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Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning

Free Tools to Incorporate Game-Based Learning | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

As I work with teachers to implement game-based learning (GBL), they are always looking for any free tools that exist. While some are willing to pay for iPad game apps or using the Kinect, these tools often cost money. Luckily, there are many tools out there that are free and that teachers could use in the classroom as soon as tomorrow. Some of these tools are not only the games themselves, but also lesson plans and ideas for using the game in the classroom. Here are some of my favorite free GBL tools.

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21CIF: Locate, Evaluate and Ethically use Digital information: Co Curators: Dennis O'Connor & Carl Heine
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The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic

The Keyword Blog: Information Fluency Interactive Infographic | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
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This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  


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This is an interactive infographic. Click on a topic and you're taken to resources on the 21st Century Information Fluency website.  

 

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Steve Whitmore's curator insight, August 14, 2015 8:05 AM

This is a great infographic for showing the thought process of finding information.

Terry Yelmene's curator insight, August 16, 2015 11:50 AM

A pretty well-reasoned, fundamental thought process for most knowledge work research.  This serves as an even better backward (there-to-here) model to guide the core research workflow process automation  a knowledge worker may want to devise, install.  Think work product-informed -> DevonThink structures -> DevonAgent w/'Active Filtered' automated searches.  The most important drivers here are - 'ethical' - (more than just multiple sources, a stage needs to be added at the work product stage to provide authenticity) and - 'bias' -  (a post automated search,  subsequent manual search for corroborating items selection to provide authority).

corroborating

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Developing 21st Century Skills: Information Literacy - STEM Jobs

Developing 21st Century Skills: Information Literacy - STEM Jobs | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Instead of struggling to find information, 21st century students are overwhelmed with it — websites, blogs, databases, magazines, books, documentaries, newspapers, television shows, organizations, advertisements, and agencies are all available at their fingertips. Teachers must guide their students through it all to achieve information literacy and become savvy consumers of information.

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Now more than ever: we need information fluency skills

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She's an expert at spotting fake news. This is what she wants you to know.

She's an expert at spotting fake news. This is what she wants you to know. | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
A good reminder to think twice before sharing sensational news.
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Information fluency is essential. Everyone desperately needs to know how to verify digital information.
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25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids

25 Makerspace (STEM / STEAM) Projects For Kids | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Makerspace or STEM projects for kids don’t have to be complicated or expensive.  In fact, some of the best projects use recycled or repurposed items like cardboard or soda bottles which means nothing to buy.
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Looking to set up a community based makerspace? Enroll in EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture 
http://wwwcs.uwstout.edu/soe/profdev/maker.cfm
Maker Culture means 21st century hands on learning. Get a grip on it! 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 21, 4:29 PM

GO STEAM!

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Machen ist wie Wollen, nur krasser :-)
ducky58's curator insight, March 22, 5:11 AM
Fantastiche idee per costruire con materiali semplici (video/ in inglese)
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Citations and Citing Your Work Explained by Common Craft (VIDEO)

Citations and Citing Your Work Explained by Common Craft (VIDEO) | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
If you think about it, much of the information that goes into a paper or article can be organized into three groups: “common knowledge” “my ideas”, and “other people’s ideas”. By understanding these groups, we can see why citations matter in our work. 

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Another excellent video from the great 'Explainers' at Common Craft.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 18, 12:57 AM
This is a great video but there is a cost to buy into access the resources. It is an American product which may not be useful to UK teachers. The video about citation is really well explained and if all the videos are as good as this it looks like it could be worth buying into. 
G Andrew Page's curator insight, January 30, 9:11 PM
A common problem with an insightful solution. 
 
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Reading Culture

Reading Culture | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Are kids reading anymore? We see falling book circulation at all type of libraries. The hope is, if they are not reading print books maybe eBooks

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Thanks to Gwenith Jones for this excellent recommendation.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 17, 10:28 AM

Reading culture? Yes, please!

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Librarians as Social Media Curators

For librarians, social media curation is a translation of mission and traditional practice. It’s about getting users/patron/students/faculty to the goo

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Curation and Library science go hand in hand.  

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 28, 2017 1:32 AM
A great reminder of what a school librarian can do if given the chance. 
Jane Cowell's curator insight, November 29, 2017 4:31 AM
Great video on the role of #librarians as Digital Information curators & ability to amplify learning 
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6 growing trends taking over academic libraries - eCampus News

6 growing trends taking over academic libraries - eCampus News | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Spreading digital fluency is now a core responsibility of academic libraries, and Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT) are poised to amplify the utility and reach of library services like never before. These are just two of the revelations part of the New Media Consortium’s (NMC) University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), ETH Library, and the Association of College & Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Annual Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition.

