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Movie-making for everyone | Plotagon

Movie-making for everyone | Plotagon | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

Plotagon is a tool that lets anyone create an animated movie directly from a written screenplay. Write your story, choose actors, environments and music. Press play and your movie is done. It's that simple.


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Looks like it has great potential, especially given the death of Xtranormal.

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Margarida Sá Costa's curator insight, November 22, 2013 9:52 AM

Fantástico!!! let´s try!

Ester Feldman's curator insight, December 28, 2013 5:03 PM

Thanks again 

Guusje Moore's curator insight, January 20, 7:35 PM

Wonder if this will work as a "next step" afterAnimoto

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How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students

How Family Game Night Makes Kids Into Better Students | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Matching up cards and planning the next chess move can help develop a child’s executive function—a set of skills that may be more important for success than IQ points.
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Possibly some good games to invest in if your library is hosting a gaming club or event.
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Mainstay of Canada’s literacy movement topples: Goar | Toronto Star

Mainstay of Canada’s literacy movement topples: Goar  | Toronto Star | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Literacy workers distraught as Ottawa eliminates their national database and resource centre.
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The long, dark walk to the toilet

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Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures

Gratisography - download free high-resolution pictures | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, May 30, 5:53 PM

dowload immediatly awesome free picturas from Gratisography

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Free, use as you please, high-resolution pictures.

4twenty2's curator insight, June 12, 4:15 AM

Fantastic resource with some great images - easy to use, brilliant for innovative presentations or compelling blogs!

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Treatment, Not Trigger Warnings – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Treatment, Not Trigger Warnings – The Conversation - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

Trigger warnings likely do more harm than good, even to those they're supposedly designed to protect.

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This issue doesn't affect higher-ed. only, but it may help to explain some parental objections to texts if either they or their children have experienced a trauma they haven't disclosed and have a related reaction to narrative.  We need to train teachers and parents to be aware of what to do when readers have reactions that are our of the norm to text.  It doesn't always mean they're victims of trauma, and it's not to minimize the legitimacy of their response, but missing the opportunity to get them the help they potentially need would be a serious gap for the educational system.

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Publishing Children’s Books in the UK vs. in France |

Publishing Children’s Books in the UK vs. in France | | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
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An Artist Reimagined Disney Princesses With Different Races and the Results Will Blow Your Mind

An Artist Reimagined Disney Princesses With Different Races and the Results Will Blow Your Mind | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The simplest of Google searches will show you that Disney has a rather, er, complicated history w...
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How to Read Body Language More Effectively

How to Read Body Language More Effectively | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Body language is a huge part of how we communicate with other people. However, most of us only have an intuitive knowledge of non-verbal communication at best. Fortunately, if reading body language doesn't come naturally to you, or if you'd simply like to get better at it, there's a huge body of work that details what the body is really saying.
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Engage in Creative Tasks Outside Work to Boost Job Performance

Engage in Creative Tasks Outside Work to Boost Job Performance | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Creative work is not only best for bad moods, but doing creative activities outside of the office can boost your on-the-job performance, says a new study by psychologist Kevin Eschleman of San Francisco State University.
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, April 30, 6:54 PM

I 100% agree with this.  I absolutely believe that, despite the draws on my time that are sometimes stressful, I am better at my job because I am creative outside it too.

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Community Events - BCCHF Superhero Pages

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A 24-hour staged reading of all 38 of Shakespeare’s plays to benefit BC Children's Hospital, taking place on April 23, 2014: Shakespeare's 450th Birthday.

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Celebrating Shakespeare's 450th with new writing challenge and young adult fiction

April 26th, 2014 marks the 450th birthday of William Shakespeare. To celebrate, CBC’s Canada Writes will be holding a national
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Visual Literacy--PD for Teachers and TLs

Visual Literacy--PD for Teachers and TLs | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

"Visual literacy has typically been left up to art teachers. It is within the art classroom that students first learn the effects of light, color and composition and it is the art teacher that teaches students to 'read' works of art by analyzing the artist's techniques. Today, the need for visual literacy has spread beyond the art room and across many disciplines and subject areas. We can no longer ignore its presence in the average classroom."

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Prepared for EDEL 543 in the M. Ed. (Teacher-Librarian by Distance Learning) programme at the University of Alberta.

