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Sources and Tags: Dennis O'Connor's Curating Secrets

Sources and Tags: Dennis O'Connor's Curating Secrets | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it

There's no question that Dennis O'Connor has found much success on Scoop.it. It wasn't all coincidental, though. Dennis shared with us two of his best curation secrets and tricks:

 

1. Develop multiple sources for your topics
It's important to carefully think through the keywords that you set for your topic so that Scoop.it can crawl the web and provide you with interesting and relevant content and inspiration. In addition to taking full advantage of this, Dennis also uses other tools like Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Prismatic to find content to share on Scoop.it. Once he finds the content he wants to share with his audience, he uses Scoop.it as his social media hub to add value to that content and share it everywhere.

 

2. Tag your posts
Dennis takes a lot of time to tag each of his posts. This allows him, he explained, to assemble publications based upon his tagged topics. When he's using his information on Scoop.it for his E-learning classes, it's easy for him to filter his Scoop.it pages based upon different subjects and easily compile a list of posts and articles on appropriate topics to provide to his students. Something interesting that Dennis does with his tagged articles is to pull them by subject and create "special editions" of his topics on his blog for special classes and events that he is teaching.


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Brad Upton's curator insight, March 9, 2015 12:10 PM

I liked this article because it deals digital information fluency.

Marianne Hart's curator insight, April 12, 2015 9:00 PM

Good graphic for Ss research too!

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digital scrub down!

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How and Why You Should Learn Speed Reading

How and Why You Should Learn Speed Reading | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Do you wish you could get more reading done everyday? Of course you do!
Whether it’s reading more novels or keeping up with industry blogs, just imagine what it would be like if you could read 2, 3, or even 4 times faster than you do now.
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Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction

Learning In The Age Of Digital Distraction | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
There needs to be some positive acceptance that young people are going to use this technology. I don't think that just denying it is reasonable. I also don't think an extended period of removing technology is likely to be helpful. I think that it is reasonable to take technology "time outs," to have environments and maybe even times where the family interacts with each other and not the outside world through texts. It's sort of a return to the dinner table as a place where you learn how to engage in face-to-face, meaningful contact. Put your tech aside. You can return to it afterwards.

And I think to lead by example is critical because we now know that parents are as guilty as their kids in pulling out a phone during a dinner conversation and texting. I think that that is really critical just to say it has to be balanced and we're going to practice how to balance it as a family.

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, March 10, 8:44 AM

Interesting take!

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Digital distraction triggers multi potentials
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Improve Your English Pronunciation

Improve Your English Pronunciation | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Use YouTube to improve your English pronunciation. Real people, real situations. Easy and fun to use.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, December 16, 2016 12:47 AM

Use YouTube as a corpus to find out how words are pronounced. Great tool for finding words in context.

Lilydale High School's curator insight, December 25, 2016 6:06 PM
Learn to pronounce English and 14 other languages.
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53 Ways to Check for Understanding

53 Ways to Check for Understanding | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
This big, printable list of assessment strategies will help you identify new ways to check for understanding and verify what students have learned.

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Best Books for Teaching Empathy To Older Kids

Best Books for Teaching Empathy To Older Kids | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Teaching empathy to children is more important than ever, but sometimes it can be hard to get through to our older kids. Using books is a great solution.

 

As a mom with several kids in later elementary school and now even a high schooler, I worry all the time about the world they live in and character examples they are exposed to at school and in the media. I want to raise kind kids who are compassionate and thoughtful, but teaching empathy lessons to older kids can be more challenging

 

When my children were younger and in the picture book stage, it was simple to find quality stories that helped me engage my them in meaningful conversations and reinforce the character lessons we were teaching them at home.

 

By MICHELLE MYERS


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8 digital skills we must teach our children

8 digital skills we must teach our children | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it

The way children use technology is very different from adults. This gap makes it difficult for parents and educators to fully understand the risks and threats that children could face online. As a result, adults may feel unable to advise children on the safe and responsible use of digital technologies. Likewise, this gap gives rise to different perspectives of what is considered acceptable behaviour.