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Fluency is the fuel for the future.

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Makerspaces Event Recordings + "Are You Global Ready?" The 2017 GEC Online Conference Is Coming!

Makerspaces Event Recordings + "Are You Global Ready?" The 2017 GEC Online Conference Is Coming! | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The Library 2.017 Makerspaces mini-conference recordings have been posted!
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Recordings of 2017 Makerspace discussions at Library 2017 World Wide Conference.

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Join the Educator Network - Right Question Institute

Join the Educator Network - Right Question Institute | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is the outcome of twenty years of work in developing and, most importantly, simplifying a straightforward, rigorous process that helps all students learn how to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize on how to use their questions. In the process, they develop divergent, convergent and metacognitive thinking abilities.
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Great resources that will help you and your students think. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, October 6, 2017 11:45 AM

Fantastic Resources.  Join today!

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Rethinking literacy skills in a digital world

Rethinking literacy skills in a digital world | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
“To be truly empowering, new technologies must stand on two pillars,” said UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova as she opened the International Conference on International Literacy Day at Paris Headquarters, which focuses this year on Literacy in a digital world. “First, they must be inclusive, bridging gaps, not deepening them. Second, they must be underpinned by respect for human rights and dignity. All this gives rise to new questions about the meaning of literacy today.”

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Digital literacy from an international point of view.

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ISTE | Standards For Students

ISTE | Standards For Students | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Today’s students must be prepared to thrive in a constantly evolving technological landscape. The ISTE Standards for Students are designed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process. Connect with other educators in the ISTE Standards Community and learn how to use the standards in the classroom with the ISTE Standards for Students ebook.
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I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 2017 11:57 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 1, 2017 11:58 AM

I've worked with ISTE for decades.  Great to see them on the cutting edge as always.  If you are looking to put the standards to work, consider taking Shannon Mersand's online course: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture and Makerspaces

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DeLib Guides: Information Fluency: IF HOMEPAGE

DeLib Guides: Information Fluency: IF HOMEPAGE
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Homepage for college information fluency program.
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'Harry Potter' books celebrate 20th anniversary with new cover art

'Harry Potter' books celebrate 20th anniversary with new cover art | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
This year is the 20th anniversary of the American publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and to mark the occasion, Scholastic has tapped children’s book author/illustrator Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret) to design new jackets for J.K. Rowling's blockbuster series.
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How many children learned to love reading because of Harry Potter?  Real magic.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 21, 9:58 AM

I still LOVE the #grandpre covers! For Life!
#HarryPotter

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What Exactly Does a Librarian Do? Everything. | Literary Hub

What Exactly Does a Librarian Do? Everything. | Literary Hub | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Growing up, I liked to imagine what it would be like to work in a library. What little I knew about them was what I’d gleaned from movies and TV because my conservative parents never took us to any and only let me read books they purchased from the Bible Book Store. I didn’t know any librarians in real life—outside of the elderly woman who ran our tiny school media center—but I understood librarians were smart and savvy. Cool and collected. They were everything my rowdy, boundary-busting, literature-hating family was not. I envisioned a sweet future for myself sitting behind an elaborately carved wooden desk, surrounded by towering stacks of leather-bound books. I’d read for hours in total silence, vanilla and almond perfuming the air. Pages wafting in a gentle breeze. Nobody around to bother me. With librarianship, I’d finally have solitude.

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Overworked, underpaid, and always ready to help.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, April 3, 8:16 PM

One thing, we don't read for fun during school. Never happens. Myth busted.

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32 Helpful Resources for Research Students and Academics

32 Helpful Resources for Research Students and Academics | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Over the last weekend, we spent sometime digging through our resources and decided to create this infographic featuring some good resources for research students and academics. We included what we belive are some good iPad apps to enhance researchers productivity and help them stay organized, a collection of popular textbooks on the mechanics of academic writing, 8 guides  to ground you in the different theories underlying research methodology, and a list of academic search engines to use to find  relevant journal articles and other academic materials related to your field of study.
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What are you going to click today?

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Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers – Simple Book Production

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers – Simple Book Production | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Web Literacy for Student Fact-Checkers by Michael A. Caulfield is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.


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Interesting book.  Dig into the table of contents to find some goodies!

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5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework

5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework

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Good way to look at it.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, January 18, 7:36 AM
5 Dimensions Of Critical Digital Literacy: A Framework
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Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google

Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Using search engines effectively is now a key skill for researchers, but could more be done to equip young researchers with the tools they need. Here, Dr Neil Jacobs and Rachel Bruce from Jisc’s digital infrastructure team share their top ten resources for researchers from across the web.

