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Crooks on Books: Keep Your Friends Close - Paula Daly

Crooks on Books: Keep Your Friends Close - Paula Daly | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
RT @dawnlcrooks: This book was gripping and made for compulsive reading! http://t.co/qrGpLmfU2J @pauladalyauthor @TransworldBooks
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'Just discovered this good blog which could be used as a model for students:  Package an AIR (accountible independent reading) requirement via a blog - and suggest they find "meaning" in what they are reading and blog about it.  This is a good model.  Thanks Paula!

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22 Strong Female Characters In Literature We All Wanted To Be

22 Strong Female Characters In Literature We All Wanted To Be | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
"Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the victim." ―Nora Ephron (RT @WeAreTeachers: RT @liberrygurl: 22 Strong Female Characters In Literature We All Wanted To Be http://t.co/clQ0XypZiX #literature...
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Fun Read!

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Librarian's 16th and final Iditaread completed - Daily Bulldog

Librarian's 16th and final Iditaread completed - Daily Bulldog | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Daily Bulldog Librarian's 16th and final Iditaread completed Daily Bulldog Mallett School librarian Betsy Turcotte chats with first graders, from right, Matthew Ellsworth and Wyatt Dalton, after an awards ceremony to complete the school's reading...
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Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version

Modifying the Flipped Classroom: The "In-Class" Version | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
So. You've tried flipping your class, and it didn't go well. Or you've heard about flipping and want to try the approach, but you're pretty sure it won't work in your school. Don't give up yet -- wit (New!
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Kids not checking out many books in Allentown school libraries - Allentown Morning Call

Kids not checking out many books in Allentown school libraries - Allentown Morning Call | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Kids not checking out many books in Allentown school libraries
Allentown Morning Call
Budget cuts had eliminated nine of the 13 elementary school librarians and book circulation was declining.
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Pathetic that the call the library a "Luxury"  - The football field is the luxury--not the library.  What business are you in?

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How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids

How Cuts and Closures of Elementary School Libraries Are Hurting Our Kids | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
From Los Angeles to New York City, budget cuts are affecting public school libraries.
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Abraham Lincoln Life Facts & Family Tree Infographic -(an example of a NON-synthesis project)

Learn about the life of legendary U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Discover the faces, places and major events in his life in this special Infographic from Genea

Via Jacqui Sharp
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Although this assignment must have been engaging, if you read this infographic, there is no proof of "synthesis" of the information.  OK...the title says he was a legend, but the infographic is mere facts.  Where is the "so what..."  "Why..."  What if..."  When you assign a "project" - even with technology, insure that you are requiring some synthesis, higher level thought, transformation of the mere facts.   :  Why is our world better because Abraham Lincoln walked the Earth? -- That is what this chart should show.   IMHO

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Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, November 18, 2013 6:56 PM

Informative example of a biographic infographic. Colours and fonts used reflect the time and age.

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How Will The Common Core Standards Affect Your Child?

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Tampabay.comHow Will The Common Core Standards Affect Your Child?


Via Darren Burris
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I HATE how they have a picture of kids taking "assessments" for this photo. The CCSS are standards, not tests.  Even though we KNOW that they have created a testing behemouth aligned with these standards.  A seasoned teacher can assess without a formal "test" and can direct their instruction with performance-based assessments.  Ugh. 

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Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves

Content Curation: How To Help Students Learn, Discover and Make Sense of New Topics All By Themselves | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

Via Robin Good, Dennis T OConnor, Joyce Valenza
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Audrey's curator insight, March 21, 4:30 PM

Curating is about finding and selecting information in order to learn about a subject. Youngsters can be encouraged to do this  pre-school.  This motivational 21st century skill can be encouraged at home. with educational games toys and and books which stimulates interest.  For example children can learn about  science by interacting with Chemistry Lab; Horrible Science - explosive experiments; Newton's Cradle and Science Museum.  By the time they get to school they are already full of curiosity and ready to increase their knowledge.  Audrey curating for www.homeschoolsource.co.uk

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 30, 6:27 AM

By Robin Good,

Here's a short first-hand report highlighting how an 8th grade social studies class teacher (Terri Inloes) has fully leveraged the content curation potential to let her students dive, discover and make sense of topics (in this case social reform movements) that they had not studied before. All by themselves.


