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5 Excellent Videos to Teach Your Students about Digital Citizenship

5 Excellent Videos to Teach Your Students about Digital Citizenship | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it

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Circa News – Save time, stay informed

Circa News – Save time, stay informed | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
The free Circa News app is the best way to read the news on your phone. Available now for iPhone and iOS on the App Store, and for Android on Google Play.

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How Educators can use Twitter - 18 YouTube Videos

How Educators can use Twitter - 18 YouTube Videos | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it

How is Twitter interesting for a teacher or educational personnel in general? How to use Twitter for teaching? Why Teachers need Twitter?


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Oscar Melendez's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:36 PM

Helpful videos on incorporating Twitter to the digital classroom

Training in Business's curator insight, October 27, 2013 8:47 AM

How Educators can use Twitter 

 

GwynethJones's curator insight, January 2, 2014 7:38 PM

Always looking for new ways to energize teachers about Twitter!

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How to Use Gmail’s Advanced Search Features & Create Filters

How to Use Gmail’s Advanced Search Features & Create Filters | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
Gmail’s a Google product, so of course it has powerful search features. But some of Gmail’s search features are hidden and don’t appear in the Search Options pane. Learn Gmail’s search tricks to master your massive inbox.

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The Teacher's Guide to Social Media

The Teacher's Guide to Social Media | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
Even digitally versed teachers need to evolve with the language of their increasingly connected students. Here's a social media guide to help.

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Gotta get the lingo, otherwise you are OUT of the conversation!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, August 1, 2013 9:33 AM

This is a must read & Share w/teachers!

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Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens

Connecting With Parents On Social Media Is Good For Teens | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
A study from Brigham Young University reveals that parent-child relationships are strengthened by engaging online via social media, leading to positive outcomes for teens.

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Maria Persson's curator insight, July 18, 2013 5:32 PM

I love the idea of parents being more involved in their child's digital literacy development - no different than making sure you invest time in their reading, mathematical, emotional and physical wellbeing!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 2013 7:04 PM

Makes sense. The more we include parents in the education of their children the more social capital the children build. The question is not whether parents being involved is good. We need to figure out what that looks like in the digital world.

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Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education

Advent of Google means we must rethink our approach to education | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
We have a romantic attachment to skills from the past which are no longer relevant on a curriculum for today's children

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At the centre of this article there is truth, which is that our children need "new" skills and new ways of developing and using the "old" ones. However, I think there is room for them all, if the curriculum is formulated the right way. Inquiry-based learning, letting the kids ask a question and then search for the answer using a number of resources, is definitely the way to go. Personally I think there will ALWAYS be a place for being able to do maths the old fashioned way, so you understand how it works,  but there is also a time to let the technology take you further, to increase that understanding. Room for both.

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Linda Alexander's curator insight, June 16, 2013 10:38 AM

While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.  

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 1:24 AM
Linda Alexander summarised my thoughts beautifully!

'While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.'

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 18, 2013 1:25 AM
Linda Alexander summarised it well!

'While I agree with the basis of this article, we do have a romantic attachment to the past, especially parents who want their children to experience schools as they DID, I don't completely agree with this article. There are reasons for understanding the "way things work" and there are reasons for knowing one's history--as Winston Churchill said, "Those who don't know their history are doomed to repeat it." That said, this article really speaks to the way we go about learning and, yes, that has really changed.'

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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  and 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 10:56 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 11:28 AM

Love this!

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College / University Study Tips - Learnist

College / University Study Tips - Learnist | Learning  and 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 13, 2014 12:09 AM

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  and 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  and 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  and 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  and 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 1:32 PM

Interesting good vs. bad

John Rudkin's curator insight, February 8, 2014 3:07 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, 2014 10:30 PM

Diferencias entre Buenos y Malos Profesores

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The Most Famous Book Set In Every State

The Most Famous Book Set In Every State | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
From California to Illinois to New York, these are the most famous books that take place in every state in America.

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Cool!

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Jennifer Cowley's curator insight, October 15, 2013 10:26 PM

Need a vacation?  Read your way around the US.

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Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes

Watch this: Google Docs can automatically generate QR Codes | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it

Did you know that Google Docs has support for QR codes built-in? That's right, if you know the right function, the Spreadsheets app can generate QR codes with whatever inputs you like. Don't ...


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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:50 PM

SWEET! for all that Google says QR Codes are de trop, they can't quite give them up! LOVE this so much, I want to SQUEE!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 13, 2013 2:54 PM

Definitely checking this out! 

Slashed Reads's curator insight, October 14, 2013 2:39 AM

Very cool but the video isn't much help. You can check out a sample spreadsheet and get the code here 

http://lifeofjordi.wordpress.com/2013/09/18/google-docs-and-qr-codes/

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Thomas Edison's Creative Thinking Habits

Thomas Edison's Creative Thinking Habits | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
Think Jar Collective contributor Michael Michalko explores the creative thinking habits that Thomas Edison practiced.

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Locally Sourced Library Art!

Locally Sourced Library Art! | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it

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These are great....we have smaller posters that are on the "IN" door of our library - different quote every week!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 6, 2013 11:35 AM

I made these 24 x 36 posters, using my own photos of our town.  Staples has occasional sales on printing. These were only $8 each!  They will really brighten up a dark wall of the library. See others at http://t.co/yEM6pWiCC1

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http://t.co/i1LBun2mmK

Andrea Frey's curator insight, August 6, 2013 11:38 AM

Beautiful pictures!! Great quote too! Thanks for sharing!

Carleen Southard's comment, August 18, 2013 9:28 AM
Well done Mary! Beautiful pictures and great quotes.
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What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?

What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology? | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it

Wrong Answers: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps

 

Right Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change

 

Technology is a TOOL, NOT an outcome


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Oscar Melendez's curator insight, October 20, 2013 4:39 PM

On incorporating technology in the classroom

Hannah Roukas's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:55 AM

This post was short but to the point.  Technology should be one of the subjects kids learn in school, it should be used to help kids develop ideas.  Teachers should use technology to keep lessons interesting so kids don't fall asleep or become uninteresting.

Geoff Findley's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:08 AM

Good to think about...

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Facebook losing its buzz as younger users defect | eSchool News

For a glimpse of the changing social media landscape for today’s teens, consider the Witt sisters of Champlin, Minn.: Courtney, 20, and Claire, 16. They have Facebook pages but only check them a few times a week.

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Keep up folks...or get left behind.  Waaaaay behind.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, July 6, 2013 5:13 PM

Ha HA FB! Take that!

Sue Osborne's comment, July 6, 2013 11:41 PM
Have seen this first hand with my 16yo daughter.
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Creativity in Education - Why is Creativity Important in Education? on Adobe TV

Creativity in Education - Why is Creativity Important in Education? on Adobe TV | Learning  and Libraries | Scoop.it
A conversation with Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Creativity Expert.

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Always interesting to listen to Sir Ken. Always.

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Deborah Owen's curator insight, June 11, 2013 7:58 AM

Terrific ideas about why teaching creativity is imperative, and why schools are not currently set up to teach it. Short video (<3 min.)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 11, 2013 8:08 PM

Sir Ken has it figured out.

 

Francis Gilbert's curator insight, June 30, 2014 4:41 AM

Informative interview with the ultimate creativity guru. Well made too,

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

What Does A Teacher's Brain Look Like? - Infographic | Learning  and 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  and 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  and 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 8:51 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 20, 2013 12:19 AM

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 8:30 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 11:24 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  and 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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