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I LOVE This! I have 2 of them! They're aMAZEing!

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The Classroom of the Future (Thanks Dean Shareski)

Keynote for the Bucks Lehigh Edu Summit in Bucks County, PA. August 12, 2014

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Change is coming...not sure for the better...

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Communicating with parents in the digital world

Communicating with parents in the digital world | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
This post was written by Erin Dye, a ClassDojo Thought Partner who works in professional development at Green Light Learning





Gone are the days when you only had access to parents via one-way monthly newsletters or twice-a-year parent teacher conferences. Thanks to technology you can easily keep in touch with your students’ parents all year-round.


Here are some tips to get your communicating with parents in the digital world: 





Keep a Class Blog


Rather than sending home a monthly or weekly newsletter to parents that might never make it out of the bottom of your students’ backpacks, try starting a class blog. Set a schedule for posting and share that schedule with parents. Allow moderated comments on the posts to get parents involved with the classroom.


Have your students do most of the blogging. Assign one student a week to be the class chronicler. Have that student take photos, record interviews with other students, and summarize what the class learned. Weebly is an easy platform for students of all ages to use.     


Get your class blog linked to your school’s homepage to show all the exciting work your class is doing!


Use a Messaging Service


Sending individual texts or emails to parents is time consuming and not very private. Let a messaging service, such as ClassDojo Messenger, do all the work for you. Once students and parents opt into the system, it allows you to easily send text message blasts to update all parents at once, or you can privately message them to keep them up-to-date on their child’s progress. You don’t see their phone numbers and they don’t see yours. This is a great option for families who may not have home Internet but do have smartphones.


Set Up a Class Social Media Account


If parents don’t want to have their phones buzzing all the time, consider starting a class Twitter account or Facebook page. You can use the page to share updates, photos, and links to student work. If your students are under 13, be sure to set the account to private. To view the page, all parents will need to have Twitter or Facebook accounts (many of them probably already do). Before setting up any class social media accounts, review your school’s Privacy Policy and check with administrators.


Make Parents Feel Welcome


Let parents know that your classroom is a welcome space for them. Consider inviting parents to your classroom on days when students are giving presentations or sharing projects. Working parents can use Skype or Google Hangouts to visit virtually.

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Audrey Menard's curator insight, August 3, 5:20 PM

Great ideas!

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For beginners, many good suggestions are offered to optimize communication.

Brandon Enos's curator insight, August 4, 3:18 PM

Great article for teachers.

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You Can Now Embed Tweets Within Tweets – is Twitter’s ‘Retweet With Comment’ Coming Soon? - AllTwitter

You Can Now Embed Tweets Within Tweets – is Twitter’s ‘Retweet With Comment’ Coming Soon? - AllTwitter | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
You Can Now Embed Tweets Within Tweets – is Twitter’s ‘Retweet With Comment’ Coming Soon?

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You Can Now Embed Tweets Within Tweets – is Twitter’s ‘Retweet With Comment’ Coming Soon?

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Are Your Fav #EdTech Resources Keeping Student Data Safe? Find Out! (Lisa Nielsen)

Are Your Fav #EdTech Resources Keeping Student Data Safe? Find Out! (Lisa Nielsen) | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

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Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine

Internet Archive: Digital Library of Free Books, Movies, Music & Wayback Machine | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Internet Archive is a non-profit digital library offering free universal access to books, movies & music, as well as 417 billion archived web pages.

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More necessary than ever, particularly with governments and others trying to change history as we read it.....

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Power Searching with Google - Free course - need some challenges this summer...

Power Searching with Google - Free course - need some challenges this summer... | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

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Create QR-Codes with Logo or Image fast, free & easy | QRCode-Monkey-Generator

Create QR-Codes with Logo or Image fast, free & easy | QRCode-Monkey-Generator | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

QR Code This free QR Code Generator creates QR Codes with logo-images. Generate your QR Code for urls, vcard, facebook, youtube and more. Download in print quality as PNG, SVG, PDF, EPS.


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QR Code Monkey is my new QR Crush! Kaywa has let me down, so has Bit.ly! - which used to have self-generated QR codes that also tracked aggregated data - now? It's not there!


QR Code Monkey is FAST, FREE, & EASY - no joining necessary!

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Library to Learning Commons - Saanich School District (No. 63)

The Saanich School District (No. 63) is transforming their traditional library spaces to a Learning Commons model. These innovative changes to the physical a...

