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The Unpretentious Librarian: Using Google Presentations for Book Trailers

The Unpretentious Librarian: Using Google Presentations for Book Trailers | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

"During Teen Read Week I decided to invite students to the library and show book trailers for the ALA logo Seek the Unknown @ your library campaign.  As I've done numerous book talk/book trailer gatherings I'm always up for something new.  Since our district is launching Google in Education for all our students and faculty, I decided to embed the mystery, science fiction, and supernatural book trailers into a Google presentation. "


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, October 23, 2013 2:19 PM

I have over 120 book trailers in my YouTube channel now.  Sue's instructions will make it easy to customize my book talks!

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5 Tips for Active Learning Space Design - YouTube ^ by Crhis Kobza

Chris Kobza is managing director for learning spaces at the University of Oklahoma.

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MONICA LOPEZ SIEBEN's curator insight, June 24, 2:25 AM

Cómo el espacio puede fomentar el aprendizaje. Flexibilidad para aprender mejor.

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5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace

5 Tools for Movie Making in Your MakerSpace | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Karen Jensen writes: "One of the things my teens like to do best in my MakerSpace is to make mini movies, so I’ve been working on upping our game and finding new tools to learn new skills. Below are 5 of the various resources, apps and tools I recommend for making a variety of types of short films with tweens and teens in a MakerSpace."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 18, 12:53 PM

This is something I need to focus on this summer! I spent a frustrating weekend playing with iMovie and WeVideo, and couldn't get either to work the way I wanted. I'm making my own 23 Things for summer, so I can help students with movies next  year.

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Research Bulletin Board Ideas

Research Bulletin Board Ideas | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Paige Jaeger writes: "PLEASE, PLEASE  remember - Interactive bulletin boards are more engaging for students.  90% of the bulletin boards I see are "teacher delivery" of facts.   Your question should be:  How can I create a bulletin board where student's contribute to the content?  So these ideas reflect this premise.  These are ideas where the kids contribute content...thereby transferring ownership and fostering engagement." 


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, February 19, 11:19 AM

Some great and easy to implement ideas here. Teachers will love seeing these, as they support critical thinking, too!

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Beth Holland writes:  "When every student has the potential to carry a global library on the device in his or her pocket, the role of physical libraries may become even more important, not just a place to house resources, but one in which to create meaning from them. (Emphasis added.)


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Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, February 11, 11:06 AM

At one of our recent library advisory committee meetings, we discussed the changing role of the library.  This is a very well written article that discusses some of the ideas that were shared by those in attendance. 

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:24 PM

Program Management.

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Program Management.

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Makerspaces in the Media Center

Makerspaces in the Media Center | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Karen Van Vliet writes: "A makerspace should be a dynamic space that allows for self expression, exploration, discovery, creativity, inquiry, critical thinking, and problem solving."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, June 1, 3:11 PM

A nice overview to share with administration if they need some convincing. Our makerspace has come together quickly, with a mix of donated and new materials, thanks to a Donors Choose grant. We were able to weed enough books to clear a double-sided bookcase for all the makerspace supplies. We also mounted the bookcase on wheels, so albeit a bit unwieldy, it can be moved if needed.

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
From scanning human teeth to designing clothes, making sparks ingenuity in students.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, May 5, 4:42 PM

Great article about the variety of ways Makerspaces can take up residence in your library!

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, May 6, 9:42 AM

Love this quote, "Educators are now focusing on how the maker movement can be truly meaningful: it’s not about where making is happening, but about how creating, experimenting, and collaborating impact education. In addition, some high schoolers tinkering their free periods away can discover a passion—sometimes leading to a future educational focus or even scholarship money."

Marisa Martinez's curator insight, May 11, 6:08 PM

Program Management.

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Connecting the Classroom and the Library: How One School Uses Web-Based Library Projects to Build Information-Literacy Skills

Connecting the Classroom and the Library: How One School Uses Web-Based Library Projects to Build Information-Literacy Skills | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

The first step we took in 1999 was to stop teaching isolated library skills classes. We began reinforcing information-literacy skills through class projects. At that time, we employed traditional strategies, including paper pathfinders and guided lab sessions.


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Research has shown teaching isolated library skills is ineffective. 

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Leslie Lilly's curator insight, May 13, 2013 8:52 AM

Literacy is the gateway to a life of opportunity. 

Lourense Das's curator insight, May 15, 2013 3:33 AM

Integrating #informationliteracy in the curriculum. New? Find out by reading this case story by Mike Terry, Dallas-USA #IL

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, July 17, 2013 11:08 AM

How we teach may have changed, but what we teach has strong similarities - just repurposed and made more 21st C.

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Digital natives still clamor for print materials | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Digital natives still clamor for print materials | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2 | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Two images sure to strike fear – or, at least, early-onset ennui – in the hearts and viscera of book lovers of a certain age and pulp-centric persuasion:
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Distraction. That is what I hear from students. Print books make it easier to avoid distractions.

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Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design

Makerspaces for Writers: Three Layers of Design | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Learn how to design a space where people can make writing by approaching it one layer at a time.

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How does this fit within a school library?

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Is This The School Library Of The Future?

Is This The School Library Of The Future? | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

At an L.A. public school, designers re-imagine what's now a hugely underutilized space at schools across the country. There are still some books, but...


