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Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians

Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians | Teaching | Scoop.it

 by Rebekah Kati, Head Editor, INALJ North Carolina previously published on 3/11/13  Ten Useful Websites for Techie Librarians.

 

As a techie librarian, I am frequently overwhelmed by the number of tech blogs and resources that show up in my feed reader and on the internet.  It is difficult to know which stories and sites are important, and which can be passed by.  I expect that I’m not alone in this feeling, and I’d like to share my favorite library tech sites in no particular order:


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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Such an excellent collection of sites - all technology, some also relevant to library.

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Mei Lin Fung's curator insight, July 24, 2015 11:13 AM

Libraries and LIbrarians rock! They are pioneer navigators in the digital world - watch what they do - it's paid off for me

Алла Миргородская's curator insight, July 27, 2015 1:33 AM

добавить ваше понимание ...

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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New - Personal Growth - Medium

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.


There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?...


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This one looks worth tucking away until I have one of those rainy days I'm always dreaming about!

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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2015 2:43 PM

Are you a lifelong learner? Here are some great ideas for learning.

Angela Brown-Parker, MBA's curator insight, July 13, 2015 12:54 PM

I recently enrolled back in college to learn a new skill for a career change.   I wish that I knew about these websites.  Would have save me thousands of dollars.

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Hidden in Plain Sight: Amazonian Bird Chick Mimics Toxic Caterpillar to Avoid Being Eaten

Hidden in Plain Sight: Amazonian Bird Chick Mimics Toxic Caterpillar to Avoid Being Eaten | Teaching | Scoop.it
In a study published in the January 2015 issue of The American Naturalist (http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/679106), Gustavo A. Londoño, Duván Garcia, and Manuel Sánchez Martínez report a novel nesting strategy observed in a tropical lowland bird that inhabits an area with very high losses to nest predators.
 
How can tropical birds cope with the high rates of nest predation that are typical in most tropical habitats? Are there nesting strategies that allow tropical birds to escape predators such as birds, mammals, and snakes that regularly eat eggs and nestlings?
 
During the fall of 2012, while working on a long-term avian ecological study, the researchers discovered the second nest ever described for the cinereous mourner (Laniocera hypopyrra) at Pantiacolla Lodge in the upper Madre de Dios River in southeastern Peru. They observed that upon hatching, the chicks had downy feathers with long orange barbs with white tips, which was very different from any other nestling they had observed in the area. The peculiar downy feathers attracted their attention, but the nestling behavior provided a more important cue. While researchers were collecting morphological measurements, the nestling started moving its head very slowly from side to side in a way typical of many hairy caterpillars. While working in the area, the investigators found a poisonous caterpillar with similar size and hair coloration as the nestling. Therefore, the researchers suggest that this is an example of Batesian mimicry in which the nestling tricks predators into thinking that it is a toxic, spiny caterpillar rather than a highly edible nestling.
 
This remarkable adaptation may well have evolved to decrease nest predation probability, increasing nesting success in this species. Examples of Batesian mimicry are very rare in vertebrates.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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Wonderful to have an example of evolutionary camouflage to share with students. 

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LEONARDO WILD's curator insight, February 25, 2015 8:01 AM

Biomimicry is not an anthropocentric behavior.

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Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills

Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills | Teaching | Scoop.it
Cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, it has been announced.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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So sensible to teach typing, but I find children who can write cursive can read it.  It will be a pity to loose the ability to read old text, e.g. a letter from Granny!

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Melissa Molitor's curator insight, February 4, 2015 8:16 AM

Many young adults struggle to put their signature on things--will this be scrapped, as well? 

DailyEnglish's curator insight, February 4, 2015 2:33 PM

quel est votre avis ? est ce que l’éducation français doit se concentrer sur l'utilisation d'un clavier plutôt que l'ecriture ?

www.dailyenglish.fr

A débattre !

EdTech@FAIS's curator insight, February 4, 2015 6:38 PM

Is there a brain-memory connection to learning cursive that can't be learned with typing skills? What do you think?

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Five Peaceful Steps To Delivering Critical Feedback

Five Peaceful Steps To Delivering Critical Feedback | Teaching | Scoop.it

I know of something even more difficult and frightful and face-flushed-all-red than getting feedback.

