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Social Media Wars Told in 'Game of Thrones' Style [INFOGRAPHIC]

Social Media Wars Told in 'Game of Thrones' Style [INFOGRAPHIC] | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Social networks often put up their defenses against opposing social platforms. The social media wars are detailed in this Game of Thrones-themed infographic.

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Very cool. VERY.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, June 3, 2013 7:56 AM

Winter is Coming. Maybe you thought no one would fight against House of Facebook - you were wrong.

Ann Vega's curator insight, June 3, 2013 8:28 AM

Love this!

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College / University Study Tips - Learnist

College / University Study Tips - Learnist | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Tips to find the best way to study and ways you can avoid distractions.

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Haley Thompson's curator insight, January 12, 9:09 PM

Could help me if i chose online school!

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5 Search Engine Alternatives - Teach Amazing!

5 Search Engine Alternatives - Teach Amazing! | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Let's explore a number of excellent search alternatives, all with specific qualities that work well in various situations.

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Using Duck Duck Go with all my info lit classes now - the kids love the clean format!

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Sir Ken Robinson | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources

Sir Ken Robinson | Digital textbooks and standards-aligned educational resources | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Excited to listen to @sirkenrobinson now http://t.co/TGIZJtQxhN #geniushour
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How to Sever Ties to Social Networks and Other Web Sites

How to Sever Ties to Social Networks and Other Web Sites | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Scrubbing your profile from a social networking site isn’t easy; more users make the site look better to advertisers. Here are some tools to make the break.
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Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers

Terrible Times Lie Ahead for Bad Teachers | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it

by Felix Jacomino

 

As I prepare a presentation on 21st Century Skills, I find myself dealing with having to first be clear on what they are NOT. Only because for many, the term "21st Century" is synonymous with technology. In this post, I won't get into the details of why it's not.

 

What I would like to share is my realization that terrible times lie ahead for bad teachers. Conversely, there has never been a more exiting time for a good educator than today and the near future!

 

In order to make a statement like that, I owe it to my readers to give my definition of each type of teacher.

 

Bad teachers:

Do not want to learn new things.

Have "the book" lead instruction and feel the need to always stick to it.

Are comfortable doing the same lessons (the same way) year after year.

Never step out of their comfort zone. Live in their own bubble and do not see the need to live outside of it.

Only teach facts and assess the ability to memorize those facts ("Any teacher that can be replaced by a computer, deserves to be." -David Thornburg). 

Design tests to be easily gradeable.

Think that all progress in education are "fads."

Do not learn new things... oops, I already wrote that! It bears repeating because SOOOO much can be learned from other colleagues!

 

Good teachers:

Care whether their students find the learning relative.

Are ALWAYS looking for new ways to engage their students.

Embrace quality professional development as often as they can.

Learn from and share with other educators.

Have gotten this far into this post and are nodding their heads ;-)

 

My hopes are that we QUICKLY get to the point where teachers who do not inspire and engage will be seen as employees who are simply not doing their jobs and be let go. Or, they may move to schools that don't "get it" (yet) and find a safe haven there for now. Either way, it's time for ALL teachers to pick a side. And yes, there's plenty of room on the "good side" for bad teachers to make the change. Here's hoping!


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Hmm...might have been nice to spell exciting correctly in the second paragraph, however, apart from that - great little article!

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Casey Anley's curator insight, July 6, 2013 10:32 AM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 12:07 AM

Interesting take, and of course true, i.e. "technology" is not 21st Century.  It is almost a constant - technology facilitates (or can, used correctly) good teaching, and offers opportunities to add variety, flexibility and relevance.  Used badly it can be irrelevant.

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 8, 7:30 PM

Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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Sorry Google; you can Keep it to yourself

Sorry Google; you can Keep it to yourself | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Google may think it can waltz into a market that Evernote and others have staked out, but I’m not going to dance.

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How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools?

How Should Social Media Be Taught in Schools? | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
The power of connected learning expands the classroom to infinity and beyond, but students still need a teacher’s guidance.

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AlGonzalezinfo's curator insight, March 11, 2013 3:22 AM

from the article:

 

The Gift of Social Learning

Social media can provide two things that are critical for student engagement in a literate environment: audience and purpose.

 

Audience refers to those who will see what students create and share. By expanding the audience for classroom content, students no longer write for their teacher or peers alone.

 

A project on a classroom blog or on Edmodo, a safe social media site for classrooms, can now reach other students, family members and teachers across the globe.The feedback from this sharing can help students grow, but it also reinforces the need to teach students the importance of revision and being appropriate when posting online.

 

Purpose is the reason students are doing the work. Before students post their thoughts and work online, essential questions should first be considered.Is my project original and creative? What will my audience gain from what I am presenting? Will it make a positive impact on my community? The world? Can others add to what I shared and collaborate with me, potentially making it better?

