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Advocacy for school libraries. Why we need to take responsibility

Advocacy for school libraries. Why we need to take responsibility | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A blog about school libraries and the role of the librarian in teaching and learning. Why information literacy is important.

Via Elizabeth Hutchinson
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Honored & thrilled to be mentioned on this fine blog!

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100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging

100+ Ideas And Prompts For Student Blogging | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Ronnie Burt, Sue Waters and Kathleen Morris write: "Want your students to write more in your class? Looking for prompts or ideas for student blog posts? You are in luck! This post aims to get your creative juices flowing with over 100 ideas and examples..."


Via Mary Reilley Clark
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What Mary says.

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 19, 9:50 PM

Ah, the power of blogging! I read over 100 blogs thanks to the Feedly app. Right after I read this article, a teacher emailed me to ask if I could help her students create blogs--and figure out a reason for them to use them! Didn't I look like a genius when I suggested we use the types of blog posts from Ronnie, Sue and Kathleen's article and write blogs about the novel her students were reading? 

 

This project has since morphed into a grade-level one. All 7th graders are reading the novel Tangerine as part of our new language arts curriculum. Each blog post students write has to relate to something in the novel. (There's something for everyone in this book--bullying, environmental issues, inequity in education, prejudice, sports, etc.) So, everyone is blogging and everyone is  reading and commenting on other students' blogs. Most students are used to sharing work with their classmates, but now they will share with all students in their grade!

 

I used this presentation to introduce the types of posts they'd be writing. I encouraged teachers to customize: give students a choice of 6-8 types of posts, limit post length, etc. I was able to get them brainstorming by asking for examples from Hatchet, a novel most of them had read in 6th grade. They were very enthusiastic! A journal post from the perspective of the moose Brian encounters? Or a sales post for a plane, slightly used and maybe moldy? A curation post on how to determine which foods in the wilderness are safe to eat? We also looked at blogs on topics that might interest them and talked about how to find and follow them.

 

After the presentation all students signed up for Blogger and created their blogs. We wanted a standard format for the blog addresses, so one student demonstrated on our interactive board as everyone followed along. Next up, they write, they customize their theme, they find images that are free to use and share, etc. I can't wait to see the results! And I am happy to say that several students immediately thought of ideas for personal blogs. And all this happened because I read blogs:)

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, Today, 2:15 AM
Love this post. All you would ever need to help your students get the most from blogging! 
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Behind the Books: The Nonfiction Family Tree

Behind the Books: The Nonfiction Family Tree | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Melissa Stewart writes: "If you’re a longtime reader of Celebrate Science, you may remember that back in 2012 and 2013, I spent a lot of time trying to develop a Nonfiction Family Tree. This effort to categorize and understand the various kinds of nonfiction and the interplay among them was heavily influenced by the ideas of such nonfiction thought leaders as Marc Aronson, Myra Zarnowski, Sue Bartle, and Mary Ann Cappiello.

Eventually, I gave up on the family tree and started to think about other ways to classify nonfiction, but recently I decided to take a fresh look at the tree analogy, and I came up with something that I think is worth sharing..."


Via Mary Reilley Clark
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Interesting!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 15, 12:39 PM

Melissa's post and her follow-up here made me think about my ongoing frustrations with our nonfiction section. ****NB: Melissa just shared this wonderful article she wrote for SLJ. It gets at so much of what bothered me as an elementary librarian, when students are steered away from non-fiction to chapter books.**** We have so many incredible books that just don't circulate. I do a lesson with 6th graders similar to speed dating in which they browse tables full of books, but even though they enthusiastically check those out, they rarely wander through the nonfiction shelves on subsequent visits.

 

It's still in development, but I am going to use Melissa's post about teaching the different types of nonfiction in a new lesson. We talk during the genre speed dating lesson about how you can drill down into subgenres: "I like the mystery genre, but I focus on the forensic subgenre myself," or "Yes, I read historical fiction, if you consider alternative history a subgenre of that." (We use our best pretentious voices while stating our preferences.) Now it's time for a lesson on the kinds of nonfiction!

 

I still remember my neighbor and current 8th grade student discovering narrative nonfiction last year. He was one of many students who considered himself a non-reader because he doesn't like reading fiction. (Or rather, he doesn't like reading teacher-assigned whole class novels.) After he read Unbroken, he came back for The Boys Who Challenged Hitler, The Nazi Hunters, The Port Chicago 50, and many more. He told his teacher, "I didn't know narrative nonfiction was a thing, but now I know what I want to read."

 

First up, I will make more specific resource lists for students to highlight narrative nonfiction, etc. Next, we'll get busy on some displays, and perhaps make it a goal to have a nonfiction display every month. 

 

I'm grateful to Melissa for getting the wheels turning on this!

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All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein

All-girl engineer team invents solar-powered tent for the homeless via @jackiegerstein | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A group of teen girls learned to code, solder, sew, and 3D-print to invent a solar-powered tent for the homeless.

