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The 5 Best Internet Safety Resources for Teachers (and parents)

The 5 Best Internet Safety Resources for Teachers (and parents) | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
The Internet is one of the greatest tools on the planet for enhancing student learning. It is a smorgasbord of information waiting to be devoured by hungry minds. However, it can also be a dangerous place where students find themselves alone and uneducated about how to handle tricky situations. Use these 5 Best Internet Safety Resources for Teachers to educate yourself and your students about how to be better and safer users of the World Wide Web.

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Your Next Read Helps You Find Books You Might Like

Your Next Read Helps You Find Books You Might Like | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

Your Next Read is a neat little site that provides you with a web of book recommendations based on the authors and books you already like. Here's how it works; type in the title of a book you like or author you like and Your Next Read will provide you with a web of books that might also enjoy. Click on any of the books appearing the web to create another new web.

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What Students Think About Using iPads in School

What Students Think About Using iPads in School | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
Students weigh in on how devices change what happens in class, how they think about learning and how they organize their school work.
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Building an understanding of digital citizenship...

Building an understanding of digital citizenship... | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
What do these two words mean? consume           create Everyone in the class knows what 'create' means but only a few are familiar with the word 'consume'. mostly in the context of eating, although...
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Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries

Stephen Krashen: Why Invest in Libraries | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.



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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 12, 2014 11:35 PM
Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.


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lyn_hay's insight:Stephen Krashen is another champion of school libraries. Here is the content of his presentation to the LAUSD Board of Education meeting, February 11, 2014. He presents a range of educational research regarding impact of poverty on student achievement, importance of FV reading in literacy development, and the important role libraries play in supporting children living in poverty.

 

Image: Reading Helps Your Mind Bloom by Enokson.http://www.flickr.com/photos/vblibrary/4578598635/ ;
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Gai Dennett's curator insight, March 22, 2014 8:42 PM

School Libraries have moved into 21st Century learning

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Google Hangout Resources for Teachers

Google Hangout Resources for Teachers | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
EduHangout Website (ideas for class and teachers) by @catlett1 Tutorial for Google Hangout on Air- by @iPadSammy Cybrary Man's Google Hangout Page- by @cybraryman1 Google Hangout Tip Sheet by @MsMa...

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Google's Timer Returns

Google's Timer Returns | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
For a brief stint last year, you could type "set timer for X minutes" into Google and it'd automatically create a simple timer for you. Right after the trick was discovered, it was removed, but now it's back.

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Scrolling Text in Your Presentation

Today at the OC CUE TechFest event the keynote speaker Catlin Tucker included video screencasts in her slide deck. This was particularly clever as it allows her to demonstrate navigating a website ...
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Strategies for Getting Access to Websites Blocked By Your School

Strategies for Getting Access to Websites Blocked By Your School | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

For those hoping that this post might teach you how to bypass filters, I'm sorry there is nothing in this post about bypassing filters. That's not a strategy that I endorse. 

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Quora - Instructify

Quora - Instructify | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

Quora is a question-and-answer website where questions are created, answered, edited and organized by its community of users. Users may log in by creating an account or using their Google, Facebook, or Twitter account. After logging in the user is given interest areas from which to choose to create a personalized question and answer feed.  Education is one of these choices, along with literature, science, and many others. This site is more appropriate for teacher use than student use because it s anyone can create or answer a question, which would not allow teachers control over students’ online interactions. Teachers can put a question on the feed and learn as others respond, or look through the feed to see what topics are trending within their subject area. It is a great way to find fun, fascinating information or connect with other teachers.

  
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Rich Resources for Celebrating Black History Month

Rich Resources for Celebrating Black History Month | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
In recognition of Black History Month, PBS LearningMedia offers a rich collection of multi-media resources, lesson plans and student guides that can complement educators' teaching tools.
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Get Your Students to Ask Deep Questions - ExitTicket Student Response System

Get Your Students to Ask Deep Questions - ExitTicket Student Response System | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
These are some helpful thoughts and strategies to develop deep, critical thinking skills within your class. It's a tough struggle, but an important one.

