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The Most Playful Libraries in the World

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We could write volumes about our love for libraries — and, well, we kind of have. During our Internet travels, we've stumbled across some pretty amazing places for book lovers. After spotting an es...

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L2_S2S's curator insight, May 12, 2013 8:22 PM

Inspirational images of libraries that emphasize imagination, fun, and  wonder.  The creativity we are trying to inspire and nurture in our students should be reflected in the library design.

Sally Tilley's curator insight, May 13, 2013 6:23 PM

Bring a little fun into the world...just need to find room in the  budget to do it!

 

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Students as Curators of Their Learning Topics

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Robin Good: Must-read article on ClutterMuseum.com by Leslie M-B, exploring in depth the opportunity to have students master their selected topics by "curating" them, rather than by reading and memorizing facts about them.

 

"Critical and creative thinking should be prioritized over remembering content"

 

"That students should learn to think for themselves may seem like a no-brainer to many readers, but if you look at the textbook packages put out by publishers, you’ll find that the texts and accompanying materials (for both teachers and students) assume students are expected to read and retain content—and then be tested on it.

 

Instead, between middle school (if not earlier) and college graduation, students should practice—if not master—how to question, critique, research, and construct an argument like an historian."

 

This is indeed the critical point. Moving education from an effort to memorize things on which then to be tested, to a collaborative exercise in creating new knowledge and value by pulling and editing together individual pieces of content, resources and tools that allow the explanation/illustration of a topic from a specific viewpoint/for a specific need.

 

And I can't avoid to rejoice and second her next proposition: "What if we shifted the standards’ primary emphasis from content, and not to just the development of traditional skills—basic knowledge recall, document interpretation, research, and essay-writing—but to the cultivation of skills that challenge students to make unconventional connections, skills that are essential for thriving in the 21st century?"

 

What are these skills, you may ask. Here is a good reference where to look them up: http://www.p21.org/storage/documents/P21_Framework_Definitions.pdf (put together by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills)

 

 

Recommended. Good stuff. 9/10

 

Full article: www.cluttermuseum.com/make-students-curators/

 

(Image credit: Behance.net)

 

 


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:43 PM

I had a similar conversation yesterday and as I prepare my lit review this thinking has emerged. It is less about content and more about skills, attitudes, habits, practices, etc. in learning.

Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:12 PM

This article is a reminder that as we are curating content as teachers so are students. Rather then memorizing or reciting textbook facts, students should be able to steer and set their own learning goals (this is where PBL) comes into mind. 

Education Creations's curator insight, May 12, 12:00 AM

How to turn students into curators.

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How to Add Voice Comments to Google Documents

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The sharing and commenting features in Google Documents are fantastic for giving students feedback about their work. Likewise, those features are great for students to use for peer editing. But if you want to really add your voice to then you'll want to add the Voice Comments application from Learn.ly to your Google Drive account.


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Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, April 25, 2013 8:41 AM

I love this idea. Can't wait to share it with my teachers!

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The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic

The 12 Technologies Forever Changing School Libraries - Edudemic | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
We are in the midst of a major shift at school libraries thanks to technology innovation. Here are a dozen of those tech tools responsible.

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You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You:

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Over two years ago I wrote Are You a 21st Century Librarian? and proposed the following six behaviors that would describe a 21st Century librarian. You May Be A 21st Century Librarian If You: 1. Ar...

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

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The Changing Landscape For Libraries & Librarians In The Digital Age

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The Heart of the School: Iowa’s Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion

The Heart of the School: Iowa’s Van Meter District Plans Library Expansion | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
In the halls of Van Meter’s secondary school, teacher librarian Shannon Miller reviews the
initial blueprints for the new library space with architect Johnny Boyd.
Photos by Charlie Litchfield.

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School Library Monthly - The Changing Role of the School Library's Physical Space

A substantive shift to digital content will also change the requirements for the school library's physical space. Library research can occur anywhere: in the classroom, at home, in quiet study areas throughout campus, and the library itself. This opens the physical library up to new uses, such as a vibrant space for collaboration, group study, and even an occasional latte. It can be a space for face-to-face meetings with library staff and teaching information literacy skills to classes.

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10 Innovative Ways to Bring STEM to Schools

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As schools look for innovative ways to bring in STEM learning, here's a possible road map for how to galvanize a school community.

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Thinkspace Is A New Approach To Teaching Code

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Thinkspace Is A New Approach To Teaching Code

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10 places where anyone can learn to code | TED Blog

10 places where anyone can learn to code | TED Blog | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
When you learn to read, you can then read to learn. And it’s the same thing with coding. Here, 10 venues where you can learn coding.

