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Librarians on the Fly: 50 Tech Tools every Teacher-Librarian Should Know

Librarians on the Fly: 50 Tech Tools every Teacher-Librarian Should Know | library life | Scoop.it

Are you looking for some web tools to investigate this summer?  Take a look at the 50 tech tools listed below to get started. If you click on the button, it will take you to the website or app.  If there is a picture, you can click there to get an example of what some of the tools do.


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Anita Vance's curator insight, June 23, 2014 1:49 PM

Adding to your toolbox!

Mayra.Loves.Books's curator insight, July 14, 2014 9:06 AM

Good list.

WhenLibrariansAttack's curator insight, September 6, 2014 11:12 PM

Here's my "to-do" list:

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Connecting Students with Technology in the School Library

Connecting Students with Technology in the School Library | library life | Scoop.it
The third in a series of posts on school libraries is from Lucas Maxwell, school librarian at Glenthorne High School, Surrey. Lucas highlights the effective use of technology to enhance the student…
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Hour of Code - still looking for activities, have your students design their own Google logo

Hour of Code - still looking for activities, have your students design their own Google logo | library life | Scoop.it

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'Education isn't about delivering facts – it's about the joy of not knowing, and then what to do about that' by Andy Hargreaves

'Education isn't about delivering facts – it's about the joy of not knowing, and then what to do about that' by Andy Hargreaves | library life | Scoop.it
Andy Hargreaves

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Noelle Donati's curator insight, December 6, 8:59 AM
This is the truth! We cannot expect our students to just memorize information and facts, they have to apply the information, create, learn, and grow from the knowledge in order to fully grasp the depth of its importance in all faucets of life. 
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'Education isn't about delivering facts – it's about the joy of not knowing, and then what to do about that' by Andy Hargreaves
Nikki Hale's curator insight, December 7, 10:52 AM
This article raises some interesting ideas that I believe can be applied to facilitation.  Often I see people who are uncomfortable with that moment when their participants are in the zone of not knowing. They feel the need to fill the space with answers, solutions or examples to "help" the part.  What if as this article suggests that is where the magic lives?
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Data Storytelling -- Clarifying What It Is, What It's Not + How To Do It

Data Storytelling -- Clarifying What It Is, What It's Not + How To Do It | library life | Scoop.it

"First, data visualization is not data storytelling. On that we agree. Data visualization, whether simple or complex, helps us make sense of data, but rarely generates insights that stimulate action."


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Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, November 30, 7:46 PM

Here's a piece from Gartner that makes some good points about data storytelling. 

 

But a lot of the author's points need a bit more clarification. I began to write a review, and it turned into a blog post. The link to the Gartner article is at the top of the post.

 

Here are the pieces I clarify:

  1. What data storytelling is and is not
  2. The role of data visualization
  3. The biggest mistake technology leaders make when attempting a data story
  4. How to craft a data story
  5. The second biggest mistake you'll make
  6. And the distinction between data biases and a storyteller's point of view

 

Read my blog and then the article so you get the whole picture. Let's whip those data stories into shape to maximize your influence and impact.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

Dr. Karen Dietz's curator insight, December 1, 12:53 PM

Here's a piece from Gartner that makes some good points about data storytelling. 

 

But a lot of the author's points need a bit more clarification. I began to write a review, and it turned into a blog post. The link to the Gartner article is at the top of the post.

 

Here are the pieces I clarify:

  1. What data storytelling is and is not
  2. The role of data visualization
  3. The biggest mistake technology leaders make when attempting a data story
  4. How to craft a data story
  5. The second biggest mistake you'll make
  6. And the distinction between data biases and a storyteller's point of view

 

Read my blog and then the article so you get the whole picture. Let's whip those data stories into shape to maximize your influence and impact.

 

This review was published by Dr. Karen Dietz for her Tech Leaders curation: www.scoop.it/t/tech-leaders 

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MakerBot Educators' Guidebook for 3D Printing in the Classroom - via Class Tech Tips 

MakerBot Educators' Guidebook for 3D Printing in the Classroom - via Class Tech Tips  | library life | Scoop.it
The MakerBot Educators Guidebook: The Definitive Guide to 3D Printing in the Classroom contains lots of useful information and 3D printing lessons.

