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The Librarian in the Middle: Sip and See Our New Books

The Librarian in the Middle: Sip and See Our New Books | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, March 13, 2013 11:07 AM

I think I'll try this with books that cover the last grading period content. Research is the big push in our curriculum the last 6 weeks and there isn't enough of the library/librarian to go around. Perhaps some of the teachers will choose to use the books from the library in their classrooms instead of going to the computer labs. (There aren't enough of them to go around either.)

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10 Ways to Feed Your Library Instagram

10 Ways to Feed Your Library Instagram | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

I wanted to share how we use Instagram, and I also am massively jealous of my daughter's blog writing in the BuzzFeed sort of format. I played with several things and finally just made a Google Site so I could upload the photos the way I wanted. 

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I hope you get some good tips here! And remember the advice from Gwyneth Jones about blogging: never apologize if you don't post on a regular basis! We're all doing the best we can in our libraries:)

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 17, 2016 2:32 PM

This is the BEST Post!

I'm stealing & trying ALL these great ideas!

~G

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30 Ideas For A More Bookish Winter

30 Ideas For A More Bookish Winter | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Jensen writes: "For some of us, winter feels like it encompasses not a season, but half of a year. It’s a time of quiet and a time when things seem to be dialed back in the world around us (except, perhaps, in places where you get to experience snow or sleet or freezing rain or freezing fog and know exactly what kind of snow is best for making snowmen and what kind will break your back while shoveling). It’s also a time when many begin to really feel the impact of seasonal affective disorder and moods and energy can be low."

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Kelly shares a lot of ideas which can easily be translated into displays. (I'm going to be cutting more snowflakes to make a chain of books student read over our three week winter break.) I'm looking forward to her spring list. If you're planning far ahead, here are links to her summer and fall lists

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 15, 1:07 AM
Love this idea. I can't wait to get started :)
GwynethJones's curator insight, January 15, 10:06 AM

I especially like "Cozy up under a blanket or beside a warm fire and reread a favorite book from your childhood."

 

One of my fav winter books is  "The Long Winter" from the Little House on the Prairie series.

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6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling

6 Reasons (and Nifty Tools) for Exploring Digital Storytelling | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Lee Watanabe-Crockett writes: "Here are 6 great reasons to begin exploring digital storytelling in your classroom along with some suggestions for tools to get you started."

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Wouldn't it be fun to create a challenge for students using digital storytelling tools? How about a book trailer contest, and for each different tool a student uses she gets an entry? Or what about using one tool in different ways? For example, challenge students to use only Storybird to create book trailers for various genres? (Can you make a horror book trailer in Storybird?) Additional tools that would be great for this: Animoto, Powtoon, WeVideo...but the idea is to have them try several concurrently. Get them thinking: which ones were best for the task? Which did they struggle with? Which would they use again? This is all part of developing that digital tool box we want them to have handy for any projects teachers assign, or for exploring their own creativity!

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Purvis' Picks's curator insight, February 5, 6:12 PM

"6 reasons why digital story telling is an activity worth pursuing in class."  This article has tools that help support them student and teacher use these in the classroom.

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Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning

Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2016 - Worlds of Learning | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
With the success of last year’s post on the Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015, we are excited to announce this year’s list. We have spent the year scouring maker products to build this list. Prior to writing this post, we invited our PLN to contribute to a Padlet that highlighted some of their favorites.  Based …
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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, December 6, 2016 8:04 AM
Anytime we can share what we have learned with each other about making in our libraries, the better!
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Home | Renovated Learning

Home | Renovated Learning | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Renovated Learning is a place where I help educators who are tired of the status quo and who want to infuse creativity into their schools.
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Diana shares so much great information here! Her posts are so detailed, I think even I could build a Lego wall, and I'm not allowed near certain tools due to unfortunate accidents/

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March Madness in the Library

March Madness in the Library | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Someone on LM_NET asked about doing a March Madness activity in the library. Here's how we do ours:

 

Each year has a theme. We've done:

 

  • Favorite series
  • Best book into movie
  • Favorite literary hero or villain

 

We start with a Sweet 16 round. We post the brackets in our large windows that face out onto the campus. Be sure to post the entire bracket since some students won't be familiar with the process! We just put placeholders in for the upcoming brackets: Elite 8, Final 4 and Championship round.

 

Now for the voting! We use Google Forms, and you should, too! It's so easy to create them. We leave each voting bracket open for a week, and each day we print the graphs created by the Forms that show which book is leading. We do allow students to vote more than once since some students are so excited about "their" book.  