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The Nerdy Teacher: Using my @IdeaPaint on the desks #EdChat #EngChat

The Nerdy Teacher: Using my @IdeaPaint on the desks #EdChat #EngChat | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
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This is awesome. What a great idea @IdeaPaint is!

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50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
The 50 tips and projects provide you and your students with 50 ways to incorporate Twitter into important and lasting lessons.

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Twitter, is , for me, one of my most important learning tools. It should be for our students too.

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gwynethjones's curator insight, February 26, 2013 4:53 AM

50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom | Some great ideas! Esp. for #EngChat #SSChat

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INFOGRAPHIC: What Makes Social Media so Influential?

INFOGRAPHIC: What Makes Social Media so Influential? | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
If your impression of social media is limited to your friends posting cat videos and teenagers glued to their iPhones – think again.

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Social media is the best PD source for me right now.

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Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal

Classroom Learning Spaces. Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools - T.H.E. Journal | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Designing Collaborative Spaces for Schools
T.H.E. Journal
When architects discuss the educational facilities of the next century and beyond, the conversation turns to collaborative spaces.

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100 Things Kids Will Miss ( if they don't have a Teacher Librarian in their school)

100 Things Kids Will Miss ( if they don't have a Teacher Librarian in their school) | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it

To start with...

1.Books that are professionally selected to meet school and personal needs.

2.Equitable access to computers and other forms of technology.

3.Someone to talk to and someone who listens – the school librarian.

4.A place to get help when they need it. A place to assemble with their friends openly


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YEAH!

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Maria Jose Vitorino's comment, February 23, 2013 1:07 PM
Let's use it (our unique skill set) :)
Lucy Beaton's comment, February 24, 2013 2:53 PM
Use it or lose it!
Alejandro Tortolini's curator insight, February 27, 2013 10:22 AM

Cosas que los niños extrañarán si su escuela no tiene un Bibliotecario.

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What Does A Teacher's Brain Look Like? - Infographic

What Does A Teacher's Brain Look Like? - Infographic | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Have you ever wondered what makes your favorite teacher tick? What makes them ask such compelling questions and spur great discussions?

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How Teens Are Really Using Facebook

How Teens Are Really Using Facebook | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
The Facebook generation is fed up with Facebook. That's according to a report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center, which surveyed 802 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 last September to produce a 107-page report on their online habits.

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Interesting article which backs up my own experiences with teen daughter. She is using Tumblr and Instagram and while Facebook is still in the equation, there is less reliance on it for purely social stuff.

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space - Suzie Boss | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it

Take a moment and imagine a creative work environment. Don't worry about the kind of work going on. Just focus on the space. Close your eyes and picture it. What is that space like? What does it sound like? How are people interacting? Is there movement? Is there evidence of work in progress? Is it tidy, or busy-messy? Can you imagine working there?


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Catherine Selby's curator insight, May 18, 2013 5:51 PM

This article gives teachers ideas on how to create a thinking space for students. In any KLA the importance of helping the students to be able to concentrate is extremely importand. One of the aims in the Australian Curriculum is to allow students to become "creative, innovative and enterprising when using traditional, contemporary and emerging technologies, and understand how technologies have developed over time."

By creating a thinking space this allows students the freedom to learn and implement the above areas.

Melita Ryland's curator insight, May 19, 2013 9:19 PM

This article asks us to rethink what we think to be a work space. They outline that a workspace can come in many different forms and still be productive. By simply moving around an changing the workspace can drastically change the outcomes of student leanring and engagement in more ways than 1.

Khushboo Singh's comment, July 8, 2013 5:30 AM
As I read through this article, I am also painting an image of workspace in my mind that can potentially foster creativity. A creative workspace should be such that it enables generation of free ideas and provide opportunities for constructive engagement. The thought of garage or workshop setting or think labs come to my mind. As mentioned in the article, classroom space is very much like a workspace with the only difference that here children are learning to develop things as well as understand how things work. One of the key areas that contributes to learning is the physical space itself. There are enough evidences as also pointed out in the article, that small adjustments to the classroom space can create better engagement and connect to the topic. Depending upon the school investment/pocket size, efforts can be made from improving the physical layout, wiring, designing flexible furnitures, lighting to simple improvements like changing wall colour, movable board, displays etc. These changes will not only lead to enriched work environment but also energise children to think through situations and work in collaboration.
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A Vision for Learning and Teaching in a Digital Age


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My favourite part where it refers to the issue of plagiarism: 

"The enduring response to this issue is to set aside technology as the culprit and to focus on the importance of digital citizenship."

This is the kernel of the problem (and many others) in digital land. If students are educated to be responsible digital citizens from an early age, plagiarism SHOULD be less of a problem.

