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Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | American Library Association

Social Networking and Web 2.0 applications | American Library Association | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
U.S. libraries of all types are turning more and more to social media and Web 2.0 applications and tools, using a wide range of applications to connect with customers.

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Learn It In 5 - How-To Videos for the Technology Classroom

Learn It In 5 - How-To Videos for the Technology Classroom | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more. All materials are free; some require free registration on the site.


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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

100 Search Engines For Academic Research | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Back in 2010, we shared with you 100 awesome search engines and research resources in our post: 100 Time-Saving Search Engines for Serious Scholars. It’s been an incredible resource, but now, it’s time for an update. Some services have moved on, others have been created, and we’ve found some new discoveries, too. Many of our original 100 are still going strong, but we’ve updated where necessary and added some of our new favorites, too. Check out our new, up-to-date collection to discover the very best search engine for finding the academic results you’re looking for.

 

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Need to get started with a more broad search? These academic search engines are great resources.

iSEEK Education:iSeek is an excellent targeted search engine, designed especially for students, teachers, administrators, and caregivers. Find authoritative, intelligent, and time-saving resources in a safe, editor-reviewed environment with iSEEK.RefSeek:With more than 1 billion documents, web pages, books, journals, newspapers, and more, RefSeek offers authoritative resources in just about any subject, without all of the mess of sponsored links and commercial results.Virtual LRC:The Virtual Learning Resources Center has created a custom Google search, featuring only the best of academic information websites. This search is curated by teachers and library professionals around the world to share great resources for academic projects.Academic Index:This scholarly search engine and web directory was created just for college students. The websites in this index are selected by librarians, teachers, and educational consortia. Be sure to check out their research guides for history, health, criminal justice, and more.BUBL LINK:If you love the Dewey Decimal system, this Internet resource catalog is a great resource. Search using your own keywords, or browse subject areas with Dewey subject menus.Digital Library of the Commons Repository:Check out the DLC to find international literature including free and open access full-text articles, papers, and dissertations.OAIster:Search the OAIster database to find millions of digital resources from thousands of contributors, especially open access resources.Internet Public Library:Find resources by subject through the Internet Public Library’s database.Infomine:The Infomine is an incredible tool for finding scholarly Internet resource collections, especially in the sciences.Microsoft Academic Search:Microsoft’s academic search engine offers access to more than 38 million different publications, with features including maps, graphing, trends, and paths that show how authors are connected.Google Correlate:Google’s super cool search tool will allow you to find searches that correlate with real-world data.Wolfram|Alpha:Using expert-level knowledge, this search engine doesn’t just find links; it answers questions, does analysis, and generates reports.


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Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation

Developing Digital Literacy Through Content Curation | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
With the vast amount of content that is shared on the Internet, content curation is becoming an essential digital literacy skill for teachers and students.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 13, 2014 12:50 PM

Good article to share with teachers new to content curation, as it gives a good summary of several curation tools.

Ann Ewel's curator insight, July 27, 2014 12:18 AM

As Mary said this is a great list for teachers new to content curation.  Very helpful. 

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Curation as Digital Literacy Practice

Curation as Digital Literacy Practice | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Ibrar Bhatt writes: "Digital curation therefore is not just about finding relevant material, although that is a significant part of it, but is also about creating a specific and unique experience by utilising the resulting materials which then become contextualised within a new space. A curator, therefore, whether she is a journalist-by-proxy such as Popova or a student completing an assignment in a classroom, not only collects and interprets, but also creates a new experience with it. In this respect, curation is a process of problem solving, re-assembling,re-creating, and stewardship of other people’s writing." 


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N Kaspar's curator insight, July 26, 2014 10:39 AM

This would create an interesting twist or option to the practice of assigning an essay as completion of a unit or topic of study.

 

Lourense Das's curator insight, July 30, 2014 9:59 AM

Curation of information for educational content and context: article worth reading

Bodil Hernesvold's curator insight, August 25, 2014 5:05 AM

More on curation. Creating new content from old. When should you blog about it, and when should you tweet?

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Great Resources to Teach Students about Plagiarism and Citation Styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Resources to Teach Students about Plagiarism and Citation Styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Great Resources to Teach Students about Plagiarism and Citation Styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/90jijKdtSt

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, November 9, 2014 11:25 PM

Plagiarism tool to share the importance of sharing correctly.

