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Learn How to Learn: Smart Strategies That Help Students

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 21st May 2014

Smart Strategies That Help StudentsLearn How to Learn

Students can assess their own awareness by asking themselves which of the following learning strategies they regularly use (the response to each item is ideally “yes”):

• I draw pictures or diagrams to help me understand this subject.

• I make up questions that I try to answer about this subject.

• When I am learning something new in this subject, I think back to what I already know about it.

• I discuss what I am doing in this subject with others.

• I practice things over and over until I know them well in this subject.

• I think about my thinking, to check if I understand the ideas in this subject.

• When I don’t understand something in this subject I go back over it again.

• I make a note of things that I don’t understand very well in this subject, so that I can follow them up.

• When I have finished an activity in this subject I look back to see how well I did.

• I organize my time to manage my learning in this subject.

• I make plans for how to do the activities in this subject.

These questions, too, can be adopted by any parent or educator to make sure that children know not just what is to be learned, but how.

• What is the topic for today’s lesson?

• What will be important ideas in today’s lesson?

• What do you already know about this topic?

• What can you relate this to?

• What will you do to remember the key ideas?

• Is there anything about this topic you don’t understand, or are not clear about?

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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th May 2014

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

To foster creativity, teachers can make room for more freedom around activities in class

project-based learning as a way that educators are beginning to introduce choice, and thus freedom, into school work, making space for at least some creativity.

To develop ideas that could be considered creative, the brain has to be both stable and flexible at the same time.

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Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 12th May 2014

Why Aren’t Teens Reading Like They Used To?

Is  it the digital devices? Not so simple. What can we do to promote back reading?

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The 5 Step Model to Teach Students Critical Thinking Skills

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 11th May 2014

The 5 Step Model to Teach Students Critical Thinking Skills

1- Determine learning objectives
This is the initial phase where you need to identify the behaviours you want your students to exhibit and work on encapsulating these behaviours in an overarching higher order thinking schema.
2-Teach through questioning
The importance of integrating questions into instruction is uncontested. Thought-provoking questions help students explore learning from different perspectives. The art of posing well-formulated questions is regaled by a set of techniques, some of which are included in this wonderful poster: Questions A Critical Thinker Asks.
3-Practice before you assess
This is where hands-on learning activities are called for. To consolidate their understandings and therefore increase the retention rate of information taught, students need to utilize all components of active learning such as simulation, experimentations,rehearsing…etc

4- Review, refine, and improve
Students’ feedback that you can garner either formally or informally constitute the backbone of your teaching procedure. It provides you with insights into areas that students need help with and also informs your teaching objectives and methodology. There are a variety of tools you can use to collect feedback from your students, check out the  8 Practical tools to easily gather students feedback.
5- Provide feedback and assessment of learning
As you need students feedback to help you inform your teaching methodology, students too  need your feedback. They need to learn how they are learning and assess their overall achievement. One way to do this is to provide them with grading rubrics for self-assessment. Here are some other resources to help you provide better feedback to your students:

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10 Amazing Superpowers Humans Will Be Able To Get From Brain Implants

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 8th May 2014

10 Amazing Superpowers Humans Will Be Able To Get From Brain Implants

Smiley face 1. Hear a conversation from across a room, or in a crowded club.
2. Give you the ability to see in the dark.
3. Give you sight that can zoom in on things that are far away.
4. Make you better at math and navigation.
5. Allow you to download skills like in “The Matrix.”
6. Restore damaged memories.
8. Enhance focus and energy, like stimulants without the drugs.
9. Control machines with your mind.
10. Search the web and translate languages.

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Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 8th May 2014


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Mobile Social Marketing in Libraries

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd May 2014

From: Ellyssa Kroski []
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 2:31 PM
Subject: [lita-l] Write a book on mobile social mktg in libraries

Hi Everyone,

I’m working with Rowman and Littlefield Publishers to develop and serve as series editor for a new book series on technology and libraries, and I’m looking for one more author!  If you’re interested in writing a book on Mobile Social Marketing in Libraries please email me at  I’d be happy to give you more information on the series, author compensation, etc.  Here’s an idea of what I have in mind for this book:

  • Mobile Social Marketing in Libraries
  • Snapchat, a new photo and video sharing mobile app logs over 400 million messages every day.  The similar Instagram mobile app boasts over 130 million users.  And the 6-second video-making app Vine has skyrocketed to 40 million users within its first year.  Discover how you can leverage the popularity of these new mobile social applications for your library by joining these social networks and creating engaging content. Learn how to encourage library patrons to create their own content and tag it with the library’s location.  This practical handbook will walk you through the process of planning, creating, and sharing mobile social marketing content for your library.




Ellyssa Kroski


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MOOC and Libraries

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 2nd May 2014

MOOC and Libraries

New ACRL Discussion Group—Library Support for MOOCs


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10 technology hallmarks for every campus

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st May 2014

10 technology hallmarks for every campus

1. High-speed wireless broadband.

According to the Center for Digital Education’s recent “2013 Yearbook: Technology Innovation in Education,” over 80 percent of education institutions surveyed said that wireless broadband was their “top priority for IT investment.”

2. 24/7 IT support.

We have 24/7 support for emergencies and much of our staff, just like at a hospital, are on call. That’s not a perk for the campus, it’s a necessity.

3. The cloud.

The cloud can also: acquire and implement the latest software and application updates; streamline enrollment and admissions processes; and turn to subscriptions that are scalable and provide options, says Edudemic.

4. Digital textbooks.

Planning for digital textbooks means not only boosting mobile device capabilities on campus, but helping faculty learn to implement digital resources into their course.

5. 21st Century PD for faculty and admin.

From offering a MOOC on classroom management online solutions, to hosting a PD session on Twitter, campus admin should offer multiple options for PD delivery, just like how faculty should offer students multiple options for learning–there’s no better way to teach something than to model it first!

6. MOOCs.

[Read: “3 pros and 3 cons of MOOCs.”]

7. Online course management system.

From sending in-class emails to checking grades, course management systems, like Blackboard, offer faculty and students a fairly intuitive way to manage courses more efficiently.

8. Big Data…

Future-proofing universities are beginning to deploy storage solutions to help manage the unstructured data in physical, virtual and cloud environments. More modern storage solutions are also open source for a high learning curve but low cost.


precautions can range from scanning existing databases on the university’s servers to determine where personal information is located and then, depending on the database, destroy the personal information or add more digital security; as well as put cybersecurity systems through a series of penetration tests to highlight security shortcomings.

[Read: “University data breach prompts ‘top-to-bottom’ IT review.”]

10. Social media done well.

of the major ways campuses use social media well is by serving up both “cake” and “broccoli,” or balancing the content that is important and good for the school (broccoli) and the content that is fun and delicious (cake). “If you share enough cake, your audience will consume the occasional broccoli,” she advises.

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Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

Posted by Plamen Miltenoff on 1st May 2014

Why Teachers Should Be Trained Like Actors

From the blog entries discussing the article:

I prefer the student-centered approach, however, where the teacher is more a guide-on-the-side rather than sage-on-the-stage.
Others, too, agree that the trick is to become invisible; active but invisible!

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