Giving it.

In my role as assistant principal, I give a lot of feedback.  I give it to students; I give it to staff; I provide it to parents when appropriate.  I give it when requested and formal (e.g., teacher evaluation) and when it is not solicited, or expected, or necessarily wanted.  So why is it so difficult?  After all, isn't the "giver" of feedback the one in the driver's seat, the one in the "active" (command) position, while the recipient plays the passive role, listening (maybe) and absorbing (possibly) your wisdom?


Via Elizabeth E Charles
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*take a deep breath, *plan what you are going to say, * be honest, *thoughtfully choose the location, *check back with them later.  All good suggestions. 

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10 iPad Features Every iPad Owner Should Know - Teaching with iPad

10 iPad Features Every iPad Owner Should Know - Teaching with iPad | Teaching | Scoop.it

"Are you relatively new to iPads in the classroom? Are you looking for some tips to help you navigate the new iOS 7? Today we take a look at 10 Features Every iPad Owner Should Know, so that you have the knowledge and confidence you need to shine in front of your students."


Via John Evans
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I learned something new (not telling you what!) so it must be worth reading.

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island651's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:43 PM

Great advice!

Judih Weinstein Haggai's curator insight, August 26, 2014 12:32 AM

saving this safely. iPads in school this year!

KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 26, 2014 9:04 AM

Very useful information!

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critique and feedback - the story of austin's butterfly - Ron Berger - YouTube

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A delightful example of the power of thoughtful, critical feedback, and of how to teach young children to appreciate it.

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Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Tools and Apps to Teach Students Computer Programming ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Teaching | Scoop.it

"Learning how to write a computer program is a lot like learning a new language. There are nouns, verbs, and sentences. With far fewer words than a spoken language, it may be easier too. A student of languages can pick it up just as quickly as a student of math. To help, here are a set of tools that teach computer programming."


Via John Evans
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We need to prepare our students for a future where computer technology is an everyday part of their lives - oh, woops, we're already there! We may not need to understand how it works to use it, but for  our students such knowledge will make a difference to their career opportunities.  Knowledge and experience in programming and codes early will build those brain pathways when its most effective.

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Kerry Muste's curator insight, June 10, 2014 8:43 PM

Two I'm trialling are Codecombat.com and codeavengers.com but I'm looking forward to looking at these.

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, June 14, 2014 10:43 AM

Possible additions to my "games" list. 

Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, June 14, 2014 7:12 PM

A must read for teachers. Excellent list.

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Making Math Thinking Visible with iPads - Primary Preoccupation

Making Math Thinking Visible with iPads - Primary Preoccupation | Teaching | Scoop.it

"My students create many different artifacts, but the most meaningful are those in which my students show their learning and their thinking in ways that are far beyond what a worksheet could do.  When they make a video or screencast of what they have learned, I can hear and see their thinking. I can also hear confidence or hesitation, self-corrections or errors in perception. Consider these math examples produced by my students."

 


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, March 23, 2014 3:11 PM

Now that's  talking ! Specially  as it gives a door into the child's head.  This should also be pursued by analyzing writing for the same purpose. Reading ability has always taken centre stage. Putting the focus on writing is more logical . 

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Is technology dangerous?

Is technology dangerous? | Teaching | Scoop.it
This guest post was written by Tali, a pre-service teacher in her final year of studying to be a primary school teacher. You may have read an earlier guest post by a pre-service teacher in the UK -...
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"Technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born." Sir Ken Robinson

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:18 AM

"Technology is not technology if it was invented before you were born." Sir Ken Robinson

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A Week in Science - Antarctic Sea Ice - 7 March 2014 - Royal Institution of Australia

A Week in Science - Antarctic Sea Ice - 7 March 2014 - Royal Institution of Australia | Teaching | Scoop.it
In this episode of A Week In Science we work out how Antarctic sea ice could be expanding as the planet warms.
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A complex idea presented succinctly, in a small bite that can be used in class.

