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TXLA 2014 | Redefining The School Librarian

TXLA 2014 | Redefining The School Librarian | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Redefining School Libraries. (RT @jenniferlagarde: Sure! My session from #TXLA14 Redefining School Libraries http://t.co/ZBZIHmll70 @sallydw)
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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You:

You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You: | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Over two years ago I wrote Are You a 21st Century Librarian? and proposed the following six behaviors that would describe a 21st Century librarian. You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You: 1. Ar...

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School Library Monthly - The Changing Role of the School Library's Physical Space

A substantive shift to digital content will also change the requirements for the school library's physical space. Library research can occur anywhere: in the classroom, at home, in quiet study areas throughout campus, and the library itself. This opens the physical library up to new uses, such as a vibrant space for collaboration, group study, and even an occasional latte. It can be a space for face-to-face meetings with library staff and teaching information literacy skills to classes.

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces.  The idea that students must be seated at desks working in rows is quickly becoming archaic. Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces. Experts hope that the emerging paradigm will translate into improved learning spaces and influence future architectural design. Stephen Heppell and expert panelists recently spoke in Australia about physical spaces in The changing face of Education. Heppell, an international expert in the fields of learning, new media and technology, is known for his “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground philosophy”. He has moved countless organizations into the digital age. One such project, Ingenium, created a learning space that adapted to the needs of different types of learners.  Kinaesthetic learners who might not benefit from traditional classrooms, for example, had ample space that allowed movement. The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces…


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Eleni Zazani's comment, November 11, 2013 6:15 AM
Very thoughtful piece, thank you!
Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:40 PM

Classrooms should be spaces students do not want to leave. This article goes through the notions of embracing change to meet the needs of Generation Y. As some communities are hesitant to make the change from the traditional classroom spaces the article makes suggestions (variety of different furniture, comfy spaces, mood lighting, encourage community involvement-classroom is inviting for adults as well as students) that will encourage student engagement in the 21st century. 

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Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library

Creating Our Own Unique Learning Environments in Your School Library | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

One of the most amazing transformations that has taken place at NMHS is the creation of the Makerspace in what was our traditional library.  A space that could once be compared to a barren wasteland is now a thriving learning metropolis where students flock to tinker, invent, create, collaborate, work, and most importantly, learn.  When I hired Laura I basically told her what her budget was and that she had complete control of how she wanted to use the money.  I could never have imagined how quickly she could radically transform this outdated space, using money that in the past had always been spent on books, magazines, and electronic databases.


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Glenda Morris's curator insight, March 15, 3:05 PM

Raises ideas about thelibrary as a makerspace 

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 20, 11:28 PM

Awesome maker spaces in this learning commons!

Radhika Singh's curator insight, May 15, 4:21 AM

Thanks for sharing such a fabulous idea for using space creatively.

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The Best Predictor of Digital Book Usage? Physical Book Sales

The Best Predictor of Digital Book Usage? Physical Book Sales | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

Librarians who are the original curation experts, call their process “collection development.” So who curates for these curators? 


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Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift

Engaging with Ebooks Can Aid Children’s Literacy, Study Finds - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
As younger and younger children recognize and use electronic devices as sources of information and entertainment, what is the impact on their literacy skills? Largely a positive one, according to a study in the January edition of SAGE Open.
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Still Relevant: Three School Library Systems Doing It Right ... - Blogs

Still Relevant: Three School Library Systems Doing It Right ... - Blogs | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Despite many K-12 libraries finding themselves on the chopping block in the budget cuts of recent years, I believe this aspect of student learning is essential for academic and real-world success. Librarians, information ...
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When the Library Is Bigger Than the School | School Library Journal

When the Library Is Bigger Than the School | School Library Journal | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Imagine a school library bigger than the school it supports—with an auditorium, homework center, and a 6,000-square-foot teen room where hundreds of iPads and computers are at students' disposal. That's the reality for 9th ...
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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant - Huffington Post | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
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Many school libraries are already making strides to capture and maintain the interest of students, while others seem to always be trailing just a few steps behind.
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Why the Penguin Merger with Random House Will Kill Overdrive | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News

Why the Penguin Merger with Random House Will Kill Overdrive | Good E-Reader - eBooks, Publishing and Comic News | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Most libraries in North American tend to do business with Overdrive to facilitate their content distribution system for ebooks, audiobooks, and vi
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New chapter: The Impact of School Libraries on Academic ...