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Activities and ice-breakers for the First Day of School

Activities and ice-breakers for the First Day of School | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Education World offers more than 15 creative get-to-know-you icebreakers from our readers.

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Dr. Alice Christie's GoogleTreks™ Site

Dr. Alice Christie's GoogleTreks™ Site | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Description by EdSurge

 

"GOOGLE TREKS is a comprehensive set of web 2.0 lessons built primarily on top of Google Maps. Created by Dr. Alice Christie and a core team of collaborators, Google Treks offers lessons in science, mathematics, social studies, language arts, art, music, and health-- all in the context of geographic locations. Curious about the history of famous earthquakes? There's a map for that. Need to convey the scope and complexity of the Underground Railroad? There's a map for that, too. Looking to demonstrate good accounting practices by planning a vacation? Yup, well you get the picture.

Google Apps for Education this is not-- Christie and co. have set out to create an entire ecosystem around Google's suite of free apps. Anyone, including students, is welcome to submit their own Trek for inclusion in the library. There's a detailed tutorial for creating and saving Treks, as well as a rubric that sets the baseline for acceptable quality.

"What makes Google Treks truly amazing is the process by which its creators have adapted effective pedagogy for a digital medium. Regardless of product fit for your classroom needs, the format, rubric, and tutorial are each excellent examples for teachers looking to increase their web 2.0 savvy."


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200 search engines | Phil Bradley

200 search engines | Phil Bradley | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Internet search information, techniques and Web 2.0 resources for the library and information professional community

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47 Core Teacher Apps: A Visual Library Of Apps For Teachers | Teach Thought

47 Core Teacher Apps: A Visual Library Of Apps For Teachers | Teach Thought | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

Using the iPad in a 1:1 environment requires not only some ground rules, but a bit of common language.

 

Since every student has their own iPad, and teachers likely do as well, this common tool necessitates some universal understanding:

 

What do we mean by “on-task”? Same screen? Same app? Same activity?

Which digital resources do we prefer?

 

When kinds of tasks are ideal for iPads, laptops, desktops, smartphones, and pencil-and-paper?

 

And when we do use the iPads, what apps do we use for what?

 

That last question–what apps do we use for what–isn’t as critical in a BYOT setting. In fact, that is part of the power of a BYOT approach, in that students are able to bring devices and apps and thus pathways to solutions and resources that make sense to them.

 

1:1 can be a bit different, which often encourages schools to provide teachers and students with a common starting point for both hardware and software–in this case, iPad hardware, and iPad learning apps. Which is exactly what St. Oliver Plunkett Primary School did in creating the following “Core Teacher Apps” visual library.

 

(Incidentally, you can see a recent post on How To Create An App Library, and 25 Ways To Use The iPad In A Project-Based Learning Classroom as well.)

 

In this quick-but-thorough image St. Oliver Plunkett laid out suggested apps for search, classroom management, storage, communication, video and multimedia, and image editing. The result is an excellent, easy-to-use quick-start guide for teachers and students alike getting started with iPads in the classroom.

 

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

“Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more.”


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 15, 2014 11:07 AM

This will be good to share at the beginning of the year. I think it will reassure some teachers, and light a fire under others:)

GwynethJones's curator insight, June 15, 2014 11:55 AM

Like my friend Mary Clark said (She's a great follow!)  This is a really great graphic to share with teachers at the start of school! 


I'm also gonna share this on my New Teacher Survival Guide wikipage!

Rachel Gutzler's curator insight, August 13, 2014 11:25 AM

Curating with ScoopIt.  #pasummit

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Awesome Poster On Digital Literacy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Poster On Digital Literacy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 28, 2014 11:04 AM

Cool infographic to support #diglit.

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The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom's Taxonomy In The Classroom

The Best Resources For Helping Teachers Use Bloom's Taxonomy In The Classroom | Digital Tools for Educators | Scoop.it
Bloom's Taxonomy is talked about a lot in educational circles.  However, if you believe a recent survey of visits to 23,000 U.S. classrooms, the higher-order thinking skills it's ideally designed t...

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, October 20, 2014 11:00 PM

Blooms taxonomy tools for use in the classroom. 

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The slides were used in my talk about digital curation given at the Central NY ASTD Event held at the Everson Museum on 7/31/14 (RT @GwynethJones: Digital Curation: Definitions, Tools, and Strategies via @joycevalenza
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