Jennifer LaGarde's sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she'd once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”
The adoption and use of ebooks in U.S. school libraries has grown steadily over the past four years, slowed mainly by limited access to ereading devices and cost, says a new ebooks report by School Library Journal, sponsored by Follett.
Ask teachers and librarians about their experiences with Skype today, and you’ll hear a long list of projects, from the traditional Skype author visit to virtual writing workshops, interviews with scientists in the field, Mystery Skype connections, and more.
"After weeks of comparing reviews and conducting trials in my classroom, I can say unreservedly that Aurasma offers the best augmented reality (AR) experience for classrooms of any iOS or Android app. The Aurasma app is more versatile and classroom-friendly than any AR app; it enables teachers to bring curriculum to life, turning almost any environment into a classroom or object into a lesson. Read on to find out why no app does augmented reality like Aurasma.'
"While some teachers are trying it out for the first time this fall, others who used the flipped classroom method in 2013 are making changes to build on their lesson plans for the 2014-15 school year. Read this brief guide to learn why flipped learning is an increasingly popular choice, and review a few steps for teachers wanting to try it out."
Privacy is not about data - it's about people. Privacy is not about secrecy, it is not about hiding information and is not a technology problem - Privacy is a social problem. Privacy is concerned with the proper handling of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and respecting the dignity of the individual to whom the information refers. Think you have any privacy when it comes to a social networking site? Think again. Just take a look at who has invested in the site and open your eyes.
Bronwyn Desjardins's insight:
At ISTE 2014 I shared my concerns about privacy on Google. While I think Google can do a lot for education, the amount of data it has access to and control it has concerns me as a teacher and protector of my students' privacy.
One of the best new features in iOS 8 is Extensions – which allow 3rd party apps to interact and hook into each other to a degree never seen before in iOS. This has been available in Android for years, and it’s a huge time-saver and productivity boost to now have it on iOS.
"Being a student right now is difficult. There’s that nagging feeling that you could always ‘just Google it’ and know the answer to something. It’s an urge many students must fight on a day-to-day basis if they want to actually get some reliable answers. Sure, you could punch in a simple question or keyword and get millions of results.
But what happens when you need to do a ‘Google A Day’ style level of research? An instance where you need to dive into dozens of actual books or figure out how to sort the good resources from the less-than-reliable sources?
That’s where figuring out some of the best Google tips comes in handy."
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