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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21 century principles
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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How do you make students better online researchers? By understanding how they can and should use Google, of course!
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Google lesson plans for effective researching.
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From OPAC to Search Engine: Making the Case for Discovery [Discovery Tools Now and in the Future] - YouTube

Presentation from the Amigos "Discovery Tools Now and in the Future" conference on November 18, 2014. For more information, see: http://www.amigos.org/discov...
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Love this new tech!  Now to work this into my budget for next year:)

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 22, 11:51 AM

If you have time to listen to this then it makes some interesting points about how libraries need to move with the times. We need to be up to date and struggle to make decisions quickly enough to keep up. We need to be a the front not waiting to see what happens.

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70+ Web Tools Organized For Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Edudemic

70+ Web Tools Organized For Bloom's Digital Taxonomy | Edudemic | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Check out this useful presentation which details more than 75 web tools that work with Bloom's Digital Taxonomy. Worth viewing for any connected educator!

Via Cindy Rudy
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More tools for your #diglit pack!  Thanks Pip!  

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38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy - Curriculet

38 Question Starters based on Bloom’s Taxonomy  - Curriculet | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Curriculet is free for teachers and students. Get started here. This is the 2nd post in a series on how... Read More
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Creating questions that meet the Blooms hierarchy.

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NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition | The New Media Consortium | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Library version of the new Horizon report!

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Educational Leadership:What Research Says About Reading:Creating Fluent Readers

Educational Leadership:What Research Says About Reading:Creating Fluent Readers | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Assessing fluency is an ongoing strategy for teachers.  This article shares some assessment tools for teachers.

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Online Learners & Libraries: It's time to connect to the revolution | Editorial - Library Journal

Online Learners & Libraries: It's time to connect to the revolution | Editorial - Library Journal | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Online learning, much touted and often doubted, is revolutionizing education as we know it. This is good for learners and could be transformational for libraries.

Via Becky Roehrs
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Online learning has transformed our library from a traditional library to an engaging virtual and physical blended commons.  Without this impetus we would not have looked for resolutions so quickly.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, October 11, 11:51 PM

Yep, we need online, accessible libraries for students and teachers.

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What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care?

What's the Maker Movement and Why Should I Care? | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
We're glad you asked. The coauthor of Invent to Learn explains how to start one in your schools and why making is the most powerful way for kids to learn.


Learn more:


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/08/20/maker-space-a-new-trend-in-education-and-a-big-responsibility/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace



Via Gust MEES
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Great introduction articles as to why #makerspaces and #makered. are important in the learning commons.  

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RESENTICE's curator insight, October 9, 4:35 AM

Les Fablab mode d'emploi et intérêt pédagogique par l'auteur de l'ouvrage :

Invent To Learn - Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the ClassroomGary Stager co-écrit avec  Sylvia Martinez

Rejoignez le mouvement des "makers"!  Il s'agit d'une révolution alliant la  technologie et la créativité : l' apprenant actif étant au centre du processus d'apprentissage.

Rachelle Ackerman's curator insight, October 9, 9:59 PM

Not directly about outdoor learning, but shared values of hands-on, child-driven learning.

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Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google

Young Learners Need Librarians, Not Just Google | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

The ubiquity and ease of Google searches could make kids' minds go soft without the ability to critique or contextualize the answers.  Forbes article on the reason we need librarians.

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Yes your school needs you!  The librarian is still the beating  heart of the academic year, and no search engine can replace!

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What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station?

What happens to literacy when the internet turns into a giant TV station? | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Video is the future of the web. You can no longer launch a new smartphone, inaugurate a Kickstarter campaign, or even announce a business partnership without accompanying it with a slickly produced...
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Video complements literacy and should not replace reading.  Hear hear!

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The Science of Storytelling

The Science of Storytelling | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Many studies show us that our brains prefer storytelling to facts.When we read facts, only the language parts of our brains work to understand the meaning. When we read a story, the language parts of our brains and any other part of the brain that we would use if we were actually experiencing what we’re reading, light up.This means that it’s easier for us to remember stories than facts. Our brains can't make major distinctions between a story we’re reading about and something we are actually doing....


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Maria Persson's curator insight, September 30, 6:49 PM

Something about telling our stories can often keep us in loops of despair and darkness but in sharing them these clouds can often lift and lead to empowerment and engagement with the world around us again!

 

This is a great infographic suggesting how physiological aspects are affected by storytelling...believe it or not - do the research and make your own mind up!

 

Commercial aspects aside and the idea of branding, how could this concept work in  educational environments? Need to give this more thought...ideas anyone - very welcome!

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, October 1, 3:55 PM

For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, October 3, 2:02 AM

One more proof to show how important storytelling may be!

