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School Libraries: Excellence in Practice at Amesbury School

Carolyn Knight, Teacher in the Library and colleagues at Amesbury School, a new Year 1-6 school in Churton Park, Wellington talk about how their school libra...

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L2_S2S's curator insight, April 4, 2013 6:55 PM
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Our latest Excellence in Practice Video -  Amesbury School - a wonderful new school in Wellington New Zealand.  The leadership team at this school made a priority of creating a library that is a fantastic modern learning environment, staffed by highly qualified educators and totally integrated into their new school

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5 Good Research Tools for Teachers and Students

5 Good Research Tools for Teachers and Students | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Following the publication of " how to do research " I received several emails from some of you suggesting a set of interesting web tools to share with you . Most if not all of these applications have...

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Dr Pam Hill's curator insight, August 13, 2013 8:36 AM

Since research is an important component of Common Core, this article is a must read!

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Library reading pits filled in

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NORMAL — The burial of the elementary school “library pits” has given rise to modern interactive technology.

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Search Engines/Strategies


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SCIS's curator insight, June 5, 2013 9:44 PM

50 alternative search engines and strategies for searching

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Libraries Changed My Life

Libraries Changed My Life | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Real life accounts from library patrons whose lives have been changed for the better by libraries.

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Interview with Renee Hobbs: Media Literacy for the 21st Century

Interview with Renee Hobbs: Media Literacy for the 21st Century | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

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The changing role of the librarian: an information coach - Tech ...

At one time not so long ago, literacy was defined as the ability to read and write and the school library was a place where students came to check our books to read or to find information in reference books.

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L2_S2S's curator insight, July 9, 2013 5:05 PM

Building a new library allows an opportunity to completely rethink the concept of what a library is.

Jane Schmude's curator insight, July 10, 2013 9:27 PM

A good explanation of the changing nature of the library as a place of interactive learning.

Peg Becksvoort's curator insight, July 11, 2013 1:57 PM

Just what I was trying to tell someone the other day. She said, "my students don't like to read novels, but I suppose I should take the kids to the library." To which I replied, "But they like to use the Internet to find things; wouldn't you like for them to do a better job of finding things?"

 

I like Information Coach --

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Cataloguing video games

An introduction to cataloguing video games for Toronto District School Board cataloguing staff


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Welcome · Digital Public Library of America

Welcome · Digital Public Library of America | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

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GwynethJones's curator insight, June 29, 2013 10:38 AM

Goal: maintaining a free, open, and sustainable national digital library resource.

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Common Core Standards and the School Library Media Center

The adoption and implementation of the Common Core Standards (CCS) can pose a unique opportunity for the school library media specialist to bolster their role as a leader within the school and to r...

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Charlotte Danielson on teaching and the Common Core ...

Charlotte Danielson on teaching and the Common Core ... | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teaching expert Charlotte Danielson says the Common Core State Standards provide opportunities for teachers to "think deeply about what students are learning." This is a reprint of an article that originally appeared in ...

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Using creativity to help school libraries? | Super School Univ.

Using creativity to help school libraries? | Super School Univ. | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Not by a long shot, says Susan Ballard, president of the American Association of School Librarians (AASL). ...

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State of America's School Libraries - Huffington Post (blog)

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State of America's School Libraries
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How will students meet the new Common Core Standards without the guidance of school librarians? Schools are adopting more technologies to meet the Common Core guidelines.

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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Good Virtual Tours for Students

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Good Virtual Tours for Students | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

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L2_S2S's curator insight, April 5, 2013 12:00 AM

A great selection of virtual tours ! Google art project, Smithsonian museum, World wonders project and more!!

Carol Koechlin's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:35 AM

Another way to engage student directed inquiries. Bring the world into the school virtual learning commons.

