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Habits of Successful Pros toDramatically Improve Your Social Media Strategy | SocialBro

Habits of Successful Pros toDramatically Improve Your Social Media Strategy | SocialBro | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

Sometimes the most effective way you can make a difference to your marketing relies on you making small, positive tweaks. Ones you can implement on a daily basis.

 

To help you come up with something you can try out, we’ve asked some of the leading social media marketers of big brands for their secrets. They have divulged some of their daily practices that keep them at the top of their game, take notes....


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Jamie McGhie's curator insight, April 23, 8:04 PM

A high level overview of some best practices for managing social media channels

Rosemary Burnett's curator insight, April 24, 1:22 AM

Andy Vale offers some great insights into what other social media Pros' are doing in the social space to push brand awareness and customer reach.  Thanks RB.

Annie Sisk's curator insight, May 6, 10:11 AM

Learn from the pros to keep your strategy effective and current. 

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Curate To Educate: From Online Courses to Full Learning Programs

Curate To Educate: From Online Courses to Full Learning Programs | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

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Stephen Dale's curator insight, April 7, 6:12 AM

A couple of great finds from master Curator Robin Good. As he notes

 

"This is an interesting trend as in the past most tools to deliver educational content relied on the author creating and posting only his own materials. The fact that you can now include valuable content published by others opens up the gates both for the curation of lots of existing content into useful learning courses as well as for the issues of whether and how to compensate curated content from others"

 

Reading time: 5mins

Filomena Gomes's curator insight, April 18, 9:57 AM
Robin Good's insight:

 

New interesting tools make it possible to create online courses and full online learning programs, by drastically simplifying the design process while providing simple tools to curate and bring together valuable existing content already published online.

 

The first I'd like to bring to your attention is Classmill, which makes it very easy to create online courses by providing a very simple and intuitive interface and allowing the author to add with ease his own texts, as well as images, links and video clips coming from elsewhere on the web. Anyone can publish an online course and make it visible to everyone. Only those who register and join in can see the full contents and can participate in the integrated discussion area for the course.

 

The second one is Learnyst, which goes one step beyond Classmill by facilitating the creation of a full online school with multiple courses and the ability to charge for selected ones. 

 

Both tools are extremely easy to use, and allow the assembly of existing materials, whether owned or produced by others. 

 

This is an interesting trend as in the past most tools to deliver educational content relied on the author creating and posting only his own materials. The fact that you now can easily include valuable content published by others opens up the gates both for the curation of lots of existing content into useful learning courses as well as for the issue of whether and how to compensate curated content from others. 

 

This economic issue though, does not preclude tons of free high-quality content to be re-used and showcased in many new free learning courses and it provides those who want to learn with even more non-commercial alternatives to master their favorite topics. 

 

Takeaway: You are going to see more of these tools and more subject-matter experts create valuable learning resources by bringing together key relevant content produced by others while adding tangible value, perspective and context.

If you have a strong passion or expertise it's time to start thinking about building your own online school. 

 

 

Check out these two tools:

- Learnyst

- Classmill

 

Other curation tools for learning moving in the same direction:

- Gibbon

- Learnist

- Educrate

 

More content curation tools organised in categories:

https://contentcuration.zeef.com/robin.good ;

Nedko Aldev's curator insight, April 19, 2:25 PM

 

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Digital storytelling handbook

This handbook is a product of the Digital Commonwealth project which sought to facilitate a creative response to the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. However, the handbook is designed to be of use to a wider range of individuals, community groups and third sector organisations interested in using digital media (blogs, audio, video and social media) to tell their stories. Please use and share!

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 19, 6:02 PM

A fantastic resource!

Ariana Amorim's curator insight, March 25, 12:31 PM

http://digitalcommonwealth.co.uk/2014/09/18/handbook-of-digital-storytelling/

Ricard Garcia's curator insight, April 21, 2:10 AM

Always useful to have first-hand reference to enhance methodology... worth reading!

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.

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Eneritz Madariaga's curator insight, March 19, 6:37 PM

Oso interesgarria ikasleen motibazioa sustatzeko!!

Zengin Çilingir Kale Anahtarcı's curator insight, March 23, 7:58 PM

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Manuel Morilla Jaren's curator insight, March 30, 4:41 AM

añada su visión ...

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A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies | @educause #edtech #elearning #highered #acrl #infolit

A Typology of Web 2.0 Learning Technologies | @educause #edtech #elearning #highered #acrl #infolit | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

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Amazing collection ... Lots there to work with.

