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Let's Close Read Taylor Swift's 'WSJ' Op-Ed As Though We Are In High School ... - Bustle

Let's Close Read Taylor Swift's 'WSJ' Op-Ed As Though We Are In High School ...
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So this use of a metaphor means one thing: we must close read a few passages from Taylor Swift's op ed as though we were in a high school English class.
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Had to smile as I read this and wondered how students would react while reading this… 

 

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Experimental procedure could replace reading glasses - WTHR

Experimental procedure could replace reading glasses - WTHR | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Experimental procedure could replace reading glasses WTHR "The lens works by having a clear center portion so the light goes through unimpeded and therefore the distance vision remains good and the surround has power that enables us to see up...
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Cool…I'll let them practice on others for a while.  Then, I'll sign up. 

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West Orange Middle School Promotes Reading Around The World - TheAlternativePress.com

West Orange Middle School Promotes Reading Around The World - TheAlternativePress.com | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
TheAlternativePress.com West Orange Middle School Promotes Reading Around The World TheAlternativePress.com As they leave the tickets, the staff has been taking pictures and sending them back to Liberty reading teacher Maryann Solimo, who is...
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Can reading make you smarter?

Can reading make you smarter? | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Dan Hurley: There is evidence that reading can increase levels of all three major categories of intelligence.
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Carpe Diem!  Read. 

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What's said in 140 characters can last a lifetime

What's said in 140 characters can last a lifetime | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Nicole Kraft believes the days of making a good first impression with a firm handshake and a nice suit are long gone.
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Data Mining should be part of your Cyber-curriculum !  The ugly truth 

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NAEP Results: sudents had trouble finding evidence from texts to support conclusions

NAEP Results: sudents had trouble finding evidence from texts to support conclusions | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Too few high school seniors can interpret a text or develop a math formula.

Via Mel Riddile
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I wonder if they wrote, "I kinda like, think, ya know.."  - Speaking with evidence strengthens opinions… 

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The Fussy Librarian Wants to Help You Find Your Next Book - Digital Book World

The Fussy Librarian Wants to Help You Find Your Next Book - Digital Book World | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
The Fussy Librarian Wants to Help You Find Your Next Book
Digital Book World
The Fussy Librarian is the first website to match readers not only with the genre of books they like, but also their preferences about content.
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Worth a try! 

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School Libraries are Essential to the 'Library Ecosystem'

School Libraries are Essential to the 'Library Ecosystem' | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 12, 1:42 AM

From ALA President, Barb Stripling: Libraries of all types work together as part of a library ecosystem to deliver learning opportunities for people of all ages. However, a threat to one part of the system stresses the entire system.

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, May 12, 4:16 AM

"In April, the American Library Association and the nation celebrated School Library Month. Libraries of all types work together as part of a library ecosystem to deliver learning opportunities for people of all ages. However, a threat to one part of the system stresses the entire system. At this moment, we are facing a serious threat to school libraries."

 
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How School Libraries Are Staying Relevant | Livability

How School Libraries Are Staying Relevant | Livability | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Award-winning school libraries turn to technology to keep kids coming. Innovation turns these once-isolated book repositories into bustling hubs of learning – and fun.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, May 12, 9:15 PM

About Jennifer Jamison (NJ):

Today’s school librarians employ a variety of tools beyond books to educate kids. They use technology to engage students living in a tech-heavy world. They collaborate with teachers to support curriculum. They create “maker” spaces where students can work on arts and crafts projects. They maintain a flexible schedule, so kids can drop in when they wish. And they create a welcoming atmosphere that kids crave.

“This is the third place, the safe space to expand their knowledge,” Jamison says. “It’s free, it’s accessible, it’s comfortable. You can find friends here, kind of like Cheers – everybody knows your name.”

