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App Overload: It's Time to Clean House

App Overload: It's Time to Clean House | Libraries | Scoop.it
Take a look at your phone. Too many apps on it? I feel your pain. Let's clean house together.

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App hoarders!

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John Pearce's curator insight, July 26, 2013 10:09 PM

Hmm, I've already begun the process of cleaning out apps, images, books and other "stuff" from each of my devices, (must get the 128Gb version next time :). 800+ apps are really probably 750 too many :).

ratzelster's curator insight, August 3, 2013 11:58 AM

John has found an article that many of us can use....downloaded something you thought was going to be awesome.   Then you never use it. Let's clean up those apps before school starts.

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The Internet can't replace libraries: Why they matter more than ever in the ... - Salon

The Internet can't replace libraries: Why they matter more than ever in the ... - Salon | Libraries | Scoop.it
Federal funding for libraries is down nearly 40 percent since 2000. Our democracy may never wholly recover

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 28, 9:38 AM

While primarily geared towards the public libraries, the idea of nostalgia being a "thin reed" for librarians to cling to when advocating the importance of libraries is appropriate for the school library, too. 

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Want to Make Blog Posts More Engaging? Apply These 15 Tricks

Want to Make Blog Posts More Engaging? Apply These 15 Tricks | Libraries | Scoop.it
The bad news is that most readers online are barely engaged with what they’re reading. But the good news is that there are plenty of ways to improve engagement, even to the point of getting people to read most of what you write.

There are two primary approaches to improving reader engagement. The first is to make your content scannable. Ie, to work with readers’ existing online reading habits. Second, create content so good that at least some users will actually slow down and take the time to read it word for word.

To make your content scannable, do these seven things:

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, May 20, 11:46 PM

Pam Neely shares several interesting studies looking at how people read, or should I say scan, content online. Content marketers and bloggers take note.

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

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The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history

The story behind Jar’Edo Wens, the longest-running hoax in Wikipedia history | Libraries | Scoop.it
Wikipedia editors are finding more hoaxes on the site every month. How many are there, really? No one actually knows.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 20, 2:05 PM

What a great article to share with students about Wikipedia. Lots of fascinating insight into how Wikipedia works, and why you need to think critically about your sources.

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 22, 10:01 PM

Cool! Great convo starter w/ older kiddos!

Kathy Moser's curator insight, April 23, 9:49 AM

Interesting article on how the editors cannot keep up with the mistakes and hoaxes.

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Why, and how, schools should be using Instagram - Daily Genius

Why, and how, schools should be using Instagram - Daily Genius | Libraries | Scoop.it
Instagram is huge. As in 300 million users huge. As in, your students, and probably their parents, are on it. Already, 30 billion photos have been shared on the platform. There’s a lot going on there.

So while Facebook is dead and buried for the cool kids, and the likes of Snapchat don’t really work for an institution, Instagram still has kudos as well as scale. If you want to be reasonably sure that the people you want are on board, then Instagram it is.

So should a school use it? Should a school start to use the fastest growing, and already one of the biggest, social media platforms in the world? There’s a certain amount of leading-the-witness in the question, but sheer scale doesn’t necessarily mean there is educational value. Unless you use it right, of course.

So how, and why should you be using Instagram in your school? Here’s some suggestions:

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library

Five-Minute Film Festival: Reimagining the Library | Libraries | Scoop.it
In honor of the 30th anniversary of School Library Month, VideoAmy has produced a list of interesting and insightful videos and resources that explore the future of the school library.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, March 30, 9:57 AM

I love this - find the one that floats your boat and share it with administrators, teachers, and Central Office stakeholders. A picture can truly be worth 1,000 words.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 30, 11:45 AM

Good reminder just in time for preparing for National School Library Month.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 30, 4:09 PM

Great ideas for re-imagining space in your learning commons and your role as a TL.


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Redrawing the map of Europe

"Fantasy cartography: An animated redrawing of the map of Europe.
Imagine a world in which countries could move as easily as people. A suggestion for a rearranged Europe."


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Bella Reagan's curator insight, March 24, 2:01 AM

Unit 1

Summary

This video shows countries being able to move easily in order for each countries benefit. Many countries are moved away from their enemies or other feared countries. Also in this idealistic video countries that are landlocked are able to move to places with easier access to water. It also includes moving countries and territories to be near countries that would work well together.

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This personifies countries as moving as they please, literally. I found this a little funny and pretty interesting to see what countries would do if they could daily move. It really reveals the importance of location and geography for countries in that countries are stuck where they are for the most part ad can't just move away from their enemies of conditions. 

Courtney Barrowman's curator insight, March 25, 9:46 AM

unit 1

Aleena Reyes's curator insight, May 6, 11:53 PM

A very interesting and fun short video. It raises a lot of questions has to how this could be done (if it could) and how one creates borders and regions.

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The shocking differences in basic body language around the world

The shocking differences in basic body language around the world | Libraries | Scoop.it
The body speaks volumes. But what it says depends on the culture you're in.

 

Tags: culture, infographic, worldwide.