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John Shank's curator insight, February 9, 9:45 AM

A good, comprehensive list of web 2.0 tech that all blended librarians should know. #edtech #elearning #highered #acrl #infolit

Laura Hjerpe's curator insight, March 29, 11:28 AM

List of free Web creation sites

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MyStudios.com Virtual Gallery Home - Top Artists, Alphabetical Index

MyStudios.com Virtual Gallery Home - Top Artists, Alphabetical Index | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Virtual Gallery Home - Top Artists, Alphabetical Index - Mystudios.com - Galleries of famous artists - old masters & contemporary. Word's largest virtual museum. Featuring the largest collections by artists like Monet, Van Gogh, Rembrandt and more!
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This is an amazing art gallery - digitally.  Cool resources.

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Glean — Find the best videos in education for you

Glean — Find the best videos in education for you | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

Explore awesome math and science video lessons from the best teachers online! High quality videos to save you time and help you ace your homework


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 30, 4:52 AM

This is a really useful site if you are looking for online video lessons for flipped learning or CLIL.

Mª Jesús García S.M.'s curator insight, February 3, 1:51 AM

Nice clips for CLIL learning

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 5, 5:35 PM

With many teacher created clips and videos to specifically support mathematics and science - this could be a fabulous resource for staff to use with our students.  Appears to be free to use, but does require to to 'register' with site.

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Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions

Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
This list of questions was developed to help educators be clear about the unique add value of a digital learning environment.
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A good article that supplies a list of 6 questions that guide the use of tech as an effective tool for learning.  Some good stuff from Alan November.

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Interview with a Geographer

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In this interview with a geographer, Emily White tells us it's more than state capitals and shares how math can help kids and parents map and explore the world.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 21, 2014 10:08 AM

There are plenty of reasons why it is great to be a geographer--a geographer is often a great member of an interdisciplinary research team. 

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Kiddle - a Visual Search Engine for Kids

Kiddle - a Visual Search Engine for Kids | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Kiddle - search engine for kids with illustrated results and safe search.

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Nathalie Mercken's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:00 AM

ajouter votre aperçu ...

Vladislav Golunov's curator insight, November 28, 2014 6:26 PM

Kids should have fun with this!

Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 29, 2014 10:45 PM

A kid friendly search engine complete with pictures. This would be great for young learners and ELLs. 

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Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age

Infographic: Citizenship in the digital age | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Digital citizenship is not so different from traditional citizenship. We still need to guide students to be kind, respectful and responsible. What’s new is teaching them how to apply these values to the realities of the digital age.

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Dinah Galligo's curator insight, November 7, 2014 5:01 AM

La nétiquette ... version augmentée !

Pamela Hills's curator insight, November 18, 2014 5:24 PM

 This is something had not thought about. The digital world has changed many things And this is one we have over looked .

Qwertynomics's curator insight, November 29, 2014 4:32 PM

I love this Digital Citizenship Infographic. It is nice and clean and would look great in any classroom. 

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Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry

Top 10 Tips to Use Word Clouds in eLearning - eLearning Industry | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Word clouds are ideal for eLearning professionals who are looking for ways to visually represent text, whether this is content within an eLearning course or writings of the learners. Color and size can be used to denote a word's level of importance within the cloud, which helps learners to acquire and retain significant ideas (i.e. bolded words) more effectively. While word clouds are often associated with language arts eLearning courses, they can actually be used in virtually any eLearning setting.

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Sue Walsh's curator insight, October 16, 2014 6:03 PM

Word Clouds. Interesting. I like it. Something to have a play with :-)

online4ed's curator insight, October 16, 2014 11:48 PM
Love using this in research classes.
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25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED

25 Things Skilled Learners Do Differently - InformED | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Imagine for a moment that all human beings had the same IQ, but that some of us knew how to tap into it better than others. How would we approach educati

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 10, 2014 9:32 PM

What habits and strategies to skilled learners have that other learners may be missing? And can others learn them? The answer to the second question is yes, that can be learned through practice. As to the first question, some of the habits and strategies are below, but you will need to click through to the post to find the rest of them.

1. Skill learners think about their own learning.

2. Skilled learners ask more questions.

3. Skilled learners make mistakes work for them, not against them.

4. Skilled learners use previous learning to help promote new learning.

5. Skilled learners share what they've learned.

Lisa Norris's curator insight, October 12, 2014 1:49 PM

It's all about teaching the Growth Mindset!  We really need to encourage students to do more of the question asking and thinking!

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, October 13, 2014 3:49 PM

Great article! I'm sharing it with my students in a success seminar. 

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15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers ~ Global Digital Citizen Foundation | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

"Google is usually one of the first places students turn to when tasked with an assignment. Whether it’s for research, real-time results, or just a little digital exploration … it’s important they know how to properly Google. Lucky for teachers (and students, of course), Google has a handy set of lesson plans that are just waiting to be unleashed upon the leaders of tomorrow.