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How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices?

How Can Your Librarian Help Bolster Brain-Based Teaching Practices? | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Librarians may be a teacher's best resource when it comes to implementing inquiry-based teaching strategies.

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, January 27, 9:06 AM

With wisdom from Paige Jaeger.

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School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces - The Guardian

School libraries shelve tradition to create new learning spaces - The Guardian | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
You might think technology would spell the end of books and libraries. But many schools have embraced the digital revolution and built innovative spaces that foster a love of literature

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Librarians' evolving digital roles | eSchool News | eSchool News

Librarians' evolving digital roles | eSchool News | eSchool News | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
School librarians play a critical role in today's schools--more critical than ever before. This report details some of their concerns.

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Of course, this doesn't address one of my major concerns as a school librarian -- the fact that more and more librarians are being cut or spread between several buildings. The knowledge and skills required are going up, while the time in each library is going down. Doesn't bode well for being highly effective.

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Library Commons-a Peek at the Future

Library Commons-a Peek at the Future | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Claudette Riley writes: "

One look around the wide open room on the south side of Carver Middle School, which overlooks walking trails, and it becomes clear: This is not your father's school library.

It is, however, a peek at what's to come.

At Carver, the library is called a "learning commons." There are brightly colored walls (purple signifies collaborative space); small group work space with trendy furniture; tables with rocking chairs; rows of desktop computers; and a nook filled with games that is in the process of being transformed into a "maker" or creative play space."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 26, 11:49 AM

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 26, 12:03 PM

I love the quote toward the end of this article from school board member Annie Busch, a former public library administrator: '"Libraries are not just a little place with walls around it, where you are coming in and getting a book," Busch said. "We need to change our mindsets about what happens in a library." ' It's wonderful to see a school district that really gets libraries!

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What Exactly Is a Library?

What Exactly Is a Library? | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Terry Heick writes: "Thinking in words, writing in books -- if we changed how we perceive, record, and aggregate information, how would our libraries change?"


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 13, 1:49 PM

I think some of what Terry suggests already is happening in the library--our catalog system does show suggested books, and clearly is searchable. But I love articles that force me to think about libraries in a different way, and this one did that.

Cynthia Alvarado's curator insight, April 13, 2:28 PM

A question for our times

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Creating Book Trailers

Creating Book Trailers | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Sometimes it's the last minute ideas that work the best! I had a teacher ask me to present something about creating book trailers to his students. I threw this Slides presentation together, added some sample Powtoons I'd made last week, and they loved it.


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Character Minutes's curator insight, January 22, 11:50 AM

Great way to promote character trait "creative" as a conclusion to reading the book.

Lorena Swetnam's curator insight, January 27, 7:49 PM

Great slides to start a convo about book trailers. 

Huish School Library's curator insight, March 2, 11:17 AM

Definitely one to try.

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New type of school library a hub for students, teachers

New type of school library a hub for students, teachers | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Paul Schott writes: ""We are hoping that this learning commons model really becomes the way we do the library media program," said Fran Kompar, the district's K-12 coordinator of library media services. "It is imperative that the library media specialist has time with the kids and teachers in order to make that change."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 3, 11:19 AM

Great coverage of an evolving library. I love how the article highlights how the changes were led by the school librarian, Jeannine Madoff.

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Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface

Oh, Those Clever Librarians and Their #Bookface | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

Rachel Kramer Bussel writes: "Colleen Graves, a teacher-librarian at Lamar Middle School in Flower Mound, Tex., made a bookface display using photos from other libraries along with her own students’ images to encourage participation (with the lure of free books for the most Instagram likes). She also posts Vine videos of new books, prompting some students to ask for those titles."


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Got to try this. What fun!

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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, May 2, 10:46 AM

After yesterdays "misspeak" by the ALA Washington spokeswoman, it was great to see an article--in my favorite newspaper, no less--that celebrated a library trend. And to see a middle school librarian quoted really warmed my heart. We have GOT to try this!

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, May 3, 4:05 PM

Definitely savings this for a "back-to-school" Instagram project!

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Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools

Libraries and Librarians: Essential to Thriving Schools | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it

David Cohen writes: "While it's clear that libraries and librarians have a significantly positive impact on students and schools, we still have to fight to keep these vital resources in our schools and municipalities."


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Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, April 7, 4:32 PM

A great article to share with district officials and administrators!

Marian Royal Vigil's curator insight, April 8, 4:52 PM

This is an excellent article on why school libraries are still important to the educational process.

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, April 8, 5:03 PM

Happy National School Library month!

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130 Tools in 160 Minutes | Library Stuff

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Libraries should be a great place to find out what online tools are out there.

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research
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Here are some other possibilities for students who just want to google everything.

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Free Professional Development for School Librarians ~ Joyce Valenza


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Maybe the most helpful is the bottom where it reminds me that I am not alone...  Good resources. For those who use Follett -- the Follett resources are extremely helpful.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Future of School Libraries | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.
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"The libraries of the 21st century provide a welcoming common space that encourages exploration, creation, and collaboration between students, teachers, and a broader community. They bring together the best of the physical and digital to create learning hubs. Ultimately, libraries will continue to inspire students to construct new knowledge and meaning from the world around them."


I agree.

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