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SMART Showcase Schools - SMART Technologies. SearchReSearch. » Librarians Portrayed in Comics. Comics Published on March 2nd, 2015 | by Carli Spina Graphic novel and comic book fans are book lovers, so it is no surprise that libraries and librarians are portrayed fairly frequently in all sorts of graphic works. Here are some comics that feature libraries and librarians and are perfect for some light reading or for a fun library display. Americus by MK Reed and Jonathan Hill – This book focuses on an event that some libraries know all too well – a book challenge. The main character is a teen named Neal Barton who really just wants to read the latest entry in his favorite fantasy series. Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi – Set in a dystopian future of Japan where the government is allowed to censor anything it finds to be objectionable, the Library Wars manga series follows Iku, a young girl determined to serve in the combat forces of the Library Defense Force.

Journey to the student-centered makerspace. Journey to the student-centered makerspace By Abbe Waldron February 5th, 2015 Explore a collaborative makerspace where students design the space and take charge of their learning Whether you know it or not, your students are already making things outside of school. From digital animation and programming to video production and duct tape crafts, it’s surprising the number of outlets students have found to vent their creativity. So I learned when my school, Wamogo Regional High, decided to harness this expression productively by designing a student-centered makerspace for collaboration, creation, and problem-solving. We wanted a place where students could access materials, equipment and supplies to explore their interests and take on new challenges. I met with as many students as possible at first and created surveys to collect information on their interests.

Next page: Turn students into mentor leaders. Welcome to MineMum | MineMum. The History 2.0 Classroom. Ditching Dewey. Reviews & recommendations of tools for education. What Do You Do With a 3D Printer? This is the first in a series of posts about some technology I’ve introduced or will be introducing to my library. In my mind, the library is a place where the public can learn about new and emerging technologies without needing to invest in them.

To that end, I’ve formed a technology committee at our library that will meet quarterly to talk about how we’re using the existing technology in the building and what type of technology we could introduce to the building. This next two paragraphs have some demographic information so that you have an idea of whom I’m trying to serve (i.e., you can skip them if you want to get to the meat of the technology discussion). I work at the Waukesha Public Library in the city of Waukesha, the 7th largest municipality in WI at around 72,000 people. Waukesha has a Hispanic population of about 10% with the remainder of our population being predominantly Caucasian. I’ve wanted a 3D printer forever. People loved watching the machine work. Whats in a MakerSpace. By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager A well-equipped modern MakerSpace features flexible, computer-controlled manufacturing equipment for creating, cutting, and forming plastics, metal, plaster, and other common materials, including: 3D printers that are capable of producing three-dimensional objects.

Cutting machines that cut a variety of materials with precision. The cutting element can be a laser, water jet, knife, or other material. Deciding what to focus on first may seem like a daunting task. There is no absolute shopping list of must haves. Get started, do something, and refine as you see what works in your classroom. Beyond the game-changing technologies, your makerspace should include a basic stock of supplies to keep your students challenged, inspired, and busy. Electronic parts and tools Computers, cameras, software Craft and art supplies Building materials and traditional tools Junk for recycling into new products Batteries A library. EDUCATIONAL MAKERSPACES | Teacher Librarian. Editor’s Note: This article, reprinted from the June 2014 issue of Teacher Librarian: The Journal for School Library Professionals, is a thoughtful and insightful examination of the philosophy and pedagogical underpinnings of the maker movement.

The authors’ analysis and argument are strong, and the benefits they tout are inspiring. The authors will follow up with two more articles on the maker movement which will be published in the next two issues of Teacher Librarian. To download a PDF version of this article, click here. Educational makerspaces (EM) and maker education (ME) have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach teaching and learning. In practical terms, educational makerspaces are the ideal environment for maker education. Makerspaces outside of the educational environment are adult playgrounds for thinking and whimsical construction.

The maker education approach to learning is highly individual yet lives within certain boundaries. Invite curiosity. Inspire wonder. ThingLink Blog | One thing leads to another! A Day in the Life: An Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant Project | Part 2: The Fun Begins. The folks at Carbondale Public Library are working on a fantastic community-created content initiative for their Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant. Today, the director shares an in-process update on their “Day in the Life” book project! You can check out the whole series HERE. Enjoy! ~Erinn Ready, set, play! By Diana Brawley Sussman After seven months of planning, the day came for us to gather together children from the Boys and Girls Club and seniors from Senior Adult Services to begin work on a book they’d make together.