 

"While I understand there’s a LOT more to research than just Googling, it’s important to note that this is where nearly all students start their research. Therefore, it’s a critical skill if they’re going to start down the right paths.

 

"Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers."


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Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:30 PM

Excellent lessons. Must be used.

Deborah Fillman's curator insight, December 15, 2014 8:47 PM

This is a pet peeve of mine--schools are still not teaching kids how to do this properly, with disastrous results. Whether you homeschool or send a child to school, these lessons will help them use the Internet more effectively (and responsibly) for research projects. 

Tanyam's curator insight, February 23, 5:10 PM

I have not read all of this, but I have seen some ideas in here we could use in both our face to face and online teaching. Interesting to read the criteria Google use to evaluate resources

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New Vision for Education_Report2015


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David Witzeling's curator insight, April 6, 7:22 PM

This is a lengthy article detailing the relationship between 21st century skills and the adoption of technology as a way to promote growth in those skill areas. If you are here, you might find this very much "preaching to the choir," but the article provides a solid basis for understanding the need to integrate technology into education.

Melina Dayana Calizaya Torres's curator insight, April 6, 10:19 PM

SO TRUE

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2:19 PM

The World Economic Forum has published a new white paper called New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology; the link for the full report is included at the end of this article.  The World Economic Forum is a not-for-profit international institution headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.  Although the focus of this report is worldwide, the gaps in identified twenty-first century skills are very applicable to schools in the USA.  In a powerful statement, the report says: “By the time students enter college and the labour market, deficiencies that have not been addressed earlier can be far more difficult and costly to remedy.” (p 8-9).

The report differentiates 21st century skills among foundational literacies, competencies, and character qualities. It sees foundational skills as what schools and systems traditionally teach and measure: literacy, numeracy, scientific literacy, instructional-communication technology literacy, financial literacy, and cultural and civic literacy.  Competencies sited include critical thinking/problem solving, creativity, communication and collaboration. While curiosity, initiative, persistence/grit, adaptability, leadership, and social and cultural awareness are included in a category called character qualities.  Appendix 1 includes definitions of 21st century skills.

The instructional cycle is referred to as a “closed loop” in this report. Beginning with clear learning objectives through the development of curriculum and instructional strategies to instructional delivery, ongoing assessment, interventions and the tracking of learning outcomes in a repeating complex system.  The report looks at ways that technology can be embedded into each step of the instructional loop to improve student learning outcomes and eliminate the skill gap, providing some resources that might be used at different phases of the cycle.

The report cites differences in the use of technology tools to close the skill gap, looking at different income levels among countries which create different contexts and stating that there are fundamental social and economic problems, such as poverty, that impede learning and underlie the skills gap. Although the deficiencies in many undeveloped countries far surpass those found in the United States, it is my perspective that there are different contexts within the United States itself that must be acknowledged and addressed.

The importance of creativity, problem solving and innovation to the economic well-being of our nation and therefore, the employability of our workforce cannot be stressed enough. The pressure of standardized testing can lead to a standardized curriculum and instruction model that does not allow  the classroom time for these skills to develop. Teachers caught in this dilemma are often driven to insure success on state tests at the cost of providing time for experimentation, reflection, and collaborative feedback. The report does suggest using technology for some of the foundational skills in order to free teacher time to provide instruction on competency and character skills.

In two of the examples from low income countries, technology was used to provide scripted lessons that were created centrally  to under-trained teachers. My preference would be to  more fully train teachers or provide a mentor/coach rather than a “turn the page” curriculum model.

One of the tenants of the article is the need to define and find a metric to assess each of these 21st century skills in order to compare countries skill level. Although I agree with the need to define the skills needed and provide training and resources to teachers so these skills can be embedded into the curriculum and instruction, the idea of an assessment to measure creativity or persistence fills me with dread. Paul Torrance developed a well-used test for creativity used to screen students for school gifted and talented programs.  It is not a test that can be administered and interpreted without training. The idea of administering a standardized test which by definition is convergent in thinking to measure a thinking skill that is divergent by definition seems inappropriate and a major shortcoming of this report.

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Alice in WonderTech: The 9 C's of Digital Literacy

Alice in WonderTech: The 9 C's of Digital Literacy | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

Alice Chen writes: "We all know that our digital natives are very at ease with technology. In fact, they’re in love with technology, but does that automatically make them digital proficient?

When I originally pondered this question, I began to realize that the 5 C's often discussed in education today - communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and citizenship - needed to be expanded to include these other areas as well: curation, copyright, character and connectedness."