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Gaëlle Solal's curator insight, April 1, 12:58 PM

ça vous en bouche un coin?!

 

Payton Sidney Dinwiddie 's curator insight, April 14, 6:00 PM

This shows the costums that several other Countries use in north America we cross our legs but in Countries Like Asia disrespectful. In America we view blowing or Noise is normal in Japan that Considered rude

Roman M's curator insight, April 16, 12:17 PM

This article shows the different customs on gestures or body language in the world. What we might do is disrespectful in another country. For example, even some as simple as crossing your legs while sitting is common in North America and some European countries. However, it is viewed disrespectful in Asia and the Middle East.

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9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask

9 questions about the Israel-Palestine conflict you were too embarrassed to ask | Libraries | Scoop.it
Yes, one of the questions is "Why are Israelis and Palestinians fighting?"

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Brian Wilk's curator insight, March 22, 1:02 PM

This story of the Palestinians, Israel, Arabs, and Jews has its roots in Germany at the hands of one of the worst dictators the world has ever seen, Adolf Hitler. His ethnic cleansing of Jews via torture, the gas chamber, and starvation, is one of the bleakest times in recorded humanity. The remaining Jews were a people without a land and so it was agreed that Israel would be formed to provide a safe haven. However the land has been disputed, fought over, and the borders changed so many times that it no longer resembles the initial attempt to provide a refuge for the Jews. Ironically, 700,000 Palestinians had been displaced initially and now number 7,000,000 according to the article; all of them designated as refugees. There is no solve for the problems between the Arabs, Jews, Palestinians and Israel as too much blood has been spilled, and forgiveness is a forgotten word. How do you apologize or forgive for generations of bloodshed, displaced families, borders that constantly change, and religions that contradict one another? I'm glad that I wake every day in the USA. We have our own issues to resolve, but nothing approaches the contradictions and paradoxes this area of the world must live with every day.

Claire Law's curator insight, April 26, 2:07 AM

A good refresher for teachers and a start for students

Michael Amberg's curator insight, May 26, 11:25 PM

Its interesting to see another side to the story and what barriers are now in place from the two opposing cultures.

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A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers

A Media Specialist's Guide to the Internet: 31 Free iPad Apps for Science Teachers | Libraries | Scoop.it

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Karen E Smith's curator insight, December 3, 2014 8:47 AM

Literacy teachers in the content area of science can benefit from this list.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:52 PM

Thx Skip

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, December 25, 2014 10:07 PM

Free? Yes! Check them out!

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21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

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Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

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John Pearce's curator insight, July 14, 2014 3:21 AM

Unlike most lists, this one contains quite a few tips that I didn't know about though the challenge again is to see which ones I remember and which become embedded into my normal practice.

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Tips You Need To Know When Sharing Google Drive Docs with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Tips You Need To Know When Sharing Google Drive Docs with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Libraries | Scoop.it

"The sharing functionally that Google Drive offers to its users is really an amazing feature.It is ideal for sharing files and documents with students. What is even better is the fact that you can control who sees and edits your files with visibility options and access levels. In today's post, I am going to show you how to use these two features to share documents, files, and folders with your students."


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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:01 AM

Privacy settings on Google Drive!

Kaylin Burleson's curator insight, June 10, 2014 9:05 AM

beneficial for those of us just beginning to use google with our students.   

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Field Guide to South Australian Fauna

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"Learn more about the biodiversity of South Australia. See detailed descriptions of many of South Australia’s mammals, reptiles, birds, insects and marine life combined with stunning images and sounds."


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John Pearce's curator insight, May 6, 2014 2:45 AM

This app follows on and builds on the great Field Guide to Victorian Fauna by Museum Victoria http://goo.gl/vQZAET and is part of a series developed for each state. Great for schools and travellers.

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Making Room for Making - Edutopia

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As a teacher, the library has always been an important, almost sacred place for me to go with my students. It was an opportunity to use the computer lab once in a while and look for books to help support research. Over the past few months, the library has taken on a new and different role for all students and teachers.

Our library has become a place where I hang out during my prep period and brainstorm with my amazing teacher librarian, Courtney McGuire. We have been looking at our space and trying to think of ways to bring more students in during their study period. We have students who are interested in many different topics but don't have the access to the resources for fully exploring them. As Courtney and I looked over the underutilized resource section, we thought about turning the area into a makerspace.

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How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie

How to Use Green Screen Effects on iPads - Jonathan Wylie | Libraries | Scoop.it
It is easy to use green screen effects on an iPad to produce professional looking videos. Learn how to do it with the Green Screen app by Do Ink.

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Christine Lombardo's curator insight, May 20, 10:22 AM

I can see a lot of potential ways to enhance lessons and class projects with this. 

tom cockburn's curator insight, May 20, 11:49 AM

Have a go!

Funnelbox's curator insight, May 20, 12:17 PM

Cool.

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The Common Thread: Weaving information Literacy

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RESOURCES IN PRESENTATION Literacy video (Martin) 10 things learners pay attention to (Sh!ft) QUESTIONS Essential questions (Wiggins) essentialquestions.org Essential questions (te@chthought )...


