October 30, 2014

Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise | Cool Tools

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As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.

The True Cost of Free Internet Services | Next Big Thing

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We must be willing to pay for Internet products that enhance learning.

Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly on “Active Learning in the Library” | TDS14

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In “Active Learning in the Library,” presented as part of LJ and SLJ’s virtual event The Digital Shift: Libraries @ the Center, held October 1, Ryann Uden and Shaun Kelly provided advice and suggestions for creating learning environments in libraries, based on Barrington Area Library’s successful model in Chicago.

SLJ Reviews zSpace, a 3-D Platform for the Classroom

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Educator Jason Sellers reviews zSpace, which enables users to view and manipulate objects in a unique, immersive experience.

Nicole Mirra and Antero Garcia on Connected Learning, Civic Engagement | TDS14

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Civic engagement and a sense of shared purpose are key to connected learning, educators Mirra and Garcia emphasized in a tag-team presentation during the Digital Shift virtual event “Libraries @ the Center.”

Appvisory for Educational Children’s Apps | TDS14

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The “Appvisory: Curating and Providing Access to Educational Apps in the Children’s Library” presentation at this virtual conference (#TDS14) provided an abundance of tips and ways to start and improve your library’s app-literacy programming.

Anil Dash Keynote Rallies Librarians to Demand a Web for the People | TDS14

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In an intellectually provocative keynote speech focusing on the privatization of the Internet, Dash called upon librarians to raise their voices and demand a more transparent, public Web.

Shannon Miller: Integrating Technology into Curriculum through Banding Together

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Shannon Miller, a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and former K−12 librarian of the Van Meter (IA) Community School District, turned a Rainbow Loom craze amongst her students into a learning opportunity called Banding Together.

John A. Williams on Connecting Library Resources to Student Learning, Connecting to the Common Core, and other factors impacted by the Digital Shift

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On October 1, Library Journal and School Library Journal will host their fifth annual virtual conference, “The Digital Shift: Libraries @ The Center.” Follett is a Gold Sponsor of the conference, and LJ reached out to John A. Williams, Director of Digital Products for Follett School Solutions, to participate in this series of interviews addressing libraries’ central role in the transformation of our culture from analog experiences to digital experiences.

Educator Spotlight: Renee Hobbs, Director of URI’s Media Education Lab

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Supporting digital literacy, lobbying for fair use, taking on media propaganda. It’s all in a day’s work for Renee Hobbs, director of the Media Education Lab at the University of Rhode Island.