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TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller

TOP TEN WAYS TO TURN YOUR CLASSROOM INTO A HOTBED OF ENTHUSIASTIC READERS by Megan Ginther and Holly Mueller | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"We are intermediate grade teachers who have learned over the years that there are practices that get kids excited about reading.   We tried to rank them but decided they were all equally important.  We can’t imagine eliminating any of them, so these are not in any particular order."


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A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Wonderful Poster on Failure ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"I have always believed that teachers (and people in general) MUST have an open midset; one that tolerates and celebrates mistakes and errors; one that looks at failure as an opportunity for a better beginning. It is through falling down that we stand up robust and it is through misfortunes that we gather our strength to live the life we want and pursue our dreams.

If we want to raise up socially and  emotionally strong students who can face up and overcome  the hardships of life, an important key in this is to teach (and model) them about failure. We need to show them that failure is a healthy sign and a good omen for a healthy life experience. They need to view failure as an attempt for deep reflection and meditation about what work or did not work. They also need to be reminded that failure has been a common denominator behind most of the historical achievements and invention in the history of humankind."


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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:12 AM

Can you learn from failure? 

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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...

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I couldn't attend the conference....but here's some interesting information about a wide variety of apps.....

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 10, 2014 8:51 PM

Are you looking for "practical and engaging ways to use specific technology tools to enhance student learning"? You might want to check out this link from graphinte (a part of Common Sense Media). There are 23 workshops that were each 15 minutes in length and covered 3 apps, games, websites or Common Sense Media resources. Below are some of the workshops.

* Best Elementary ELA Common Core Apps and Websites (also one on Math   and one on Science Apps and Websites as well as one for middle/high school in the same three areas).

* Ready for Research - Best Websites Across K-12

* Formative Assessment Tools to Rock Your World

* Digital Passport: Digital Safety Games for Kids (This is a free game from Common Sense Media that is great for students in grades 3 - 5.)

* Digital Citizenship + PBL = Cool Programs for Teens

You will find many great resources that may be of use to you during the next school year. Have fun exploring!

niftyjock's curator insight, July 15, 2014 6:07 PM

15 minute workshops, is that enough time or is it just the right amount. This review of the conference has some very good apps to try.

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An Infographic that Explores the Art of Asking Questions

An Infographic that Explores the Art of Asking Questions | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Asking the right question is more of an art form than you might imagine.

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If you don't ask the right question, you will never get the right answer..

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 13, 2014 6:40 PM

This lengthy infographic explores the The Art of Asking Questions. Areas of the infographic include:

* Wrong Question, Right Answer

* Good Questions Beget Good Answers

* The Golden Rule = No Closed Questions

* Rules were made to be Broken

   - Probe

   - Funneling

   - Specific to Broad OR Broad to Specific

* Leading Questions

There are also four images of "Thinkers on Asking Questions." You roll over the image and see what they have to say about asking questions

This is an infographic that could lead to a great classroom discussion on questioning.

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How To Take Notes: Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes:  Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.

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It's always a good idea to review not taking skills periodically...  Many students just highlight everything....without actually creating anything useful 

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When do we start the habit of taking notes? Strategies to helpstudents...

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, July 14, 2014 4:54 PM

Good for students and even teachers!

LibrarianLand's curator insight, July 15, 2014 12:27 PM

Long hand note taking appears to beat typed note taking in many instances.

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From Degrading to De-Grading

articles by alfie kohn (http://t.co/DjGaK8jdkm We may not be able to completely abolish grades, but an interest read from @alfiekohn #css510)
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Grades don't show what a student can do. They are more often a clear indicator of what the student chooses not to do. I love the fact that I'm not the only person who dislikes the grading concept.
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Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Teachers must recognize (and teach) that our perspective shapes our expectations and outcomes. Lori Desautels shares three practices for tuning into and altering perspective.

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we do need to make sure that our students learn to look at things from various perspectives...  Information ,

literacy skills will be vital to the student who asks questions...

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:25 PM

Perspective: A Game Changer in the Classroom and in Our Lives

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2014 2:39 PM

Alfred North Whitehead wrote about the importance of perspective in learning and understanding the world. Even a subtle shift in position changes the way we engage in the world and relationships.

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Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning

Free Web Tools to Engage Students in Creative Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, July 11, 2014 7:19 AM

Free web tools for engaging students in creativity!

Marie-France Fourrier's comment, July 18, 2014 6:22 PM
Merci !
Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 2015 10:08 PM

Great list of tools. Some I need to go back and have a new look at. 