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, June 26, 2016 11:02 AM
Interesting schema for thinking about digital skills.
Francisco Restivo's curator insight, June 28, 2016 7:46 AM
What all kids should be aware of. Interesting article.
EI Design's curator insight, July 6, 2016 4:15 AM
8 digital skills we must teach our children
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How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift

How To Weave Growth Mindset Into School Culture - Mind/Shift | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Adilene Rodriguez admits she has always struggled with academics. Especially in middle school she hated getting up early, found her classes boring and didn’t really see where it was all going. When she started her freshman year at Arroyo High School in San Lorenzo, California, just south of Oakland, she was a shy student who rarely spoke up in class and had little confidence in herself as a scholar.

Rodriguez is now a senior and her approach to school has changed dramatically over her high school career. She attributes her shift to her freshman science teacher, Jim Clark, who taught the class about growth mindset from the very beginning and backed up the discussion with action.

“He would tell me, ‘You need to push yourself, that’s how you’re going to grow. Be confident. You’re not always going to be successful on your first tries, but you can get there,’ ” Rodriguez said

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J A Jones's curator insight, February 10, 2016 10:24 AM

Carol Dweck"s book Mindset is a great resource for teachers who want to learn more about this topic.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, June 15, 2016 10:29 PM
"She also tries hard to model a growth mindset to her students by being open about her own struggles as a parent and a teacher. “They’re not used to teachers apologizing,” Rodgers said. “But I tell them I’m going to make mistakes all the time. And I think showing that helps them realize they can actually make mistakes.” When teachers and administrators say they want kids to have a growth mindset, the school environment has to back up that rhetoric. At Arroyo, the emphasis on growth mindset came alongside a shift to standards-based grading. Kids can see that mistakes along the way aren’t negatively affecting them and keep working to master the concepts. “When you believe it; they believe,” Rodgers said. “If I didn’t believe this, they wouldn’t buy what I’m selling.”"
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6 Good Educational iPad Apps for Early Childhood Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Good Educational iPad Apps for Early Childhood Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
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English Grammar Activities App Helps Students Learn Grammar Rules | Edudemic

English Grammar Activities App Helps Students Learn Grammar Rules | Edudemic | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Compared to other grammar apps, English Grammar in Use is more authoritative and exhaustive, with 306 activities and 2,800+ questions.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Great PowerPoints for AP History Students & Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Great PowerPoints for AP History Students & Teachers | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
As I've mentioned in the past, Tom Richey produces great instructional videos for students taking AP US History, World History, and Government courses. Recently, I learned that he's also publishing many of the PowerPoint presentations that appear in his videos. From his PowerPoint page you can download any of Tom's dozens of presentations on US History, European History, or World History. Tom also offers a couple of presentations on US Government.

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- Phocabulary word - Photo Word of the Day to improve and enhance word memory. Beginner, intermediate, advanced words including definition, synonyms, and antonyms.

- Phocabulary word - Photo Word of the Day to improve and enhance word memory. Beginner, intermediate, advanced words including definition, synonyms, and antonyms. | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Photo Word of the Day with definitions, synonyms, antonyms to help improve and enhance word memory for learning and studying.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 29, 2015 9:18 AM

A free flashcard app for improving vocabulary

tomnguyen's curator insight, November 30, 2015 11:53 AM

A free flashcard app for improving vocabulary

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, December 3, 2015 3:17 AM

Good tool!!

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The Online Teachers’ Guide To Difficult Students

The Online Teachers’ Guide To Difficult Students | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
It often happens as you’re working through your emails, replying to students who are making good progress and who appreciate your guidance. Suddenly, you open an email that’s surprisingly brutal. In a matter of seconds, that one message blots out all the positive conversations you’ve just had. It’s like a black cloud over the sun.

