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Free online media converter

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Have you ever needed to convert a pdf document to Word? Or maybe you needed to convert an audio or video file to a different format? This free online file converter lets you convert quickly and eas...
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15 Visual Content Tools That Rock

15 Visual Content Tools That Rock | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
Today I'm sharing just why it's dangerous to put your trust in copy on it's own and why visual content can create the perfect balance for your blog.

 

 


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Great list of useful graphics tools!

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, September 5, 9:11 PM

Writing without the power of visuals is flat and boring. These tools bring your ideas to life. Stacey's made some very useful annotations about what is useful about each of the 15 tools.  Great list!  ~  Deb

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, September 6, 8:22 AM

A short list of tools for creating visual content.

All of them are good, but are much more than these 15.

Tatiana Kuzmina's curator insight, September 27, 1:42 PM

Good selection

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American Association of School Librarians

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The Library Spaces issue: The theme for the March/April 2014Knowledge Quest is Library Spaces. This issue focuses on how school librarians can make the most of all the spaces available to them—both physical and virtual. It features articles on makerspaces, learning commons, joint-use spaces, embedded librarianship, and virtual librarianship.

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I was the guest editor of this issue. I loved working with the talented  librarians from around the country. Learning commons, maker spaces, augmented reality, and QR codes!

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, April 17, 11:47 PM

Excellent issue! Please check Climbing to Excellence: Defining Characteristics of a successful Learning Commons :)

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The 3 D's of 3D Printing (Version 1.0)

The 3 D's of 3D Printing (Version 1.0) | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
Over the past month, we’ve been working on a 3D printing program for the 2nd Floor called the 3 D'S of 3D PRINTING The idea came out of brainstorming session between myself and Megan Emery.  While ...
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I love these ideas to get students using the 3D printer.

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Key Qualities for a School Makerspace

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The blend of people, process, and place that makes a school makerspace successful.

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Libraries: we share shit

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Watch Eli Neiburger’s brilliant presentation - Access, Schmaccess: Libraries in the Age of Information Ubiquity -  about information, the interwebs, Reddit Scholar, digital content, memes, ebooks, Metallica, sharing, intellectual propery, nyan cat, DRM, lovely Louis CK…and what it could all mean for libraries. 

“In the 20th century libraries brought the world to their communities. In the 21st century libraries bring the information of their communities to the world.”

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This presentation just blew my mind!!

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Mark F. Christopher's curator insight, August 17, 2013 8:20 PM

Fantastic presentation worth the time.

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Free online media converter

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Is it the iPad, the apps or the user?

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And now we have the tablet. The iPad has begun a new “education revolution” and now the obligatory opposition tech companies have joined the battle. The question has to be asked – are we again starting from the wrong end of the battle lines? Is the iPad (inserted alternative tablet if so desired) the real catalyst or is there so much more to this than money spending school systems can see beyond the new and shiny?

It’s why I ask the question: Is it the iPad, the App or the User?


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My favorite point: even though students can be fully engaged in a video game, it doesn't mean they are learning anything.

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Rachelle Wooten's comment, February 3, 2013 5:53 PM
It's true much of the true revolution will be realized when the user knows how to wield the tool. I'm also concerned that many teachers feel overwhelmed with testing, deadlines, meetings, etc. and have not made the paradigm shift from teaching is a "would like to do" to a "need to do." It's challenging! It's also my motivation for researching and examining the effectiveness of the tech tools we use in classrooms.
msayrach's curator insight, February 4, 2013 4:01 PM

Interessant article de reflexió/opinió entorn al boom dels ipads...

Per mi la resposta és clara, primer? L'usuari, es a dir l'alumne!!

Jan Eade's curator insight, February 5, 2013 6:36 AM

A very interesting article which asks the really tough questions. No, it's not just about the tool, but more about how & why the teacher and/or student use the tool. The comments are worth reading too.

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Pop-Up programming…in the library | Library as Incubator Project

Pop-Up programming…in the library | Library as Incubator Project | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
Great post from @IArtLibraries on #libraries and pop-up #makerspaces: http://t.co/23cZqFE6...
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Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges - Ars Technica

Future U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challenges - Ars Technica | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

Ars TechnicaFuture U: Library 3.0 has more resources, greater challengesArs TechnicaTransition is underway: from a place where you go to get information to a place you go to create; and from a place you go to create to a service you use.


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Bloomin' Apps

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Find iPad apps to support each of the levels of Bloom's Revised Taxonomy.

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CultureLab: The book is dead, long live the book

CultureLab: The book is dead, long live the book | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

A LOT of ink has been spilled on the supposed death of the printed word. Ebooks are outselling paper books. Newspapers are dying. "Phone books are already dead," said James Reid-Cunningham of the Boston Athenaeum library at a conference called Unbound: Speculations on the Future of the Book, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in May. "The days of the codex as the primary carrier of information are almost over."

This has inspired a lot of hand-wringing from publishers, librarians, archivists - and me, a writer and lifelong bibliophile who grew up surrounded by paper books. I've been blogging since high school, I'm addicted to my smartphone and, in theory, I should be on board with the digital revolution - but when people mourn the loss of paper books, I sympathise.


