Copy and paste a paragraph into the WordSift box.WordSift identifies keywords, supplies images, word webs, and quotations from other sources using the same word. Really a cool and useful tool for learning new vocabulary when you are trying to describe the word to students for the first time or when they are trying to restate the meaning in their own words, discover synonyms, or find images.
The iCollaboratory provides K-12 teachers timely professional development, project consulting, training, technical advice, and Web-based resources and services to practice 21st century learning. It provides students 21st century tools for data collection, research, collaboration, sharing and publishing.
iCollaboratory offers powerful communication and collaboration tools that let members create projects faster and easier. iCollaboratory members are encouraged to to share and build engaging projects and activities for their students using Google’s Web 2.0 tools and resources and Moodle's management system in a safe, private environment. Whether you're working with colleagues, doing a school project, or coordinating with your group you can: • Collaborate and share information more effectively with shared calendar and documents • Share and publish work as web pages and web sites • Access data from anywhere, even from mobile devices • Manage student accounts
Everybody is talking about 'data is the new oil' aka big-data. SoLoMo (social local mobile) is the battle cry of the day. Human-machine interfaces are rapidly evolving and may quickly become commonplace (think Google Glasses, MSFT Kinect), artificial intelligence is the geek-phrase-of-the-day, and Kurzweil says the singularity is near/here. So how will our world really change in the next 5 years, i.e. the way we communicate, get information, create, buy and sell, travel, live and learn? What are the biggest threats and the hottest opportunities - not just in financial terms, but also in societal and human terms? Futurist Gerd Leonhard will share his foresights and explore the key 'networked society' scenarios"
Via Szabolcs Kósa, Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
Chanelle Savich's insight:
Gerd is easy to listen to, and he talks about data as a resource that has to be refined in order to be useful (just like you can't take crude oil out of the ground and put it in your car).
He talks about inferred data that Google gets about you through your searches--you're looking for info on a disease or certain symptoms? Bet you've got it, even if you haven't told anyone yet. Google knows.
Gerd says that we should create an ecosystem so that data pays for itself--if you take out more than you put in, the ecosystem eventually fails. Create an ecosystem around data that takes care of itself and keeps itself replenished. Big oil never takes care of fixing the atmosphere; it keeps sucking the money out of oil without taking care of the world, and so the movement is away from oil use.
There needs to be an information economy. Think globally.
CCMR is a part of the NSF's MRSEC program. It is a springboard for innovative materials science & engineering research here, at Cornell University. Feel free to learn more about the Center.
Chanelle Savich's insight:
"The CCMR Educational Programs Lending Library is a resource for teachers interested in teaching science in grades K-12. The Lending Library offers lesson plans and student activity sheets for a wide variety of science topics which can be downloaded in PDF format. Kits, which contain the materials necessary for the activities are also available upon request. We only ship 1 kit at a time. Kits need to be requested 2 weeks prior to shipment date."
Authors who've visited IL schools recently and the librarian's review of the author's ability to relate to the kids, speak to an audience, and add interest beyond the basics (presentation ability, visuals, reading aloud from his/her work, talking about the challenges of writing/publishing, etc.).
New reading standards squeeze out fun, critics sayColumbus DispatchNonfiction reading can excite some students, said Nell Duke, who teaches language, literacy and culture at the University of Michigan.
Ahh . . . but convincing Science teachers to take on reading tasks is less than joyful at times. And getting LA teachers to take on Info Texts which are about cross-curricular topics and therefore useful for enrichment on science targets is also difficult. It's easier for an LA teacher to engage students in info text reading if the article is about body piercing than if the article is about the density of liquids. This is where the creative Library Media Specialist comes in: how to help both groups and make sure the targets are met without boring students or overworking teachers?
ipl2: Information You Can Trust features a searchable, subject-categorized directory of authoritative websites; links to online texts, newspapers, and magazines; and the Ask an ipl2 Librarian online reference service.
Links to many other reputable sources for writing prompts, instructions on writing conclusions, writing about graphs and tables, writing better lab reports, interpreting data, working on vocabulary, etc. Also writing and editing rubrics.
Collection of links courtesy of Baltimore County Public Schools.
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