Via John Evans
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Love this! Go girl power!

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Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort

Newsflash: Preparing students for the future workforce is a society-wide effort | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
As technologies and the workforce change, society must help equip students with the skills for success in the workplace.

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YES!

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EDTECH@UTRGV's curator insight, January 4, 4:16 PM

Are you future ready?

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Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity via Matt Miller

Caption This! A fun, deep-thinking Google Drawings activity via Matt Miller | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Want to add deep, critical thinking, engaging visuals and a little fun? Try using Caption This! activities using Google Drawings and/or Slides!

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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This is definitely COOL! AND it uses @Bitmoji !!

Thanks @jmattmiller!

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Roll Dice in Google Slides - Thanks to @AliceKeeler

Roll Dice in Google Slides - Thanks to @AliceKeeler | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Try out my Slides Dice template. Notice the addition of a dice menu to this Google Slides template. Roll dice while using Google Slides.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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That @AliceKeeler is just made of amazing!

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15 Librarians To Follow On Instagram +5 More!

15 Librarians To Follow On Instagram +5 More! | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Tis the season to be grateful. A couple weeks ago the On Our Mind blog by Scholastic shared an article featuring 15 Librarians t
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15 Librarians To Follow On Instagram +5 More! -NEW POST! Lessons Learned from our #TLChat PLN! Esp. @shannonmmiller @SEMSLibraryLady @fr3dt3ch @crabberlibrary @lucasjmaxwell @ReadersBAdvised & @kristenmajkut Thanks @Scholastic!

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How Parents Can Help Kids Navigate the Pressures of Their Digital Lives - Mind/Shift

How Parents Can Help Kids Navigate the Pressures of Their Digital Lives - Mind/Shift | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
As adults witness the rising tides of teenaged anxiety, it’s tough not to notice a common thread that runs through the epidemic — something that past generations never dealt with. Clutched in the hand of nearly every teen is a smartphone, buzzing and beeping and blinking with social media notifications.

Parents, all too often, just want to grab their teen’s phone and stuff it in a drawer. But is social media and the omnipresence of digital interactions really the cause of all this anxiety?

The short answer is: It’s complicated.

Via John Evans
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I'm going to write about this soon, cool - great quotes & resources!

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Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class

Crash! Bang! Boom! How to add Google Drawings comic strips to your class | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Comic strips and comic strips captivated us as children. Tap into that energy in the classroom with Google Drawings comic strips! Here's how.

Via Linda Dougherty
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OMGosh! YES!  BTW, Fun fact! @LJDougherty is one of my oldest librarian friends met on the Interwebs! Love her!

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, December 28, 2017 1:24 PM
Lots  of ideas for students creating comic strips to tell a story, portray a historical person or book character, and even explain a concept.
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The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You | Backchannel

The Fake News Culprit No One Wants to Identify: You | Backchannel | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Facebook and Twitter won't fix fake news alone, says danah boyd. Today's information wars are also a reflection of us.

Via Ivon Prefontaine, PhD, Bookmarking Librarian
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I always love reading what danah boyd aka @zephoria is talking about - she's always on point!

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, December 18, 2017 3:53 PM
Who is responsible for discerning what fake news is? Each of us is. We need to take time and question what we consume as news.

The article is an interview with Danah Boyd from Wired.
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Good Night Twitter

Good Night Twitter | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Here's something cool I recently stumbled upon!  Just like I really enjoy the dark or reverse version of the Kindle App - there's
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There's a new look to Twitter - Choose the DARK SIDE!

I find it easy to read & relaxing - easy to turn on and off.

Why not give it a try?

Lots of easy to follow How To's w/ pics AND a bonus QR Code feature!

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5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks

5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Writing a multimedia ebook or magazine can be a good way for students to illustrate and or further explain portions of fiction and non-fiction stories that they develop. Multimedia publishing tools that include a collaboration component can further help students as they work together with each other or with you to improve their work.

The following five platforms make it possible for students to create and publish multimedia ebooks in their web browsers.

Via John Evans
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Great publishing ideas!

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, December 10, 2017 2:32 PM

Great publishing ideas!

magnus sandberg's curator insight, December 11, 2017 1:55 AM
All five look good, and its is good news (new to me at least) that Book Creator can be used in chrome
Carlos Pinheiro's curator insight, December 11, 2017 6:43 AM
5 Ways for Students to Create Multimedia eBooks
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Using TallTweets to Create Gifs 

Using TallTweets to Create Gifs  | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Polly-Alida Farrington writes: "Amit Agarwal of Digital Inspiration has created many handy tools and shares great tips on his blog.  His TallTweets tool was originally created to create very long twitter posts. Enter your text and TallTweets parses it out into a bunch of connected tweets and posts them for you. Now that Twitter has added that feature, TallTweets has been repurposed to create gifs from Google slide decks."