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7 Pillars Of Digital Leadership In Education

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7 Pillars Of Digital Leadership In Education

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Counterpoint: Libraries' mission is learning, not just books

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Counterpoint: Libraries' mission is learning, not just books Minneapolis Star Tribune As the Partnership for 21st Century Skills predicts, the education model is changing from institution-centered and degree-focused to self-directed and...

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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27 Simple Ways To Check For Understanding

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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:44 PM

A great graphic to have on display

Anu Ojaranta's curator insight, November 13, 2013 9:44 AM

A great listing to remember!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:06 PM

Let the student choose one to do for you!

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Wall of Films! | Over 500 Social Change Documentaries on 1 Page

Wall of Films! | Over 500 Social Change Documentaries on 1 Page | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

From the website

 

"Films For Action is a community-powered alternative news center and learning library for people who want to change the world

 

"At an International Level:
Films For Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Our goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Our website has cataloged over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online.

"At the Local Level:
On the ground, our City Chapters are working to create alternative media channels that will inform, connect, and inspire action at a community level."


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Jim Lerman's curator insight, March 10, 2013 11:40 PM

Be wise and preview these films before having students view them.

Alison Hewett's curator insight, April 12, 9:32 PM

This is great and something I didn't previously know about. Good resource when looking at both sides of a debate.

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How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing

How to Cite Social Media in Scholarly Writing | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

“ By, Camille Gamboa, PR, SAGE US While it may have taken some time for many in academe to take seriously the informal, unpredictable, and undiscriminating world of social media, sites like Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Tumblr, YouTube, Instagram, and...”


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 19, 2013 12:09 PM

I might need this.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:14 PM

This is "automatic bibliography citation" with Zotero.  Zotero is your FREE research mangement system that is now standalone software. To add Zotero: http://www.zotero.org/

Pam Colburn Harland's curator insight, September 28, 2013 8:45 AM

I love this! cite a tweet Accurately!

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Educational Leadership:Leveraging Teacher Leadership:The New School Library

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Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.

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The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces

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Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces.  The idea that students must be seated at desks working in rows is quickly becoming archaic. Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces. Experts hope that the emerging paradigm will translate into improved learning spaces and influence future architectural design. Stephen Heppell and expert panelists recently spoke in Australia about physical spaces in The changing face of Education. Heppell, an international expert in the fields of learning, new media and technology, is known for his “eyes on the horizon, feet on the ground philosophy”. He has moved countless organizations into the digital age. One such project, Ingenium, created a learning space that adapted to the needs of different types of learners.  Kinaesthetic learners who might not benefit from traditional classrooms, for example, had ample space that allowed movement. The 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces…


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Very thoughtful piece, thank you!
Priscilla Der's curator insight, April 6, 10:40 PM

Classrooms should be spaces students do not want to leave. This article goes through the notions of embracing change to meet the needs of Generation Y. As some communities are hesitant to make the change from the traditional classroom spaces the article makes suggestions (variety of different furniture, comfy spaces, mood lighting, encourage community involvement-classroom is inviting for adults as well as students) that will encourage student engagement in the 21st century. 

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Our Favorite Things: Libraries in Unexpected Places | Library as Incubator Project

Our Favorite Things: Libraries in Unexpected Places | Library as Incubator Project | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

For today’s Favorite Things post, we’re taking a look back at some of our favorite libraries that showed up in rather unexpected places. From book bikes to pop-up literary scenes in vacant lots, libraries were cropping up in a variety of interesting venues this year.


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The New School Library

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The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12...

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L2_S2S's curator insight, January 8, 7:44 PM

We also "respectfully disagree" when told libraries aren't necessary today!

A great advocacy article for Modern Library Learning Environments (MLLE).

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Modern Library Learning Environments - space and service | Services to Schools

Modern Library Learning Environments (MLLEs) are the evolution of the traditional 20th Century transactional library service.

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Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning - Edudemic

Top 10 Essential Web Tools For Project-Based Learning - Edudemic | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Blending the traditional textbooks with innovative web tools that inspire collaboration will be the wisest thing you’ve ever done for your students.

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11 apps for coding: From beginners to masters | eSchool News | eSchool News

11 apps for coding: From beginners to masters | eSchool News | eSchool News | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
A look at some of the hottest coding apps, ranging from multiplayer robot combat games, to making dinosaurs dance. Learn how to program!

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The 8 Essential Elements of Project Based Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Why Do We Still Need “libraries”? We Don’t!

Why Do We Still Need “libraries”? We Don’t! | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago I reiterated the age old question – Why do we still need libraries? – but mostly in passing.

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 1, 5:23 AM

Why Do We Still Need “libraries”? We Don’t!

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Eighth-graders design and build a school library for the 21st century

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Eighth-graders design and build a school library for the 21st century
Killeen Daily Herald
A new library at Berkeley's REALM Charter School will be carved out of an existing room in a commercial building.

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