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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21 century principles
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2012 Olympics: Mobile, Social, 3D and Green

2012 Olympics: Mobile, Social, 3D and Green | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
And How to View the Olympics On-the-Go (2012 Olympics: Mobile, Social, 3D and Green http://t.co/v122sjQt...)...
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Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores

Something to Shout About: New research shows that more librarians means higher reading scores | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Librarian Marie Slim knew the cuts were coming. She just didn’t know they’d be this bad. For nearly 10 years, there had been a certified media specialist—and a full-time paraprofessional—at each of the six high schools in her California school district.

Then things slowly began to change. School library journal.

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NAEP Reading Scores data shows that libraries make a difference.

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Scholastic's listen and read: free non- fiction ebooks for primary students

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54 non fiction read alongs for early learners from Scholastic!
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Students and the stress of Multitasking - HOME - Edgalaxy: Where Education and Technology Meet.

Students and the stress of Multitasking - HOME - Edgalaxy:  Where Education and Technology Meet. | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Whilst it may be great that we can do a number of things at once on our computers and smart phones, there is a growing phenomenon happening amongst professionals and students who are facing burn out because they never switch off from their digital worlds. EdGalaxy.com

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Reforming Copyright Is Possible - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Reforming Copyright Is Possible - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

The tantalizing vision of universal access to the cultural and scientific heritage of humanity seemed close to fulfillment in 2008, when Google announced the settlement of a class-action lawsuit charging that its Google Book Search project infringed copyright by scanning in-copyright books from major research-library collections. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, later asserted that the settlement was a big win for everyone because it would create a "library to last forever."

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Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search

Google Lost Its Mojo: Content Curation is the New Search | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Though I had seen and scooped this article before, I must have not done a very good job of really reading it from back to back. Paul Kedroski, who wrote this over a year and half ago, really captured the historical essence of content curation on the web.

 

This is an absolutely must-read article for anyone wanting to grasp what is happening with content curation on the web, hwile seeing things in proper perspective.

 

He wrote: "What has happened is that Google's ranking algorithm, like any trading algorithm, has lost its alpha.

 

It no longer has lists to draw and, on its own, it no longer generates the same outperformance -- in part because it is, for practical purposes, reverse-engineered, well-understood and operating in an adaptive content landscape.

 

Search results ...so polluted by spam that you often started looking at results only on the second or third page...

 

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There are two things that can happen now.

 

a) We could get better algorithms, which is happening to some degree, with search engines like Blekko and others.

 

b) Or, we could head back to curation, which is what I see happening, and watch new algos emerge on top of that next-gen curation again.

 

Think of Twitter as a new stab at curation, but there are plenty of other examples.

 

Yes, that sounds mad. If we couldn't index 100,000 websites in 1996 by hand, how do we propose to do 234-million by hand today?


The answer, of course, is that we won't -- do them all by hand, that is. Instead, the re-rise of curation is partly about crowd curation -- not one people, but lots of people, whether consciously (lists, etc.) or unconsciously (tweets, etc) -- and partly about hand curation (JetSetter, etc.).

 

We are going to increasingly see nichey services that sell curation as a primary feature, with the primary advantage of being mostly unsullied by content farms, SEO spam, and nonsensical Q&A sites intended to create low-rent versions of Borges' Library of Babylon.

 

The result will be a subset of curated sites that will re-seed a new generation of algorithmic search sites, and the cycle will continue, over and over.

 

In short, curation is the new search. It's also the old search."

 

Must read. 9/10

 

Full article: http://www.businessinsider.com/googles-search-algorithm-is-spinning-out-of-control-2011-1

 

 


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Robin Good's comment, July 11, 2012 1:10 AM
Thank you Ishak.
Stewart-Marshall's comment, July 11, 2012 11:40 AM
Excellent - a very prophetic analysis - wished I'd read it a year and half ago :-)
Beth Kanter's comment, July 11, 2012 12:34 PM
I only use google like a phone book -when I'm looking for a specific reference. But if I'm doing research on a topic, my strategy for years has been to go to the key sources (curators) and look through their libraries. I find the lack of context that search returns - makes me want to throw up. It is a much better experience to see it in context through the yes of someone who knows the content area.
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New Teacher Survival Guide: Technology in the Classroom

New Teacher Survival Guide: Technology in the Classroom | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Today's students love using technology in the classroom. Watch how one new teacher incorporates a variety of technology to help kids understands lesson concepts. New teacher tools.
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Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup

Brain-Based Learning: Resource Roundup | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Resources by Topic: Fact and Fiction in Brain-Based Learning Applying Brain-Based Learning Theories in the Classroom Research on How the Brain Works Other Edutopia Resources Additional Res...
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What would Sir John A. think of Canada today? 'It is in very good shape,' his ... - Globe and Mail

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Globe and MailWhat would Sir John A. think of Canada today? 'It is in very good shape,' his ...Globe and MailCanada turns 145 tomorrow with its sights firmly fixed on the future, but what would Sir John A.
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Google announces online course to make you better at searching the web

Google announces online course to make you better at searching the web | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Google wants to help you become a power searcher. Today the company has unveiled a new, free online course called Power Searching with Google that aims to teach users some tricks and best practices...

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Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools

Five-Minute Film Festival: Learn to Use Web 2.0 Tools | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

While many of you may be heading for the beach this week, it won't be long before you're ready to start exploring some new tools to help your students be better creators and collaborators when you go back to school in the fall. This week we published a new video on Nicole Dalesio, a fifth-grade teacher who uses all kinds of free technology tools in her class to keep her kids engaged, and it inspired me to go hunt down the best tutorials for all these great, free Web 2.0 tools. Did I mention most of them are free?

