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50 QR code resources for the classroom

50 QR code resources for the classroom | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways -- from conducting treasure hunts to creating modern CVs. A number of articles, tutorials and lesson plans designed to help educators.

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Education Rethink: 11 Reasons Teachers Aren't Using Technology

Does this list reflect what happens in your workplace?

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20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom | Edudemic

20 Must-See Facts About The 21st Century Classroom | Edudemic | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Infographic - components of a 21st century classroom.

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Inquiry Tools - ICTs enable learning

Inquiry Tools - ICTs enable learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Students often say - I read it on the Internet it must be true! The trust they place in the top results of their searching can be misguided. They need to develop critical thinking skill to validate and select the enormous amount of information available to them. The internet is the most powerful, convenient and potentially manipulative medium ever invented and is continually growing.

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Speak Up Reports - Personalizing the Classroom Experience

Speak Up Reports - Personalizing the Classroom Experience | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Personalizing the Classroom Experience – Teachers, Librarians and Administrators Connects the Dots with Digital Learning is the second in a two part series to document the key national findings from Speak Up 2011. This report focuses on how today’s educators are personalizing the learning process for students. The ways that educators are personalizing learning centers around their own experiences with online learning, socially-based media and digital content - much like the students in their own classrooms are already doing!

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Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google

Lesson Plans – Search Education – Google | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

With more and more of the world's content online, it is critical that students understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task. We've created a series of lessons to help you guide your students to use search meaningfully in their schoolwork and beyond.

 

You'll find Search Literacy lessons and A Google A Day classroom challenges. Our search literacy lessons help you meet the new Common Core State Standards and are broken down based on level of expertise in search: Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced.

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10+ Tips and Tools To Keep Teachers Organized

10+ Tips and Tools To Keep Teachers Organized | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Share these tips and tools with your teaching community and I'm sure you will be appreciated.  Why not show them how to get organised by providing some professional learning on the tools that are mentioned.

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BYOT? Bring it on | An international forum for all schools seeking to make the best use of BYOT.

In researching and writing BYOT, one of the first international studies of BYOT in schools, what struck us was the reality that in time every school in a Western democracy will adopt some type of BYOT, and that it is already apparent this development will have a profound impact on the:

nature of schooling

teaching

student assessment

instructional technology used in schools

technology support model employed by schools

relationship between the school and the home

model used by nations to resource their schools.

 

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10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities

10 Changes to Expect from the Library of the Future | Online Universities | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Libraries have acted as community cornerstones for millennia, and every April marks School Library Month, celebrating how they promote education and awareness in an open, nurturing space. What makes them such lasting institutions, though, isn’t the mere act of preserving books and promoting knowledge. Rather, it’s the almost uncanny ability to consistently adapt to the changing demands of the local populace and emerging technology alike.

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Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo

Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Diigo is a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool. Here are just a few of the possibilities with Diigo:

Save important websites and access them on any computer.

Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.

Search through bookmarks to quickly find desired information.

Save a screenshot of a website and see how it has changed over time.

Annotate websites with highlighting or virtual "sticky notes."

View any annotations made by others on any website visited.

Share websites with groups or the entire Diigo social network.

Comment on the bookmarks of others or solicit comments to your shared bookmarks.

 

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One-to-one: Bring your own device revolution

This bring-your-own-device (BYOD) approach raises many questions, in addition
to promising many benefits. How do you know if such a policy will work for your
school? What do you do about kids who don’t have devices? Will teachers accept
this change in their classrooms? Is your broadband service strong enough? If not,
can you afford to upgrade? In other words, how can you best put such a program
into place? convergemag talked to school administrators and technical officers to find out the best practices they have learned from their BYOD implementations. Their
advice is gathered here, along with checklists to help guide you on the path
to BYOD.

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Is curation the new search? Seven tools for selecting & aggregating a variety of media and resources,

Is curation the new search? Seven tools for selecting & aggregating a variety of media and resources, | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Curation tools present an exciting new genre of search tool--strategies for scanning the real-time environment, as well as opportunities for evaluating quality and relevance in emerging information landscapes.

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Singapore's 21st-Century Teaching Strategies (Education Everywhere Series) | Edutopia

By cultivating strong school leadership, committing to ongoing professional development, and exploring innovative models like its tech-infused Future Schools, Singapore has become one of the top-scoring countries on the PISA tests.
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Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 tips for starting a technology revolution in your school...

Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 10 tips for starting a technology revolution in your school... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

10 sensible suggestions from someone who started a technology revolution in their district. Some of the 10 tips have been learned the hard way, while others just happened to work out well.

