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

Quizlet | 21st 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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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...."

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Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift

Teachers Embrace Digital Learning Strategies | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Today is the second annual Digital Learning Day, designated to bring attention to the benefits of technology for learning. As part of the effort, PBS LearningMedia has released a survey showing that 74 percent of teachers say educational technology benefits their classroom in many ways, including the ability to reinforce and expand content, motivate students, and respond to a variety of learning styles. Given these numbers, and despite increasing access, it’s not surprising that 68 percent of teachers still want more access to technology in the classroom. That number goes up to 75 percent of teachers in low-income schools.   Read more in this Mindshift article, with infographic on digital learning.

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Technology has definitely played a huge part in our schools, and I am always thankful for a task that makes our students' lives easier, and more beneficial to their critical thinking.

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SID Kit for Schools - Safer Internet Day

SID Kit for Schools - Safer Internet Day | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Discover some great lesson plans to teach your students about internet safety and download the kit.  February is Online Safety month.  Let us make a difference in our student's lives by teaching them some online safety tips!

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, February 7, 2013 9:52 AM

Great resource to help build a bank of strategies for infusing digital citizenship in the Learning Commons

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Spongelab | Build-A-Cell

Spongelab | Build-A-Cell | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Reproductive systems are soon being added to the award-winning Build-a-Body, With Spongelab with both male and female versions. Meanwhile, you can still dive into the classic Build-a-Cell games to create animal, plant, bacterial and fungal cells.  

 

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Just Wanderful! Living Books Are Back! | The Daring Librarian

Just Wanderful! Living Books Are Back! | The Daring Librarian | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Living books are a great way to entice your younger slower readers, who like more interactive screens.  Make sure you have lots of iPads or e readers in your library!

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Robin Jordan's curator insight, January 29, 2013 9:11 PM

Ah, the need for ever more technology. I want...

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“An eBook?! No thank you, I’ll take the ‘real’ book…”

“An eBook?! No thank you, I’ll take the ‘real’ book…” | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
My sweet 10 year old daughter has loved books as long as she can remember. My husband and I made reading to her a priority in our home before she could even
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If you want to try out our e book library come on over and sample some great reads with Overdrive on our e book site.  

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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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App of the week: Grammar Wonderland | eSchool News

App of the week: Grammar Wonderland | eSchool News | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Grammar iPad app for K-6.
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For all our grammar fundis!  

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A Pep Talk from Kid President to You

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to s...
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This kid is my role model for an effective learning commons and team work.  Way to go Kid President.  Thanks David Loerscher for sharing.  

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How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift

How to Choose the Right Words for Best Search Results | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Diane T. Sands Dear Savvy Searcher, My students keep wanting to enter their entire research question into the search bar. I keep trying to tell them t
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Great article on searching Google using the right keywords.

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Video Games | MediaSmarts

Video Games | MediaSmarts | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Playing video games can be a positive experience if we understand the issues involved, choose games wisely and control screen time.
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Some practical ideas to share with your students around video game boundaries.

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