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What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?

What Does the Next-Generation School Library Look Like?
3D printers like this one can be found at Monticello High School’s new library/WikiCommons At a time when public libraries are starting to offer everything from community gardening plots to opportunities to check out humans for conversations, some school libraries are similarly re-evaluating their roles and expanding their offerings. Case in point: Monticello High School in Charlottesville, Virginia. When librarian Joan Ackroyd arrived there four years ago, she found an environment very different from the “engaging, creative, fun” elementary and middle school libraries to which she was accustomed. Ackroyd decided this wasn’t optimal. As her first step, she and her co-librarian at the time (music teacher Dave Glover), converted a storeroom into a technology lab. Teachers balked because the library was no longer quiet, but students liked it, and many at-risk students became frequent visitors. “Students work more productively in that kind of environment,” Ackroyd says. Related Related:  Learning.

Augmented Reality Simply Explained for Students June 18, 2014 The integration of Augmented Reality technology into learning is growing by leaps and bounds. The potential of this technology in education is uncontestedly huge and several classes now are using it to teach key literacy and mathematical concepts to students. This series of videos is an example of how students in primary are using augmented reality in their learning. Augmented reality should not be confused with virtual reality, for the boundaries of each concept are clearly demarcated. I have already shared some interesting resources on augmented reality tips, tools, and apps to use in your class with students. I am also adding this awesome video explanation from Commoncraft on what augmented reality is all about.

3 Good Resources for History Teachers June 18, 2014 Below are three good websites for history teachers. These websites provide a range of resources and materials related to history teaching. Check out this post for more similar web resources for teaching history. 1- School History School History is a website that provides a wide variety of teaching materials for history teachers.These materials are arranged into different categories such as online history lessons, interactivities, interactive games, and interactive quizzes. This site also provides over 600 free downloadable worksheets and PowerPoint presentations. 2- History on The Net History On The Net is a website that provides free resources and materials for history teachers.These resources cover a range of historical topics such as : Ancient History, Middle Ages, American History, and General History. 3- History Mad

New Wonderful Twitter Guide for Teachers and Educators June 18, 2014 As I have repeatedly stated in several instances here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, online social networking remains one of the powerful routes to any effective and sustained teacher professional development plans. Social networks open up a whole new horizon of promising opportunities for on-the-go and at-any-time learning. One of the preeminent social networking site in this regard is the microblogging platform Twitter. The power of Twitter resides in the kind of connections and networks it allows you to make.Twitter is by far the social networking platform that teachers and educators populate the most. Using Twitter to grow professionally is a theme I have extensively talked about in previous posts ( see this post or this one ). This visual is created by UKEdChat.

Great Interactive Tutorials to Raise Search Savvy Students June 19, 2014 Search literacy is an important element of the 21st century learning. The web is teeming with all kinds of information and part of this information is nothing but junk. To let our students and kids surf this ocean of information without equipping them with the necessary gear is analogous to canoeing through turbulent waves, chances of staying afloat are next to impossible. Howard Rheingold, a renowned academic scholar and author of "Net Smart: How to Thrive Online ", refers to this phenomenon as crap detection. The first thing we all need to know about information online is how to detect crap, a technical term I use for information tainted by ignorance, inept communication, or deliberate deception. Learning to critically 'consume' web content requires some explicit practice and mastery of key search and web navigation skills. Please bear in mind that these resources are only for use for non commercial educational purposes. 1- Research It Right! 2- Searching with Success!

Before the Digital Gap Splits Further, Now is the Time for Computer Literacy Learning computational thinking and its language, various forms of computer code, needs to be elevated to the same level of importance as reading as writing, lest we risk perpetuating inequality in public education, argues Tasneem Raja in her Mother Jones article.Raja writes: “In other words, computational thinking opens doors. For while it may seem premature to claim that today every kid needs to code, it’s clear that they’re increasingly surrounded by opportunities to code—opportunities that the children of the privileged are already seizing. Related

Guide to the Best Homeschooling and Unschooling Resources Getty Overwhelming. That’s the word you hear when you ask homeschooling parents about the resources available to them today. The homeschooling and unschooling movements, along with the open-education resource movement, have led to a wealth of free or low-cost and high-quality material available, especially online. Lisa Nalbone, a “self-directed education” proponent and former schoolteacher in California, helped her son, UnCollege guru Dale J. Nalbone suggests that when it comes to finding resources, unschooling parents should find a community – a support group of like-minded folk who can help – and, as early as possible, involve your child in the process of finding resources. “Without helping your child learn that underlying skill, you’re missing out,” says Nalbone. It must be noted that unschoolers do distinguish themselves from homeschoolers. These are some of the top sites recommended by home educators. * Comprehensive resource lists can be found on some homeschool blogs. Related

A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students June 17, 2014 One of the essential features of Google Image, but overlooked by most students, is to search for images using images instead of text. This is especially important when searching for information around a certain image. For instance, in a field trip with class to the local zoo, students came a cross a little bug that they did not know. To learn more about this bug they can use their smart phones to take a picture of it and upload it to Google Image. If the first page of search results did not turn out accurate results they can add some text to the image ( like for example its colour, how many legs it has...etc). Searching Google Image using images is also ideal when looking for more information about a picture you come across online. Here is how you can search Google Image using images : Head over to Google Image and click on the camera icon Once the picture is uploaded (takes only few seconds) a search results page will be displayed.

A Must Have Resource of TED Talks for Your Class June 17, 2014 TED is a a great video resource I have often recommended and featured in several of my posts here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning. TED talks are both informative and inspirational and there are a variety of ways to integrate them in your teaching. For instance, you can use them with your students to enhance their oral and communicational skills through sparking discussions around particular topics. TED has over 1000 recorded talks spanning various themes and topics and to look for videos to use in class from this huge pile will be a time consuming task. Also, some of the playlists are based on talks curated by popular figures and authors such as Dan Pink list, David Blaine list, or Ken Robinson list to mention but a few.

Going All In: How to Make Competency-Based Learning Work Getty Images New Hampshire is the first state to change its education policies to credit high school students — and soon elementary and middle school students, too — for progressing based on what they’ve mastered, not the number of hours they spend in school. Known as a competency-based system, the idea is to define the core skills and concepts students should master and only move them forward once they’ve achieved mastery of every competency rather than their “seat time.” In traditional schools, students progress if their average grade is high enough, which may leave room for holes in their understanding of concepts they’ll need in future classes. Advancing students based on their mastery of subjects is now the state policy of New Hampshire, but a long history of local control over education means the policy is being implemented very differently in every school district. “What we saw really lacking was the core concept that students would be advancing upon mastery,” Freeland said.

20 Great Rubrics for Integrating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy in Your Teaching June 15, 2014 I have always been inspired by the great work of Andrew Church. This guy has been one of my authority sources for everything related to Bloom's digital taxonomy. Andrew provided a detailed account of how teachers can align the thinking levels of Bloom's original taxonomy with the different digital tools. I have already shared here several examples of web tools and mobile apps that can be used to promote Bloom's digital thinking skills; but today I am sharing with you some wonderful rubrics to help you integrate Bloom's digital taxonomy into your teaching. These rubrics are designed by Andrew Church and are available for free download from this page. Each of these rubrics is related to a tinkling stage of Bloom's taxonomy. Here is a quick round-up of all the Bloom's digital taxonomy rubrics created by Andrew: Remembering: