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Literacy Courseware Challenge - Request for Proposal - Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation - 0 views

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      self pace instruction
  • mastering the Common Core State Standards for literacy at the 4th–8th grade levels
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21st Century Information Fluency | - 3 views

    Digital magazine dedicated to information fluency
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How to solve impossible problems: Daniel Russell's awesome Google search techniques - 11 views

    Russell posed a riddle:

    What's the phone number of the office where this picture was snapped?

    Let that sink in. He wasn't asking for a phone number for the skyscraper in the picture, which sounds hard enough. He wanted the phone number of the precise office where the photographer was standing when the picture was taken.
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Technology - Alexis Madrigal - How Do You Cite a Tweet in an Academic Paper? - The Atla... - 5 views

  • The Modern Language Association likes to keep up with the times. As we all know, some information breaks first or only on Twitter and a good academic needs to be able to cite those sources. So, the MLA has devised a standard format that you should keep in mind.
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Public Praxis: Interventionist Librarianship - 3 views

    Here's a media rich blog with some disruptive ideas.
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A Fabulous Laboratory @ the FFL - 1 views

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Full Interview: David Weinberger on LibraryCloud and ShelfLife | Spark - 4 views

    Podcast interview About a new way to browse and discover library resources. 
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Harold Jarche » Personal Knowledge Management - 2 views

    • Network learning, at the individual level, includes:

      • Personal directed learning – how individuals can use social media for their own (self-directed) personal or professional learning; and
      • Accidental and serendipitous learning – how individuals, by using social media, can learn without consciously realizing it (e.g., incidental or random learning).
  • At its core, network learning is a way to deal with an ever-increasing amount of digital information. It requires an open attitude toward learning and finding new things. Each worker needs to develop individualized processes of filing, classifying and annotating information for later retrieval.
  • As Louis Pasteur said, chance favours the prepared mind [Stevin Berlin Johnson says that chance favours the connected mind].
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  • a continuous process of seeking, sensing and sharing.
    I think this article would answer a question sometimes asked in E-learning for Educators.  When introduced to Diigo and information fluency concepts, some ask: Why are we learning this?  

    Harold Jarche, a Canadian business consultant who bills himself a "thought catalyst" lives up to his billing in this fascinating article,
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AASA :: Tom Friedman on Education in the 'Flat World' - 1 views

  • My friend Joel Cawley from IBM was telling me that his daughter, who was in junior high, came home one day and said, “Dad, my teacher has banned Wikipedia. She says that we cannot cite Wikipedia in any papers because it’s unreliable.” Joel said he thought that was a real mistake, that kids should be forced to learn how to navigate, how to judge what’s in Wikipedia. They should be taught to triangulate it with what’s in the Encyclopaedia Britannica and what’s in other sources. One of the scary things to me about the Internet is that it’s an open sewer of untreated, unfiltered information. If kids don’t know how to navigate — to know if something is really true and not just to grab the latest thing off Wikipedia — they’re going to have a problem in life.
  • to be curious that means you’ve got to cut across them. Curiosity is all horizontal, but specialties are vertical. And specialties protect themselves. So if I can’t move horizontally to take me where my curiosity is taking me, I have got a real problem.
  • You’ve got schools moving ever more toward routines, right answers, and standardization — at precisely the moment that the wider world is moving toward novelty, nuance and customization. It’s scary. And it’s not the fault of teachers, principals and superintendents. In fact, the more time I spend in schools, the more I realize how heroic the work they’re doing really is.
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  • Know what you believe and stick with it. Don’t let people knock you off your game, because it’s so easy to do in this world. The teachers and administrators I remember most and respected best were people who were real pillars of integrity, rectitude and toughness. You’ve got to stand your ground.
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Health Information Online: How to check the quality? « ScienceRoll - 3 views

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FairSpin - About - 3 views

  • Political discourse in this country is more polarized than ever, and part of the problem is how we get our news. The distinction between "news" and "opinion" has become clouded as reporters, writers, pundits, and talking heads all search for new ways to hold onto our attention. With so many voices shouting at us, it's getting harder to know who to listen to.
  • FairSpin is a site that collects the full spectrum of political news and opinion and lets the community sort it out. By voting if a particular story leans left or right (or not at all), the community works together to separate news from opinion (opinions are great, they just shouldn't masquerade as news). By creating a complete view of the political spectrum, FairSpin helps you make your own judgments about the headlines of the day and the people writing them.
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Your Guide to Good Journalism - NewsTrust - 1 views

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  • NewsTrust helps people find good journalism online. Our review tools let you rate the news based on journalistic quality, not just popularity. These ratings help determine the daily selection of top news and opinions featured on the site.
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The CRAP Test | Work Literacy - 5 views

  • Just saw this resource - The CRAP Test - love the acronym because it will be a memorable way to look for what’s crap and what’s not.  They provide the following questions.  I wanted to note this because evaluation of content is certainly one of the topics we’ll discuss here.
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The extended mind - how Google affects our memories | Not Exactly Rocket Science | Disc... - 1 views

    Sparrow sums it up best: "[Our] results suggest that processes of human memory are adapting to the advent of new computing and communication technology. Just as we learn through transactive memory who knows what in our families and offices, we are learning what the computer "knows" and when we should attend to where we have stored information in our computer-based memories. We are becoming symbiotic with our computer tools, growing into interconnected systems that remember less by knowing information than by knowing where the information can be found."
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School Technology Paradise: Video of Buffy Hamilton's Presentation at ISTE - 9 views

  • Here's the promised video of Buffy Hamilton's talk at the ISTE Conference. This presentation should be seen by everyone in the library profession.
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Searcheeze Beta - Search Collaboration for Content Curation | - 3 views

    • Publish a magazine for each topic you like to curate
    • Share your work on blogs and social accounts
    • Get followed and become an influencer
    • Organize the content as you like
    • Contextualize adding value
    • Curate also in group to minimize the effort
    • Collect text, images, video and audio streams from the web
    • Stop fighting with cut&paste from web pages into text docs
    • Mix content from different pages
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Can We Teach Creative and Critical Thinking? - Education - GOOD - 5 views

  • how is creative or critical thought defined and taught? And by what assessment can we measure it, if at all?
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