New chapter: The Impact of School Libraries on Academic ... | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
We are honored to have co-authored a chapter with our founder, Keith Curry Lance, “The Impact of School Libraries on Academic Achievement,” in the new book School Libraries Matter. In addition to reviewing the school ...

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Robin Jordan's curator insight, July 9, 2013 8:44 AM

Now just need to get a copy...

Linda Mercer's curator insight, July 9, 2013 9:44 AM

Awesome!

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 9, 2013 1:43 PM

advocacy information

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Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift

Flipping the Library: Tips from Three Pros | The Digital Shift 2013 - The Digital Shift | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

Three experts shared tech tips and tools during “Flipped School Libraries,” a rapid-fire, dynamic session during The Digital Shift: Reinventing Libraries (#TDS13) webcast.


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Great advice from three expert TLs about flipping the library
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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

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The Heart of the School: Iowa’s Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion

The Heart of the School: Iowa’s Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
In the halls of Van Meter’s secondary school, teacher librarian Shannon Miller reviews the
initial blueprints for the new library space with architect Johnny Boyd.
Photos by Charlie Litchfield.

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Are School Libraries Still Necessary? - Elementary Librarian

Are School Libraries Still Necessary? - Elementary Librarian | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
This article discusses the question, "Are School Libraries Still Necessary?". School librarians respond to administrators who may be asking this question. (Are School Libraries Still Necessary?
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Are we still asking this question…it never goes away!

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What exactly does ‘blended learning’ look like? This video explains | Hechinger Report

The term “blended learning” is fast-becoming one of the education buzzwords that you will hear at conferences and in news articles.

Some call it digital learning or “personalized learning,” which is another way of describing how teachers can work with students at their individual skill level and deliver real-time instruction as needed — with the help of technology.


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Viv Hall's curator insight, February 2, 10:53 PM

Teachers, students and prinipals discuss how they use blended learning. Combining online and f2f lessons enables students to take more responsibility for their learning. 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, February 6, 12:41 AM

Feeling confused with this increasingly popular term and what it actually means?  This should help clarify things a little.

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Leading In and Beyond the Library

Leading In and Beyond the Library | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it

This paper explains the key role that school librarians and libraries should play in state- and districtwide efforts to transition to digital learning, or the effective use of technology to improve teaching and learning.


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Jo Laretive's curator insight, February 1, 8:18 PM

A useful paper for planning goals and visions for your school library.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 3, 1:48 PM

Role of school libraries and librarians in teaching, learning and research

josé krijnsen's curator insight, February 19, 2:26 PM

Digital learning and Education technology

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The Promise of 1:1: Rollouts Are Opportunities for Reinvention ...

The Promise of 1:1: Rollouts Are Opportunities for Reinvention ... | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
And after reflecting on conversations at the SLJ Summit and with librarians in the nationally recognized Mooresville (NC) Graded School District, I believe that a seminal opportunity exists for school library programs.
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The Adventures of Library Girl: Five MORE Conversations [About ...

The Adventures of Library Girl: Five MORE Conversations [About ... | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
A few years ago, I wrote a post about a few school-library related conversations that I was tired of having. As I said at the time, I believe debate is healthy and, indeed, necessary to our continued survival.
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Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed! - Huffington Post

Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed! - Huffington Post | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
Welcome to Today's Totally Modern Library: No 'Shushing' Allowed!
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The Value of School Librarian Support in the Digital World | Love to ...

The Value of School Librarian Support in the Digital World | Love to ... | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
The mission of school librarians in the digital age of information gathering and messaging has not undergone any real change of focus. Even though the ... to read, love to learn. Teacher Librarian in a PYP School in Australia.
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Your School Library – Mobile, Flipped, Curated – an #iste13 session ...

Your School Library – Mobile, Flipped, Curated – an #iste13 session ... | 21st Century Children's Libraries | Scoop.it
I chanced upon a SIGMS session last year at ISTE and really enjoyed the comraderie, humour and sharing by this librarians' group. They lead the way using technology in learning. Although the session was directed at school ...
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