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10 Ingenious Bookmarklets To Make You a Google Power User

10 Ingenious Bookmarklets To Make You a Google Power User | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
If you love all that Google has to offer, but are not particularly fond of the browser extensions available, then this list is for you. Here are 10 great bookmarklets for Google that range from search options to very specific tasks. To use them, drag the bookmarklet link into your bookmarks toolbar. Then you can…
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46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic

46 Hidden Tips and Tricks to Use Google Search Like a Boss: Infographic | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it

How often do you use Google to find something on the internet?

If like a lot of people you use Google every day you’ll be astounded by the number of hidden tips and tricks their search facility offers.

Find 46 of them featured in this infographic.


Via Lauren Moss
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Some nice tricks with Google.

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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, January 9, 9:34 AM

students still need to be taught how to be effective searchers On Google. Here are some helpful tips/tricks to show them--and learn yourself.

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, January 9, 10:38 AM

More Google search tips...

Kelly Coffee's curator insight, January 9, 10:46 AM

Nothing hidden about these "tips & tricks" - just standard every day library functions. This is not new, most these functions have been used since Win95, the days before we see the net as we do now. Nonetheless, whatever it takes for people to finally catch up and educate themselves about easier searching techniques! 

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If Digital Literacy is a Basic Skill, Who's Responsible for Teaching It? | Center for Teaching Quality

One of my students, a 50+ grandmother, sat a full arm’s length away from the computer, recoiling from the mouse as if it were a snake. It was the first night of our Freshman Comp I class at the rural Drew, Mississippi campus of Mississippi Delta Community College, and I was trying to introduce her to our class website.Like many of my students, younger and older, she does not use computer or Internet on a regular basis. In many cases, my students are learning to use the internet or their devices–beyond updating Facebook or texting—for the first time. I show them how to access our learning management system (Canvas), and how to access their essential student and college information on our administrative system (because there is no orientation or workshop for them on how to do that). But I also often end up teaching them how to use basic computer software (Word, Google). There’s a misconception among some teachers and policymakers, especially at the college level, that students come to us already being tech-savvy. I recently learned that some of our secondary schools have done away with what was called “computer discovery” courses, based on that same reasoning. The truth is many of our students need teachers and schools to provide not only access but also direction and encouragement in navigating and using various tech tools.Click headline to read more--
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Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again

Think digital distractions have killed our attention spans? Think again | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
The rise of complex TV series and vast novels shows we still prefer commitment to a quick fix, writes Stuart Jeffries
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Videogames and Learning

Videogames and Learning | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
Not a week goes by where I don't receive an unsolicited email from a company touting the benefits of its new 'educational videogame'.
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iPad and Education - No Longer A Debate!

iPad and Education - No Longer A Debate! | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
There is no longer a debate! If money was no object would a teacher want their students to have an iPad each? OF COURSE Even if they only used it to research a different perspective. Even if they o...
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A Plea for Pedagogy - Online Learning

A Plea for Pedagogy - Online Learning | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
Hybrid Pedagogy is an academic and networked journal of learning, teaching, and technology that combines the strands of critical pedagogy and digital pedagogy to arrive at the best social and civil uses of technology and digital media in education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Pedagogy in the new online learning world still seems under-theorised.

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Sandy Loucks's curator insight, July 23, 7:59 PM

The author suggests that most online learning has simply continued the pedagogical principles of the old distance-based learning that began over 100 years ago and of the traditional face-to-face methods. Electronic technology is here to stay and is morphing all the time.  It's time to think outside the box and take a new look at what the goals of education are and what are the best ways to achieve those goals.

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60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category

60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
60 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom By Category
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Some really good ideas here. I like the idea of using Twitter for silencing blurters!

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Five lessons for giving effective student feedback - SecEd

The role of high-quality feedback is widely acknowledged in improving students’ learning and outcomes. Drawing on a range of research, Dr Stephanie Thornton discusses the five key lessons to delivering feedback effectively.
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I like the idea of telling kids to pretend they are answering exams like somebody clever.

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Some useful ideas from International Reading Association for tackling text complexity.

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Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives

Beyond the Book Report: Ten Alternatives | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
In my last post I described 10 ways to cultivate a love of reading in kids. I want to expand on that theme by suggesting 10 alternatives to the book report.
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Primary English's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:43 AM

Reading comprehension ideas, suitable for independet guided reading activities.

 

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Can books teach children to behave badly?

Can books teach children to behave badly? | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
Book doctor: Books featuring naughty children create a neutral space for children to explore the consequences of bad behaviour – just look at Kes Gray and Nick Sharratt's Eat Your Peas
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More about the importance of books.

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From Book Creator to printed book - Book Creator app | Blog

From Book Creator to printed book - Book Creator app | Blog | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
Here is a masterclass from Apple Distinguished Educator Jane Ross on how to print your Book Creator ebook and get a professional finish.
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Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
A mountain of evidence indicates that educators have been painfully slow to use technology to change and improve the ways they teach.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Depressing, isn't it?

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How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum

How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
“ Schools are slow to address digital literacy when they see it as content to cover, not an everyday component of teaching. Jen Carey shows how to change that.”
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Always Evidence-Based Practice. Or Not?

Always Evidence-Based Practice. Or Not? | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
I wrote about research here (Research and rule)  and here (Lies, damned lies and statistics) and I would like to draw attention to an interesting yet less questioned aspect of educational research:...
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An excellent discussion of the value of "evidence-based practice".

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Is Gaming the New Essential Literacy?

Is Gaming the New Essential Literacy? | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
TB By Aran Levassur "When people learn to play video games," said James Paul Gee, "they are learning a new literacy." This is one of the reason kids
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Thinking about Beginning to Read -  Marilyn Jager Adams

Thinking about Beginning to Read -  Marilyn Jager Adams | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
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A really interesting discussion about initial reading with one of the real experts.

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Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students

Teaching Toddlers to Tweet? Introducing Social Media to Elementary Students | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
Let me begin this post by saying, "I agree."

I agree that students should have recess and play outside.
I agree that young children need to interact in a face-to-face setting.
I agree that it is dev
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Darlene Clapham K12's curator insight, June 18, 2013 8:12 PM

Hmm, interesting article! Do you agree or disagree that we need to teach social media and digital citizenshito starting at the earliest levels of elementary school?

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10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day - Lifehack

10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day - Lifehack | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
If you're one of countless people who don't make a habit of reading regularly, you might be missing out: reading has a significant number of benefits, and just a few benefits of them are listed below.
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BitTorrent Labs

BitTorrent Labs | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
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An excellent approach to backing up and syncing files which doesn't involve copies of files being kept in the cloud.

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Comprehension Strategies - Making connections, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and more

Comprehension Strategies - Making connections, questioning, inferring, determining importance, and more | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
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10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results

10 creative ways to teach English that deliver outstanding results | Literacy today and tomorrow | Scoop.it
As an English teacher at an outstanding primary, Anna Warren is often asked for inspiration. Here she shares her favourite approaches for creative English lessons
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Creative teaching IS still possible!

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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, March 31, 2013 7:22 AM

A useful checklist here for making your lessons more authentic and meaningful for students. Whether you're using technology or not in the classroom I think it's important to use creative approaches to stimulate and motivate your learners. A readable article with some sensible suggestions. Assess them for yourself.