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15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps to Support Learning

15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps to Support Learning | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
As many of you will know I am a bit of a map nerd and have always enjoyed peering down at the Earth through a map or using tools like Google Earth and Maps.

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A reminder of the many ways to include a global view of a project.  We used Google Earth during our Summer Reading Club to travel around the world introducing new countries as we began our library meetings with the school-age members.

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niftyjock's curator insight, April 14, 2014 3:09 AM

love google maps

Jim Doyle's curator insight, May 9, 2014 11:08 PM

15 Interesting Ways to use Google Maps to Support Learning

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 23, 2014 12:33 AM

Google Maps can be useful not just in Geography. I've used them in Mathematics and in English as a writing stimulus.

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freelibpd | Piktochart Infographic Editor
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A Joyce Valenza gem to share - always wonderful info from this outstanding professional!!

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Zaption: Interactive Instructional Videos

Zaption: Interactive Instructional Videos | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
  If you are not familiar with Zaption, it is a free service that allows you to make videos interactive. These do not have to be videos you have created, they can be videos from YouTube even. ...

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
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This has some great applications and implications - the author does a great job explaining the features and usefulness in various settings.  Makes this an exciting proposition!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 3, 3:25 PM

This looks like a very interesting tool at the author gives some great ideas for using it in the classroom.

Jennifer McDonald's curator insight, April 7, 11:26 PM

Zaption allows the teacher to insert text on the video, to draw or annotate on the video or to insert thought provoking questions.


This could be huge!!! Especially in flipped classrooms or where you want the students to see an experiment and think about why and how things are happening as they see them! 

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Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian

Beyond books: what it takes to be a 21st century librarian | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
From connecting with people to keeping up with the latest technologies, there is a whole lot more to the job than stamping due dates

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Great sharing of the detailed work we do for every person we help.  Thank you!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, April 15, 9:10 AM

I love this statement: If anything, the internet has added to the range of services libraries provide and in turn this has also increased the variety of roles available to librarians.

While we in the profession know that to be true, it is difficult to make that known to the casual user (or the school administrator or state legislators). This would be an excellent article to keep on hand when that person comes in and comments on how nice it is to have a job where you can read all day...

Loretta VU's curator insight, April 25, 2:07 AM

When I tell people it will take me about 4 years to finish my Library Diploma on-line/part time they ask how hard is it to learn how to lend out and shelve books.  Like that's all a librarian does!

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8 for 8: Eight iOS Apps You Can Learn to Use with Students in Under Eight Minutes

8 for 8: Eight iOS Apps You Can Learn to Use with Students in Under Eight Minutes | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
photo credit: iOS7 Homescreen blurred (DSC_0719) via photopin (license) 1. Nutshell Camera (Prezi) This app is like Vine, in that you can take a quick video of a subject or action. T...
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Add these to your toolbox of student and teacher apps for presentation aids that are easy to use and give that final product some polish.

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MIND-BLOWING LIBRARIANS

MIND-BLOWING LIBRARIANS | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
When l was young l always dreamt of being something fancy like a doctor or a pilot. When l think about it now l think it was about the respect they got from everyone they saw. That uniform could co...
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Celebrating one of the greatest jobs in the world!!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 8, 2:28 PM

Just got to be shared! Yes I am a librarian and proud of it :)

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Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News)

Personalizing Social Emotional Learning with Google Forms (EdSurge News) | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
When I was a classroom teacher, the best “tech” I had access to was a shared VCR/DVD player and a cracked overhead projector. As a result, I was unable to leverage technology for better “personalization” in my classroom, and so I leveraged relationships, instead.I “personalized” by getting to know m
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What a great way to improve connections! 

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Imagine This: Creative Play and 21st-Century Learning

Imagine This: Creative Play and 21st-Century Learning | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Reimagine learning through play, whether children or students are building with recycled materials, playing social justice or health-themed games, or growing their own garden.
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Look at these apps for some out-of -the-ordinary fun during the search to find something interesting to do.  Summer Reading may get a boost by adding these elements......

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How do Unschoolers Turn Out?

How do Unschoolers Turn Out? | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Unschoolers weigh in on how their lives have evolved, including college, career, and overall happiness.
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A thoughtful, well-described article about the effects of school choices.  Included to give insight for family assistance at your library.

In sum: “The findings of our survey suggest that unschooling can work beautifully if the whole family, including the children, buy into it, if the parents are psychologically healthy and happy, and if the parents are socially connected to the broader world and facilitate their children’s involvement with that world.

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Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits

Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it


Tinker Thinker: 21 Awesome Maker Kits
by TeachThought Staff
Being a relatively new concept, the definition of Maker Ed isn’t exactly set in stone, though it roughly relates learning by making.
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A list of kits in varying levels of difficulty to expand and challenge your thinkers and tinkerers.

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Augmented Reality

Augmented Reality | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Here are some Augmented Reality Resources for Education.  Please contact me at engagetheirminds@gmail.com if you have a suggestion for a new link.  Click here for a Flipboard Magazine of current ar...

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adding ideas for expanding the tools we offer students....

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Free PD for eacher Librarianss (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Free PD for eacher Librarianss (an infographic) — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
There’s a whole lot of learning going on out there, but I’ve learned that it’s not all that easy to find.

