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How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First.

How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First. | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
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This is something to look into for my own library. It is so important that today's students learn how to use the Internet correctly and safely. The Digital Passport may be a great tool to teach students about Internet use.

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:06 PM

Love the idea of teaching kids digital "self-defense," rather than focusing on erecting barriers they might see as challenges to overcome, or "problems" to solve. They not only need to guard against bullies and predators, but also that  that they have a "digital footprint" that will follow them throughout their lives. 

 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, November 7, 2013 5:07 PM

Prepare students for their online future: this freely available online tool allows students to 'play' and work their way through different levels, building up vital understanding of 'digital footprints' and cyber safety in the process.  Seems to be aimed at a junior primary to middle school level.

 

This article explains how one Librarian has used the tool successfully, and provides links to the 'Digital Passport' program.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:02 AM

Having to earn a digital passport or badge before you can get access to email or laptops/tablets in school is a great way of spreading the digital citizenship message and making sure everyone has had the same standard of training. This would be useful approach across all sectors, not just primary. 

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Research Like a Librarian: Using "Big6 Skills" for Better Grades! | The New York Public Library

Research Like a Librarian: Using "Big6 Skills" for Better Grades! | The New York Public Library | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
Research Like a Librarian: Using "Big6 Skills" for Better Grades! by Anne Rouyer, Seward Park Library November 18, 2013 PSSSTT! Let me let you in on a little librarian research secret: finding info...
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All students, of any grade level, should learn the Big 6 Skills!

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How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First.

How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. Spoiler Alert: They Must Earn a Digital Passport™ First. | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
How a Teacher Librarian in CO Prepares Her Students to Go Online. First. | Common Sense Media http://t.co/XKwqhJPUzc #hcslib

Via Karen Bonanno
Kristen Lassiter's insight:

This is something to look into for my own library. It is so important that today's students learn how to use the Internet correctly and safely. The Digital Passport may be a great tool to teach students about Internet use.

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Deborah Fillman's curator insight, November 6, 2013 5:06 PM

Love the idea of teaching kids digital "self-defense," rather than focusing on erecting barriers they might see as challenges to overcome, or "problems" to solve. They not only need to guard against bullies and predators, but also that  that they have a "digital footprint" that will follow them throughout their lives. 

 

Tina Jameson's curator insight, November 7, 2013 5:07 PM

Prepare students for their online future: this freely available online tool allows students to 'play' and work their way through different levels, building up vital understanding of 'digital footprints' and cyber safety in the process.  Seems to be aimed at a junior primary to middle school level.

 

This article explains how one Librarian has used the tool successfully, and provides links to the 'Digital Passport' program.

Llandrillo Library's curator insight, November 29, 2013 5:02 AM

Having to earn a digital passport or badge before you can get access to email or laptops/tablets in school is a great way of spreading the digital citizenship message and making sure everyone has had the same standard of training. This would be useful approach across all sectors, not just primary. 

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A defense of fantasy: classical literature v. modern YA - YA Interrobang

A defense of fantasy: classical literature v. modern YA - YA Interrobang | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
Famous-ish author for grown-ups Joanna Trollope told London's Sunday Times that teens should stop reading things like The Hunger Games, Harry Potter, and Twilight, and start reading classical literature of the 19th century.
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Extremely well said. As a librarian, I strive to encourage my students to fall in love with reading...not to fall in love with only what I am reading.

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Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town - Kansas City Star

Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town - Kansas City Star | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
Kansas City Star Check it out: Little free libraries are sprouting up all around town Kansas City Star Based on a map on the Little Free Library website and chatter among local “stewards” — people who erect the boxes and maintain them — we'd say...
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What a brilliant idea! Any parents or teachers interested in helping me build and maintain a Little Free Library for our school?

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Why your child deserves a school librarian.

Why your child deserves a school librarian. | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
With a decade of school libraries under my belt it is easy for me to see why your child needs a school library with a trained professional to run it. I've seen first-hand the positive difference th...

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Cindy Rogers's curator insight, November 6, 2013 11:48 PM

Parents: Follow the link to the brochure. GREAT resource.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, November 7, 2013 2:32 AM

Well said! 

Jan Watts's curator insight, November 11, 2013 7:11 PM

Children need as many reading models and enabling adults as they can lay hands on. Of course they deserve  school librarian!

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Candlewick Press Books~ Gift Ideas For Boys & Girls Review & #Giveaway US 11/16

Candlewick Press Books~ Gift Ideas For Boys & Girls Review & #Giveaway US 11/16 | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
I received Candlewick Press children’s books for this review. All opinions are my own. Both of my girls enjoy reading and being read to.
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Toys Galore sounds like a good one!

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Young adult books that changed our lives - CNN

Young adult books that changed our lives - CNN | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
Young adult books that changed our lives
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(CNN) -- What makes a book memorable? Its ability to shock, sadden or awaken some sort of emotion? Or, is it the extent to which you see yourself in the characters or the worlds they inhabit?
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We all have books that represent and remind us of our childhood, and ultimately changed our lives. Send your kids to the library today to find their "childhood favorite" and change their lives!

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3 Picture Books That Can Benefit Typical-Developing Kids AND Kids ...

3 Picture Books That Can Benefit Typical-Developing Kids AND Kids ... | Thoughts from an Elementary Librarian | Scoop.it
Though "special needs" is such a huge "umbrella" term and encompasses many kinds of needs, I've noticed a few picture books capturing the attention of typical-developing children and kids with special needs together.
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Reaching children with all different needs through the use of great children's literature is not only the job of librarians, but of classroom teachers and parents as well!

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