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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on April 29, 2013

Net Smart : how to thrive online by Howard Reingold. 302.231 RHE

Daniel H. Pink refers to Net Smart “as a lifeboat for people who want to participate in new technologies without drowning in the flood”.  A guide to being literate in today’s, always-on world.  Illustes how to use the WEB mindfully, articulating a comprehensive set of social norms, practices, and protocols to help unleash the collective power of networked intelligence.

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Culinary Reactions : the everyday chemistry of cooking, by Simon Quellen Field.  664 FIE

The author turns measuring cups, stovetop burners, and mixing bowls into graduated cylinders, Bunsen burners, and beakers.  Every time you follow a recipe, you are experimenting with acids and bases, emulsions and suspensions, gels and foams.  But unlike in a laboratory, you can eat your experiments to verify your hypotheses.  This easy-to-follow primer even includes recipes to demonstrate the concepts being discussed.

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Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 21, 2011

Literacy Is Not Enough: 21st-Century Fluencies For The Digital Age by Lee Crockett, Ian Jukes, Andrew Churches.  The fourth book in the 21st Century Fluency series identifies and explains the fluencies: solution fluency, information fluency, creativity fluency, media fluency, collaboration fluency, and global digital citizenship. The balance of the book introduces the framework for integrating the fluencies in traditional curriculum.

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Apps for Learning: 40 Best iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone Apps For High School  Classrooms by Andrew Churches, Harry Dickens.  Covers mobility apps categories for utilities, general classroom applications also specialty apps designed with unique learning tools that students can utilize both in class and on the go.  Includes detailed descriptions for some of the best apps around for high school students.  Explores the versatility of utility apps like Atomic Web Browser and GoodReader.  Make use of general apps like Evernote, Pages, and Dragon Dictation, or have fun on projects using Garage Band, iMovie, or Whiteboard HD.  Or create unique learning adventures using speciality apps like Comic Touch, StoryKit, Video Science, or NASA App HD. 

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The Active Classroom: Practical Strategies For Involving Students in the Learning Process by Ron Nash. Just by dipping into the book, teachers will be able to begin implementing Nash’s ideas immediately.  A highly valuable resource for busy teachers, who can look at almost any section and within minutes select an idea, a tool, or a strategy, and put it into action the next day.

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On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character by Samuel Casey Carter.  In telling the stories of twelve very different but equally extraordinary schools from all across the country, Carter explains how school cultures are made, how they form student character, and ultimately, how great school cultures harness student character to drive achievement.

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Making Friends PreK-3: A Social Skills Program For Inclusive Settings by Ruth Herron Ross, Beth Roberts-Pacchione.  Second edition. Revised edition of Wanna Play: Friendship Skills For Preschool and Elementary Grades. Reworked to be more effective and added to the program’s strengths for a more enriched social experience.  There are details guiding teachers with lesson objectives and goals.  More suggestions have been added for compensating for different cognitive and developmental levels.  Specifics about lesson preparation and implementation time have been added to help the flow of lesson planning.

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 Unison Reading: Socially Inclusive Group Instruction For Equity and Achievement by Cynthia McCallister.   Unison Reading is a method that shifts responsibility to children for determining which information sources to attend to during the reading process and how these should be integrated.  The method is also based on a commitment to social justice.

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Academic Instruction For Students With Moderate and Severe Intellectual Disabilities in Inclusive Classrooms by June E. Downing. The information and strategies are based in the understanding of the importance and interrelatedness of curriculum, context, and instruction for all students but especially for students with significant disabilities.  Students are not likely to pick up all the possible skills in general education classrooms unless the material has been adapted and the skills taught to them.

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Connecting Content and Academic Language For English Learners and Struggling Students Grades 2-6 by Ruth Swinney, Patricia Velasco. Focuses on amplifying the teaching strategies and modifying the instructional strategies so as to recognize the emergent bilinguals’ “cats and dogs,” and then build upon them.  Swinney and Velasco give teachers ways of leading emergent bilinguals to also find the lions, and tigers, and bears that they’re sure to find if they’re allowed to walk on the same challenging curricular road as all the other children.

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40 Active Learning Strategies For The Inclusive Classroom, Grades K-5 by Linda Schwartz Green, Diane Casale-Giannola. Terms such as brain-based learning, differentiated instruction, and information processing come alive through the vignettes, step-by-step directions, activities, and reflections.  The text steers students and teachers in the direction of learning for retention with active strategies that connect to both the concepts and individual learners.

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Students Taking Charge

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on October 17, 2011

Teaching the 3Cs: Creativity, Curiosity, and Courtesy: Activities That Build a Foundation For Success, by Patricia A Dischler.

Part 1. addresses creativity, that is allowing for creative moments to happen and expanding on them when they do.  Discusses what makes a creative person and what attributes can enhance and bring out creativeness in all children.  Includes activities.