 

We promote March Madness with the help of our student TV channel.  The news crew records in front of the display, or we just send them daily updates that they read. We usually see an uptick in voting immediately after the news airs during homeroom.

 

Here is a link to a folder with more photos of our windows and some of the forms.  This is by far one of our students' favorite activities and generates a lot of book discussion on campus. It does take a bit of time to create the initial display, as we have to find cover images for all the books. Once you have those, it should be an easy job for a student aide or volunteer to update the brackets. Google Forms could not be easier, so if you're not using it now, go spend a few minutes playing with it! 

 

Please let me know in the comments if you have any questions.

 

 

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Will Librarians Be The Overseers Of The Information Age?

Will Librarians Be The Overseers Of The Information Age? | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

"Julie Todaro, President of the American Library Association, ALA and Eleni Miltsakaki, founder and CEO of Choosito! sat down with Rod Berger to discuss the role of librarians in today's schools.1 Contrary to the widely held notion that the role of the librarian is shrinking, both Todaro and Miltsakaki make strong arguments for the increased importance of librarians as overseers of an endless stream of Internet data. Todaro and Miltsakaki agree that students, more than ever, need the guidance of librarians in their educational lives."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I had to print this out so I could highlight some parts of this discussion. My focus this year is getting students to build a digital toolbox, so they're more aware of which tool or resource they can use for research, project design, etc. Todaro touches on that early in this discussion when she states our role is to ..."teach 

people how to make choices among tools", and also that this skill is an ongoing process. 

 

Miltsakaki notes we've been so used to using print resources that we expect online sources to be vetted, too.Our job is getting students to understand the reliability of web resources has to be questioned--that the first page of Google results doesn't mean these are the best resources on the Web!

 

Todaro also makes an intriguing statement: "Every chance librarians get, they need to link themselves to the success of the student and the student learning, objectives, and completions." I am lucky to work with teachers who point out my role in a process to the administration. If you're not, be sure you're letting department heads and administration the key role you play in information literacy instruction!

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Olga Kudriavtseva 's curator insight, October 26, 2016 3:45 AM
Джули Тодаро, президент Американской библиотечной ассоциации, ALA и Элени Милтсакаки, основатель и CEO   образовательного портала Choosito! встретились  , чтобы обсудить роль библиотекарей в современных школах. Вопреки широко распространенному понятию , что роль библиотекаря сокращается,  Тодаро и Милтсакаки приводят сильные аргументы в пользу возросшей важности библиотекарей как смотрителей бесконечного потока данных Интернета. Тодаро и Милтсакаки соглашаются , что студенты, более чем когда - либо, нуждаются в руководстве библиотекарей во время учебы.
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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
A group of tech-savvy librarians offer up a list of their favorite education apps this year.
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How did I miss this? There are so many new-to-me apps on this list that look perfect for digital storytelling and so much more! 

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Storyboard That: An Inspired Lunchtime Activity

Storyboard That: An Inspired Lunchtime Activity | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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I had a bunch of students playing games on their phones at lunch. I'd just looked at Storyboard That for another project and got inspired! I had them make 6 panel storyboard book reviews, then added them to Destiny, our library catalog. We're adding small colored dots to the books that have reviews so students know to check Destiny for reviews, trailers, etc., but this was a spontaneous project that got students engaged--and on their own time, too! :)

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Tone and Mood--Great Ideas for a Book Trailer Challenge!

Tone and Mood--Great Ideas for a Book Trailer Challenge! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Mr. Scott writes: "One good way to see mood (and, to a degree, tone) in action is through genre-crossing movie trailers. In film editing classes throughout the States, a common assignment is to take an existing film (say, a comedy) and create a film preview that presents the film as a different genre (for example, a horror film). This is accomplished through editing and splicing scenes, adding new, anxiety-producing music and sound effects, and adding a new voice-over introduction."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I often work with 6th grade classes when they're making book trailers. I have created a few using music, fonts or images that don't fit the book. These samples would be a great introduction to dissonant book trailers, and should help students understand why tone and mood can be set by their design choices. Perhaps this is the year we finally get the book trailer challenge up and running! (Thanks to Pamela Thompson for sharing this!) 

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Library Eye Candy from Joyce Valenza!

Library Eye Candy from Joyce Valenza! | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Joyce Valenza writes: "There’s redecorating and there’s just plain old decorating.