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NEPC's "Does Class Size Matter" by D.W. Schanzenbach, Northwestern University

"The critics are mistaken. Class size matters. Class size is one of the most-studied education policies, and an extremely rigorous body of research demonstrates the importance of class size in positively influencing student achievement. This policy brief first reviews the research on class size. Special attention is given to the literatures in economics and related fields that use designs aimed at disentangling causation from correlation. It then documents the recent rise in class size and considers how to compare the effects of class-size reduction with other commonly discussed policy alternatives."

 

 

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A worthwhile addition to the educational (and fiscal) policy discourse.

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10 top indigenous books for your summer reading list

10 top indigenous books for your summer reading list | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
If you are looking for summer reading suggestions, you are in luck. Check out 10 new releases by indigenous authors, brought to you by the editors of Muskrat Magazine — from fiction to non-fiction, poetic prose, science, politics, romance and traditional stories.
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The 'Always' Campaign That Will Make You Proud to Run Like a Girl

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Always Maxi Pads is jumping on the female empowerment bandwagon with its #LikeAGirl campaign .
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Read Me! Authors Tell You Why to Read Their Summer Books

Read Me! Authors Tell You Why to Read Their Summer Books | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Who better to recommend a summer read than the author in question? We asked 6 writers to blurb their own books for the beach
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The 10 Most Important Dystopian Books and Films of All Time | Underwire | WIRED

The 10 Most Important Dystopian Books and Films of All Time | Underwire | WIRED | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A canon of the most influential dystopian texts of the past century—what they contained, who wrote them, what they criticized—so we can pinpoint exactly which hellscape we're heading for at any given moment.
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 26, 11:46 PM

I pretty much concur with all of this. The only one I have no knowledge of is the Octavia Butler title (not a big fan of her other work), so feeling pretty chuffed!

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Eight Things No Commencement Speaker Will Say to the Class of 2014 (but someone should!)

Eight Things No Commencement Speaker Will Say to the Class of 2014 (but someone should!) | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
But someone should!
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Read, Kids, Read

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It’s not a chore. It’s a path to fulfillment that fewer are traveling.
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Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper | Science | WIRED

Why the Smart Reading Device of the Future May Be … Paper | Science | WIRED | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Why do traditional paper books remain so popular, especially for deep, immersive reading? Are some people simply too stubborn and nostalgic to adapt to new technologies? Perhaps it's because paper books are themselves a highly sophisticated technology, one that's uniquely good at stimulating focus and concentration.
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Security Flaw Found in OAuth and OpenID, Here's What It Means for You

Security Flaw Found in OAuth and OpenID, Here's What It Means for You | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Another day, another major internet security flaw (step aside, Heartbleed). A bug has been found in OpenID and OAuth 2.0, two authentication programs that let you log into web sites using your Google, Facebook, and other major accounts. Here's what you need to know about the security flaw.
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Parents’ Toolkit « National Reading Campaign

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Five perfect books for men who never read

Five perfect books for men who never read | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Leo Benedictus: Just under a third of the male population don't read books, says a Reading Agency survey. Here are five man-friendly page-turners they might enjoy anyway
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Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex

Gender-specific books demean all our children. So the Independent on Sunday will no longer review anything marketed to exclude either sex | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Sugar and spice and all things nice, that’s what little girls are made of. And boys? They’re made of trucks and trains and aeroplanes, building blocks, chemistry experiments, sword fights and guns, football, cricket, running and jumping, adventure and ideas, games, farts and snot, and pretty much anything else they can think of.
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I love the Daring book for girls and its companion for boys BUT I love them both equally.  Girls happily read the boys book, but trying to get the boys to read the girls book (which is wonderfully blue not pink) is like pulling teeth.  I wish they were just Daring Books for Kids.

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, April 3, 8:04 PM

I dream  of the day this will happen......

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Chineasy peasy: Noma Bar brings fun and colour to Chinese characters

Chineasy peasy: Noma Bar brings fun and colour to Chinese characters | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
When ShaoLan Hsueh realised her children didn't have the patience to
learn Chinese, she wanted to simplify it for them – so she worked with
graphic artist Noma Bar on a new book that turns a fiendish world into a visual treat
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