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Michael Stephens: "23 Things" as Transformative Learning

"23 Things" as Transformative Learning: Promoting Confidence, Curiosity and Communication via Library Staff Professional Development Dr. Michael Stephens is ...
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Technology provides global links through libraries!

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Crack the Books iTextbooks - Adjusts for Reading Levels

Crack the Books iTextbooks - Adjusts for Reading Levels | Library Matters! | Scoop.it
Crack The Books is a state of the art, interactive textbook series for upper elementary students.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 25, 2013 1:16 PM

I normally do not promote textbooks but these iTextbooks can "level the playing field" for millions of learners. Crack The Books™ textbooks are the first interactive Textbooks that can be adjusted for reading level. Designed for the 2nd to 6th grade science and social studies curriculum, iTextbooks allow for reading level adjustment from 1st grade to 8th grade, making it possible for all learners in a classroom to access the same curriculum content regardless of their reading abilities.

 

Here are some other features that can make a difference for every learner in your class.

 

> Visual supports for comprehension

> Hundreds of high resolution images

> Videos and custom animations

> Interactive globes, charts and activities

> Interactive vocabulary definitions and glossaries

> Universal design elements

> Integrated voice over features

 

 

 

 

 

Carol Leynse Harpold's curator insight, September 26, 2013 4:28 PM

Interesting universal design for learning textbook series. Have you used these?

Carol

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An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day

An Estimated Million—from Italy to North Carolina—Participate in World Read Aloud Day | Library Matters! | Scoop.it
An estimated million-plus individuals in over 46 countries participated in World Read Aloud Day on March 5 with events like Skype-read aloud sessions between classrooms in different countries. (Cool!
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Ken Robinson: How to escape education's death valley

Sir Ken Robinson outlines 3 principles crucial for the human mind to flourish -- and how current education culture works against them. 


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 28, 11:22 PM

Acknowledge diversity, stimulate curiosity, awaken creativity as it is inherent in everyone. 

Abhiram Boyina's curator insight, January 29, 12:53 AM

wonder full speach

Tricia Adams's curator insight, January 29, 2:51 AM

US based but of relevance everywhere - broad curricula, criosity and creativity with teachers as the lifeblood of a creative profession.

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Using Wikipedia in information literacy instruction

As an information literacy instructor at Auburn University, it has been a perpetual struggle to teach students how to successfully search for library resources when they come to their one-time library sessions with only a broad paper topic and no idea how to narrow it down. A student recently told me regarding an English composition due in a few days, “The topic is so broad, I can’t pick an argument. I don’t even know where to start.” I began encouraging students to use a resource that they feel comfortable with as a starting point—Wikipedia.


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Using Wikipedia as a starting point can assist in narrowing a search that will lead into vetted databases research.

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Terheck's curator insight, January 22, 1:53 PM

Beaucoup de critiques sont encore émises contre Wikipedia, mais cela ne m'empêche pas de l'utiliser. Comme toute source d'information, elle peut être critiquée, ne peut être suffisante, nécessite des vérifications, mais doit être considérée comme une source possible parmi tant d'autre.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 25, 5:41 AM

It is better to be positive about something that students use rather than negative. As long as they know the pitfalls it is a good place to start. Just not the place to stay! 

Karen Draper's curator insight, January 29, 7:49 AM

This is what I teach my students-- get ideas from Wikipedia, use it as a jumping point. Make sure all info is backed up by primary & secondary sources.

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Top 50 School Library Blogs

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See our Top 50 School Library Blogs for great insights and content from school librarians.
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Library blogs to check out!

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Pick of the Day: This Star Won’t Go Out | Audio

This is the memoir of Esther Earl, a 16-year-old who suffered from terminal thyroid cancer that metastasized in her lungs.
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Inspiring story.
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mwe library: Wrapped books make library abuzz!

mwe library: Wrapped books make library abuzz! | Library Matters! | Scoop.it
Book Love: a great idea for elem. school library! http://t.co/eRiGnG7vZ3 #bookloversunite
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The elementary library alternative to "Blind Date With a Book!"
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Google Search Tips Poster for Your Class

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"There is much more to efficient Googling than what most of our students know. From the specific order of the words constituting our search query to the use of search operators, Google provides all kinds of tricks for users to implement in order to tap into its full search potential."


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Tap the full potential of Google!

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, January 27, 2:54 PM

A very handy poster for your library.

Grisell Rodriguez's curator insight, February 3, 4:52 AM

Very good tips where you take command of Google

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Michael Stephens: "23 Things" as Transformative Learning

"23 Things" as Transformative Learning: Promoting Confidence, Curiosity and Communication via Library Staff Professional Development Dr. Michael Stephens is ...
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Technology provides global links through libraries!

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Legislators call for improved school, library Internet - Santa Rosa Press Democrat

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Legislators call for improved school, library Internet
Santa Rosa Press Democrat
More than two dozen members of Congress have signed a letter calling for upgrades to a federal program that subsidizes Internet access at schools and libraries.
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The e-Rate program is one of four programs funded by the Universal Service fees customers of telecommunication companies that provide interstate or international services  pay on their monthly bills. 

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