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Teachers' Ultimate Directory of Free Image Sources

Teachers' Ultimate Directory of Free Image Sources | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Great resource link to bookmark

 

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Libraries as America's Techno-Glue? | Jessica MacPhail | NationalJournal.com

Libraries as America's Techno-Glue? | Jessica MacPhail | NationalJournal.com | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Nearly three years ago, an out-of-work carpenter came to my library in Racine, Wis., to find a job. I directed him to our online job listings, only to realize moments later that he had never used a mouse before. Over the next two hours, I taught the carpenter how to use the computer, create an email account, and navigate our state's online job portal.

 

There are thousands of people like the carpenter who depend on libraries for job-search assistance, computer classes, and access to the Internet in Racine, a former manufacturing center that now has the highest unemployment rate in the state. Our library and its technology resources are a lifeline for a community in which 24 percent of residents live below the poverty level and 61 percent of students in the city are eligible for free and reduced-price lunch.

 

At a time when more information is moving online and into digital formats, our patrons highly value free access to books and the range of resources and programs available at the library. To accommodate the high demand for digital services, we added several Internet-equipped computers to the computer lab and expanded library space for laptop users. As a library director, I see students, parents, and readers turn to the library when they need homework help, children's books, historical information, or research assistance.

 

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We librarians know how important we have always been to society .. but now, it's more true than ever.  We're definitely there to bridge the digital divide. 

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What Does 21st Century Connectivity Look Like… and Are We There Yet? | Ed Central | NAF.org

What Does 21st Century Connectivity Look Like… and Are We There Yet? | Ed Central | NAF.org | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

“In a country where we expect free Wi-Fi with our coffee, we should definitely demand it in our schools.”  That’s a nice sentiment, Mr. President, but it’s going to take a lot to get there.

 

The FCC’s E-rate Program serves a key policy lever to build out high-speed connectivity to schools and libraries, but to achieve that goal the program is in desperate need of reform. Yesterday, New America’s Education Policy Program and Open Technology Institute released a brief, Connected Communities in an Age of Digital Learning, which highlights our recommendations for program reform, also including a timeline for E-rate reform efforts.

 

Today, in New America’s publication, the Weekly Wonk, experts across the fields of education, library sciences, and technology weighed in on how far we still have to go, and why we’re driving there in the first place. (These experts will also be convening this morning at New America to discuss these questions, and more—you can stream online here.) Below are excerpts from the experts:

 

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Free wifi in schools would be nice... but no, it's not going to happen anytime soon.   Our classrooms are slowly changing to adapt to the 21st century...  

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What Does Transliteracy Mean in Web-based Media Today ...

What Does Transliteracy Mean in Web-based Media Today ... | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Transliteracy begins with literacy as it is the base framework to have the ability to read and write, and to move forward as a transliterate learner. So exactly what is transliteracy? In my opinion, transliteracy can best be ...

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8-year-old Bangor girl surpasses $1000 library fundraising goal - Bangor Daily News

8-year-old Bangor girl surpasses $1000 library fundraising goal - Bangor Daily News | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Bangor Daily News 8-year-old Bangor girl surpasses $1000 library fundraising goal Bangor Daily News Ingrid Schaefer loves to read, and earlier this year, she wrote a letter that went out with her birthday invitations, asking people to either gift...
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Storybird- Great for Visual Storytelling with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Storybird- Great for Visual Storytelling with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"Storybird is a great platform for visual storytelling. Students can easily use it to create visual stories in few steps. Storybird provides students with artwork curated from illustrators and animators from all around the world and invite them to use those images to create engaging stories. Besides being able to create their own storybooks, students can use Storybird library to access and read a wide variety of books written by others. They can also interact with these works through hearting and commenting on books they like."


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Great technology out there but it's tough to keep up with it all..

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4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning

4 Stages Of Problem-Based Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"We’ve written about inquiry-based learning in the past, as well as its mother project-based learning, and it’s aloof, hipster cousin self-directed learning.

So it made sense to take a look at challenge-based learning–the process of anchoring the learning process through problems–usually local, authentic, and personal to the student. This is a kind of place-based education that takes a project-based approach that begins and ends with the student and their respective and self-examined citizenships."


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Good synopsis..

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 8, 2014 9:36 PM

This post provides four areas that are covered in project-based learning. Each area has four questions, that will help students understand the process. Four of the questions are in the image above. Can you determine which area they fall into?

