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Area 3 Learning Commons: Keeler School Maker Stations: Part 2

Area 3 Learning Commons: Keeler School Maker Stations: Part 2 | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
This is what happens when you turn elementary kids loose in a learning commons http://t.co/LAmj2GvvkY

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Learning Commons environment is perfect for active learning.

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School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week

School Librarians Push for More 'Maker Spaces' - Education Week | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

"The term "maker space," Ms. Fontichiaro said, has no single definition. The spaces can be high-tech, low-tech, part of the school curriculum, or part of an after-school program. Some aren't even called maker spaces. The only central theme is that of creation and innovation." 

 

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""People think, 'Oh, I need a 3-D printer that's $2,300. I can't afford that,' " said Ms. Fontichiaro of the University of Michigan. "You can afford a junk box. You can afford a ream of paper. You can afford a white board that you can make out of [materials] from the home-improvement store."For Ms. Rosheim, the bulk of her $8,000 grant was spent on storage needs, high-tech materials ranging from $50 to $400, and organization of those materials. The space's most expensive item—the 3-D printer—came as a donation from the school's PTA."


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Maker spaces and learning commons is here to stay!

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I use Scoop.it to curate information for me to repost.  Once I scoop an article, it automatically send its to social media sites I choose like Facebook and Twitter.  Easy and convenient!

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The Teacher-Librarian/Administrator Relationship

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One of the most significant partnerships I have in my school as an administrator is with our teacher-librarian (TL), Lisa Mueller. In recent years our library has been transforming into a Library L...

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Excellent article.  Teacher librarians can play a key role in redefining the entire campus culture.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, June 1, 1:05 PM

Excellent article by a principal talking about how important his relationship with the school's TL is. Why? Because she embraced change and became the "go-to" person in technology and very early on saw the potential of transforming the library space into a learning commons. This is how we spread the word, folks.

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Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs | Blogging | eSkills

Start a Reading Revolution: Flip Your Class With Blogs | Blogging | eSkills | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
By adding blogs to a flipped ELA class, teachers present literacy as a design challenge where words, images, and format serve to express students' ideas.

 

 

 

 

 

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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/10/14/practice-using-blogs-for-home-work-to-get-ict-skills-and-creativity/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/03/25/practice/

 

https://globaleducationandsocialmedia.wordpress.com/2014/07/02/put-your-title-in-here/

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Blogging

 


Via Gust MEES, Javier Sánchez Bolado, Juergen Wagner
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A reading transformation can occur in your school much like it has in my classroom, replacing fear and dread with excitement and self-expression. Students will read if they choose the books. They will write with voice and clarity if they have the ability to express their thoughts. They can change from reluctant to inspired readers if it happens on their own terms. All you have to do is flip the experience, turning the practice of reading on its head by making them the creators of their own learning.

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Teachingbooks.net: Join Us For Training Face to Face or From Your Computer

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Teachingbooks.net will be joining our library cooperative for 2015-2016.  Come see this exciting service and see learn about the benefits of Teachingbooks.net.

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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists

Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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This workshop is 1/2 full.  Don't miss your spot in this reading workshop.  Guest speaker: Dr. Jannette Reyes, Region One Special Education Specialist 

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Next Week: Teachingbooks.net: Live or Online

Next Week: Teachingbooks.net: Live or Online | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
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Please invite a teacher to join you in this 2 hour presentation about Teachingbooks.  It is a fantastic program that supports literature in the library/classroom.  Tons of resources!

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School Librarian of the Year | School Library Journal

School Librarian of the Year | School Library Journal | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Encourage the best librarian you know to submit an application. Offer to help them.
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SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | tweentribune.com | Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments

SmithsonianTweenTribune | Articles for kids, middle school, teens from Smithsonian | tweentribune.com | Current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Lexile leveled current events, lesson plans, quizzes, assessments
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This site has daily news stories in English and Spanish, with the same one edited several times for different reading levels. The stories also have self-scoring quizzes include “critical thinking” questions that students can respond as short answer.

FYI teachers can create virtual classrooms to monitor it all, as well as moderating student comments.

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Summer 2015 Library Workshop Catalog

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Teachingbooks.net Teachingbooks.net joins our Library Cooperative for 2015 - 2016. If you read fiction and nonfiction books in any discipline or...
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Find your spot for learning this summer.  Bring a teacher friend.  Everyone in Region One ESC is welcome!  All library workshops are FREE!

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Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Teachers' Guide to The Use of Google Voice in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/F0dKGxboUY #edtech #GAFE
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5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Th...

