This post originally appeared on Shannon Miller's Van Meter Library Voice blog. Shannon kindly asked us to share the news of this good cause on the EasyBib blog, and we are excited to join her and other teacher librarians ...
I’ve been pleased with the ways digital tools are allowing me to engage and collaborate with the media producers that most challenge my thinking. I had intended to blog about how the comic book Wild Children terrifies and motivates me as an educational researcher. However, through a handful of Twitter exchanges, I, instead, was able to talk with the book’s author, Ales Kot.
"Social networking is a participatory medium that is changing the very nature of our professional connections, our community practices and the nature of learning..." Great presentation to get you thinking...
"While reality can be scary, there are plenty of safe sites designed for kids under 13. Still, all the kid-friendly social networking sites in the world won’t help if kids find the adult versions more fun. We researched kid-friendly sites and then talked to kids to get a feel for the fun factor to collect four kid-approved sites."
Children's BooksNew York TimesTo the Editor: Thank you for one of the most comprehensive, relevant children's book features I have seen in a long while. That said, I was frustrated by Adam Gopnik's review of “The False Prince,” by Jennifer A.
Because today’s librarians must be experts in dealing with both physical and digital information, we have identified the Top 5 skills every librarian must have, or develop, in order to succeed now and into the future.
"According to the article on PR Web, “Educade provides a one-stop shop for K-12 teachers and parents seeking to understand how to effectively use 21st century teaching tools, such as apps and games, as well as low and no tech tools that focus on hands-on making.” It is a site that is in Beta right now, but looks very promising as a resource for educators who are looking for ways to engage learners with non-traditional methods.
"As you can see from the screen shot, the lessons include all sorts of tools, includingaugmented reality ( I am definitely going to add some of these to my Flipboard magazine!), games, apps, etc… It also includes one that I hadn’t heard of, “Embodied Learning,” which I had to look up! (Here is a link to an explanation of “Embodied Learning” just in case you are wondering…)"
This guide provides instructions and ideas for using the Action Zone activities that are bundled in this Ethical Use Kit. The Sorting Hat Challenge requires searchers to dig for information within a site to find its author. Four new MicroModule Companions test skills in finding information about Copyright, Citation and Plagiarism (2 sets). In addition to serving as tutorial resources, each one may be used to assess the extent to which students are able to demonstrate skills in secondary searching and citing resources properly.
Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.
"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"
"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.
Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."
This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.
And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"
from November Learning: It's not vital that every teacher knows how to use every application that is to be used in a classroom. Teachers need to know their content and should be able to direct students toward different types of applications for different purposes. Then, let students do the work to become experts.
Here's how one middle school teacher from Lawrence Middle School in New Jersey organizes his student experts. Students go to other students for help with these applications. He focuses on the learning.
Amazing New Children's Book App Lets Military Parents Read To Kids While On ...Albany Times UnionChildren's book author Tatyana Mironova has announced the release of her new narrated adventure book for kids entitled Lazy Bird.