June 30, 2014

A SlideShare and a BIG IDEA: Joyce Valenza Proposes #globaltl - Librarians Without Borders



Joyce Valenza is a visionary, and I am her #1 Fan! ... Okay, okay, I hear you teacher-librarians out there. +Joyce Valenza has a LOT of #1 Fans. :)

This SlideShare introduces #globaltl, a hashtag and a Google + public community.

YES, the show highlights teacher-librarians' work busting borders.

BUT, anyone looking to connect globally will find a nugget or two in this idea show.

AND, YES, teacher-librarians can help you connect!




June 24, 2014

Considering Minecraft for Your Classroom? 12 Outstanding Resources to help you make your decision



Considering Minecraft in your classroom or just want to know what the buzz is all about? 

Check out these 12 outstanding resources!

I'm preparing for our GHO tonight Minecraft in the Classroom -- Why? .. Why Not? --  and I'll be including this post in the show notes.


Brain-based research

1. Can gaming change education? Brain research has answers. ecampus news, March 12, 2014.

Mentions:

Google Scholar curated results

3. Minecraft, beyond construction and survival by ACM (Assn for Computing Machinery)
Digital Library, 2014.

Teaching Science, v58 n3 p55-58 Sep 2012.


Web reviews and articles

5. Commonsense Media review of Minecraft.

6. Minecraft or MinecraftEdu at School? Pros, Cons, and What it's Great For - Graphite Reviews and Ratings, September 24, 2013.

7. Minecraft in Schools, with curricular links, by Ian Keane, January 17, 2013.

8. How Minecraft Teaches Reading, Writing and Problem Solving - Ask a Tech Teacher, April, 2014.

9. Beyond 'Screen Time': What Minecraft Teaches Kids - The Atlantic, April 28, 2014.

10. Should teachers use Minecraft in our classrooms? - BBC, June 20, 2014 (video briefly addresses the concern about addiction)

Videos


11. Is Minecraft the Ultimate Educational Tool? from PBS Idea Channel.



(See the great feedback in the comments)

12. Using Minecraft as an Educational Tool from Edutopia.


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Check out our hangout below, with +Shane Asselstine+Stephen Elford+Michelle Carlson Colte and +Rachel Armstrong discussing why they think Minecraft belongs in the classroom.  Watch live at 7PM HST, or later.


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June 11, 2014

Find of the Day: Tweet Directly from Chrome's Omnibox with Chromnitweet



I'm a BIG FAN of Chrome's Omnibox for doing searches, as this slideshare attests.
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So I had to try Chromnitweet.

I'm loving it!




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