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Phillip Morgan's curator insight, September 10, 2015 2:05 AM

Even the online teachers have to met with various challenges every now and then. Stay calm and follow the basic few tips to overcome the hurdles and patchy behaviour of various students.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 11, 2015 12:31 PM

Some great tips in this article. I particularly liked 

Set up a FAQ page and refer demanding students to that, as a default starting point. Make it a one-stop information shop for common queries.but I do find you have to constantly refer students to it. They don't normally look for answers first.   Set up a FAQ page and refer demanding students to that, as a default starting point. Make it a one-stop information shop for common queries.
Donna Farren's curator insight, September 14, 2015 11:03 AM
Helpful reminders about how to work with all types of students and why good protocols should always be followed.
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The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app

The top 11 apps to use with Book Creator - Book Creator app | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to choose their favourite apps for smashing with Book Creator. Here's their top choices.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, May 19, 12:30 PM
we’ve heard from many teachers that Book Creator is a great app for ‘app smashing’. Because you can pull in content from other apps so easily, it’s often the last step in the workflow – where students collate all their content from other apps into one place, to showcase their work. So we thought we’d delve a little deeper to find out which apps were the top choice at the moment when it comes to working with Book Creator. We asked our Book Creator Ambassadors to give us their top 5 choices for apps they love to use in conjunction with Book Creator. We then rated their choices (5 points for no.1, 4 points for no.2 etc.) and came up with the list below. These 11 were the only apps that scored double figures. Do you agree with the list?
 
2nd-Library's curator insight, May 20, 7:16 PM
Book creator
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Que ce soit le logiciel Book Creator ou un autre, les e-books vont être utilisés de plus en plus, même si la progression est lente.
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Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic

Is Technology Holding Students Back? | Edudemic | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Today, a day without tech being used in the classroom would be an unusual day indeed. In fact, according to a survey by Front Row Education, 75% of teachers say they use technology daily with their students. Tablets and laptops are now common in many classrooms. These devices can be loaded with education programs and apps for students, and using this kind of technology makes it easy for teachers to track student progress.

On the cutting edge of ed-tech you’ll find tools like virtual reality and 3D printing. By using virtual reality technology, like Google Glass, students can visit other locations without ever leaving their desks. These tools use 3D imagery to make the wearer feel like they’re exploring a realm in person. 3D printing also gives students opportunities to explore cutting-edge concepts in the classroom. Students can design objects on a computer and then “print” them out on a 3D printer, which uses plastic or other materials to create the object. These kinds of technologies may currently be cost prohibitive for many schools, but you’re likely to see them being adopted by classrooms in the coming years.

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Christine Weald's curator insight, March 22, 12:57 AM
Like almost everything else - a little bit of this mixed with that gives the all round environment.
John Rudkin's curator insight, March 22, 4:11 AM
Never doubt the opportunities modern digital technology can offer - and push the envelope
Tumbling Stones's curator insight, March 23, 6:09 PM

Important conversation!

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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Lee Hall's curator insight, April 4, 9:35 AM
Help your students with their critical thinking skills. 
Heather Temske's curator insight, April 4, 10:35 PM
I think this could be very useful. 
Character Minutes's curator insight, May 5, 12:34 PM
Great tool for teachers to use in the classroom.
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking 

View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/5-tips-to-improve-your-critical-thinking-samantha-agoos Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, an

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, January 8, 11:19 AM

We should always look to improve our critical thinking in all areas.

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Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning - Edutopia #makered

Makerspace Stories and Social Media: Leveraging the Learning - Edutopia #makered | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
By assigning students a one-minute, social-media-friendly video reflecting on their makerspace experience, you encourage them to bring their learning into the world where they live.

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The Seven Learning Styles Teachers should Be Aware of ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Seven Learning Styles Teachers should Be Aware of ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
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These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading

These 18 practices are proven effective for teaching reading | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
What works when you teach reading? These 18 teaching practices have been shown effective by reading researchers. Some are for beginning…
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10 Reasons Why Failure is Important - Thanks to the #Awesome @SylviaDuckworth

10 Reasons Why Failure is Important - Thanks to the #Awesome @SylviaDuckworth | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
TRUTH!! 


