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A plethora of library/tech/education/middle & high school tidbits
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Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
Modern classrooms are teeming with students of varying interests, backgrounds, abilities and learning needs. As educators, it’s important to understand the nuanced differences between the terms personalized, differentiated and individualized learning in order to best meet their needs.
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There's no app for good teaching

There's no app for good teaching | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
8 solid, actionable tips for using tech in ways that actually improve the classroom.

Via Sam Gliksman
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Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad - Innovate My School

Why so many schools fail to get impact from iPad - Innovate My School | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it

"70% of UK schools are now using mobile devices in the classroom, according to Tablets for Schools. The vast majority of those devices are likely to be iPads, yet how many schools can you name who are standout users of the device? That is to say, how many schools are using the device to deliver true 21st century transformational lessons?

The answer, disappointingly, is very, very few. In the past two years, I’ve worked with over 200 schools across the spectrum of the UK education system. Only a handful remain memorable from what I watched them use iPad for. But what about the likes of ESSA Academy and Cedars School of Excellence, I hear you say! Both have transformed their schools and results through the use of iPad. The answer is far simpler than you’d probably guess. It’s all about the training of staff.

It’s a recurrent theme with all the successful schools using iPad. Look through any interview or press release, and all reference a well thought-through training program as the foundation of their project. In my new venture I’m lucky enough to work with schools on a daily basis to better implement devices while targeting improvements. These are some of the core factors I talk through."


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5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
April Smith shares how she uses the free Google Drive service to communicate with parents and engage them in their child's education. She describes 5 simple ways to communicate with them digitally and eliminate unnecessary paper. Strategies include collecting contact data, sharing presentations, sending home newsletters, creating digital behavior logs, and having parents sign up for parent-teacher conferences.
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6 elements of a successful iPad implementation

6 elements of a successful iPad implementation | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
Boulder Valley School District’s creative approach to implementing 1:1 iPads includes enticing public funders by providing equitable access to digital devices.
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Superior Alternatives to Boring Stock iPhone Apps

Superior Alternatives to Boring Stock iPhone Apps | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
With every iteration of iOS, Apple tweaks its software a little, but for the most part, the default lineup of apps has remained unchanged since launch. For a lot of us, these apps just aren't cutting it anymore. Here are the best apps to replace them.
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Blended Learning: Working With One iPad

Blended Learning: Working With One iPad | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
Learn how one educator has found a way to put a single iPad to use so the whole class benefits.

Via Dr. Susan Bainbridge
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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, November 16, 2014 12:56 PM

What a dedicated educator implementing technology with what she has!

M. Piedad Orozco's curator insight, November 16, 2014 2:27 PM

Trabajando con el i-pad

Miguel Damiani's curator insight, November 16, 2014 9:15 PM

El uso del iPad en clase

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Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology

Ten Ideas for Teaching Teachers Technology | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
District instructional tech director Monique Flickinger attended an unconference to share - and learn - about introducing teachers to new classroom technology.
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Synchronous video viewing tool

Synchronous video viewing tool | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it

NicGaze lets you watch videos with a partner in perfect synchrony. Any friends, family or significant others that live far, can feel close.


Via Nik Peachey
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Worth a look for sure!

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Lindsay Sprague's curator insight, January 29, 2015 4:17 PM

This tool could be great for synchronous classes or for students to connect with other people from around the world.  Awesome!

Janna Mattson's curator insight, February 1, 2015 1:47 PM

This is great! I can see how this would be helpful for online learners involved in group work.

Kristie's curator insight, February 25, 2015 9:49 PM

Neat tool!

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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like? | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
A school library blossoms from a quiet reading and research space to a full-scale "Learning Commons."
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“Google It” Better With Google Search Education

“Google It” Better With Google Search Education | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
School librarian Tiffany Whitehead suggests student lesson plans and exercises using Google Search Education.
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Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.
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4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space

4 Tips to Transform Your Learning Space | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
Attract students to libraries and other rooms of learning by creating agile, inviting spaces with makerspace elements and, most importantly, a community feeling.
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The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic

The 5 Best Study Aid Apps for Students | Edudemic | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
It's not easy for students to stay on task these days. From Facebook to Instagram & Twitter to instant messaging to pop up, there are so many distractions.
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50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries

50 most popular images about books, reading, and libraries | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
A list of images about books, reading, and libraries, that were most frequently shared on Facebook, Pinterest, and other social media networks.
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Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Great Tools for Creating Interactive Timelines ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
n today’s post I am sharing with you two important web tools that you can use with students in class to create interactive timelines. These timelines can include a wide variety of multimedia materials including: text, images, video, maps and many more. And in the case of Silk, there is even the possibility to invite collaborators to help with editing. Also, both of these apps are available for iPad users.

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Mónica Beloso's curator insight, January 30, 2015 3:43 PM

añada su visión ...

flea palmer's curator insight, February 3, 2015 5:23 AM

Two very different tools - MyHistory is a map-based timeline where a story is told via clicking on locations. Silk seems to be more focussed around selling stuff...

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I am a teacher et cetera: Banning Posters and PowerPoints

I am a teacher et cetera: Banning Posters and PowerPoints | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
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The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube

The Best Free Workout Videos on YouTube | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
These seriously excellent, totally free videos prove it’s completely possible to stay fit no matter what—all you need is an Internet connection and a little living room space.
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Create collaborative research projects with Google Apps

Create collaborative research projects with Google Apps | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
Ed tech blogger and speaker Leigh Zeitz presents a personalized research project that allows students to address all six of the ISTE Standards for Students while they learn how to use online collaborative tools.
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Really want to try this one...

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Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup

Social Media in Education: Resource Roundup | Tess' Random Library Tidbits | Scoop.it
This collection of blogs, articles, and videos from Edutopia aims to help teachers deploy social media tools in the classroom to engage students in 21st-century learning.
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