Here the steps taken to make this happen:


a) By using the Question Formulation Technique, the teacher prepared pairs of photographs representing each of the reform movements, one picture dating back to the late 19th century, and another representing where that social reform movement stands in today’s society. 


b) After checking out all of the photos, students settled on the pair of pictures that most caught their interest.


c) They brainstormed and refined a set of specific questions, and then shared their thinking with the class. 

d) With the feedback received they selected the topic which they would curate. 

e) At this point students planned their research strategies. By using 5 different graphic organizers from the book Q Tasks, by Carol Koechlin and Sandi Zwaan, students were allowed to choose the one that they thought would help them the most in planning their keyword search strategies. 


f) Students were assigned WordPress blogs and provided basic instructions on how to use them to 

curate and publish their research work.


g) Discovery and real learning kicked in as students proceeded in collaborative groups to research and document their chosen topic. 


You can see some of the outcomes that this assignment produced right here:


General Conclusions

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/2014/02/24/conclusion-3/


Voting Rights Inequality

http://tmsredvotingrights.d20blogs.org/


Mental Health Treatment
http://tmsorangementalhealthcaretreatments.d20blogs.org/


Prohibition Acts

http://tmsorangeprohibitionacts.d20blogs.org/ 

 



A very inspiring example of content curation can be effectively applied in the classroom with impressive results. 


Highly recommended. 9/10


Thanks to Nancy White of Innovations in Education for participating, writing and reporting about it.

 Thanks to Robin Good for the fine summary in this insight.
The ideas here offer a great classroom challenge to students.{Monica}
Glenda Morris's curator insight, April 8, 11:57 AM

Important 21st century skills

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Records of Rights from the National Archives

Records of Rights from the National Archives | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Explore records of the National Archives documenting the ongoing struggle of Americans to define, attain, and protect their rights.

Via Beth Dichter
Paige Jaeger 's insight:

If this site had "text" available .... now that would be great.  This is a well-organized site and impressive.  I only wish they would "type" the downloadable text for us...rather than having 100K educators have to do that for classroom use.    However, you can get great ideas and be certain to examine some of the essential questions that appear on the pages.  They are great to foster Text Dependent discussions.  

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 16, 2013 7:19 PM

Are you looking for primary documents that explore the history of rights in America? The National Archives has a new website that provides resources on:

* Equal rights

* Rights to freedom and justice

* Rights to privacy and sexuality

* Workplace rights

* First amendment rights

* Rights of Native Americans

Each area has a brief overview and provides a list of stories that are told through a detailed timeline with primary documents being utilized to tell the story. This interactive website is a great resource for teachers of history and social studies and may also be a resource for ELA teachers when reading books that relate to the areas covered.

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10 Detention Slips You Must See To Believe - Edudemic

10 Detention Slips You Must See To Believe - Edudemic | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
These detention slips are real. They're also really funny. They should make you laugh, cry, and wonder what really happened in the classroom!
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Surprised many have literary reference! 

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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it

Via Anne Mirtschin, Joyce Valenza
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Love this...  Who doesn't love a great story?

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Anne Mirtschin's curator insight, November 10, 2013 3:13 PM

Some great tips for generating great stories

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Who are the 'enemies' of Common Core? - Washington Post (blog)

Who are the 'enemies' of Common Core? - Washington Post (blog) | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Washington Post (blog)
Who are the 'enemies' of Common Core?
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Dicey- racey - and divisive... wow. 

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"I Don't Teach Comics, I Teach the Canon." "Really? Why Not Teach Both!"

"I Don't Teach Comics, I Teach the Canon." "Really? Why Not Teach Both!" | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Edited by Russ Kick, the three volumes of The Graphic Canon contain a wealth of wonderful curriculum support materials for teachers. Although there may be colleagues of yours who balk at your desire...
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How Does Deeper Learning Prepare Students for the Future?

How Does Deeper Learning Prepare Students for the Future? | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
College ready? How about innovation ready. See how these schools are preparing students for success in the 21st century. (#DeeperLearning: How does deeper learning prepare students for the future?
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The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core

The Shift: Media Specialists and the Common Core | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
After participating in an exciting webinar on Libraries, Technology, and Implementing Common Core provided by AASL, I began to think about how the role of the school-based media specialist is evolvin (Is the role of the school-based media...
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Worth the read...

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Common Core Lesson Plans | Scholastic Inc.

Free Common Core sample lesson plans to help you implement the Standards with success (Looking for #CCSS lesson plans? We've got you covered!
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Wonderful site to get ideas!