When it comes time for a bit of library refreshing, in the form of posters and bulletin boards, there are so many wonderful shared options. In the spirit of fall refreshing, I thought I’d refresh on of my posts, Fall decorating: a round-up of smart (and free) posters, from a few years back.

As I mentioned back then, every year, as we move back into our libraries and classrooms, we search for meaningful, inspiring, attractive visuals to fill our display cases, to grace our bulletin boards, to embed on our websites and most importantly, to engage and inspire those who visit."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

So many great ideas here! I am going to give my student aides more freedom in decorating and displays this year. I have one aide who has already shown she has a great eye for it! 

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 3, 2016 8:21 PM

W00t! Always honored to be mentioned by Dr. Joyce Valenza!

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Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest

Are You a Future Ready Librarian? | Knowledge Quest | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Joanna Gerakios  writes: " The Future Ready Librarianswebpage states, “If properly prepared and supported, school librarians are well-positioned to be at the leading edge of the digital transformation of learning.” What about you? Are you ready to champion the future ready cause and lead in transforming learning at your school? I bet you are already actively involved in this effort. I encourage you to reflect upon what you are already doing and consider how you and your library can build from there. I also urge you to explore these resources at the Future Ready website so you can be fully prepared to play a central role in the “future ready” conversation and implementation in your school or district."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Our district has signed on, and I was on the initial planning committee, but we haven't heard anything since. Time to investigate!

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Zen and the Art of Librarian Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Librarian Maintenance | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Some tips on how I plan on hitting reset midway through the school year. None of them involve sneaking kittens into the library!

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Please share your tips, or why you don't need any. I promise not to be jealous. 

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Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily

Ambient Mixer: Listen and create ambient sounds easily | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

From the website: Listen online to relaxing sound atmospheres, ambient music or chilling sound effects. You can even create and mix your own moods, all for free.

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While the free version limits you to one download a month, I think this would be a fun book project. Students can create a sound track for a book they've read, using sounds from FreeSound or remixing tracks they find on Ambient Mixer. Or, just use one of the tracks to play in the library--the Hogwarts library would certainly encourage reading!

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Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist

Unstoppable Ambassador: Laura Gardner, 2016 School Librarian of the Year Finalist | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
Laura Gardner brings out the best in students at Dartmouth (MA) Middle School with outstanding volunteer, tech, and reading programs.
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Read about how Laura took her library in a great new direction with makerspace activities!

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100+ Makerspace Materials & Products w/ Supply List - Makerspaces.com

Makerspace Materials & Products. Great Idea Starters and a FREE Supply List. Perfect For Makerspaces or a MakerEd Program at Your School or Library.
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Good introductory list--excellent resource if you're told you have makerspace money to spend NOW!

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Makerspace Tools

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What are great tools for a makerspace? What materials should I get? I get asked these questions a lot. I can't answer that for you because I do not know the culture of your school. Get your students and staff involved and ask them what they want to create. Ask your students and staff what…
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Great list broken down by grade level. Be sure to check out the rest of Colleen's site at colleengraves.org.

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Novel Engineering

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From the website: "Inspired by kids and grounded in research, Novel Engineering is an innovative approach to integrate engineering and literacy in elementary and middle school.

Students use existing classroom literature - stories, novels, and expository texts - as the basis for engineering design challenges that help them identify problems, design realistic solutions, and engage in the Engineering Design Process while reinforcing their literacy skills.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This was brought to my attention by Debra Mayer on LM_NET. What a great way to collaborate with ELA teachers! You bring the research and design space and skills for a novel students are reading in class. I'll be sharing this with our ELA team today!

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Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise

Why We Need Libraries In a World Filled With Noise | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

A.J. Juliani writes: "Libraries are vastly important to our social and economic future. We often forget that in many communities, many schools, and many areas around our country (and the world) libraries serve as a refuge for not only reading but also learning.

 

There’s a movement in the United States and many other countries to add makerspaces to libaries. We are going through a process now in my school district of planning and looking at what a library should look like in 2016 and beyond.

 

I know libraries are a sacred place because I was a bookworm growing up. I also know that these spaces can be used for making, creating, and designing, as much as they can be used for reading, researching, and consuming information.

