a neuroscientist to promote brain-based learning in your classroom. In fact, it's really quite simple.
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Practical advice and connections to enhance learning strategies.  Helping children understand how they learn gives them an advantage in developing their own best habits.

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4 Principals Of Digital Literacy

4 Principals Of Digital Literacy | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
4 Principals Of Digital Literacy
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A good resource for finding alternative discussion points, or to help make a visual explanation for your audiences.

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Fine-tuning the way kids play to unlock better learning opportunities

Fine-tuning the way kids play to unlock better learning opportunities | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
Researchers know fun time is vital to a child’s development, but thoughts are mixed on impact of guiding that time toward learning
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An interesting introduction to discovery learning - Info to think about while planning for the next year....

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Teaching Nonfiction Reading Skills in the Science Classroom [ACTIVITY] | CTQ

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Reading AND thinking AND finding experts - Reading/litercy skills with an activity - just to get you started.

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National spotlight on libraries' literacy work - Eatonville Dispatch

National spotlight on libraries' literacy work - Eatonville Dispatch | Learning and Teaching Literacy | Scoop.it
National spotlight on libraries' literacy work
Eatonville Dispatch
Pierce County Library System's efforts to advance early learning and be a “cornerstone of the communty” had the attention last Wednesday of the nation, including the president's wife.
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A multi-faceted public library gets attention and an award - so many programs!

 

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