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21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be

21st Century Work: Career-Readiness Isn’t What It Used To Be | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Thinking of jobs, careers, and pay is–by some–being replaced with the idea of work, relationships, and meaning. Technology and the resulting connectivity are a part of this. In the 21st century, we all have personal “brands”–digital footprints that precede and proceed us, leaving a record of our interactions and ideas for anyone to see.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 6, 2014 4:57 PM

Important to focus on future skills development for students with this changing work environment. 

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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Bring Your Own Device #BYOD - 5 Lessons for Success

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: Bring Your Own Device #BYOD - 5 Lessons for Success | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"I knew it was going to be an interesting phone call (any call usually is before 8:00 in I.T.).    When the teacher asked why she couldn’t get to “insertwebsite.com” and her kids were arriving in 15 minutes for the first BYOD pilot class, I took my first deep breath of the morning…. "

 


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Smallpdf.com - A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems

Smallpdf.com - A Free Solution to all your PDF Problems | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Smallpdf - the platform that makes it super easy to convert and edit all your PDF files. Solving all your PDF problems in one place - and yes, 100% free.

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A Photographic Survey of America's Public Libraries

A Photographic Survey of America's Public Libraries | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Walking into my local branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, it looks more or less like any other: computers to the left, children’s section to the right, non-fiction dead ahead. It’s only when I g...

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Gotta love all the different forms of libraries.   

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4 Belief Statements Underlying Student Performance

4 Belief Statements Underlying Student Performance | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"David Dockterman would like to see more productive failure. But as a lecturer at Harvard’s GSE, Dockterman sees students afraid to blemish a polished transcript. As Scholastic’s chief architect of learning sciences, he sees K-12 students all too familiar with failure and schools that don’t know how to support productive struggle."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 4, 2014 9:40 PM

The concept of growth mindset is often discussed in schools. Research shows that a students' mindset plays a role in how well they do at school. This post provides "4 belief statements that underlie student performance." Each statement is listed below, but click through to the post to learn more about the meaning behind the statement.

1. “I belong in this academic community.”

2. “My ability and competency grow with effort.”

3. “I can succeed.”

4. “This work has value for me.”

There are a number of links in the article and you may want to read the article located in EdWeek (published in Sept. 2013). This article looks at how our language as teachers impacts each student. Our words are important and we may not be aware of the words we use are impacting our students.

Also consider scrolling down and reading the comment by Tom Vander Ark. He discusses two areas that are forgotten in the discussion of mindset (and he includes grit here also) - the ability to transfer knowledge between content areas (an important component in Common Core) and "domain knowledge and skill." He provides suggestions on what we might try in our classrooms.

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Great Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators

Great Summer Reading List for Teachers and Educators | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Looking for some good titles to read this summer? The resources below will probably be of some help. These are collections of books curated with teachers and educators in mind. They span a plethora of education-related themes and topics and some of them also touch on the area of personal development and motivation.


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Some good books on here.  Worth looking at.

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Vol.#51: Edtech in Images

Vol.#51: Edtech in Images | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
For this week's post, I'd like to share a few images with quotes in relation to my thinking on #edtech. I've talked about my passion for integrating technology from free iPad Apps for the ELA class...
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True. It's how we use our brains that counts
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Twitter / Bobfeldman12: The Learning Pyramid shows ...

Twitter / Bobfeldman12: The Learning Pyramid shows ... | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
The Learning Pyramid shows the most effective ways of studying and retaining information http://t.co/Kajsdr0J8L
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We knew this already but this visual is a nice reminder
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12 Must Have iPad Apps to in Your Teaching Toolkit

12 Must Have  iPad Apps to in Your Teaching Toolkit | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
This post is born out of a request I have repeatedly received from several readers of Educational...
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Top 10 Skills for the 21st Century Young Professional [Infographic]

Top 10 Skills for the 21st Century Young Professional [Infographic] | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 28, 2013 10:12 PM

What are the top ten skills that are needed in the workplace today? The University of Phoenix has published this infographic that provides a look at the top ten skills as well as information on how to acquire the skills. Are you providing your students the opportunity to learn and/or practice these skills?

Audrey's curator insight, November 29, 2013 2:26 PM

These skills make a lot of sense and all tend to be included in education, right now. In addition to learning the standard topics, most educational establishments incude socio-cultural, moral and practical lessons for students to be able to cope with life in the 21st century.

