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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.

» Librarians Portrayed in Comics

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.

Journey to the student-centered makerspace

Welcome to MineMum. The History 2.0 Classroom. Ditching Dewey. Reviews & recommendations of tools for education. What Do You Do With a 3D Printer? Whats in a MakerSpace. By Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S.

Whats in a MakerSpace

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. EDUCATIONAL MAKERSPACES. 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.

EDUCATIONAL MAKERSPACES

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. The maker movement in education is built upon the foundation of constructionism, which is the philosophy of hands-on learning through building things.

In practical terms, educational makerspaces are the ideal environment for maker education. One thing leads to another! A Day in the Life: An Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant Project. The folks at Carbondale Public Library are working on a fantastic community-created content initiative for their Ezra Jack Keats mini-grant.

A Day in the Life: An Ezra Jack Keats Mini Grant Project

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! The Frugal Teacher. Best Of The Best YouTube Technology Channels. New technology, be it gadgets, computers or broader innovations, can be difficult to understand.

Best Of The Best YouTube Technology Channels

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. 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. 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.

No More Bullet Points: Finding the “Right” Creative Commons Images for Presentations

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. 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.

Stepping Up the Backchannel In the Classroom 

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.

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.