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History Resources The Audacious Librarian. Technology. CNET Product Reviews. Social Media Policies. 1:1 Initiative. Feature Pages 20-24 Our Digital Conversion The introduction of a 1-to-1 laptop initiative is only part of a sweeping districtwide commitment to the learning of every student Imagine being part of a school district where children choose to come in early from recess to do schoolwork, a place where student engagement is so contagious it has overtaken the faculty and staff, a district where the focus is truly on every child every day.

Many would contend such an ideal culture simply doesn’t or can’t exist in today’s public schools. While walking down a hallway at Mooresville Intermediate School not long ago, I suddenly heard a commotion behind me. In excited and urgent tones, they all spoke at once. We quickly moved into the nearby classroom, where one of the 6th graders opened up his laptop. The boys went on to explain that while tracking seismic activity in Southeast Asia in recent days, they had noticed an unusual amount of activity. All I could say was “wow!”

Websites. Thedaringlibrarian - home. 100 Top Library Sites. Best Websites for Teaching & Learning 2013. Readers Advisory. Adult Reading Round Table Home. AllReaders - Sex/Violence. Gnooks - Lit Maps. What's Next™- Series. Our What's Next™: Books in Series database helps you search series fiction. A series is two or more books linked by character(s), settings, or other common traits. e.g. Sue Grafton's "A is for Alibi", "B is for... " etc. or the "Star Wars" series Search for a Book The What's Next™: Books in Series database was developed and is maintained by the Kent District Library. Please contact or 616-784-2016 ext. 2179 with any questions regarding usage, title omissions, or errors.

We're looking for stories and feedback related to your experience with our What's Next™ database. Kent District Library welcomes other libraries to link to this database. Images. 14 Tips for Google Images. This is the fifth guide I created in a series of several posts on how to tap into the educational potential of Google services. Today's topic is Google Images. This is probably among those most used services in education. Teachers and students use images for a variety of learning and teaching reasons. However, before including images in any classroom project, students need to learn about copyright issues. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has already published a post on this. Check it out here to learn more. Related guides : As I said earlier, we all use Google Images when looking for pictures to feature in our multimedia projects, but do we all know how to conduct a smart and specific image search ?

Supposedly, you typed your keywords in Google Image and got the first result page. 1-Find images in any size you need. 2-Specify the shape of images. 3-Find images in your preferred colors. 4- Limit the kind of images that you find. 5- Find images published in a particular region. Wikimedia Commons. NYPL Digital Gallery. Tools. Padlet. Popplet.

Big Huge Labs: Photo Tool. Google Forms/Surveys. Google Forms is a useful tool to help you plan events, send a survey, give students a quiz, or collect other information in an easy, streamlined way. A Google form can be connected to a Google spreadsheet. If a spreadsheet is linked to the form, responses will automatically be sent to the spreadsheet. Otherwise, users can view them on the “Summary of Responses” page accessible from the Responses menu. You can create a form from your Drive or from any existing spreadsheet. A tour of Google Forms An overview of Google Forms. Learn how to create a form, add questions, share your form with collaborators, send it to friends, and view responses to your form. Create a form from your Drive: Click the red Create button, then Form.

Create a form from a Google spreadsheet: While working with a spreadsheet, click the Insert menu and select Form. After you’ve created your form, you can add and edit questions, headers, and page breaks. 10 Techy Icebreakers. Here are some great icebreakers you can work on using technology : 1- Self PortraitHave your students draw themselves. After they have done this, collect the papers and hang them up for the whole class to see.

Now have students try to guess who the artists was for each picture. Here are the web tools to do that : 2- Video/ audio introductions Encourage students to record a short video clip in which they introduce themselves to their peers. Here are some very easy and simple to use tools for this purpose :3- Create Avatars Ask your students to create avatars of themselves or of popular personalities and show them to the whole class.

Other students can try to guess the personality behind the avatars. The teacher generates a list of words related to a topic to be taught. 5- Prior Knowledge check 6- Personalize it Teacher writes the topic to be taught on the board and then talks about how the topic relates to them by using a personal reference or story. Google Lit Trips. Tagxedo-Word Cloud. TodaysMeet. What is TodaysMeet? TodaysMeet is the premier backchannel chat platform for classroom teachers and learners. Designed for teachers, TodaysMeet takes great care to respect the needs and privacy of students while giving educators the tools for success.

Students join fast, easy to start rooms with no registration, and can immediately start powerful conversations that augment the traditional classroom. What is the Backchannel? The backchannel is the conversation that goes on alongside the primary activity, presentation, or discussion. TodaysMeet helps harness the backchannel and turn it into a platform that can enable new activities and discussions, extend conversations beyond the classroom, and give all students a voice. Embracing the backchannel can turn it from distraction to engagement. Graphic Organizers. Timeline Maker.

TimeToast Timeline Creator. Infographic Tools. The author's posts are entirely his or her own (excluding the unlikely event of hypnosis) and may not always reflect the views of Moz. Hello there! I'm Miranda Rensch, Product Manager at SEOmoz and lover of visual communication. Communicating visually is one of the most effective ways to explain complex concepts and relationships, and can be a great way to explain your services/products and create valuable site content.

I often use diagrams and whiteboarding in order to communicate new features and concepts internally with my team. I've compiled a list of tools you can use to create visualizations, or simply use to communicate visually with your teammates. Tools for creating simple infographics and data visualizations 1. Piktochart is a web-based tool that has six decent free themes (and a whole bunch more for the paid version) for creating simple visualizations. 2. is another free web-based tool for creating infographics. 3. 4. 5. [Bonus!]