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5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Demonstrate Their Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Teaching with Tablets curated by WebTeachers
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A Tapestry of Language: A Look at Languages Spoken by ELLs Across the USA

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Comprehension Strategies for Struggling Readers for School Media Specialists

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6/3 Teachingbooks Workshop Face to Face or Online

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I hope you can join us in person or online.  2 hour workshop.

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Ten Great Tools for Telling Stories With Pictures - A PDF Handout

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"Composing a story from scratch comes naturally to some people. For the rest of us creating a story from scratch can be a struggle. Over the years I’ve found that using pictures helps a lot of students get started on crafting stories."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 6:23 AM

If you are looking for some great tools that will provide inspiration for learners to write stories check out this post by Richard Byrne. He provides ten tools that you may find useful.

The first section has two tools that help learners create collages, CanvaPicCollage (Android and iPad app), and  PicMonkey (browser based). He also suggests using ThingLink as a tool for learners to enhance their collage (and links to a tutorial).

The second section looks at "threading images into stories." Thematic allows you to upload images and display up to twenty in a story with one line of text for each image. Storehouse is a free iPad app that allows you to use images and video and arrange them with a line of text above or below the image or video clip. Adobe Slate is a free iPad app that also allows you to create stories and has more features than Storehouse.

The final section looks at creating picture books and suggest My Storybook (web based), Picture Book Maker (web based) and Little Story Creator (free iPad app).

Each of these tools is described in more detail in the post. As this school year draws to a close your class might enjoy using one of these tools to create a story about what they have learned this year.

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Gale June Online Training Webinars

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Discover all the tips and tricks that will help you and your researchers get the most out of your Gale resources.

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Edmodo in the School Library

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Beginner level class.  Come learn how to get started using Edmodo in your school library.

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TCEA 2016 Convention & Exposition

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The five-day TCEA Annual Convention & Exposition is one of the largest educational technology conventions in the nation and the largest in Texas. Every year, thousands of educators from across Texas and the United States converge in Austin, Texas for quality professional development, a superior exhibit hall, and networking with their peers. From nationally-known speakers and hundreds of hands-on workshops and concurrent sessions to special events and a 900-booth exhibit hall, attendees experience educational technology at its best.
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Submission deadline is May 29 at midnight. Don't delay!


TCEA 2016 Strands:

1:1, BYOT, CTE, CTO, Distance Education, Global Connection, Leadership, Library Media, Mobile Technology, Professional Development, Productivity, Special Populations, Technical Support, Technology Applications, Technology Integration 

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Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary)

Favorite Tech Tools For Social Studies Classes (most are interdisciplinary) | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
How can educators decide which tech to use in the classroom? There are specialists who can help with that.

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Interesting social studies ideas.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 27, 9:56 PM

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TWCLibrary's curator insight, May 28, 7:46 PM

Fantastic web tools to incorporate in your lessons! Pick one and have a go!

Sarah McElrath's curator insight, June 2, 9:47 PM

Some great ones here. Some I've used (blendspace, padlet, kahoot..) and some I will definitely have to try out.

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Shout out to Region One School libraries!

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Shout out to Region One School libraries!

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries provides grants up to $7,000 to our Nation’s neediest schools so that they can extend, update, and diversify the book and print collections in their libraries with the goal of encouraging students to develop a love of reading and learning. 


Cromack Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Hubert R. Hudson Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Josephine Castañeda Elementary - Brownsville, TX
Lucille Skinner Elementary School - Brownsville. TX
Mattye Gentry Stell Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Palm Grove Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Rosita E. Del Castillo Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
Senator Eddie A. Lucio, Jr. Middle School - Brownsville, TX
Victoria Heights Elementary School - Brownsville, TX
S. Perez School Elementary - Laredo, TX
Carmen Anaya Elementary School - Pharr, TX
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School – Pharr, TX (Middle School Matters)

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RGV READS - Little Free Libraries Map

This map documents the Region One literacy initiative.
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Look at all of the Little Free Libraries popping up across Region One ESC.  https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=zgpamitWGK0U.k3JBASsCjbaw&usp=sharing


If you have more to add for our South Texas area, please visit this link so your LFL can be included. https://docs.google.com/a/esc1.net/forms/d/1rXUwPY_IZhJ4DtG6GTrDXaBKa55ZGVVjwfjYyikOEnI/viewform

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Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Two Awesome Apps for Creating Educational Shows with Students ~ Educational Technology and... http://t.co/7ZRJwidv3D
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