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Public. New CBD library and heritage centre running ahead of time - Geelong Advertiser

Public. New CBD library and heritage centre running ahead of time - Geelong Advertiser | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
New CBD library and heritage centre running ahead of time Geelong Advertiser Geelong mayor Darryn Lyons (second from left) with Kane site manager Sam Gallagher, Cr Andy Richards, Geelong Regional Library Corporation CEO Patti Manolis and director...

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Understanding Google Certification - Edudemic

Understanding Google Certification - Edudemic | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
A challenge of raising a connected generation of students is figuring out how to be a connected learner yourself. This requires learning about the tools that support connections and connected learning, and to accomplish this goal you may want to consider Google Certification. Which one is the best option? Here are two great ways you …

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I have started this process and passed the Basics exam. Onward and upward! On to road to certified trainer?!

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Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different.

Will Libraries Exist in the Future? If So, They’ll Be Very Different. | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Around the turn of the 20th century—a golden age for libraries in America—the Snead Bookshelf Company of Louisville, Ky., developed a new system for large-stack library shelving.

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Engage in Creative Tasks Outside Work to Boost Job Performance

Engage in Creative Tasks Outside Work to Boost Job Performance | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Creative work is not only best for bad moods, but doing creative activities outside of the office can boost your on-the-job performance, says a new study by psychologist Kevin Eschleman of San Francisco State University.

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I 100% agree with this.  I absolutely believe that, despite the draws on my time that are sometimes stressful, I am better at my job because I am creative outside it too.

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Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others

Step by Step Guide on How to Use Google Drive to Collaborate With Others | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

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8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives To Meetings

8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives To Meetings | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
8 (Mostly) Digital Alternatives To Meetings

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Common Sense Media - Topic Centers - Parenting the digital generation

Common Sense Media - Topic Centers - Parenting the digital generation | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Common Sense Media improves the lives of kids and families by providing independent reviews, age ratings, & other information about all types of media.

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Hangouts Drops Google+ Requirement for Apps Customers

Hangouts Drops Google+ Requirement for Apps Customers | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Google is pushing Hangouts, its group video call service, into the enterprise space in a big way. Starting today, Google Apps for Business customers no longer need a Google+ account... Keep reading →

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5 Successful BYOD Practices and Policies for the Schools

"Bring Your Own Device" Programs are Increasingly Popular in our Schools. What are the Key Factors in Successful Implementations? Are you thinking about

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Great things to think about, as this is where libraries and education in general are heading...

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 The notion of sharing and collaborating in a “networked classroom” empowers the whole learning environment.  The BYOD provides a creative solution to create a participative model of teaching and learning.  Teachers and students are side-by side in the learning process. BYOD programs promote student achievement and advance teachers’ technology skills. 

 

 

 

 

 

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eLearning Future: What Will eLearning Look Like in 2075? - eLearning Industry

eLearning Future: What Will eLearning Look Like in 2075? - eLearning Industry | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
How will education and teachers' roles change in the future due to educational technology advancements? Check the eLearning Future in 2075.

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2014 Horizon Report K12 Edition

2014 Horizon Report K12 Edition | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
This years Horizon report is out. If you are not familiar with the Horizon report it is a document put out by the New Media Consortium each year that looks at what technology is on the horizon. It ...

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Reclaiming the Web for the Next Generation

Reclaiming the Web for the Next Generation | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
Around this time last year, thanks to the whistleblower Edward Snowden, U.S. citizens found out just how little online privacy they have. For those outside the U.S., the revelations were potentially even worse news as they weren't granted the protection of the U.S. constitution.

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more lies less truth that'll protect my data

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Public. No more silence in the library - CANOE

Public. No more silence in the library - CANOE | Library Evolution | Scoop.it
No more silence in the library
CANOE
Walk into your local library today, and you'll probably find a bustling community space as likely to have a digital gaming station as it is to house ceiling-high stacks of books.

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Turn your favorite photos and videos into Google+ Stories and Movies

Turn your favorite photos and videos into Google+ Stories and Movies | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

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10 Great TED Talks for Parents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Great TED Talks for Parents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

These TED talks speak to the complexities of parenthood, offering unusual insights and hard-won advice.


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What’s in a Makerspace? - Evidence of school library impact by school principal

What’s in a Makerspace? - Evidence of school library impact by school principal | Library Evolution | Scoop.it

"In this post, Eric Sheninger describes the secrets to New Milford High School's Makerspace, and how every school can build a Makerspace."


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A library media specialist was given the scope by her principal to push the envelope.

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"The Makerspace in the library is an oasis for student self-directed learning. It serves as a rejuvenation center for inspiring of love for both formal and informal learning" says principal Eric Sheninger

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Principal Eric Sheninger on the school library as makerspace