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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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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 28, 1:32 AM
A great reminder of what a school librarian can do if given the chance. 
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 28, 1:31 PM

Curation and Library science go hand in hand.  

Jane Cowell's curator insight, November 29, 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 | library life | 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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 26, 3:55 PM

Fluency is the fuel for the future.

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Definition - What is Design Thinking? - Tallyfy

Definition - What is Design Thinking? - Tallyfy | library life | Scoop.it
Discover the components of the design thinking process, and how they can be used to fuel innovation, growth, and improved user-centric experiences.

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Youth Voices - global site for youth to voice their passions

Youth Voices - global site for youth to voice their passions | library life | Scoop.it
Conversations about your passions

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Hour of Code - create your own Google Logo (activity)

Hour of Code - create your own Google Logo (activity) | library life | Scoop.it

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Free Technology Curriculum from Google - Applied Digital Skills

Free Technology Curriculum from Google - Applied Digital Skills | library life | Scoop.it
Applied Digital Skills is a free computer literacy course designed to prepare learners and workers for the growing field of jobs that require basic digital skills

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The Triple E Framework: Learning First, Technology Second

The Triple E Framework: Learning First, Technology Second | library life | Scoop.it
Literacy Daily—the blog of the International Literacy Association (ILA)—features education stories, teaching tips, book reviews, and more.
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The 6 Drivers of Inquiry-Based Learning - Cooper on Curriculum

The 6 Drivers of Inquiry-Based Learning - Cooper on Curriculum | library life | Scoop.it
As an administrator, whenever I walk into a teacher’s classroom, one of the first things I almost always subconsciously look for is whether or not the students are engaged in inquiry. However, telling a teacher, “Your students need to engage in more inquiry,” is comparable to letting a comedian know she needs to be funnier or asking a pizzaiolo to make a better dough. And, vague directives in the absence of explicit instruction typically generate anxiety.

To avoid these anxieties, and for progress to actually take place, we need to drill down to the nitty gritty and be as explicit as possible. In other words, we need to be explicit about being explicit and leverage specific strategies to comfortably move forward for the benefit of our students.

With these thoughts in mind, I’ve been obsessing over inquiry’s common denominators – the strategies or drivers we should always consider when implementing an inquiry-based lesson.

That being said, here are the six drivers of inquiry-based learning. And, while I don’t think every lesson or activity must have all six, I do believe that once we (and our students) become comfortable with an inquiry approach, all drivers will naturally find a way into learning experiences on a regular, if not daily, basis.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, November 2, 8:06 AM

El aprendizaje basado en la indagación (inquiry-based learning) se puede definir como aprendizaje que comienza planteando preguntas, problemas o escenarios, en lugar de simplemente presentar hechos establecidos o describir un camino liso, sin obstáculos aparentes, hacia el conocimiento. En resumen, descubrimos material, en contraposición a la cobertura de contenido y a la memorización y regurgitación de hechos y conocimiento.

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Eric Carle: Augmented reality pioneer

Eric Carle: Augmented reality pioneer | library life | Scoop.it
Learn about Eric Carle: Augmented reality pioneer on App Store.
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How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading by JENNIFER GONZALEZ

How to Stop Killing the Love of Reading by JENNIFER GONZALEZ | library life | Scoop.it
JENNIFER GONZALEZ

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7 Tips for Redesigning Your Learning Space by Eric Patnoudes (posted Nov. 28/17)

7 Tips for Redesigning Your Learning Space by Eric Patnoudes (posted Nov. 28/17) | library life | Scoop.it
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5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students - Mind/Shift

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students - Mind/Shift | library life | Scoop.it
Barbara Oakley’s professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (which is not affiliated with this MindShift). Oakley co-created Coursera’s most popular course, “Learning How to Learn,” with Terrence Sejnowski, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students. 

But Oakley is a self-described “former math flunky” who “retooled” her brain — and who has since made it her life’s work to help others learn how to learn by explaining some key principles from modern neuroscience. 