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School Library Info : New Hampshire Educators Online

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New Hampshire Educators OnlineAn Educator's Resource for Curriculum Planning & Professional Development 


School Libraries play an essential role in the process of developing 21st century learners. Use the many links in this post to help you and your school to strengthen its own library program:

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Amazon.com: The Learning Commons: Seven Simple Steps to Transform Your Library (9781598845174): Pamela Colburn Harland: Books

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MultiBrief: Overdue notice: Transforming libraries into learning commons

MultiBrief: Overdue notice: Transforming libraries into learning commons | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

For school libraries — much like the newspaper industry — staying relevant in the 21st century has been the story of reinvention. Technology has put information at our fingertips like never before. Ten years ago, New Hampshire school librarian Pam Harland saw the writing on wall and knew that if her profession was to survive, the concept of the school library was going to have to undergo a massive overhaul.

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My principal gets it!

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Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation

Embrace Change in the New Year with Genius Hour - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - #geniushour, badges, edchat, edreform, elearning, eportfolios, Innovation | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
Genius Hour is a powerful movement popping up in classrooms across the world. The idea encourages students to explore their own passions and creativity.

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I'm trying to figure out how we can start doing this at Sanborn.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, January 3, 9:37 AM

A good start for empowering student driven learning and the Learning Commons is the 'go to' place for expert advice and best resources to help.

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Help me crowdsource TL monthly checklists? — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Help me crowdsource TL monthly checklists? — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

The checklists are meant to be a handy list of things to plan, do, and celebrate month-by-month in the life of a practicing teacher librarian.

Here’s my take on this month.  (I combined the August list with this one because it’s a slightly delayed post.)

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I love creating checklists for myself, for our student workers, and for my assistant. I like seeing what other people are using for checklists, too!

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What Do Making and Reading Have in Common? Over...

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What Do Making and Reading Have in Common?
Over at GOOD, there’s a great little piece up about maker spaces in libraries. These ones are bricks and mortar (or metal and glass), unlike the SparkTruck I...
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I love this: "What is reading (from among “stacks and stacks of books”) but precisely “a dynamic participatory experience”? The human mind shapes and is shaped by the process of reading. Readers engage with texts in unpredictablyparticipatory ways."

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The Usable Library: Straight talk from Influx Library User Experience

The Usable Library: Straight talk from Influx Library User Experience | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

The Usable Library is genuine, has sane policies, prototypes and tests, does fewer things better, is interested in its members, and doesn't make people feel stupid.

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I absolutely love this list! It is the heartbeat of the Learning Commons model of librarianship.

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Putting Dewey on a Diet

Putting Dewey on a Diet | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
Last summer we weeded our print Reference collection and replaced it with a 400-volume set of Gale Virtual Reference Library reference books. Our users barely noticed, other than the fact that the ...
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Dewey or Don't We??

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Designing Libraries - Planning school libraries

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School libraries are essential to learning, and good design is seen as a central consideration in creating effective learning environments.

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Sandra Sawyer McLeroy's curator insight, February 2, 2013 9:20 AM

GOo

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I wonder how teachers would redesign their classrooms if they could. Design is such an interesting concept...

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 3:34 PM

As bibliotecas escolares e o bom design...

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10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company

10 Ways That Mobile Learning Will Revolutionize Education | Fast Company | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

by Fabio Sergio

Summary by DLM Central

 

"Fast Company magazine recently featured this article, from design studio Frog’s Fabio Sergio, on how mobile devices will provide learning opportunities for people across age and income spectrums. It offers a nice overview, from a design perspective, on how mobile is opening new opportunities for learning. He details the following:

1. Continuous learning
2. Educational leapfrogging
3. A new crop of older, lifelong learners (and educators)
4. Breaking gender boundaries, reducing physical burdens
5. A new literacy emerges: software literacy
6. Education’s long tail
7. Teachers and pupils trade roles
8. Synergies with mobile banking and mobile health initiatives
9. New opportunities for traditional educational institutions
10. A revolution leading to customized education"


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School Library or Learning Commons: What's in a Name? | Connect!

School Library or Learning Commons: What's in a Name? | Connect! | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

Like Calgary Science School, a learning commons has the doors wide open, and the lid off. To me as a professional, a school library has never meant, “just books”- it has always been a gathering of resources, services and spaces for people, ...


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No More Gatekeepers | From the Bell Tower

No More Gatekeepers | From the Bell Tower | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it

Thanks to a non-stop stream of talk about innovation we just start to tune it out. Let’s not give up on innovation yet. Now is the right time to find innovative ways to open our gates.

Back when Americans actually had a modicum of respect for financial institutions, a certain stock broker was well known for its commercial with the famous tagline, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” Nowadays, if anyone listens when an investment bank talks, it’s mostly in a state of disbelief as they trot out absurd excuses for losing billions of dollars. That phrase, however, is among the catchiest ever recorded, and many people still find themselves using it to compliment really smart people like Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, as in, “When Jeff Bezos talks, people listen.” Bezos may not have many fans in libraryland these days, but he sure did make an impression on Tom “The World is Flat” Friedman.


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Learning Commons - Plymouth Regional HS (NH)

Presentation for the NESLA Leadership Conference January 15, 2010 at ALA Midwinter, Boston, MA...
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School Library Monthly - Toward a Learning Commons

School Library Monthly - Toward a Learning Commons | The Learning Commons: Simple Steps To Transform Your Library | Scoop.it
As 21st-century librarians, we need to shift our way of thinking about library functions and resources in a fundamental and profound way. We must stop the longstanding and much respected practice of preserving and protecting resources.
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