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The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students

The Top 27 Free Tools to collaborate, hold discussions, and Backchannel with Students | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Using collaborative tools, teachers will be able to help in holding  online and real-time discussions with their  students, help them in their projects and assignments, guide their learning, do backchanneling, and synchronously moderate discussion threads and many more.

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A real mixture here - some that have been around for awhile and some new tools that I will need to explore.

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2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results | The New Media Consortium

2013 Horizon.K12: The Interim Results | The New Media Consortium | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The NMC is pleased to announce the interim results of the 2013 Horizon.K12 Project, as presented at the 2013 CoSN Conference in San Diego. The Horizon Project Advisory Board voted for the top 12 emerging technologies as well as the top ten trends and challenges that they believe will have a significant impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in global K-12 education over the next five years. These initial results will be compiled into an interim report, known as the "Short List," and described in further detail.

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No surprises here for the one year or less - BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), Cloud Computing, Mobile Learning, Online Learning. In fact, no big surprises for the time for adoption for any of the technologies listed. The challenge will be how schools can effectively integrate these technologies into current education structures and systems.

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Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project

David Grant, who guides the school's technology integration and curriculum development, has put together a six-step rubric for designing a project. He says Fading Footprints, which became a model for King and Expeditionary Learning Schools, doesn't take an entire school, or even a team of twelve, to plan and carry out; one or two teachers can tailor this one to fit their time and resources.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

This is an example of using a guiding question to engage students and the showing how the project is planned.

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Courtney Nicolou's curator insight, March 21, 2013 8:06 AM

A school librarian writes about changing the librarian stereotype and making the school media center a fun place for students.

Deborah Welsh's curator insight, March 22, 2013 4:01 PM

A methodical and practical approach to project-based learning, aligning well with the real world aspects of guided inquiry.

Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, June 24, 2013 1:47 PM

We need to make this a priority this year!

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21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity

21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This post takes a look at a real-world project that has inspired students to think more creatively about their role as global citizens.

 

This is the second in a special Edutopia blog series about developing 21st century skills through project-based learning.

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This post explains what happens when students engage in authentic learning activities.

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Signs of engagement in learning

Signs of engagement in learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Our district has been focusing on student engagement, so we made a list of behaviors of students who were engaged with their groups:

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Some helpful signs to look out for to see if the students are engaging in group work or whether they have disengaged and are not longer contributing to the group work.

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What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"?

What's the Difference Between "Doing Projects" and "Project Based Learning"? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Thanks to Amy Mayer of FriEdTechnology for this fantastic comparison describing the key differences between "doing projects" and project-based learning!

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Amy's comparison chart does help to define the differences.

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Libraries work to give readers new experiences

Libraries work to give readers new experiences | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

To serve the needs of their diverse clientele, libraries throughout Ohio are focused on providing experienced-based services, Evans said.

 

Some customers might want to learn a new skill or use the Internet. Groups might want to use the library as a meeting space, while parents might want a fun program for their children after school.

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The evolution of a public library.

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20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley

20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

I haven't used Google Reader in awhile and tend to rely on the tablet tools that Phil mentions in his post.

 

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Anne McLean's curator insight, March 17, 2013 7:07 PM

I have never used Google Reader but this article covers the alternatives

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the role of the education institution?

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Be flexible, stimulate curiosity, design architecture for learning, engage in experiential learning, embrace failure and use it to improve, have fun....

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The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have

The 10 Skills Modern Teachers Must Have | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

There’s been a lot of talk about 21st century learners, 21st century teachers, and connected classrooms. There’s a daily influx of new technology into your inbox and your classroom feels woefully behind the times even if you’re flipping your 1:1 iPad classroom that’s already online and part of a MOOC.

 

What are modern teachers to do with all this jargon and techno-babble being thrown at them all day long?

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Good advice - step back - look at what is going to work for you and then pick up a few tools to implement.

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Larissa Bonthorne's curator insight, October 21, 2013 6:14 PM

Flipping the classroom with the use of iPads.

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The Changing Role of School Librarians

Find out how modern teacher-librarians are improving students' and teachers' lives every day. Reporter: Mark Rayyoutube.com
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A great overview of the changing role.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 10, 2013 11:26 AM

add your insight...

Maria Jose Vitorino's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:51 PM

something old, something new, something "borroughed" (from education, from technology fields), something blue, a clear sky for teacher-librarian role  today and tomorow

Anne McLean's curator insight, March 11, 2013 10:47 PM

Teacher Librariàns should be a teaching anda learning resource in the digital age.  Not the curator of a museum of books.

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Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
'Essential questions' are all too often lower order. And not that essential.

 

When we're working with schools on our Design Thinking School programme, one of the easiest ways to explain what we're looking for in the way a project is set, is whether the statement or questions being asked can be Googled easily: is this a Googleable or Not Googleable topic?


Via Dennis T OConnor, Karen Bonanno
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Determine low order and high order questions.

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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 12:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, March 15, 2013 12:15 AM
I agree.. his work and videos are at www.shodor.org
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 15, 2013 12:19 AM
Thanks, will take a look.
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Are E-Readers Greener Than Books?

Are E-Readers Greener Than Books? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
A new study analyzing the Amazon Kindle electronic book reader’s impact on the environment suggests that, on average, the carbon emitted over the life of the device is offset after the first year of use.
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Ebooks and climate change - this is certainly a different way to present an argument in favour of ebooks.