The four areas covered are:

* Connect & Analyze

* Research & Contextualize

* Imagine & Design

* Act & Socialize

Click through to the post to see the other questions. If you will be doing project-based learning with your students you may want to  save a copy of the questions to  share with your students.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 11, 2014 9:38 PM

Teaching students to ask questions is not an easy task. This is the first in a series of two posts that will explore ways that teachers may ask questions to help their students "learn more from text and from the world around them." He is using the book Goldilocks and the Three Bears to model a number of strategies to use in the classroom

* Tell - Read the story or have them read the story. Ask questions that refer back to the text

* Suggest - Provide "children with choices about what might happen next or possible opinions they might have."

* Ask a closed question - "These questions generally elicit yes or no answers. They can bring students to different temporal areas or elaborations of details, but the extent of this is structured by the question."

* Ask an open ended question - questions that provide lots of options.

* The two-question rule - follow the first question with a second question allowing students to probe more deeply (and sometimes a third question).

Find examples of questions for each area listed above as well as the reasoning behind why the two-question rule is a good one to use.

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The ABC's of Collaboration

The ABC's of Collaboration | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

 

 


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 13, 2014 8:08 PM

Dan Pontrefract has published a book called Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization. In this book he define collaboration as:

The unfettered allowance and encouragement of employees to both contribute and consume knowledge, insight or ideas with any direct relationship via professional or personal networks to achieve an outcome.

In addition to this definition he has created two infographics that look at the ABC's of Collaboration.

One infographic provides a key word for each letter of the alphabet as well as an image (as shown above). The second infographic also includes a definition for each word.

We know that collaboration is not always easy for students. The two versions available would be useful for different grade levels. In the younger grades students might share what they believe these words mean, or you may choose one or two key words to use for specific tasks. The version with definitions might be useful in promoting a dialogue with older students. Do  they agree with the definition? Is there a word that they think might better reflect collaboration that takes place in  a classroom?

Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 14, 2014 12:16 AM

Our students have to collaborate.

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July 12, 1962: The Day Information Went Global

July 12, 1962: The Day Information Went Global | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
On July 12, 1962, Telstar broadcast the world's first transatlantic television transmission.
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A peek back in time who knew where we'd be 50 Years later
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Robinson High student shows military transfers can thrive in IB - Tampabay.com

Robinson High student shows military transfers can thrive in IB - Tampabay.com | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Tampabay.com Robinson High student shows military transfers can thrive in IB Tampabay.com While Erin mastered the art of being "the new kid," she also may have become a pioneer for the children of military personnel by becoming one of the first...
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Interesting. Military kids have it tough as it is. But obviously when they want to learn they can. Awesome student who will no doubt be successful in life with or without an IB diploma
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Augmented Reality in Education: Presentation Resources (Tom Driscoll)

Augmented Reality in Education: Presentation Resources (Tom Driscoll) | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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AR is a fascinating area to read about....and it's going g to be a feasible classroom reality before too long.

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Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Training in Business's curator insight, July 11, 2014 5:15 AM

Excellent Web Tools for The 21st Century Learner

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 4, 2015 10:10 PM

I like the way these tools are organised! 

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Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE

Best Apps and Websites Featured at ISTE | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
At the 2014 ISTE conference in Atlanta, Georgia, last week, Common Sense Media staff and Graphite Certified Educators presented a series of engaging, informative, and hands-on lightning-fast sessions. These 15-minute workshops showcased practical and engaging ways to use specific...

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NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library

NSDL.org - National Science Digital Library | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
NSDL.org is an online science library with links to high quality science, technology,
engineering, and math resources for K-12 teachers, faculty, librarians, students and informal learners.
Funded by the National Science Foundation.

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Worth bookmarking.

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Paula Correia's curator insight, April 19, 2013 8:22 AM

A National Science Digital Library oferece recursos on-line, de alta qualidade, para o ensino e aprendizagem com ênfase nas disciplinas de ciências, tecnologia, engenharia e matemática. Fornece ainda informações descritivas estruturadas (metadados) sobre recursos educacionais na web e a maioria dos recursos da biblioteca adere aos princípios do Open Educational Resource (OER).

Marilyn Korhonen's curator insight, June 10, 2013 4:48 PM

One stop shopping for science and math educational resources.

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Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share

Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Make games, stories and interactive art with Scratch. (scratch.mit.edu)
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If you think you can't program, you're wrong.  This is incredibly easy and would make a fantastic center in any elementary classroom or library... works for us older people too   

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3T's Conference Pecha Kucha

Welcome to 3Ts conference 2013 -- 3Ts stands for Transliteracy, Technology and Teaching ... and this year's theme is "Transliteracy from Cradle to Career Mar...


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