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10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift

10 Ways to Teach Innovation | MindShift | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Getty By Thom Markham One overriding challenge is now coming to the fore in public consciousness: We need to reinvent just about everything. Whether s

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Wise approaches. Innovative teaching will no doubt lead to student risk taking, creativity and innovation.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 2, 2013 2:00 PM

Teaching innovation means incorporating project based learning, with less focus of learning outcomes and more focus on teaching concepts.  Yippee for the move away from how much we know, to creative and solution based learning.  

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Great Tutorial on How to Create your Own eBook on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tutorial on How to Create your Own eBook on iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"Creating an eBook online is no rocket science and anyone with the rudimentary knowledge of how to use internet can get his/her eBook up and viral in a couple of minutes provided the content part of it is already written in a word document. I find the typing and editing part the most  difficult stage in this process;  however, if you just want to set up a short ebook for your students then that would not take you much time.


Just a couple of weeks ago I shared here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning a list of great apps  to use to create eBooks on iPad and I received several emails following that post and some of you asked for tutorials on this topic. Here is one of my favorite tutorials on how to create an eBook on iPad that I always recommend to my fellow teachers. Check it out below and share with us what you think of it. Enjoy"


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Great possibilities for creativity in the Learning Commons.

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Melissa Cooper's curator insight, April 3, 2013 3:39 AM

A great way for young authors to share their work

GwynethJones's curator insight, April 5, 2013 11:20 AM

I see the tell tale signs of my beloved Comic Life!

Stefanie Stewart Crosser's curator insight, September 20, 2014 5:08 PM

There are various ways to use technology in the classroom, but how long does it take to prepare lessons through technology? They say "Don't take your work home" because it can seriously affect one's family and home-life, but is there enough time in the day to prepare effective lessons without taking your job home? Teachers are not paid enough to create their own lesson plans using technology - let along to teach, with all of the constant changing standards!

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20 Magazines & Journals for Teacher-Librarians - A Media ...

20 Magazines & Journals for Teacher-Librarians - A Media ... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
20 Magazines & Journals for Teacher-Librarians. I still enjoy the feel of pages in books and magazines. Reading on my tablet is easier than the computer screen, but that physical copy of a magazine or journal is my personal ...
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Mags are a good tool for self PD. Now we need to encourage more teacher librarians to write and publish their stories of success,action research and daily challenges so we can learn from each other.

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School library infographics: research and advocacy

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

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

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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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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 22, 2013 3:15 AM

Great visual! 

 

Leslie Lilly's curator insight, March 22, 2013 10:26 AM

Great tool!

Carey Leahy's comment, March 22, 2013 6:59 PM
Seems more like a poster. Most infographics have statistics.
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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn | MindShift | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Jamie Nast/Flickr Helping students learn how to learn: That's what most educators strive for, and that's the goal of inquiry learning.
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Keeping it simple, powerful metacognition. For more simple ideas to ensure that students and teachers are getting better and better see The Big Think http://www.lmcsource.com/catalog/thebigthink.html

 

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Libraries Open Doors, Data to Digital Art Displays - Library Journal

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Libraries Open Doors, Data to Digital Art Displays
Library Journal
Another was that the designated home for the art was Terrapin Learning Commons in McKeldin Library. “It's a technology-rich space,” Bartheld said.
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Very cool! Also a good reminder in this post. Patrons should see something new everytime they visit the library.This is important not only in the physical space but also the virtual space.

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3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different – HCS Learning Commons

3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different – HCS Learning Commons | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
HCS Learning Commons Finds a New Home! ... 3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different (Great article from TeachThought about 3 Ways Digital Learning Is Just Different http://t.co/EDj1eAa8OP Definitely worth the read!
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There are so many ways that learning in digital spaces is a boost to learning.Probably the most beneficial is the potential for real time collaborations from anywhere anytime on any device....

 

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The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content

The 50+ Best Ways to Curate and Share Your Favorite Social Media and News Content | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
There's so much information online just begging to be curated: news, social media, images, video, websites... the list goes on. Reading great content from my favorite blogs and websites is one of m...

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So many tools to help build and manage personal learning environments.Have your I-team/Geek Squad experiment and report back with their favs then send them out to teach others best ways to curate!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 12, 2013 4:41 AM
There is just so much! Where do you start? I think I will look at the resources for twitter to start with....
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's comment, March 14, 2013 12:34 AM
Great idea Carol! I will post to my teen geek squad! @Elizabeth you need to get your geek squad going:) Focus on one tool and then learn that really well. Cannot do it all!
Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, March 14, 2013 3:49 AM
Need to find my teen geek squad! On my to do list :) I know where to start with them though!
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RealtimeBoard A Great Tool for Visual Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

RealtimeBoard A Great Tool for Visual Collaboration ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Looks like great potential for collaborative work for students and teachers in the LC.

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Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal

Latest Study: A full-time school librarian makes a critical difference in boosting student achievement | School Library Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

"This study adds to the evidence that all K–12 students need and deserve quality school library programs with full-time certified staff. Students are more likely to succeed when they have library programs that are well staffed, well funded, technologically well equipped, well stocked, and more accessible. And, the neediest learners may benefit the most from trained librarians and quality library programs.

However, much work still needs to be done to use this research to reach influential stakeholders who control the future of school library programs and their staffing. While many states are pursuing state reforms and regulations, this doesn’t negate the role of the individual school librarian to learn and share these findings locally. Everyone needs to nurture library champions who will defend the position that all K–12 school students need and deserve full-time school librarians and well-resourced school libraries in order to develop the skills needed to be productive in the 21st century."

