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Tools and Apps for School Libraries
News and reviews of tools and apps for 21st century Teacher Librarians
Curated by Anne McLean
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Prismatic

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Welcome to Prismatic -- the best way to discover and share what's interesting.
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400 Free eBooks: Download to Kindle, iPad/iPhone & Nook

400 Free eBooks: Download to Kindle, iPad/iPhone & Nook | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
This collection features free e-books, mostly classics, that you can read on your computer, smart phone, or Kindle. It includes great works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry.

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Kathy Benson's curator insight, March 23, 2013 9:22 PM

Many of these books are classics so they no longer are copyrighted.

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QR Codes and the School Libraries Perfect Together! by @SOMSLibrary

QR Codes and the School Libraries Perfect Together! by @SOMSLibrary | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
QR codes are everywhere. You see them on soda cups, in newspaper ads and on realtors signs, but what are those little black and white square? Using a smartphone, an iPad2 or a computer with a web c...
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Exciting opportunity for modern and willing teacher librarians

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Web App Reviews

Web App Reviews | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Web App Reviews is a site dedicated to reviewing the best Chrome Web Apps and Extensions for Education.  As schools are moving more and more towards cloud-based services, it is important to find high quality resources for the classroom.

Each review includes a written blog post and a short video covering what the web app or extension does as well as practical ideas for use in schools.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 21, 2013 4:44 PM

Each review includes a written blog post and a short video covering what the web app or extension does as well as practical ideas for use in schools.

Nikki Bourlet's curator insight, March 21, 2013 10:27 PM

I particularly liked the information on GeoGebra, Tab Scissors and the video on other extensions available with Google Chrome. All-in-all a very useful site to curate and share with others.

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Project Based Learning | BIE

Project Based Learning | BIE | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Complete resources for PBL, K-14: publications, online tools, professional development, and research.
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Loads of tools and ideas to expand PBL horisons

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Subtext: Interactive App to Turn Any Book or Document into a Digital Classroom.

Subtext: Interactive App to Turn Any Book or Document into a Digital Classroom. | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it

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N Kaspar's curator insight, March 18, 2013 6:25 PM

This app has possibilities when it comes to sharing stories and longer pieces of text with iPad users.

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findingEducation alpha

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findingEducation alpha

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finding Education from finding Dulcinea.  One of my favourites!!!

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Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning

Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
"Teachers need to integrate technology seamlessly into the curriculum instead of viewing it as an add-on, an afterthought or an event." -- Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Educational Consultant, Curriculum Desig (Five Free Web 2.0 Tools to Support Lesson Planning...

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Beware any teacher who only chalks and talks!

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Shona Whyte's curator insight, March 11, 2013 9:38 AM

Pinterest, Educanvas, LiveBinders, Storybird, VoiceThread: heard of 'em all, tried none of them.  But I like the idea that technology should be neither add-on nor main event.

TonyAFPIF's curator insight, March 15, 2013 4:50 AM

Des appli Web 2 intéressantes. A creuser!

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This article presents and discusses a range of Web 2.0 tools and how they can be used and the benefits of incorporating them into the curriculum. It also has a great video on how one teacher uses free Web 2.0 tools in her classroom. 

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Allan's Blog

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Allan Carrington's comment, March 8, 2013 7:35 PM
THE PADAGOGY WHEEL: Thanks Ann for scooping this. I am the first to agree that some of these apps might be better placed elsewhere on the wheel also there are more than one place for each app and there is constant need for updating as new apps are released. Where I am planning to take this next is develop "app powered learning sequences" i.e. connecting more than one app together to build a learning activity sequence. This will IMHO generate a highly engaging flow of transformational learning .... what do you and others think?

Also I thought some people might also find my 1.57 min video thought provoking. In it I introduce this wheel and more research I am working on with graduate attributes, Please visit http://tinyurl.com/padwheelvid which will be redirected to YouTube. I am calling the method the CAMERA Method .. "Capabilities and Attributes Mapping for Educational Results inspiring Achievement" ... it's all about the students being all they can be. It is about mapping everything back to graduate attributes, values and capabilities These are more than learning outcomes, they are an attempt to define a graduate.

