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Four communication rules for parents - Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)

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Philadelphia Inquirer (blog)Four communication rules for parentsPhiladelphia Inquirer (blog)Establishing effective communication usually takes an exercise in which parents and children are taught to listen.
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Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role

Common Core Thrusts Librarians Into Leadership Role | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Already equipped with inquiry-based skills, librarians are helping teachers acquire the instructional methods they need to adopt.
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Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: SpongeLab- Techie Site of the Week!

Pippa's Homeschool and Library Blog: SpongeLab- Techie Site of the Week! | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Learn more about an interactive platform for science, Spongelab,  that will encourage collaboration and awesome sharing of resources as well as analytics!  Pippa Davies blog.

 

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School Transformation Through Arts Integration at Bates Middle School in Maryland

What do Mars and modern dance have to do with each other? How do you connect fractions with Andy Warhol? At Wiley H. Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, the answer is arts integration. Every teacher there is committed to weaving the arts and standard curricula together to create a richer and more lasting learning experience for their students. Bates Middle School in Annapolis, Maryland has integrated the arts into every corner of their curriculum -- and they are seeing real academic benefits.  Edutopia.

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EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers

EdTech Discovery iPad App Campaign Launched to Support Innovative Teachers | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

AvatarGeneration.com has launched an Indiegogo campaign to fund an educational technology discovery app, edtech:ED. The app allows innovative educators to discover new educational technologies, and provides a platform for developers to showcase their educational apps, web tools, learning games and virtual worlds to their target audience.
AvatarGeneration hope to raise $20,000 to develop the edtech:ED app and are asking developers and interested parties to contribute funds on Indiegogo in return for app ‘perks’. These include a copy of the app, a special preview before public launch and a featured listing for developers. To support the campaign for edtech:ED, visit AvatarGeneration’s indiegogo’s page: http://www.indiegogo.com/avatargeneration

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Ted-Ed: How Fiction Can Influence Real World Events

Ted-Ed: How Fiction Can Influence Real World Events | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Educator Jessica Wise and her cohorts have come up with a compelling Ted-Ed video on how novels throughout history have helped shape real-world events.
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10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics | Edudemic

10 Fun Tools To Easily Make Your Own Infographics | Edudemic | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

People love to learn by examining visual representations of data. That’s been proven time and time again by the popularity of both infographics and Pinterest. So what if you could make your own infographics? What would you make it of? It’s actually easier than you think… even if you have zero design skills whatsoever. Edudemic.


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Here we go Rebecca :http://www.edudemic.com/diy-infographics/
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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next few weeks to guarantee the best year they’ve ever had. Mindshift.

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Media Literacy Clearinghouse: Resources for K-12 Educators

Media Literacy Clearinghouse: Resources for K-12 Educators | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Reviews of the Media Literacy Clearinghouse:
"a website with a fascinating conglomeration of helpful hints,
ideas and topics...a great first-stop for teachers..
this website is definitely one to bookmark."
Student evaluation, 1/28/11

"the go-to site for lesson plans, news articles, cartoons,
statistics, and streaming video" School Library Journal 2010

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» Why Gamify and What to Avoid in Library Gamification ACRL TechConnect Blog

» Why Gamify and What to Avoid in Library Gamification ACRL TechConnect Blog | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What about the risk of gamification – the fact that it can deprive people of internal motivation for serious activities by offering superficial external rewards? ACRL Tech Connect article on gamification in libraries.
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Book Trailers and QR CodesMediaCAST Blog | MediaCAST Blog

Book Trailers and QR CodesMediaCAST Blog | MediaCAST Blog | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Looking for a way to increase readership of books in your school library? Consider teaming up with English classes to add book trailers to your books with QR codes.  Mediacast blog article.

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School Librarians TEACH 21st Century Skills

From the Colorado Association of School Librarians (CASL). During 2011, Colorado schools began implementing the newly revised Colorado Academic Standards, wh...

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Video Game Portal Enters the Classroom

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Video game company Valve is going deep into the education world with a new initiative using Steam, their free online game platform where users can download games and communicate and play with other players. The initiative is called Steam for Schools, and a free educational version is now available to teachers to use in the classroom. Andrew Miller shares on Mindshift.