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We must reach out and make sure all educators, administrators, specialists,education experts in all disciplines know about and understand the research on school libraries. It is about improving student literacy success for sure but also opening doors to authentic learning environments and experiences.

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17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids

17 Cartoon Videos Explaining the Internet and Internet Safety to Kids | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
  via Stephen's Lighthouse Planet Nutshell produces short animated videos to explain products, services, and concepts. One of their series of videos is all about the Internet and Internet safe...
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Another set of resources to help build digital citizenship

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Our first inquiry for 2013- Relationships (Years 1&2 in Victoria ...

Our first inquiry for 2013- Relationships (Years 1&2 in Victoria ... | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What a wonderful inquiry to start our year. Our inquiry lends itself perfectly to learning about being a member of a team. The children have inquired into the different types of relationships and how ttheir relationships and ...
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Beautiful example of how visual storytelling and graphic organizers help students analyze complex ideas.

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Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning - The Guardian (blog)

Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning - The Guardian (blog) | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The Guardian (blog) Play in education: the role and importance of creative learning The Guardian (blog) I prefer to see play, and by extension the use of dramatic inquiry, as a well researched and effective pedagogical tool that develops children's...
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How can the Learning Commons encourage play based learning?

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Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain

Nine Things Educators Need to Know About the Brain | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
In an excerpt from his new book, psychologist Louis Cozolino applies the lessons of social neuroscience to the classroom.
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The brain is a social organ. This information and much more brain science can be applied to working, playing, learning and creating in the Learning Commons

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.
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Innovative opportunities to do more......

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Anne McLean's curator insight, March 29, 2013 6:31 PM

School Libraries should be at the forefront of new technologies.

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It is the responsibility of ALL libraries to use innovative educational techniques!
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How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning

How Simple Artifacts Can Promote Inquiry-Based Learning | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This post offers an example of how a simple artifact can support inquiry-based learning.

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Inquiry is natural and authentic when sparked by curiosity and wonder.

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Jane Schmude's curator insight, April 1, 2013 7:42 PM

We will be seeing these changes in the new Australian curriculum - a focus on primary sources to foster the inquiry process.

William Emeny's curator insight, April 29, 2013 2:03 PM

A modern take on the age-old 'visual aid'!

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:18 AM

Great to use as the provocation for a unit.

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21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity

21st-Century Projects Inspire Global Citizenship Plus Creativity | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
This is the second in a special Edutopia blog series about developing 21st century skills through project-based learning. In the first post, "Yes, You Can Teach and Assess Creativity!

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No end to authentic opportunities to engage learners in action inquiry.

 

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 30, 2013 9:51 AM

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Roimata Baker's curator insight, July 29, 2014 7:00 PM

Kia whai kiko ngā akoranga.  

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Discover the Innovation Strategies of Steve Jobs - Trend Hunter

Discover the Innovation Strategies of Steve Jobs - Trend Hunter | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
innovation strategies - Steve Jobs was a legendary thinker, designer and innovator and his keynotes garnered an almost cult-like following as they not only unveiled revo... ...
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What can we learn from the business world to help foster a culture of creativity and innovation in education? How can the School Library Learning Commons lead the way?

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Area 3 Learning Commons: Voices on a Wall

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Area 3 Learning Commons: Voices on a Wall http://t.co/RjhgcDAo8b
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Playing with new ideas in the Learning Commons leads to creative learning.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | School Library Learning Commons | 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 (Top story: Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift
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Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 17, 2013 2:53 AM

Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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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 Learning Commons | Scoop.it
25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher (25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher (and Librarian) http://t.co/mefDmoBiiB via @teachthought)...
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...and it is all free!

 

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Book Art and Libraries

Book Art and Libraries | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Get inspired with these places and spaces from around the world.

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Model creativity in the learning Commons and design opportunities for students to create.

Creativity sparks interest, imagination, curiosity, inspiration, play, experimentation,innovation and back to creativity....

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 6, 2013 7:13 AM

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 8, 2013 1:24 PM

Libraries and art do so go together!!!

Robin Jordan's curator insight, March 12, 2013 1:13 PM

Love it! I've also seen stairs painted as spines and book shelves build that say things like "READ". It's so awesome!

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Making the Principal Connection | School Library Journal

Making the Principal Connection | School Library Journal | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Teacher-librarian/school principal connection: http://t.co/hFGtbKHqfl @lorfehr @jjones08 We're waaaaay ahead of the curve! It's awesome!
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What a team!
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The Padagogy Wheel

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Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Shirley Moody, Gust MEES, GSeremetakis, Katharina Kulle, John Evans
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This would be a great activity for students to build a Bloom wheel as they consider the tools they use in directing their own learning and building their own personal learning environment.

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Simon Vuillaume's curator insight, April 29, 2013 5:58 PM

Ipadagogy... 

Deborah Banker's curator insight, May 12, 2013 2:03 PM

WOW!!  How cool is this?!

Louise Lewis's curator insight, September 20, 2013 8:34 PM

Perfect for our research into Web 2.0 tools that we may include in our webmixes

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Tom March :: Thesis Builders

Tom March :: Thesis Builders | School Library Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Online tools for creating thesis statements and outlines.


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Looks like a great self help tool for students and from a trusted educator. Link to your Virtual Learning Commons and then invite a class to experiment. Document results and share findings.

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