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Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction

Bibliotherapy for Teens: Helpful Tips and Recommended Fiction | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
A public librarian’s interaction with teens affirms her faith in bibliotherapy, as does her research. Read her story, along with a recommended list of realistic YA fiction. We invite you to suggest more titles.
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Very well done article about the potential use of books as bibliotherapy.  

 

The author says, "While I’m not claiming that books can be a substitute for therapy, within the right context, I believe they can serve as valuable touchstones, conversation starters, and companions."

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The Best Simple Tools to Create Infographics for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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The Best Simple Tools to Create Infographics for Your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/3Q5A6aaO6l via @medkh9
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Quick tools to make your own infographics.  What if your next quarterly report was submitted as an infographic?  Use an infographic slide to guide your next public talk.

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Conspiring to Educate: Working together for transitioning students

Conspiring to Educate: Working together for transitioning students | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Today’s learners have more options than ever on their paths to education, but they will also encounter more obstacles.

Via Karen Bonanno
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Librarians are the link to bridge between different levels of education, for example high school to school.  Love it!

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Lourense Das's curator insight, January 25, 2015 10:11 AM

Building relationships between school and public library staff that can really improve outcomes for children, families, and students

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Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners

Literacy Through Photography for English-Language Learners | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

"Enter most schools and you will hear about literacy instruction or the "literacy block." However, literacy is not a subject -- it is something much bigger. Paulo Freire encouraged a broader definition of literacy to include the ability to understand both "the word and the world." Literacy includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing a wide range of texts that include both print and non-print texts."


Via EDTECH@UTRGV
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What a neat idea to use photography to teach ELLs.  What student/child doesn't like taking pictures?

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 2, 2014 6:17 PM

Let us remember that, in fact, "[l]iteracy includes reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing a wide range of texts that include both print and non-print texts." And while I whole-heartedly agree that photographs can help ELLs learn language, I firmly believe that activities using photographs, illustrations, pictures, or visual media of any kind can help students learn and reinforce their learning, especially their literacy skills, all of them--reading, writing, listening, speaking, and analyzing.

Brenda Contreras's curator insight, October 20, 2016 8:30 PM
Imagine how excited and engaged students will be when they get to analyze an image/photo rather than the usual reading passage!
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Characteristics of Engaged Learners Vs Disengaged learners (Infographic) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Characteristics of Engaged Learners Vs Disengaged learners (Infographic) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Characteristics of Engaged Learners Vs Disengaged learners (Infographic) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/JMvzalV62F
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Infographics like this really highlight the key points.  Remember, too, the same can be said about engaged staff members at your meetings.

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How this year's National Book Awards could change the face of children's ... - The Conversation US

How this year's National Book Awards could change the face of children's ... - The Conversation US | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
There’s a lot of attention right now on diversity in children’s books – or, more accurately, the lack of it. It’s not a new problem.

Via SCIS
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If you see the need for diversity in children’s books, then be the first to request them from authors and publishers.  Submit them for award lists.  Share them with your students and their families.

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SCIS's curator insight, December 1, 2014 10:35 PM

This article on diversity in children's books is American however there is much to digest

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LIBRARY LIONS

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@LibrarianArika Would you like to do Librarian Interview on http://t.co/gwcD1NbEw3 ? We love highlighting school librarians
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Meet some fascinating librarians on this page.

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Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report

Technology skills only scratch the surface of the digital divide - The Hechinger Report | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
The realities of the “digital divide” are increasingly apparent. In a consumer culture that equates status with early adoption of the newest iPhone, access to new technology necessarily splits pretty clearly along socio-economic class lines.
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7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry

7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited - eLearning Industry | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

There are so many great ways to promote your school online these days! Check 7 Tools to Build Up Your School’s Online Potential - Revisited.


Via Bookmarking Librarian, GwynethJones
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Great tips!

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GwynethJones's curator insight, November 30, 2014 9:20 AM

Though this was written for the higher ed peeps, some really good ideas for ALL schools! I would add - BRANDING!

Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 30, 2014 4:10 PM

These 7 tools could be used to promote your school to prospective International parents as well as a way to communicate with diverse parents. 

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A Beautiful Visual Explaining The Internet of T...

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Special Education Co-Teaching Video Links

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One of my special education specialists is trying to gather copyright free videos to share with the special education teachers she works with in South Texas.
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One of my special education specialists is trying to gather copyright free videos to share with the special education teachers she works with in South Texas.    She is specifically looking for videos that address the following approaches:

 

Parallel Teaching

Alternative Teaching

Team Teaching

Station Teaching

Split Class

Complementary Teaching

One Teach, One Observe

One Teach, One Assist

 

If you know of a video that might fit what she is looking for, please share it here.  Also, please forward this to anyone you think may be able to help.

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A Good Free Tool to Help Students Create Video ...

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RT @dvaliv: A Good Free Tool to Help Students Create Video Games and Animations on Chromebooks http://t.co/CaKH1TBz09 #elearning
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Have any of you tried Scratch?

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4 Awesome Facebook Templates for your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Awesome Facebook Templates for your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
4 Awesome Facebook Templates for your Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/Yi883qTNLb
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This is another awesome and fun thing for your students!   Pre-made "Facebook"-like documents/slides for your students to use to for classwork.  This will definitely engage students.

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How to Use Children's Literature and Cooking Activities to Teach Early Literacy Skills

How to Use Children's Literature and Cooking Activities to Teach Early Literacy Skills | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Children's literature is full of references to foods and to other ideas that can inspire "cooking" activities for preschool-age children. The skills developed through these activities include: pre-math; pre-reading; health, safety, and...
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What stories have you used in this way?  I used to make stone soup with my students many years ago.

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School libraries are essential for learning

School libraries are essential for learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
By Carol Heinsdorf
and Debra Kachel
In 1991, there were 176 certified librarians in Philadelphia public schools. This year there are 11 and only five are known to be actually doing what they were trained to do. Five librarians for the nation's eighth-largest school district.

Via Anu Ojaranta
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Wow - surprised at this answer.

"Here's a quiz. Which of the following are required by Pennsylvania to have libraries and certified librarians:

(a) barber and cosmetology schools,

(b) nursing programs,

(c) adult prisons,

(d) juvenile detention facilities,

(e) public schools?

The answer is all of them, except for public schools."

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, December 3, 2014 3:52 PM

Every school should have a full time qualified librarian. It is painful to see what happens when there is no-one to run the school library properly. 

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What design model for teaching and learning should you use in a digital age?

What design model for teaching and learning should you use in a digital age? | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

I have now finished the first draft on Chapter 6, Models for Designing Teaching and Learning, and this is now published as part of my open textbook, Teaching in a Digital Age.

The chapter covers the following design models:

6.1 What is a design model?
6.2 The classroom design model
6.3 Old wine in new bottles: classroom-type online learning
6.4 Online collaborative learning
6.5 The ADDIE model
6.6. Design models for experiential learning
6.7. Competency-based learning
6.8 Communities of practice
6.9 Massive Open Online Courses
6.10 ‘Agile’ Design: flexible designs for learning
6.11 Making decisions about design models
6.12 References on design models

Most of it has been published as posts on this blog, except the last section (6.11), which I’m sharing with you here. I will publish the complete bibliography for the chapter separately.


Via Miloš Bajčetić
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Read this and identify what teaching and learning model you follow.  Is your model best in all learning situations?  Try a different model for one of your next lessons.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, December 3, 2014 11:07 AM

There is a lot to read in this article with links to 'chapters.' We seem to have limited ourselves to another binary, objectivist and constructivist,. I wonder if there is a continuum and other possibilities?

 

@ivon_ehd1

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Choosing the Best Technology

Choosing the Best Technology | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

Via Teresa Pombo
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Neat technology "compass".

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Armando's curator insight, December 3, 2014 3:22 AM
Choosing the Best Technology
CTD Institute's curator insight, December 5, 2014 4:25 PM

Loved this Ring of Technologies! Easy way to visualize the connections between instructional goals, ways to assess performance, and available, main stream web-based apps.

