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5 Ways to Make Your PowerPoints Interactive

5 Ways to Make Your PowerPoints Interactive | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

A great way to review new concepts is to create a Tic Tac Toe game slide in PowerPoint. In the example from a foreign language class to the right, images are used to represent new vocabulary.  However, this could be easily applied to other content areas as well: in a math class with formulas, in a history class historical figures or dates, in a science class with symbols from the periodic table...


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Some great ideas for teaching Powerpoint.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, January 9, 2013 10:45 AM

How can you use PowerPoint interactively? Create games and play them with students.

Tips for creating Tic Tac Toe, Connect4 or Jeopardy games. The site also offers free templates for these games.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, August 29, 6:24 PM

This link provides some great ideas for creating interactive games into your classroom.

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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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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
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I love these ideas!  Perfect learning commons skills!

 

What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

Have students ask questions and solve real-world problems. Questions should require students to: Analyze, Synthesize ,Create Empathize, Interpret.

Reference background  knowledge.

Defend alternative perspectives.

Determine what they know and don't know

Organize students into learning groups.

Make learning segments manageable through modeling and mastery.

Guide, facilitate, challenge, and support.

Let learning transform you.

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Digital Inclusion Survey | Research & Statistics

Digital Inclusion Survey | Research & Statistics | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The overview page for the Digital Inclusion Survey, conducted by the University of Maryland and the American Library Association, to document the impact of libraries in building digitally inclusive communities.
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How we incorporate digital media into libraries is shared in this ALA survey and research  report, conducted in 2013 and published in July 2014.

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Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited

Librarians, Media React to Launch of Kindle Unlimited | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The launch of Kindle Unlimited alters the competitive landscape for all providers of ebooks, including libraries.
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Thoughts on the new Kindle Unlimited. I think Overdrive still has the competition beat!

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The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology

The e-book phenomenon: a disruptive technology | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The e-book and its associated technology have emerged as a disruptive technology over the past ten years. The aim of this paper is to discuss some of the consequences of this development, based on the work of the e-books in Sweden research project. To explain the impact of the e-book phenomenon we use Winston’s theory of technological innovation, with particular reference to the ‘supervening social necessity’, the combination of factors that turns an innovation into a marketable product. As a result of the technology all aspects of the production, distribution and use of books is affected. The e-book is having different effects in different sectors and in different parts of the world: rapid development in the USA, slower in France and Japan; rapid development in academic libraries, slower development in public libraries, from country to country. These differences suggest that one supervening social necessity may be needed to explain the divergencies. There is a great deal of exaggeration of the impact of the e-book, based mainly on its influence in the USA. Development in other countries is taking place more slowly and differently and in ‘small language’ countries like Sweden, the pace of development, except in academic libraries is likely to be slow.
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This excellent research paper outlines the disruptive force of e book publishing and its effects on education and libraries.  

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Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk

Beyond the Maker Space | Backtalk | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
How often do librarians find themselves trying to explain that the library’s mission is not about books but about information? This public mis­understanding about what we are doing and why leads to a community misconception of what we should be doing in the future. The reality is that we as librarians make the same mistake all the time. We know intellectually that informational flow and access are our main missions, but our decisions and our hearts often put the focus on books. Books, in many cases, remain by far the best delivery vehicle for information, but there are many subject areas where other informational vehicles would be more effective, even if implementing those vehicles might mean less money spent on books.
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Makerspaces in the learning commons.  #scienceliteracy, #projectbasedlearning, #tinkertoys

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Maker Spaces in the Learning Commons

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Recently, the concept of maker spaces has begun to grow. However, what defines a maker space is still difficult to understand. After attending a webinar hosted by Susan Considine, visiting several ...

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Moving towards maker spaces in our learning commons!  Now to find the space to create the lab;)  

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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.

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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



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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

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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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What We Really Need To Learn To Be Successful In Life - Part I

What We Really Need To Learn To Be Successful In Life - Part I | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
If there were no schools and traditional academic curriculums, and one had the option to question and rethink a human being learning curriculum what would be in it? If we suspend momentarily the reasoning and goals that went into
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Critical thinking and cognitive skills needed for life!

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How to Analyze a Primary Source

How to Analyze a Primary Source | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A primary source is a first-hand account of a time-period or event. It includes newspapers, letters, memoirs, music, court cases, records and anything else that took place at the time you are researching. Historians, students and...

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Excellent tips on understanding how to analyze a primary source from Wiki-How.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, July 24, 6:09 PM

Good outline.  Written from a student's perspective.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, July 27, 4:30 PM

Great list of steps to share with students and teachers.

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Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How. - Te@chThought

Technology Makes Reading Better. Here's Exactly How. - Te@chThought | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Reading is just the communication of ideas through alphanumeric symbols. I’m not sure what this represents such hallowed ground for teachers, but it does. Personally I’d be more concerned with reading habits, reasons for reading, the quality of reading materials, etc. Symbols change, forms change, media change. See the gif animations that demonstrate how a student feels when “bae won’t respond to them.” This is your audience, and these are the symbols they gravitate towards.

 

In the apps-for-close-reading post, I said that this “interaction” between reader and text during close reading “doesn’t require technology, but can be changed by it.” So it made sense, I thought, to guess at some ways this happens. Or should be happening, anyway.

 

With more personalization, more access, and more connectivity, we should be creating a generation of close-readers that can’t get enough. So if we’re not, the question is, why isn’t that happening? The pieces are there."


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Technology sure changed my reading habits allowing me to read faster and more comfortably with larger font size!!  

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, July 17, 2:37 AM

Wat gebeurt er toch veel op technologisch gebied. Dat we over 10 jaar denken: deden we dat ooit op papier???

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As parents struggle to manage online content, kids are being affected - Deseret News

As parents struggle to manage online content, kids are being affected - Deseret News | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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As parents struggle to manage online content, kids are being affected
Deseret News
Edutopia forums suggest parents respect that kids emulate them and teach kids digital limits by example.
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Parents still need to be in charge of their children's online viewing.

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Historypin | Aussie school library tour

Historypin | Aussie school library tour | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A virtual tour of Australian school libraries (and a few from overseas...)

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Library spaces in Aussie land!  Wow!

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Glenda Morris's curator insight, May 30, 4:55 PM

A virtual tour of some Australian school libraries thanks to TL Judith Way - a great way to see the layout and designs of school libraries.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, June 1, 5:35 PM

Take a virtual tour through Australian school libraries to view the places and spaces to support the learning community. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, June 4, 3:41 AM

Get inspired: a virtual tour of Aussie (and other) school libraries.