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Do you use any of these engines?

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, January 12, 2:42 AM
Collection intéressante pour améliorer les recherches.
Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 12, 8:25 AM

need data or an article for a project ? here are search engines that go beyond....give you and edge...

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 5, 8:29 AM
Ten search engines for researchers that go beyond Google
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Library of Congress launches three new learning apps

Library of Congress launches three new learning apps | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The Library of Congress on Friday announced the release of three new digital learning apps for K-12 students that explore subjects like American government and civic participation.

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Use your library: Library of Congress

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How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry

How to Help Students Ask Better Questions by Creating a Culture of Inquiry | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

"Student inquiry is at the heart of student choice. When students are able to ask their own questions, they can chase their curiosity and tap into their own interests. They can build on their prior knowledge and build a bridge to new information that they are analyzing. But how do we actually do this?

"Students Should Chase Their Curiosity

I want classrooms to be bastions of creativity and wonder. I want to see students chasing their curiosity and researching answers. I love what happens when students solve problems that don’t have easy answers; when they become builders and engineers and authors and scientists and historians bent on finding out the truth. And yet, this doesn’t always happen in school. Often, we stick too tightly to curriculum maps and deadlines and students learn to value compliance above empowerment. And the result is a lack of natural curiosity.

"How to Help Students Ask Better Questions

We want to see kids asking tons of questions. This is how students grow into creative, critical thinkers. In an inquiry-based framework, it all begins with student questions. But how do we actually make that happen? The answer lies in a culture of inquiry. This includes everything from the trust that teachers develop to the way they reduce fear to the lessons they develop to the strategies they use."


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Information fluency is a critical thinking skill.

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We are makers

We are makers | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
America was built by makers — curious, enthusiastic amateur inventors whose tinkering habit sparked whole new industries. At TED@MotorCity, MAKE magazine publisher Dale Dougherty says we're all makers at heart, and shows cool new tools to tinker with, like Arduinos, affordable 3D printers, even DIY satellites.
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Make it happen.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 3, 2015 4:48 PM

Upbeat, accessible, and a fine overview of the Maker Culture movement. 

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12 Effective Google Search Tips for Students

12 Effective Google Search Tips for Students | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Do you directly teach students how to search? If not, why not. (If the answer is 'there's no time' then priorities are off big time.

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Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic]

Can I Use That Picture? How to Legally Use Copyrighted Images [Infographic] | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
You can also save and bookmark this quick visual guide below (based on Curtis Newbold’s original flow chart and redesigned with his permission using Visme) to help you decide whether you can use a specific image or not:
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See the flow chart inforgraphic that helps decision making.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 8, 2017 12:45 PM

Every online teacher should understand copyright and fair use. 

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, September 14, 2017 7:10 PM
Web link will lead to page with clear infographic / flowchart guiding users on fair and legal use of images - useful to direct students to for reference. 
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Research guides - The National Archives

Research guides - The National Archives | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it
The research guidance listed below can help you explore a particular historical subject.

Each guide indicates how to find access and understand records to support your research. Records at The National Archives are arranged by government department or court
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Help with researching the national archives.

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Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education  | #ModernEDU #LEARNing2LEARN

Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education  | #ModernEDU #LEARNing2LEARN | 21st Century Information Fluency | Scoop.it

Article: Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education.

 

In today’s hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online.

 

In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online.

 

We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform Storify to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/learn-every-day-a-bit-with-curation/

 

http://blog.scoop.it/2011/11/30/lord-of-curation-series-gust-mees/

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/01/19/pkm-personal-professional-knowledge-management/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Curation

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/05/13/andragogy-adult-teaching-how-to-teach-ict/

 


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Thoughtful curation is critical thinking activated.

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, July 12, 2017 9:39 AM
In today’s hypermedia landscape, youth and young adults are increasingly using social media platforms, online aggregators and mobile applications for daily information use. Communication educators, armed with a host of free, easy-to-use online tools, have the ability to create dynamic approaches to teaching and learning about information and communication flow online. In this paper we explore the concept of curation as a student- and creation-driven pedagogical tool to enhance digital and media literacy education. We present a theoretical justification for curation and present six key ways that curation can be used to teach about critical thinking, analysis and expression online. We utilize a case study of the digital curation platform Storify to explore how curation works in the classroom, and present a framework that integrates curation pedagogy into core media literacy education learning outcomes.
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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 25, 2017 6:03 AM
Exploring Curation as a core competency in digital and media literacy education
Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, July 31, 2017 8:01 AM

This concept is new to me, although I have practiced this in different forms. It seems logical to utilize this pedagogical approach to curation for students, parents, and teachers alike. We are all learners in today's rapid pace in technological changes.