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Quizlet

Quizlet | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
We make simple learning tools that let you study anything, for free.
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Watch this review of this neat website from Edshelf and make a quizz, set of flash cards or find a quizz to meet your classes needs.  http://edshelf.com/tool/quizlet

You can even study on the go with Quizlet apps!  Thanks Kari for sharing!

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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21 century principles
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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

Maker Spaces in the Learning Commons | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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 ...

Via Anne Whisken
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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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Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online

Millions of Free eBooks and Audio Books Online | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
  Introduction This is the launch page for the pages here at Gizmo's Tech Support Alert that list sites with free ebooks and audiobooks. There are 3 pages that separate sites on the format of the ebooks, Kindle, ePub and Online reading.

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Sharla Shults's curator insight, May 27, 2013 4:45 PM

Who doesn't love freebies! Best of the best...BOOKS!

Israel Herrera's comment, May 29, 2013 8:32 PM
q bueno
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 11:45 PM

This is well worth a look. I need to check through to see what might be useful for school. This may take a while!

 

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Essential Books for Kids and Teens | Common Sense Media

Essential Books for Kids and Teens | Common Sense Media | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The absolute best kids' books, chapter books, and teen reads to help you raise a lifelong reader.
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Essential lists of reading materials for students of all ages.

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9 digital citizenship considerations

9 digital citizenship considerations | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

“Digital citizenship is a cornerstone of education today. Here are nine important things to consider when it comes to digital citizenship.”Especially "point 6" is very important!!!Learn more:- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/only-internet-safety-and-no-cyber-security-education-in-schools/- http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/27/cyber-security-is-easy-get-the-right-reflexes/


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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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Carol Sherriff's curator insight, July 28, 11:48 AM

Intriguing information about how storytelling affects the brain and makes it easier to remember things and make distinctions between the story and our experience.

M. W. Catlin's curator insight, July 29, 10:09 AM

I've been talking about these ideas in my workshops for quite a while now.  We are hardwired for story.  It's one, if not a significant reason for our "success" as a species.  It's also one of the incredible frustrations of our times.   That science and facts yield the field to the fiction of prevarication and conspiracy is a tragedy.  

Sacra Jáimez's curator insight, September 15, 2:10 PM

Sin duda, narrar, contar relatos en unas de ls actividades más atractivas para cualquier clase, en particular las de lenguas. Es algo común a todos los seres hulmanos. Algunos datos a tener en cuenta.

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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...

Via Dr. Laura Sheneman
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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...)

Via Anne Whisken
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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.

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy.
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Important elements associated with digital literacy, especially the last one. Doug Belshaw's criteria from his TED Talk include:

Cultural – Look at the context in which the literacy is situatedCognitive – How do we think when we are using a device (vs when we are not)?Constructive – We should aim to use technology in a constructive (vs a passive) wayCommunicative – We should be using technology to enhance our communicationsConfident – You need to be confident to jump in feet first and explore/use/master/learn technologyCreative – Using technology in the classroom requires some creativity and risk taking – don’t stick to the basics when you can test out a new idea or use for technologyCritical – You need the ability to look at the technologies you’re using (and what you’re using them for) with a critical eyeCivic- We should be using the technologies available to us for greater good (which can be widely defined)
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Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -...

Are You Teaching Content Or Teaching Thought? -... | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Are You Teaching Content, Or Teaching Thought? by Terry Heick Thinking is troublesome. For one, it is an intimate act splicing time and space. It is done right here, but it spans moments in the pasts...
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Thinking skills are more important than content. Teaching students how to manage their projects is part of that process, along with letting go as a teacher.
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Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters

Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Students live in an information saturated world. The most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters.
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Teaching our students good research skills is vital in our information overloaded world.  It is never too early or too late to start.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, May 13, 2:06 AM

This is an excellent and much-needed concept. Students will not be subject to filtering forever and need to set their own limits.