Via Mary Reilley Clark, Elizabeth Hutchinson, Bookmarking Librarian
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Interesting! Reminds me of the lesson I did years ago Tweeting a book review or Story in 140 -- guess I'll have to change that title, huh? LOL

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, January 18, 5:02 PM

I love this! And Polly's ideas for uses have sparked some of my own. What about creating a gif of book covers to display on your whiteboard while students are coming into the library for class? Or as she suggests, sharing introductory information or keywords from the presentation you'll be doing? (This would be great if you were  presenting about the impact of libraries to your school board! Think of all the images you could include!) Have students make one for a 10 second book talk!

 

I'm sure you can come up with a variety of ways to use TallTweets immediately!

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 19, 1:22 AM
Loved this idea so much, just had to try it out straight away. It is great! 
Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, January 19, 12:07 PM
Interesting ideas! I can see tying this into a literature circle or exit ticket of some sort.
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 Google Forms - Creating Exit Tickets for your Students - Student Reflections using Google Forms - via  Attechedu.training


Attechedu.training

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Love a Quick Exit Ticket!

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, Today, 8:12 AM

Love a Quick Exit Ticket!

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, Today, 7:04 PM
Step by step video that clearly explains and demonstrates how to use Google Forms.  Great for pre- and post surveys, exit tickets, etc.  
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Reading Culture

Reading Culture | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Are kids reading anymore? We see falling book circulation at all type of libraries. The hope is, if they are not reading print books maybe eBooks

Via Karen Bonanno
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Reading culture? Yes, please!

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 17, 2:00 AM
Well we will just have wait and see. 
Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, January 17, 12:23 PM

Thanks to Gwenith Jones for this excellent recommendation.

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Top 10 Education Tech Blogs - Brainscape Blog

Top 10 Education Tech Blogs - Brainscape Blog | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Many dedicated educators blog about some of the best education technologies and trends available to teachers and students. These 10 are ou
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Really honored by this! Thank you! It's a great way to add to my reading list!

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Letterhead design's curator insight, January 17, 6:55 AM

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A Permission Slip Template for G Suite Use

A Permission Slip Template for G Suite Use | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
About a week ago I had an interesting conversation on my Facebook page with a teacher who was looking for help convincing he
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--> When in doubt with INNOVATION, get ADMIN support and a permission slip signed by parents. That's what I did before #BYOD in my district & it worked!

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5 questions we should be asking about student screen addiction

5 questions we should be asking about student screen addiction | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
When it comes to technology use, can educators strike a balance between access and concerns about screen addiction?

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This has been on my mind lately. Kids, devices, & mindfulness.

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20 Great YouTube Channels for Math Teachers

20 Great YouTube Channels for Math Teachers | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
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Share with your math teachers!

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Creating digital comic strips: A fun way to demonstrate and reflect on learning | Emerging Education Technologies

Creating digital comic strips: A fun way to demonstrate and reflect on learning | Emerging Education Technologies | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Why not use comics as a way to spur student learning? In fact, I challenge you to set up an occasional 20-minute comic strip segment during which your students create a comix about something they learned or read or experienced that day ..."


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Love comic strips!

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5-Minute Film Festival: Best Educational Parodies of 2017

5-Minute Film Festival: Best Educational Parodies of 2017 | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Take a well-deserved break and enjoy our picks for the best recent parody videos for educators and their students.

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Love parodies!

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How to Use Flipgrid - A Guide for Getting Started via @rmbyrn (great tool for students to engage the community)

How to Use Flipgrid - A Guide for Getting Started via @rmbyrn (great tool for students to engage the community) | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Flipgrid is a fantastic service for collecting video responses to prompts that you pose to your students. It has been a hit whenever

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Sweet!

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Graphics Design's curator insight, December 27, 2017 1:16 AM

If you are looking Dock door repair in Houston near me then dock and door system is the best place. 

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Will Net Neutrality Reversal Hurt Digital Learning? As Vote Approaches, Mixed Opinions 

Will Net Neutrality Reversal Hurt Digital Learning? As Vote Approaches, Mixed Opinions  | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Many university faculty members and higher-ed advocates are on edge this week over an upcoming vote by the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that may reverse net neutrality."


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This is a good read! Our kiddos need to know about this.

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Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom | TeachOntario

Coding & Computational Thinking in the Classroom | TeachOntario | Daring Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Wallwin emphasizes that teachers are not expected to be coding experts in her classrooms. “We want them to begin the journey as co-learners with their students. We don’t ask that they be coders, we ask that they be learners!” She has been amazed at the mindset students develop as they practice computational thinking. One grade 2 Beardmore Public School student commented on the frequency of errors, growth mindset and subsequent learning: “You mess up all the time because you don’t know, but you debug.”

Via paul rayner
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Great extension ideas!

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, December 10, 2017 2:32 PM

Great extension ideas!