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5 Reasons To Allow Digital Devices In Your Classroom

5 Reasons To Allow Digital Devices In Your Classroom | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it

Amidst reports of Steve Jobs and other Silicon Valley CEOs imposing extremely strict technology rules on their children, the debate around technology use in the classroom has caught fire once again. One of the strongest arguments for banning technology in the classroom came earlier this fall, from media pundit Clay Shirky in a piece titled “Why I Just Asked My Students To Put Their Laptops Away.”

 

In principle, I agree with a lot of what Shirky writes—multiple studies confirm the cognitive toll that distractions and multitasking inflict on learning; his argument that social media is designed both in form and content to distract has merit; and as an email-addict myself, I know that feeling of “instant and satisfying gratification” he describes all too well. Suggesting, however, that enforcing a technology ban is the solution to students’ lack of engagement strikes me both as insecure and a wee bit simplistic.

 

Surely, learning can take place in the absence of technology. But valuable learning can also take place in the presence of it. In my own experience as a foreign language instructor, I have found that there are many benefits to allowing—and in certain cases encouraging—students to use digital devices in class, five of which are outlined below.


Via Miloš Bajčetić
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When I read the arguments about digital distractions, I actually think - how good are these person's classroom management skills.  Any kind of object shouldn't be a distraction.  Develop signals for regaining your classroom's attention.  Coin some phrases like - Device Down & Power Up.  Create some simple symbols to show your students when it is or isn't appropriate to have their device out.

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Brenna Robert's curator insight, December 2, 2014 1:48 PM

I find this interesting because we are taught in middle and high school that we can never have our phones out in class. Whereas now, many are arguing for their uses.

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Little Free Library gives new life to old books - Cherry Hill Courier Post

Little Free Library gives new life to old books - Cherry Hill Courier Post | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
Cherry Hill Courier Post
Little Free Library gives new life to old books
Cherry Hill Courier Post
It's a library with no librarian, no cards, no hours and no fees or fines. The concept is simple: Take a book, give a book.
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Who's making plans to add one to your community?

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5 Ways to Use Google Reverse Image Search ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Ways to Use Google Reverse Image Search ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
RT @drkassorla: 5 Ways to Use #Google Reverse Image Search ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/wVx4xstplS #edtech
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Wow!  I can think of many lessons to use this for.  It would be a fascinating search.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, December 1, 2014 11:20 PM

Great idea to share Google reverse image search!

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Virtual library helps low-income schools teach reading - USA TODAY

Virtual library helps low-income schools teach reading - USA TODAY | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
COCOA, Fla. — While home sick, Christopher Jamian-Fleck logged onto the tablet computer he earned last school year, after becoming one of Emma Jewel Charter Academy's top readers.
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Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

Kate Hart: Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide | Information Powerhouses | Scoop.it
how to avoid plagiarism: an infographic for bloggers and harry potter fans.

Via Ramon Aragon, Juergen Wagner
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Nice visual to show how rewording a quote can still be plagiarism.    Print this for your walls.

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LLZ Uni Halle's curator insight, December 1, 2014 2:36 AM

..for the beginners ;)

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New Poster: Explaining SAMR Model Through Googl...

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Here is another great find today from Google Apps Action. Davis created this excellent visual illustrating how to integrated SAMR model using Google Apps.
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Library Grants

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library grant opporunities
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Bookmark this site to stay up to date on library grants.

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Genrefication of your school’s fiction collection

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Do you use the Dewey Decimal Classification at your school? Can your kids figure out what "142.780973" means? Would they know where to find the "Sports" books? Using this logic, many schools are wondering if they and their students might be better served using a book-store model, or genres, when it comes to their fiction collection…. but where to begin?


Via Karen Bonanno
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Ditch Dewey or keep it?  What do you do at your library?

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 25, 2014 11:09 AM

Do you agree? I can see some benefits

Lourense Das's curator insight, November 28, 2014 3:54 PM

Dewey and kids: do we need another way of classification? If so, where to begin

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, November 29, 2014 12:12 AM

... but where to begin?