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For a day, geek is chic | Harvard Gazette

Hundreds of students — hackers and newcomers alike — showed off their programming chops at Monday's CS50 Fair, a raucous exhibit of mobile apps, websites, and other projects created for Harvard's wildly popular ...
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Geek is chic!

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Life of an Educator: 8 things I'd like to change in schools

Life of an Educator: 8 things I'd like to change in schools | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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My comment on this awesome blog post:


I'm a little scared right now, Justin. How did you tap into my Dropbox? Or are we on the same brainwave. Because, I'm working on the METC Technado preso (natch) and some (like a LOT) of these ideas are being mentioned. And honestly, you elucidate them WAY better!
I hope you don't mind if I give a shout out at METC! Can you finish the preso for me now? LOL  

I would also add "No Common Education Fad Left Behind" Be daring, adapt, adopt, transform, but don't always transplant. It's easy to prune a tree - it's harder to re-grow a forest.

So like, OMG......Do you have ESPN!?

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Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction

Best Books 2014: Core Nonfiction | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The best nonfiction of 2014, as chosen by Library Journal's columnists

Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby, Joyce Valenza
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Brilliant!

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 18, 4:38 PM

A great list for non-fiction (mostly adult) readers that includes business and consumer health titles as well as memoirs, poetry, and sci-tech. I had a lot of fun just reading the descriptions...

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The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu

The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
EDUCAUSE Review Online

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Great resource for your students & teachers!

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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, December 15, 9:47 PM

Gone are the days when educators could carefully choose a wide selection of books for the school library, and then expect students' learning would be well-rounded as a result of those inputs. Today there fabulous digitized learning materials, and only some are books. Check out the types of resources being curated, organized and rendered retrievable by the Digital Public Library of America. Are K-12 school libraries on board?

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Libarians: The NEW Digital Leader - Project Tomorrow | Speak Up

Libarians: The NEW Digital Leader - Project Tomorrow | Speak Up | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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We knew that already, but it's GREAT to have it confirmed!

Ok, Librarians - Step up or step off!  No more "yeah, buts!"

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There's One Skill Worth More Than A Harvard Degree — And Anyone Can Learn It

There's One Skill Worth More Than A Harvard Degree — And Anyone Can Learn It | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
In as little as one semester. Sponsored by Cadillac.
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Great article to share w/ kiddos & your staff!

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Digital Storytelling with The 4 Icon Challenge!

Digital Storytelling with The 4 Icon Challenge! | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Looking for a fun digital storytelling idea? This is for you! The basic idea of the 4 Icon Challenge is to take a story, novel, historical event, content topic, etc. and summarize it using only for...
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Super cool idea from @trockr11-- I would do it with crayons, markers, & pencils.


OR...teach Flickr Creative Commons & try it w/ photos w/ proper Attribution!

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Mapping Migration in the United States

Mapping Migration in the United States | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
An interactive map showing nationwide migration patterns in the United States since 1900.
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"This kind of map is called a Voroni map--kind of an infographic Mapping Migration in the United States" via @alidahanson

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The best education blogs to follow on Twitter - Daily Genius

The best education blogs to follow on Twitter - Daily Genius | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
ShareTweet When you’re a teacher, student, or someone else involved in education, it’s important to know who you should be learning from and where to get the best advice. That means identifying the best education blogs is a critical step for anyone who wants to keep their finger on the pulse of education trends and …
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The BEST Education Blogs to Follow on Twitter - @DailyGenius - you know I added my 2¢

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Brownbag Academics: Tutorial: Collaborating with Students Using Google Drive

Brownbag Academics: Tutorial: Collaborating with Students Using Google Drive | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Great screenshots!

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, November 17, 4:53 PM

It makes life very easy! Thanks for sharing!

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Taylor Swift Just Removed All Her Albums From Spotify

Taylor Swift Just Removed All Her Albums From Spotify | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A source close to the music service said it was "taken completely off guard" when it received notice of the move last Thursday.
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What does this mean to fair use & copyright?

Did she do the right thing?

This is a great conversation starter for our kiddos!

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the Graceling Realm series By Kristin Cashore

the Graceling Realm series By Kristin Cashore | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
I want everyone to read these books, so I can talk to everybody about them!  They're fantastic feminist fantasy (#fff could we get that started?) stories. They have enough story building to keep yo...
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I just bought this because one of my awesome Twitter followers @wolfielibrarian convinced me that this a was #FFF - fantastic feminist fantasy!

Now, it's Must have!


UPDATE: I just bought it on Kindle to read before I get it in my lib!

So happy it's approved in my district for Middle School - and btw, was written BEFORE Hunger Games so don't be salty about the main character being Katsa - Got it?

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Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News |

Four ways to advocate for school libraries | eSchool News | | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
School libraries are centers of learning--but librarians have to demonstrate their importance when it comes to student learning.

Via Karen Bonanno
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I'm ALL about advocacy, baby!

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Mary Clark's curator insight, October 26, 9:31 PM

Michelle Luhtala provides an excellent summary of areas we can focus on to build support for fully staffed, funded and open school libraries. As Kid President would say, "Let's get out there!"

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 27, 6:58 AM

Simple article but useful.

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Placeit and a round-up of image mockup tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Placeit and a round-up of image mockup tools — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Love these ideas, but I gotta admit I'm over word clouds.

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What can you do with Shakespeare in a database?

