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Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students

Note Taking Skills for 21st Century Students
Note taking skills aren’t just automatic. We tell students “take notes” but they have no idea what that means. What makes “good notes.” What do they write down? How should notes look? Ever since I went through the Writing Across the Curriculum Course at my school I realized the tremendous gap between “writing” as we’ve taught it traditionally and 21st century writing skills. Now I have a new frustration that has me grappling with noteaking. So, now, I’m taking the approach of helping students master analog notetaking. A note about In-Flip: The kids love it. I want to know what they are getting out of the videos and if they are pulling out the essential questions I’m giving them. So, here are some of the essential notetaking skills I’ve taught them so far. Cornell Notetaking System My favorite Cornell notetaking video is by Jennifer DesRochers. This method is THE SINGLE MOST important reason (besides studying myself blind) that I graduated first in my class from Georgia Tech. You did it!

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Articulating an Impact on Student Learning by Elizabeth Burns, Assistant Professor, School Library Program, Department of Teaching & Learning, Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), passed in December 2015, positions school librarians as Essential Personnel and provides potential dedicated funding to effective school libraries–IF we make them understand why school librarians matter. ESSA falls short, however, of identifying what characterizes an effective school library program. Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? If This… Then… It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. Not being familiar with online digital rights and responsibilities (hey, teachers did not grow up with the Internet being around), educators are wading through uncharted waters (hey, I did not know that I could not just google an image to use. If someone puts it up online it is free for the taking). That does not mean they can close their eyes and pretend life is the same or that the same rules apply to online versus offline use of copyrighted material with their students.

Making the leap: Students as creators, not consumers Back in the early 80’s, my sister and I used to play a game called ‘the floor is lava’. The game had tremendously high stakes, and not only because of the trouble we would be in if Mum caught us. We imagined that the lounge room carpet was a sea of molten rock, and we climbed from one piece of furniture to another as we chased each other around the room. One misstep, and we fell to certain death… Life in 2016 sometimes feels as though it is one huge game of ‘the floor is lava’. We are constantly navigating the safest way forward, in a society awash with volcanic explosions of information and technological change.

How A School Library Increased Student Use By 1,000 Percent Listen to the full interview: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 51:45 — 71.4MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | Read Transcript Last year at Big Walnut Middle School in Sunbury, Ohio, there were some days when fewer than ten students passed through the library doors. 11 Note-Taking Tips For The Digital Classroom With less books, paper, and pencils and more laptops, smartphones, and tablets gracing our classrooms these days, it would be logical to say that the nature of note-taking in class has changed, too. Especially with digital tools such as Evernote, writing things down on paper seems less likely to be the #1 way of taking notes. That said, does taking notes really help? Does the physical act of writing something down help you to remember it?

A Detailed List of 9 Self Assessment Questions for a Growth Mindset We recently came across this infographic by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. that beautifully sums up the process of self assessment and the 21st Century Fluencies. In a word, it’s all about evaluation. It couples so well with great formative assessment tools that we wanted to highlight it here and expand a little on each point. As we consider each question, obviously the best answer is “Yes.” But if it’s “No,” we want to understand why. 34 Smart Ideas For Using Smartphones In The Classroom 34 Ways Ideas For Smartphones In The Classroom By Category by John Hardison first appeared on In continuation of last week’s article, Part 1: 44 Better Ways to Use Smartphones in Class, here is a new list of thirty-six additional ideas to help leverage the power of these tech gadgets in the learning environment. In this blog post, I have attempted to avoid any redundancies. Please join me in helping educators everywhere creatively use smartphones by contributing any overlooked uses and supportive responses via this survey. 34 Smart Ideas For Using Smartphones In The Classroom To Collaborate

10 Online Resources to Improve EL Literacy Many elementary school ESL teachers are now looking at materials for their 2016–2107 classroom. During a recent #ELLCHAT discussion, we shared ideas for choosing materials for ELs. One of the liveliest discussions was about online resources. I’d like to share some online resources that feature books for children and really work well for ELs. The best books sites for ELs have an audio component, and the words are highlighted as they are read. Resources to Help Students Properly Cite Images One thing I learned yesterday is that many people do not know how to use images properly in research. And I’m not talking about middle school or high school students, but college students and teachers, too. It’s mind-boggling (and a little frightening) that so many people blindly take images without a second thought of giving credit or understanding ownership. Librarian Neil Krasnoff led a lively discussion during our PD session yesterday, and our awesome participants had lots of feedback and experiences to share.

Screencastomatic - Novice to Expert Flowchart - Joel Speranza I make a lot of videos. Videos for my students, for parents, for teachers in my school and, of course, videos for you. Over 1000 videos in the last 3 years. That’s about a video a day! To make all of these videos I use a fantastic program called screencastomatic. Online Research: Where to Start The New York Public Library has a huge selection of online content to help with your research, whether it's finding a single article, tracing a family tree, writing a dissertation, or anything in between. Our go-to starting point for online research is our Articles & Databases page. By "databases," we really mean any website where you can access information, be it data, books, articles, sheet music, songs, videos, even guided tutorials. Many of these are purchased by NYPL, giving you access to rich, well-described material that you couldn't find just by searching through Google. But with over 400 subscription databases and even more courtesy links to freely-available websites, it can be hard to figure out where to start.

Learn – Use – Grow This week Grades 3-5 students are learning about the rights individuals have to protect their intellectual property. The Digital Passport Module Mix-n-Mash (objectives to the right) share information with students about mashups that are created and posted all over the Internet and what types of rules apply to making such creations. In an age where sharing has become almost second nature, students need to understand the importance of gaining permission to use content BEFORE they publish and that they are required to properly give credit for all content created by others. Take a look at the video below titled, “Copyright Perspectives: No, You Stole It” One of the tools many of our elementary students use to give others credit is called EasyBib.