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Top 20 Educational Websites for Young Learners #tlchat #iowatl. How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities @MindShiftKQED #edchat. It’s well known that public libraries are no longer just about the books — even e-books. Many community libraries are receiving 21st century digital-age makeovers: Numerous digital technologies, maker spaces to invite creation, even video production suites and 3-D printers now inhabit many libraries across the country.

But a report just released by the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries asks us again to reconsider how the library can serve communities in the 21st century. “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” aims to “capture the momentum and excitement of the innovations taking place in public libraries across the country, and the impact these are having on communities,” said the group’s director, Amy Garmer. The report asks: With all the new technology and layered networks, what can be done beyond current advancements? Meeting Real-World Needs At the same time, Chattanooga was undergoing a transformation. Beyond Mobile Libraries. What is the @Smithsonian Learning Lab? Check out our new project here #edtech. The Smithsonian Learning Lab project is the result of a major rethinking of how the digital resources from across the Smithsonian's 19 museums, nine major research centers, the National Zoo, and more, can be used together, for learning. It is a big dream, an aspiration to make these resources more accessible and more useful to teachers, students, parents, and anyone on a lifelong quest to learn more.

It hopes to deliver the Smithsonian in ways that make learning joyful, personal, and shareable. The Smithsonian Learning Lab will be a web accessible digital platform (accessible through fixed and mobile web devices) that enables the discovery, by teachers and learners of all types, of millions of digital assets from the Smithsonian's galleries, museums, libraries, and archives through faceted, targeted search, as well as serendipitous exploration. It will be a place rich with research-based tools that aid its users in the customization of its contents for personalized learning. Connect with Granite EdTech on Social Media. My latest idea for an #edtech #yalit dystopian novel - I don’t think I actually want to write this one, though.

IFTTT for Teachers #edtech. Teach Kids To Be Their Own Internet Filters #edchat #edtech #elearning #digcit @mluhtala. 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. That’s not only a life skill, but one that’s important when researching. 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] New Canaan High School allows students to use sites like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

Katrina Schwartz. These are awesome ideas! 5 Quick Ways To Start Using Video In The Classroom #edtech. Fareed Zakaria on Staying Competitive in the Knowledge Economy. 9 Ideas Education Is Having Trouble Responding To. What Students Think About Using iPads in School | MindShift | KQED News. These students are Word Movers and Poetry Creators @RWTnow #tlelem #tlchat #msla. Librarians' evolving digital roles- I think these numbers illustrate we still need to do better by technology #tlchat.

Sixty percent of librarians said they recommend and/or obtain Common Core-aligned instructional and resource material, 55 percent help teach students the skills required by the Common Core, 43 percent collaborate with teachers on instructional lessons aligned with the Common Core, and 30 percent help to ensure that technology infrastructure is adequate to support the Common Core. “We knew there was a lot of technology in school libraries, but the way that it really is a hub for technology in the school—the study really validates that with quantifiable numbers,” Brantley said.

Moving forward, librarians’ overarching priority is “definitely trying to expand instructional use of digital resources—finding good digital resources and teaching others to use them,” she said. Sixty-three percent of librarians rated expanding instruction on the use of digital resources as a high priority in the next two years, and 53 percent said the same of increasing access to digital content. Gamify Research With A Google A Day #edtech #edchat #tlchat.

As with any skill, research takes practice. The more students search, the better they will become at finding what they need online. I use A Google a Day to “gamify” research in my classroom. After I present tips for searching smarter, I want students to have ample opportunities to practice those tips and strategies. A Google a Day is a free game offered by Google that presents 6 trivia questions each day. If students opt to play the “basic game,” there is no sign in required and they can access the first three questions. Students are timed and receive points based on how long it takes them to correctly answer each question. Tips for getting the most out of A Google a Day: Put students into “teams” or groups as they play. For more on teaching students how to evaluate digital resources, check out my blog “Common Core: Evaluating The Credibility of Digital Sources.” What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech | MindShift | KQED News.

6 Websites For Taking A Virtual Field Trip From edshelf - Students Want More Alignment of Tech Between In and Out of School #Edchat. April is National Poetry Month | SAFARI Montage HD Network. Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information @Edutopia #edtech. An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to assess its level of accuracy, reliability, and bias. In 2012, my colleagues and I assessed 770 seventh graders in two states to study these areas, and the results definitely got our attention.

Unfortunately, over 70 percent of the students’ responses suggested that: Middle school students are more concerned with content relevance than with credibility They rarely attend to source features such as author, venue, or publication type to evaluate reliability and author perspective When they do refer to source features in their explanations, their judgments are often vague, superficial, and lacking in reasoned justification Other studies highlight similar shortcomings of high school and college students in these areas (see, for example, a 2016 study from Stanford). Start of newsletter promotion. Subscribe now End of newsletter promotion. Dimensions of Critical Evaluation Prompting. UCET 2015: Schedule. Timeline of Educational Technology in Schools Infographic #infographic #edtech. Educational Technology Infographics It’s amazing how quickly technology changes, even in the course of six months. But can you imagine how much it has changed over decades?

The Timeline of Educational Technology in Schools Infographic shows how educational technology has evolved in schools over the past 114 years. Via: Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! How to Infuse Digital Literacy Throughout the Curriculum #edtech #tlchat. So how are we doing on the push to teach “digital literacy” across the K12 school spectrum? From my perspective as a school-based technology coach and history teacher, I’d say not as well as we might wish – in part because our traditional approach to curriculum and instruction wants to sort everything into its place. Digital literacy is defined as “the ability to effectively and critically navigate, evaluate, and create information using a range of digital technologies.” Many educational and business professional cite is as a critical 21st century skill.

Even so, many schools have struggled to adapt it into their curriculum. This is often because most institutions already have rigorous, established curricula with little wiggle room – and this is especially true in schools subject to state and federal testing. Evaluating online content is a research skill For example, when my students do research in US History, they are not only allowed but encouraged to use online content. Might sign up for this one. MT @OfficialDLDay: Check out new MOOC on Coaching Digital Learning. #edtechchat.