 

But in a rush to make the library more about creation, we must not forget that it is a place that still needs to be focused on literacy. It still needs books, it needs adults to encourage reading, it needs to be open and safe and free."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I quoted too much of A.J.'s article because it was too hard to choose a single paragraph! This is a great love letter to libraries. Keep it handy for anyone who thinks they don't matter or read it when you need a reminder 

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Bringing Design Thinking to the School Library

Bringing Design Thinking to the School Library | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Laura Fleming writes: "Design thinking as a creative process is messy learning. Done well, it uncovers unmet needs and produces innovative new models. Today, schools around the world are teaching design thinking to their students to foster innovation skills. Increasingly, we find school teams learning and leveraging the process to tackle their issues: homework, schedules, student engagement, and learning and play spaces."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Design Thinking is messy indeed. I like Laura's brief summary, which makes it seem more approachable! Even just thinking through the process can spark lots of ideas. If you were to think about what stakeholders you would ask to be on your design thinking team, are they already aware of what you're doing in your library? About what works and what doesn't in your physical space? If not, now might be the time to start sharing. And if you can't think of any teachers or administrators who would know, why not? Are you inviting them in, keeping them up to date on what is happening in your library? Laura's article certainly got me thinking, even before I engage in the design thinking process!

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The Power of a School Library Hashtag

The Power of a School Library Hashtag | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Laura Fleming writes: "A hashtag for your school library can be a call to action by serving as an invitation for others in your school community to participate in telling your library’s story. By posting things related to your hashtag on social media, colleagues, school leaders, parents, and students become a part of your library’s story by helping it to take shape and unfold.

Although hashtags were “born digital” as opposed to originating in print, an effective strategy for promoting your library’s hashtag is to post it on bulletin boards and walls in your library and school. This will help drive hashtag use and lead to further community engagement and participation, even beyond the hours of the school day."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Sometimes I read something and wonder , "Why haven't I been doing this?" We're active on Instagram and Twitter, but I've never thought to create our own hashtag. We'll have one by the end of the day!

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The uncomfortable truth about children's books

The uncomfortable truth about children's books | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Dashka Slater writes: "Ellen Oh, the Korean American founder of We Need Diverse Books, points out that librarians don't fret over whether kids will relate to a title like The One and Only Ivan, told from a gorilla's perspective, yet faced with a book about a Chinese kid, the literary gatekeepers—from agents all the way down to parents­—may balk. "Some of our most popular books deal with worlds that aren't Earth and people who aren't human," Oh says. "But the people you walk beside on this Earth have stories too.""

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This thoughtful article addresses the diversity issue from many sides..  All children need to see themselves in books, and just as importantly, need to see others in books.  Kwame Alexander expressed this beautifully in his recent New York Times article:  kids know that frogs are green, and literature is an answer to the diversity question.  As Ava Duvernay said on The Daily Show, storytelling shows us the "universality in the specific." Fiction reading builds empathy, so let's get all stories told! In the school library, we need to be mindful of this when displaying books, book talking, sharing trailers, etc. 

 

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The Secret to a Great BOOK PASS (and 30 Middle School Titles to Use!)

The Secret to a Great BOOK PASS (and 30 Middle School Titles to Use!) | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Joy Sexton writes: "We all want our students hooked on reading, right?  I’ve been using reading workshop with my classes since 1995, and that’s actually when I started doing the Book Pass! I read about it in a red teacher binder of English activities (I don’t even recall the name of it now), and it’s been a hit every year. When we finish the pass, I have students swarming over the books, asking me to reserve titles for them, students going to the school library and the public library just to get a copy when mine have been depleted, ETC.!  So read on and I’ll explain some tips and of course, the “secret” to a fantastic Book Pass experience!"

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This is like a quick and easy version of Speed Dating with a Book! I like the idea of the book pass, especially since our students are now required to bring their planners to the library. This would be something they could staple in and have with them for every library visit, so they'd always have a list ready of books they want to read!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, September 11, 2016 8:38 AM

Love me a good Book Pass lesson! It's like a Bookfair w/ your own books!

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AnswerGarden a powerful, minimalistic feedback/brainstorming tool — @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch

Joyce Valenza writes: "Gathering quick feedback and initiating a brainstorm have never been easier.  AnswerGarden looks like what would happen if Twitter, TodaysMeet, Padlet and Wordle and Tagxedo had a little baby app."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

This is so cool! I've already used it to create a QR code to share during our VIP days for textbook distribution, added one to our book club's Google Classroom, and will use it during orientation to gather information AND show students how tech savvy the old lady in the library is:) Thanks to Joyce Valenza for always sharing so much wonderfulness with us!

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