Play builds our capacity for dealing with the unplanned. Read: We started out, as planned, with a brief introduction about the project. Pass the pumpkin: We then did our icebreaker activity, passing a pumpkin to each person in the group. Storytelling: We still had fifteen minutes left. While they worked, we photographed the seniors and kids together. Collage Illustrations: The next session took place on Columbus Day, a scheduling necessity. Sample pages: Bananas:

The Frugal Teacher. Tech Videos -- Best Of The Best YouTube Technology Channels. New technology, be it gadgets, computers or broader innovations, can be difficult to understand. Fortunately, there are a number of YouTube channels that help you get a grasp on the latest and greatest. These sources provide news, reviews and in-depth look at what’s shaping the future.

Here are ten must-watch channels every geek should subscribe to. Kipkay Most technology channels focus on new products or innovations with world-changing potential, but there’s more to tech then what’s new. Learning to use what’s already available in creative ways is also important, and can be a lot of fun. That’s where Kipkay comes in. Unbox Therapy Getting new stuff is cool. Let someone else buy and unbox stuff for you! PC Perspective For some people there’s no substitute to getting into the guts of technology and finding out what makes it tick. LinusTechTips This channel also focuses on PC hardware, but from a somewhat more mundane point of view than PC Perspective. TechQuickie Enter TechQuickie. Tested. RAM Memory Upgrade: Dell, Mac, Apple, HP, Compaq. USB drives, SSD at Crucial.com. Learning in Hand.

TL News Night. 6 reasons why I want my students to code. Code is everywhere. It’s the language of creation, and it’s the language of the future. Students can learn so much from it. Here’s why I want my students coding. Coding is the language of the future — and the present. It empowers people to custom craft a website, create flashy animation and run machines. It is and will be a vital, marketable skill to many jobs that haven’t yet been created but will exist for our students.

This language of the future is a foreign language to many of us. It is to me. We’re just coming off Computer Science Education Week where students were encouraged to learn an “Hour of Code.” Even though I’m not a master coder, I would like to be — and I’d like my students to be, too. It promotes some of the skills and values that I want to see in my students — and in my own children.

For example: 1. Writing code takes deep, involved thinking skills. 2. Can’t find the kind of website that does what you want to do? You can create it yourself. 3. It’s a total mentality shift. No More Bullet Points: Finding the “Right” Creative Commons Images for Presentations. December 9, 2013 by Joe Hardenbrook When I give a presentation, my slides tend to be more visual, or even abstract. I ditched the death-by-bullet point long ago. No one wants to sit through that. Put a few important keywords on a slide, add the rest to your notes, and use a powerful image to convey the spirit of the information you are trying to relay. Finding Images For finding free Creative Commons-licensed images that I can re-use, I tend to stick with: Flickr (the Creative Commons search is available from their Advanced Search page)morgueFileGoogle Images (use the Advanced Search to limit to free images)Wikimedia Commonsthe Creative Commons search pageand free subscription services such as Haiku Deck Wither the Subject Heading Here’s the problem: on user-generated sites like Flickr, most people obviously are NOT librarians.

Some Quick and Dirty Keywords You Can Use Got a great search tip to share when it comes to using images? Like this: Like Loading... Otter - Create a Simple Page for Distributing and Collecting Assignments. Free Technology for Teachers. Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom  Students need our guidance to use virtual platforms for ACADEMIC purposes. We can’t rely on their “so called” native status to know how and what to do. Just a few years ago, no one had heard of “backchanneling”, nowadays, it has become main stream (although most people might not associate the term “backchannel” and “backchanneling” with something they might be familiar with. when you watch one of your favorite TV shows and are asked to use a twitter hashtag to interact with other viewers or the actors/participants…. you are participating in a backchannelwhen you are listening to a live political speech and are updating your Facebook status, “liking” of commenting on someone else’s status… you are in a backchannelwhen you are passing a note (in the same room) or texting a colleague or classmate during a meeting or lecture… YOU are in a backchannel Definitions: Wikipedia Think Eric Think It’s a kind of parallel discussion, a collectively shaped comment on some ongoing conversation.

Purpose: The Next Web - International technology news, business & culture. Kevin's Meandering Mind « If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn. ~ Charlie Parker. Cool Cat Teacher Blog.