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5 Ground-Breaking Competitions for Innovative Youth

5 Ground-Breaking Competitions for Innovative Youth | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it
Hosted by major companies and organizations, these five STEM competitions are giving young people a chance to innovate.
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Manuscript and Rare Books

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With more than 900 illuminated manuscripts, 1,250 of the first printed books (ca. 1455 - 1500), and an important collection of post-1500 deluxe editions, this extraordinary collection chronicles the art of the book over more than 1,000 years. 

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For a Growing Number of College Students, Wikipedia Is Homework - Education - GOOD

For a Growing Number of College Students, Wikipedia Is Homework - Education - GOOD | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

Wikipedia doesn't have a stellar reputation for scholarly accuracy, but its staggering collection of 20 million articles in 283 languages has nonetheless made it the go-to reference for the world's students—it's even the most plagiarized source on college campuses. Now, a growing number of professors are bucking the anti-Wikipedia trend and assigning a new kind of homework: editing the site's articles.

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Using Voicethread for Peer Assessment | Thinking In Mind

This week I had my students use Voicethread to provide feedback on the latest round of their cigar box panels. A little bit about how this worked – the students were put in groups (combined editing groups from across my two Humanities classes) and asked to provide specific and detailed feedback to their peers. I prepared this list of elements that they needed to comment on as they provided feedback to each other. The idea was for students to get as much peer feedback as they could from the two classes. I was generally pleased with the comments that they students provided to each other – and I really liked how the drawing tool allow students to write on each others panel.

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Zygote Body

Body Browser gives you a 360 degree view of the human body. You can turn on layers to see bones, muscles, organs, and the nervous system. You can turn on all the layers at the same time and alter the transparency of each layer. Turn on labels to have labels appear each time you click on a part of the body. For example, if I have the bones layer turned on along with the labels, when I click on a bone a label will appear.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Tools Students Can Use to Manage Group Projects | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

Any teacher who has assigned group projects to students has at some point had to help those students organize and equitably distribute work. (Or has had to listen to students complaints about other group members not pulling their weight). Here are some tools that you can have students use to manage their responsibilities when working on group projects.

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Free Range Librarian › Between an ebook and a hard place

Free Range Librarian › Between an ebook and a hard place | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

In the past, the writer-publisher-library-reader model had a modicum of equanimity. It is now obvious that the nature of the technology — the printed book — largely regulated that equanimity. All of us in the reading ecology — librarians, authors, repackagers, readers — are tied to the tracks by the Brobdingnagian power wielded by the highly consolidated publisher-industrial complex that is then magnified a thousand-fold by the conveniently elastic, virtual nature of digital publishing.

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Remembering Shakespeare

Remembering Shakespeare | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

Remembering Shakespeare tells the story of how a playwright and poet in late sixteenth- and early seventeenth-century England came to be remembered as the world’s most venerated author.
Curated by David Scott Kastan, George M. Bodman Professor of English at Yale, and Kathryn James, Beinecke Library Curator, the exhibition brings together works from the holdings of Yale University’s Elizabethan Club, Irving S. Gilmore Music Library, Lewis Walpole Library, Yale Center for British Art, and Beinecke Library, in an unprecedented display of one of North America’s finest collections on Shakespeare.
Remembering Shakespeare will be on view at Yale University's Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library from February 1 - June 4, 2012. It is part of Shakespeare at Yale, a program of performances, exhibitions, and events celebrating the works of William Shakespeare at Yale University in Spring 2012.

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How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift

How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

I had a particular conversation with a student a while back. It might sound familiar:

“But how do I know what the important words are?” The student looked up at me, perplexed. She stared back at her paper, where she had written Did George Washington ever write a diary? “Every word is important, or my question wouldn’t make sense!”

She had a point, of course. We had been discussing a method to distill a question into its components and turn it into a strong query, the string of words she would type into a search engine to look for her answer. Students have often expressed that it’s hard to identify “just the words they need.”

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5 Ground-Breaking Competitions for Innovative Youth

5 Ground-Breaking Competitions for Innovative Youth | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it
Hosted by major companies and organizations, these five STEM competitions are giving young people a chance to innovate.
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30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

April is National Poetry Month and a great time to get teens thinking about and writing poetry so that they can add their verse. So that they may sound their "barbaric yawp" and "suck the marrow out of life." You can find some ways to celebrate National Poetry Month at the 30 Ways to Celebrate page at Poets.org. You can also keep reading and find some of the ways that I like to share poetry with teens. 

(via Teen Librarian's Toolbox)

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Spongelab | A Global Science Community | Home page

Spongelab | A Global Science Community | Home page | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it
Spongelab is an online learning platform with science animations, images, videos and games integrated into a teacher content management system.
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Data Visualized: More on Teaching With Infographics

Data Visualized: More on Teaching With Infographics | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

Last summer we did a popular series of posts on classroom uses for data visualization — the graphs, charts, timelines, diagrams, flowcharts, interactive slide shows and maps also called “infographics.” You can find all five posts linked from the first one, “Teaching With Infographics | Places to Start.”

Today we add to our collection with some new resources inspired by this latest Times article. As the professor pictured above, Dr. Hans Rosling, says, “Statistics is now the sexiest subject around.”

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Our Internet Safety Obsession Is Bad for Children

Our Internet Safety Obsession Is Bad for Children | Swain Library news - March 2012 | Scoop.it

Limiting our children’s ability to explore online worlds is the same. Children who develop media literacy and information literacy skills by being allowed to explore and engage with online environments from an early age, in ways appropriate to their development, will be at a greater advantage because of the skills and knowledge they will attain through doing that. Children supported to explore and search for information online will actually be better equipped to manage and avoid inappropriate content. Of course, there will be those who claim that these children will have the skills to find content that parents would prefer them not to see – and perhaps they will. But, if they are respected and supported in their development and approach, if parents and teachers support the development of responsible digital citizens, then the values these young people take into the online environment may look very different from the comment walls of YouTube. Children, in most cases, do not act in the ways we imagine they will act. Our assumptions and our desire to think the worst of the worst are usually wrong in most instances.

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