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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 23, 2016 9:47 AM
According to Thomas Edison, "I have not failed. I have just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Excellent graphic explaining why failure is an important part of the learning process.
Ferran Viñas Jurado's curator insight, May 30, 2016 3:25 AM
Per què el fracàs es important?
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Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William

Educational Leadership:Looking at Student Work:The Secret of Effective Feedback - Dylan William | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Most of the time, however, the student work we're looking at is not important in and of itself, but rather for what it can tell us about students—what they can do now, what they might be able to do in the future, or what they need to do next. Looking at student work is essentially an assessment process. We give our students tasks, and from their responses we draw conclusions about the students and their learning needs.
When we realize that most of the time the focus of feedback should be on changing the student rather than changing the work, we can give much more purposeful feedback. If our feedback doesn't change the student in some way, it has probably been a waste of time.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, April 28, 2016 11:21 AM

Very thoughtful and instructive article, with numerous examples from a variety of disciplines. Well worth reading.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, April 28, 2016 12:19 PM
There is a bit of an over-simplified definition of feedback at times, as if it is always external. What if an objective is to help students and teachers (for that matter) to learn how to use internal feedback along with external feedback?
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A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have via @Mekh9

A Beautiful Poster Featuring Basic Digital Skills Every Teacher Should Have via @Mekh9 | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it

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Rod Murray's comment, February 13, 2016 7:21 PM
If every teacher had this skill set, that would dramatically change teaching and learning. The "vendors" are, contrary to your suggestion, mostly free technologies that can and do change teaching and learning.
Richard Whiteside's curator insight, February 19, 2016 5:10 AM

These and many other tools are available. But if you are a teacher, what do you think? Is it really necessary to have all these skills? There is so much content readily available online and if you can organise to prepare materials in teams, or have access to a PLN on or offline, then you can share the load. 

 

Some teachers and content creators have specific skills and their expertise can be used or accessed by anyone. Personally, I think it's good for teachers to be aware of the digital possibilities for their teaching context, but it is generally unrealistic for anyone to expect all teachers to become skilled in so many different areas. 

 

Is it not better to pick fewer areas more relevant to you and focus on them? Be a master of a few areas useful to you, not a jack of all trades feeling stressed that you are master of none. 

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, April 17, 11:12 AM
Resumo da Literacia Digital Essencial para cada professor em 2017 - destrezas úteis no dia-a-dia e que aproximam dos alunos nesta era de soluções tecnológicas em veloz transformação para novos problemas e problemas de sempre: gravar e editar registos sonoros, crear conteúdos em video anotados, interativos e envolventes, criar conteúdos visuais motivadoes, modular o poder dos media, criar e aderir a redes pessoais de aprendizagem, usar bblogues e wikis para construir espaços de participação para os alunos, usar a seleção de sítios web para gerir e partilhar recursos, construir apresentações entusiasmantes, portefolios digitais, inquéritos (quizzes) não convencionais.
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25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed

25 awesome apps for teachers, recommended by teachers - TED-Ed | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
What are the best apps for teachers? We asked TED-Ed Innovative Educators and the TED-Ed community. Below, 25 awesome apps recommended for teachers, by teachers.

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Sarah Wheaton's curator insight, January 23, 8:33 AM
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Think I may have already captured this one - but just in case
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How to Evaluate Web Resources

How to Evaluate Web Resources | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
Effective and credible writing requires authoritative and verifiable resources. Learn the best ways to evaluate sources of information on the Web.

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delta14's curator insight, October 9, 2015 10:20 AM

Excelente guía para evaluar recursos web, frente a la gran cantidad de publicaciones y aportes que emergen en la RED.

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 9, 2015 11:55 AM

Neat infographic on evaluation of web resources.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, October 15, 2015 10:04 PM

So much information and so little time!  This infographic and webpage provide clear guidance that teachers can use to help their students be more selective about the sources they choose to use.  

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How To Be More Productive Every Morning

How To Be More Productive Every Morning | Literacy Coaching Network | Scoop.it
There is every reason to take advantage of your morning routines. Because we are always more productive after we wake up, taking advantage of the morning will prove beneficial in the short and long term.

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Dade Ronan's curator insight, September 10, 2015 10:29 PM

Excellent Advice!!!!!

Elizabeth Alfaro's curator insight, September 15, 2015 1:48 PM

Are you a morning person? 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, October 6, 2015 6:37 AM
Great insight I get a lot done every morning