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Examining Current Teaching Practices

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The first video shows a traditional teacher-centered approach, and the second video shows how you can use progressive withdrawal to gradually shift the burden of responsibility for the learning from the teacher, where it traditionally is, to the student where it belongs.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, April 17, 2013 2:09 AM

The second video is a classic demonstration of how you can teach required content and 21st-century higher order thinking skills (in this case, Bloom’s Taxonomy. 

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Middle School Student-Parent Book Club - A Recipe for Success by Ann Hagedorn

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Ann Hagedorn writes: "When you say parents, middle school students, books, and reading some believe that it equals a recipe for disaster. Well, a few years ago a co-worker and I decided to try out this recipe- we created what we called a parent-child book club (still hate the name, but we couldn’t come up with anything better)."


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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, June 25, 10:19 AM

Love this idea! 

gwynethjones's curator insight, June 27, 5:46 AM

I feel the same way, Mary! But it's brilliant!

Mark Hoffman's curator insight, June 27, 8:08 AM

Great idea.

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Fight the "Zombie Librarians!"

Fight the "Zombie Librarians!" | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
Jennifer LaGarde's sold-out ISTE presentation, “How to Survive the Zombie Librarian Apocalypse!,” struck a chord among teacher librarians. Her talk hinged on a statement she'd once heard: “There are only two types of librarians: zombies and zombie fighters.”

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Mary Clark's curator insight, July 10, 2:18 PM

Great summary written by a great librarian, of an ISTE presentation by another great librarian! 

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Make the case for school libraries with our new impact studies infographic - Library Research Service

Make the case for school libraries with our new impact studies infographic - Library Research Service | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
Our new infographic presents highlights of all of LRS’s school library impact studies in an accessible and concise format. We hope this will be an effective tool for school library advocates!
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Using Google Docs for 21st Century Learning

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If you are a teacher hesitate to use Google Docs, this will take you step by step with templates and ideas. Online webinar recording sponsored by EasyBib.  Of course, check out Susan Oxnevad's website Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners - Google Docs

http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/p/google-docs.html"


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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, October 20, 2013 11:16 AM

If you are a teacher hesitate to use Google Docs, this will take you step by step with templates and ideas.

Online webinar recording sponsored by EasyBib.  Of course, check out Susan Oxnevad's website Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners - Google Docs

http://d97cooltools.blogspot.com/p/google-docs.html

Susan Oxnevad's curator insight, October 20, 2013 1:06 PM

Thanks for digging this up and sharing @ljdougherty!

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Why Social Media Isn’t Working For Your Library

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I'm hard-pressed to find a profession given to including the post-signature-line inspirational or motivational quotes more than librarians – well, maybe coming in a close second to teachers. At abo...

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21 Things 4 Students

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The 21things4students.net project is supported by a grant from the REMC Association of Michigan and maintained by a team from three Intermediate School Districts in Michigan (Shiawassee, Ingham, and Macomb). It was created as an educational and online resource to help students improve their technology proficiency as they prepare for success in the 21st century. This project was specifically developed to provide districts and classroom teachers with resources to help students meet or exceed the 8th grade technology proficiency requirements in Michigan. The development of this resource came at the request of teachers using the initial 21things4teachers.net  site


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, September 9, 2013 2:40 AM

This 21 things-concept has been done to teachers and librarians and now to students!

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Integration of Information Literacy into the Curriculum: Changing Students’ Relationships with the School Librarian

Motivated by a shared inquiry question, a team of librarians at Deerfield High School (Illinois) gathered data to support a push to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum, and developed a fruitful collaboration with other departments resulting in a co-taught Medieval narrative project. Among other important outcomes: a change in student perceptions about the role of school librarians.


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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, September 9, 2013 11:49 AM

Not only integrating IL to the curriculum but also integrating the librarian to the curriculum, that is what makes the difference, in my opinion...

Lourense Das's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:00 AM

Integration of #IL into #curriculum: changing student's relationship with #schoollibrarian.

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:09 AM

integration of IL into the Curriculum

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SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From ha

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:07 PM

Support your school administrators as they are encouraged to take up the leadership role in the school community for the digital normalisation of the school. Become the the linch pin .....

Krissy Machamer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:37 PM

A quality resource for educational leaders- to review and assess their monetary commitment to technology and how the resources are being applied. Sometimes it it's not about how many computers we have, its more about how they are enhancing instruction and student achievement and growth.

Heidi McGivern's curator insight, September 29, 2013 11:10 AM

9 step reminders that should be posterized.... Love it!  I am a teacher who loves learning and playing with new technology.  I am challenged when administration is not considerate to teachers work flow.  Work smarter, not harder.  

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift

Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning | MindShift | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it

With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.


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Carol Koechlin's curator insight, March 12, 2013 7:03 AM

Great approaches.Teacher librarians should be responsive to the return to inquiry learning and help restore passion to teaching and joy to learning. TLs have all the tools, spaces and skill sets to help! Make the Learning Commons whole school.

Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 16, 2013 11:53 PM

Being fully student centred is certainly a crucial key to inquiry learning.

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Google Draw Bookmark Template

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This is not earth shattering, I resized the canvas in Google Draw: http://goo.gl/H6nqlO. After opening the blank template go to the File menu and make a copy. Either you can make bookmarks for stud...

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:51 PM

A project for my aides, as I have finally run out of Scholastic book fair flyers to cut up as bookmarks.  (Hey, they were colorful and popular and would have made the trash can very heavy for the custodian if I threw them out!)

Carissa Cotta's curator insight, September 1, 2013 5:45 PM

This will be handy since I need new bookmarks!

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The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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After hosting dozens of these conversations, I realize one thing: We just don't listen enough to our students. The tradition in education has been not to ask the students what they think or want, but rather for adult educators to design the system and curriculum by themselves, using their "superior" knowledge and experience.


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Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 24, 2013 2:27 PM

Just as speaking is the outcome of listening, so writing is the outcome of reading, not the other way round. Listening to the student should also include "listening" to their writing. ie., analyse what they are saying and how they are doing it.  When students evaluate their own work, the teacher should listen and guide them to ways of improving it, whether it be punctuation, paragraphing, spelling, or word or subject knowledge.  This is how we bring students on board and empower them to learn. 

Aunty Alice's curator insight, October 31, 2013 1:49 PM

Listening to students has two aspects; listening to what they say orally, and 'listening' to their writing which is only another way of talking, only through a code. Just as learning to speak is tied closely to listening to what is said and being exposed to words that help one to think better, so writing is the same  and relies on reading "or listening" to what others say and how they say it to express clear meaning. The two subjects, reading and writing, are closlely intertwined yet we compartmentalize them in the literacy curriculum. An example of adults thinking they know what is best for children.  

Nuno Ricardo Oliveira's curator insight, December 28, 2013 8:53 AM

The 21st-Century Digital Learner

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Seth's Blog: An end of books

Seth's Blog: An end of books | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it

Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly. Ideas aren’t going away soon, and neither are words.

 

From Seth, "Is it traitorous to my tribe to write these words? I'm not arguing that we should push the ecosystem out the door, but I am encouraging us to not spend too much time trying to save it. First, it's a losing battle, but more important, we have bigger opportunities right in front of us."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, August 15, 2013 1:49 PM

Some challenge thoughts here to consider or is Seth stating the bleeding obvious???

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No Longer a Luxury: Digital Literacy Can’t Wait

Digital literacy is about more than just adding technology into the teaching we already do. The following common teaching practices that we have seen in classrooms as researchers and as parents of school-age children do not help develop digital literacy and may even kill students’ motivation to develop their savvy use of technology and the Internet. We must stop these practices. Immediately.


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John Williams's comment, September 4, 2013 12:57 PM
Bonnie I agree parents are important today so many seem to be tuned out to the needs of there children, it is a lot more than just material needs, that parents need to provide, and with the prevalence of single parent homes, it is even harder. I feel as much for the parent of these homes as I do for the children it can not be easy wearing all the hats.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 1:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
Bonnie Bracey Sutton's comment, September 4, 2013 1:12 PM
I have long hours of work in places where the parents did not or would not participate. Sometimes they did not know. Some groups like Wired Safety , have Mom groups.. or PTA groups. Thanks for your comment.
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5 Tools Students Can Use to Create Alternative Book Reports

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Richard Byrne writes: " Book trailers are short videos designed to spark a viewer's interest in a book. Having students create book trailers is an excellent alternative to traditional book report projects."


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Mary Clark's curator insight, June 27, 8:12 AM

Student-created book trailers are a big goal of mine for the upcoming school year.  And here's a more recent post of Richard's which suggests a collaborative space to collect book trailers:   http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2014/06/why-book-trailers-are-great.html#.U62JH_ldWSo

SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 4, 4:58 AM

Great idea to share your ideas about books you have enjoyed.

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EDUCATIONAL MAKERSPACES | Teacher Librarian

Educational makerspaces (EM) and maker education (ME) have the potential to revolutionize the way we approach teaching and learning. The maker movement in education is built upon the foundation of constructionism, which is the philosophy of hands-on learning through building things. Constructionism, in turn, is the application of constructivist learning principles to a hands-on learning environment. Thus maker education is a branch of constructivist philosophy that views learning as a highly personal endeavor requiring the student, rather than the teacher, to initiate the learning process. In this philosophy of learning, teachers act as a guide for inquiry-based approaches to the development of knowledge and thinking processes. Upon reflection, it is natural to believe that the learner should initiate learning, as it is physically impossible for any teacher to mechanically rearrange and reinforce the physical neuronal pathways developed in the brain during the learning process.


