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Hunger Games: School librarians weigh in on whether the books are too violent ... - Toronto.com

Hunger Games: School librarians weigh in on whether the books are too violent ... - Toronto.com | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
They’re meant for young adults, but with all the hype around The Hunger Games books — and now the movie — younger kids are clamouring to read them too.

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Why is dystopian fiction still so popular? - The Guardian

Why is dystopian fiction still so popular? - The Guardian | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teen writer Alex Campbell on the rolling attraction of dystopia – still here, still big, despite predictions of its decline. Is it art imitating life that keeps it hot?

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BJ Neary's curator insight, November 22, 5:01 PM

Thanks to Eric Bateman for this scoop- love dystopian novels STILL!

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Think you know how to Google? Here are 35 search tips you probably don’t know about

Think you know how to Google? Here are 35 search tips you probably don’t know about | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
There's more to a Google search than just inputting a few search terms. Check out some of our favorite Google tips, so you can make the most of the engine.
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Reading is different online than off, experts say

Reading is different online than off, experts say | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Our brains, neuroscientists warn, are developing new circuits with a big impact on non-digital reading

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, April 9, 2:40 AM

This has been clear to many people in education already for years...

donhornsby's curator insight, April 9, 6:33 AM

“We’re spending so much time touching, pushing, linking, scroll­ing and jumping through text that when we sit down with a novel, your daily habits of jumping, clicking, linking is just ingrained in you,” said Andrew Dillon, a University of Texas professor who studies reading. “We’re in this new era of information behavior, and we’re beginning to see the consequences of that.”

donhornsby's curator insight, April 9, 6:35 AM

One of the hallmarks of a leader is taking time to read good books on leadership.  I have suspected that the internet is changing the way that we read - and this article in not encouraging.

 

(From the article): “We’re spending so much time touching, pushing, linking, scroll­ing and jumping through text that when we sit down with a novel, your daily habits of jumping, clicking, linking is just ingrained in you,” said Andrew Dillon, a University of Texas professor who studies reading. “We’re in this new era of information behavior, and we’re beginning to see the consequences of that.”

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7 Reasons Young Adult Books Appeal to Adults - Huffington Post (blog)

7 Reasons Young Adult Books Appeal to Adults - Huffington Post (blog) | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
7 Reasons Young Adult Books Appeal to AdultsHuffington Post (blog)Sometimes you feel like a brooding, meditative tome about classical music and the Cold War. Sometimes you don't.

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Megan Andersen's curator insight, October 24, 2:49 PM

Many people like to judge adults who read young adult books, but they often provide more diverse characters and plot lines than some of the adult authors who basically write the same book over and over.

Jeni Mawter's curator insight, October 26, 5:06 AM

Interesting

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Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy

Don't overlook your school librarian, they're the unsung heroes of literacy | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
School librarians are depressingly underused, argues Sally Dring.
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Reading Australia - Home

Reading Australia - Home | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
This is the Reading Australia Home page. Copyright Agency has developed Reading Australia to make significant Australian literary works more readily available for teaching in schools and universities. These works are being supplemented with online teacher resources and essays by popular authors about the enduring relevance of the works.
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Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading

Read With Me: 5 Tips to Foster a Love for Reading | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Lisa Dabbs shares her enthusiasm for reading with five tried-and-true suggestions for developing a lifelong book habit in young readers who may or may not have discovered the magic of the printed page.


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Jigsaw Planet

Jigsaw Planet | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Free online jigsaw puzzle game
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A great resource to use with an interactive whiteboard during our 'Connect to Learning' for Book Week!

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Designing Libraries Gallery

Designing Libraries Gallery | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
A directory of web links and sources of information on libraries, library organisations, library buildings, library design, technology and innovation.
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An Injection of Ideas on Library Design

An Injection of Ideas on Library Design | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

a recent update of thoughts and resources


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Library Design Showcase 2012: Super Schools | American Libraries Magazine

Library Design Showcase 2012: Super Schools | American Libraries Magazine | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

The following schools have demonstrated their understanding of the centrality of their libraries by creating spaces that support 21st-century learning.


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Isobel Sobey's curator insight, March 29, 2013 5:55 AM

Some good ideas

A. Stott's curator insight, April 29, 2013 1:29 PM

These reconfigurations might be above and beyond our vision, yet they do help us to see what "could be"!

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Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books

Want to get boys reading? Provide them with fewer books | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Martin Jeeps, head of English at The Fulham Boys School, has led a move to reduce the number of books in his school library. Here he explains why.