Tools for diagraming and wireframing. MindMup: Graphic Organizer. Prezi. General. What a Teen Librarian Does. Big Teen Events. Part 1: Why Should I Try Big Programming? When I mention to some people that I’ve helped organize events that were not only staffed by teens, but also attended by over 100 of their peers, I get a variety of reactions: admiration, respect, but mainly people questioning my sanity. As someone who could get 6 teens in room on a good day (maybe more if there was pizza), making the jump from small, niche programs to taking a chance on planning something big required a lot of work and a big leap of faith. Now that I’ve lived to survive two large events and am in the midst of planning a third, I feel like I’m at a point where I can share what I’ve learned so perhaps you won’t end up crawling into a ball and crying when your administration suggests you “think outside the box” with your programming.

So what is big programming? Big programming is about planning events that appeal to a large demographic of teens. Hunger Games participants salute Panem. Entrance to the Haunted Library. Makerspaces - 16 Tools. "There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. " What is a makerspace? You’ve no doubt been hearing that word more than a few times over the past several years. Makerspaces, also called hackerspaces, hackspaces, and fablabs, are collaborative spaces where people gather to get creative with DIY projects, invent new ones, and share ideas.

Since the first official makerspace convened six years ago in a library in upstate New York, libraries have remained an ideal setting for makerspace events across the country. Many offer community resources like 3D printers, software, electronics, craft and hardware supplies, and more. There were more than 135 million adult makers, more than half of the total adult population in America, in 2015. Articles & Blog Posts on Makerspaces 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) 5.) 6.) 7.) 8.) 9.) 12.)

Maker Faire Makerspaces Directories 1.) 2.) 3.) 4.) Revitalizing Community Spaces. 27 Things School Librarian. Unshelved Comic. Free Databases. MEDLINE/PubMed. Return to PubMed MEDLINE® contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world. PubMed® provides free access to MEDLINE and links to full text articles when possible.

The following resources provide detailed information about MEDLINE data and searching PubMed. If you cannot find the information you seek, please contact NLM Customer Service. PubMed New and Noteworthy: List of changes to PubMed by date, with links to the Technical Bulletin.NLM Technical Bulletin: The NLM Technical Bulletin is your main source for detailed information about changes and updates to NLM resources, including MEDLINE and PubMed.NLM-Announces:NLM e-mail list for announcing important information and changes to NLM systems including PubMed.PubMed-Alerts:An announcements-only e-mail list that notifies subscribers of major system problems with PubMed, the MeSH Database and the NLM Catalog (Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm ET).

Back to Top (See also Help and Training Resources) The 2012 Statistical Abstract. What is the Statistical Abstract? The Statistical Abstract of the United States, published since 1878, is the authoritative and comprehensive summary of statistics on the social, political, and economic organization of the United States. Use the Abstract as a convenient volume for statistical reference, and as a guide to sources of more information both in print and on the Web. Sources of data include the Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Bureau of Economic Analysis, and many other Federal agencies and private organizations. The U.S. Sources of Data The Abstract is also your guide to sources of other data from the Census Bureau, other Federal agencies, and private organizations. [Excel] or the letters [xls] indicate a document is in the Microsoft® Excel® Spreadsheet Format (XLS).

Available for free from Microsoft®. Denotes a file in Adobe’s Portable Document Format. Available free from Adobe. Indicates a link to a non-government web site. U.S. Dept of Labor. CareerOneStop. Library of Congress. C.I.A. Factbook. Library of Congress Home.

Associations. ISLMA. AASL. YALSA. IL Board of Educ. CPS Guidelines. IL State Library. E-News is the best way to find out what’s happening at the Illinois State Library (ISL), and the first place you will learn about grant offerings, continuing education opportunities and other news you need to know. In case you've missed one of the E-News, issues from the past two years are archived below. Spring 2014 Winter 2014 Fall/Winter 2013 Summer 2013 Spring 2013 Winter 2013 Fall/Winter 2012 Summer 2012 Spring 2012 Winter 2012 Fall/Winter 2011 Back to Top Summer 2011 Spring 2011 Winter 2011. Media Literacy. Digital Literacy Lesson Plans. 21 Literacy Resources. By Kimberly Tyson, Ph.D., Update: This post was originally published in February, 2013 If you follow this blog, you know that I believe effective vocabulary instruction is just about the most important instructional activity for teachers to get right.

For lots of reasons. Vocabulary influences fluency, comprehension, and student achievement. In addition, a broad vocabulary is important for effective speaking, listening, reading and writing.Vocabulary is a foundational component of an effective K-12 comprehensive literacy framework. I’ve posted previously about the importance of effective vocabulary instruction and developed a popular Infographic featuring the “Top 10 Characteristics of Effective Vocabulary Instruction.”

In today’s 21st century classrooms, digital tools should coexist alongside more traditional tools. The following digital tools show promise to support word learning, review, and play with language. 21 Literacy Resources For The Digital Teacher 1. Center for Media Literacy. 21st Century Skills ( Citations. OWL. Coming Soon: A new look for our same great content! We're working hard this summer on a redesign of the Purdue OWL. Worry not! Our navigation menu and content will remain largely the same. If you are having trouble locating a specific resource, please visit the search page or the Site Map. The Online Writing Lab (OWL) at Purdue University houses writing resources and instructional material, and we provide these as a free service of the Writing Lab at Purdue. Students, members of the community, and users worldwide will find information to assist with many writing projects.

For more information about services for the Purdue University community, including one-to-one consultations, ESL conversation groups and workshops, please visit the Writing Lab site. Mission The Purdue University Writing Lab and Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) assist clients in their development as writers—no matter what their skill level—with on-campus consultations, online participation, and community engagement. Books. Project Gutenberg. NY Times Best Sellers.

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