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Elissa Malespina, a School Librarian, Speaks Out... - School Library Journal

Elissa Malespina, a School Librarian, Speaks Out... - School Library Journal | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Elissa Malespina, a School Librarian, Speaks Out (via An Open Letter to School Librarians: Silence Is not Golden | Opinion | School Library Journal)
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20 Decorating Themes for the Classroom | Really Good Teachers

20 Decorating Themes for the Classroom | Really Good Teachers | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Don't let the same old decorating themes for the classroom get you down! These 20 ideas were inspired by Really Good Teachers!
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Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites - EdTech & mLearning

Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites - EdTech & mLearning | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Here is a step by step guide to help you create a website for your class using the new Google Sites. As you probably know, the new Google Sites 'comes with a bunch of extra interesting features that include intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, attractive design, ability to track site’s performance using Google Analytics, new colourful templates and many more. To learn more about the difference between classic Sites and new Sites, check out this resource.'

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We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu

We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Collection - Worlds of Learning @LFlemingEdu | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming makerspaces.  Our makerspace is one component of the participatory culture that runs through our space.  Anyone who knows my story knows that my point of entry into the Maker Movement was through literacy, so for me, literacy and making have always gone hand in hand.  

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Here Is A Wonderful Tool to Annotate Images and Videos and Create Interactive Content to Use in Class

Here Is A Wonderful Tool to  Annotate Images and Videos and Create Interactive Content to Use in Class | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
ThingLink Edu is one of the best web tools you can use to annotate images and videos and create media rich visuals to share with your students in class. ThingLink enables you to add different layers of interactivity to your content. There are actually over 70 call to action tags to layer your content with including; web links. text, video, image, audio, maps and many more. The process to add Rich Media Tags to your content is ‘as simple as copying the URL into the Link field of the ThingLink tag editor.’

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Students Should Learn to Code Because it is the Language of the Future

Students Should Learn to Code Because it is the Language of the Future | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Computers and software are taking over the world. Programming is now required in many jobs, and most students have free access to PCs, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. Many of the projected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) jobs involve computers, and there is an increasingly high demand for employees who can write computer programs. This means that students should learn to code while still in school because it is the language of the future. But what can we do to encourage and support computer science in our schools?

Today, the schools teach students how to utilize ICT (information and communications technology) as a consumer, rather than using it as a programmer. On the other hand, the tech-savvy world tends to develop technological innovations by building and encouraging literacy in keeping with modern living. For that reason, we must teach our students to use code. The market changes really quickly, and those who know how to code will have an advantage when looking for a job.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, March 27, 2017 9:02 AM

"Computer sciences and technological innovations are rapidly progressing these days, and that’s why new STEM skills need to be obtained concurrently. The fastest and simplest way possible is certainly via the Internet. Coding tutorials can’t wait for translations.

Science requires the setting of new trends by stimulating like-minded people and companies to cooperate in developing new technologies. Without computer software and applications, nothing much works. Therefore, we must teach our students to code. This is the future, and so are our children."

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The Necessity of Teaching Non-Digital Literacy Skills | Knowledge Quest

The Necessity of Teaching Non-Digital Literacy Skills | Knowledge Quest | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
In a recent meeting with the summer reading task force at a local middle school we talked about the topic of how to get students to read during the summer. Plans centered on using resources at the local public library,... Read More ›

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 2, 2017 7:55 AM
Yes! Digital may not always be available and some may not be able to afford it! 
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Two Free Self-paced Courses to Help You Improve Your Google Search Skills

Two Free Self-paced Courses to Help You Improve Your Google Search Skills | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
A few days ago, we shared with you this handy infographic featuring 12 important tips to help you refine your Google searches and get precise search results. Today, we are introducing you to these equally important resources shared by Google Inside Search. These are free self-paced courses to help you develop and improve your Google search skills. You will get to learn ‘tips and tricks to become a fast and effective fact-finder with Power Searching with Google, deepen your understanding of solving complex research problems using advanced Google search techniques with Advanced Power Searching with Google, and join  a growing global community of Power Searchers.’

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Virtual Library | STEM and Makerspace resources

Virtual Library | STEM and Makerspace resources | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
The Virtual Library website is a curation of resources and tools to assist students, educators, parents and the community.

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Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum - @Edutopia

Computational Thinking Across the Curriculum - @Edutopia | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
As defined by Jeannette Wing, computational thinking is “a way of solving problems, designing systems, and understanding human behavior by drawing on the concepts of computer science.” To the students at my school, it’s an approach to tackling challenging questions and ambiguous puzzles. We explicitly integrate computational thinking into all of our classes, allowing students to draw parallels between what they’re learning and how they’re approaching problems across all disciplines.

Our students rely on four computational thinking skills, as well as a set of essential attitudes

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11 hot edtech trends to watch - ISTE #makered

11 hot edtech trends to watch - ISTE #makered | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
We wanted to know which topics are shaping up to be this year's hottest in edtech, so we combed through thousands of educator-created sessions in the ISTE 2017 Conference & Expo program and analyzed them. Our number one finding? The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology for learning and teaching are not about the tech at all, but about the students.

Here’s a list of the hottest trends in edtech for 2017:  

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8 of The Best Web Tools for Taking Students On Virtual Field Trips - EdTech & mLearning

8 of The Best Web Tools for Taking Students On Virtual Field Trips - EdTech & mLearning | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
he Internet has brought the entire world right into our own homes. The world’s knowledge is just a click away. Our students have benefitted and continue to benefit from the wonders of the web in their own learning. Virtual field trips, the topic of our post today, is one simple example of how the web technologies have tremendously transformed learning and teaching. Without leaving their own desks and right from within their classroom, students get to visit popular world museums, explore ancient monuments in Egypt and Rome, tour major cities in the world using web tools that are readily available either for free or at a cheap cost. The collection we have for you today features an updated list of some of the best web technologies you can use with your students for virtual field trips. Check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, April 9, 2017 2:34 AM
Wanting to find useful virtual field trips. Here is a great list to try out. 
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Great tools!
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20 Things to Be Prepared for in a Teaching Interview

20 Things to Be Prepared for in a Teaching Interview | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Ready for your interview? Here are 20 things to be prepared for in your teaching interview that you may not have anticipated.
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Get Your Google “To Go” with Google Takeout by @kylepace

Get Your Google “To Go” with Google Takeout by @kylepace | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Another school year has ended (for some) or is getting close to ending. At the end of every school year, there is always a finality for certain students and staff. Seniors are graduating, teachers …

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Make your own data gifs with Google's data visualization tool via Simon Rogers

Make your own data gifs with Google's data visualization tool via Simon Rogers | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

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Fabiana Garcia Marulanda's curator insight, May 28, 2017 10:32 PM
This is an excellent tool for people who want to be visual and creative in their presentations. However ,this tool is only valid for creating statistics.
Gareth Harris's curator insight, August 25, 2017 6:46 AM
This is a handy little tool if you want to post a simple visual representation of any data
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10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, March 23, 2017 6:01 PM
Nice visual to support concept of developing a 'Growth Mindset' in the classroom.
Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, March 27, 2017 1:05 PM
Mostly K-12 ideas, but some can easily translate to higher ed. 
 
Victor Ventura's curator insight, March 28, 2017 7:12 AM
If you are beginning to instill the growth mindset's philosophy into your learning environment, then this visual can be helpful.
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16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom

16 Good Apps to Use with Google Classroom | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
Google announced yesterday that Google Classroom is now open for users without G Suite for Education accounts. With this new update Classroom will be available for more teachers and students. We have already published a wide variety of materials, tips and guides on how to make the best of Google Classroom in teaching and learning, check out our archive to learn more. Today. we are sharing with you some of the applications that work with Google Classroom. These apps, featured in Google for Education Products section, will help you add a number of excellent functionalities to Classroom and facilitate your workflow.

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Brentwood School Economics Department's curator insight, March 26, 2017 4:36 PM
App recommendations for Google Classroom
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10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their Productivity

10 Powerful iPad Apps to Organize Teachers' Workflow and Enhance Their Productivity | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
When it comes to organizing one's workflow and enhancing productivity iPad can do wonders. There are a wide variety of wonderful apps you can utilize to transform your digital experiences and be more productive. The collection below features some of favourite picks in this regard. These are apps that can help facilitate your workflow, manage your tasks and to-do lists, create, share  and sync your files and documents across different devices and platforms. We invite you to check them out and share with us your feedback in our Facebook page.

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Code Brew's curator insight, March 27, 2017 2:41 AM
i like this one
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The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic)

The User's Manual To Design Thinking Your Teaching (Infographic) | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
What I love about Design Thinking is that it's flexible. There are teaching approaches out there that tell us what to do, but it makes more sense for every teacher to teach differently every year, because we each get different students.
Think about it. We don't treat all our friends and family the same. Our interactions with them are largely based on our experience of who they are and what makes them tick. Teaching is the same way. One size fits all approaches do not work.

The challenge is that, in the grand scheme of things, we only know our students for a short time. However, personalization of education is not a fad; it's a thing. So. let's use the Design Thinking Cycle (Empathy, Definition, Ideation, Prototyping, Testing) to improve Teaching, shall we?

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, April 3, 2017 2:36 AM
Design Thinking
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Learning is not a destination, it is a journey. We are never done. If we stopped when we learned something, we'd all be sitting in the dark without computers.
Maureen Orey's curator insight, April 17, 2017 12:24 PM
InterestIngram info graphic! #talentmanagement
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A Guide to Help School Librarians Build Makerspaces | Knowledge Quest

The American Library Association’s newly posted “Q&A: Makerspaces, Media Labs and Other Forums for Content Creation in Libraries”  could prove useful to school librarians and school administrators or school boards who are considering adding a makerspace, tech lab, STEM or STEAM... Read More ›

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Introduction to Critical Thinking - YouTube

Introduction to Critical Thinking - YouTube | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it

A series of video lessons on critical thinking. 


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Expanding the STEM (or STEAM) Pipeline to Diverse Learners - @Edutopia

Expanding the STEM (or STEAM) Pipeline to Diverse Learners - @Edutopia | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
The old paradigm is that you learn the content in school and then at some point, when you’re older, there’s this magic tipping point where you know enough to start doing something with it. That’s faulty logic. We give students the opportunity to explore what they can do with what they know, as early as possible. We’re trying to harness that restless curiosity that students have when they’re young and nurture it rather than allowing it to atrophy. Honoring student voice and student choice is essential. We invite kids to explore topics of their own interest and ask open-ended questions. They’re not just doing labs to show you that the teacher is right. Students need to explore data to reach their own conclusions. It’s about action learning that gets kids exploring.

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8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle | Emerging Education Technologies

8 Examples of Transforming Lessons Through the SAMR Cycle | Emerging Education Technologies | Curiosity + Skills = Knowledge | Scoop.it
The SAMR Model for integrating technology into teaching, developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura, has gained a good deal of exposure in recent years. “SAMR” is an acronym that stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition. The SAMR model provides a technique for moving through degrees of technology adoption to find more meaningful uses of technology in teaching and move away from simply using “tech for tech’s sake”.

We recently discussed the SAMR model during an Academic Technology Work Group meeting at The College of Westchester. We examined the video, SAMR in 120 Seconds. One thing that really struck me is how much the example helped, so I made it a point to gather and/or create some more examples.

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Raph Svensen's curator insight, May 10, 2017 11:23 PM

As my use of the SAMR model develops, I am constantly looking for fresh ideas and examples of high end digital pedagogy. The 8 Redefinition examples in this article are a starting point in getting the creative juices flowing in how I can adapt the idea for my own classroom. I would have appreciated more detail in these examples, however it's a start. 

Robert Heyman's curator insight, May 12, 2017 12:14 AM
This artefact, created by founder of 'Emerging Ed Tech' - Kelly Walsh, provides eight detailed examples of how basic classroom lessons can be transformed using the SAMR framework
Adam Sherwood's comment, May 13, 2017 2:04 AM
I like this Ralp, igood practical examples of 'everyday' activities, being redefined through SAMR
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Was the Book Better? I No Longer Care

In defense of enjoying stories however you end up enjoying them.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, April 7, 2017 2:49 PM
7 April 2017
Oh my! Blasphemy? Or, thinking outside a rusty box?

It's a long held belief, with much solid supporting evidence, that the book is always better; that alternate media adaptations are always "less." I suppose that I generally fall in line with this line of thought. I even believe that the much beloved film version of To Kill A Mockingbird, as good as it is, falls far short of depth  and breadth to be found in the novel. 

I have cringeworthy recollections of standing in line at Blockbuster (remember them?) behind a group of AP English students giggling about how well they'd done on multiple tests without reading a word of the book thanks to Blockbuster. 

However, I also have recollections of multiple struggling readers who had the love of reading destroyed by being assigned books well beyond their reading skill sets. 

Yet, the author Emily Wenstrom offers an interesting take on the issue. 

Wenstrom does not actually argue that argue that the book is not better; though she does offer a few challenges to this belief. What she argues is that it is the story and that given "Thanks to disruptors like Netflix, Amazon, and HBO, television is in a new golden age." 

The truth? There is much absolutely exquisite story telling happening in video formats. Anyone reading this not yet found him or herself becoming a dedicated binge watcher of any on the high end series being provided by these and other media sources?

In my mind it's not a question of one OR the other. Nor is the question of paper-based books OR digital books. 

All this aside, I still do believe that LITERARY READING is incredibly important. But, we should be careful about the ironic outcome of an increasing number of students who get absolutely turned off to literary reading; many of whom actually do a significant amount of literary reading that falls outside of what is considered "worthwhile" in too many classrooms. Perhaps we ought to consider having two objectives for literary reading. The first being the objective of creating future English majors; the second for creating lifelong readers regardless of their future career choices.

Good storytelling in any format is good for everyone.

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