 

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Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation

Innovations in Education - Understanding Content Curation | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

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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The Classroom of The Future: How Social Media Can Better Our Education System

Enter the classroom of the future -- a vision crafted by a series of panelists and experts in education, social media strategy, and platform development. Through a series of interactive examples and discussion around new ways to get students the resources they need, we're going to ask these innovators to build us this futuristic classroom -- and we're going to ask you to help. By the end, we want everyone to have a vision of what a socially empowered, and more equal, educational system in American could look like. Then let's go make it happen.

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A Simple Comprehensive Guide on The use of Personal Learning Networks in Education

A Simple Comprehensive Guide on The use of Personal Learning Networks in Education | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Personal Learning Networks, or PLNs, have been around for a long time. Originally they were your family, relatives and friends, or probably other educators and fellow teachers you work with in the same institution, but now and thanks to the development of web technologies and wireless connections, the concept of PLNs has been expanded to engulf people you have never met before in real world. Much of the learning nowadays takes place online and via a network of interconnected relations.

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Four keys to creating successful elearning programs

It’s no secret that online and blended learning are picking up momentum.

 

While many use the terms interchangeably, online learning and blended learning differ
slightly, said webinar moderator Butch Gemin of the Evergreen Education Group, which publishes iNACOL’s annual “Keeping Pace with Online Learning” report.


Online learning is teacher-led instruction delivered primarily via the internet, and it
includes software to provide a structured learning environment. Teachers and students are separated by geography.


Blended learning occurs any time a student learns in part in a supervised brick-and-mortar place, away from home, and at least in part through online delivery, with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace.

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The Top 6 Reasons for Schools to Teach Safe Practices in Social ...

The Top 6 Reasons for Schools to Teach Safe Practices in Social ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Schools need to offer a sound curriculum in protective measures of social media that is methodical and practical. Let's choose wisely rather than rely on learning bits and pieces or possibly incorrect information from friends.
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7 Myths About BYOD Debunked -- THE Journal

7 Myths About BYOD Debunked -- THE Journal | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

More than a decade into the 21st century and we are still keeping learners and teachers prisoners of the analog past by enforcing outdated mandates that ban and block them from using the digital resources of their world.


Via Nik Peachey, Shamblesguru
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The power of Social Networking in Grade 6 with Edmodo

The power of Social Networking in Grade 6 with Edmodo | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Mr G Online shares his experience working with years 5/6 level.  It has led him to being, among other things, a support teacher in a variety of curriculum areas. The week just past he was taking workshops and lessons across Reading, Writing and Inquiry. Edmodo proved to be the best vehichle for activities.

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Media specialists create instructional hubs - Gainesville Times

Media specialists create instructional hubs - Gainesville Times | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A new breed of library warrants a new breed of librarian.....Correction — media specialist. Hall County staffs a media specialist at each school throughout the district, charged with not only running the media center, but acting as a facilitator to incorporate new technology into the classroom.

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iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ...

iPads vs. Laptops - the low down and the smackdown ... | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

It seems that several schools with successful one-to-one programs are contemplating a transition to iPads. Some factors that come to mind include:functionality (ease of use) including instant-on, long battery, fewer moving parts, etcappeal of "apps" - discrete functionality for specific learning goalscostform factor"consumerization" of IT (users supporting their own equipment)

What else?

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Rubric Descriptors for Information Literacy/NETS Benchmarks

Rubric Descriptors for Information Literacy/NETS Benchmarks | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Being that the class I developed at my school called Technology Skills for the 21st Century Learner is built on most of the NETS standards and benchmarks, I thought I would share all the descriptors here I’ve written for those strands: Creativity and Innovation; Communication and Collaboration; Digital Citizenship, and Technology Operations and Concepts. I also assess the Research and Information Fluency strand a couple of times, but that is done through student reflection, not a rubric. I’ve removed the descriptors from the context of the original project rubrics in order to present them under each NETS standard. Feel free to use any of them and redevelop them for your purposes.

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Using Pinterest in school libraries | Sarah Ludwig

Using Pinterest in school libraries | Sarah Ludwig | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

As you can see, I’m gearing my library Pinterest page toward students. Why? Because I think students might be more likely to use the site? Maybe, although most of the people I’ve seen using the site are adults… it’s mostly because right now, I’m reaching out to faculty in other ways — largely through email and scoop.it, when it comes to virtual outreach. I’ve advertised the page to faculty, who may find items of interest on it, but my “collection development policy” is to curate materials of interest to our middle and upper school students.

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