There is also the podcast episode I did with Prof Geoff Scott of the Uni of Western Sydney. He has done years of research into graduate capabilities (aka values or attributes) It is fascinating stuff in the context of Technology Enhanced Learning and Teaching. He has asked the people who give the jobs and catalogued what the respective industries in the market place want in graduates. Duh! Look at the list and ask yourself are they being developed in students from Higher Education or in Education in general ... this is why mapping is so important. Are we equipping graduates to excel and make a difference .... hmmm! Have a look and listen to http://tinyurl.com/alsltblog. "If you exercise these capabilities ... you will be employed!" This sort of stuff makes the "CAMERA method" worth developing. Comments are welcome guys? ... regards Allan.
Anne McLean's comment, March 8, 2013 8:02 PM
Thanks Allan. The digital landscape shifts on a daily basis and I am always looking for new ways to promote teaching and learning. By sharing we learn together.
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Book Creation on the iPad - A Listly List

Listly List - Book Creation on the iPad - Scribble My Story – A Fingerprint Network App By Fingerprint, Scribble Press By Scribble Press, eBook Journal By Pinfolio LLC, StoryBuddy 2 By Tapfuze, Storyteller Deluxe - Story Creation Made Easy By isitt...

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10 Things You Didn't Know Chrome Could Do

10 Things You Didn't Know Chrome Could Do | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Google's browser has muscles you probably don't flex on a daily basis. Find out how to get the most out of Chrome.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Pin-a-Tale - A Map of British Literature

Free Technology for Teachers: Pin-a-Tale - A Map of British Literature | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

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School Libraries should be at the forefront of new technologies.

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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 29, 2013 11:40 AM

Innovative opportunities to do more......

Lisa Price Moorehead's comment, July 28, 2013 10:52 PM
It is the responsibility of ALL libraries to use innovative educational techniques!
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How To Curate Your Blog with WordPress or Tumblr: Introductory Advice

How To Curate Your Blog with WordPress or Tumblr: Introductory Advice | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Content curation is, in a nutshell, picking and choosing content from around the Web, and sharing it with your followers.  Running a curated blog is not just about finding interesting content to share.

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Content curation is as important as finding the information in the first place.  Blogs possibilities for co-ordinating digital content curation.

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Therese Torris's curator insight, March 26, 2013 12:31 PM

There are so many of these introductions. Not sure I'm doing a great job at curating i.e. filtering (out some of) them

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:24 PM

Blogs can be excellent curation tools.  Ask me, the woman who is saying goodbye to over 20+ Posterous blogs (public, private, shared) as Posterous shuts down at the end of April.

Thinking through curation with excerpted content and your composition on these two platforms is helpful.  ~  Deb

Víctor V. Valera Jiménez's curator insight, March 28, 2013 11:50 AM

Interesante artículo de Nancy Mesias en "MakeUseOf" que puede servir como buena introducción para los que estén comenzando en este apasionante mundo de la  Content Curation.

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Google Keep

Save what's on your mind and remember anything you need wherever you are. With Google Keep, stay on top of your world by quickly accessing and organizing the...
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Will this challenge Evernote?

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Free Website Builder | Create a Free Website | WIX

Free Website Builder | Create a Free Website | WIX | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
Create a free website with Wix.com. Customize with Wix' website builder, no coding skills needed. Choose a design, begin customizing and be online today
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Simple, effective and template driven

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Skwirk

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Skwirk is an exceptional resource for teachers facing competing priorities and demands on their time, as Skwirk’s content is structured in a comprehensible and user-friendly manner.

 
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20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley

20 Alternatives to Google Reader from Phil Bradley | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
So the really big news yesterday, outstripping that of a new Pope is the news that Google is Powering Down Google Reader, which for many people is a total disaster.

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I have never used Google Reader but this article covers the alternatives

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, March 16, 2013 4:33 PM

I haven't used Google Reader in awhile and tend to rely on the tablet tools that Phil mentions in his post.

 

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What will the new Google search mean for teachers?

What will the new Google search mean for teachers? | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
As plans for Google's Knowledge Graph and new search emerge, Ben Morse explores the impact these developments will have on education and people working in schools
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Paper for the Web | Padlet

Paper for the Web | Padlet | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
The simplest way to create. From any device, with anyone.
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The wow factor.

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Program Builder: create teaching programs from the new NSW syllabuses

Create primary and secondary teaching programs directly from the Kindergarten to Year 10 NSW syllabuses for the Australian curriculum.
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Create a Stunning Website Here

Create a Stunning Website Here | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Wix lets everyone create their own website

for an original and stunning presence

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eduTecher

eduTecher | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it

Explore | Share |Contribute


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, February 22, 2013 3:55 AM

Web links to many resources - search by subject level, share links, notes and messages and add to the forum

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How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard

How to connect your iPad to your Interactive Whiteboard | Tools and Apps for School Libraries | Scoop.it
OK, so you have some shiny new iPads at school. One of the first things that many teachers want to do is to be able to hook them up to their Interactive Wh

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