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The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift

The Truth About Snapchat: A Digital Literacy Lesson for Us All - The Digital Shift | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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A great lesson to share with students--just because someone says it's not permanent, don't believe it.  Think what you post may live forever online, and then decide if it's worth posting.

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Tania Gammage's curator insight, June 2, 2013 7:43 PM

Useful for Year 7 IL and safety issues

Sharing the awesomeness of school librarians and library staff
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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!

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41 Ways To Have A More Bookish Spring

41 Ways To Have A More Bookish Spring | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kelly Jensen writes: "To welcome in spring and to keep your love for books and reading alive, how about a round-up of ideas to have a more bookish season? Some of these suggestions are easy, while others might require a bit of work. Some are straightforward, while others might require you to interpret what they mean. The fun is just that; these are meant to be inspiring ideas, sparks for taking your literary life to another level and finding magic in moments where you might not otherwise."

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So many of these ideas are easy to adapt to school library use! (OK, not the literary cocktails one, but if you're interested in that, here's a link to some good recipes! No judgment here!) I want to get some big beach rocks and let students write favorite book quotes or even just book titles on them to fill in a weed-filled space outside our library windows.

 

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Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Book Talkers

Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Book Talkers | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Last week, a teacher asked me to help her students explore “our amazing nonfiction collection.” (Her words, really!) Students have always been reluctant browsers in our nonfiction section, even though we put our most enticing titles on display. With our construction project this year, it’s been even worse, as we weeded and condensed nonfiction from five to three rows and the new signage isn’t up yet. I thought about revising our speed dating lesson with all nonfiction categories. Then at lunch, another teacher asked me to address persuasive techniques with her class. I recently found the Break Your Own News website and used that to introduce a website evaluation lesson. First flash of brilliance--I realized we could use the site to create book talkers for our nonfiction books! I quickly created a presentation about persuasive techniques in advertising, with videos for each technique.

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Our 6th graders had a lot of fun with this project. It was a great introduction to persuasive techniques, which they can use in their argumentative essays or propaganda presentations, too.

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Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies

Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone | Nicola Davies | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Nicole Davies writes: "Librarians are far more than stackers and catalogers. They are creative curators of their book collections. They review and renew their flocks of books, adjusting what they have to fit their readers, highlighting certain sections and topics to reflect the world. They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

If you ever feel what you do doesn't matter, pull out that one gorgeous paragraph by Nicola Davies and remember why you do this!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, March 5, 6:52 AM

"They are on hand to guide and encourage, to foster relationships between books and people. Subtly, quietly, inexorably, they weave individuals into a community. They make a library shimmer, as if the books were the scales of a dragon flexing as it folds and flies.""

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 6, 5:05 AM
Without libraries we are less human and more profoundly alone
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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

Makerspace Tools | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it
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

Novel Engineering | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

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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Coloring Pages for Your Library - Justcolor.net

Coloring Pages for Your Library - Justcolor.net | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Over 1300 free coloring pages!

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It's time to print out coloring sheets for those students doing make-up testing in the library. Hate the month of testing, love to help students relax in the library!

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Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Ads

Selling Nonfiction with Student-Created Ads | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Last week, a teacher asked me to help her students explore “our amazing nonfiction collection.” (Her words, really!) Students have always been reluctant browsers in our nonfiction section, even though we put our most enticing titles on display. With our construction project this year, it’s been even worse, as we weeded and condensed nonfiction from five to three rows and the new signage isn’t up yet. I thought about revising our speed dating lesson with all nonfiction categories. Then at lunch another teacher asked me to address persuasive techniques with her class. I recently found the Break Your Own News website and used that to introduce a website evaluation lesson. First flash of brilliance--I realized we could use the site to create book talkers for our nonfiction books! I quickly created a presentation about persuasive techniques in advertising, with videos for each technique.

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

Our 6th graders enjoyed this lesson. Now they're working on either argumentative essays or a propaganda project, so they are using the techniques learned in the library.

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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, March 20, 5:33 PM
A brilliant lesson to generatie interest in your non-fiction. 
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How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library  

How to Build a Maker Culture in Your Library   | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Diana Rendina writes: "School libraries are starting makerspaces all over the world. It’s an exciting time in education as we rediscover the power of creativity. But many schools rush to start makerspaces so quickly that they neglect building the maker culture. Developing a maker culture is a lot like developing a love of reading, it takes time and persistence and it’s totally worth it. Here’s a few ways that you can work to cultivate a love of making and creativity in your students."

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I know Diana's library is an incredible example of a makerspace, but that just didn't work for us. We are going to bring back a simpler, more focused version once our remodel is complete. Our high school librarian has set up a monthly maker corner that has been very successful. Projects that can be completed in a lunch period or that allow for collaborative work will be our goal. Diana's tips will help keep us from getting overwhelmed and keep the focus on making!

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Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva

Make Fabulous Bookmarks with Canva | Creativity in the School Library | Scoop.it

Kristen Mattson writes: "I LOVE Canva. It makes me look like a graphic design superstar without much effort at all. This week I used the free online tool to create custom bookmarks that go along with our "Walk a Mile" reading challenge. The "Etsy Cover Photo" template inside of Canva is the PERFECT size and shape for bookmarks."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

I am so glad Kristen shared this! I usually stop by Home Depot and Lowes and grab a bunch of paint samples for bookmarks. The kids enjoy choosing "their" color, but the bookmarks weren't reading or library related. Now, I am having student aides create them in Canva and printing on card stock! We stick with black and white because there's one color printer on campus:) Kristen's link to her bookmarks is in her blog post. Here's a link to the latest one a student created for me. 

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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."

Mary Reilley Clark's insight:

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
  • Sweet Escape: a fictional place you'd like to visit, if only for one day

 

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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