What can you do with Shakespeare in a database? | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Pick a play. Click a line. Instantly  see articles on JSTOR that reference
the line.


JSTOR is part of ITHAKA, a not-for-profit organization helping the academic community use digital technologies to preserve the scholarly record and to advance research and teaching in sustainable ways. 


Via Dennis T OConnor
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The better question is, what can't you do!? LOL

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 1:19 PM

Here's a fine tool for school, or for anyone with a love for language and a fascination for electronic intersection. 

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 14, 1:22 PM

What librarian wouldn't love this? 21st Century Meets the 1600's. Indexed Genius. The intersection of Shakespeare, scholarship, and databases.  Ah....

Peter Balanck's curator insight, December 21, 9:04 AM

Tudor technology.....

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200 Librarians to Follow on Twitter - Blog - mattanderson.org

200 Librarians to Follow on Twitter - Blog - mattanderson.org | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
It’s nice to have a support network of smart librarians to talk to and learn from on Twitter. I’ve compiled a list of 200 librarians I recommend following on Twitter. Read Library Science Daily for their contributions to my library … Read more »
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Honored! I'm 11! That's 1 more than 10 It's #Louder


Can you name the movie?

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Spinal Tap! Congrats...
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The View From the Shelves...: Choosing to Use Technology

The View From the Shelves...: Choosing to Use Technology | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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The sentence "For many of our students, school is the only place where opportunities to work with technology occurs." is very significant.

It seems that in all the folderol with the flashy education trends and hot topics, flipping, making, genrefying, etc. (And don't get me wrong, I'm a fan!) When it boils down to it, the digital divide still exists in this country. It's not the tool, it's the skill. It's not the iPad or device, its the application - of thought, of ideas, of skills.

Thank you for reminding us all that our kiddos NEED us to give them these experiences, these skills, and exposure to new technologies.


And librarians are the BEST educators in the building be both a technology and learning leader.

Cheers!
@GwynethJones - The Daring Librarian

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4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Ruby As Your First Programming Language | SkilledUp

4 Reasons Why You Should Learn Ruby As Your First Programming Language | SkilledUp | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Ruby is one of the popular new programming languages. Here are 4 reasons why you should learn Ruby as your first programming language.
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@pmccord, a dear friend and HCPSS Asst Manager of Systems Engineering-  shared with me that Ruby, one of the easiest coding languages to learn, has starting salaries upwards of $120K! 

Here's an article I found about it! 

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5 Tips for Creating DonorsChoose Projects

5 Tips for Creating DonorsChoose Projects | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
I was first introduced to DonorsChoose a few years ago when they had the promotion with Starbucks where gift cards were given out to patrons to spend on projects.  I had several successful projects...
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I haven't done one of these. I'm probably like the last one!

But I'm intrigued after I helped fund Jennifer LaGarde's 3D printer last summer!


I used to have 18 Apple computers in my school library - Like almost an Apple history! In 1997 we had PowerMacs 5200's, then blueberry iMacs, then eMacs - now I only have 4 left....and they're my PACs!


I really would like at least 4 iMac desktops to do iMovie editing, video production, and graphic design. I know that's not considered cool anymore w/ the Makey Makey movement but dag, it's what I want.

I asked my Supervisor last week if I had any chance in the future to get 4 desktops and she was like ....nope. [sad face]

What do you think? It's too much $$ for donor's choose, right?

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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 10, 12:19 PM

Here are some helpful hints for getting started with Donor's Choose.  Get your project funded!

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7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry

7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

There are so many great ways to promote your school online these days! Check 7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited.


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Though this was written for the higher ed peeps, some really good ideas for ALL schools! I would add - BRANDING!

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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 30, 4:10 PM

These 7 tools could be used to promote your school to prospective International parents as well as a way to communicate with diverse parents. 

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, December 1, 10:30 AM

Great tips!

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A History of Banned Books

A History of Banned Books | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A History of Banned Books
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Nice infographic to share with the kiddos! Print it out in colour, tape together, laminate, & post somewhere significant!


Make it more interactive by adding a QR Code to  the Banned Books website!

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Retire Already!

Retire Already! | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Hey, you older, tenured profs, you’re being greedy and selfish, and your students would be better off if you left.
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Are professors and teachers getting too old?

Why do we hold on so long?


Is it because ....according to Dave Hickey:


"The problem with teaching is that it offers an ongoing sense of redemption. In the real world, which you have now re-entered, if you muck up, there are consequences. In the university, you get a new semester to pretend nothing bad ever happened."

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Get the Hidden Old iTunes "Get Info" Screen with an Option-Click

Get the Hidden Old iTunes "Get Info" Screen with an Option-Click | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
iTunes 12 introduced a new screen when you click "Get Info" that's far simpler than it used to be. Gone is the place to drag and drop artwork, grouping info, and more. Thankfully, TUAW points out you can get that old screen back with an Option-click.
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Sometimes improvements aren't so evident - at first!

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HOLES: 7 Creative Classroom Activities | Walden Media

HOLES: 7 Creative Classroom Activities | Walden Media | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Cool activities from the good people of Walden Media!

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The State of Educational Blogging 2014 - The Edublogger

The State of Educational Blogging 2014 - The Edublogger | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Just fascinating! 

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Sally Tilley's curator insight, October 21, 12:53 AM

A brilliant summary of all things bloggy and the comparisons and evaluation of various platforms is so helpful! Thanks for sharing...