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How to transition to a virtual and physical learning commons, with 21st century principles
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Emaze - create amazing presentations

Emaze - create amazing presentations | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Emaze vision – to change the way people create presentations through a simple, fully automated process that generate powerful and engaging showcases.


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Two Pens's curator insight, June 10, 2013 1:13 PM

It's an early beta but looks promising for making more interesting presentations. Not at "swoopy" as Prezi (that's good).

diane gusa's curator insight, July 20, 2013 9:27 AM

"Variety is the spice of life"

Maria Zambonino Gordillo's curator insight, December 17, 2013 12:00 PM

gracias deseo innovaciones tecnologicas

 

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What to Give Your Grad This June: A Taste of Reality - Huffington Post

What to Give Your Grad This June: A Taste of Reality - Huffington Post | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
What to Give Your Grad This June: A Taste of Reality
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Next, spirituality. Where Has Oprah Taken Us?: The Religious Influence of the World's Most Famous Woman by Stephen Mansfield (Thomas Nelson, 2011).
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Some interesting books for your grads to read!

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The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading | MindShift

The Case for Preserving the Pleasure of Deep Reading | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The deep reading of books and the information-driven reading we do on the web are very different, both in the experience they produce and in the capacities they develop.
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Deep reading is what counts.  Amen to that!  Find those books that will help your students encounter this pleasurable activity.

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In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? | MindShift

In the Digital Age, What Becomes of the Library? | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
The main reason most parents go to libraries is to get books for their kids. So what becomes of the magic of being surrounded by books when e-readers become more prevalent?
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Libraries transform, that is what they do!  When innovation happens in a library children and patrons become transfixed:)

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Click to Cure - Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse Cell Slider

Join Cancer Research UK and Zooniverse in the fight to beat cancer - accelerate cures with a few clicks of your mouse!
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Biology students in high school will have opportunity to learn more with this cell animated tutorial and will help fight cancer in the process! 

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So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian?

So You Think You Want to Be a Librarian? | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Most people’s knowledge of librarianship is a mash-up of Katherine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in Desk Set, some warm and fuzzy memories from an elementary school class visit, Rupert Giles from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, even fuzzier  memories of all-nighters in their college libraries, and maybe a high-minded article or two about the Digital Public Library of America....


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Librarians have a multi-dimensional role to play in any organisation.  Literacy and technology are just part of a day's work,  it is all about integrating knowledge and helping patrons learn what works best for them.

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Building Literacy | Education.com

Building Literacy | Education.com | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
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Some excellent tips on sharing literacy skills with your young ones whilst you have the chance.  Any other clues for sharing on literacy for preschoolers? 

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TinkerTags on edshelf

TinkerTags on edshelf | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

TinkerTags was designed to help bridge the growing racial and ethnic divide in the field of computing. According to Jane Margolis, “Computing is the kind of high-status knowledge that taps a student into the grid of twenty-first-century opportunities” (Margolis, 2008). Computing and skills like computational thinking (a way of solving problems and designing systems that draws on fundamental concepts in computer science like algorithmic thinking, abstraction, decomposition, etc.) are becoming more important in an increasingly technological society. Review EdShelf

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Video and review on using Tinkertags to support programming in the classroom.

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Duolingo | Learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Italian and English for free

Learn languages completely free, without ads or hidden charges. It's fun, easy, and scientifically proven.
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Easy translations with Duolingo in many languages.

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12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift

12 Ways To Be More Search Savvy | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Smart searching tips for both kids and adults -- straight from the pro. (How Do We Teach Students To Be More Search Savvy? http://t.co/7MpSi9HROY)
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Learning to become Google proficient,  is all part of being a literate and savvy searcher online.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's comment, April 27, 2013 5:50 PM
As always Pippa, very useful thanks!
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Welcome Elizabeth:)
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Teaching 'The Great Gatsby' With The New York Times

Teaching 'The Great Gatsby' With The New York Times | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
In honor of the new film, we update an old post with new resources and teaching ideas. Do your students still relate to Gatsby and see the “flawed world” of America today in Fitzgerald’s portrait of the Jazz Age?
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Lesson plan for grade 11/12 on the classic novel "The Great Gatsby". 

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Turnitin - Plagiarism Education Week

Turnitin - Plagiarism Education Week | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Turnitin is the leading academic plagiarism detector, utilized by teachers and students to avoid plagiarism and ensure academic integrity.
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Chcek out some plagiarism workshops run by Turnitin!!

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Earth Day 2013: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists and Classroom Ideas

Earth Day 2013: Lesson Plans, Reading Lists and Classroom Ideas | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Earth Day 2013 is right around the corner. Are you planning on incorporating the annual event in your classroom?
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Celebrate God's creation with Earth Day, and some  lesson plans from Edutopia!

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, April 16, 2013 8:47 PM

Poetry ideas to make your students love writing poetry this month!

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Apple's OS X and Safari get biggish security fixes

Apple's OS X and Safari get biggish security fixes | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

Apple has published updates for all supported versions of OS X and for Safari version 6.

===> A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic... <===

 


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===> A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic... <===

 

===> NOBODY IS PERFECT!!! <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

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===> A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic... <===

 

===> NOBODY IS PERFECT!!! <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

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===> A largish number of remote code execution vulnerabilities have been patched, so these aren't just cosmetic... <===

 

===> NOBODY IS PERFECT!!! <===

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/apple-mac-ios4-ipad-iphone-and-in-security

 

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Great Web Tools to Detect Plagiarism in Students Works ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Web Tools to Detect Plagiarism in Students Works ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Teacher aids for checking on plagiarism!