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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, November 22, 11:42 PM

As Martin explains, "Now, obviously, this strategy suits the fact that, at present, we only have Year 7 boys". Having a separate section for series may be the answer for a school with a number of year levels.

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6 links that will show you what Google knows about you

6 links that will show you what Google knows about you | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Want to find out all the things Google knows about you? Here are 6 links that will show you some of the data Google has about you.


1. Find out how Google sees you


Google attempts to create a basic profile of you, your age, gender, interests. They use this data to serve you relevant ads. You can review how Google sees you here: 


https://www.google.com/ads/preferences/





2. Find out your location history


If you use Android, your mobile device may be sending your location as well as velocity data to Google. You can see your entire location history and export it here:


https://maps.google.com/locationhistory



3. Find out your entire Google Search history


Google saves every single search you have ever done. On top of that, they record every Google ad you have clicked on. This log is available to you here:


https://history.google.com



4. Find out every device that has accessed your Google account


If you worry that someone else might be using your account, you can find a list of all devices that have accessed your Google account, their IP address and approximate location here:


https://security.google.com/settings/security/activity



5. Find out all the apps and extensions that are accessing your Google data


This is a list of all the apps that have any type of access to your data. You can see the exact type of permissions granted to the app and revoke access to your data here:


https://security.google.com/settings/security/permissions



6. Export all of your data out of Google


Google lets you export all your data: bookmarks, emails, contacts, drive files, profile info, your youtube videos, photos and more here:


https://www.google.com/takeout ;
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Jackie French: Schools are failing to teach children to read

Jackie French: Schools are failing to teach children to read | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teaching children how to read is increasingly being outsourced to well-meaning volunteers rather than qualified professionals, according to leading author Jackie French.
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Kids Don't Read Books Because Parents Don't Read Books

Kids Don't Read Books Because Parents Don't Read Books | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
There is a cultural narrative about how electronic devices are pulling children away from books. When I meet with other university professors they often tell me that the students don’t read anymore because their eyeballs are glued to their phones. Technophobes think we are raising a generation that doesn’t understand [...]

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 11, 2:45 AM

An interesting article about the power of parent reading. Not only to  and with their but reading themselves. Being a good role model includes demonstrating reading for please. 

Dorothy Miller's curator insight, September 8, 10:22 AM

I agree with your observation.   When parents and older siblings sit at the dinner table and can't put their electronic devices down to engage in conversation, there is a great possibility that the small child will not be observed reading a book.  I have had parents bring me their students print books because "They don't use them anymore.  They have a ___ to play electronic games and read e-books.  Our teachers are demanding that our school pay for subscription e-books so the children can read them at home.  Some of these subscription sites read the book to the child on the electronic device.  Where is the enjoyment of sitting with a loved grown-up and reading a new or favorite book together?  These children will not have those precious memories.  "Reading aloud is the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading."

(State of Black CT Alliance-2009)

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Craig Kemp's Professional Reflection Blog

Craig Kemp's Professional Reflection Blog | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
A blog about Education, Educational Technology & reflections of what works & doesn't work in schools. #edtech #edchat #education #whatisschool
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40 new titles to feed your YA book addiction - CNN

40 new titles to feed your YA book addiction - CNN | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
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(CNN) -- The impending arrival of fall brings a wave of highly anticipated young adult books. Bloggers have been buzzing for months, readers have been ...
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Girl books vs Boy books

Girl books vs Boy books | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
Authors Kirsty Murray and Myke Bartlett discuss the role gender plays in what young people choose to read.

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Free PDF for Children’s Book Week 2014, Connect to Reading

Free PDF for Children’s Book Week 2014, Connect to Reading | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
In conjunction with my post at The Book Chook, Activities for Children's Book Week 2014 (published 23 May), I want to share the third of several PDFs I've
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Book Week - CBCA

Offers support to authors and illustrators, annual awards, and events. Includes calendar of events, tips on getting published, and a quarterly journal.
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Designing a library for children

Designing a library for children | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it

Children's library should be designed as beautiful as possible, design a good children's library can attract children to read and it will become increasingly diligent...


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School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital age - Palo Alto Online

School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital age - Palo Alto Online | Australian School Libraries | Scoop.it
School libraries in Palo Alto embrace digital agePalo Alto Onlineby Chris Kenrick Students at Gunn High School recently used the "green screen" (for digital backgrounds) in the school library to make a video of themselves disguised as cells moving...

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