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David Alzate's curator insight, December 1, 9:05 AM
For each student, demystification begins with a direct and open conversation about the learning disabilities that brought them to Churchill. This dialogue continues throughout the student’s time here, and is something they carry on with them to high school, college, and their careers. These informal conversations between students, faculty, and parents are supplemented by formal demystification curriculum, which includes one-on-one and class discussions, literature, and student presentations. ts is very important to:
-Talk about why you struggle with certain tasks and what is different about the way your brain works Identifying your strengths, including things you are good at inside and outside the classroom 
-Identify a weakness, or something that is hard for you Developing a list of strategies for overcoming specific challenges Identifying a list of allies who can help you through a challenge
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Develop Growth Mindset (gr. 3-12) with this free Khan Academy set of learning activities

Develop Growth Mindset (gr. 3-12) with this free Khan Academy set of learning activities | library life | Scoop.it
BY MERIS STANSBURY

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Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider

Schools reward students who consistently do what they are told and Life rewards people who shake things up! via Business Insider | library life | Scoop.it
Eric Barker highlights research that finds that following rules and doing well in school don't predict success later in life.

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nukem777's curator insight, November 27, 7:29 AM
And there's the rub, as someone once said :)
Lon Woodbury's curator insight, November 27, 3:16 PM

Maybe this is why students in wilderness therapy and therapeutic boarding schools are often there - they can't do wht they are told which is the pattern of success in mainstream education. -Lon

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Pixton Tool to Create Comic Characters to Use in Your Presentations via Educators' technology

Pixton Tool to Create Comic Characters to Use in Your Presentations via Educators' technology | library life | 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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David Alzate's curator insight, December 1, 9:19 AM
Researchers have been able to discern that comics help to create a positive attitude and increase motivation (Engler, Hoskin & Payne, 2008; Kilickaya & Krajka, 2012). Apple and Kikuchi (2007) have also shown that computer based material that allow students to have control over content can result in benefits such as being student centered, motivating, increasing self reliance and autonomy, and allowing for real world tasks. Pixton was launched in 2008 and redesigned in 2010 as a Web 2.0 site. This allowed users to create, interact, collaborate and share content online with each other through social media dialogues. Users are creators of user-generated content in a virtual community. Pixton is a way for students to engage in the world of comics and to express themselves through creating and sharing their own comics. It provides a powerful visual writing tool through the use of any web browser, making it easily accessible for all learners. Through the use of Pixton, critical skills such as being able to convey an idea concisely, telling a story in a logical sequence, and collaborating with others are developed in a multimodal setting.
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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade -  list from AskaTechTeacher

Websites for Hour of Code by Grade -  list from AskaTechTeacher | library life | Scoop.it
This December will again host the Hour of Code, a one-hour introduction to programming designed to demystify the subject and show that anyone can be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Last year,…

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Sandy Bernstein's curator insight, November 22, 8:15 AM

Great compilation of project ideas for December's Hour of Code! TY @AskATechTeacher

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What truly drives change in Education?

What truly drives change in Education? | library life | Scoop.it
Assessment is probably the strongest driver of education and the most significant obstacle to change. While high stakes testing focuses on low order skills, an emphasis on recall of knowledge and learned strategies for responding to predominantly content based questions progress will be stifled. Open a dialogue with teachers about the need to teach dispositions and it will not be long before someone says “That’s all very good, but I need to get my students ready for the test”. 

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 13, 12:41 AM

Interesting and insightful article.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 13, 4:59 PM
One thing that is missed is the role of teachers. I agree that we need goals, parental engagement, and developing skills (or as John Dewey called them habits). The article points a finger at teachers as if the only way to teach creatively is to hold teachers externally accountable. The truth is, when we treat teachers that way, we deny them their creative practices to engage in the change.
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Five tips for reading non-fiction at bedtime | Federation of Children's Book Groups

Five tips for reading non-fiction at bedtime | Federation of Children's Book Groups | library life | Scoop.it
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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018  | library life | Scoop.it

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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 | #ModernLEARNing
Jeff Fenwick Phillips's curator insight, November 13, 10:01 AM

Gus Mees does a great job of curating his site about learning in the 21st century.  The Professional Learner's Toolkit provides helpful information for designing an LMS for educators.

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Designing Group Projects So That Everyone Participates by John Spencer

Designing Group Projects So That Everyone Participates by John Spencer | library life | Scoop.it
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, October 27, 4:10 PM
John Spencer lists valid reasons why students can check out of project-based activities i.e. insecurity, not knowing what to do, and not having the skills and understanding,  Teaching is essential when there is a lack of buy-in. This means we have to have a conversation with those students who are struggling.