For the last few years I’ve tried to keep up with it myself and help my students and colleagues keep up as well. I decided it was time to pull it all together. Here’s a first go at an infographic collecting some of the major professional learning opportunities out there for school librarians.

Please let me know what I missed and please feel free to embed and share with friends.

Via John Evans
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Always worthwhile to keep up with Joyce Valenza! Here are her suggestions for keeping up....thanks to John Evans!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 2:09 PM

This is amazing! Thanks for sharing!

SLS Guernsey's curator insight, February 4, 2:13 PM

Really useful!

David Baker's curator insight, February 8, 11:40 AM

Librarians are vital as we move 1:1. The resources are changing but the need for text and learning are never greater. 

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Creating Video Projects

Creating Video Projects | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
In this post I'm going to talk about creating videos with your class. I'll take you through some simple steps to get your students going.  I've been using student-generated videos in class for a few...

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Always happy to find and share new ideas for implementation - this one can be a simple intro or an expansion of another project - you decide!

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CTD Institute's curator insight, February 4, 12:23 PM

This Blog entry, part of the Teaching theTeacher website, really brings up useful information for teachers interested in integrating video proction into content.

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School libraries not what they used to be

School libraries not what they used to be | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Students can talk; they can even get a little noisy while tapping away at keyboards, peppering a guest speaker with questions, or giving a presentation to classmates. [...] it is a model that is set to spread soon to other schools, as the boundaries between libraries and classrooms dissipate during the district's ongoing digital learning initiative. The tenets of the learning commons align really well with 21st-century skills and with our International Baccalaureate program. The learning comm
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A good article about the many activities that take place in the library - so much active learning!!!!

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Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Jane Goodall, Julia Child, Pablo Neruda, Marie Curie, E.E. Cummings, Albert Einstein, Ella Fitzgerald, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Frida Kahl
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This edition has a lovely exposition of some outstanding picture book biographies worth rediscovering.

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Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools

Only Few Know about These Good Classroom Tools | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
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Making info sharing a little easier....

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Candy Experiments

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Candy Experiments | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it


Put on your Willy Wonka top hat and try some scrumdiddlyumptious Charlie and the Chocolate Factory candy experiments. We did and it was epic fun!
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Summer Reading ideas....

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A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos!

A Nicer Way To Share YouTube™ Videos! | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it

"Sharing YouTube video is easy using options available on the platform, but there is another way, a nicer way to share YouTube™ videos with your students. NicerTube is an amazing platform that allows users to share YouTube videos getting rid of all the fluff, distractions and sometimes-dodgy content around YouTube videos."


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add some focus to your selections, and subtract the distractions.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, April 5, 8:31 AM

looks good

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, April 10, 7:23 PM

This is a great way to show YouTube Videos in your classroom. Takes less than a minute to set up and gets rid of all the extra clutter. You can quickly select one of their own backgrounds or even use your own blog as the background. Check it out. It's free!

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How do You Choose Good Online Sources?

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, "Well, what do you think?" Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your...

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Helpful to encourage thinking and self-evaluating...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 25, 10:06 PM

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 26, 6:12 AM
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Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

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Do you know how I know my son read his book?

Do you know how I know my son read his book? | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
He was asking about the next book in the series before he was halfway through the first one. The thickness of his book doubled while reading it, due to spilling his drink on the pages while eating ...
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All the signs of a great reader in the making AND a great book----

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Dan's Blog

Dan's Blog | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Discussing Librarianship and Information Science
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Nice work!!! A category and link for some of the greatest websites for Information Access!!!

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Locals, records detail the path to integration of Charleston's libraries - Charleston Post Courier

Locals, records detail the path to integration of Charleston's libraries - Charleston Post Courier | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it


The smooth sounds of jazz flowed most nights from the two-story structure at Bogard and Kracke streets, drawing black teens indoors to dance and socialize away from the unrelenting racism and segregation that held a firm grip on Charleston in the ...
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 to add to the collective memory about segregation...

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Teaching with Content Curation

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Content curation is "...the process of collecting, organizing and displaying information relevant to a particular topic. Teacher content curation can be used by students and students can be asked t...

Via ICTPHMS, Gust MEES
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added info for helping your students find, evaluate, and share relevant information.

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Zhang Meilan's curator insight, March 9, 7:14 PM

通过内容策展教学。

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, March 14, 10:41 AM

Again, some instructions very useful for those who are beginning in Curation  for Education.

Thanks.

Jocelyn Bassett's curator insight, April 2, 10:50 PM

Digital curation includes the up-keeping, safeguarding and enhancing of digital data throughout its duration.

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This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad

This Stunning App Made Me Wish All Textbooks Were On iPad | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
When I say textbook, you probably think something along the lines of “boring” or “meh,” but a new app called Earth, A Primer for iOS brings boring old geology textbooks into…

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Imagine this on full screen - with full class involvement....

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Recess for High School Students

Recess for High School Students | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it
Last year, Montpelier High shifted its schedule to free up 15 minutes–for recess. Teachers and students find they are more calm and focused, with a camaraderie that continues into the classroom.
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Results include increased library use.....Yay!!!

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Fall Back in Love With Teaching - Education Week News

Fall Back in Love With Teaching - Education Week News | Library Gems for All Ages | Scoop.it


With Valentine's Day approaching, Cindi Rigsbee shares four ways teachers can make room for a little more love in the school day.
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Take a moment to review, breathe, refresh and begin again....

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