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Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Lincoln: The Great Emancipator? | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Steven Spielberg and the current presidential election have brought Lincoln back to public attention. He is the president who preserved the union and is credited with abolishing slavery. Who was the real Lincoln?
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Some interesting articles on Lincoln and the abolition of slavery.  Great for high school history students.

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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21 century principles
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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, 3:09 PM

Good outline.  Written from a student's perspective.

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, July 27, 1:30 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 16, 11:37 PM

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, 1:55 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, 2:35 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, 12:41 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 12, 11:06 PM

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

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27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones

27 Apps that have changed my Teaching and Learning Practice - Updated - RachelJones | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
As I move in to a role where I will be working with other colleagues on a more formal basis when it comes to e-learning, I have been reflecting upon different Apps. I was thinking about SAMR and which Apps can have transformative learning linked to them, if used properly. The list started growing quite …

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iPad apps info graphic sharing the most popular used apps.

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Ramon Pavia's curator insight, May 23, 2:00 AM

Awesome collection of apps to test in your group

María Cives's curator insight, June 15, 10:02 AM

Un conjunto de aplicaciones muy interesantes para el desarrollo de nuestra labor docente

John Rudkin's curator insight, June 21, 12:40 AM

It is becoming clear that there are a set of must haves for Education..

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Homeschooling With Netflix

Homeschooling With Netflix | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my Daily Posts or Monthly Newsletter . Thanks for visiting!Netflix is a great way to enrich your homeschool lessons.
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Ideas for enriching your media lessons using Netflix!
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The Future of Libraries

Lee Rainie, Director of the Pew Research Center's Internet Project, runs through the seven questions libraries need to address as they consider future services and their role for their patrons and communities. He describes how project research about the changing role of technology in people’s lives affects the kinds of issues librarians need to address as they experience the disruptions of technology change.
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Move with the times and establish a virtual presence.  21st century libraries or learning commons are IN!

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From screen to page: Using pop-culture to encourage reading - Innovate My School

From screen to page: Using pop-culture to encourage reading - Innovate My School | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A recent report on the reading habit of the nation’s children has revealed that British kids aren’t adequately challenging themselves with books. While some might see children’s affinity for movies and videogames has a distraction from reading, James Bell of Renaissance Learning is convinced that teachers, librarians and parents can use this passion to get kids onto the page.

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Yes to finding ways to encourage reading and tying it into movies and or culture.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 14, 5:35 AM

Some nice ideas on encouraging reading for pleasure. 

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Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions

Instructables - DIY How To Make Instructions | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Instructables is a place that lets you explore, document, and share your DIY creations.
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 11, 10:29 AM

This site was shared by my friend @dramaticscience in regards to creating new learning pathways and #makered ideas.  Now how to incorporate this into our learning commons Ning as a starting place for passions?

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 17, 10:42 AM

Fun site for your students to learn how to do and make new things!

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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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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 1:45 PM

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

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q bueno
Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 30, 8:45 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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By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded?

By Going Online, Are We ‘Choosing’ to Have Our Privacy Invaded? | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
It's a provocative question, and it may be argued that "choosing" is not exactly the right term. For schools using any online tools -- from Edmodo to any of Google's apps to student information systems, are they risking exposure to a data breach, or is the issue being blown out of proportion? PBS Idea Channel's always-entertaining Mike Rugnetta breaks it down.
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Good questions to think before using technology, in this great video.  Do we have a choice?  

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10 Google Plus Communities Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Google Plus Communities Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
RT @ugaodawg: 10 Google Plus Communities Every Teacher should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/7BIcpSPcXB
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Google Plus is making new waves in the social media channels.  Check out some new education communities to follow!

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Publishing: we can't see the right track for all the digital platforms

Publishing: we can't see the right track for all the digital platforms | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Robert McCrum: More young people are reading books now than they were 10 years ago. And despite all the talk about electronic devices, content remains king
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Reading is still hot but the choice of how we read will still dominate and divide.  

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Librarians' evolving digital roles | eSchool News | eSchool News

Librarians' evolving digital roles | eSchool News | eSchool News | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
School librarians play a critical role in today's schools--more critical than ever before. This report details some of their concerns.
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School librarians are the digital movers and shakers!

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Lisa Norris's curator insight, April 14, 10:16 AM

It's all about helping teachers and students find and use the right tools to successfully meet their goals.