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Transform Your School: Practical Tips for Starting a Makerspace @DIANARENDINA

"Makerspaces are an amazing way to bring STEAM, creativity and informal learning into your school, but with so much information out there, many educators aren’t sure of where to get started. In this session, you will get ideas and inspiration on how to bring the Maker Education Movement into your school. Topics covered will include: cultivating a Maker culture, getting student input, finding space, securing funds and donations, gathering supplies, making it happen, and sharing with others. Throughout the presentation, you will see examples from the creation of our school’s library Makerspace, as well as examples from other schools."


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Norton Gusky's curator insight, April 18, 8:03 AM

Here's a slide deck that outlines the key issues for moving forward with a Maker space. In the Pittsburgh area Maker Spaces are popping up in schools, libraries, community centers, and wherever kids are building and creating. 

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School Library Monthly - Digital Storytelling: Meeting Standards across the Curriculum in a WWII/Holocaust Unit

Strengthen your curriculum using digital storytelling by combining digital, visual, and media literacy to enhance broader nontraditional approaches of reading, writing, speaking, and art appreciation.


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0ver 150 EdTech Tutorials to Help You Integrate iPad in Your Instruction

0ver 150 EdTech Tutorials to Help You Integrate iPad in Your Instruction | Libraries | Scoop.it
EdTech Teacher Tutorials is an excellent resource of educational video tutorials covering a variety of EdTech tools and apps. This work is created by Paul Hamilton and is available for free download from iTunes store. We have spent some time browsing through the numerous tutorials Paul integrated in this app and we found them really worth your attention.

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The Best Chromebook is... an iPad. - Wired Educator

The Best Chromebook is... an iPad. - Wired Educator | Libraries | Scoop.it
I have read many articles about which device is the best for education, the Chromebook or the iPad. Let me be clear from the onset: both devices are great for education. I believe there are many myths and flat out fallacies about each device that need to be explored.  After using both devices in my teaching I can clearly see the merits of using each. The iPad, however, clearly stands out as the best choice for many reasons, but I feel the one thing most people fail to consider, is that the iPad is also a Chromebook.

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Introducing the Haiku Deck Presentation Template Gallery

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With its integrated Creative Commons image search, one-touch formatting, and streamlined layout options, Haiku Deck already saves you ridiculous amounts of time. The brand-new presentation template gallery jump-starts your creative process even more — now it’s easy to save a template to your account and edit it, instead of starting from scratch.


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Jen Pollard's curator insight, March 1, 11:39 PM

Haiku Deck provides a clean and crisp user interface to craft a powerful presentation. The photo gallery is extremely large and gives a great deal of variety to users. 

Kelly's curator insight, March 3, 12:22 AM

Having seen this tool incorporated into a SMLE on this week's discussion board I was curious. Now I'm impressed.

Janna Mattson's curator insight, March 5, 1:31 PM

The new templates are impressive! I looked into Haiku Deck a few years back, but it seemed limited in terms of other presentation tools available. Now I see much more affordability in using the tool.

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Global Shipping Traffic Visualized

As stated in this NPR article: "The video shows satellite tracking of routes superimposed over Google Earth. It focuses on some of the main choke points for international shipping, such as the Strait of Malacca on the southern tip of Malaysia, Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar and Panama Canal. It's a good reminder that about 90 percent of all the goods traded globally spend at least some of their transit time on a ship."

 

Tags: transportation, globalization, diffusion, industry, economic, mapping, video, visualization.


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Ben Ricchio's curator insight, February 24, 10:30 AM

Very cool

Mediterranean Cruise Advice's curator insight, February 25, 6:46 AM

This is amazing to watch.

Matt Davidson's curator insight, February 26, 4:52 AM

A great visual on shipping - Geographies of Interconnections (year 9)

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12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive: Now powered by ThingLink.

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Theophilus's curator insight, September 20, 2014 6:36 AM

12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive: Now powered by ThingLink

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21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do

21 Things You Didn't Know Your iPhone Could Do | Libraries | Scoop.it
Be an iPhone ninja with these 21 awesome tricks

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John Pearce's curator insight, July 14, 2014 3:21 AM

Unlike most lists, this one contains quite a few tips that I didn't know about though the challenge again is to see which ones I remember and which become embedded into my normal practice.

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The Ultimate Guide to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone in iOS 7

The Ultimate Guide to Freeing Up Space on Your iPhone in iOS 7 | Libraries | Scoop.it
Running out of storage space on your iPhone is annoying, but trying to free some up is downright aggravating. Until they figure out a way to throw a terabyte of flash memory in there, you're going to have to do some spring cleaning every now and then. The biggest storage hogs are usually photos and videos, but there's also the infamous other, which can claim up to 10 GB of space if you're not careful. Deleting a few pictures and movies might help you out of a jam, but if you're continually getting that "not enough available storage" warning, you've got to dig deeper. How to Free Up Storage

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John Pearce's curator insight, April 24, 2014 4:05 AM

This is certainly an extensive list of things you can do to free up space including lots of tips on removing content from your device. It's worthwhile as a reminder of how many different things can affect performance.