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Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters. ” credit=”flickingerbrad/Flickr It’s becoming less and less effective to block students from websites. When Los Angeles Unified rolled out its one-to-one iPad program, administrators expected to be able to control how students used them both in school and at home. But, not surprisingly, kids are resourceful and students quickly found ways around the security, prompting the district to require students to turn over the devices. Students live in an information-saturated world. Rather than shielding them from the digital world, many agree the most effective way to keep them safe and using the internet responsibly as a learning tool is to teach them how to be their own filters. “If we are not teaching the kids to use the web as a vehicle for enhancing learning and teaching them to be the filter, that’s a dereliction of duty.”

A key to making sure good practices stick is to teach research skills when kids need them. [RELATED READING: Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know] Five Steps to Responsibly Search for Images for Digital Projects. Pages This Blog Linked From Here My Blog List Wednesday, August 20, 2014 Five Steps to Responsibly Search for Images for Digital Projects at 2:04 PM Email ThisBlogThis! Labels: creative commons, infographic, webtools No comments: Post a Comment Older PostHome. School Evolutionary Stages | The concept of common global school evolution. 33 Amazingly Useful Websites You Never Knew Existed. Comics in the Classroom: Comics as Educational Texts. Throughout the month of August, and Reading With Pictures are bringing you Comics in the Classroom, a blog series about using comics in education, including why graphic novels are complex texts as defined by the Common Core Standards, how to use graphic texts to teach in the content areas, how and where to find the best graphic texts, and more.

We hope you’ll join us and bring the power of comics to your classroom! The following guest post is written by Tracy Edmunds, M.A., Curriculum Manger at Reading With Pictures Humans have been using pictures in sequence to communicate and educate for thousands of years; hieroglyphics are the ancestors of comics. Before the advent of the printing press, beautiful stained-glass windows in cathedrals throughout Europe used images in sequence to educate parishioners.

And the tradition of education through images in sequence continues today. And now, Reading With Pictures is extending this work into the elementary grades. "All About Vowels" Anchor/Flip Charts. Standards011.pdf. Library Media Curriculum Maps | Granite Media. Media Center Lessons - home. As a teaser for their massive database of... How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes: Lessons in Mindfulness and Creativity from the Great Detective. By Maria Popova “A man’s brain originally is like a little empty attic, and you have to stock it with such furniture as you choose.” “The habit of mind which leads to a search for relationships between facts,” wrote James Webb Young in his famous 1939 5-step technique for creative problem-solving, “becomes of the highest importance in the production of ideas.” But just how does one acquire those vital cognitive customs?

That’s precisely what science writer Maria Konnikova explores in Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes (UK; public library) — an effort to reverse-engineer Holmes’s methodology into actionable insights that help develop “habits of thought that will allow you to engage mindfully with yourself and your world as a matter of course.”

The idea of mindfulness itself is by no means a new one. It is most difficult to apply Holmes’s logic in those moments that matter the most. Our intuition is shaped by context, and that context is deeply informed by the world we live in. Four nifty ways to display and curate Twitter. From Dickens to 9/11: Exploring Graphic Nonfiction to Support the Secondary-School Curriculum | The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults. By Barbara J. Guzzetti, Professor, Arizona State University and Marcia A. Mardis, Associate Professor, Florida State University Abstract Graphic nonfiction has been under-researched for content-area instruction, yet these hybrid texts may motivate reluctant readers as they blend elements of art, journalism, and scholarship.

Introduction Recognizing the need to motivate adolescents, researchers have recommended using multiple texts for content instruction (Stahl and Shanahan 2004). In considering multiple texts for content instruction, graphic nonfiction has been underused and under-researched (Lapp et al. 2012). Yet graphic nonfiction may help to reach goals for learning in both language arts and social studies and may be the most appropriate resource for doing so. <h1>Purpose</h1> This study aimed to determine the appeal and utility of graphic nonfiction in relation to other types of nonfiction texts (i.e., textbooks, trade books, and original source documents).