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Bringing Close Reading and Accountable Talk into an Interactive Read Aloud of Gorillas (3-5) - YouTube

Lucy Calkins and Colleagues at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project present Bringing Close Reading and Accountable Talk into an Interactive Read ...
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9 Investigates: UNC students' information open to the public - WSOC Charlotte

9 Investigates: UNC students' information open to the public - WSOC Charlotte | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
9 Investigates: UNC students' information open to the public
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The text offered prizes and a limo ride to a new apartment complex near campus for students interested in renting there.
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The future of data-mining.  This could be a secondary "evidence based discussion and debate."  EQ: Has data-mining gone too far?  Start with this 1 - sided article as a close read, and then ask students to do research to collect evidence for a debate.

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VoiceThread: Tech Tips from UW-Stout

VoiceThread: Tech Tips from UW-Stout | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

Creating Collaborative Learning Experiences with VoiceThread
Discover the multiple uses of VoiceThread in flipped and traditional classrooms, and explore how this versatile tool can increase motivation and assess learning.


Via Dennis T OConnor
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We used voice thread about 6 years ago, when it was still in beta and it is interesting to juxtapose the uses now, today.  "Conversations in the Cloud."  I would model Voicethread on a "public" posting to the kids, and it was fun to see whether our "contribution" would be deleted or not.  

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 19, 1:34 PM

Help your students speak from the heart.


Here's a fresh list of VoiceThread resources compiled by Karen Franker, editor of The Tech Tips Newsletter from UW-Stout.

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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: An Updated List For 2014

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50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014

by Sara Briggs


"The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.


So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher."


Via reuvenwerber, Dennis T OConnor
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Claudine Revol's curator insight, April 28, 5:00 AM

The communication explosion reaches its peak when you explore the endless avenues running through TED Talks. Moreover, the title educator embodies many forms within these talks.

So it’s precisely for this reason that any educator benefits from so many of these talks. Each speaker reveals his or her passion of a view or a subject with the enthusiasm of a first-year teacher.

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

 
Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 3, 2:12 PM

By Sara Briggs

Using TED Talks to convey an important message or spark creativity might be more effective in teaching students than an individual agenda or preconceived notion of what should be said. Furthermore, TED Talks challenges educators everywhere to think differently and encourage the same in their students.

These are the best TED Talks for any educator because they make us laugh, warm our hearts, break down barriers, and always inspire us to dig a little deeper and push a little harder, challenging your educator perspective.

50 Inspiring TED Talks For Teachers: Updated For 2014

Jen Judge's curator insight, July 21, 3:42 PM

Check out the video 48. Let’s Raise Kids to Be Entrepreneurs

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Same Genes Rule Math, Reading Skills - Discovery News

Same Genes Rule Math, Reading Skills - Discovery News | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Same Genes Rule Math, Reading Skills
Discovery News
A common set of genes play a role in learning to read and do math, with tiny variants influencing a child's skills in these tasks, according to a study published Tuesday.
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Miami-Dade libraries: Not just for reading anymore - MiamiHerald.com

Miami-Dade libraries: Not just for reading anymore - MiamiHerald.com | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Miami-Dade libraries: Not just for reading anymore
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One library, the California Club branch, would close, but a new one under construction, the Northeast branch, would open.
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Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography - Salisbury Post

Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography - Salisbury Post | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Picky reader? Let your child try nonfiction or biography
Salisbury Post
What constitutes reading? How do you find that perfect book for a child's interests? With summer reading in full swing, it's a relevant question.
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Skaneateles school district hires New York State deputy education commissioner as superintendent

Skaneateles school district hires New York State deputy education commissioner as superintendent | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
The Skaneateles Central School Board has hired a New York State Deputy Education Commissioner to be the district's next superintendent.
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Another defector! 

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Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome

Five Amazing Videos That Show Why Science is Awesome | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Science teachers looking for fun videos to show how shockingly exciting science can be, look no further.
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From a video, spawn a classroom Inquiry project!  Start with questions…end with answers! 