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In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers - PopMatters

In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers - PopMatters | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
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In Defense Of ... Reading Books, Not E-Readers PopMatters E-Readers have made it possible to carry around entire bookshelves in our pockets and a general fading interest in having anything even remotely close to an attention span has...
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Our friend, the paper book...  Nice reflection!

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8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains - Mashable

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains - Mashable | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Thanks to technology, our brains are being rewired -- for better or worse.

Via John Evans
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Love the creative observation! -- Are we creating, however?  Or, are we mostly copying good ideas we see on the web?

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5 reasons to use infographics to improve information retention

5 reasons to use infographics to improve information retention | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Information has always been a powerful way for engaging the human spirit. Facts, figures and expert analysis have a great power for persuasion.

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Jacqui Sharp's curator insight, January 18, 7:15 PM
Factual reasons why infographics are a better way to present information
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Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question

Why It’s Imperative to Teach Students How to Question | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Are our schools doing a good job of preparing students for a world where questioning is a survival skill?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 16, 5:37 PM

The complete title of this post is Why It's Imperative to Teach Students to Question as the Ultimate Survival Skill? Do you believe this is important? If so, how do you go about teaching your students to ask good questions?

This post begins by looking at the importance of questioning, and notes that many leaders in the high-tech world began with a Montessori education, a system that encourages curiousity from a young age.

The ability to ask insightful questions is something that may be more critical as we move forward. The question is how to we do this. The post notes that many teachers do not feel like they have time for students to ask questions. If this is true what should we do? It suggests that we make it both "safe" and "cool" to ask questions, and also suggests looking at resources available from

The Right Question Institute and from Question Day 2014.


Nancy Jones's curator insight, March 18, 11:52 AM

Risk taking and questioning have always been learning skillls. It just seems that students, and possibly their parents, aren't willing to acknowledge them as the best way to learn. The whole idea of thinking critically and making a "best guess' seem to be unacceptable to some folks. What does that say about the whole quality/gift  of wonder?

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Ten Most Popular Educational YouTube Videos in 2013

Ten Most Popular Educational YouTube Videos in 2013 | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Check out YouTube's top trending educational videos in 2013.

Via Beth Dichter
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Great human interest story! -- Could you create a library lesson on any of these?  Craft essential questions such as:  Dow do your values reflect the culture in which you grow up?  

 

Dow does our health affect our quality of life?  How does technology effect / impact our health?  - Create an evidence based claim.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 14, 2013 8:15 PM

It appears that science is trending in educational videos on YouTube. Other videos in this list (and embedded in the post) include:

* Immovable Object vs Unstoppable Force

* Why Do We Kiss?

* Is Your Red the Same as My Red?

* How Old Are Your Ears? (Hearing Test)

* Amazing Facts to Blow Your Mind (Part 2)

* What if the Sun Disappeared?

* What Your Body Does in 30 Seconds

* Canada & the United States: Bizarre Borders (Part 2)

* The True Science of Parallel Universes

Designing for Learning's curator insight, December 16, 2013 4:56 PM

The equivalent of a pedagogical Christmas special :) Be festive!

 

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Blooms Digital Web Tools

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We found this a couple of years ago, but now this is updated with new tools and worth another close reading endeavor! 

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Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, January 5, 12:13 PM

This Wiki is great cause we can nowocollaborate  

Kimberly House's curator insight, January 7, 4:59 AM

A great one-stop shop to explore apps targeted at different levels of Bloom's Taxonomy. Easily navigated and broken down into experiences and evidence as well. Good find!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, January 14, 7:32 PM

Always great to have your web tools orgnaised for you :)

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My Teacher Librarian Gave To Me...

My Teacher Librarian Gave To Me... | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
Design beautiful online flyers with Smore! (RT @shannonmmiller: On the 8th Day.....My Teacher Librarian Gave To Me....@Layar ! Great AR website and app!
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Device & Conquer: SLJ's 2013 Tech Survey - The Digital Shift

Device & Conquer: SLJ's 2013 Tech Survey - The Digital Shift | News for North Country Cybrarians | Scoop.it
As education technology has evolved, so, too, have the kinds of digital tools that school librarians use with their students. More than 750 school librarians responded to SLJ’s survey, representing K–12 public and private schools across the country.

Via Joyce Valenza
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Another great post from Joyce!  

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Amanda Lucas's curator insight, April 8, 12:39 AM
Results of survey into the kinds of digital tools used by teacher librarians with students. Providing access to tools and instructing students on usage.