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Why Kids (and Parents) Will Love Kinect Sesame Street TV

Why Kids (and Parents) Will Love Kinect Sesame Street TV | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Andrea Smith: "Sesame Workshop has teamed up with Microsoft to create Kinect Sesame Street TV — one of the most innovative children’s video games we’ve seen in a while" ...


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The Brave New Librarian

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We need school librarians more now than ever before. And we need them to act bravely and boldly.

Why? Take a look at this article from 2010. "Why we need libraries and librarians."

With the advent of new information technologies, the challenge of making meaning and finding truth has become daunting. While we have ready access to more information, the casual reader is often overwhelmed by the mountains of data and is ironically made more dependent on artificial intelligence to guide searches.

Without well honed search strategies and a very strong grounding in information literacies, students all too often fall prey to a cut-and-paste pattern that reduces the quality and originality of thought.

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CraigMarlatt.com

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CanadaInfo is more than 500 pages of information about Canada - its government, history, facts, people, security, geography, provinces, symbols, and more. Browse through statistics, maps, and photographs and then choose from dozens of fact sheets to download to your computer.

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12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom

12 Characteristics Of An iPad-Ready Classroom | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Implementing iPads isn’t exactly a just-add-water proposition.While they’re wondrous little devices capable of enchanting learners for hours, to get the learning results you’re likely after will take planning, design, and reflection.

It can help to start out by asking yourself some important questions, such as “What can the iPad do that is not possible without it? Put another way, what problems does the iPad solve?” TeachThought.

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How Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping us - The Guardian

How Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping us - The Guardian | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The GuardianHow Google and Apple's digital mapping is mapping usThe GuardianAnd for the first time, Google's dominance of digital mapping faces a credible threat: Apple has announced that it will no longer include Google Maps on iPhones or iPads, ...
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Critical Thinking Wins at One KIPP High School

Critical Thinking Wins at One KIPP High School | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
At KIPP King Collegiate High School, in San Lorenzo, California, the mission is to provide students with the critical-thinking skills required to succeed in college -- and the confidence to use them. Edutopia video.
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DIY: 7 Business Basics High School Grads Should Know

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DIY: 7 Business Basics High School Grads Should Know


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Welcome | Media Education Lab

Welcome | Media Education Lab | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

The Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island advances media literacy education through research and community service. We emphasize interdisciplinary scholarship and practice that stands at the intersections of communication, media studies and education. Games, quizzes and e books on media literacy. 

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Building Career Skills in Video Production Class (Tech2Learn Series)

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Building Career Skills in Video Production Class (Tech2Learn Series)...

Our new video series goes inside the classrooms of educators who use technology tools in their lessons every day. Learn from their challenges, celebrate their successes, and share their resources in every episode.

This series is a co-production with the Teaching Channel.  Edutopia

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How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types - Forbes

How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types - Forbes | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Great leaders think strategically. They can understand and appreciate the current state as well as see possibilities.

 

- Critical thinking is the mental process of objectively analyzing a situation by gathering information from all possible sources, and then evaluating both the tangible and intangible aspects, as well as the implications of any course of action.

 
- Implementation thinking is the ability to organize ideas and plans in a way that they will be effectively carried out.


- Conceptual thinking consists of the ability to find connections or patterns between abstract ideas and then piece them together to form a complete picture.


- Innovative thinking involves generating new ideas or new ways of approaching things to create possibilities and opportunities. 


- Intuitive thinking is the ability to take what you may sense or perceive to be true and, without knowledge or evidence, appropriately factor it in to the final decision.

 

Read more, a MUST:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/03/27/how-to-develop-5-critical-thinking-types/

 


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Hi rosemary,

I made a Typo, sorry. I forgot the "a" in "Red more", please add it, thx in advance.

greetings,
Gust
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Teachers and Students | LawLessons.ca

Teachers and Students | LawLessons.ca | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Government of Canada lesson plans for students grade 5-9.  Perfect for students covering parliament and constitutional law.  LawLessons.ca

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Chromagen Contact Lenses, Treatment for Dyslexia, Eye Glasses, Color Blindness Correction Lenses and Vision Filters

Chromagen Contact Lenses, Treatment for Dyslexia, Eye Glasses, Color Blindness Correction Lenses and Vision Filters | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

ChromaGen lenses and eye glasses offer a simple and reliable seven question survey to check if you are affected by dyslexia or color blindness.  Word is out that these glasses help with Dyslexia.  I would love to hear if this is the case?

 

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