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A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth

A Step by Step Guide to Creating A Virtual Field Trip Using Google Earth | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

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Make It @ Your Library

Make It @ Your Library | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

This site is brought to you in collaboration with Instructables and the American Library Association, and it is our hope that through this site, libraries of all stripes and sizes will be able to experiment with maker projects. Make it @ Your Library believes that content creation in the library is a vital direction for our libraries to pursue. Maker projects don’t need to be the result of thousands of dollars of space renovation, equipment or special staffing. The projects on this site, powered by Instructables and vetted by librarians, are a great way to begin. Happy creating!

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Tikatok - Everyone has a story. What's yours?

Tikatok - Everyone has a story. What's yours? | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
Pearson’s TikaTok.com provides students an exciting opportunity to write, illustrate, and publish their own digital storybooks and projects.
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What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning? | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
One principal in an affluent Bay Area School is striving to do more than just "enhance" classroom learning with iPads.
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SCIS | School library collections survey 2013

SCIS | School library collections survey 2013 | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
In 2013 SCIS conducted an online survey of Australian school library staff to find out more about the state of school library collections. Clare Kennedy reports on the survey results.

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This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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This article outlines the major issues identified by 300 Australian school library staff. The strongest concerns of school library staff were the lack of adequate funding for resources and the lack of time and qualified personnel available to provide a high standard of service, with primary schools more likely to cite budget and staffing constraints. Also of note was concern of school library staff in being able to effectively support the resourcing of the new Australian Curriculum, with over half of the schools stating they had difficulty finding age- and curriculum-appropriate resources was a substantial access issue. One major challenge currently facing school library staff is how to manage the growing number of digital resources for those who have access to funds. However, there is also growing concern of smaller schools and primary schools being left behind with regard to digital resource provision.

It would be great to see more teacher librarians taking the time to complete this survey at the end of 2014 to help our profession gain a better understanding of the true status of school library collections in Australia's schools.

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Crittenden Middle School Library 2014 - YouTube

Crittenden Middle School Library 2014: Role & impact of the school librarian


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lyn_hay's curator insight, February 15, 2014 1:35 AM

Good school-based example of promoting the role and impact of the teacher librarian in one school - great use of the voice of the school leadership and classroom teachers describing the work of the TL. I like the way the TL is silent in this video clip - all we see from the TL is ACTION not words.

This could be used as a model for other school communities to capture the role, value and impact their TL.

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This clip highlights the important role and impact of teacher librarians  in this school

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Hemingway Highlights Common Errors to Help You Edit Text

Hemingway Highlights Common Errors to Help You Edit Text | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
Editing is one of the most important parts of writing, but it's hard to know where to start sometimes. Hemingway is a web app that highlights hard to read sentences, adverbs, complicated phrases, and passive voice so you can make your writing more clear.

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"Intro 101": Quickly Create Electronic Quizzes with Google Forms

"Intro 101":  Quickly Create Electronic Quizzes with Google Forms | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

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Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog

Top 10 ways to use technology to promote reading - Home - Doug Johnson's Blue Skunk Blog | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
I am updating my workshop on how technology can be used to promote Voluntary Free Re...
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TL Virtual Cafe - A Great Place for Teacher-Librarians to Connect

TL Virtual Cafe - A Great Place for Teacher-Librarians to Connect | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

TL Virtual Cafe is an online community for teacher-librarians to connect and learn from each other. TL Virtual Cafe hosts numerous webinars and online discussions including a monthly show called TL News Night. TL News Night features conversations with experts from state library associations, an overview of "this month in libraries," and a tip, tool, or title of the month. 

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Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up

Wish List: Piecing Together an Ideal School From the Ground Up | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it
Three educators went on a year-long journey to discover what makes a great school. These are the imperatives they've applied to creating their own school.
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wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad

wwwatanabe: Digital Storytelling and Stories with the iPad | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

Digital storytelling is an art form conveying a message. It uses images and voice narration to convey emotion with the message, and to ignite empathy from the audience. It incorporates storyboarding and writing a script. It is created with digital tools and published on the Internet.

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Embed a Google Form on a Google Site | Google Gooru

Embed a Google Form on a Google Site | Google Gooru | Teacher-Librarian | Scoop.it

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