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Wayne Lang's curator insight, April 29, 2013 8:24 PM

Students of 1251EDN, are you interested in changing/enhancing your view of teaching and learning in this digital age? Think about the systemic support that already exists for teachers to utilise many of the digital age facets.

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Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education

Controlling Social Media: Current Policy Trends in K-12 Education | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
  via The Journal As social media becomes ubiquitous, schools and districts should shift from trying to control its use and toward teaching faculty and students how to build successful learnin...

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning Education 3.0

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Schools are doing Education 1.0; talking about doing Education 2.0; when they should be planning and implementing Education 3.0. This post seeks to compare the developments of the Internet-Web to t...

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So true. In Australia we need to allow teachers the freedom and resources to do this, but the message just ain't getting through!

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Mack James's curator insight, April 4, 2013 2:20 PM
The educational system need to speed up its pace with technology. This would enable the system to better connect its curriculum with the speed of new technology being developed
Marie-Chantal SCHMITZ's curator insight, April 5, 2013 6:22 AM

a méditer et à partager pour nourri notre réflexion sur l'école de demain

Viljenka Savli's curator insight, June 24, 2013 12:54 AM

G

reat revison of the 3 types of educations throug time and technology

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Should School Be a No Whining Zone?

Should School Be a No Whining Zone? | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Seven ways to help children avoid academic entitlement.

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, March 19, 2013 2:20 AM

Student scores on K-12 achievement tests have remained relatively constant over the years. Yet, K-12 grades have increased dramatically. This suggests that today’s students are receiving higher grades for the same performance as students in previous decades. Some studies show that even the most talented students earn success by cleverly circumventing hard work.

What happens when students develop unrealistic expectations toward college or the work world? They respond with anger and disappointment when their goals are not achieved. Feelings of entitlement have been correlated with a host of negative outcomes, including hostility,depression, difficulty in relationships, and greed.  

Parents and K-12 teachers can minimize the risk of academic entitlement in college and the world beyond by instilling positive values toward learning and success during the formative years

Sue Osborne's comment, March 19, 2013 3:23 PM
Problem is, it's not just the kids who have that sense of entitlement - a lot of them get it from their parents...sigh....
Ana Cristina Pratas's comment, March 19, 2013 7:33 PM
Entitlement, instant gratification, an unbalanced sense of self-centredness.....as you say Sue, they get it from someone else.
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Social media advice for pupils

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Pupils in Wales could soon get advice on avoiding the pitfalls of using social media and prevent damaging their future career prospects.

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All schools should be letting their pupils know the pitfalls of life on line, but also showing them the joys too! Greater connnectedness CAN be good!

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Kris Byam's curator insight, April 7, 2013 7:10 PM

Every student needs to know the consequences of their actions on social media.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, December 8, 2013 8:02 PM

Article about advice provided in Wales about social media.

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Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a...

Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a... | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
A rural Montana school superintendent has apologized for plagiarizing a column written last December by Fulton County Schools superintendent Robert Avossa. (Montana school superintendent apologizes for plagariarizing a...

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Great example to use for classes....even those in "authority" can be caught out plagarising content!

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gwynethjones's curator insight, February 11, 2013 11:28 AM
How ironic, right? A school superintendent of schools cheating!?? It's WAY worse than spelling "plagiarizing" wrong in an article title! ;-) As in all things, ATTRIBUTION is key!
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Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift

Alan November: How Teachers and Tech Can Let Students Take Control | MindShift | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
For many educators, helping students direct their own learning is a priority. Educator and author Alan November, who has been talking about ways to get studen

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This guy, he's a smart guy! Looking forward to reading this - should be a mind-stretcher!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 26, 2013 12:14 AM
Great piece! Really difficult to change the habit of some teachers and students who like to be handed the photocopied piece of research though. Would love to see more of this!
John Rudkin's comment, February 26, 2013 12:16 AM
I has to change though. The continuation of the tardy old ways has to be swept aside. That approach can have its place - there needs to be a blend (of course), but attitudes need to change.
Deborah Owen's curator insight, February 26, 2013 6:19 AM

Help students become more engaged in their learning by directing their own learning, at least to some extent.

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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool
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Scoop.it and Evernote are my favourite tools thus far. Learning and sharing LOTS!

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What's Missing From These Quotes? QR Codes Hide the Answers!

What's Missing From These Quotes? QR Codes Hide the Answers! | Learning in Libraries | Scoop.it
I made a series of posters that I often hang around the room when I facilitate workshops. It's fun for participants to get up and scan them at break time. Each poster features a quote about education or technology .

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Great idea.  Might have to pinch this one for later in the year....

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Chris Carter's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:55 PM

Having experimented with QR codes, this use works well for me.

Kathy Atchison Shoemaker's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:46 PM

love this idea

Brittany Leach's curator insight, August 5, 2013 10:56 PM

QR codes!