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School library infographics: research and advocacy

School library infographics: research and advocacy | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Sometimes you need the visually attractive, embeddable, tweetable version of the elevator speech.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 12:15 AM

Great visual! 

 

Leslie Lilly's curator insight, March 22, 2013 7:26 AM

Great tool!

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 22, 2013 2:12 PM

Great for advocacy now.....Teach students how to create infographics to 'show' their understanding of what they know about a topic they have researched.

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Literacy in the Digital Age

Literacy in the Digital Age | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A directory of literacies.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 5:03 PM

This is a good resource for teachers, teacher librarians and teacher educators.

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Project Based Learning

Project Based Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

The Buck Institute for Education (BIE) is dedicated to improving 21st Century teaching and learning throughout the world by creating and disseminating products, practices and knowledge for effective Project Based Learning (PBL).

 

BIE contributes to Project Based Learning through product development, services, research, and online learning.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

This site is definitely worth visiting if you are interested in project-based learning in your school and classroom.

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The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology

The Professors Behind the MOOC Hype - Technology | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
In the largest survey of instructors who have taught massive open online courses, The Chronicle heard from critics, converts, and the cautious.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

Are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) going to change the way we teach across all sectors of education?

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 18, 2013 7:33 PM

add your insight...

 

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, March 19, 2013 8:50 PM

Even more than MOOCs changing the way we teach - they are changing the way we learn, as is social media and tablet computing.

Lourense Das's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:55 AM

Ever heard of MOOC: Massive Open Online Courses? Read what professors think of it.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | MindShift | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

A new Project Tomorrow report surveying principals concluded that they want to hire new teachers with creative ideas about how technology can be leveraged to create authentic and differentiated learning experiences. But student-teachers report that their tech training focuses only on simple management tools. At the same time, the report concludes that those who have the biggest influence on new teachers — veteran educators –  don’t always embrace new ways of using technology to engage students.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Interesting stats: "Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers."

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, March 20, 2013 8:04 AM

Great insight into Professional Development.

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Making Digital Libraries Work, With or Without BYOD

Making Digital Libraries Work, With or Without BYOD | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
Districts are experimenting with strategies for creating state-of-the-art K-12 digital libraries.
Karen Bonanno's insight:

One school district's ebook journey.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 4:56 PM

Some practical insights into the management of e-readers in a school library.

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School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online

School libraries shelve book-boosting plans as more student research goes online | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

WILMINGTON -- When the Wilmington High School library got rid of around 5,000 of its books, leaving just a few shelves full, one teacher suggested to librarian Paula Byrne that it marked the end of civilization.

 

"They got scared when all the books went," Byrne said. "But this isn't the end of civilization. It's the digital age."

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Teacher librarian as a facilitator of learning - helping students to connect, communicate, collaborate, create in a digital learning environment.

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, March 25, 2013 10:59 AM

"It's not just books anymore," Byrne said.   Amen!  Our tewo high schools are set to open up new spaces like that this week.  I'm so excited!

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10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library

10 Great Technology Initiatives for Your Library | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Today’s hottest web and mobile technologies are offering libraries a new world of opportunities to engage patrons. Ultra-popular social media websites and apps combined with the availability of affordable cloud-based services and the evolution and adoption of mobile devices are enabling librarians to share and build communities, store and analyze large collections of data, create digital collections, and access information and services in ways never thought about before.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Powerful suggestions that can be incorporated into the operations of any library.

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Sugata Mitra on the Future of Learning

Sugata Mitra on the Future of Learning | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Mitra’s premise is that schools are still operating on a 19th century factory model designed to spit out workers with the same skills. He encourages teachers and parents to break free of that model and do a better job at sparking children’s curiosity and agency.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

The video of Sugata Mitra's TED talk is well worth viewing. (He is the winner of the TED 2013 talks.)

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Jenny Lussier's curator insight, March 15, 2013 11:44 AM

Very interested in teaching creativity!

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With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning?

With Digital Technologies, Can School Libraries Help Transform Learning? | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

This isn’t your mom’s high school library.

 

At the Elizabeth Forward High School library in Elizabeth, PA, beanbag chairs have replaced study carrels, computers are everywhere, and instead of a cranky librarian telling kids to be quiet, there’s a new music studio. Welcome to the new EF Media Center.

Karen Bonanno's insight:

School library as a community hub of creativity and innovation.

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25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher

25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it
25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher
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How to leverage the Google empire - if the tools are there and you can see the connection to how you can use them in your classroom, then make Google your friend. (Or, as they say in the crime thrillers, keep your enemies close.)

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Deborah Welsh's curator insight, March 14, 2013 4:42 PM

Google wants to be your friend.

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Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence

Does a full-time school librarian make a critical difference ... more evidence | School Library Advocacy | Scoop.it

Simply put, students suffer when they don’t have adequate resources—and, in particular, we’ve found that student achievement suffers when schools lack libraries that are staffed by full-time librarians. “Nearly every public school in Bucks, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties has a library with certified staff, which has been proven to increase student reading and comprehension,” notes Kintisch. “In contrast, most public schools in Philadelphia do not employ a certified librarian, and more than 140 do not have a library.”

Karen Bonanno's insight:

Essential findings and commentary on this important issue for each school community.

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Carey Leahy's curator insight, March 10, 2013 12:05 AM

We need to keep reading to keep learning in life.

Anita Vance's curator insight, April 15, 2013 12:14 PM

There is a definite need for guidance - finding the right material for the most effective learning does not "just happen".  So many schools are losing the advantages they could give struggling learners by opting to lessen or eliminate certified librarian positions.