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Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team? - Edutopia

Are School Librarians Part of Your PBL Dream Team? - Edutopia | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
Visit schools where project-based learning (PBL) is taking hold and you are almost certain to see teachers collaborating.

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Search by Reading Level Without Twurdy

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 20, 2013 6:57 PM

It appears that Twurdy, a search engine that provided lexile scores, no longer exists. Cool Tools for Learning has this new post that provides two alternatives to help students find leveled text, Google Advanced Search provides a search by reading level and Wikipedia is also available in Simple English.

More information on these tools is available in the post. Students may also use a tool called Readability-Score.com. Paste in the text and it will give you the Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level as well as Gunning-Fog Score, Coleman-Laiu Index, SMOG Index and Automated Readability Index. For this tool to be useful students would need to understand what they are looking for. Find it at http://www.readability-score.com/

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Home of the Book Genome Project

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BookLamp is a book analytic engine powered by the Book Genome Project. BookLamp's technology has applications in book discovery, reader advisory, and book suggestions similar to how Pandora.com analyzes music.
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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores

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Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, August 13, 2013 11:26 PM

"Among the many benefits, audiobooks:

reinforce literacy skills.supplement reading instruction to develop a positive attitude towards literature.develop understanding of content area material when decoding or other literacy skills are delayed.model the appropriate use of oral vocabulary, fluent reading, and use of phonics.bring literature from the classroom to home and back on a portable device."

And a great infographic to go with it!

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SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs

SmartBlog on Education - Digital leadership for administrators - SmartBrief, Inc. SmartBlogs | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
Year after year, hundreds of millions of dollars are funneled into technology initiatives and resources in school districts throughout the country. From ha

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 21, 2013 2:07 PM

Support your school administrators as they are encouraged to take up the leadership role in the school community for the digital normalisation of the school. Become the the linch pin .....

Krissy Machamer's curator insight, September 25, 2013 7:37 PM

A quality resource for educational leaders- to review and assess their monetary commitment to technology and how the resources are being applied. Sometimes it it's not about how many computers we have, its more about how they are enhancing instruction and student achievement and growth.

Heidi McGivern's curator insight, September 29, 2013 11:10 AM

9 step reminders that should be posterized.... Love it!  I am a teacher who loves learning and playing with new technology.  I am challenged when administration is not considerate to teachers work flow.  Work smarter, not harder.  

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How to Create Social Media Guidelines for Your School

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What would happen if social media were seen as a powerful tool rather than a threat to student learning? Schools and districts around the country are starting to put social media policies and guidel

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Jan Watts's curator insight, October 4, 2013 9:09 PM

We so need to be thinking about these.....

Tricia Adams's curator insight, October 17, 2013 7:19 AM

May be helpful!

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Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL)

Advocacy Resources | American Association of School Librarians (AASL) | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it

With the rise of the blended learning model of education, video is becoming an increasingly important medium for instruction. The essential components of blended learning - such as flipped classrooms, MOOCs and “Bring Your Own Device” programs - are facilitated by video instruction to ensure the personalization and flexibility of a digitized education system.


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, September 18, 2013 5:12 PM

ALA resolution: "School Libraries and Librarians are Critical to Educational Success"

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The Power of Your Data


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Mary Clark's curator insight, September 11, 2013 6:27 PM

Sue has some great ideas in this blog post that you can use tomorrow in your library. 

Sandra Carswell's curator insight, September 12, 2013 7:24 PM

Finding ways to track your daily activities is essential to documenting your contributions to the learning community. It will take time you say, but if you don't have the documentation to prove your worth, you may have more time on your hands than you want.

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How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps

How AudioBooks Help Raise Reading Scores - Teachers With Apps | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it

"Audiobooks have been used in classrooms for decades because listening builds critical listening, comprehension and fluency skills.  Oral language precedes written language (i.e. developmentally), making listening an important component of language acquisition.  In fact, there are reading methods such as The Daily 5 which include listening as a component of reading instruction..."

 

http://teacherswithapps.com/audiobooks-raise-reading-scores/


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John Evans's comment, August 8, 2013 7:12 AM
For some unknown reason the link to the article did not transfer over so here it is: http://teacherswithapps.com/audiobooks-raise-reading-scores/
Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:41 AM

I agree using Overdrive as a listening experience will increase your student's vocabulary ten fold.

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Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail?

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? | SoHo  Library | Scoop.it
cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by Walmart Corporate This past week, I worked with a small group of educators on becoming a "Networked Educator", and we had some great conversations about ho...

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Ann Ewel's curator insight, August 19, 2013 10:51 AM

Using the analogy of teaching a student to drive, this article makes some great points about the teaching of digital citizenship. I think the inference is also for secondary. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, August 21, 2013 12:28 AM

Is your school's "digital citizenship" practice a pass or fail? Great blog from a school principal

Corinne Hinton's curator insight, August 21, 2013 1:10 PM

Great #digitalcitizenship rubric for schools.