Theoretical Framework. 7 Essential Principles of Innovative Learning. Big Ideas Culture Teaching Strategies Flirck:WoodleyWonderworks Every educator wants to create an environment that will foster students’ love of learning. Because the criteria are intangible, it’s difficult to define or pinpoint exactly what they are.

But one group is giving it a try. Researchers at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched the Innovative Learning Environments project to turn an academic lens on the project of identifying concrete traits that mark innovative learning environments. They sifted through and categorized the research on learning science, documented case studies, and compiled policy recommendations they hope will transform the current system. Their book, The Nature of Learning: Using Research to Inspire Practice and the accompanying practitioner’s guide, lay out the key principles for designing learning environments that will help students build skills useful in a world where jobs are increasingly information and knowledge-based.

Escape Google With These 12 Search Engine Alternatives - SEW. As concerns over the de facto monopoly status of Google continue to grow, I'm reminded of the great philosopher Herman Cain and his infamous line "blame yourself". As long as "Google" is a generic phrase for Internet search, their dominant position is assured. That said, you can do something about it. There are plenty of Google alternatives and many of these players offer a better search experience, depending on your needs. Here are 12 alternatives to escape your reliance on Google for all things search. Step 1: Bing If you're a digital marketer using advanced search operators, then use Bing for these queries. LinkFromDomain: There are any number of tools that can give you inbound link data. Feed: Finds RSS or Atom feeds pertaining to the term you specify. Contains: Returns search results that have links to the file types that you specify.

Near: Useful for spotting patterns. Step 2: Blekko If you hate spam and love slashtags, then use Blekko. Step 3: Boardreader Step 4: BuzzSumo 11. 12. ActionSentences_3375x4500 .jpg (3375×4500) The Dead Sea Scrolls. Newspapers by State - Historical Newspapers Online - Guides at Penn Libraries. Skype Resources - Skype Adventures! Digital Morphology at the University of Texas. Open Access: New York Public Library Makes 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Available Online, Free to Download and Use. It’s a big day for map geeks! Here’s news about a new and large treasure chest of map content that is also free to download (hi-res) and use.

Enjoy! From the NYPL: The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division is very proud to announce the release of more than 20,000 cartographic works as high resolution downloads. We believe these maps have no known US copyright restrictions.* To the extent that some jurisdictions grant NYPL an additional copyright in the digital reproductions of these maps, NYPL is distributing these images under a Creative Commons CC0 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication. Some of What You’ll Find 1,100 maps of the Mid-Atlantic United States and cities from the 16th to 19th centuries, mostly drawn from the Lawrence H. How to Access the Maps Learn More About Map Warper Here and Here The full blog post has more about some of the projects that digitized these as well as this disclaimer about there use: Puzzling. “How many hours a day do you write?”

Is one of the most frequent questions I encounter when I speak at schools. That’s a tricky one to answer when you write nonfiction. The truth is, because research is such a major part of the process of creating nonfiction, nonfiction authors may go weeks or months without writing, and yet we’re working all the time. That’s the case for me, at least. My writing months are the treasured few in a given year that follow the sometimes interminable phase of research. Some of my earliest childhood memories are of emptying and solving our family’s wooden tray puzzles.

In my teen years, I returned to puzzling, but this time they were the 500-piece cardboard variety. Many years later, after I became an author, I realized I could not have found a better way to prepare my mind for a life of research and writing. But the picture—that’s the one difference between puzzling and authoring. I’m in the puzzling phase of a project right now.

The Nonfiction Detectives: Determining Nonfiction Writing Styles. Today I had the pleasure of co-moderating a School Library Journal webcast with my friend, Amy Koester from The Show Me Librarian blog. The webcast focused on using nonfiction series in schools and public libraries, and we heard about new books from Scholastic, Gale, and Reference Point Press. Visit The Show Me Librarian Blog for programming ideas related to the titles mentioned in the webcast. If you missed today's webcast, you may view the archive on the SLJ site. While Amy and I were sharing our ideas about recent trends in nonfiction series, I mentioned different nonfiction writing styles. Here's a recap of the different nonfiction writing styles discussed today. Expository The information is presented in a straight-forward manner. Narrative The information is presented as a story. Descriptive The author describes the topic in great detail using rich language so that readers may picture it in their minds.

Persuasive Poetic The information is presented in poetic form. Twitter Rubric. University of Wisconsin - Stout — Schedule of Online Courses, Online Certificate Programs, and Graduate Degree Follow us on. 5 Five-Minute CCSS Tips That Yield Big Results: I LOVE #1! 13 Browser-Based Tools For Writers. Portability and accessibility are important for writers. You never know when inspiration will hit, and when it does you don’t want to be caught off guard. Professional software suites can be nice but often times are overkill, localized, and more hassle than they’re worth. Browser-based writing tools are available no matter where you go. Whether you need help with organization, a way to kill distractions, or a clean slate on which to write your words, these tools will prove useful to all of you who write on a regular basis. Don’t miss out! Organizational Tools Organization is the key to effective writing. Mindmappers. Writing Tools Writing is not a high-maintenance activity.

Distraction-free editors. Productivity Tools It’s easy to write. Pomodoro Technique. Utility Tools In addition to all of the above, there are a slew of writing-related tools on the web that are unique enough to warrant their own categories. Wordcounter. Did you find any of these web-based writing tools to be useful? PBS LearningMedia | Professional Shelf. It’s clear from SLJ’s 2013 Tech Survey that school library media specialists have taken a leadership role in providing students and teachers with access to online resources. Despite dismally small budgets, time constraints, site-specific limitations, and the demands of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), many consider the support of digital learning a priority. PBS LearningMedia, a content-rich, free resource offered to educators working with preschool through grade 12, makes the challenge easier to meet. With additional video and audio clips, interactive material, images, documents, and lesson plans, PBS LearningMedia is the stylish new face of Teachers’ Domain, also supported by and developed in partnership with WGBH of Boston.

Following a quick and simple registration, users are redirected to their local site; for example, New Yorkers move onto Vital New York, a partnership of several PBS stations, while registrants in North Carolina are directed to UNC-TV LearningMedia. Jane Friedman • The Periodic Table of Storytelling. Understand what you read. Christopher Columbus was awful (but this other guy was not) Sources: All of the information in this essay came from A People's History of the United States, by Howard Zinn, and Lies My Teacher Told Me, by James W.

Loewen, both of which uses primary sources such as eyewitness accounts, journal entries, and letters from Christopher Columbus himself. A very important note about Bartolomé de las Casas and the African slave trade This issue keeps coming up and, despite my footnotes, I keep seeing commentary about it so I'm going to address it here. I soon repented and judged myself guilty of ignorance. I know that the discovery of the New World means a lot of different things to a lot of different cultures. But please, oh please do not call it Columbus Day. Less than a year after the publication of this comic, Columbus Day was renamed to Indigenous People's Day in Seattle.

Using Superhero Comics to Teach English and History. It's high time for more English and history teachers to set aside their literary purism, and to embrace superhero comics as effective and legitimate teaching and learning tools. Superman Stands in for Hamlet In Kingdom Come by Mark Waid and Alex Ross, an aging and embittered Superman, distraught over a hero-villain conflict that results in the irradiation of much of the Midwest, is coaxed out of retirement by Wonder Woman. "Kal, please. Our generation takes its lead from you. We always have," she says, using the Man of Steel's Kryptonian birth name to add an extra sense of urgency.

Even Superman has lost all hope in the wake of millions dead, and he urges the Amazon princess to go back to her island, where she's safe. A much different Superman eventually returns, and it's not long before he and his reassembled team, the once-famous Justice League, also use intimidation, threats, incarceration, and even murder to ensure world peace by any means necessary.

Man of Steel as Man of His Times. My BIG List of iPad Coding Apps for Kids! VideoLectures.NET - VideoLectures.NET.