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Why Amazon's Rumored Retail Bookstore Will Be Huge - Forbes

Why Amazon's Rumored Retail Bookstore Will Be Huge - Forbes | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Retailers everywhere have learned to fear the name Amazon.com. The ecommerce giant has gradually grown to be a major threat in lucrative product lines including electronics and fragrances. Even big chains have come to feel so threatened that some are refusing to sell Amazon’s Kindle e-readers.

Now, rumor has it, the Seattle everything-store plans to open a boutique bookstore in its home town, featuring the Kindle and books both virtual and in print that are Amazon exclusives.

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Cybersecurity education should start early

Cybersecurity education should start early | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Students ought to be taught cybersecurity knowhow as soon as tech is introduced to them, and such courses should be holistic to include ethical and societal impacts, observers say.

 

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http://www.zdnetasia.com/cybersecurity-education-should-start-early-62305154.htm

 


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Teaching Technology to Teachers: I Used to Think... but Now I Think...

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I used to think that I needed to help teachers to use tools, but now I think I need to help teachers meet learning goals.
I used to think that I needed to guide teachers through new technologies, but now I think I need to create safe spaces for them to play and explore.

I used to think that my workshops should be named after new technologies, but now I think they should be named after learning goals.

I used to think that I needed to keep my teachers up to date on new technologies, but I now I think I need to give them a framework to think about how to use technology in their teaching that can adapt to new technologies.

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Advocacy and Teacher-Librarians in the News | For Teachers/Teacher-Librarians | ASLC

Advocacy and Teacher-Librarians in the News | For Teachers/Teacher-Librarians | ASLC | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Consider joining the CLSA Ning a community of school library specialists working in Canadian schools.  It is a great way to network with school librarians across the country.

Listen to Joyce Velenza talk about her love of her work as a school librarian and how libraries in schools have changed in the past 35 years.
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Children and Computers-State of Play

Young children are naturals with computers, leaving their parents baffled. Should we be worried?  

There are things in life that I don't understand. The rules of rugby. The continuing success of David Guetta. How to do an overhead kick on Fifa 12.

"You press Y and A really fast, like almost at the same time," says my son Patrick, who's six. I watch as his small thumbs flip between buttons. He could play computer games before he could read. Now he reaches for his Nintendo DS like I reach for my mobile; he fills in idle moments on Fifa, playing games or altering his team or practising shots. I don't mind, except when he gets so wound up by a vital match that he cries. My emails don't make me do that.  The Guardian.

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The Original Flipped Classroom | Peer to Peer Review

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When it comes to trendy pedagogy, libraries were ahead of the curve. Barbara Fister thinks we should celebrate a little

Two trends that seem to be in the news lately are the rise of MOOCs (massive open online courses that can be taken by huge numbers of students) and flipping the classroom. Both grow partly out of developments in technology that give teachers an opportunity to create digital versions of course content and share it online. Both take a traditional approach to teaching—the lecture—and move it online, giving students the opportunity to engage whenever they want, as often as they want, while providing new opportunities for teachers: to scale up their classroom to unprecedented sizes or to use traditional classrooms for more engaged and interactive forms of learning.

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Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation

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Why curate? What is the value of curating for teachers? Really –what is the benefit of curating in terms of the learning goals – enduring understandings and 21st century skills for our students?


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Five-Minute Film Festival: Why Open Education Matters

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You may have heard some buzz about the "Why Open Education Matters" video contest, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, Creative Commons, and Open Society Foundations. The contest raises awareness about the promise of open educational resources (OER) -- free online materials with open licenses which allow teachers and learners to reuse, revise, remix and redistribute the digital resources to their heart's content. What better way to keep educational materials relevant, customizable, and inexpensive?  Amy Erin Borovoy is Edutopia's digital media curator.

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Technology and The Common Core | Common Sense Media

Technology and The Common Core | Common Sense Media | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

By Merve Lapus, educational program manager at Common Sense Media "We had a great time at the International Society for Technology in Education.  Here are my thoughts on technology and the common core."

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When Internet Distractions Make Us More Efficient

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Yes, the Internet offers many distractions, but sometimes they can make us more efficient for the long haul.
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Why It’s Important to Understand Google Ranking

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Students rely heavily on ranking--or how search tools decide the order in which to display results--to help them select sources to read.  Mindshfit

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Research & Policy | MediaSmarts

Research & Policy | MediaSmarts | 21 century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Media Awareness has a new website called Mediasmarts.  Check out some summer reading with their 2011 research reports on students and teachers living in a wired world!

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TheChristianEducator.org - 181-More Great Book Reviews

“I’m currently reading Rewired by Larry D. Rosen, Ph.D.  It’s  a great study on understanding the iGeneration and the way they learn.  The premise of the book is that this current generation of students are more plugged in than ever before and they do not respond well to traditional teaching methods—the textbooks and lectures. The book shows teachers and parents how to effectively incorporate this new generation’s learning style into 21st Century education. As teachers, we need to relearn how to be engaging enough to rekindle a love for school and learning. This is a book to be read with pen in hand—as teachers of this new generation, we have to think hard about how we’re going to connect with and lead our young people. Overall, best book I’ve read all year.”

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U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services ... - Exec Digital (press release)

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U.S. libraries strive to provide innovative technology services ...Exec Digital (press release)CHICAGO, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Strategic vision and careful management have helped U.S.
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