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Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians | School Library Journal

Architects of Dreams: Anythink’s Pam Sandlian Smith on the Power of Children’s Librarians | School Library Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Love this line:  As librarians, we don’t always recognize our power, our influence. What about our students? Do they recognize their power or influence? Do they feel powerful or influential inside the school building? How can libraries and librarians change that?

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wildswans's curator insight, May 5, 2013 12:31 AM

"When asked what kind of space they wanted, children talked about two types: one was collaborative, and the other resembled our tunnel or tree house. One young girl drew a picture of her preferred space. It resembled a submarine bubble, complete with a lamp for reading and a little table for snacks." - I wonder what kind of space our children will want? I personally think a submarine is cool.

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200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Video Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites & More

Get free K-12 video lessons; mobile apps; audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and web resources for kids!
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If you ignore everything else, go to this site to fill your tool box with a plethora of OER covering everyting from Audiobooks/eBooks to General Reference resources - with a whole lot of good stuff in between. I believe that librarians need to set themselves up as the curators of digital resources in their schools. We have the training to evaluate these things for accuracy, currency, authority, and relevance to our school's curriculum. Better yet, team up with the subject area chairs at your school and do a collaborative team approach to curating OER for your students. It's a win-win, IMHO.
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4 Phases Of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers - TeachThought PD

4 Phases Of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers - TeachThought PD | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The post 4 Phases Of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers appeared first on TeachThought PD.
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I love the simple, yet informative, graphic that opens this article for teachers about the 4 phases of Inquiry-Based Learning. We talk a lot about inquiry and how important it is to engage students through questioning but how much attention is given to the teaching professional to make sure s/he knows how to implement a quality program? This is a wonderful article to share with teachers and it's great for librarians, too. Think about how we use these 4 phases every time a patron comes in looking for a book suggestion. You interact to get a feel for who they are, you get clarification about what they're looking for, you engage in the "reference interview" to narrow down  your suggestions, and then you provide a list of suggestions or "design" the reading experience. We've been modeling this for years! Enjoy!
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vicky carroll's curator insight, May 25, 1:34 AM
This is exactly what I want to achieve in my sequence of work. This will help ensure I going to achieve this in the classroom.
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Information Literacy: How Does the News Change Over Time? The Sinking of the Titanic | Teaching with the Library of Congress

Information Literacy: How Does the News Change Over Time? The Sinking of the Titanic | Teaching with the Library of Congress | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Why is it important to evaluate and corroborate sources of information? These are not new questions, as a study of historical newspapers will confirm. Sometimes reports reflect an editorial bias, and sometimes they simply reflect what the reporter knows at the time, with updates being added as new information from more sources surfaces.
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This article is short and sweet but will go a long way towards helping you explain the concept of information literacy to teachers who may not be on board. I love how the author talks about the way even historical understandings can change based on new information, new insights, and new cultural norms being developed. Worth a read!
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10 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Process, Understanding, and 21st Century Skills

10 Ideas to Ensure That Project Based Learning is Grounded in Process, Understanding, and 21st Century Skills | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The second article in a series devoted to grounding PBL in the standards.
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I love how Michael Gorman breaks down PBL and provides 10 steps to ensure it is being done in a student-centered manner. This is a nice template for librarians in their collaborative planning work. Enjoy!
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THE Journal, March 2017

THE Journal, March 2017 | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Rather than share an article written by someone else, I have the distinct pleasure of sharing one written by ME! I wrote this piece in response to an article in THE Journal that I read in which an administrator lamented the fact that there was no one in his system to help them make the digital shift. As more and more school systems begin the process of curating digital resources - through publishers or OER - the school librarian is a valuable resource that can help not only make good curriculum/instructional decisions but financially sound ones as well. If your administrator doesn't know about this special skill you bring to the table, show him/her this article. Enjoy!
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It's Past Time For Education 3.0 -

