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Great to pass along to those who want to get started with twitter as a professional development tool

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New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition - The Digital Shift

New Report Hails Librarians as Drivers of Digital Transition - The Digital Shift | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
This past January, the Alliance for Excellent Education published a report showing school librarians in the front lines of the education movement to shepherd digital tools and skills into the hands of students.
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An insight we've been trying to prove for awhile! Yay!
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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, April 2, 2:16 PM

Power to the Librarians!! 

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Verification Handbook — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Verification Handbook — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Thanks for the tip, Joyce!  Fantastic for HS Information Literacy.  Great tools in chapter 10.  Free E-book

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On being more genius — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

On being more genius — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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My thoughts exactly, Joyce!  This should be what school is about as a driving force and not just a separate hour! Libraries and learning commons support, lead and foster these skills.  #tlchat #cbeilc

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A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library

A Meeting of the Minds: The First Multiple Intelligences Library | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
A school library in St. Louis, Missouri, boasts something unique: It’s the only known library whose design is based on Multiple Intelligences theory—a groundbreaking concept of intellect conceived by psychologist Howard Gardner and widely embraced...
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Very interesting concept - though I have an argument about no technology and having a lab 45 feet away....

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Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Writing Prompts with a Visual Twist

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Writing Prompts with a Visual Twist | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Great blog post describing a Tumblr blog full of fantastic writing prompts.  LOVE IT! 

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Why 20% Time is Good for Schools

Why 20% Time is Good for Schools | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
Have you ever met an adult who doesn't really love what they do, but just goes through the motions in their job and everyday life? Have you spoken with men and women who constantly complain, showing
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Great first step...in making learning more relevant.  Let's keep at it!  Competency skill building, inquiry skills...all emphasized in a Library Learning Commons.  You can be intentional in the skill building and demonstration, even while loosening the reins.  Part of learning how to learn - authentic learning.  

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Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills

Why Programming Teaches So Much More Than Technical Skills | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
  via Edudemic If your local school system offers computer science courses, chances are those courses are electives that won’t count toward core science or mathematics credit. The implicit mes...
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How could we further explore and encourage this within the LC concept?  Collaboration with tech teachers, leadership, integration with tech squad, clubs (especially if programming is not available as a course/option, etc.)

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School libraries evolving into 21st century learning spaces

School libraries evolving into 21st century learning spaces | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
Dramatic changes are occurring in school libraries across the province as they are transformed into 21st century learning spaces.
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Great Canadian Examples - explains shift and emphasis on the learning taking place and not just a physical transformation!

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Making Agile Learning Spaces

Making Agile Learning Spaces | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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You may have to register (free) with eschool news to access this... but it is worth it!  Many added links, videos, etc.  Agility vs Flexibility.  Hmmmm.  Applications to the Learning Commons...

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Calgary Board of Education - What's New

Calgary Board of Education - What's New | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
student and parent vision transforms old library into vibrant learning commons
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Really appreciate the student leadership / inquiry part of the process of the library transformation. Shows whole school involvement = ownership.   Parents, teachers, students and community - how inspiring!

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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Why They Aren't Using It: The PD Dilemma and Transfer

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Why They Aren't Using It: The PD Dilemma and Transfer | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Love the answers (and suggestions) for when the transfer between teacher PD and uptake is lacking.  Great ideas here.  Super discussion starter for admin and PD team

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The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013 – So Far | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day…

The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2013 – So Far | Larry Ferlazzo’s Websites of the Day… | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Some fantastic sites here!!!!   Share share share - love the descriptions - so helpful

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Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Easily Remove Backgrounds with Clipping Magic

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Easily Remove Backgrounds with Clipping Magic | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Fantastic Tool!!!  LOVE it.  Ease of use!  

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Whenever you and/or your students are in need of transparent clip art or digital cut outs for all sorts of of projects, presentation or video, dial up Clipping Magic. It’s the perfect tool for both teachers and students!

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Uncommon Learning Commons

Taking the Learning Commons to the Next Level
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accompanying website for a presentation that @geekteacher and I did at 2014 Alberta Teachers' Conferences. Ppt is there in two parts as well as all links mentioned.  Main emphasis is on the Virtual Learning Commons (VLC) and the link to  the physical. 

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Book a free room for the Learning Revolution — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Book a free room for the Learning Revolution — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Fantastic!!  Thank you, Steve Hargadon!  Wonderful way to share PD!

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Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms across the world. The idea encourages students to explore their own passions and creativity.
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Great example of setting up for inquiry - own passions - could also be imbedded into the specifics of teaching and learning as part of shift in teaching instead of just something "outside" of school tasks/topics.  Learning commons (physical and virtual) a great central point to locate the work.  #CBEILC #tlchat

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Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News

Why school librarians are critical to digital learning | eSchool News | eSchool News | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
A new Follett-sponsored initiative aims to raise awareness of how important school librarians are to the success of digital learning.
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Beyond the sponsorship details....lies truth....

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Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Turn a Quote into a Visual Masterpiece with ReciteThis

Edutech for Teachers » Blog Archive » Turn a Quote into a Visual Masterpiece with ReciteThis | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Great idea - so many uses.  Like reasons for recommending this specific tool

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Texting Generation More Likely To Read Books and Use the Library Than Older Americans -- THE Journal

Texting Generation More Likely To Read Books and Use the Library Than Older Americans -- THE Journal | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
In what might come as a shock to those whose prime occupation is bemoaning the literacy of the current generation of young adults, new research has revealed that Americans aged 16 to 29 actually read more books and use the library more than those...
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This goes against the assumptions of many! 

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50 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

50 Google Docs Tips Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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helpfully compiled

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Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail?

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Walmart Corporate This past week, I worked with a small group of educators on becoming a "Networked Educator", and we had some great conversations about ho...
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Really appreciate the driving lesson analogy.  Food for thought here

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, June 26, 2013 12:11 PM

Teacher librarians could take a lead in this critical literacy for all students and teachers.Every activity in the Library Learning Commons should model and explore digital citizenship.

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Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Good for re-examining and changing perspectives and approach

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Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!!

Should my class blog, tweet, Google App, Moodle, Desire2Learn, or Edmodo? Arrghhh!!! | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
Do you want to use social media, web 2.0 tools, and/or a learning management system for your class or course program? Do you feel overwhelmed with the absurd amount of choice, and those 'techie' an...
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Fantastic chart with great questions for choosing a web 2.0 tool.  Appreciate the thoughful questions for selecting tools!!

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Search for "o canada" - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus

Search for "o canada" - TPS-Barat Primary Source Nexus | LibraryLearningCommons | Scoop.it
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Great site for primary sources (mostly USA)

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eduClipper

Educlipper
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Educlipper: a substitute for Pinterest in schools where Pinterest may be blocked.  LOVE digital curation

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