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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21 century principles
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Read Across America 2013: Reading Comprehension and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers

Read Across America 2013: Reading Comprehension and Seuss-Themed Resources for Teachers | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Dr. Seuss's 109th birthday is March 2, and since 1998, Read Across America has shared the same date. Each year, teachers, students, and parents are encouraged to read their favorite books together to
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Fun activities to celebrate Dr Seuss this week as we celebrate his birthday on March 2.  Happy Birthday Dr Seuss!!!

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5 Reasons To Use Digital Portfolios In Your Classroom

5 Reasons To Use Digital Portfolios In Your Classroom | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
5 Reasons To Use Digital Portfolios In Your Classroom (5 Reasons to Use Digital Portfolios. http://t.co/UmFkE5kysR #edtech)
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Digital portfolios are archived for life in blogs or wikis!

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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | American Libraries Magazine

10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | American Libraries Magazine | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
American Libraries Magazine, the magazine of the American Library Association, delivers news and information about the library community.
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Some great techie ideas to make your library a learning commons relevant to the 21 century!

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, February 26, 2013 5:50 PM

Good ideas that could be implemented on a smaller scale to make sure your library is accessible to all who need it

 

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Freedom to Read — Raising Awareness. Celebrating Freedom of Expression. Encouraging Participation.

Freedom to Read — Raising Awareness. Celebrating Freedom of Expression. Encouraging Participation. | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Raising Awareness. Celebrating Freedom of Expression. Encouraging Participation.
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Celebrating our rights as citizens to read and dialogue in an open commons. from February 24- March 2nd. Join in the celebration in BC.  

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Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy

Oscar Week Special: Seven Teaching Resources on Film Literacy | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Academy Awards are just around the corner, and there are a number of nominated films that can be great teaching tools for educators this year. It looks like it might be a big year for Steven Spie
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 18, 2013 11:38 AM

Edutopia article and links to sharing media literacy in your classroom!  

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The Audio Drama Directory - Free Original Audio Movies: , Spaceships, Superheroes and More!

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Free audio can be dowloaded to Itunes account, teach students how to make radio plays.  Golden oldies teach the magic of sound.

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MakeAGif - Funny Animated Gifs

MakeAGif - Funny Animated Gifs | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Learn how to make a gif. Create animated gifs online with our free gif animator in just three easy steps. Upload, Customize, Create.
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Making images come alive with MakeAGif, renders pics into one file and creates animation.  Great way for students learning cartooning skills.  

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Brain Games & Brain Training

Brain Games & Brain Training | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Free brain training programs sign up for brain fitness games, brain health information and brain circuit training with games to improve memory, concentration with puzzles and teasers
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If Pat Mackesy says this hits all the brain games in one then lets go for it.  Thanks Pat!  First sessions are free then $10 a year.  Great for adults and students who need to orientate left and right brain thinking.

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BetterLesson

Find lesson plans, classroom materials and resources from high-performing K-12 teachers. Share curriculum and connect with fellow educators around the world
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Better Lesson has some built in lesson plans for K-12 teachers.

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eQuizShow Online Templates

Create and play your own game show and quiz show templates free without Powerpoint!
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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:00 PM

Play fun games and quizzes with your students using eQuizShow and your students will love you!  Thanks John Goldsmith.

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Free Elementary EdTech Apps

Free Elementary EdTech Apps | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A few of the free elementary and middle school apps that we like at the Highlander Institute. HighlanderInstitute.org
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Learnist curation of apps for elementary school age students.  

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Janelle Downs's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:14 PM

Some really great apps here. Love it!

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Literacy, families and learning: Why Older Readers Should Read Picture Books

Literacy, families and learning: Why Older Readers Should Read Picture Books | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

I have often observed how keen some parents and teachers can be to move their children's reading on from picture books to chapter books. Many parents move their children on from picture books very quickly, encouraging their children to read chapter books almost as soon as they become proficient and fluent in reading. In an age when many parents are sold on the idea that 'Your Baby Can Read' from 6-12 months, there is an urge to move them quickly on to novels.  Literacy, Family and Learning Blog.