 

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25 Great Ways Schools Can Support Reading

25 Great Ways Schools Can Support Reading | The Inquiring Librarian | 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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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 30, 2013 3:01 PM

How many ways can you come up with to support reading in school? This post provides 25 ways to support independent reading. Chances are you already know some of these but you will probably find one or two new ideas in the lengthy list. Below are five. Click view to read the complete list.

* Create a “Caught Reading” Campaign that features Teachers as Readers.

* Host Book Clubs for Students and Parents.

* Sponsor a Young Author Conference.

* Encourage Students & Teachers to Write Book Reviews.

* Host a Mystery Check-Out Day.

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Audrey's curator insight, December 2, 2013 6:12 PM

In addition schools can encourage story writing.  Have a look at storgy featured on www.hotmoodle.com

 

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Library Spaces - WikiThing - LibraryThing

This page reflects discussions, ideas and observations in the design,creation and experience of spaces set aside for Personal Libraries, Reading, Writing and Study. The focus is on the 'space' around the books in the library, ...

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Sue Osborne's curator insight, August 6, 2013 6:46 PM

This is great. So many thoughts on libraries and their function and purpose. Love it.

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Picadilo - Photo editing at its best

Picadilo - Photo editing at its best | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Picadilo is a 100% free online photo editor that's both easy to use and powerful. Transform your photos using eye catching effects, versatile editing tools and classy textures - plus the flexibility of multiple editing windows.


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I know there's a lot of technology out there.  But the more we Chavez.  The easier it will be.    Different tools are effective for different reasons.  But ease of use and a low learning curve definitely makes some more useful than others 

 

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I'm familiar with Pixlr and Photoshop--looking to see how this tools is similar.

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Amazing site!
☆ Emma *・✧'s curator insight, August 19, 2013 3:04 PM

Perfect for those who want to experiment or have a little fun with filters and effects without paying big bucks. :) 

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VocabMonk - Improve your vocabulary

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Ana Cristina Pratas's curator insight, July 7, 2014 3:30 AM

A platform for developing vocabulary. 

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A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"Of the many eLearning theories that influence the practice, three of them are used by professionals on a daily basis...Practice and theory actually goes hand in hand. This is true not only in instructional design but in any other field or discipline. Theory, far from crippling your practice, will actually help you improve the quality of your eLearning material. While a learning theory won't answer all of your design problems, it offers clarity throughout your process and directs you toward finding solutions."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 4, 2014 10:02 AM

Learn more about three learning theories of instructional design in this post:

* Constructivism

* Cognitivism

* Behaviorism

Why? Each theory looks at "HOW" students learn. Understanding the theories helps you design activities that will help learners move forward in their learning process.

The infographic provides a definition for each of the theories and then provides ideas on what each theory helps the learner practice.

As with most infographics from SHIFT's eLearning Blog, this post also provides additional information on each of the three theories as well as links to additional resources.

Explore this post to better understand why these theories are important to all teachers, in online learning, blended learning and face2face situation.

Progressive training's curator insight, July 4, 2014 10:32 AM

A Quick, No-Nonsense Guide to Basic Instructional Design Theory

Lina Heaster-Ekholm's curator insight, July 10, 2014 4:41 PM

Great graphic and good general overview

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The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class - jonbergmann.com

The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class - jonbergmann.com | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
The biggest hurdle to flipping your class is to change your THINKING about the best use of face to face class time.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 2, 2014 7:54 PM

Change your mind, change your classroom.  Flip that point of view!

Deirdre Bonnycastle's curator insight, July 6, 2014 4:53 PM

For ideas about how to use class time see http://medicaleducation.wikifoundry.com/page/Using+the+Flipped+Classroom+Group+Time

susan law's curator insight, July 7, 2014 3:46 AM

yes.. I agree

 

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Teens Need Libraries - YouTube

Libraries are an important resource for our youth. Don't let them be without libraries. Learn more about how you can support libraries here: http://tinyurl.c...

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An Example Of Experiential Learning

An Example Of Experiential Learning | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Just because work is hands-on does not mean it is minds-on. Many projects, problems, situations, and field trips do not yield lasting and transferable learning because too little attention is given to the meta-cognitive and idea-building work that turns a single experience into insight and later application.


