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John Evans

We Love Books, Just as Much as Makerspaces: The Story of How Our Students Built Our Col... - 3 views

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    "Something that bothers me so much is when I read articles that talk about how libraries are becoming makerspaces.  Our makerspace is one component of the participatory culture that runs through our space.  Anyone who knows my story knows that my point of entry into the Maker Movement was through literacy, so for me, literacy and making have always gone hand in hand.  

    When I began as the Library Media Specialist at New Milford High School, I walked into a library that was similar to many school libraries in older schools.  It was very traditional looking, with tall stacks and lots and lots of books that students simply did not check out, nor have an interest in.  The collection was out of date and had not been weeded in decades.  One of the tasks for me was to weed the books.  During that weeding process, I decided that traditional nonfiction that made it through the weeding process would be sent to classrooms to build up their classroom research libraries.  I decided to keep any memoirs or narrative nonfiction that we had in our collection, since those were the kinds of books I discovered so many of our students did enjoy reading and would check out.  Amongst the vast fiction collection, we did find a few gems, but mostly we either discarded books that were no longer relevant to our students, gave them to classrooms who wanted them, or to individual students who showed an interest.  In the end, I was able to preserve just a few shelves of books.  As a result, I was tasked with rebuilding our collection."
John Evans

30 Lessons For Teachers From Dr. Seuss - 3 views

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    "Dr. Seuss is gold-whimsical and visually interesting traipses through surreal worlds, and always full of life advice.

    And life advice is learning advice, and learning advice-well, that's why we're all here, yes?

    There are themes below that apply directly to the responsibilities of a teacher. Let's face it-teaching is an emotional roller coaster, and a microcosm for life itself, full of tedium and wonder, disappointment and triumph, down days and days to celebrate. Take #11 for example-you have brains in your head and feet on your choose, you can steer yourself any direction you choose-can be both encouragement to elementary students, or high school students taking themselves-and life-too seriously."
Phil Taylor

Are Our Educators Prepared For Their Students? | My Island View - 0 views

  • The past learning experiences of educators are so different from the current and evolving experiences of their students that relevance as an educator is extremely important.
  • In the 20th century information was for the most part slower to change and often controlled by a small group of power brokers.
  • Smartphones, which are not really phones, but powerful computers with phone capabilities.
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  • Developing students who are flexible and willing to continually learn is the best we can do to insure their future.
John Evans

Can creativity be taught? | eSchool News - 2 views

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    "As we look at future jobs and technological advancements, having creativity is essential in the workplace. Robots and AI will be able to handle many tasks, even replacing some types of jobs, but we will still need creative thinkers and designers to move ahead globally. As educators, how do we ensure that students learn this skill in our curriculums? Can creativity be taught? Why are some people more creative than others? If you tell students to be creative, do they even know what it means or where to begin?"
Phil Taylor

Why Even Young Students Benefit From Connecting Globally | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

  • I worry that young children who are isolated from social technologies will not learn HOW to be safe online
John Evans

MLA Citation Templates: Easy Infographic for Students - EasyBib Blog - 3 views

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    "We understand that it can be difficult (and sometimes confusing!) for students to piece together their MLA citations. That's why we created an MLA format citation template for you to share, distribute, and/or post for your students.

    This infographic helps your students properly cite books, websites, online videos, online journal articles, and digital images in MLA format. While there are other variations for these citations, this template reflects the most common way to cite these source types.

    Whether you decide to use this in conjunction with a research project, place it on display in your classroom as a visual reference, or print it out so students can store it in their binders or notebooks is up to you. The possibilities are endless. We want your students to be responsible researchers, who acknowledge the work of original authors, which in turn prevents plagiarism. Hopefully, this template makes it easier for your students to achieve this goal.

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John Evans

You're 96 Percent Less Creative Than You Were as a Child. Here's How to Reverse That | ... - 2 views

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    "If you haven't said it yourself, someone has said it to you: "I'm just not that creative."

    Most of us wouldn't mind being just a little more creative. Fortunately, you can. Not only are there proven ways to increase your creativity, but also, according to research, all of us have a creative gene.

    In a longitudinal test of creative potential, a NASA study found that of 1,600 4- and 5-year-olds, 98 percent scored at "creative genius" level. Five years later, only 30 percent of the same group of children scored at the same level, and again, five years later, only 12 percent. When the same test was administered to adults, it was found that only two percent scored at this genius level.

    According to the study, our creativity is drained by our education. As we learn to excel at convergent thinking--or the ability to focus and hone our thoughts--we squash our instinct for divergent, or generative, thought. The 5-year-old in us never goes away, though. Here are four ways to rediscover your creative genius."
John Evans

On search agility: There's more than one place to start - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 0 views

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    "I don't think I know anyone who isn't in a search rut. We usually begin our search in one of two search giants. But while they may not have achieved verb status, we have other choices well worth discovering.

    And it's kinda in our ballpark to ensure that appropriate choices are easily available on both desktops and mobile devices.

    Today, I'd like to share a few search engine options that might be worth sharing in a curation with your learning community. "
John Evans

Innovate My School - Make this your most digital year yet! - 1 views

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    "Digital literacy: I'm sure you've been told this is important for students in the 21st Century. But did anyone mention it's also important for teachers too? Believe me, it is! Digital literacy is about digital skills, skills which help you use tech, create with tech and be safe using tech. So obviously as students increase in their use of technology we have to support them in how to use it wisely, correctly and safely. The same applies to teachers."
John Evans

Some of The Best STEAM Websites for Teachers and Students ~ Educational Technology and ... - 6 views

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    "In today's post we are sharing with you one of our popular visuals in 2017. It features a collection of some good educational websites to use  in the teaching and learning of STEAM content. We have particularly highlighted the platforms we have reviewed in the past and which have received positive feedback from our readers. We invite you to check it out and share with us  if there are any other suggestions to add to the list. This visual is also available for free download in PDF format."
John Evans

5 Strategies to Demystify the Learning Process for Struggling Students | MindShift | KQ... - 0 views

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    "Barbara Oakley's professional biography does not suggest that she was once a struggling math and science student: She is an engineering professor, author of A Mind For Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science and Mindshift: Break Through Obstacles to Learning and Discover Your Hidden Potential (which is not affiliated with this MindShift). Oakley co-created Coursera's most popular course, "Learning How to Learn," with Terrence Sejnowski, which has enrolled nearly 2 million students. 

    But Oakley is a self-described "former math flunky" who "retooled" her brain - and who has since made it her life's work to help others learn how to learn by explaining some key principles from modern neuroscience. "
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