Part 2. focuses on curiosity.  Discusses the importance of curiosity and how it supports further learning.  Explores the connection between curiosity and creativity.  Includes activities that foster creativity.

Finally courtesy is explored.  Teachers and parents are key in supporting this attribute through our modeling.  Activities included that promote courtesy in children. 

The purpose is to create a basis for further learning.

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Students Taking Charge: Inside the Learner-Active Technology-Infused Classroom, by Nancy Sulla.

Intended as a guide to designing an Authentic Learning Unit and structures and strategies to support its implementation.  The early chapters delve into designing an appropriate core problem for students to solve and the analytic rubic to provide them with clearly articulated expectations.  Chapter 4 introduces the notion of “participatory structures”, or ways in which students participate in the learning process.  Chapter 5 addresses differentiation techniques.  Chapter 6 offers a variety of structures and strategies for creating an environment in which students take responsibility for their own learning and thus engage more fully in the learning process.  Chapter 7 offers a look at facilitating learning in this environment.  Chapter 8 addresses physical classroom design. 

The ten principles of the “Learner-Active, Technology-Infused Classroom” are woven throughout and then addressed in the final chapter.

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Making Math Accessible To Students With special Needs: Practical Tips and Suggestions, Grade 3-5.

Each chapter offers informed choices for an array of understandable, doable, best-practice instructional procedures.  Four students are followed throughout with opportunities for reflection to increase personal awareness of both the teacher’s role and students’ needs in the mathematics classroom, tasks to provide interaction with the content of the book, and tips for ideas applicable to real-world classroom situations.  Reflections and tasks in each chapter will actively engage readers and can be used as a self-study professional development tool or as a group book study.

Aims to provide useful tools to provide high-quality, research-based instruction and support for students with special needs.  Includes reproducibles.  Easy-to-read resource, full of practical strategies and lessons based on best practices.  Explains the 5E instructional model – engage, explore, explain, elaborate, and evaluate – and provides a sample 5E lesson plan with clear objectives and materials checklists.

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Activities for English Language Learners Across the Curriculum, Grades K-5, by Stephen A. White. 

Designed to provide educators with diverse classroom activities that will help meet English language learners educational needs.  Includes a variety of strategies that support opportunities for the following: building academic vocabulary, increasing comprehension, developing oral language, developing socialization, cooperative learning, building and activating prior knowledge, and informal assessment with progress monitoring.  The classroom-tested activities are based on students’ language proficiency needs and the key to success with these activities is to know the proficiency level of the students and the appropriate questions to ask students at that proficiency level.

An interactive-Whiteboard-compatible CD is included that contains reproducible teacher resource materials and student activity pages for use with either Macintosh or Windows.  Activities are provided for reading, writing, mathematics, science, and social studies.  The included list of questions is based on new Bloom’s Taxonomy.

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Google World and Education

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on March 21, 2011

Google has created a suite of tools that every school can use in a protected, safe, and free environment.  Explore the possibilities of a revolutionary education enabled by this tool package.  more… Google Apps for Education : Building Knowledge in a safe and free environment, by Roger Nevin, Micah Melton and David V. Loertscher.

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Learn how Google transformed a school in Retool your school : the educator’s essential guide to Google’s free power APPS, by James Lerman and Ronique Hicks.   Includes 40 lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school.

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Going Beyond Google

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on December 3, 2010

Google isn’t up to the task when it comes to serious research, and though your patrons and students have heard of the “invisible,” or “deep” Web, they have no idea how to tap into it. You need practical tools and strategies for teaching them about the Web sources and specialized databases they will never find using everyday search engines. This book will show you in simple, non-technical terms how to integrate the invisible Web into teaching opportunities wherever they occur — in a one-on-one “teaching moment” at the reference desk, or in a formal course.  Find this and other web resources at the Terry James Library.

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Mind, Brain, and Education

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on June 25, 2010

The Mind, Brain, and Education journal  is a new addition to the Terry James Resource Library’s hardcopy serials collection.  This professional journal provides a forum for the accessible presentation of basic and applied research on learning and development, including analyses from biology, cognitive science, and education.

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EBSCOHost Databases provide access to professional and student electronic journals, magazines and newspapers.  Access to EBSCOHost is provided on the Terry James Resource Library website under Quick Links.

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Web Literacy

Posted by terryjamesresourcecentre on August 20, 2008

Welcome to the world wide web.  The Terry James Resource Library has a new blog, and now we have teacher resources that reflect this exciting technology.  Titles include:

Blogs, wikis, MySpace, and more – Making the most of the Web in your classroom – RSS for educators – Podcasting for teachers – Web literacy for educators – Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for the classroom – Web 2.0: new tools, new schools – Classroom blogging

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