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Susan Xerri's curator insight, March 18, 4:28 AM

An article that connects our digital native Gen C students to the curriculum via language that they understand...curation, copyright, character and connectedness...

TWCLibrary's curator insight, March 18, 6:11 PM
Very useful infographic and article on incorporating digital literacy in teaching and learning
DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 19, 1:33 PM

Go Alice Go!!!.

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Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers

Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of - eLearning Brothers | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
If you're designing an eLearning course, you need to keep the entire process as organized as possible. Stay focused with these 10 eLearning resources.

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Alfredo Corell's curator insight, March 5, 6:15 PM

Good list of tools for online Teachers... have a try!!

ChristopherBell's curator insight, March 5, 7:42 PM

Looking for some great elearning resources!  Here you go.

MindEdge's curator insight, March 12, 12:11 PM

A few innovative tools for mounting and communicating your learning content. #edtech #elearning #onlinelearning 

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5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios | Edudemic

5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios | Edudemic | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it

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CTD Institute's curator insight, February 10, 10:22 AM

At the top of the list is Google. With its portability, synch capability and extensive apps, Google is THE tool for making ePortfolios.

Calliope Global Fran's curator insight, February 10, 8:09 PM
I used to ask my students to keep a digital portfolio on Blogger, and we also had a shared Blogger site to which they all published.
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Public Domain - Free Historic Media Files for Projects

Public Domain - Free Historic Media Files for Projects | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Download thousands of historic media files for your creative projects.Completely free & made available by Pond5.

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Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Websites to Teach Anatomy of Human Body in 3D ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
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Cool apps for teach anatomy.

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9 Social Media Rules for Educators

9 Social Media Rules for Educators | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
Preparing to dip your foot into the social media pool? Anne Barretta, adjunct professor at William Paterson University and Ramapo College specializing in communications, recently shared 9 Rules of Etiquette for Academic Twitter Use that we found worth sharing.

(Looking into trying a different social media site? You'll find that the majority of rules still apply.)

Check these out, and, when you're ready to get down to the nitty-gritty, be sure to check out Atomic Learning's online training courses designed to help educators dive into some of the many popular social sites, including Twitter for Educators, Facebook for Educators, and YouTube for Educators.

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Sound advice.  Worth the read.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 9, 2014 5:47 PM

Worth sharing and discussing with your colleagues. . .and with your students.


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Apply This Storytelling Technique to Create More Engaging eLearning

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Sometimes when designing eLearning, we rely on the use of storytelling to give a stronger communication and instructional value to the learning content.

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Cool concept.

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, November 28, 2014 8:30 AM

The way people love to learn today. Takes a little time to prep but well worth the outcomes

Marinus Verschuren's curator insight, November 29, 2014 11:08 PM

Not only for e-learning, this technique could be used to formulate a business plan, or even designing web sites as we do at WebStamp.ca

Michael Williams StoryCoaching's curator insight, December 5, 2014 6:59 AM

Interesting take on creating engaging stories with this e-learning story template from SHIFT. Useful for anyone creating educational or learning material for online use. You can also download a FREE template.

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Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Online Flashcards

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The place where you can easily convert a Google™ Spreadsheet into a set of online flashcards


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A cool service.

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Jimun Gimm's curator insight, December 16, 2014 8:21 AM

당신의 통찰력을 추가 ...

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, January 30, 10:45 AM

Great resource for students.

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100 plus resources on Digital Citizenship - Edutopia on Pinterest

100 plus resources on Digital Citizenship - Edutopia on Pinterest | Web Site of the Week - 3.0 - SD#60 - PRN | Scoop.it
We've teamed up with Common Sense Media to compile some of the best resources for parents, teachers and administrators to guide students to become positive digital citizens and leaders.

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Malpere, Ana María's curator insight, November 3, 2014 1:02 PM

agregar su visión ...

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Storyline Online - Video stories reading

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Reading to children has been repeatedly shown to improve their reading, writing and communication skills, logical thinking, concentration and general academic aptitude… as well as inspire a love of reading. The Screen Actors Guild Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.


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Offers about 30 books in this collection.  Nice little collection.

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Sue Ward's curator insight, October 17, 2014 5:03 AM

A classic reference for the benefits of reading aloud - THE READ ALOUD HANDBOOK by Jim Trelease

Anne Macdonell's curator insight, October 17, 2014 11:32 AM

Haven't tried yet, but interesting.

Aguilar Dominique's curator insight, January 24, 3:42 AM

La connaissance ? c'est très jeune qu'il faut commencer à apprendre pour développer la curiosité et la mémoire.