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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Teaching #searchingskills is in my top five too!  #learningcommons.  Then #discipleship.  Also #makered and  #curation.  Number four #peermentoring.

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Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities - Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities

Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities - Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Bookshare - Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities
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Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.

A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.  International students who meet the criteria can also register.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 30, 9:32 PM

Bookshare® provides the world’s largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities. Individuals can sign up for membership and access the library on their own. Organizations that serve individuals with print disabilities (schools, libraries, community centers, etc.) can sign up and provide access to their students or clients.

A Bookshare membership offers unlimited access to accessible books, textbooks, newspapers and magazines. Additionally, free access technology makes it easy to read books with a computer.

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ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension

ReadWorks.org | The Solution to Reading Comprehension | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
You’ll love this research-based reading comprehension curriculum. Check out ReadWorks.org!
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"The non-profit ReadWorks is committed to solving the nation's reading comprehension crisis by giving teachers the research-proven tools and support they need to improve the academic achievement of their students.

ReadWorks provides research-based units, lessons, and authentic, leveled non-fiction and literary passages directly to educators online, for free, to be shared broadly."

This is a must see for all grades!

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Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers

Report: Students read way below level that prepares them for college, careers | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Renaissance Learning, which tracks the reading habits of some 10 million US students, has released a report that not only tallies which books kids are reading, but also analyzes the complexity of the reading material.
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Love the idea of a Guys read group.  Lets get our boys loving books! Ungifted, Diary of a Wimpy Kid are just two books which appeal to young men!  

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TinkerLab - Creative Experiments for Makers and Tinkerers

TinkerLab - Creative Experiments for Makers and Tinkerers | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Art Projects for Kids, Science Experiments, and all things Creativity.
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#makered site on all things creative for kids of all ages.
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4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
4 Excellent Visuals Explaining Close Reading for Teachers | Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/tiSQfwQk4j via @medkh9
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 3, 6:05 PM

Super tips for explaining close reading to teachers for helping students consolidate reading comprehension skills.

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NMC Horizon Project | The New Media Consortium

NMC Horizon Project | The New Media Consortium | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

2014 NMC Horizon report. 

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Latest research from the Horizon report from a media perspective.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 30, 3:14 PM

"The NMC Horizon Project charts the landscape of emerging technologies for teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Launched in 2002, it epitomizes the mission of the NMC to help educators and thought leaders across the world build upon the innovation happening at their institutions by providing them with expert research and analysis."  Learning commons team read up on this one.

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The future of the book

The future of the book | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Economist offers authoritative insight and opinion on international news, politics, business, finance, science, technology and the connections between them.
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E book on the future of the book!  Very apt!

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Lessons from Swets: Libraries Need Subscription Security | Peer to Peer Review

Lessons from Swets: Libraries Need Subscription Security | Peer to Peer Review | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I participated in a series of meetings last week to determine how the Duke Libraries would respond to the bankruptcy filing made by subscription agent Swets. We have been through this before, when Faxon/RoweCom failed, and many libraries lost a lot of money. Unfortunately, more money is going to be lost this time around. Perhaps it is time for us to think about how we got into this situation——and how to make sure we never end up back here again.
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Interesting thoughts on how vulnerable libraries may be in the age of bankruptcies.  

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Educational Leadership: Giving Students a Reaso...

Educational Leadership: Giving Students a Reaso... | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
I believe educators need to change how we reach struggling readers and learners.
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Developing a strategy for literacy will empower your student and precent drop out!

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Top 100 Tools 2007-2014

Top 100 Tools 2007-2014 | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Here is an alphabetical list of all the tools that have appeared on the Top 100 Tools list over the last 8 years as a result of the Annual Learning Tools Surveys. Note "-" means the tool did not ap...
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Top tools in the last decade from Jane Hart!

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Kidipede - History Facts for Kids

Kidipede - History Facts for Kids | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
History and Science Facts for Kids - Home Schoolers, Unschoolers
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Kidipede for students of all ages.  

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Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED

Why Your Library May Soon Have Laser Cutters and 3-D Printers | Design | WIRED | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

MakerspacA survey by John Burke at Miami University found that 109 libraries in the US had a makerspace or were close to opening one. Others are hosting events like Wikipedia edit-a-thons, where residents plumb the library's resources to create articles about local history.

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Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, September 6, 2:47 PM

Makerspaces in the learning commons keep libraries relevant in the age of innovation and new technologies!  Science literacy is just another literacy needing more oomph!  Watch for makey makey kits coming your way to our learning commons this fall!

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Great Back to School Ed Tech Rubrics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Back to School Ed Tech Rubrics ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Rubrics for technology assignments!
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Teachers will find help in assessing all kinds of tech work .
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