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100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad

100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad | Teaching | Scoop.it
100 Of The Best Educational Games For iPad

Via Timo Ilomäki, GSeremetakis, Kent Wallén, Aki Puustinen
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I so agree with this.  Play the games and consider what the learning is before you give it to a student.  At least some of the games listed are available in Australia,  I would add another - Match 10.  It works on so many levels from simple number facts to strategy, with multiple students working on the same device. This one you can't do on paper!

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:20 AM

I so agree with this.  Play the games and consider what the learning is before you give it to a student.  At least some of the games listed are available in Australia,  I would add another - Match 10.  It works on so many levels from simple number facts to strategy, with multiple students working on the same device. This one you can't do on paper!

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Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes ~ EdTech & MLearning

Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes ~ EdTech & MLearning | Teaching | Scoop.it
‘Minecraft in education is a way to teach, learn and inspire. It’s students visiting ancient civilizations to create and play out their own stories. It’s exploring mathematical concepts like perimeter, area, and volume by breaking and placing Minecraft blocks. It’s practising collaboration, problem solving, digital citizenship, and leadership skills through creative thinking and innovative design. Minecraft in education is teachers and students inspiring each other to change the way we learn.’

Via John Evans
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Any way of making a link between what students really do and the maths we want them to learn is a bonus.  Too often a 'real-life' maths problem has little or no relevance to the students' lives.

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Larry Heuser's curator insight, July 17, 2015 8:03 AM

If your gonna let 'em play games, make the time useful and educational......

Norton Gusky's curator insight, July 18, 2015 9:03 AM

Microsoft has created a global site to promote Minecraft as an educational tool.

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The Do's and Don'ts for Teachers on Social Media | Infographic | eSkills | ICT

The Do's and Don'ts for Teachers on Social Media | Infographic | eSkills | ICT | Teaching | Scoop.it
The Do's and Don'ts for Teachers on Social Media Infographic presents best practices to keep in mind as you embrace the brave new world of social media for teachers.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dos-and-donts-adapting-to-21st-century-education/

 


Via Gust MEES
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Some simple reminders.  We need to keep in touch, but it's too easy to get it wrong - and it won't go away in the morning if you posted it!

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Smith_Lin's curator insight, July 16, 2015 4:49 PM

I think this is for anyone who wants to keep a professional online presence!

Julie Jensen's curator insight, August 4, 2015 5:07 PM
The Do's and Don'ts for Teachers on Social Media Infographic presents best practices to keep in mind as you embrace the brave new world of social media for teachers.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dos-and-donts-adapting-to-21st-century-education/

 

Dennis Swender's curator insight, August 10, 2015 12:05 PM
The Do's and Don'ts for Teachers on Social Media Infographic presents best practices to keep in mind as you embrace the brave new world of social media for teachers.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/social-media-and-its-influence

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dos-and-donts-adapting-to-21st-century-education/

 

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Written and maintained by Selena Woodward, Teachertechnologies.com is an education blog which focuses on the use of ICT in the classroom. Selena is an English teacher, author, Adjunct Lecturer and passionate educator. You can find copies of her apps and books at this site.
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Don't throw out the IWB - get the book instead.  Full of easy to follow instructions on simple, clever tricks and tools.

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Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads

Global storytelling with a green screen and iPads | Teaching | Scoop.it
Send your students around the world to tell their stories These 6th graders found a way to do some digital global storytelling with a green screen and their iPads.

Via Yashy Tohsaku
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What a great way to make learning engaging, relevant, and fun.

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Julie Lindsay's curator insight, February 25, 2015 3:13 PM

Interesting applications for cross-school & global sharing

Scott Besterman's curator insight, February 27, 2015 8:42 AM

The use of green screens is a fun and effective way of "visually" bringing the outside world into your video stories.

Pauline denis's curator insight, March 23, 2015 11:31 AM

It's a new way to show a presentation and also "why not" to do a virtual travel all around the world!

 

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What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation

What Maslow’s Hierarchy Won’t Tell You About Motivation | Teaching | Scoop.it

Despite the popularity of Maslow’s Hierarchy, there is not much recent data to support it. Contemporary science — specifically Dr. Edward Deci, hundreds of Self-Determination Theory researchers, and thousands of studies — instead points to three universal psychological needs. If you really want to advantage of this new science – rather than focusing on a pyramid of needs – you should focus on: autonomy, relatedness, and competence.


