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LIBRARIES ARE RE-BOOTING TO BECOME THE TECH HUB FOR SCHOOLS

Traci Chun, a teacher-librarian at Skyview High School in Vancouver, Washington, is all done with shushing. “When my library is quiet, that’s a red flag,” said Chun. In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations.

"Chun’s district is at the forefront of a national movement to turn K-12 librarians into indispensable digital mavens who can help classroom teachers craft tech-savvy lesson plans, teach kids to think critically about online research, and remake libraries into lively, high-tech hubs of collaborative learning — while still helping kids get books."
http://hechingerreport.org/come-computers-stay-books/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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6 ONLINE TEACHING LESSONS FROM ALBERT EINSTEIN

"Albert Einstein did more than re-write the laws of physics. His personal philosophies are fascinating, and many of his ideas are directly relevant to the practice of online teaching. These online teaching lessons from Albert Einstein offer inspiration for how we, too, can leave a lasting legacy - on the lives of our students."

https://elearningindustry.com/6-online-teaching-lessons-from-albert-einstein?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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134 YOUTUBE CHANNELS THAT WILL MAKE YOU SMARTER

"The 60 YouTube channels that will make you smarter were selected from this master list of 134 nominees. In here you can find many captivating channels."

https://medium.com/the-graph/the-nominees-134-youtube-channels-that-will-make-you-smarter-e4cc9e359811?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY IS SPREADING FAST, BUT THERE'S NO RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

As educators expand the use of education technology, they often face a tricky balance. These tools offer the possibility for innovation – trying something new in a quest to improve teaching and learning. But technology isn’t cheap, and the risk of failure looms.

http://www.thetechedvocate.org/education-technology-spreading-fast-theres-no-recipe-success/?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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RETHINKING THE PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE: MEETING MORE OFTEN, WORKING AS A TEAM

“It’s a whole shift with how we think parents can collaborate with teachers. Parents can also collaborate with each other,” said Maria Paredes, a former teacher who created a model known as Academic Parent-Teacher Teams, or APTT. “We can keep everybody in the know on what’s happening in the classroom.”

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/rethinking-the-parent-teacher-conference-meeting-more-often-working-as-a-team/2017/06/18/b62ff174-4c56-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html?wpisrc=nl_sb_smartbrief&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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CAN YOGA HELP PREVENT TEACHER BURNOUT?

"You can't give what you don't have," said Catherine Cook-Cottone, an associate professor in the department of counseling, school, and educational psychology at the State University of New York's Graduate School of Education in Buffalo. "If a teacher wants to deliver a sense of well-being, a sense of safety, a sense of self-regulation, a sense of active engagement without stress, he or she can't do that if they can't create that within their own bodies."

http://www.edweek.org/tm/articles/2017/06/07/can-yoga-help-prevent-teacher-burnout.html?cmp=soc-edit-tw&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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THE END OF THE VALEDICTORIAN? SCHOOLS RETHINK CLASS RANKINGS

About half of schools no longer report class rank, according to the National Association of Secondary School Principals. Administrators worry about the college prospects of students separated by large differences in class rank despite small differences in their GPAs, and view rankings as obsolete in an era of high expectations for every student, association spokesman Bob Farrace said. There are also concerns about intense, potentially unhealthy competition and students letting worries about rank drive their course selections.

https://apnews.com/1df37d18e36149878f864c2b4e04b152/Valedictorians'-days-numbered?-Schools-rethink-class-ranking&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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HELP FOR THE RELUCTANT TECH USER

"In technology (and in life!), sometimes you’re the teacher and sometimes you’re the student—and it’s completely normal to always be a bit of both. One day, you help a colleague learn the joys of the copy and paste keyboard shortcuts, and the next day you’re learning how to create and edit a YouTube video. So, whether you’re teaching or learning, or a bit of both, here are a few practical tips to make it a little easier for the reluctant tech user."

http://www.nea.org/tools/70878.htm?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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SHARING YOUR BEST WORK WITH OTHER TEACHERS

"If you’re one of those teachers and are willing to share freely, in the digital age you can do so in many different ways. Why would any teacher share for free? There are many reasons, but the best one is this: Sharing, because it promotes reflection and learning, makes you a better teacher."

https://www.edutopia.org/blog/sharing-best-work-other-teachers-peter-paccone?utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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A PRINCIPAL WILL PAY STUDENTS TO FORGO SCREEN TIME THIS SUMMER

"Diana Smith, principal at Washington Latin Public Charter School, has pledged to pay her students $100 each out of her own pocket if they forgo electronic and video screens each Tuesday, starting this week, until school resumes at the end of August."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/can-they-unplug-a-school-principal-will-pay-students-to-forgo-screentime-this-summer/2017/06/09/b22decd4-4c88-11e7-bc1b-fddbd8359dee_story.html?hpid=hp_hp-cards_hp-card-local:homepage/card&utm_medium=social&utm_source=googleplus
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