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Director of Information Technology

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CLS Lexi-tech LTD is currently seeking a Director of Information Technology to lead the organization’s Information Technology Services team from its Dieppe, New Brunswick location.
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Check out this great Youtube on Publishing and Perspective!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Weq_sHxghcg&feature=player_embedded

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http://www.thethinkingstick.com/tool-or-toy-the-blurred-line-of-a-computer/

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Tool or Toy? The Blurred Line of a Computer

 

This blog is the argument for this assignment.  The author, Jeff Utecht, believes it is time to drop the phrase "the 21st century" because we are teaching kids who have only lived in this century.  It is also time to accept that the computer is more than a tool.  Our definitions of work, play, tool and toy are no longer clearly defined.  He is a believer.

 

           
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www.ccsenet.org/ies International Education Studies Vol. 4, No. 3; August 2011

www.ccsenet.org/ies International Education Studies Vol. 4, No. 3; August 2011 | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it

Information and Communication Technologies and

Development of Learners’ Critical Thinking:

Primary School Teachers’ Attitudes

Panagiotis Giavrimis

 

This article supports what we know and believe about using technology in schools.  However it goes further to say that "Technologies, thanks to their great potential and motivational character, energise the learners to gain control over their learning, to interact, to engage in complex mental situations and efforts. The results of researches concerning the impact of ICT on the enhancement of critical thinking indicate statistically significant correlations between studying within a technology-rich environment and the possession of critical thinking skills (Lee, 2002). McMahon (2009) found that the students who had been using ICT for more than five years possessed more critical thinking skills in comparison to those who had been using it for less than five years.  The wealth of resources available on internet develops inquiry skills, provides access to the world of knowledge and requires learners’ critical thinking, in order to decide which information to accept and absorb and which to reject."  Giavrimis finds that the simple use of technology stimulates the many skills we want students to develop.  He does not compare these students with students from inquiry rich classrooms without technology.  His greatest despair are with teachers who do not embrace a technological way of learning.

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Mentoring Minds ~ Dedicated to Helping Teachers Foster Critical Thinking Skills in Their Students

Mentoring Minds ~ Dedicated to Helping Teachers Foster Critical Thinking Skills in Their Students | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it
As a former middle-school Science teacher, I can attest to the fact that schools are caught in the middle these days.  While every educator strives to teach our children crucial critical thinking s (#Mentoring #Minds ~ Dedicated to Helping #Teachers...
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Creativity and critical thinking don’t like everything we believe in!

Creativity and critical thinking don’t like everything we believe in! | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it
INTUINOVARE New Post - Creativity and critical thinking don't like everything we believe in!.
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THE EFFECTS OF PEER-INTERACTION STYLES

THE EFFECTS OF PEER-INTERACTION STYLES | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it

Written by

YING XIE   Lewis University

FENGFENG KE   University of New Mexico

PRIYA SHARMA   Penn State University

 

http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=d5f58c67-b475-4a23-8196-23a1caf4e207%40sessionmgr13&vid=5&hid=25

 

The authors compared the difference in the quality of deep thinking in two different styles of exchange.  One group blogged on a topic. The second group read articles, commented and then posed questions for group members to answer. The results found that blogging allowed for various points of view to be examined and peer exchange was not always well developed which motivated students to assess more deeply the conversation to understand better.  It was also noted in the study that the individual starting the blog had worked through the deeper level analysis of a topic prior to publishing.  This sometimes made it more difficult for responders to critically discuss.

 

It seems that the success of blogging is the presence of a vast audience.  I wonder if writing style and thinking has improved in some way as a result.  I think the overall success of blogging has showcased our desire to communicate and express ideas as compared to the top down, instructional model of assessing articles and posing questions. The motivational key is identifying the right topic to stir passion.

 

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Plus/Minus/Issues

Plus/Minus/Issues | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it

Plus:  Real World Connection - creating a magazine - Easy to learn - Read articles that are interesting to you and on topic as well as creating your own article for the magazine - Good format to teach citation and plagerizing - Bold and easy to read.

 

Minus:  Where are the articles coming from? - Is there a priority of articles sent to you? - Limitations with free software - Clog up your email - Articles do not seem to come from main stream news agents.

 

Issues:  Be very careful to put in the right search terms to get appropriate articles sent to you each day - It may be easy to plagerize - Not able to gear towards age group

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http://www.educationtrainingsolutions.com/2011/10/scoop-it/

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Scoop.It!

By Claude Almansi and Jan Schwartz

 

This article gives some background and justifies the value of using Scoop. It!  You refine your topic and search and then web articles are sent to you daily.  Users select, edit and apply critical thinking skills to determine what is relevant.  They create through presentation and then collaborate.  Entertainment and the potential for deeper understanding is embodied in the easy to use tool.

 

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Why is critical thinking important to yo

Why is critical thinking important to you?
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Don’t Put Off Your Creativity

Don’t Put Off Your Creativity | Teacher Librarian & Technology | Scoop.it
An idea means nothing until executed...

Many people have great ideas...we all do, some maybe better than others.  The question is what do you do with those ideas when they come?

Do you just ...
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