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Teacher Librarian Article Published | Keith Curry Lance

Teacher Librarian Article Published | Keith Curry Lance | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Today, Teacher Librarian magazine published an article by Deb Kachel and me.  The article presents the find

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lyn_hay's curator insight, July 3, 2013 4:01 AM

The latest research project conducted by Keith Curry Lance and associates in Pennsylvania which examines school administrators' perceptions of school libraries and student test scores. One of the reports recommendations highlights the need for more TL practitioners to work at building local evidence to strengthen the research base, as the authors conclude: "We also need more local action research studies—otherwise known as self-assessments—by school librarians themselves. Many school librarians do not feel they have time to conduct self-assessments in the form of local, evidence-based studies of their practice. Yet this needs to be an integral part of the research. If we wish to see the kind of change in the public education policy that will establish firmly the future of school libraries and librarians, local decision-makers—administrators, school board members, and even parents—must be made aware not only of what we know from large-scale studies but also of evidence of ways in which their own experience of school libraries and librarians matters. Only then will they internalize a deep understanding of the contributions that school library programs make and begin to make decisions consistent with a

personal commitment to them."
I could not agree more with this recommendation. Since 2010, Dr Ross Todd and I have been working together to help build the capacity of Australia's TL profession as evidence-based practitioners. This is a slow movement, but we are starting to see some excellent practice-based research being published in journals such as Scan and Access, and being presented at conferences. We are slowly building this evidence, but we need this movement to extend beyond those leading lights in the profession. Only then will we be in a position to demonstrate to education systems, governments and the wider community of school libraries impact on student achievement. Please join our EBP Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/EBPforSL/ for more information.

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New Librarianship

The best days of librarianship are ahead of us. However, to get there the field must step back, refocus, and reexamine our core principles.

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10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer

10 Tools Every Teacher Should Master This Summer | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
These are the tools that will transform your classroom in the fall because you’ll notice the definite threads that run throughout all these applications... real-time, collaborate and creative! Thos...

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Dawn Bothwell's curator insight, July 14, 2013 7:45 AM

Please share other tools you like so I can add them to this list!

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What Students Need to Know about Creative Commons

What Students Need to Know about Creative Commons | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
Below is another interesting slide I am adding to the resource section I have created here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources. Here is...

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The Most Playful Libraries in the World

The Most Playful Libraries in the World | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
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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Storytelling for YouTube Generation

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Below is an interesting Prezi presentation that I came across while I was browsing my Twitter feeds. This work has been realized by Steve Dembo and features some of the ways YouTube is being used for...

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51 Sources Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Free eBooks

51 Sources Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Free eBooks | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it

"eBooks should’ve been a game-changing technology.

 

The idea was simple enough: no longer did you need to travel to the library to wade through rows and stacks and floors and buildings and card catalogs only to wag home only as much as you could carry."


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Karen Bonanno's curator insight, July 14, 2013 3:29 AM

An interesting post that only mentions the financial and equiyt mpact of e-books and the provides links to multiple sources for free e-books.

Junita Lyon's curator insight, July 14, 2013 3:36 AM

A great site

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, July 14, 2013 4:53 AM

good to know about. 

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AASL Best Websites for Teaching and Learning: Comic Master ...

In today's blog post we will take a look at Comic Master, one of the AASL's Best Websites in the Digital Storytelling category. This sleek-looking, interactive site lets students create original comic books and graphic novels.

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Jay Bansbach's comment, March 8, 2013 11:50 AM
Cool tool for School!!
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Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core

Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:New Literacies and the Common Core | Innovative Leadership in School Libraries | Scoop.it
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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NJASL School Libraries Video

This video was produced by the New Jersey Association of School Librarians with funding provided by its advocacy partnership with LibraryLinkNJ.

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Jay Bansbach's curator insight, March 28, 2013 9:02 AM

Excellent video for advocacy of all kinds!!

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NY Schools Need School Librarians

The Center for Digital Literacy at Syracuse University presents 3 of its academic staff talking about the importance of school libraries in supporting student learning and helping teachers teach the common core curriculum standards in the US.


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