Via Kenneth Mikkelsen
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This struck such a cord with me.  I can pin point the moment when I recognised that my life was my responsibility, and can see the energy that flowed from that realisation and how it's influenced every decision and action in my life. We introduce the idea to our students in a general way, (Why is it your Mum's fault that you left your homework at home?Isn't it your responsibility?) but certainly don't help them to appreciate it deeply in their lives.

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Lauran Star's curator insight, November 28, 2014 4:06 PM

Understanding what motivates you brings greater success!

 

Jason Leong's curator insight, January 3, 2015 12:14 AM

"Despite the popularity of Maslow’s Hierarchy, there is not much recent data to support it. Contemporary science [...] instead points to three universal psychological needs. If you really want to [take] advantage of this new science – rather than focusing on a pyramid of needs – you should focus on: autonomy, relatedness, and competence."

Steven Verjans's curator insight, April 15, 10:04 AM
Harvard Business Review article about Maslow's hierarchy of needs, and Deci & Ryan's self-determination theory.
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5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship

5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship | Teaching | Scoop.it
5 Reasons You Should Be Teaching Digital Citizenship by Paul Barnwell, Teacher of English & Digital Media Students buzzed about the latest uproar on Instagram. Anonymous sources had posted a “q...
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The new Literacy - Content Curation. Teachers really do need to be using the technology to understand what their students need to know. No more pretending this technology is just a phase, and twitter shouldn't impact on our classrooms.  It does, and it has the power to affect our students lives way into the future. We must take on the responsibility of teaching them how to manage their on-line footprints, and why.

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Internet Safety | Good Practice Guides - www.saferinternet.org

Internet Safety | Good Practice Guides - www.saferinternet.org | Teaching | Scoop.it

Learn more:

 

http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/only-internet-safety-and-no-cyber-security-education-in-schools/

 


Via Gust MEES
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This made me think about not just how we as teachers feel about technology use in schools, but also, how do our students feel about it? We know many of them know more about how to use the technology than we do, so are we involving them in the decisions we make about use and purchase of technology...or are we doing what we've always done and assumed we know better than they do?

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Scientists have finally worked out how sleep causes memories to form (Science Alert)

Scientists have finally worked out how sleep causes memories to form (Science Alert) | Teaching | Scoop.it
For the first time, researchers have witnessed new connections forming between neurons in the sleeping mouse brain.
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...Babies sleep a huge amount = massive learning while awake, diminishing to middle age when we learn little, sleep little.  Food for thought - if we slept more would we learn more?

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Classroom Tasks

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Simple apps, essential skills, well directed tasks.  An excellent set of activities

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:17 AM
 

Simple apps, essential skills, well directed tasks.  An excellent set of activities

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ONLY Internet-Safety And NO Basics Of Cyber-Security Education In Schools!?

ONLY Internet-Safety And NO Basics Of Cyber-Security Education In Schools!? | Teaching | Scoop.it

ONLY Internet-Safety And NO Basics Of Cyber-Security Education In Schools!? Government and Education MUST be digital illiterates when NOT accepting that it is time for TEACHing the basics of Cyber-Security!

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 28, 2014 7:50 PM


ONLY Internet-Safety And NO Basics Of Cyber-Security Education In Schools!? Government and Education MUST be digital illiterates when NOT accepting that it is time for TEACHing the basics of Cyber-Security!


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14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools

14 things that are obsolete in 21st century schools | Teaching | Scoop.it
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Numbers 1 through 8 for me are so relevant and obvious. If we can't immediately achieve them, striving for them is a definite. School shouldn't be the old-fashioned place which can't keep up with what happens at home .  It should be where students are inspired and stretched.

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How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information

How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information | Teaching | Scoop.it
How Schools Can Respond To The Age Of Information
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School really does need to be about teaching skills - not content. How to question for authenticity the myriad of so-called news stories, how to research without being overwhelmed by google results, how to use logic and reasoning before you accept it just because "the computer said so"!

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Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, June 8, 2014 11:18 AM

School really does need to be about teaching skills - not content. How to question for authenticity the myriad of so-called news stories, how to research without being overwhelmed by google results, how to use logic and reasoning before you accept it just because "the computer said so"!