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Encourage picture books with students up to middle grades.  The themes may uncover some rich dialogue. I love it!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, February 11, 2013 3:08 AM
Great article! We run the Greenaway wards with Junior school students to encourage looking at picture books!
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Elizabeth what are the Greenaway awards? Sounds interesting?
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Kids Use Coding Skills to Hack Online Games

Kids Use Coding Skills to Hack Online Games | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Children as young as 11 are using coding skills to hack accounts on social media and gaming sites, a report says.
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Another job for Conan the librarian:)

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Have fun telling your story | An App for digital storytelling | Instructional Technology Tools

Have fun telling your story | An App for digital storytelling | Instructional Technology Tools | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Tellagami is a mobile storytelling platform. Create and share a short story in seconds. Download our free app!
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This app looks like a lot of fun for elementary students who want to tell a story!

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Lincoln: The Great Emancipator?

Lincoln: The Great Emancipator? | 21st 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 librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up

How librarians can help widen access to research – live chat round-up | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
From access to data, resources to support, our panel's thoughts on how librarians are influencing the dissemination of research
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Collaborate, collaborate and then share some more!  Librarians do make a difference!

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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Engaging Students in the Learning Commons

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: Engaging Students in the Learning Commons | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Pippa Davies (teacher librarian HCS learning commons) shares about engaging students in the 21 century learning commons at VSS conference in Vancouver #edtechbc

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True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Tessellations - Mentor Mob!

True North: Our Canadian Homeschool: Tessellations - Mentor Mob! | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Natalie shares our techie site of the month with her Mentor Mob compilation.  If you have not checked it out take a peek.  

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easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online

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Creating infographics at your next conference session.  Easelly does it for you 

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Pencil - a traditional 2D animation software

Pencil - a traditional 2D animation software | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Pencil is an animation/drawing software for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux. It lets you create traditional hand-drawn animation (cartoon) using both bitmap and vector graphics. Pencil is free and open source.


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Fairly easy to use for students!  Thanks John Goldsmith @#edtechbc

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Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion.

Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion. | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Free eBooks Price Protected Promotion!. Download thousands of ebooks for free and enjoy the reading... Boo!.
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Free e books in PDF or Text format.  Subscriptions for e Pub format. 

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OER Commons

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 16, 2013 12:08 PM

Free library of resouces with great teaching tools and perfect for senior secondary students.  Easy to use for teachers in high school.

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Quizlet

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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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celebrating BC's best books for children — Chocolate Lily Awards

celebrating BC's best books for children — Chocolate Lily Awards | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Register to read the Chocolate Lily awards for best picture book in BC. Get your learning commons involved in helping choose the winner.  Then celebrate with the winners at the June event.  

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, February 11, 2013 2:08 PM

Online students sign up to vote on the Chocolate Lily awards and help choose a winner in picture book illustration!

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Apps and dyslexia

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Apps for iPhones, iPads and Android Devices Edited by Cheryl Dobbs. This article provides some suggestions for specific areas of need that some users with dyslexic difficulties encounter. For simpl...
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Some awesome reading apps to help your students read using e reader devices.  A wonderful asset for those with Dyslexic tendencies.   

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Lou Salza's curator insight, February 12, 2013 12:30 PM

"...This article provides some suggestions for specific areas of need that some users with dyslexic difficulties encounter. For simplicity, and to prevent overwhelming users, we have intentionally restricted the number in each section as a starting point for ideas rather than presenting lengthy lists. Other useful websites have been included at the end to help you investigate further.

It is important to note that Apps are only byte-size portions of software compared to those you may use on a computer or laptop. It is unlikely that you will find everything you need in just one. However, a small collection that you can work between may provide a convenient and adequate mobile working environment.

Please note that although updating the operating system on older devices will introduce some new features, the functionality of some Apps may be affected by the age and speed of your device...."