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American Children Read... But Not Well Or Often

American Children Read... But Not Well Or Often | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, May 12 (Reuters Health) - Although American children still spend part of their days reading, they are spending less time doing it for pleasure than decades ago, with significant gaps in proficiency, according to a report released on...
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World's Deadliest Animals | Visual.ly

World's Deadliest Animals | Visual.ly | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
What is the world's deadliest animal? Is it sharks? Snakes? No ... nothing comes even close to a mosquito.

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The Top 23 Educational iPad Apps Teachers Favour to Use in Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The Top 23 Educational iPad Apps Teachers Favour to Use in Schools ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

"This is the last post in a series of posts on Tony Vincent's " iPad As Teacher's Pet". In today's post, I am sharing with you a list of some of the top educational iPad apps that teachers favour to use at school.  The apps you will see below are based on a March 2014 survey delivered on Twitter to 558 iPad-using teachers. These teachers were asked about their favourite apps to use in school and they came up with this selection. As an educational app reviewer, I find this selection to be highly relevant and contains the best educational apps that teachers should know about. The apps are arranged in order of priority."


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Five new(ish) presentation and publishing alternatives

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"PowerPoint is robust and Google Presentations is very sweet for collaboration, but some of us simply crave beautiful new design options for our presentations and publications.

Here are four worthy options, and another one about to be born."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 13, 9:21 PM

Do you like trying new tools, specifically ones designed for presentations and publishing? This post, by Joyce Valenza, explores five tools that will provide a range of options for you to consider.

* Canva allows you to create slides, posters, flyers, presentations, business cards and more. With hundreds of fonts, one million images, photo editing, the ability to collaborate and more you may want to head over to Canva and create an account...and it is free!

* LucidPress comes from the same folks that created LucidChart, and it is free for educators (and your school can also get accounts for students). This is a robust a robust publishing tool that has been getting rave reviews...definitely worth checking out. If you have questions, check out their tutorials.

* emaze is a new tool out in beta. The website states that you can choose a template and quickly create a presentation. Feature include the ability to translate text, HTML5 (so it should run on any browser), and multi-device accessible.

*Haiku Deck was originally designed for the iPad but is now has a web based version. The folks who designed this were looking for an application that would allow them to create a "killer pitch deck" and when they could not find one they chose to create one...thus Haiku Deck.

* Powtoon Slides is due out later this week. Based on a sneak peek you will find lots of slide templates, infographic style that includes animated icons that you can use on graphs and charts, a photoshow style (with over 3 million royalty free photos available), and an animated style. This list does not include all features but it may make you want to head over to Powtoon and check it out!

More information on these tools is available in the post.

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Is there a STEM crisis in this country? | U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Is there a STEM crisis in this country? | U.S. Chamber of Commerce | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
U.S. News & World Report has released a STEM Index of the United States and the data confirms what we in the business community have feared—that our educational system is not producing enough STEM graduates to keep up with marketplace demand.
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Here's an article I wrote on this last year for librarians: http://www.librarymediaconnection.com/pdf/lmc/reviews_and_articles/featured_articles/Jaeger_May_June2013.pdf ;

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]

A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC] | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

But here’s the thing: the history of social media actually goes back a lot further, and its roots can be found in blogging, Google, AOL, ICQ, the beginnings of the world wide web and, perhaps surprisingly, CompuServe. 


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Manuel Pinto's curator insight, April 20, 12:17 PM

More a timeline than a history. Useful, anyway.

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A brief History of Social Media (1969-2012) [INFOGRAPHIC]
Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, May 12, 5:20 PM

I thought you might find this interesting.

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Pew Research Report: The Rise of Online Video

A new report from the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project finds that online video is growing. 78% of online adults watch or download videos online, up from 69% in 2009, and the share of internet users who upload or post video online has doubled from 14% in 2009 to 31% today. Kristen Purcell, report author, explains these findings and the reasons behind them. 

For the full report, visit www.pewresearch.org

Follow the Pew Research Center on Twitter: @pewresearch

 

Via Dennis T OConnor
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'Love the Pew studies...

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Pew Research Report: The Rise of Online Video