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3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorials

3 Minute Teaching With Technology Tutorials | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Check out these great, brief videos that offer quick introductions to getting started with numerous different tech tools and resources for teaching and

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 29, 2014 10:18 PM

Summertime...a time to recharge and to think about what we might do in our classrooms next year (at least for the folks who are now out of school). Have you been considering learning some new tech tools? This website is a great place to start. They have short tutorials on nine "emerging tech tools" and more will be added. The tutorials include:

* Create a Flipped Lesson with TedEd

* Easily Create Private Digital Online Content Discussions with Tackk

* Using Movenote to Create Custom Video Lessons

* Create Powerful Lessons in Minutes with Blendspace

* Remind 101 - A Free Tool for Text Messaging Students

Two more tools are available and you might want to bookmark this site as they will continue to add new tools as they become available.

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Moving Beyond KWL Charts To Assess Prior-Knowledge

Moving Beyond KWL Charts To Assess Prior-Knowledge | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

one of the most powerful means of challenging students to think of what they already know is by using a problematic scenario. Such a scenario is usually a complex, ill-structured situation that embeds within it significant curricular concepts that stimulates inquiry at the beginning of a unit and can be used as one of the summative assessments


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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, December 2, 2013 1:58 AM

"Designed as summative assessments, these scenarios serve as diagnostics at the commencement of a unit and they empower students when we use some of their questions to supplement our own lines of inquiry. Problematic scenarios can, therefore, serve as pre-assessments of students’ prior knowledge through the kinds of number of questions they ask" John Barell (morecuriousminds.com)

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43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
In the middle of October, we invited educators to tell us about the "apps, games, and websites that are helping to tranform their classrooms this year." We asked that you submit your responses in the form of Field Notes and we received more than...
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Worth taking a look to see what others are using
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Questioning

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Great learning resources“@sianeth1: # lthe13 Useful stuff about using questions in teaching! http://t.co/eRnFuZVhmR via @doceo_james”
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Inspiring Innovation

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"Rethinking Innovation. Does it just come or can we inspire it?"


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Leslie Minton's curator insight, November 30, 2013 5:35 PM

Really gets you thinking about how to inspire greater innovation

Drora Arussy's curator insight, December 1, 2013 8:23 AM

Interesting that this inforgraphic chose to put thinking "outside of the box" inside boxes, but in general the idea is important for us to remember. When facilitating a class encourage buy in from the students, encourage them to exercise their minds and be creative!

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:41 AM

Ett ord som gäller.... Imponerad! 

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Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education [infographic]

Schooled by Google: How Google Apps is penetrating education [infographic] | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Education is a notoriously slow adopter of technology, but Google Apps is growing quickly, if not virally, doubling over the last two years.

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CECI Jean-François's curator insight, August 8, 2013 4:13 AM

Édifiant...surtout quand on vit au quotidien avec les énormes réticences des universités Françaises :-) 

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11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom

11 Teaching Strategies For Spotting The Blind Spots In Your Classroom | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"When Stanford Professor Lee Shulman was first enmeshed in the research that led to Board certification of teachers by NBPTS, I asked him – in a hotel bathroom, of all places – what interesting findings were turning up about great teachers as compared to the rest. He replied: 'Well, you might not find this such a big deal, but a big indicator is the degree to which a teacher accurately describes what happens in her classroom.'"

 


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Kelly Blair's comment, August 8, 2013 8:52 AM
An excellent summary of effective teaching and learning strategies .
Readwritelearnwell's curator insight, August 17, 2013 5:27 PM

Focuses on effective assessment for learning.

Michael Marinkovic's curator insight, June 11, 8:10 AM

    

I taught a lesson on blind spots, highlighting the blind spot that we have physically due to our optic nerve, as well as the spiritual blind spot that we have at times. The eye is a fantastic organ and yet the mind can be deceived very easily. When this concept is applied to teaching, a highly effective teacher needs to be aware of the blind spots in his or her classroom.

 

Self-evaluation is key, as is keeping your eyes “off the ball,” as the article suggests. We need to train ourselves to look past the obvious, the routine assessments that we use formally and informally to gauge student understanding. The article offers several strategies that a teacher could purposefully adopt in the classroom schedule that will ensure a more realistic view of concept comprehension.