It's Past Time For Education 3.0 - | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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The post It’s Past Time For Education 3.0 appeared first on TeachThought.
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You know what caught my eye right away? That this artical was originally published in March 2013 - yep, almost 4 years ago and yet aren't we still struggling to get a handle on Education 2.0? Don't we all have teachers who are still treading very lightly into educational technology? Don't we still have parents (and students, I might add) who still believe we are their parenting relief for the day? Now we're talking about personalizing the learning! Libraries and librarians have a real opportunity here. We can not only help teachers get to a higher state of proficiency with transformative uses of technology but we can also model the teacher-as-learner while supporting the creation of knowledge (not just its consumption). This is well worth your time to read and to figure out how you can be the beacon of hope and agents of change in YOUR school!
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5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News

5 Ways Teachers Are Fighting Fake News | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In an era of national attention to what's real and what isn't, we asked educators to share their strategies for helping students sort out fact from fiction.
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Another great story from NPR on how educators are tackling the fake news issue. My only gripe: use the word educators instead of teachers so that readers aren't confused about who is doing this work! In spite of that, there are some wonderful examples here of how to build a collaborative or solo lesson on evaluation of resources which is such an important skill in today's world. Enjoy!
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 16, 3:36 PM
It is important not to fall into a "best-practices" trap, but sharing what works in each classroom is a means to help each other. Each teacher can modify the practices to meet their needs and those of each student they teach.
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The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs

The Edvocate’s List of 68 Must-Read K-12 Teaching & Learning Blogs | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
DE's Blog voted #2 in The Edvocates list of 68 must-read K-12 Teaching & Learning. https://t.co/Zc6h2a904t
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Sadly, my little corner of the webiverse is not on the list (haha!) but what IS on the list is great stuff! From pedagogy to edtech to classroom management, everyone will find something useful from this list that will improve teaching practice - even those of us in school libraries! So much of what constitutes quality work in the classroom translated to our world quite nicely - bookmark your favorites!
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Heroes on a Learning Adventure

Think of your curriculum as a story. Assignments and activities are elements in the narrative, and your students are the protagonists.
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This is an excellent article that may help you think differently about how you design your library program. And if curriculum is the story, aren't we the perfect people to use that framework for designing it? Read on and then comment on how this changes your thinking!
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Educational Leadership:Literacy in Every Classroom:How Knowledge Powers Reading

Educational Leadership:Literacy in Every Classroom:How Knowledge Powers Reading | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully.
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This is a powerful article from Educational Leadership that provides research to back up the fact that prior knowledge is a key component to reading instruction. We tend to think that knowing something is less important nowadays because we can simply Google the answer. Not so, according to author Doug Lemov. This is my take-away: "The brain's active processing capacity is finite, so unless knowledge is encoded in long-term memory, having to search for it actually crowds out other forms of cognition. Knowing things helps you think and read successfully."
This has implications for libraries and how we support reading instruction. To me, it also solidifies the practice of allowing students to check out books that interest them as they emerge as readers and not pigeon-hole them into Lexile ranges. Those little nuggets of information could be just that piece of prior knowledge needed to "think and read successfully" in the future. Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, February 4, 1:28 AM
Embedded non-fiction when reading fiction with students helps with understanding not only of the fiction but how non-fiction is a useful tool for learning. Interesting read.
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Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources

Smithsonian Education - African American Heritage Teaching Resources | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Educational information, activities and resources for educators, families, and students. Educational materials emphasize inquiry based learning with primary sources and museum collections. Smithsonian visit planning for educators, students and families.
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Here are some fantastic resources to use during African American Heritage or Black History month from our friends at the Smithsonian!
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What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE

What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning | Blog | Project Based Learning | BIE | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
RT @BIEpbl: What’s Next? Personalized, Project Based Learning https://t.co/JVIDzukLPq #EdChat #PBLchat #PBL https://t.co/5RtEVTAVQD
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I love the opening line of this blog post that says (paraphrasing) PBL is easy but PBL done well is a lot more difficult. The author goes on to give examples of schools that ARE doing it well and how they're doing it. The list includes active links to the schools (or systems) so you can click through and see what's going on there. This is well worth a read!
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5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos

5 tips to improve your critical thinking - Samantha Agoos | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Every day, a sea of decisions stretches before us, and it’s impossible to make a perfect choice every time. But there are many ways to improve our chances — and one particularly effectiv
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We talk about critical thinking when designing curriculum for our students but do we make sure we are, ourselves, engaged in it? This very interesting TEDTalk by Samantha Agoos will provide 5 tips that you just may think about for self-application!
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The A-Z of Education Blogs: Letters D-E

The A-Z of Education Blogs: Letters D-E | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
In this multi-part series, we are profiling the best of the best education blogs, in alphabetical order.
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I didn't happen upon this one until D-E but you can bet I'll be following the link to all of the articles in this series! If you want to be on top of your game by reading current thoughts and trends, this is a post you'll want to read and share. The list is extensive and you'll find something for yourself and something for your subject and grade-level teachers, too. While it doesn't specifically target libraries it DOES target fantastic educational blogs and if you want to be the learning hub in your school it is well worth your time to know what's going on in all subjects & grades. 
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Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever

Why Gen Z needs librarians now more than ever | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Whether guiding research or introducing new tech, today’s librarian gives Gen Z the skills they need to move from ‘getting it right now’ to ‘getting it right.’
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I love the byline that says "today's librarian gives Gen Z the skills they need to move from 'getting it right now' to 'getting it right.'" I couldn't have said it better myself. We have always been the champions of accurate, relevant, current, and valid resources and, in today's world, that cause is more important than it's ever been. The next time someone asks why we need libraries in the age of Google, I'm going to quote some of the statements in this article! Enjoy.
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Jane Cowell's curator insight, April 26, 2:08 PM
Essential for Gen Z is Digital citizenship and how to assess fake information 
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9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time

9 Fine Ways to Do Better 20% Time | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Twenty percent time from Google. Or a genius hour. Or passion projects. Or compassion based engineering. I’ve written about these before. First, I’ll define the terminology. Second, I’ll give you an example from my classroom happening right now. Finally, I’ll take you through nine of the components that help teachers have a successful 20% time […]
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Georgia's own Cool Cat Teacher, Vicki Davis, has written a winner here! From explaining the terms "20% time," "genius hour," "passion projects" and more to giving concrete examples of putting those practices into place in her classroom. This article will help you support teachers in your building who may be interested in the this idea as well as get YOU up to speed with how you can support them with your library program. This one is well worth sharing with your school community!
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The iAM Video Project: A Creative ‘Get-to-Know-You’ Activity

The iAM Video Project: A  Creative ‘Get-to-Know-You’ Activity | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
As a high school journalism teacher, I have started my classes off for years with various digital 'get-to-know-you' activities — everything from having students
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Looking for an interesting way to bring a conversation about digital literacy/citizenship to the table? This is a great idea implemented by a high school journalism teacher but could easily be adapted for a collaborative lesson in other grades (and in the media center). Bringing in digital storytelling, technology (iMovie), and the kind of critical thinking necessary for good writing makes this one a winner!
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2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide

2017 Scholastic Reading Report Reveals Extent of Book Ownership Divide | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
The biannual report is a reminder for librarians that parents and kids want good stories, humor, and strong characters. The challenge is improving access.
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Scholastic always provides a very interesting report on reading and this one is no exception. Definitely worth downloading!
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Karen Draper's curator insight, March 13, 10:00 AM
If kids don't have books at home- are they going to the library to get books? 
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7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal

7 Tips for Planning a Makerspace -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Districts with multiple makerspaces describe what works.
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This article contains 7 tips to help you plan and execute an effective makerspace in your library. The suggestions are great but my favorite is: visit other makerspaces. They're all different and the key is to find the model that works best for you (or whoever is managing it) and the community for which it serves. Remember! It doesn't have to be robotics and 3D printers - successful makerspaces can be altering discarded books or origami or knitting or... well, making something!
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Libraries Respond: 10 Things Your Library Can Do for 2017 and Beyond

Libraries Respond: 10 Things Your Library Can Do for 2017 and Beyond | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
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Libraries should be places of safety and security where our students and patrons feel free to independently search for that which interests them. In the wake of growing reports of open hostilities towards our friends and neighbors it is more important than ever that we provide a warm, welcoming space in our libraries. It is also important to take care of ourselves and resist the urge toward pessimism. This article from ALA gives us 10 things we can do to continue our work in a way that is culturally responsive and kind. 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 15, 4:39 PM
I taught with several librarians who were terrific. We have spent too much time trying to eliminate librarians and libraries in schools, rather than redefining their roles. That is a lack of vision and leadership. One administrator thought that putting books in buckets was a library. I told her that part of the library was the human relationships that emerged due to librarians.
DocBiodiv's curator insight, March 3, 4:30 AM
Quand l'association américaine des bibliothécaires liste et documente le travail en milieu bienveillant pour ce qui les concerne autnt que le bon accueil du public avec comme finalité l'accès à la lecture, l'information, la connaissance pour tous, en résumé bienveillance professionnelle = efficience !
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What are the non-negotiable elements in Project Based Learning?

What are the non-negotiable elements in Project Based Learning? | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Project Based Learning is seen by many as an effective contemporary student-centered pedagogy that sustains inquiry, promotes student choice and provides a vehicle fo
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Based on a Buck Institute for Education report titled "Gold Standard PBL" this article gives educators a fantastic guideline for quality PBL. From The Driving Question to The End Product, the author gives us not only written explanation but videos of students explaining the concept. This is well worth sharing with your teachers AFTER you have watched it and have a clear picture of how you can use these strategies with your library program - and, btw, it fits quite nicely, indeed!
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10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes

10 Excellent Web Tools for Creating Digital Quizzes | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Looking for new ways to create some quick formative assessments to evaluate the effectiveness of your lesson or program? Here's a great list with brief explanations of each one. Share with your teachers!
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Why personalized learning should start in school libraries

Why personalized learning should start in school libraries | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Library experts discuss 6 specific ways libraries can best leverage personalized learning for every student.
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I love seeing more and more articles in journals for educators OTHER than school librarians that talk about the value of school libraries! This is worth sharing with your teachers and admins - and a good checklist for your own program! Enjoy.
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Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started

Inquiry in the Classroom: 7 Simple Tools To Get You Started | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Teachers who use an inquiry based approach can provide techniques that help students learn the questions to ask that may spark a natural interest.
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This is a nicely done article that explains why inquiry in the classroom is a good idea and then goes on to show how to get started complete with suggested instructional technology tools to help students withe the process. I love how the author makes the point about asking the "right question" as an indicator of understanding (formative assessment). Enjoy!
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Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, January 19, 12:26 AM
Asking the right question is the key! 
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What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal

What's Hot: 9 Major Ed Tech Trends for 2017 -- THE Journal | K-12 School Libraries | Scoop.it
Education technologies are, by their nature, capricious. So it makes sense to consider what could drive innovation among classrooms for the new year. Our panel of K-12 experts weighs in.
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K-12 experts weigh in on the hot topics for Ed Tech and there are some things that stand out for any school librarian looking for ways to be a more integral part of the instructional day. Maker spaces are in the list and libraries have been leaders in this regard. My own opinion: connect maker space activities to the next hot topic, Next Generation Science Standards, and you're well on your way! Open educational resources (OER), coding, and student privacy are also in the list. This is where school librarians live - how will YOU become essential with these Ed Tech trends?
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