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One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy : The Last Word On Nothing

One Weird Old Trick to Undermine the Patriarchy : The Last Word On Nothing | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
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Read aloud strategy to level the playing field and prompt discussion.

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6 Tips For Finding Inspiration In Your Teaching

6 Tips For Finding Inspiration In Your Teaching | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
6 Tips For Finding Inspiration In Your Teaching

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA, Dean J. Fusto
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Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian

Speed Dating With Books! | The Daring Librarian | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

Via gwynethjones
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I do speed book dating with my English classes twice a year (first & last independent reads).  The desks get moved into pairs and they each have 2 minutes to make their pitch and a minute after each to give feedback.  Then one partner rotates to another desk.  They get through about 10 rounds.  While they do, I circulate and listen to each students' booktalk (I can listen in on two at a time) to assess their speaking skills and book knowledge.  It's SO much better than having one student present to the entire class, especially for the kids who are afraid of public speaking and those for whom English is a second language.  The classroom does get loud, but I always remind them to use their quiet voice and it helps.  Some kids are more aware of volume than others.

Our library does a larger version of SPD for Valentine's Day... it's a huge event at the school and it's great to see so many kids and district staff be eager to participate.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:09 AM

Great ideas for reader engagement!

gwynethjones's comment, December 10, 2013 6:27 AM
Jennifer- Your version sounds great, too! Do you have that activity written up on a blog or wiki? I'd love to add that to the blog post under resources!
Deborah Welsh's curator insight, February 27, 3:32 PM

Works so well! Thank you Gwyneth.

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Possum Tech: Direct Thyself 2.0

Possum Tech: Direct Thyself 2.0 | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it

Learn to be not afeared of technology with our interactive, self-paced web 2.0 learning modules.  Become an Awesome Possum...join us in December 2013!

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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Secondary teachers, but has resources suitable for many others.

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12 Things for Teachers

12 Things for Teachers | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Any questions in regards to this site, as well as information such as broken links can be emailed to Amanda. 
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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Middle School teachers, but has resources suitable for many others.

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EDEL 544 -- Primary Group

EDEL 544 -- Primary Group | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Our group has a combined total of over 18 years experience in the classroom and harnesses a wealth of knowledge that is applicable to various grade levels.  As each of us are currently working in...
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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Primary teachers, but has resources suitable for many others.

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“Surveillance Trojan Horse” or “Big Brother in Disguise”? How Canadian media reacted to government’s new online spying bill

“Surveillance Trojan Horse” or “Big Brother in Disguise”? How Canadian media reacted to government’s new online spying bill | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Last week saw the announcement of dangerous new online spying legislation - supposedly aimed at tackling the serious issue of cyberbullying. According to legal experts, Bill C-13 consists of just 2.5
Jennifer Cowley's insight:

As an educator, I am appalled (though not surprised) that the gov't would use the oh so important anti-cyberbullying legislation to try to sneak in a much larger volume of anti-privacy measures.  I'm certain they're hoping that no MPs would dare vote against a 'simple cyberbullying bill', but that's not what this is.  TLs and librarians in general should be fully aware how this will affect our patrons and our ability to offer spaces of true Intellectual Freedom.

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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 6:52 AM

Fantástico!!! let´s try!

Ester Feldman's curator insight, December 28, 2013 2:03 PM

Thanks again 

Guusje Moore's curator insight, January 20, 4:35 PM

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

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TEDxNYED - Henry Jenkins - 03/06/10

Henry Jenkins joins USC from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was Peter de Florez Professor in the Humanities. He directed MITs Comparativ...
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Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Students need to learn the value of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time—and teachers can help them do it.
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Canada Day Challenge 2014 - Major Events and Celebrations - History and Celebrations 

Canada Day Challenge 2014 - Major Events and Celebrations - History and Celebrations  | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
If you’re between 8 and 18 years old and live in Canada, you’re invited to express what Canada means to you by submitting an original poster design, a digital photograph, or a piece of creative writing inspired by the theme Canada: Strong and Free.
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ELA contest alert!

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The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun

The Most Important Lesson Schools Can Teach Kids About Reading: It's Fun | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Yes, strong literacy skills help students get good grades and, eventually, good jobs. But schools shouldn't forget to emphasize the joy of getting lost in a book.
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What initiatives have your teachers and schools taken to instill a love of reading?  Do your teachers discuss their own reading with students?  Do you have opportunities for students to discuss their 'pleasure' reading with each other?

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Jamendo - The #1 platform for free music. Free music downloads for private use - Royalty free music licenses for commercial purposes. More than 55,000 albums by independent artists.