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Will You Lose Your Job to Technology? Infographic

Will You Lose Your Job to Technology? Infographic | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
With the advent of automation and artificial intelligence, more jobs will become obsolete. Interested to see what will be the best jobs for the future?

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EyeWire | A Game to Map the Brain

EyeWire | A Game to Map the Brain | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Play EyeWire to map the 3D structure of neurons and contribute to revolutionary crowd-sourced scientific discovery from Seung Lab at MIT.
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Educational game to help map the brain for high school biology students!  Plus help MIT lab with your results!

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Images and Voices Teach the Basics of Reading

Images and Voices Teach the Basics of Reading | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Many fundamental reading lessons that use games, like tracing letters and creating and pronouncing words, are available for Apple and Android tablets.
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Some great reading apps for pre-schoolers! If they are going to be on the iPad make it work for them educationally!

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Students stuck in remote parts? There's an app for that

Students stuck in remote parts? There's an app for that | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Distance learning programmes are handing out iPads to help students stay on course

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Ipads offer new hope to university students learning online!  Easier to carry than textbooks!!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 8, 2013 6:36 AM

Not really revolutionary, but an interesting article.

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HSI: Historical Scene Investigation

The Historical Scene Investigation Project (HSI) was designed for social studies teachers who need a strong pedagogical mechanism for bringing primary sources into their classroom. With the advent and accessibility of the internet, many libraries, universities and government agencies are housing their historical documents online. Simultaneously, there has been a push in K-12 history education to give students experiences that more closely resemble the work of a real historian. The National Center for History in the Schools (NCHS) provides standards challenging teachers to design experiences in which students:

to go beyond the facts presentedto raise questions and to marshal solid evidence in support of their answers in their textbooks and examine the historical record for themselves to consult documents, journals, diaries, artifacts, historic sites, works of art, quantitative data, and other evidence from the past, and to do so imaginatively--taking into account the historical context in which these records were created and comparing the multiple points of view of those on the scene at the time (National Center for History in the Schools, 1996, p. 14.

Most social studies teachers accept these challenges but find it difficult to find projects and experiences that are accessible for their students. Researching the "cybraries" of the internet takes time, a precious and scarce resource for the typical social studies teacher. While the Internet provides access to Civil War diaries, newspapers from the 1920's, images from the Jim Crow south, and many other primary sources, the sheer number of possibilities is daunting. Even the most sophisticated search engines provide such a vast number of "hits" that a classroom teacher would find it difficult to gather the necessary resources to launch a primary source investigation/interpretation activity.

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This inquiry based learning looks like fun for social studies teachers wanting something that has been developed with ready set go resources.  *****

 

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iPads In the Classroom on edshelf

iPads In the Classroom on edshelf | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Information and reviews about iPads In the Classroom
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iPad instruction for the beginner teacher or learner in the classroom. 

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, May 6, 2013 12:20 PM

Beginner instruction for iPad training in the classroom.

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Kid Weather is an Educational Weather App for iPhone, iPad, and Android

Kid Weather is an Educational Weather App for iPhone, iPad, and Android | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
A true weather app for kids designed by a 6 year old boy (and his meteorologist dad). 

A true weather app for kids designed by a 6 year old boy (and his meteorologist dad). Power packed with real time weather conditions, forecasts, science and fun facts about the weather, plus it is interactive making it fun for the kids. This includes math and science with S.T.E.M in mind to make parents and teachers happy as well.

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An eye-catching display of the weather with a kid or animal avatar that is dressed for conditions and short term forecasts. Use your hometown or pick a new location to track.Change your avatar and make the animals either a boy or a girl. *Wear? This interactive feature lets you change the weather on your own when it might be boring outside. Raise or lower the temperature, make it sunny, rainy, snowy, or anything in between. See how your avatar will dress in those conditions.Educational: Trivia, fun facts, safety tips, and extreme weather records. Learn something new every day of the year. Topics include: Animal Weather, Clouds, Expressions, Extreme Weather, Instruments, Lightning, Nursery Rhymes and Song Lyrics, Rainbows, Sky Color, Seasons, Top US Cities for snow, US State Records, Weather Folklore, Weather Map symbols.Math: Includes a Fahrenheit to Celsius calculatorGraphing: Plot basic weather conditions and keep track by week and month. A great way to introduce kids to a key element of S.T.E.M graphing

Imagine parents and kids spending 5-10 minutes each evening discussing the weather of the day, plot it on the graph, learn something new, and then figure out how to dress for school the next day. Then double-check the weather again in the morning. Our hope is that Kid Weather will be used by kids and with their parents as a useful tool.

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This looks like fun!  A great way to meet those grade 1 weather/seasons learning outcomes.

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A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Guide on How to Cite Social Media Using Both MLA and APA styles ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Useful citation guide for social media tools!  COOL TOOLS! 

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For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools | MindShift

For Storytelling Projects, Cool New Multimedia Tools | MindShift | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it
Paul Salopek and Ahmed Kabil Writing will always be important, but weaving text, images, sound, and presentation together can give students more and diff
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Some cool tools to help edit visual images and presentations to make your work stand out!

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9 Tips Every Teacher should Know about Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

9 Tips Every Teacher should Know about Google Scholar ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century Learning Commons | Scoop.it

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Using Google Scholar to refine your searching experience!  Some great tips for surfing the net!

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Marcia Pereira's curator insight, April 22, 2013 9:09 AM

Great directions with visuals to better use Google Scholar.

Ann Vega's curator insight, April 22, 2013 10:38 AM

Thanks iPad Sammy!

LLAS Centre's curator insight, April 26, 2013 5:52 AM

Great for educators who want to make the most of Google Scholar and save time!