Jamendo - The #1 platform for free music. Free music downloads for private use - Royalty free music licenses for commercial purposes. More than 55,000 albums by independent artists. | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
The #1 platform for free music. Free music downloads for private use - Royalty free music licenses for commercial purposes. More than 55,000 albums by independent artists.
Jennifer Cowley's insight:

If you're working on a project and want to include some music, ALL the music available on jamendo is licensed under Creative Commons so it's legal to use it in projects.   Canada doesn't have the same fair use clauses in our Copyright legislation as the US does where students have more freedom to use copyrighted work in for educational purposes, so it's important for Canadian students to use either public domain, GNU, or CC licensed work and to do so within the parameters of the license.  When using music in your work, even if it is licensed, be sure to REFERENCE it correctly according to the style required by your teacher (MLA, APA, etc.).

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New Year's Resolution: Getting Your Teen to Read for Pleasure

New Year's Resolution: Getting Your Teen to Read for Pleasure | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Ask any high school teacher you know: there are certain questions from parents that come up time and time again during parent-teacher interviews.
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How to Navigate Social Media Policy and Legal Issues

How to Navigate Social Media Policy and Legal Issues | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
A district superintendent and attorney detail the challenges that can derail a school’s effective use of social media — and offer tips for circumventing them.
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Learning 2.0 Technologies - Home

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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Adult educators, but has resources suitable for many others.

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WebWings

WebWings | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Elementary teachers, but has resources suitable for many others.

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Web 2.0 Learning Program

Web 2.0 Learning Program | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
For Public Library Staff
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I've just finished a major project in my M. Ed. programme at University of Alberta.  Each group designed a self-directed Web 2.0 learning programme.  This one is aimed at Public Library staff, but has resources suitable for many others.

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Canada Reads 2014 Contenders Announced! « National Reading Campaign

Canada Reads 2014 Contenders Announced! « National Reading Campaign | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
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If you're not familiar with Canada Reads, it's a national program run on the CBC (radio & TV). You can listen to the upcoming defenses of the novels and vote books 'off the island' as the series continues.

http://www.cbc.ca/books/canadareads/

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PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations

PowToon - Brings Awesomeness to your presentations | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
PowToon is a brand new presentation tool that allows you to create animated presentations and cartoon style videos just by dragging and dropping.

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Silvia Gallardo-Martin's curator insight, November 22, 2013 7:35 AM

This tool is just so easy and fun to use! 

Fiona Harvey's curator insight, December 13, 2013 4:15 AM

looks like fun 

Stephanie Anne Bales's curator insight, June 10, 10:42 AM

Presentation Tool

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25 Great Ways Schools Can Support Reading | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies

25 Great Ways Schools Can Support Reading | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
In the age of the Common Core and its emphasis upon having students take on more challenging text, independent reading and student choice can easily take a back seat to the demands of increased rigor.
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Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience

Relearning the Lost Skill of Patience | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Students need to learn the value of slowing down and focusing on one task at a time—and teachers can help them do it.
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Sue Osborne's curator insight, November 17, 2013 4:26 PM

This article is fantastic.  THIS is why students need to read novels - often.

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Their secret revealed

Their secret revealed | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
They tried to keep it secret, and now we know why. Freshly leaked Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Internet censorship plan documents show it’s even worse than we thought. Want to stop TPP Internet censorship in its tracks?
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Early risers devour breakfast and books at Dunluce Elementary School

Early risers devour breakfast and books at Dunluce Elementary School | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
Eight-year-old Marisa Au struggled with her reading when she joined Dunluce Elementary School’s early risers reading club last spring.
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Brilliant!  Imagine what could happen if other schoools with pre-established breakfast programs added a storytime component?

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They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets.

They Loved Your G.P.A. Then They Saw Your Tweets. | Teacher-Librarianship | Scoop.it
More colleges are finding the social media posts of their applicants — and sometimes denying admission as a result.
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gwynethjones's curator insight, December 10, 2013 6:29 AM

Another word to the Social Media wise article!

Ivy League Guru's curator insight, March 28, 6:11 PM

imes have changed. No longer do college recruiters just look at your high school grades and college application. Today, they look at your online profile and behavior. Your tweets, Facebook pics, Instagram pictures, Youtube videos and blog comments now all play a part in your college application.

 

Lets ask DUKE what they think.  One of their  accepted students is doing porn to pay her way through school. Did they know that she was a porn star when she  applied?

 

“Colleges are a microcosm of American society,” Wade said. “It’s a story of hormone-driven kids packed into dorms like sardines. And what we see when we look there -- the glamorization of casual sex; the binge-drinking; the crude, insensitive humor; the homophobia; the racism -- is a story about us.”

 

 

Said Wade, the Occidental sociologist.

 

Take no chances -- Just clean it up -- depending on how bad you want that Ivy league acceptance!

 

Said Wade, the Occidental sociologist.

 

http://www.bradshawcollegeconsulting.com